Guanacaste

Riu Palace Costa Rica


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All Inclusive    

2018 Exceptional Value!
Honeymoon:
Late check-out (based on availability), Free upgrade to next room category (based on availability), and $35 USD spa credit per adult.

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
Located on Matapalo beach in the Guanacaste province of northern Costa Rica. 20.5 miles from Liberia International Airport.
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. Exchange privileges with Riu Guanacaste. 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 pm
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
1 king bed living room area with sofa, direct dial phone, & balcony or terrace with courtyard view, a liquor dispenser. Bathroom with hydro-massage tub, extra shower cabin, by door separate toilet, double sink, vanity mirror.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Room Service
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Sofa
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
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, directdial phone, and balcony or terrace with ocean view. Room also features a bathroom with a hydro-massage tub, extra shower cabin, a liquor dispenser,
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Room Service
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Sofa
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
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, directdial phone, a liquor dispenser and balcony or terrace. Bathroom with a hydro-massage,bathtub extra shower cabin, by door separate toilet, double sink vanity mirror.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Sofa
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
2 BEDROOM FAMILY SUITE
Room includes one king bed or two double beds, direct dial phone, and balcony or terrace. Room also features a bathroom with a hydro-massage tub, extra shower cabin,a liquor dispenser, by door separate toilet, double sink, bidet, vanity mirror and
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Room Service
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
JR SUITE OCEAN VIEW CONNECTING
Room includes one king bed or two double beds, a living room area with a sofa, directdial phone, and balcony or terrace with ocean view. Room also features a bathroom with a hydro-massage tub, extra shower cabin, a liquor dispenser,
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Room Service
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
JR SUITE GARDEN VW CONNECTING
Room includes one king bed or two double beds, a living room area with a sofa, directdial phone, and balcony or terrace. Room also features a bathroom with a hydro- massage tub, extra shower cabin, a liquor dispenser, by door separate toilet, double
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
JUNIOR SUITE GARDEN VIEW CHART
Room includes one king bed or two double beds, a living room area with a sofa, directdial phone, a liquor dispenser and balcony or terrace. Bathroom with a hydro-massage,bathtub extra shower cabin, by door separate toilet, double sink vanity mirror.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Kitchen
Minibar
Sofa
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
JUNIOR SUITE COURTYARD VIEW
1king bed or 2 double beds, living room area with sofa, direct dial phone, & balcony or terrace with courtyard view. Bathroom with hydro-massage tub, extra shower cabin, a liquor dispenser, by door separate toilet, double sink, vanity mirror.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Room Service
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Sofa
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
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 6 Restaurants at Riu Palace Costa Rica:
Papagayo - Poolside restaurant/grill and steakhouse
L'Anfora - Italian restaurant
Tokio - Japanese restaurant
Krystal - Fusion Restaurant
Arenal - Main restaurant with terrace
Capuchino - Coffe Shop, patisserie and ice cream parlor.
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

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996 Recommend
996 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Palace Costa Rica to their friends and family
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
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Scott O, Goole, United Kingdom
Fri May 25 01:38:19 EDT 2018
Brilliant resort. Staff are very friendly and helpful and all appeared really happy and pleased to give a service (Three staff members however really did make our holiday - Giovanni and Victor at the pool area and Daniela at the Melody bar always gave fantastic service). All inclusive really was all inclusive and available 24hrs and optics in room! Accommodation excellent huge comfortable bed, spa bath and wet room spacious and kept super clean. Ps. The pillows aren’t that bad like most reviews claim. Good variety of restaurants and food, every day they had a different theme. Bar staff super efficient. Highly recommend trying a Dirty Monkey cocktail. Entertainment and animation team excellent offering large range of activities. We personally enjoyed the nightly entertainment, a little cheesy but fun. Spacious well maintained grounds pools and open areas. Always plenty of sun beds available and services on beach too. Beach much better than expected and good walks along it and surrounding area with added beauty of local wildlife.

amazing hotel
guyhmc, Sheerness, United Kingdom
Wed May 23 03:44:51 EDT 2018
returned yesterday morning from 2 weeks at this beautiful resort. the grounds are so pretty and lush, very well maintained. Met some wonderful people from America, Canada and other parts of the U.K., there is an abundance of wildlife all over the place, the scene stealers being the monkeys, little tip here, bananas are NOT good for them. Grapes work well. food was fantastic, plenty of choice, the steak restaurant was yummy, although some nights was really busy. The real stars of this resort are the staff, they are so friendly, and always smiling, I can,t remember all their names, but Wally at reception, who helped settle us in, Alfonso, who worked tirelessly getting to know people around the pool area and getting them involved with pool games. Waly, Marcos, Diego, Victor, Valeria who run off their feet to make sure you had a drink. Monica and all the restaurant staff, who couldn,t do enough for you. In all a great holiday in a beautiful and well run resort, p.s. couldn,t finish without a thankyou to the room maids, lovely towel art, the chefs, outstanding food. and the groundsmen.. you all work so hard. Thanks for everything.

Gracias
WWRDI00,
Tue May 22 22:50:41 EDT 2018
The staff here are truly what makes the Riu Palace tick. All of them are great and a special mention needs to go out to the entertainment team pool side, they really made the holiday for us. Very fun indeed. Breakfast is superb, good selection of food on offer, omelettes are very nice indeed. Lunch is great too and the highlight being the poolside bbq which was every day. Evening meals we’re ok. The a la carte restaurants were not worth the hassle in my opinion, not the best food and one time we couldn’t even get into the steak restaurant as it was over an hours wait. We had our best experiences at the buffet restaurant. Really good service and was great to experience a Mexican band that played in the restaurant one evening. Beach was great, please don’t expect white sand and turquoise waters as you have to remember what side of the ocean your on. Even so don’t let it put you off, we had great walks along the beach and was particularly good for wildlife spotting early morning. There’s plenty of things to do to get you away from hotel, boat trips to Tamarindo and Coco Beach, Diamante next door of which we did all and highlight for me was surfing Tamarindo. This hotel is great over all but spoilt by some of the guests it attracts who can’t seem to handle their drink at night. Same old arguments, shouting and hollering at 3,4 in the morning that you could clearly hear from your room. I can’t even say it was a one off and was clearly a problem the weeks we stayed as a lot of people complained about the same thing. Overall a great place, fantastic country and once again memories and friends for life.

A wonderful honeymoon!
pamanovic, Stoney Creek, Canada
Tue May 22 11:40:58 EDT 2018
My husband and I traveled to Riu May 14th to May 21st. We got out of the airport at 12:30 p.m. Outside there is staff telling you were to go based on your airline. Bus ride to the resort was quick (roughly 40 mins). Our guide was awesome. Check in: is quick because they have you will out a piece of paper on the bus that you literally hand to the front desk they take it and give you your package. The staff takes luggage to the room. Our room: was nice and spacious. Only con was that it was right above the stage where the band plays every night but they stop at 1030 and we didn't mind sitting on the balcony listening to music. Mini bar stocked everyday with what you wanted and how much you wanted. We would ask for 3 or 4 waters daily and got it. As it was our honeymoon we were given champagne. Rooms cleaned at various times. for 3 days we had it cleaned between 9-10 and then the rest was anywhere from like 1-3 pm. Resort: amazing. Very clean and nicely kept. Staff working around the pools were awesome. Lobby bars were great as well. Lots of seating with big windows overlooking the fountains and pools. has I think 4 a la carte, and 2 buffets. Papayago was nice for lunch and overlooked the ocean. The main buffet for dinner was great too. Food: the food was good. there was a variety everyday for everyone. Line ups were not big and they prep food fast. The staff were great as well. By the 3rd day they were remembering our drink orders. Shows: nightly shows were really nice as well. Different everyday. Beach: the beach is not my favourite thing personally. I guess I am use to something different though. Still very nice, lots of room and walking space. If you walk to the left and bring fruit there is a place where you can feed monkeys during the morning. They come up and take it from your hand...literally.. Excursions: we did the dyamante tour I believe (spelling could be off). It was half a day and right next to our resort (which we preferred as we didn't want to travel 1-2 hours anywhere for an excursion. Animal sanctuary was great and the zip lining was fun as well. Weather: Hot as hot can be. We have traveled to other tropical places and by far this was the hottest. . I enjoy the heat, and some days I even thought it was a lot. Sun was out daily, and it rained daily at night which is fine because during the day it was awesome. Couple days it rained during the day but only for an hour then it gets even hotter. Sun set at 6 and came up around 5ish. All in all this trip, our honeymoon, will always be remembered and it was amazing! recommend the hotel.

RIU Palace Costa Rica
jloaiciga29, San Jose, Costa Rica
Tue May 22 09:26:01 EDT 2018
Very good services, great food with choices, the rooms are beautiful, they have like 4 or 6 pools. The place was very clean. Activity for family and groups of friends. The weather was very very nice. In general a great experience!!



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