Guanacaste

Riu Palace Costa Rica


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All Inclusive    

Crystal Award Winner: Best Staff and Service in Central America, 2013-2016

Exceptional Value!
Honeymoon:
Late check-out (based on availability), Free upgrade to next room category (based on availability), and $40 spa credit per adult (restrictions apply).

Riu brings its luxurious, Palace Level brand to beautiful Costa Rica! This hotel, fully prepared to provide the best service to its customers, has four swimming pools (one with a wet bar), a Jacuzzi, gym, steam bath, and a wellness center, Renova Spa, with different treatments and massages.

The quality of the cuisine offered at the restaurants is exceptional thanks to the chefs, who prepare dishes from classic to the most exotic. You'll want to try each of the menus and thanks to the all-inclusive service; you will be able to enjoy the buffet restaurant or the four different theme restaurants. Tempt your palate with Italian, Fusion, Japanese, and Grill Steakhouse choices.

Enjoy a variety of activities on the beautiful beaches, such as diving or fishing in the Pacific waters. During the day, there are many entertainment choices. The hotel has volleyball, windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling equipment, and more.

Greening Your Life: Part of the Apple Vacations Greening Your Life initiative, this property holds a Travelife Gold Award and Sustainability Certification. The resort also utilizes biodegradable cleaning products, strives for an active reduction in water, electricity, and chemical products, and educates employees and guests with informative, eco-friendly materials.

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HOTEL LOCATION
Riu Palace Costa Rica is located in Guanacaste, at the edge of the beach of Matapalo.
Address: PLAYA MATAPALO, SARDINAL
CARILLO, GUANACASTE


CR
Local Phone: 011-506-2681-231
Fax: 610-359-6625
HOTEL FACILITIES
Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Car Rental
Concierge
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Parking(Complimentary)
Physician on Call
Pools
Number of Pools: 4
Outdoor Pools: 4     
Swim-up Bar
Splash in one of the four pools, float-up to the swim-up bar, or take a nap under an umbrella of one of the poolside loungers. The fun isn't reserved just for the beach-bound!
Tennis
Number of Courts: 1
Outdoor Courts: 1
Lighted Courts: 1
Court Fee: Available at no cost
Raquet Rental Fees: N/A
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Complimentary
Hobie Cats: Additional Charge
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: Additional Charge
Spa: Additional Charge
Steam Room: Complimentary
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge
HOTEL DETAILS
The hotel has the light feel of a beach resort, but with an urban style. The absolute protagonists are light and water. Even the sculptures in various parts of the hotel are reminiscent of ocean waves. Beach: The hotel offers a variety of activities on the beautiful beaches such as diving or fishing in the Pacific waters, ecotourism in the volcanic areas, and during the day several programs of entertainment for all ages, whether in family or friends. Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 noon
Total Rooms: 538
Year Opened: 2012 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card
HOTEL RESTRICTIONS
At least one guest in each room must be 18 years or older (21 and older in March and April). No "spring breakers", or student groups under 21.
ROOM TYPES
JR SUITE COURTYARD VW CONNECT
Connecting rooms are two rooms, being sold as one unit. For the room descriptions, please review the description listed above.
Other Amenities -
SUITE JACUZZI
Suite includes one king bed, a living room area with a sofa bed, a bathroom with a hydro-massage bathtub, and a balcony with a private jacuzzi and ocean views. Room also eatures a minibar, a liquor dispenser, and more. Maximum Occupancy: two adults.
1 King Bed Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Bathtub
Shower
Room Service
Balcony or Terrace
Jacuzzi
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
JUNIOR SUITE OCEAN VIEW
Room includes one king bed or two double beds, a living room area with a sofa, and a balcony with stunning ocean views. Room also features a bathroom with a hydro-massage tub, a minibar, a liquor dispenser, and more.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Bathtub
Shower
Room Service
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
JUNIOR SUITE GARDEN VIEW
Room includes one king bed or two double beds, a living room area with a sofa, and a balcony with garden views. Room also features a bathroom with a hydro-massage tub, a minibar, a liquor dispenser, and more.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Bathtub
Shower
Room Service
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
2 BEDROOM FAMILY SUITE
Suite includes one bedroom with a king bed, a second bedroom with two double beds, two bathrooms (one with a hydro-massage tub), and a private balcony. Minimum Occupancy: three adults or two adults and two children.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Bathtub
Shower
Room Service
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
JR SUITE OCEAN VIEW CONNECTING
Connecting rooms are two rooms, being sold as one unit. For the room descriptions, plase review the description listed above.
Other Amenities -
JR SUITE GARDEN VW CONNECTING
Connecting rooms are two rooms, being sold as one unit. For the room descriptions, please review the description listed above.
Other Amenities -
JUNIOR SUITE GARDEN VIEW CHART
Other Amenities -
Kitchen
JUNIOR SUITE COURTYARD VIEW
Room includes one king bed or two double beds, a living room area with a sofa, and a balcony with views of the courtyard. Room also features a bathroom with a hydro-massage tub and double sinks, a minibar, a liquor dispenser, and more.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Bathtub
Shower
Room Service
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite

OTHER INFO
All bathrooms offer a hydromassage bathtub and separate shower cabin, complimentary WiFi and in-room liquor dispenser.
DINING
Riu Palace Costa Rica features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 5 Restaurants at Riu Palace Costa Rica:
L'Anfora - Italian restaurant
Tokio - Japanese restaurant
Krystal - Fusion Restaurant
Arenal - Main restaurant with terrace
Papagayo - Poolside restaurant/grill and steakhouse
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Whether it's sweating at the gym, diving for the ball at beach volleyball, serving on the floodlit tennis court, or quietly relaxing in the steam bath or Jacuzzi, guests of the Riu Palace Costa Rica can do it all, or do nothing at all. Activities ex
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Enjoy nightly entertainment, live music or dance the night away at Pacha night club. Guests willint to test their luck can head to the Casino.
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
The Mini Club offers daily scheduled events and activities for children.
Applicable Ages: 2 - 12 years old
Program Fees: Complimentary

Children's Facilities
PlayGround
Children's Pool

Apple Vacations Customer Satisfaction Score
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996 Recommend
996 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Palace Costa Rica to their friends and family
TripAdvisor Web Reviews
Based on 3755reviews
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Best Trip of All
Reggie H,
Thu Jun 22 12:11:21 EDT 2017
So much to do. Everything was enchanting and mysterious. It was living in a dream. Beauty everywhere you went. Water, Jungles, Volcanoes, Rivers, Flora, you name it. We toured with 'Alex on the Beach' Tours and it was incredible to venture through this country and see it from the inside out. Nature.

Great time at the RIU and with Costour!
nancymark3000, South Boston, Virginia
Thu Jun 22 09:29:25 EDT 2017
We totally enjoyed this hotel. Our first time in Costa Rica. No regrets. We love the beach at Matapalo and the staff at the hotel. We booked two tours directly emails with Costour ... one to Palo Verde where we saved about 20$ per person going directly to Costour as opposed to the hotels tour office and the beach vendors. Also enjoyed an escapade with Costour called the private Romantic Tour! It was our private get away with our private guide for the day where we got to reconnect as a couple. We really enjoyed also the pool side at the RIU. The drinks were ok but sometimes, the beer not quite cold enough..... the only comment we can make from that perspective.

Great get away!
toasty00, Southaven, Mississippi, United States
Thu Jun 22 08:41:24 EDT 2017
This destination is definitely for nature buffs! The hotel is located away from the hustle and bustle of usual tourist attractions. Located in beautiful lush mountains, this resort is tucked away in its own rain forest. We just got back 2 days ago. The staff is freindly and ready to serve. The food is good, the buffet might need to change the menu more often. Everthing was clean and neat. The climate there is a tropical one, so rain and bugs come hand in hand. Also very humid. Rooms were good, spacious, and the ac worked great. All rooms have good balconies and jacuzzi tubs. Don't get scared of the dark sand on the beach, the water is crystal clean! We enjoyed the beach a lot! Lots of local vendors on the beach. Do take advantage of their deals! They are friendly. If you like the outdoors, then get the massage done by the local vendors, 35 bucks for 30 mins. Also buy souvenirs from them, very cheap. Activities, must do the Zipline (next to the Hotel), ATV excursions are excellent (buy from Louis, he's a local vendor on beach), then go to COCO beach area to shop and eat, nice day to spend a few hours, also don't forget the JET SKIs! Buy everything from Louis on the beach, good prices! This Costa Rica area is very beautiful, if you need a break must visit. We went with a group of 24, and were able to move around easily. Please do not forget to tip the staff, they will take care of you during your stay. Please pack sunscreen, and bug spray. Buy the way, this is our 5th resort in the past 5 years, so we do have a bit of experience on these resorts .

Great trip with my wife and daughters
David S, Fallston, Maryland
Wed Jun 21 11:04:03 EDT 2017
We planned a trip after my youngest daughter finished teaching for the year and we had a great time. we had a garden/mountain view and the room was very nice and the cleaning ladies were very very good. the resort ground were beautiful and very well kept. Even in the rain the gardeners were out. We all felt the food was excellent at all the specialist restaurants and even the banquet was really good. BUT, you could not make reservations before hand at any of the special restaurants, that was a bummer, it was first come first served, and they stop taking folks after a certain time. All the service from the bar staff, pool bartenders, servicers, everyone was excellent. the only down side was it rained 4 out of the 7 days we were there, so avoid the rainy season.

Amazing Resort, Friendly Staff
delsmanl, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Wed Jun 21 08:37:28 EDT 2017
There were 6 of us on the trip, from young adults to grandparents. We ALL had an amazing time. The resort is huge, many pools and restaurants, and bars to choose from. By staying at this resort you also have the ability to go to the Riu next door. We checked it out, but our pool options, bar options and restaurants options were so much better so we stayed on our resort. The staff were so helpful and accommodating to anything we asked for. The rooms were clean and very modern. The food was delicious, so many options. And if you have any food allergies or food restrictions all we had to do was let someone know and we were taken care of all week. And the drinks were incredible- lots of alcohol that we are use to in America. And the wine options were wonderful. Would definitely stay at a Riu in the future.



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