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Review: Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica

Set on Papagayo Bay along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica sits on a black volcanic sand beach in a mountainous surrounding that provides for a stunning backdrop for an intimate, relaxing and romantic getaway.

Resort Overview:
The resort features a contemporary design with tasteful authentic decor.

Being an all-inclusive resort, you will be able to enjoy "Unlimited-Luxury", where everything is included like gourmet dining options, limitless top-shelf spirits, 24-hour room service and concierge - all without reservations or wristbands.

If you're not familiar with the Secrets Resort Brand and their "Unlimited-Luxury" offering, the following is included for your stay:
  • Limitless access to gourmet a la carte dining options without reservations required
  • Unlimited international & domestic top-shelf spirits
  • Unlimited natural fruit juices and soft drinks
  • 24-hour room & concierge service
  • Pool and beach wait service
  • Daily refreshed mini-bar with soft drinks, juice, bottled water & beer
  • Daily maid service
  • Endless daytime activities and live nightly entertainment
  • Theme parties, oceanfront bars and entertainment venues
  • No wristbands required
  • All taxes and gratuities included
  • Free wifi and free international calling to the US, Canada and local landlines.

The resort is a little spread out and without a quick orientation it can be confusing for some guests to get around.

There is a shuttle that will take you to your room and all around the resort - so that should give you an idea that while you can walk everywhere, it can be a hike to get to your room (up/down incline and far away).

The layout of the resort is shown below.

Resort Highlights:
The adults-only oceanfront resort has 202 spacious non-smoking guest rooms and suites with finely appointed amenities, a private terrace or patio, and all the benefits of the Unlimited-Luxury experience.
  • Set in the exclusive Gulf of Papagayo and close to the main Guanacaste Natural attractions
  • Located only 20 minutes south of Liberia International Airport
  • Two pools 
    • Main pool area with a swim-up bar overlooking the beach
    • The second pool is located at the Spa
  • Pristine Arenilla Beach 
  • Unique bungalow-style suites tucked away in the hills, offering intimacy and beautiful ocean views
  • Secrets Spa by Pevonia offers massage, body and facial treatments in thirteen treatment rooms, as well as a full-service beauty salon. 

  • Stunning wedding ceremony and reception locations, as well as romantic nooks, located throughout the property
  • Wildlife including tropical birds and monkeys can be spotted at the resort
  • Unlimited Connectivity app with free Wi-Fi, international calling and more

There are 202 guest rooms and suites that feature a private terrace or patio and all the benefits of the Unlimited-Luxury experience.  The rooms are unique bungalow-style suites tucked away in the hills, offering privacy and beautiful ocean views.

For an enhanced level of luxury, the Preferred Club offers 65 ocean view suites along with additional privileges, including access to a private Preferred Club lounge, enhanced bath amenities and much more.

If you're debating booking into the Preferred Club, it is good to know that all Preferred Club suites offer the following additional amenities and services:
  • Personalized check-in and check-out with concierge service
  • Preferred status and amenities
  • Private Preferred Club Lounge
  • Upgraded mini-bar service and bath amenities
  • Plush bathrobes, slippers and a pillow menu
  • Complimentary computer access in the Preferred Club Lounge
  • Daily continental breakfast service, afternoon hot & cold hor d’oeuvres, exquisite desserts & fine liquors in the preferred club lounge
  • Complimentary newspaper in room every day (English and Spanish)
For my recent stay here, I was in a Preferred Club Room located near the main pool area.  The room featured a king bed, a double vanity bathroom, Preferred Club amenities, and a private furnished terrace great views.

Secrets Papagayo offers seven dining options with one buffet restaurant, four a la carte restaurants, a grill and a cafe.  None of the restaurants require reservations or you can stay in and order room service.  All restaurant openings rotate throughout the week with the number of restaurants open for each meal dependent upon occupancy levels.

Restaurant options include:
  • Aqua is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring healthy style cuisine
  • Barefoot Grill is located in the main pool area, by Sugar Reef bar and features snacks and grill specialties.
  • Coco Cafe is open throughout the day offering coffee and deli snacks served in a casual and relaxed atmosphere
  • Himitsu is open for dinner only and features a fusion of Pan-Asian cuisine.  
  • Market Cafe is located in front of the main pool area featuring a buffet style with international cuisine, theme stations and a show cooking experience
  • Portofino is open for dinner only featuring Italian cuisine
  • Seaside Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (breakfast and lunch here is reserved for Preferred Club guests only)

Overall Impression:
Overall, Secrets Papagayo is a spectacular resort in a stunning location that is perfect for couples, and large groups (weddings, celebrations, family reunions).

There is something for everyone at Secrers Papagayo from the pools, beach, spa, dining options, nightly entertainment/shows and tours/excursions that you'll leave here with a new appreciation for the all-inclusive experience!

If you're planning a trip to Costa Rica, be sure to send me a message for travel itinerary planning, vacation quotes, travel tips and more!

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