Oasis Papagayo Sport & Family
129 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Not a 4* hotel
"I personally think that this was no way in a month of sundays a 4* hotel.
The food was very reptitive and basic.
We went as a famil of 4, 2 adults a 13 year old and 8 month old, the hotel entertainment was fine but did not cater for all.
For what this holiday cost me to fo A/I I paid lest than half for 2 adults to egypt in may the year before.
I will not be going back to the island and just talked my fiends out ov going with kids because there is nothingk for them!!!"
- Travel date: Tue 21st of September 2010
The truth from a holiday lover
"Hello all , i have been on many holidays both all inclusive (AC) and (SC) and the review is very honest based on my time at the oasis papagayo.
this time i went SC
The hotel is in my opinion a 3*. the rooms were fairly clean but did not conpair to a 4* all inclusive i have stayed in previously. the main bummer for me was the heat in the room. i booked this holiday quite hasty and just asumed that the room would have air con... it diddnt !!. once you get over this shock you get used to the heat by leaving your window open ( DONT FORGET YOUR BUG SPRAY!!) you could however get a fan from reception but you have to pay for this ( who said air was free ) . The beds were not that nice to sleep on as you got the odd spring in your back but this does not mean all the beds are like this. the master bedroom is x2 single beds pushed together so if your planing on having a cuddle please bare in mind you may actually fall on the floor inbetween the beds. our friends room was infested with ants but again this does not mean to say that all of the rooms were like this.
the bar in the hotel and the all inclusive people...
i was SC when i stayed here as my last few holidays have been of a AC nature. the times that i stayed at the club house of an evening there was one large que with only 1 or 2 members of bar staff. once you have got to the front you can only get half pint glasses if you are AC. how ever you can order x4 half pint glases at a time ???. if you are SC you can buy a pint for 3 euros. if you want a soft drink and you are SC a small party sized cup will cost you 2 euros but a large pint of soft drink will cost you 3 euros. once you have established that a massive bottle of soft drink from the supper market next door costs only 2.50 euro your night gets alot cheaper.
these guys were fantastic people and the kids loved them. they were always doing somthign round the pool and in the evening. we had a good laugh in the club house with them.
there are 2 salt water pools and a non salt water pool that i found they were very nice.
its a 15-20 min walk from the hotel to the main strip of bars and shops followed by the amazing harbour. a really nice meal for 2 will cost about 40 euros with a few drinks down the harbour. it is only 3-4 euros for a cab to the harbour. the beach is very nice there is a couple you can go for but i found the best one near the x2 rui hotels. ask a cab driver and it will cost you 5 euros.
all in all.
the holiday location and hotel entertainment/pool made up for the not so inviting room. if i was to go back i would go half board and go for the odd meal out. i think if you get involved with the other people in the day with the reps you have a nicer time in the evening. "
- Travel date: Fri 18th of June 2010
best holiday EVER
"me and my mum went to this resort on the 31st of July for 2 weeks.it was the best holiday i have ever been on ignore all the bad reviews.when you get off the plane you have a passport check, wait for your luggage and see a rep who tells you what bus to get on its all really straight forward. when you get on the bus they give you as little talk about when the meeting is n what to expect from your holiday.when you get to the oasis papagayo you have to give ure passport in and get your keys 4 apartment.yes it is hard to find but its a laugh the grounds are beautiful and well kept ad weather was LOVELY so having a walk to find your apartment is fun.the apartment was lovely. its spacious,clean and just what you need.the pools are gr8 fun and entertainment was fantastic. it suits all ages im 14 and throughout the 2 weeks wasnt once bored. when we went mum got a safe because a few reviews say about getting things nicked. food wise i recommend retro bar, wakiki beach bar its lovely in the evening because its on the beach also the on site restaurant is quite nice not the best but also penny lane its run by liverpool people lovely food and people.i wouldn't recommend tiffany's i didnt think it was very good service slow and food disgusting.the beach is lovely the sea is lovely and clean when you are swimming you can see everything.when me and mum went we went to baku animal experience it was soo good. they give you a program of whats happening.i got to have a pic with a parrot, have a pic with snakes on me and got to swim,kis, hug and feed a sea-lion it was mint. all the pics taken on the day are put in a disk so u can take it home. WE ARE BOOKED TO GO AGAIN ON JUNE 14TH FOR 2 WEEKS WOOOP :D hope u have a good time. "
- Travel date: Tue 1st of June 2010
Worst holiday EVER...
"Staff are rude assistant manager rude, hung up on me when i finnally complained to her. Food terrible, whole family had food poisening. Loads of cockroaches in room. Shard of glass from glass panel falling out of door went through partners shoulder. hotel staff had the cheek to try and charge us for the glass. Could have been my children. Reps excellent with kids, but don't expect much when complaining. loose tiles all over the hotel. sheets on beds changed twice whole holiday. No air conditioning. 4euro's a day for tv; hard core porn came on the tv when turned it on, had to rush children out the room.(CHILDRENS HOTEL)not really. Found dried puke on one of the meant to be clean bed sheets. Ants nest in bathroom. VERY EXPENSIVE island, but not worth the money, could have gone to disney world with what we spent. They tell you there's a crech for the undee 3s there is nothing if your child is under 3, your stuffed. Hotel and surroundings looked unfinished parts even looked abandonned. 4* more like a 1*. Strip bar/brothel across the road. Enjoyed water park across the way. Town is a good 40minute walk away, not what they state in brochure, no good for young children, we did not have one good meal on island. 80euro for burger an chips times 4, including 4 drinks at one place, everywhere just as expensive. If your looking for a bit of culture or a proper holiday, not the place for you.Lots more wrong, but i think i'v said enough"
- Travel date: Fri 28th of May 2010
best holiday ever !
"me and my 14 year old daughter went on holiday july 31st for 2weeks
it was lovely and warm and we only had 1 dull day whilst we stayed there.lots of people are complaining about having things stolen but it is easily prevented by buying a safe you do get ure deposit back and is worth the money if it keeps your things safe.the pools were lovely because there is so many they dont get overcrowded and sometimes u can be in the pool on ure own bliss!the entertainment at night is soo funny and enjoyable and the staff are very friendly the staff gave us a half price drink cos it was r last day :)the shop next door is a bit pricey but when u walk down to the main part and the beach it is good to buy a drink.
the walk down to the main are is lovely you go past the fair,baku water park and animal sanctuary then ure there basically. the beach is massive and the water is soo clear and cold just what u need :D
baku animal sanctuary was amazing we got to swim with play with and feed a sea-lion called max whilst they took free pics that u could collect on a cd it was a gr8t experience it did cost Â£30pp but was well worth it.
i would recommend retro bar,wakikki (it is on the beech lovely view),penny lane (owned by friendly liverpool people) and pirates bay.
we personally didn't like tiffany's the service was crap and food wasnt very nice.
we found netto the best cheap shop with very nice food
i recommend if u r planning on swimming u take goggles because of the pools being salt water and the ones they sell there are not very good and take ure own towels
we really enjoyed this holiday and r booked to go back in july we cannot wait i hope it been helpful xx "
- Travel date: Mon 29th of March 2010
March 2010 young couple all inclusive
"I have just returned from a week at the oasis papagayo with my girlfreind and had a fantastic time although it was quite when we went in march it was a perfect holiday for families with young children, as there is activities for the kids daily a choice of 5 pools and a jacuzzi also a bowling alley and an american dinner.Although we do not have children it was nice to see the children enjoyin there selves.The hotel has a coice of two restraunts a themed night buffet where they do diffrent foods each night e.g indian, mexican and italian a la carte is available.and also the main buffet restraunt where breakfast is served, unfortunatly
we visited the oasis papagayo on a all inclusive holiday which was our first time all inclusive,and were not impressed with the food for example at breakfast the sausages were tinned but there were a wide range of other choices for those who like continental or ceral. The food at night was cold and the combinations did not go we found our selves eating off the kids section where they do pizza,chips,fish fingers be aware of the chicken nuggets as they are pink inside.Overall the hotel is very very clean the reception area is open 24 hours and the staff speak very good english and are helpful the town is just a nice 10 15 mins walk away into correlejo after visiting the oasis papagayo we would defintly go back as we had a fantastic time i hope the review helps. "
- Travel date: Tue 16th of March 2010
Not 4 star accommodation
"I have just returned from a self catering holiday at Oasis Papagayo. The accommodation is certainly not 4 star. I have been told the hotel gets its 4 star from Thomsons because of the entertainment for children,which is no good to me because my child is now 34 and I am looking for a nice place to stay. I will definately go back to Correlejo the beaches are beautiful, and the restaurants are plentiful with a wide selection of food to choose from.
- Travel date: Tue 23rd of February 2010
a word of warning
"nice enough accomodation but not very quite rooms you could hear every ones toilet habits . try the cherry tree for brekkie opposite campaniro shopping centre and hong kong chinese for buffet also la tasca for service and food -must be ok we have been here 4 times . a word of warning make sure the centre catch on the windows is also locked every time you leave your room as we were broken into luckily only cards which we stopped straight away and a empty bag thankyou maria on reception would go back but probably book independently as expensive through travel company "
- Travel date: Tue 9th of February 2010
Great for kids, and still lovely and hot in November
"Overall we had a fantastic holiday, we only had a week here, but wish we'd have booked 2. We were travelling as a family of 3, me and my partner and our child who's almost 3.
Its a short journey from the airport to the hotel, and the scenery on the way is fantastic. On arrival we were given a key and directed to our apartment (in daylight this wasnt to bad, however, in darkness it would have been a total nightmare!) .DO NOT BUY FROM THE SUPERMARKET NEXT TO THE HOTEL........ VERY VERY EXPENSIVE!
The apartment was extremely spacious, and did us for what we needed, it could have been a tad cleaner, but nothing abit of dettol didnt sort out!
We were self catering- however we upgraded to all in for the last 3 days of our stay, this cost 30 euros pp per day for me and my partner, and our daughter was free. It was well worth it as its a very expensive area to eat out in!! For 3 main meals and 3 soft drinks, we were roughly doing 40 euros per night, and thats just in the evenings! So if we returned we would do so on an all in basis. The food was fine, and there was a good selection.
Would definately reccomend Tiffanys, we ate there alot , the food was lovely, and the service was great!
The pools were fab, especially for the kids as the main pool, is roped off as it gets deeper, our daughter spent a week in the pool and thouroughly enjoyed it!!
Would reccomend a walk down to the harbour, we ate there one evening and it was lovely!
Entertainment was ok in the evenings, seen better, but it was a giggle at times, and the mini disco was thoroughly enjoyed by our little one.
Will definately return 1 day, wellworth a trip."
- Travel date: Sat 21st of November 2009
"Having just got back from here I have a lovely tan and had a very enjoyable holiday. The hotel is bout 30mins drive from the airport passing through the beautiful sand dunes. The hotel is lovely we were all inclusive and had a great time and would love to return. The rooms are beautiful and above average, very clean and spacious. The only improvement could be air conditioning but once the windows are open the rooms soon cool down.
The food was nice buffet style with a good selection for breakfast, fruit, fry ups, pancakes and cereals. The dinner was a pool side buffet which wasnt too bad but was the same choice everyday, burgers,chips,pizza,salad,hotdogs,chicken nuggets. The evening buffet was good and a chef prepared meat whilst you waited. There was also a restraunt which ran themed nites such as indian chinese spanish and mexican which was very nice.
The entertainment was excellent if you had children as the reps entertained them al day and night. There was a creche, play ground, 3 adult swiming pools and 3 childrens pools. The top end is were the entertainment happens and the bottom is relaxing and quiet with a jacquzi tub.
The slow boat chinese is brilliant as is tiffanys cafe. We visited both even though all inclusive and would deffinetly recomend these places to go. The trading post pub and caspers bar are also enjoyable.
Overall this hotel was brilliant a short walk to the sand dunes and beach with the market and water park just across the road. I would recomend this hotel as i was a little worried reading other peoples reviews. However it was brilliant and i may return in the future. "
- Travel date: Sat 19th of September 2009
"I have just returned from Oasis Papagayo after spending 2 weeks there with my children ages 10 & 7. After reading others reviews, I was a bit apprehensious, however, we had a fantastic time. The rooms were lovely and clean, the maids were helpful & friendly, the complex was huge and the reps and entertainement staff were brilliant.
If like me you need a break then this is the place to go, there is something for the kids morning, noon and night.
The only thing I would say is that my kids didn't like the saltwater pools and that is where all the entertainment is based, but after they got used to it they were ok.
It is very expensive there, if you can, go to the hyperdino, it's only around 3-4 euros in a taxi and you will save loads.
I only ate in a couple of resteraunts that were recommended to me, Tiffany's (oh and the bakers next door is reasonable and food was gorgeous, think it's called dolche leche) and a chinese downtown called slow boat wok, at the end of the white shop, blanco something, all clothes are white. Food and choice was amazing.
I am planning to go back ASAP. Sunny Sarah, nutty Nat, jazzy James, JL, courtney, Kirsty Kool, and the others are truly wonderful, they really made our holiday.
Go, you won't regret it!"
- Travel date: Sun 30th of August 2009
Not for us....
"We (myself,partner & 4 yr old twins) have just returned from 2 week holiday. Oasis Papagayo is spacious and has 5 pools plus a jacuzzi. 3 of the pools are salt water and have entertainment all day, the other 2 are alot quieter and have a hidden jacuzzi surrounded by palm trees. Sounds ideal? There are alot of uneven tiles around the pool - accident waiting to happen - and the small mosaic tiles are easily picked off the bottom of the paddling pool, which alot of children were doing, again creating rough and sharp edges to cut little ones feet. The apartments are quite spacious and relatively clean but the maid service was not good - towels just dumped on lounge table (when they were changed) and bed linen only changed once a week. When you are in a country with 46 degrees of heat (not that i'm complaining about that) with no air conditioning in your apartment, the linen could be changed a little more regular. Also you can hear far too much noise from neighbouring apartments, furniture being moved, general talking and more personal things!! Some upstairs apartments have a balcony which is open to a steep stairway, so if you have little ones ask if you can change. The reception staff are very unhelpful, every request we had they shrugged their shoulders and couldnt help except they did allow us to keep the room on so very grateful for that. The location of the complex is a good walk into town which is stated in the brochures but i would estimate a 25 minute walk into town rather than whats stated in the brochures. You can get a taxi back on weekdays before 10pm for 2 euros 40 or on a Sunday 3 euros 15 depending on driver. We heard alot of stories from local english tourist and residents of crime and corruption and 2 prices within the resort - one for the locals and 1 for the English tourists. Also beware of the lack of security on your bedroom windows - we questioned the poor locks on windows on arrival and on the last evening got promptly broken into and Â£600 worth of goods stolen!!!
Correlejo itself is not our cup of tea. No where particularly nice to eat, and only one restaurant with a half decent view. Whether we have been spoilt by the beauty of other countries but we were no impresses at all by the landscape and standards of the restaurants. We questioned the handful of people we met that raved about the resort whether they had actually been anywhere else in the world???
There are alot of establishments boarded up and far too many blackpool type souvenir shops and chinese restaurants. We counted 6 in all in this small resort.
If you have laready booked make the most of it like we did, because we did have a lovely time together and I advise eating at Pirates, Waikiki Beach and El Torro Rosso restaurant. Avoid at all costs the Taj Mahal indian - i couldn't face eating the food at all, it was quite embarrassing explaining why not.
If you haven't already booked think long and hard. We are not complainers and have never written a reveiw (either good or bad) before but really felt I needed to.
Plus side Thomson kids club reps very very good and our kids fell in love with them. Also Helen is very approachable and understanding (Rep within the hotel)."
- Travel date: Mon 6th of July 2009