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 3356 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Amazing Trip! We will be back!

    We had a wonderful time at Secrets Papagayo! We went to visit in September 2019 to look into getting married there in 2020. The rooms were clean, the staff was excellent and the views are beautiful. There are a lot of shuttles services since the resort is pretty much on a mountain area. We were not up high so we were able to walk everywhere. Henry at the pool bar and Merari with the events team are amazing and made our trip so memorable! Truly one of the best trips we have taken and we will either be back to get married or for another visit!

    Sep 19, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great place, but a heads up on the "people"

    Room: Oceanview Suite with Plunge Pool. Time of year: Sept I'll start by saying the resort itself is immaculate! Everything there was pristine and absolutely gorgeous. The staff was exceptional and extremely accomodating in every way. The food was top notch at every restaurant on property....they even cooked the tuna we caught while off shore fishing and prepared a great dinner for us at the Seaside Grill. My ONLY Complaint about the trip was more of a personal preference, and I'll be perfectly candid so that others who are considering an all inclusive resort can use this info to make their own decision. We spent a significant amount of money on this trip, and especially for the suite with the plunge pool and ocean view. In fact, the cost is nearly double that of a "standard" resort room. By the way....the room was freaking awesome! Having said that, the one thing you should consider is that other people are going to an all inclusive resort and paying a fraction of the price for the standard room. Because of this, there were people there who were some what "trashy". Sorry, but that is the absolute truth. I can't tell you how many times I heard people say " I paid $2000 to be here, so I'm going to drink $2000 worth of alcohol". And clearly they did! The pool area is a good time, but there were a lot of people there getting absolutely trashed! If you came with your significant other to enjoy a weekend away, and your surrounded by drunks just looking to drink as much as possible, then you can understand why that would annoy some people. Now, the problem I have with this is that we paid nearly double the price and intended to stay at a high end resort to AVOID this exact type of situation, and yet, there was no shortage of drunks. It has a high end resort feel, but the truth is, anyone can share rooms and make this a cheap party on a budget. Sure, you can go to the "Spa Pool", but that doesn't change anything about the dinning. All the restaurants (except one) are located around the pool area. You really can't avoid it unless you hide in your room all week. I didn't spend $5k to be surrounded by trashy people looking to get wasted all day, every day. I don't care if this review sounds a bit harsh. If someone would have told me this before I booked, I would have seriously looked elsewhere. Great overall property and resort, but if I wanted to be surrounded by trashy people I would go to Bike Week in least there it would be expected.

    Sep 18, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great resort.

    This resort is amazing. Would recommend to anyone looking for a relaxing adult only getaway. Super frienly staff, delicious food, good drinks. They will try and sell you a membership but was not pushy and you dont have to go to the meeting if you dont want.

    Sep 18, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Fun Times in Costa Rica!

    Secrets is a great resort and the employees are very friendly. It's a little challenging getting around the resort but the van drivers (especially JJ) make it fun. The restaurants are pretty good but there are some dress code restrictions so bring some slacks or jeans guys. The bars are fun. We especially enjoyed Luis at the Aqua bar. Enjoy!

    Sep 18, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    A beautiful resort with very attentive staff

    We spent our 25th anniversary at this resort and had such a great time, we didn't want to leave. This was our first trip to Costa Rica, but second Secrets resort. We are Unlimited Vacation Club members and upgraded our membership during our stay. That afforded us an upgrade to a Preferred Member room and extras after a couple of days. Our upgraded room had a nicer view than the non-Preferred Member room. Be prepared for lots of walking up and down steep hills. We used the transportation provided, particularly when it was raining or my knee couldn't handle the hills and steps. We ordered room service for dinner one night when it was too rainy to go out. It arrived quickly and was delicious. The restaurants were above average. Our favorite was Himitsu. We didn't do the hibachi, just sat at a table and had yummy sushi and stir fry. We had three days of excursions planned, so we never got a chance to try the pool or lay out much. The only day we had time to lay out, it rained most of the day. Bummer, but it is the rainy season. The only negative experience we had was in the Preferred lounge. We were so excited to have Preferred status for the first time, we went into the lounge one night to get a drink at the bar. There were other guests at the bar and the bartender was incredibly attentive to them. We stood there for at least 10 minutes waiting for our turn. The bartender never made eye contact with us. We figured maybe we didn't look like we belonged (we were formally dressed) or maybe we needed to bring cash to get his attention. It was disappointing, to say the least. Fortunately, that experience didn't put a damper on our stay. The transportation drivers were very helpful and friendly. We were impressed that they remembered our room number! Overall, a great experience!

    Sep 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