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Riu Palace Costa Rica

Costa Rica-Guanacaste Beach Region

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5 Nights with Air from $1,159 All-Inclusive
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"The staff at the hotel were top notch and some of the most friendly people of anywhere I have ever stayed. My daughter and I became well acquainted with the staff on a first name basis. Jo Han works at..." – 1Ironhorse
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4.4 out of 5
"The staff at the hotel were top notch and some of the most friendly people of anywhere I have ever stayed. My daughter and I became well acquainted with the staff on a first name basis. Jo Han works at..." – 1Ironhorse
125 out of 142 (88%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
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December 20, 2017

Everything is very nice. But the entertainment was the worst i have ever seen. I understand that people are not paying for the show, but if your going to have a show it needs to be professional at least. It would of been better to just have the dj play dance music.


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Overall Rating: 5
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From: New York City
Age: Over 65
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

November 28, 2017
Memorable vacation

We arrived at Riu Palace and a drink was immediately placed in our hands. Check in was quick.We were a little early for check in so we went to the Italian restaurant for lunch. Got a 3rd floor room on the quiet side of the hotel. Nicer view higher up. The fridge was loaded with drinks and there was a liquor dispenser on the wall. We faced the garden and woke up to the sound of the howler monkeys and birds. All the staff were very nice, Hotel is kept very clean. Not all english speaking. Food was good. We enjoyed the steakhouse and fusion restaurant the most. The specialty restaurants all kept the same menu throughout the time we were there BTW, they currently have specialty restaurants open between 6:15- 8:15 pm. There are no reservations and if you come later than 6:50pm you might not get in. Tv has plenty of channels but none in english, so I was glad I brought my own ipad and used the wifi. Plenty of bars and drinks flow freely inside and out. Pools are very nice. We were not impressed by the entertainment. Also, the electricity is 110 like in US but you need an adapter. The casino was really small and we didn't spend much time there. We booked excursions with Issy Tours which we highly recommend. All the tours were private and customized to our needs. Overall, we had a really enjoyable vacation. Definitely bring bug repellent and sun screen.


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From: New Jersey
Age: Over 65
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

November 1, 2017
Friendly Staff-Very Nice Get A Way !

Excellent staff and service. Very friendly bartenders at the pool bar. Speciality restaurants food was pretty good. The resort grounds are beautiful and nicely landscaped. The beach was ok due to the black/brown volcanic sand. Something totally different. Very good dive shop on site if you like to dive. Overall, we had a very nice experience !


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From: St Louis, Mo.
Age: 55-64
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

September 20, 2017
Overall good place and value!

Would recommend to anyone! Property was gorgeous! Service was great. Beach isn't your typical Caribbean sand but you are still able to lounge on a chair at least. View is breathtaking! Food was good; nice variety. However they could better communicate the days the theme restaurants are open/closed. Room was nice; fridge was always stocked. Liquor refill seemed to be every 2 or 3 days which was just fine since you could grab a drink at anytime anywhere else! Slightly weird smell in the room but we opened the balcony door to air it out and seemed fine afterwards. Hotel is about 30 min away; suggest arranging transportation in advance...red cab cost $75 one way! You can arrange transpo going back to the airport with the hotel - shared ride for $15 per person. Though not adults only there were less kids than expected - next door seemed more family friendly. Had a great time and we look forward to going back!

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From: Baltimore, MD
Age: 35-44
Travel: 3-6 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

Junior Suite Ocean View (SJMB)
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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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