Occidental Papagayo

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Overview

The marvelous, open-air lobby of the Occidental Grand Papagayo transports guests with the exotic trappings of a pure tropical escape. The untamed, natural beauty of Costa Rica's Northern Pacific coastline echoes the sentiment. From spectacular bluffs to warm ocean waters below, the unspoiled eco-diversity this rich land offers simply carved out the perfect spot for the Occidental Grand Papagayo. This exclusive, adults only resort where premium service meets a breathtaking location is just half an hour from Liberia International Airport.

Location: Situated in Guanacaste on the Northern Pacific coast on beautiful Buena Beach, 20 min to Playa del Coco with its restaurants, bars and shops, 30 min from the airport.


tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Katie G : South Bound Brook
We will be back!

We decided to splurge on the romance package...it was well worth it. Our view was beautiful. Our room was beautiful. And the way we were treated was impeccable. We enjoyed our time so much-that we are already planning our next trip!

  • LesleyET : Whitmore Lake, Michigan
Visit Larry at the beach for an excellent fishing trip

I'm only going to say a few things about this hotel because I think others have summed it up well. It's nice, but not excellent. Omar in the premium lounge does a great job. I don't feel though that we got our money's worth by upgrading to the premium level. I'd also like to give a shout out to Harold (bell boy). He also worked his butt off and was very friendly and helpful. He also remembered us and where our room was even though he has a hotel full of guests. His customer service was excellent. Anyways, I'm writing this review because of Larry, not the hotel. Larry is down on the beach. He's from California so we were comfortable booking a trip with him. My husband and I had an excellent 5 hour trip with Larry's coworkers and they were great. We caught 15 fish and Victor worked his butt off cleaning and preparing us Ceviche on the boat. We also went snorkeling (which wasn't great as far as fish to see) but it helped me because I did get sea-sick. Larry recommended that we take our fish to his friend's restaurant which is in Cocoa Beach (1 town South). Since we had a rental car, we did just that and the restaurant cooked up our fresh Mahi-mahi and Red Snapper. How cool to be able to eat what you just caught?? We gave the rest of the fish to the guys on the boat and they were happy. Larry was very friendly and gave us lots of great advice!

  • frankie2011 : Silverton, Oregon
Nicest people, great service, a little isolated

This is a nice property on the bay. The beach is not the best but it is swimmable.the buffet was adequate with just enough variety to not be boring. The drinks were strong and plentiful.i was surprised at the addition of fine coffee drinks ( Lattes, cappuccinos, and espressos. a nice touch. I enjoyed the staff and their devotion to friendly service. Taxis are expensive. There is a taxi stand outside the lobby but the prices are very high. We were pretty much stuck in the hotel unless you wen on formal tours. we did two of them but would have enjoyed more options to explore the culture. this is a very good place to relax and be lazy but not a cultural experience. they do what they do well but it is not for everybody

  • colliertracyc : Toronto, Canada
Nice resort for couples...not for groups

We just returned from 5 days at the resort.We loved the room, size was good in the 14 section and the view was spectacular. We were NOT notified from our agent or hotel that the main pool was closed for renovation. Big disappointment there. The beach pool is small and had to accomodate the entire resort during our stay. The food is descent but the selection is limited. Buffet is small. The options from the grill was very similar each day but still a descent meal. Our issues were the following: We were a group of 8 friends and this hotel is not meant for groups. Tables in the buffet and the a la carte only really held max 4. It was always an issue to keep us together. They actually told us at one point that we could only sit 4 and 4 or 2,2,2. We spoke with management and they did help us out at that point. There is MINIMAL entertainment. No shows, no theatre. Its a VERY quiet resort. I'm guessing most people went to their rooms around 9:30 because the place gets dark and quiet quick. (Other then the disco but we didn't want to do that every night of our stay)They had live music every other night I believe in the main lobby. So one night was guitar and another was piano but it didn't last long then everyone pretty much cleared out and the raccoons took their place. They weren't harmful, they were just annoying to swat away. Not the best place for a group of 8 friends looking to chat and have fun in the evening. This is a non-smoking type of resort. If you are a smoker (one of our friends is) you had to smoke in designated areas that aren't welcoming or lit. We called it the "timeout corner" because it seemed that's where the "bad" people had to go. It was hard for our friend that is also a female and also had to take a non-smoker cause it never seemed safe at night. I think they have potential to be a great honeymoon/couples resort but not for anymore then 2 people travelling. You can get bored with no places to go other then your room. Either way...we had our friends and cocktails all week so we made it work. We'll know what to look for next trip but I don't think we'll be back here in the future.

  • Andy B : Rancho Cucamonga, California
Beautiful, but needs some attention.

We stayed 7 days in late October to early November and it was beautiful at the resort. The staff worked meticulously hard to make our stay pleasant. There was plenty of activities such as: Excursions to zipline, horseback riding, water slide, mud bath and hot springs, swimming (Pool bar only as main pool was being renovated), fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, ping-pong, billiards, yoga, dancing, and of course, libations! We were lucky enough to get to witness hundreds of sea tortoises (Laro's) make their way up to a volcanic beach, lay their eggs and head back to the ocean - a beautiful experience. The rooms were clean with a great view. We had issues when we first arrived with towels not readily available when we first arrived and the toilet failed to flush with difficulty. There is plenty of wildlife in and around the resort. We saw coati's (raccoons), bailey's, white faced monkeys, howler monkeys, parrots, conures, toucan's, scarlett mcaws, pelican's, iguanas, snakes - including sea snakes, skip jack tuna feeding off the beach, and colorful insects and butterflies.One major disappointment that I have to point out was that the buffet never changed much during breakfast, lunch and dinner. We could literally know where the same food was placed at each meal period everyday and all of us got extremely tired of eating the same food. Additionally, we only got to eat at the "Oriental" and "Grill" once each within a 7 day stay and we were unable to sample the "Italian" food. I believe the resort could improve by expanding more variety and changing the food choices daily. I'd like to say that the staff worked very hard at the grill and buffet and a special thank you to Patricia and the entire staff who was very attentive and accommodating to our large group everyday. Also, Ja-Ja at the activities center was a great person to play volleyball, and friendship! Our group enjoyed her friendly attitude and helpfulness. Additional thanks to Davis and the entire staff at the bar and disco who made our drinks and provided excellent and prompt service.Thank you again Occidental Papagayo!Hasta la proxima!Andy

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
  • Hotel transfers for packages to USA
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Snacks
  • A la carte dining w/reservations
  • Domestic & International brand drinks from 10am-10pm
  • Non-motorized water sports
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Introductory scuba diving lesson in pool
  • Day & night tennis
  • Yoga
  • Fitness centre
  • Spanish lessons
  • Dance lessons 
  • Daily activities & entertainment
  • Big Costa Rican theme day
  • 169 rooms & suites in several low-rise buildings
  • 1 buffet restaurant
  • 4 restaurants, including 2 a la carte restaurants: Italian and Asian, dress code & reservations required
  • Snack bar
  • 3 Bars
  • Disco
  • 2 pools
  • Tennis court
  • Fitness centre 
  • Spa & beauty parlor
  • Car rental
  • Scuba diving on-site (fee)
  • A range of watersports available
  • Internet access (fee)

Deluxe Rooms include:

  • Located in bungalows
  • 1 king or 2 double beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Cable TV
  • Bathroom w/shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Safety deposit box
  • Mini fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Balcony or terrace w/garden or bay view
  • Max occupancy 2 adults 

Note: Not suitable for the physically challenged due to a large number of stairways.

Honeymooners - Receive a room upgrade (if available at time of check-in), special check-in, flower arrangement upon arrival, 1 breakfast in bed (1 per stay), 10% discount on massage services. Request at time of booking. Requires proof of marriage certificate.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • Occidental Papagayo
    Liberia,Costa Rica

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Occidental Grand Papagayo by Barcelo
Playa Buena, 485000 Costa Rica

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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