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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
SUITE
Suite includes one king bed, a dressing room, and an integrated lounge area with a hydromassage bathtub and separate shower. Room also features a private balcony or terrace, a minibar, 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
Spacious suite includes one king bed and a private balcony or terrace with a Jacuzzi and stunning ocean views. Room also features an integrated lounge area with a sofa, a dressing room, and a bathroom with a hydromassage bathtub and separate shower.
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, 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
Standard guestroom includes one king bed or two double beds, and a private balcony with stunning garden/pool views. Room also features a minibar, an elegant bathroom, and a liquor dispenser.
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
Spacious family suite includes one bedroom with a king bed, and a second bedroom with two double beds. Room also features two bathrooms, a sofa bed, and a private balcony or terrace.
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
OCEANVIEW SUITE WITH JACUZZI
Adults only suite includes one king bed and a private terrace with a Jacuzzi and beautiful ocean views. Room also features a spacious bathroom with a hydromassage bathtub, an integrated lounge area with a sofa, and a dressing room.
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
SUITE
Adults only suite includes one king bed, a dressing room, and an integrated lounge area with a sofa. Room also features a spacious bathroom with a hydromassage bathtub and a separate shower cabin, a private balcony or terrace, and much 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
FAMILY ROOM
Spacious family room includes one king bed or two double beds, and a private balcony or terrace. Room also features an elegant bathroom, a minibar, and a liquor dispenser. This room is ideal for families.
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:
Asian Restaurant - Reservations required.
Main Restaurant - Buffet Restaurant
Poolside Grill/Steakhouse - Reservations required for dinner.
Italian Restaurant - Reservations required.
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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1705 Recommend
1705 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Guanacaste to their friends and family



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The staff on the beach took care of all of our needs; - look for Tony and Alan, they are the best
Rose B, Windsor, Canada
Tue Sep 01 12:07:50 EDT 2015
We book our trips and horse rides and 4 wheeling with Tony Abando and Alan Hall they are located at the beach area.. They have welcomed us so much and gone out of the way to assist us in going anywhere we wanted to go and the reason we returned so many years in a row. (4 Years) The hotel and staff are excellent there. The bartenders go out of their way to remember your drinks. The hotel is spotless The staff at breakfast and lunch and dinners are wonderful and enjoy More>

Great getaway
dee c, New York City, New York
Thu Sep 03 12:07:50 EDT 2015
Spent 11 days with a group of 28 friends and we had a good time. If you could not find a nice thing to say about this resort I think you can't be satisfied. The age group was 25-75 years old. Many had been here 3 years earlier and didn't hesitate returning. The activities were planned according to the physical activity level of the group members (swimming in the pool with the swim up bar was a must for all yet the activities planned with Alex on the beach was enjoyed and much cheaper than hotel excursions). We had no problem making specialty restaurant reservations even for all 28 people for 2 evenings-you just need to be flexible as there is one specialty restaurant closed each weeknight. The buffet was preferred since there was always a special theme nightly and timing was more flexible for us. Recommend making excursions on the weekends since the locals double the hotel occupancy at that time and the pool, sports bar and restaurants are very crowded. Many of this group were smokers-don't let them make you believe that you can smoke on the premises . First of all Costa Rica itself is a non-smoking country so they make it very difficult for smokers. The Riu has a designated area in the middle that you must walk to- pavers and small stones on a slope that leads to a area surrounded by bushes, trees and bugs. Saw a man struggling as he pushed his father in a wheelchair. This is probably a plus for non-smokers but a negative for smokers. The staff were just the best...always greeted by smiles, the desire to help in any way, and wishes of "Pura Vida" daily. Too many to name but entertainment(Prince), food/beverage staff (Andrea and Richard) and so many others work so hard to please. Recommended for those who want a good all inclusive-remember those water shoes. More>

Great Family Resort
Robert S, New York City, New York
Sat Sep 05 12:07:50 EDT 2015
Took my family of 11 to the RIU for 3 days in August after spending 3 days in Arenal. The Hotel is geared to families.All inclusive for both food and drink. The children had a great time in the pool and beach area.Plenty of fun with volleyball in the pool and jet ski's at the beach. The food was fair, but plentiful.The themed restaurants impossible to eat at if you where not in line by 8am..Most nites we ate at the open buffet. No reservations required..Wi-fi only works in the lobby. The rooms were adequate with average A/C. Tough to get below 77..The lobby was large and well decorated and in the evening the Casino and Disco provided entertainment for the teens and adults. Spa on premises, but credit cards only..Not part of the hotel. All in all a good value for the group. More>

Very nice resort
leok123, Long Island, New York
Mon Sep 07 12:07:50 EDT 2015
We stayed in Riu Guanacaste in April 2015. The overall impression of our vacation was very good. Lots of positives: very nice and well managed resort. service was very good. The food during our stay was great. Plenty of fish, freshest seafood, mangoes, papaya were out of this world. Variety was great as well. Pool was big and well shaded. People were very nice. The beach was rocky and North Pacific was certainly far cry from Caribbean, but we expected it. More>

NICE HOTEL. **** SCUBA CARIBE*** ON HOTEL PROPERTY IS THE BEST!!!
CHERYL T, New York City, New York
Wed Sep 09 12:07:50 EDT 2015
My family and I used Scuba Caribe for a snorkling,snuba and scuba experience . They are conveniently located on the grounds of the Riu Guanacaste hotel and their prices were extremely reasonable. The captain, Lester, was extremely knowledgeable, and the crew, Jorge, Kevin, and especially Renee were truly the best. My two children, ages 9 and 12 were hesitant at first, but Renee was there to put everyone at ease. This is one excursion that should not be missed. More>



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