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Greening Your Life: Part of the Apple Vacations Greening Your Life initiative, this property is recognized and certified as a sustainable company by the National Tourism Institute of Costa Rica and is Blue Flag Certified for having Costa Ricas 3rd cleanest beach.

The Riu brand also has protection programs for endangered species, allowing for the recovery of flora and fauna, and is also an active participant in the Coral Reef Resotration Program at Playa Matapalo. Customers and employees also receive continual environmental training and awareness programs.

Additional green initiatives include new uses of purified water, which has boosted efficiency in water consumption on a per guest basis. Ozone laundry is also utilized in an order to reduce energy, water, and chemical consumption.

Located on beautiful Matapalo Beach in Guanacaste, the Riu Guanacaste's guests will bask in both luxury and comfort while taking in the beautiful natural landscapes and romantic beaches.

Riu Guanacaste features four restaurants, including an International buffet and a Grill Steakhouse. Five bars serve an unlimited selection of domestic drinks and select international drinks. Each room also features its very own liquor dispenser and mini-bar.

This resort is perfect for families! Two-Bedroom Family Suites accommodate up to five people and boast two bathrooms. Kids will have a blast at the playground and RiuLand Mini-Club for ages 4-12. Adults can partake in the daytime entertainment program and try their luck at the casino - entrance is included! At night, wind down with a show put on by RIU's exceptional staff.

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HOTEL LOCATION
The hotel is 20 miles to the local airport in Liberia. The closest Village is Nuevo Colon
Address: PLAYA MATAPALO, SARDINAL
CARILLO, GUANACASTE


CR
Local Phone: 011-506-2681-231
Fax: 610-359-6625
Website Address: www.riu.com
HOTEL FACILITIES
Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Parking(Complimentary)
Physician on Call
Shopping Mall Nearby
Pools
Number of Pools: 1

Swim-up Bar
Pool with adjoining jacuzzi.
Golf: NEARBY
Holes: 18
Tennis
Number of Courts: 1
Outdoor Courts: 1
Lighted Courts: 1
Court Fee: Complimentary
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Complimentary
Paddle Boats: Complimentary
Motorboats: Additional Charge
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Massage: Additional Charge
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Spa: Additional Charge
Steam Room: Additional Charge
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge
HOTEL DETAILS
This resort is located on the seafront in the beautiful region of Guanacaste onn the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. This Resort is located on Playa de Matapalo beach. Buildings are 6 stories. As well as a superb range of leisure possibilities, they offer five modern, fully-equipped Conference rooms, and a special gastronomy detail. Beach: Located on Playa de Matapalo Beach Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 noon
Total Rooms: 701
Year Opened: 2009 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express
HOTEL RESTRICTIONS
Drinks are not included in the disco and casino. Fee required for WiFi.
ROOM TYPES
FAMILY ROOM
Family room includes one king bed and one double bed, and a private balcony or terrace. Room also features a minibar, a liquor dispenser, a bathroom with double sinks, and more. Minimum Occupancy: two adults and one child.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
SUITE
Suite includes one king bed, a separate living area with a sofa, and a private balcony or terrace. Room also features a bathroom with a hydro-massage tub, a minibar, a liquor dispenser, and more.
1 King Bed Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
OCEANVIEW SUITE WITH JACUZZI
Suite includes one king bed, a separate living room with a sofa, and a balcony with a a Jacuzzi and beautiful ocean views. Room also features a bathroom with a hydro-massage tub, a minibar, a liquor dispenser, and more.
1 King Bed Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Jacuzzi
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
STANDARD OCEANVIEW ROOM
Standard guestroom includes one king bed or two double beds, and a private balcony or terrace with beautiful ocean views. Room also features a minibar, a liquor dispenser, a bathroom with double sinks, and more.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
STANDARD
Guestroom includes one king bed or two double beds, and a private balcony or terrace. Room also features a minibar, a liquor dispenser, a bathroom with a double sink, and more.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
2 BEDROOM FAMILY SUITE
Family suite includes one bedroom with a king bed, a second bedroom with two double beds, a living room with a sofa, and a private balcony or terrace. Minimum Occupancy: three adults or two adults and two children.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Sofa
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
SUPERIOR ROOM
Superior guestroom includes one king bed or two double beds, and a private balcony or terrace. Room also includes an elegant bathroom, a minibar, a liquor dispenser, and other upgraded amenities.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
DINING
Riu Guanacaste features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips-Four Restaurants/Five Bars
There are 4 Restaurants at Riu Guanacaste:
Poolside Grill/Steakhouse - Reservations required for dinner.
Italian Restaurant - Reservations required.
Asian Restaurant - Reservations required.
Main Restaurant - Buffet Restaurant
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Table Tennis, Beach-Volleyball, Windsurfing, Snorkeling Equipment, Kayaking. Scuba Diving (lesson in p
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Evening Shows, Live Music, Disco and Casino (disco and casino-complimentary entrance, drinks not included).
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS

Applicable Ages: 4-12 years

Children's Facilities
PlayGround
Teen Disco
Children's Pool

Apple Vacations Customer Satisfaction Score
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2233 Recommend
2233 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Guanacaste to their friends and family



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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Great Holiday
Nancy Z, Kindersley, Canada
Thu Feb 04 10:37:19 EST 2016
Great room ,main floor king size bed ,very clean. great cleaning lady, she did an awesome job, and Delma in the Liberia Buffet restaurant was very good. great friendly service. We stayed for two weeks and sure would love to stay longer. The weather was awesome every day ,just a little too hot. The only problem we encountered was with their Wi-Fi, it didn't connect and the internet on their computers also didn't work. overall I would recommend this resort . had an awesome time! More>

Another Great Vac away
Sue5162, Chesterville, Canada
Thu Feb 04 09:18:11 EST 2016
2nd time at this resort...everything was excellent, room, food, entertainment, staff, etc. will be returning again. if you like quiet evenings, request mountain side, jungle. this is located away from outdoor nightly entertainment. More>

Great trip.
soupdriver, Sarnia
Thu Feb 04 08:12:43 EST 2016
First time for us. We enjoyed the dry season with only a couple of mosquitos to be found. Never had a bad weather day. Pool was welcoming all day. Took advantage of side trips, had a good time with everything we chose to do. Will go back when our money is a little better. More>

Lots of vitamin C & D!
MiddleAgedTravlrs, New York
Wed Feb 03 20:24:29 EST 2016
....Lots of tropical fruit drinks and sunshine that is! We had a great time! There isn't much bad to say about this property, in fact it's almost all good! The hotel itself is very nice and very well maintained. The rooms are comfortable but the beds are a little hard. This wasn't much of a problem for us after a long day out in the fresh air and sunshine! The grounds are really beautiful and very well maintained. Overall the place is also very clean! The grounds have a lovely, large pool area where there is always something happening. There is ping pong, daily games of volley ball and water polo, and the daily poolside Entertainment by the staff who work very hard to keep you happy and show you a good time. There is a great swim up bar on the upper level pool which is adult area, while the lower level is more for families. There was pool side beverage service basically every day and often there was a drink cart going around the pool as well! There was no shortage of beverages during our stay! They play a variety of music each day and while it's a lively area, you can find quiet corners if you choose. The lobby of the hotel is very nice and has lots of places to hang out and relax while using the free wifi. Off of the lobby are multiple bar areas and restaurants. There always seemed to be something going on there in the evening wether it was a show or a sax player entertaining the crowd. There were also nightly shows. As for the restaurants, book them first chance you get when you arrive because they fill up and while the buffet is good, you will certainly want to take advantage of the other restaurants too. We arrived late in the day so we were basically told we needed to eat at the buffet for that night and the next. Reservations are made at least one day prior and are available for two seatings nightly. The food in general is good, not wow but good and certainly plentiful. There is also a great deal of variety. The specialty restaurants are similarly good but not wow, although I can say we enjoyed the steak at the steakhouse, the Asian, as well as the Italian restaurants. The buffet breakfast was really very good too. In fact is was better than average for a buffet breakfast. Always a good selection and they manage to keep everything moving so it seems fresh. There were so many delicious fresh fruits at every meal! The beach is nice. It's a little rocky, but once you get about waist deep, it's silky sand under your feet! There are a few waves that can catch you off guard so keep an eye out. Take the water taxi to coco beach. It's worth the trip. The boat ride itself is nice and although there isn't much to this little fishing town, there are some great restaurants! We had an awesome meal at Papagaya (sp?). It was actually the best meal all trip! There are some typical souvenir shops in town. Lots of the usual stuff and not necessarily cheap. However the locals were all very pleasant during our visit. Oh, be sure to get the Cajun shrimp! The hotel staff and the people of Costa Rica are generally very friendly! They made our stay very enjoyable. I have to say the staff here are constantly on the move from the cleaning and maintenance staff, to the front desk, and the entertainment staff and everyone in between! They are busy people, working very hard to make your stay enjoyable, and they succeeded. This may be our new favorite place! Oh, and the weather is perfect too! Good time! More>

Great week
catherinemiles, virginia
Wed Feb 03 14:31:16 EST 2016
Great week at the Riu Guanacaste, restaurants were great, loved the pools too. Our fits room had a bad view and construction noise and they moved us to a great room with an ocean view. Only negative was that they booked a huge (100s) group of young adults for a retreat/conference who basically took over the resort, breakfast was ridiculously crowded. More>



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