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Riu Palace Costa Rica

Costa Rica-Guanacaste Beach Region

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5 Nights with Air from $1,169 All-Inclusive
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Customer Rating 86 Reviews
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4.4 out of 5
"Beautiful resort. Very clean and excellent service." – Moe1
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4.4 out of 5
"Beautiful resort. Very clean and excellent service." – Moe1
87 out of 99 (88%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
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October 19, 2016
Something for everyone

This resort was great! We also went during a wonderful time of year. In october, the weather was wetter than other times of year, but the grounds were green and lush and there were very few people at the resort which was WONDERFUL. The rooms were great. Everything you could need or want. They had multiple pools and we never found for a great spot to lay out! The beaches are okay, but definitely do not expect white sandy beaches. The sand is much closer to dirt since it is black volcanic sand. There are tons of excursions available to do that will pick you up straight from the resort. All of which you can find in the lobby of the resort. If you are looking to be pampered there is also a beautiful spa. There isn't a hot jacuzzi, but the water is warm enough in the regular pools that it isn't really necessary. The food is hit or miss. Some restaurants were fantastic, the fusion restaurant and the Italian restaurant, while others were not very good, the Japanese place and the steak lunch buffet. The main buffet restaurant, Arenal, was great. There is definitely something for everyone. Overall, great trip. Definitely for those that love adventure!


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From: Atlanta, GA
Age: 25-34
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

September 14, 2016
Worth Every Penny

Resort: Was very clean. We did not have to worry about teens or rowdy teenagers because the crowd was mature. The staff was very friendly and attentive. Even the gardeners were helpful and friendly. We tipped at the resort. And even the two times we forgot our dollars in the room, it was not a big deal like in other resorts we have stayed at. By a big deal I mean no faces from staff or any type of rude comments. They were still very pleasant and friendly. ROOM: Very clean. SPACIOUS! Bar at the tip of your fingers. Never seeing a mini bar in resort rooms (included in the price). LOVED IT. There was a Jacuzzi in the middle of the room I thought that was so sexy! The maintenance of the things could have been kept better. The door to our walk-in shower was a little hard and was making a rusty noise. There are POOLS for days. You have a main one with a bar and the rest of them have the waiters coming and going non stop. I never had a empty glass. They are also very creative with the drinks. I was drinking my Mango loco green drink the whole time there. AMAZING! FOOD: The food was amazing.


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From: New York
Age: 25-34
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

September 12, 2016
The way to do Costa Rica

This was my first time traveling to Costa Rica or staying at a Riu resort so I wasn't sure what to expect from either. I'm slightly confused by the negative reviews (albeit, few) the resort has. If you are expecting AAA 5 diamond restaurants, I would suggest staying at the Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons. If you want white sand beaches, then maybe head to Aruba or Jamaica instead. For those who need a reality check, this is a *all inclusive* in *Costa Rica*. Okay, done ranting at the Negative Nancy's... We had an absolute blast here. The staff was amazing. If you are there to indulge in a few libations by the pool, beach, or basically anywhere around the resort, give your servers and bartenders $10-$20 and they will take care of you all day. There were no shortage of activities offered, just head to the beach and you will find super nice people that are not overly "salesy" (unlike Cancun, for example). Shout out to Carlos, who we ended up chatting with every day. For adventure seekers, head to the Diamante Eco Adventure Park for zip lining. We had the time of our life here: staff was helpful and friendly and the facility was clean with top of the line equipment. Food overall was good, but again, if you are expecting to eat like Prince William and Princess Kate, you should stay at a non-all inclusive resort. The buffet should appease most palates (breakfast and dinner). The Casino was cool to have around but we blew our money pretty fast. Not sure if that's a testament to our gambling skills or the slot machines. Worth it to check out, but I wouldn't recommend staying in there all day. You're in Costa Rica, for crying out loud. Also, head to the Monkey Bar. It's a short walk down the beach and if you head there at the right time, you may just see a monkey or two. All in all, we had a perfect mix of adventure, partying, and relaxation. We are already hoping to go back next year to see and do the things we couldn't fit in the short amount of time. PURA VIDA!


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From: Chicago
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

September 9, 2016
Just got back a week ago

We took my daughter to Riu Palace Costa Rica for her 18th birthday. They were very accommodating and the staff was excellent in every aspect of the Riu. We spent a lot of time at the pool or the beach. The beach has a lot of locals selling which any other resort we went to we didn't get that. But in all honesty if you simply said no thank you, they left you alone. We walked down to the monkey bar a few times and unfortunately didn't see any monkeys, no big deal. They have fishing, jet ski, paddle board rentals right at the beach no traveling for that which was nice. One nice change they made was there are no longer reservations for a la carte restaurants nor do the men have to dress in slacks. There is a Riu right next to this one that looked a little more higher end....you can eat breakfast and lunch there and use their pools, etc. Had a great time!


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From: New York
Age: 45-54
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

Room Information

The resort offers 538 air-conditioned guestrooms, each offering a beautiful terrace/balcony view. Rooms include free Wi-Fi, telephone, in-room safe, coffee maker, mini-bar, and satellite TV. Bathrooms feature double sinks, hydro-massage bathtub and shower cabin, special make-up mirror, and hairdryer. With 24 hour room service, this Riu Palace is fit for a king!

Room Details

Junior Suite Garden View (SJSB)
Hotel/Studio Unit Details

Junior Suite Courtyard View (SJEB)
Hotel/Studio Unit Details

What's to Love

All-inclusive everything: the cocktails, the grub, the utter awesomeness of it all.

Volcanic sands along the Matapalo Beach - mixture of black and tan that make the beach uniquely inviting.

Sparkling pools with lively fun and games for all, and of course, loungers and cocktails readily available.

Beginning your peace-loving days with yoga on the beach. Namaste.

The Riu service and staff takes care of everything, making you feel especially appreciated.

RiuFit is ready to buff you up. Weights. Cardio. Stretching. It's going on every morning and afternoon.

Mix up your own cocktails in your room - liquor dispenser loaded up and ready to go.

 

What We'd Change

The resort is huge, and getting your directions mixed up is easy to do. With so much space and so many activities, though, you'll never lack for entertainment or variety.

 

Why You Should Go

Costa Rica is wickedly exciting. Tours through the jungle, zip lining above the trees, volcanoes to explore.

Delicious food with lots of variety (great if you bring the kids) and at night, lobster for you. Spoil yourself.

Let your inner creative side shine at RiuArt - combine colors, shapes and materials and create masterpieces.

Before you hit the big seas, learn to scuba in the pool. One introductory lesson and it's free.

BBQ by the pool on Friday - fresh, flavorful and a fun way to meet other beach-loving folks.

Available Amenities

  • Tour Assistance
  • Beach
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • Casino ($)
  • Babysitting/Child Care ($)
  • Children's Activities
  • Children's Pool
  • Conference Facilities ($)
  • Currency Exchange
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Fitness/Exercise Room
  • Golf Course ($)
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kids Club
  • Lounge Chairs/Umbrellas
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Playground
  • Roll-Away Bed (on request)
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming Pool(s)
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Windsurfing
  • 24 Hour All-Inclusive
  • Steam Room
  • Billiards
  • Horseback Riding ($)
  • 5 Restaurants
  • 5 Bars/Lounges
  • Shopping
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Snack Bar
  • Spa ($)
  • Wedding Services ($)
  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • Bell Staff Service
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Wireless Internet
  • Pool Towels (complimentary)
  • Tour and Island Information
  • Swim-Up Bar
  • Dive Shop ($)
  • Gift Shop ($)
  • ATM/Banking ($)
  • Banquet Facilities ($)


Nearby Excursions & Attractions

  • Beach
  • Casino(s)
  • Deep-Sea Fishing
  • Dive Shop(s)
  • Eco-Adventure Tour(s)
  • Fishing
  • Fitness Center
  • Golf Course(s)
  • Hiking/Biking Trails
  • Horseback Riding
  • Kayaking
  • Medical Facilities
  • Nature Park(s)
  • Nature Park(s)
  • Nightlife
  • Scuba Diving
  • Volleyball Court(s)
  • Windsurfing

Map of Local Area

Costa Rica is an exhilarating land of luxuriant rainforests and mighty volcanoes, of natural hot springs and shimmering oceans, of colonial charm and captivating nightlife. The ultimate delight of Costa Rica is its people.

Riu Palace Costa Rica

Playa Matapalo, Sardinal, Carrillo - Guanacaste

011-506-2681-2300

Hotel Description

Riu Palace Costa Rica: An All-Inclusive Vacation in a Tropical Green Paradise

As a true beach lover, we know you're savvy and looking for that next ultimate vacation spot, one with everything you want. A place with oceans of activities for you, the fam and the kids, that includes perks like all-inclusive eats and drinks and sparkling pools where you can lounge all day (if you want.) Costa Rica's lush landscapes, filled with unique wildlife, exciting excursions (ever hike a volcano?), and tantalizing seas fits this wildly adventurous destination dream. And, Riu's commitment to service is just the icing on the coconut cake.

It's Time to Get Your Riu On.

All guests are required to wear an "all-inclusive" wristband for identification purposes. Guests staying at Riu Palace Costa Rica enjoy complimentary daytime access to the facilities at neighboring sister property, Hotel Riu Guanacaste.



DINING

Riu can roll out the cuisine, giving you lots of local flavors, plus those tried and true cuisines from home (comfort food always hits the spot.) Dig in and enjoy Asian, Italian and lots of grilled up seafood specialties. A customer fav here is BBQ by the pool (on Friday - check with the front desk.)

Arenal
Type: Buffet
Hours:
Description: Main restaurant with terrace offering continental breakfast/snack, full American breakfast buffet, on-the-spot cooking stations, fruit, juices and cava.
Dress code: Elegant casual. T-shirts with sleeves are required for men.

Krystal
Type: Fusion
Hours:
Description: A la carte restaurant serving fusion cuisine.
Dress code: Elegant casual. Long trousers and T-shirts with sleeves are required for men.

Tokio
Type: Japanese
Hours:
Description: A la carte restaurant serving Japanese favorites.

L'Anfora
Type: Italian
Hours:
Description: A la carte restaurant serving Italian dishes with buffet starters.
Dress code:
Elegant casual. Long trousers and T-shirts with sleeves are required for men.

Papagayo
Type: Grill
Hours:
Description: Poolside restaurant/grill and steakhouse
Dress code: Elegant casual. Long trousers and T-shirts with sleeves are required for men.

Capuchino
Type: Patisserie
Hours:
Description: Pastry shop and ice cream parlor.

All hours are subject to change.

BARS/NIGHTLIFE

Oh, you won't go thirsty here. You'll find bars throughout the resort and bartenders willing to mix up your cocktail of choice. This all-inclusive serves you 24-hours a day. Everyday. Cheers.

Daiquiri
Lobby bar.

Tico Tico
Lounge bar with terrace

Flora
Plaza Bar

Lounge 24
24-hour bar.

Coconut
Poolside bar with swim-up bar.



BEACHES AND POOLS

The four pools sizzle with sun-shiny happiness and loungers for everyone and of course, the popular swim-up bar and pool service will quench your thirst. Just steps away you'll find the tantalizing tan sands of Matapalo beach - a tropical oasis dotted with loungers, swaying palms and lush rolling greens as the backdrop.

SPORTS/ACTIVITIES

Water

  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Pedalos
  • Intro scuba demo in the pool

Land

  • Beach volleyball
  • Tennis

Available for an additional charge:

  • Horseback riding
  • Billiards

Golf
Riu Palace Costa Rica offers access to the following nearby golf courses:

  • Four Seasons Costa Rica Golf Club at Peninsula Papagayo
  • Hacienda Pinilla


INTERNET

The resort offers guests free Wi-Fi in the lobby and in guest rooms. Computers with Internet access are also available for use for an additional charge.

SPA SERVICES

The hotel's full-service Renova Spa offers a wide variety of massages and beauty treatments

WEDDING/HONEYMOON

Riu Palace Costa Rica offers a wide variety of wedding packages and services, including a wedding planner to take care of every detail.

CHILD CARE

The resort offers a kids' club for ages 4-12, including a daily daytime entertainment program. The resort also features a children's swimming pool and a children's playground.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Location
Riu Palace Costa Rica is located 20.5 miles from Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) in Liberia.

Check In/Check Out

Check-in: 3:00pm. Check-out: noon.
A valid credit card may be required upon check-in for possible incidentals not included in your resort reservation.

Minimum Stay
A 3-night minimum stay is required at this resort :

Departure Fees
Please be advised that there is a $29 USD per person departure fee due and payable upon leaving Costa Rica. Fees are subject to change without notice at the discretion of the Costa Rican government. It is possible that this fee is included in the cost of your airline ticket. Please consult the airline on which you are traveling to verify.

Holy Week
In observance of Holy Week, some resorts in the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Costa Rica may put limits on the use of motorized water sports and loud music.



All hours, fees, amenities, information and services are subject to change without notice.
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