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Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica

Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica - Adult Only Sanctuary

As a part of our ongoing commitment to our clients, Purple Palm Vacations spends a lot of time learning about popular destinations by visiting them firsthand. Recently while in Costa Rica, I had the pleasure of staying 3 nights at the gorgeous All-Inclusive Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica for adults only. This resort impressed me with its bungalow-style suites, tranquil setting and friendly staff. 

We Recommend This Resort For:  Couples, Honeymoons, Anniversaries and Nature Lovers


Secrets Papagayo is set on the lovely Papagayo Bay.

Resort Highlights

Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica is an intimate and romantic all-inclusive resort set on Papagayo Bay along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.  This authentic Costa Rican-style resort is in a tranquil setting within two rocky hills and has a spa-like feel to it. 

It is spread out over many acres within the hills so there is a lot of walking, hills, and stairs, but shuttles are readily available throughout the resort.  There are 2 sections, a quiet section near the spa and a more active side with the restaurants, activity pool and theater. 

The resort offers adults a chance to rejuvenate and re-connect, while enjoying unlimited dining, drinks, and entertainment surrounded by the stunning views of Papagayo Bay.  


  • Secrets Papagayo has 2 large heated pools with lovely ocean views.  The quiet pool is located on the spa side of the resort and the activities pool is located on the active side of the resort.
  • The full-service spa features an outdoor hydrotherapy pool, indoor treatment rooms, and outdoor massage palapas with incredible ocean views
  • The pristine beach is a black sand beach with plenty of seashells to be found.  The best way to get from one side of the resort to the other is to walk along the beach (that way you avoid the hills!)
  • The resort has fun nightly entertainment including karaoke, live music, blackjack, musical trivia, dance lessons and a Costa Rica night.
  • For those who like to stay active while on vacation, there is plenty to do including water aerobics, beach & pool volleyball, yoga classes, aquatic stretches, tennis, and more!
  • There are 2 short hiking trails on the Secrets property where guests can see monkeys, iguanas, and other local flora and fauna.
  • Included water activities are kayak tours, paddleboard lessons, and snorkel tours.
  • Secrets Papagayo also offers cooking lessons, wine tasting, coffee tasting, rum tasting, bocce ball, croquet, horse shoes and more.
  • The 24 hour fitness center has a full-range of cardio-conditioning and exercise equipment including stationary bikes, treadmills, stair climber, and free weights.


  • Secrets Papagayo has 202 unique bugalow-style suites tucked away in the hills, offering private and spacious accommodations with beautiful ocean views.
  • The secluded suites are in a beautiful nature setting boasting a large balcony with comfortable furniture to lounge on while enjoying the sights and sounds of nature (cocktail optional!)
  • Each suite offers one king or 2 double beds, a private furnished terrace or patio with a screen door, a 48" smart TV, daily refreshed mini-bar (with beer, soft drinks and bottled water), coffee maker, hair dryer, 24-hour room service, iron, in-room safe, bathrobes, and pillow menu.
  • In addition, the Preferred Club Suites offer:
    • Personalized check-in and checkout in the Preferred Club Lounge
    • Upgraded mini-bar and bath amenities
    • Nespresso coffee maker 
    • Daily continental breakfast, afternoon hot tea and hours d'oeuvres, desserts, and fine liquors served in the Preferred Club Lounge
    • Exclusive à la carte breakfast and lunch at the Seaside Grill
  • The newly built Standard Panoramic View Suites feature stunning Papagayo Bay views, each with a king size bed.

Food & Drink

  • Secrets Papagayo offers 7 dining options, including 1 buffet, 4 à la carte restaurants, a grill and a café, all with no reservations or gratuities required.
  • 24-hour room service is available for all room categories and the Secrets Box is a private cubby to leave your dirty dishes where the bugs can't get to them.  This is especially nice in Costa Rica where there are lots of bugs!
  • Coco Café is open all day long serving premium coffee drinks (made with local favorite Cafe Brit coffee), pastries, deli snacks, and delicious desserts.
  • The Seaside Grill is located next to the beach with stunning views of Papagayo bay and serves breakfast and lunch exclusively to Preferred Club guests.
  • Secrets Papagayo offers 5 bars that serve international and domestic top-shelf spirits, including a swim-up bar, beach and pool bar, and a lobby bar with incredible bay views.
  • Revive is a healthy bar located next to the spa and serves a wide selection of healthy and natural beverages and cocktails.


  • Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica sets on Arenilla beach, a picturesque and secluded black volcanic sand beach.
  • The resort is just 20 minutes from the Liberia Airport and 30 minutes from downown Liberia.
  • There are many things to do in Papagayo, including sunset cruises, bay cruise tours, jet skiing, surfing, scuba diving, and fishing. 
  • Secrets Papagayo is only 15 minutes from one of Costa Rica's most popular beaches, Coco Beach.  The town is popular with tourists and locals and has plenty of authentic Costa Rican restaurants, bars and souvenir shops to explore.
  • The Gulf of Papagayo is located in the province Guanacaste.  Guests can enjoy Costa Rica's natural scenery by visiting the unique and stunning natural attractions of Guanacaste including:
    • many diving tours and outdoor tourism sites located nearby
    • explore the natural wonders of the local area such as volcanoes, hot springs, and waterfalls
    • whitewater rafting, canopy tours and more
  • Rincon de la Vieja National Park is a nearby volcano and features a wealth of great activities such as hiking trails, horseback riding, tubing, mountain biking and waterfall swimming.

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About the Author

My name is Amy Burbank, owner of Purple Palm Vacations and the Traveling Travel Agent. I travel throughout the year to the destinations that are in high demand looking for quality vacation options that go above and beyond. This blog is a collection of my All-Inclusive Resort reviews that I feel are the best of the best and will truly provide a great vacation. Happy Travels!

Posted: Sat, Jun 11

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