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Secrets Papagayo All Inclusive

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Secrets Papagayo All Inclusive

5 star hotel
3 Km North West from Panama Beach Main Entrance Playa Arenilla, Provincia de Guanacaste, 50503, Costa Rica
202 rooms
FREE Internet

Rocket Frog Divers

PADI 5 star dive center
Offsite (Paid pickup)
Max 6 divers per guide

Package highlights

  • Enjoy Unlimited-Luxury® at the adults-only Secrets Papagayo 5* resort, with Costa Rica's most stunning dive sites in easy reach
  • This hidden paradise is perfectly-located on a tranquil beach, but is only a short free-of-charge transfer from Playas del Coco and the 5* PADI dive center 
  • Dive with bull sharks, turtle, eels, mantas, and devil rays by the thousand
  • The Catalinas offer the best chance to see humpbacks and dolphins and swim with Pacific giant manta rays - with wingspans wider than a car is long
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Enhanced Health Measures

Date of last update:Aug 20, 2020

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As we prepare to welcome you back to our beautiful beachfront resorts, we’re committed to redefining your travel journey with our best-in-class CleanComplete Verification™ practices. While health and safety have always been our top priorities, these new protocols further elevate our standards of quality and cleanliness, enabling you to vacation at any AMResorts® property with the ultimate peace of mind. Our 360-degree quality, safety and hygiene system takes into account every aspect of resort operations, backed by the highest-level third-party certification. We will be evolving and innovating our procedures continuously and will share the newest developments as they are implemented. Our protocols begin the moment you start planning a vacation to the time you return home! CHECK IN At the lobby entrance, all arrivals are offered alcohol-based hand sanitizer and, within the lobby area, cleaning with high-grade disinfectants occurs every hour. Additionally, lobby-area Hygiene Check-In Stations are established to: Check guest temperature with a thermal scanner or pistol thermometer, both for those checking in and those returning from off-site activity. Review guest travel records for the past 14 days to avoid travel from hot spots. Allow guests to complete a health declaration form, confirming virus-free wellbeing. Guide guests who present symptoms upon arrival to an isolation area in which they may consult with the resort’s on-site physician. All luggage carts are also disinfected prior to and between uses. At check-in, the receptionist cleans the desk area with a sanitizing formula between guests and prior to each check-in process and applies hand-sanitation gel. ROOM CLEANING PROCEDURES Each guest will find a door hanger with the Cristal International Standards® RoomCheck badge on the door handle when arriving at their room, indicating that the room was cleaned following the Cristal International Standards® room cleaning process. Additionally, all rooms include a pocket size gel sanitizer as part of the amenities package. An overview with details of all cleansing and sanitizing processes in guest rooms, front of house areas and back of house areas is provided in printouts, on in-room tablets and on the resort TV channel, which also include video of sanitizing protocols and hygiene tips. To provide additional sanitation, the television remote control, in-room tablet, amenities kit, and extra blankets and pillows are all pre-sanitized and presented in vacuum-sealed packaging. SANITATION THROUGHOUT THE RESORT Increased sanitation activity is in place for all areas with high human contact throughout operating hours, including public areas that receive hourly thorough cleaning and disinfecting throughout the day. Restrooms are sanitized and disinfected before and after operating hours and stocked with hand sanitizing gel. Frequent cleaning with disinfectants takes place in high touch areas like staircases and elevators. Sanitizing gel is available throughout the resort in all common areas, including outside elevators, and staff circulate throughout these areas offering sanitizing gel to guests. Beach and pool loungers are placed with proper distance between them, and waiters, pool and beach butlers offer sanitizing gel to guests prior to handling beverages. Sanitation of sports equipment occurs between use and prior to use by any guest. This includes items like ping-pong equipment and tables, basketballs, volleyballs, tennis rackets, and non-motorized water sports equipment. Disinfectants are used to sanitize the area during regularly scheduled cleaning times throughout the day. Additional sanitizing and cleaning schedules are in place to provide deep cleaning for machines. Fitness trainers wear masks and sanitize all equipment immediately after use. To support immune health, fitness center guests are offered the choice of alkaline water, which helps improve the immune system. Activities that involve physical contact between entertainers and guests, such as dance classes, will be replaced with alternative activities that allow for social distancing, and show seating will allow for social distancing. Within spa facilities, sanitizing gel is provided to each guest as they approach reception. All high contact areas are sanitized on a regular basis throughout the day, and lockers are sanitized between uses. Essential bactericidal and fungicidal oils are used to atomize all areas and also in aromatherapy treatments. Spa areas involving water, like whirlpool tubs and pools, hydrotherapy pools, will be sanitized by maintaining the water chemistry for pH, alkalinity, and calcium hardness and to destroy microorganisms and bacteria. In hydrotherapy areas, spa staff wear special footwear that is used only in the hydrotherapy area. Spa amenities, such as robes, sandals, combs, as well as nail salon utensils are disinfected and presented in sealed packaging to guests. Disinfecting tablets are used to sanitize pedicure stations, all spa therapists wear facemasks to ensure proper hygiene and safety to guests, and non-latex gloves are used to provide nail services, massages, facials and other spa treatments. DINE IN STYLE: FOOD + BEVERAGE PROTOCOLS All bars and restaurants feature seating allowing for social distancing with tables and chairs sanitized daily and throughout the service period. Proper handwashing techniques are reviewed with food service staff at the start of every shift and increased signage is in place to reinforce those reviews. Guests with groups larger than five people are asked to make reservations with the concierge in advance so that restaurant tables can be adjusted to allow for social distancing and movement by wait staff. Resort apps alert guests when their table is ready, allowing for freedom of movement around the resort while waiting. Hand sanitizer is available at restaurant entrances, on bar tops and throughout the establishments. Bar snacks are presented in individual portions. Menu options are presented on boards or tablet QR codes and the use of physical menus is limited to those who request them. Tablecloths are changed after every use. After use, cutlery is cleaned, disinfected, and placed in a cover preventing contact with outside surfaces. Breadbaskets are no longer used with food being presented in individual portions. Chefs and servers are required to wear masks when preparing or serving food like teppanyaki or sushi in guest areas. For buffet service, dishes are offered to guests by servers with masks, food tongs are changed every 20 minutes, and sneeze barriers are in place. Additionally, for those guests who prefer, a la carte menu options are available in all buffet restaurants. Room service uses covered food dishes to ensure hygiene from the kitchen to the guest room, and all room service waiters wear gloves and masks for delivery. Room service waiters allow guests to set up their own dining area, unless requested otherwise. BEHIND THE SCENES: BACK OF HOUSE SANITATION ACTIVITY New staff positions have been created to oversee all health and sanitation measures. Regular wellness training is provided for all personnel to ensure they take the correct steps for their own health as well as the health of guests. Employees who exhibit symptoms of illness are required to notify their manager and will be sent home and advised to self-quarantine until they are cleared to return to work. Those who violate this policy are subject to disciplinary action. Other measures include: Office area workstations are sanitized every two hours. Engineering teams conduct regular tests of pools and water systems, including constant readings of chlorine levels, PH levels and water temperature. A specific area has been designated for suppliers, who must wash hands and clean shoes using automatic brushes or special sanitizing carpets. Specific staff members receive, sanitize and arrange merchandise in a dedicated area. Laundry protocols have been established to control temperature and laundry cycling as well as to address the cleaning of contaminated items.
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Booking process

1. BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot

2. CONFIRMATION

We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final

3. 48H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment & cancellation

Payment terms

  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 20%
  • 121 days before trip start: 100%

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

STANDARD CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel 98 days or less prior to your arrival date, you will forfeit 100% of your trip; if you cancel more than 98 days prior to your arrival date, you will forfeit 20% of your trip.

SPECIAL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) TERMS : For reservations made prior to October 1, free cancellation. After October 1 : If you cancel more than 4 days before the start of your trip, there will be no charge, if you cancel 3 days before the trip you will be charged $50, and if you cancel less than 3 days before your trip, you will be charged for one night of your stay.

Explore diving around the Secrets Papagayo All Inclusive

Best dive sites in Playas del Coco (Guanacaste)

There are approximately 20 dive sites near to the Playas del Coco shore. You’ll find additional sites at the Catalina, Bat and Tortuga Islands. The dive sites at the offshore islands are the most famous. In particular, Cueva del Tiburón (a.k.a. Shark Cave) near the Catalina Islands is home to several, sleeping reef sharks. Also, Big Scare near the Bat Islands offers up an adrenalin-filled Bull Shark encounters. Closer to shore, Cabeza de Mono is a superb site for watching rays pass by. Punta Gorda and Punta Argentina are other superb dive sites in the area with a healthy variety of tropical fish life.

Snorkeling in Playas del Coco (Guanacaste)

Because of the poor visibility and lack of coral immediately surrounding the shore, Playas del Coco is not known for its snorkeling opportunities. However, Playa Guacamaya and Nacascolo are both within an hour’s boat ride and feature coral reefs with plenty of marine life. The snorkeling at both of these destinations is the best in the region.

What to see

Playas del Coco is particularly popular for its abundance of pelagic species. You won’t have to wait long before you find something big in the water.

During the rainy season, plankton blooms occur in the Pacific, attracting dozens of Giant Manta Rays, mobulas and migrating humpbacks and pilot whales. Occasionally, a whale shark may float past. Fantastic arrays of sharks, including the Bull Sharks of the Bat Islands also arrive from May to November to feast on offshore bait balls. Nurse sharks hide out in the caves of the Catalina Islands.

Throughout the year, colorful fish and endangered sea turtles cruise along the Guanacaste coast, stopping to lay eggs on the area’s beaches.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • Best dive vessel in the Guanacaste region (36ft, 2x 300 HP Yamaha engines)
  • Daily dive trips to 22 local sites, fresh fruit on board
  • Regular diving around The Catalina and Bat Islands 
  • Recreational and professional PADI training
  • Experienced, multilingual dive masters and instructors
  • Maintenance station, rental equipment, WiFi
  • Free pick up in new van

Description

Rocket Frog Divers is a PADI 5* IDC based in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. 

The dive operation is proud to offer their customers the absolute best dive vessel in the area. Built with the sole purpose of diving in mind, the Pacific Express is 36 feet long and is fitted with two 300 HP Yamaha engines.

Dive trips depart daily to local and specialty dive sites (The Catalina Islands and The Bat Islands) in less than half the time of other local dive boats. Refreshments and fresh fruit are available during the surface interval. 

PADI recreational and professional courses are offered, including night, Nitrox and wreck specialties. Divemasters have in depth knowledge of the local marine ecosystems, and training is provided in English, French and Spanish. 

Facilties include a shop, gear maintenance station, rental equipment and storage space, air-conditioned classroom, filling station, WiFi and fish ID book selection.

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DIVING SERVICES

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Battery Charging Station
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • Air Conditioning
  • Warm-Water Showers
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • Filling Station

PADI® Courses Available

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba Diving
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Divemaster
  • Divemaster Internship
  • Instructor/Idc Course
  • Free-Diving Course
  • Kids Courses
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Underwater Videographer
  • Night Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Underwater Propulsion Vehicle
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Sidemount Diver
  • Other Specialties

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • French

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed)
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Idc
  • Padi 100% Aware

Resort Amenities

Food & drink

  • Private Dining
  • Buffet
  • A La Carte
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food

Activities

  • Sunset Cruises
  • Live Music
  • Cultural Excursions
  • Cooking Classes
  • Jet Skiing
  • Hiking

Facilities

  • Beach Front
  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Garden

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-Up Paddling
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Surfing
  • Sailing
  • Fishing
  • Tennis
  • Golf (Close By)
  • Horseback Riding
  • Cycling
  • Beach Volleyball

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Amex
  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Spa Facility
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Massage Services
  • Yoga

Resort Description

Secrets Papagayo is a 5* all inclusive adults-only resort, within easy reach of Costa Rica's most beautiful dive sites.

This oceanfront resort has its own private bay on the Pacific Ocean, a large infinity pool and a first-class spa. The nearby 5* PADI dive center will take you to and from the resort free of charge, making it the ideal dive retreat. 

You'll be treated to the VIP benefits of the hotel's Unlimited-Luxury® concept, including reservation-free gourmet dining, poolside waiter service, and top-shelf drinks. 

The focus here is on low-key relaxation between dive days and making the most of the beautiful natural setting. Look out for local wildlife around the resort – from raccoons and monkeys to iguanas and hummingbirds. 

How to get there

Arrival

  • Liberia Airport is a 20 minute drive from the airport. 
  • The resort can arrange a driver to pick you up from the airport and bring you to the resort, provided you give advance notice of your flight details (additional cost). 

Departures

  • A private transfer can be arranged for an additional cost (advance notice required, additional cost). 

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