AMResorts Acquires New Resort in Costa Rica


This week, AMResorts®, a subsidiary of Apple Leisure Group®, announced that they have acquired the Secrets® Papagayo Resort & Spa in Costa Rica.

This is AMResort’s third deal in 2015 and their second resort in Costa Rica. The timeshare group added their first Costa Rican resort in 2014, the Dreams® Las Mares Costa Rica.

CEO of Apple Leisure Group, Alex Zozaya shared, “Costa Rica is one of the leading destinations for North American travelers, and the country’s sustainable tourism model is drawing attention from those seeking luxury accommodations that still offer a local experience. This presents a great opportunity to develop premium, all-inclusive resorts in the region.”

AMResorts acquired the former Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa on February 28, 2015. The resort will operate as the Papagayo Resort & Spa until May. At that time, the resort will close for renovations and become one of AMResort’s Unlimited-Luxury® resorts.

The biggest item on the list is upgrading the resort’s 202 units to luxury suites. After that, the common areas of the resort will undergo a complete renovation. AMResorts plans to redesign the lobby, restaurants, and resort grounds.

This location will join the group’s line of all-inclusive, adults-only resorts. While attending the resort, guests can enjoy endless food, beverages, room service, beach and pool wait service, and spa treatments.

Executive VP and Chief Strategy Officer of Apple Leisure Group, Javier Coll, commented,

“Following the success of Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica, which opened at 90 percent occupancy, we seized the opportunity to introduce our adults-only premium brand, Secrets Resorts & Spas, to complement our offerings in the destination. Our ability to strategically identify desirable markets and efficiently convert existing properties to meet AMResorts’ brand standards also offers significant value to owners seeking to enter the luxury all-inclusive sector.”

President of AMResorts, Gonzalo del Peon said, “Guests appreciate the opportunity to vacation in unique destinations, and our growth strategy is focused on entering more places where travelers want to be. The Papagayo Peninsula is an excellent addition to AMResorts’ generous array of beachfront, tropical locations where guests can experience our Unlimited-Luxury® concept.”

The new Secrets Papagayo Resort & Spa is scheduled to reopen on November 11, 2015. Stay tuned to The Timeshare Authority blog for more information on the grand opening.