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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


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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.

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.

Ratings & reviews

TripAdvisor traveler rating

4.5 4046 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Get lost in the beauty of Secrets Papagayo

    One of the most beautiful Secrets, with incredibly inviting staff members, delicious food & drinks (of course) and so much to do & see. Take a jet-ski and go see capuchin monkeys across Papagayo bay! Learn 4 types of Latin dances, play sand volleyball, and enjoy living in the hills of beautifulCosta Rica.

    Jan 14, 2022
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Couple Travel Costa Rica

    Secrets was the best resort I have been to. The workers are so engaging and wonderful to be around ,truly amazing people who care for their guest. Tania was the best, get energy is radiating. The activities are amazing. The resort overall was so easy to navigate and extremely helpful!! Howard and Donald were our people, they were our best friends Haha

    Jan 14, 2022
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    terrible experience

    the resort was stunning and we had a great room with amazing views looking over the ocean, on the whole the staff were fantastic and super friendly . food very average to substandard, the breakfast buffet which is usually a highlight in most 5 star restaurant's was just boring and lunch only slightly better. the japanese teppanyaki was terrible with the food given zero seasoning and just totally bland. we ate about 20% of it to be polite then went next door to the Italian to fill ourselves up. On Xmas day we were completely miss sold their gala dinner and then gifted a £120 bill for a bottle of wine that we didn’t even receive, we wrote a detailed e mail about how we felt we had been duped only to receive a very ‘standard’ response which didn’t answer any of the main points we highlighted.

    Jan 13, 2022
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Amazing place, amazing people

    This was our second trip to this amazing, intimate resort. The location is wonderful, and the resort has everything you want, but not too big. Because the resort is small you see the same people repeatedly; after a week it starts to feel like a happy family. Our room looked out over the valley. Each morning we would wake up early and ope the doors to hear the calls of the howler monkeys at sunrise. Then we would lay in bed and watch the birds appear, flying past or hopping around in the bushes just outside. A pleasant walk to the main area for breakfast; wonderful food, buffet style or cooked to order. Then to plan the day: sunbed, drinks, swimming, water aerobics, lunch, fun games, more sun, walking on the beach, snorkeling, kayaking... always something to do, or nothing at all. Back to our room to freshen up for the evening. If the walk up the hill was too much, it's only a short wait for a lift. A choice of restaurants -- some to be booked in advance -- two weeks was not long enough to exhaust the menus! Evening entertainment that changed nightly. Best of all, the wonderful, wonderful staff. Everyone is genuinely friendly and attentive, but we really must give a special mention to Entertainment Diva Extraordinaire, Katherine, always gently nudging us into doing something fun. Her joyous welcome was like the sunshine that greeted us every day. And "our" waiter Erik, who quickly caught on to our preferred drinks orders and seating locations for breakfast and lunch. Together, they encapsulated the warmth of the people of this wonderful country. Because of them, and all the other staff, we will return again and again.

    Jan 13, 2022
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    This is not a five star luxury hotel (4 at best)

    This is a very pretty complex and most of the staff are very helpful and lovely. For us there was no welcome at all and our first room 465 was substandard and within 30 minutes of arriving after a very long journey we had 3 maintenance men repairing and sorting several issues. We moved to room 436 which was better with a lovely view. Throughout our holiday we had to continually asked for towel replenishment, coffee replenishment, and wait for up to an hour to get a seat to take our evening meal. food was good on the whole but were constantly asked to purchase wine and buy 6 course dinners (even on Christmas Day)! not what you expect from a 6.500 holiday!! The hotel is not accessible as it is built on a hill and is very tired in places, the lobby bar isnt even open and sunbeds are shabby!!. You can wait up to 25 minutes for transport. Definitely wont be using it or Secrets again, but will definitely return to Costa Rica. Very disappointed!

    Jan 13, 2022