Hotel Overview

Tranquil. Intimate. Unforgettable. – Set on Papagayo Bay along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica sits on a black volcanic sand beach surrounded by lush mountains just 20 minutes from the Liberia Airport and 30 minutes from downtown Liberia. This oceanfront resort boasts all the benefits of the Unlimited-Luxury® experience. Enjoy the natural scenery at this property immersed in the Costa Rican hills and attractions of nearby Guanacaste. At Secrets Papagayo, an unparalleled experience awaits you in the beautiful natural surroundings of Costa Rica.


Costa Rica
Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport : 13 miles

Property Information

Total available rooms and suites: 434


Hotel Details

Onsite Dining

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Hotel Advisories

Advisory Student Groups (Spring Breakers) are not permitted at this hotel. A student group consist of those that travel without parent supervision or a responsible adult in each room. This could refer to but not limited to high school students or college students booking multiple rooms. The hotel reserves the right to deny lodging to any reservations of this type.
Advisory Christmas hotel cancellation policy (24 Dec 19-31 Dec 19). Cancellations received within 1-28 days of arrival will be charged 100% of the total hotel cost.

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 AM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:

Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy - Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policy - Student Groups (Spring Breakers) are not permitted at Hotel.

General Information - Room taxes and service fees are included in vacation price.  Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.  Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5 star tripadvisor rating 3403 reviews
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    R & D

    For a RCI property it was very disappointing .Very much needed make over . electricity would go out every night .WFY would come and go. same with cable. Ran out of hot water. the very good thing it had a beautiful view looking over the Pacific Ocean. most of the time the people where very helpful at least would try .The front deck would not answer the phone. it would ring and ring before anyone would answer . Sorry for Negative thoughts

    Oct 19, 2019
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Typical Secrets but

    My wife an I have stayed at Secrets properties in both Cancun and Jamaica and this resort, by far, is the worst of the bunch. While the staff is top notch, the food is nowhere near the level of quality at the other places mentioned. Don’t expect swimming at the beach as the beach is small and the sand is more volcanic black sand. Night life is mostly non existent and the shows offered look like a high school production. Either plan many excursions or plan your entire trip around the overcrowded pool.

    Oct 18, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    You won’t be sorry!

    We just got back from out 10 year anniversary trip. This resort is wonderful. The food is great, top shelf liquor, 24 hour room service. The staff were great- J.J., Julio, Raul, and Mike! I loved the private bungalows. The resort is big and hilly, so you get your exercise in; however, if you prefer not to walk, just hop on a shuttle. The beach is great. It’s huge and not crowded. All beaches in Costa Rica are public, but the resort is secluded enough that it feels private. I have no idea why more people don’t swim in the ocean. It’s warm, calm, clear, and snorkeling is good. The sand is black (which I think is cool, but I’ve seen negative reviews about it), but it’s soft like white sand beaches. However, there is a lot of coral washed up that hurts your feet, so bring water socks or shoes. Unlike other reviews, I did not think the vendors were too bad-I’ve experienced worse! There were a few, but they did not hound us. The atmosphere is good; not a ton of sloppy drunks. The bar at night was fun-music was good and we danced a lot. I honestly don’t have any negative comments. The experience was similar to my experience at Dreams in Puerto Vallarta (now the Hyatt), except the adults only aspect was a huge bonus! Don’t think too much about it, just book! P.S. this has nothing to do with the resort, but in case anyone is wondering, the weather in mid-October is fine. It rained a bit every day, but not long most days and it was sunny almost every morning until 12:00 or 1:00pm. If I book again, I will probably book closer to the end of the month, but definitely in the off season because the cost savings is significant and the resort is quieter. One more thing-don’t forget bug spray!

    Oct 17, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    vacation costa rica

    Not exactly what we were use to, with Unlimited Vacation Club. Excellent food and bar service however. Pools were nice and well kept, the beach area was very different. No white sand, mostly black sand and a lot of local vendors trying to sale their local products, and fishing trips and boat rides. We were there for rest and relaxing, which we were able to do.

    Oct 17, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Vacation october 19

    Had a great time staff all very nice pool clean spirts premium .restaraunts good .room were clean bed had a little sunk in .beach sand is volcanic sand rainy season a little murky now on the water for that reason very nice views of the mountains . the transportation is spot on for inside the resort any where any time ! Drivers are very friendly . spa looked nice with massage tables up above the spa with a pool right there as well 1 hot tub at main pool . Also the main bar and grill great people every one of them . very fast as well . good bar food hamburgers hotdogs hot wings jalapeno poppers . Hot water never ran out or got cool as some resorts do and had a nice window view as you take a shower great smelling shampoo conditioner and body wash too . The restaraunts only problem was you had to ask for the salt and pepper and any condiment . great vacation we will be back in the dry season !!! Thanks for the great memorie .

    Oct 17, 2019
Prices per person based on double occupancy including round-trip airfare via U.S. certified air carriers and round-trip airport/hotel transfers when arriving at airport closest to destination (for exceptions see, hotel taxes and baggage handling, fuel surcharges, and all pre-collected U.S. and foreign taxes. In some instances, pricing may specifically apply to one of multiple flights on select departure days. All packages are based on the lowest hotel/air classes available at time of publication, capacity controlled, subject to availability and change without notice. Promotional pricing may only be available for a limited time. Fees may apply for carry-on and checked baggage-view Baggage Policies. Some resort fees, environmental levies and departure taxes are not included and may be payable in resort. View Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Apple Vacations is not responsible for errors or omissions. Cancellation policies apply. Bookings are subject to the Fair Trade Contract. All public charter flights are operated by ALG Vacations Corp: Allegiant Air: PC 18-231, A319-156 seats or A320-177 seats or A320-186 seats/PC 18-234, A319-156 seats or A320-186 seats; Icelandair: PC 19-077, B757-200-183 seats; Miami Air: PC 18-230, B737-800-183 seats/PC 19-085, B737-800, 180 seats/PC 19-091, B737-800-183 seats; Sunwing Airlines: PC 19-090, B737-800-189 seats; Swift Air: PC 18-229, B737-400-150 seats/PC 19-092, B737-400-150 seats; Viva Aerobus: PC 18-228, A320-180 seats/PC 18-254, A320-180 seats/PC 19-079, A320-185 seats/PC 19-094, A320-185 seats; Volaris: PC 18-233, A320-180 seats. CST2139014-20 62519