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Riu Guanacaste

Costa Rica-Guanacaste Beach Region

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5 Nights with Air from $969 All-Inclusive
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This little gem of a destination lives up to its rep - you know - adventurous, wildly green, unique animals to see (the ... More

Customer Rating 341 Reviews
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4.2
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4.2
Beaches & Pools
 
4.1
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3.7
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3.9
4.1 out of 5
"We just returned from Riu Guanacaste on January 26, 2013 and we had a wonderful vacation! We heard mixed reviews before departing from Michigan but I can honestly say we had the best vacation ever! The..." – Suggie
314 out of 387 (81%) customers would recommend this product to a friend. Read All Reviews
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4.2
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4.1 out of 5
"We just returned from Riu Guanacaste on January 26, 2013 and we had a wonderful vacation! We heard mixed reviews before departing from Michigan but I can honestly say we had the best vacation ever! The..." – Suggie
314 out of 387 (81%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
the lobby zip line canopy tour Nacho bar is amazing Spider monkeys Heading to the beach white water rafting tour with Tenorio River Masaya Volcano Breathe taking first day Night view from the Hallway Balcony The Beach! The beach at the resort Arenal Dinner Playa Del huevo View from our Room A waterfall that our tour guide went out of his way to take us to that was not part of our paid excursion. GREAT EXPERIENCE! Quick Recap of vacate View from our room on night 1! Street party Nacho statioin at Ocotal. Looking back at the resort Coco Beach View from our fifth floor room. View from our room. Wish we were closer to the ocean sun set on the black sand beach out at night Endless palapas/chairs at the pool Our last selfie before headed to the airport. Bed One of our excursions.. Arenal Volcano Rooster Fish On the mega combo tour mold in bathroom. Swim-up bar. Resort Beach Bathroom basics Fun excursions
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December 6, 2017
RIU Guanacoste

We had a great time. The food was good and plentiful. The service was very good. The river boat ride excursion was enjoyable. We saw crocodiles, monkeys, exotic birds. The downside , it is a resort very tailored for families and children. Entertainment is not designed for the couples without children. More live music conducive to dancing would have been nice.


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Overall Rating: 4
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From: TN
Age: Over 65
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

December 6, 2017
Great Hotel

This hotel/resort is amazing. Great service, awesome shows, good food, and lots of drinks keep pouring. Beach and pool was also fantastic.


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Overall Rating: 5
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From: Texas
Age: 35-44
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

December 5, 2017
Beautiful Resort

The resort is amazing. Rooms are nice and clean and the staff is friendly and attentive. The food choices are good although you have to plan ahead because not all restaurants are open all the time. Tucán was amazing but you have to be there in line before it opens to get in but totally worth it. Overall I would absolutely go back!


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From: Temecula, CA
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

December 3, 2017
A beautiful resort in a beautiful country

The resort itself is very nice. The pool especially is beautiful, with plenty of chairs and lots of room for swimming/lounging in the pool, with daily music and activities from the entertainment staff. The beach wasn't the most beautiful we've seen, but it wasn't dirty at all or nearly as bad as some reviews make it seem. But we did prefer to spend our time at the pools rather than down at the beach. The absolute best part of the resort is the staff. I had heard that Costa Rica has the nicest people you'll ever find, and it was very true. My wife and I both met so many of the staff that seemed genuinely nice and talkative, not just polite because they needed to be. We had several of the staff telling us about their families, showing us pictures of the kids, etc. Just some of the nicest people you will ever meet! I want to especially call out bartenders Sergio and David, and the pool waiter Carlos who were all incredibly friendly and nice to us our entire stay. If you come here, the people will be incredibly inviting and make you feel like family. They really embrace the pura vida mantra! The rooms are comfortable enough, and ours had a spectacular view of the ocean overlooking the resort. Again, very beautiful! The rooms include a small mini-bar that gets refilled every other day, but with more than enough to hold you over. There's a live show every night, and despite it being a small stage, the shows were still pretty well done and entertaining. Given the stage area, I wasn't expecting much from the shows and was pleasantly surprised every night. There's several bars located all around the resort with varying hours, but it was always easy to find a place to sit and grab a drink. The liquor offerings aren't quite as extensive as some resorts (no top shelf offerings) but it was easy enough to always find something tasty to drink. Unfortunately, the restaurants do leave a little to be desired. My biggest complaint is that the specialty restaurants are only open on specific nights, they don't take reservations, and they only server a limited number of people per night. The restaurants would open for dinner at 6:00 PM, and you'd see lines start forming as early as 5:30. By 6:15 it was typical for the restaurant to already say they were full for the night and not taking any more guests. So unless you wanted to be ready and waiting at a restaurant at 6:00 PM, you're stuck eating at the buffet. I don't have any specific complaints with the buffet, but about half the nights we did end up eating there simply because the other restaurants were either closed or already full for the night.


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From: Modesto, CA
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

Room Information

The 701 guest rooms are all equipped with central air conditioning, Satellite televisions, radio alarm clock, hair dryer, direct dial telephone, mini bar and liquor dispenser, laptop size in-room safe, iron and ironing board, and balcony or terrace.

Room Details

Double Room ROH (DBSB)
Hotel/Studio Unit Details

Family Room (DGSB) (Available Beginning Dec 24, 2017)
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Double Room Superior (DBJB)
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Double Room Ocean View (DBMB)
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What's to Love

The all-inclusiveness: the food, the drinks, the everything.

No reservations needed at any of the restaurants.

Three sparkling pools, surrounded by lush greens keep you refreshed and cool. Pool side bars quench your thirst.

The liquor dispenser in the room lets you craft your own cocktail (soda water and mixers are stocked in the fridge.)

The beach isn't crowded and the tropical background adds to its peacefulness. Find your perch.

The stunner of a view with green lush landscapes and rolling mountains off in the distance - breathtaking.

Riu knows how to put on a show and the live entertainment day and night won't disappoint.

Some great rocks nearby for snorkeling - pack your own gear if you want to make sure you get a mask.

 

What We'd Change

The walk from the lobby to the pool doesn't offer much shade. Luckily, the pool's swim-up bar offers quick relief with ice-cold beer.

 

Why You Should Go

Riu is not far from the airport in Liberia - a quick 20 minutes to your tropical oasis.

A great spot for adventure-seeking tourists with excursions like Rincon Nature Park and the Safari Park nearby.

The beachy tan sands are sometimes rocky under the water - just grab shoes to wear & you'll be set.

Laid-back Costa Rican resort with lots to experience in the area - unique foliage and wild life add to the charm.

Much-needed spa time lets you get uber relaxed - massages, steam baths, facials in tropical paradise.

Activities galore - tennis, ping pong, beach volleyball, windsurfing, kayaks, paddle boards. Game on.

Available Amenities

  • Tour Assistance
  • Car Rental Available
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Beach
  • Casino ($)
  • Babysitting/Child Care ($)
  • Children's Activities
  • Children's Pool
  • Conference Facilities ($)
  • Cribs Available on Request
  • Currency Exchange
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Fitness/Exercise Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Golf Course ($)
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kayaks
  • Kids Club
  • Laundry Services ($)
  • Lounge Chairs/Umbrellas
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Swim-Up Bar(s)
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Windsurfing
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • 24 Hour All-Inclusive
  • Poolside Bar
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Medical Services ($)
  • Nightclub/Disco
  • Billiards
  • Scuba Lessons
  • Horseback Riding ($)
  • 4 Restaurants
  • 5 Bars/Lounges
  • Porter/Bellhop
  • Nightclub
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Elevators
  • Honeymoon Packages ($)
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Sports Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Connecting Rooms Available


Nearby Excursions & Attractions

  • Beach
  • Eco-Adventure Tour(s)
  • Fishing
  • Golf Course(s)
  • Nature Park(s)
  • Scuba Diving

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 Guanacaste

Sardinal, Canton de Carrillo, Playa Matapalo

011-506-2681-2300

Hotel Description

Riu Guanacaste: All-Inclusive Palatial Retreat in Tropical Costa Rica

This little gem of a destination lives up to its rep - you know - adventurous, wildly green, unique animals to see (the sloth is big here and so adorable), volcanoes to hike and ocean waters ideal for all kinds of sea faring folks. Have you tried surfing? Why not give it a go here. And Riu Guanacaste makes traveling to this oasis a breeze - delicious cuisines, cocktails for days, all the activities you'll want and gorgeous palms to settle in for a day of everything you want. Poolside, beachside, spa side - you choose. Ready to see Costa Rica? We thought so.

It's Time to Get Your Riu On.



DINING

Here you can get a great combo of taste bud-slaying cuisine. Chow down at the plentiful (and varied) buffet where you can enjoy tasty breakfasts/lunch/dinner along with "live" cooking stations. You'll find those favs from home (think pizza, hamburgers and pastas), plus a la carte specialties like made-to-order steaks and Italian cuisines that will make your mouth water.

La Toscana
Type: Italian
Hours: Daily, 3 seatings at 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm
Description: Main course with table service, buffet for starters and dessert.
Dress code: Long trousers and shirts with sleeves for gentlemen.

Furama
Type: Asian
Hours: Daily, 3 seatings at 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm
Description: Buffet.
Dress code: Long trousers and shirts with sleeves for gentlemen.

Ocotal
Type: Steakhouse
Hours: Daily, 3 seatings at 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm
Description: Poolside restaurant, a la carte menu.
Dress code: Long trousers and shirts with sleeves for gentlemen.

Liberia
Type: International
Hours: Breakfast - daily, 7am-10am; Lunch - daily, 12:30pm-3:30pm; Dinner - daily, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Description: International buffets and cooking stations.
Dress code: Shirts with sleeves for gentlemen.

Tucan
Type: Gourmet
Hours: Daily, 3 seatings at 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm
Description: Serving gourmet cuisines.
Dress code: Long trousers and shirts with sleeves for gentlemen.

All restaurant hours subject to change.



BARS/NIGHTLIFE

Bars run plenty - you'll find one at every turn. And, the friendly bartenders are more than ready to craft you whatever your heart desires. Even better - it's unlimited 24-hours a day. Drink up.

Filadelfia
Lobby bar with terrace. Daily, 10am-11pm.

Pura Vida
Lounge bar with terrace. Daily, 7pm-midnight.

Santa Cruz
Poolside, swim-up bar. Daily, 10am-6:30pm.

La Plaza
Intimate outdoor bar. Daily, 6pm-midnight.

Sports Bar
Open 24 hours.

Casino Las Olas
Daily, 6pm-2am.

Pacha Nightclub
Daily, 11pm-3am.



BEACHES AND POOLS

Three refreshingly bright blue pools dot the lush landscapes at this palatial retreat, and those tan colored sands along Costa Rica's Mata Palo Beach offer plenty of sunny seaside relaxation. Grab a lounger, a cocktail and dive in.

SPORTS/ACTIVITIES

Water

  • Windsurfing
  • Pedaloes
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba lesson in the pool

Sports

  • Table tennis
  • Fitness center
  • Beach volleyball
  • Tennis

For an additional charge:

  • Billiards
  • Horseback riding

Golf
Enjoy a round of golf at Papagayo Golf & Country Club or Hacienda Pinilla Country Club.



INTERNET

Internet is available throughout the resort, with the following condiditons:
Limited to two devices per room.
Available the basic services that anyone uses in their day to day, and blocked those that are of more specific use and that can be acquired with a ticket of payment.



SPA SERVICES

Renova Spa is a full-service spa.
  • Massages
  • Body treatments
  • Facials
  • Salon services


WEDDING SERVICES

Riu Guanacaste offers several wedding packages. Contact the front desk for more information.

CHILD CARE

Kids Club is available for children ages 4-12. Daily, 8:30am-3:30pm.
  • Daytime entertainment program
  • Children's swimming pool
  • Children's playground


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Location
20 mi from Liberia Airport (LIR).

Check In/Check Out
Check-in: 3 pm. Check-out: Noon.
A valid credit card may be required upon check-in for possible incidentals not included in your hotel reservation.

Minimum Stay Requirements
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.

Spring Break Policy
At least one person 21 years old or older is required in every room at this property during March and April. The hotel may require guests to show proof of age and reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone. In-room parties, unruly behavior and spring break groups are not allowed at any Riu resort. Guests can and will be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff.



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