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Riu Guanacaste

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Hidden away in lush Costa Rica right on the beachfront, Riu Guanacaste has a real back-to-the-nature feel, but it isn't just for the quiet types. There are plenty of activities to do in and outside the resort. As well as a superb range of leisure possibilities, the hotel features its own casino, an exciting disco, a beautiful spa and fitness facility, and with the more active traveler in mind, plenty of watersports and a fantastic kid's area.

Location: Directly on Matapalo beach in Guanacaste. 30 minutes from Playa del Coco and 45 minutes from the airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Terry S : Avon, Massachusetts
Suited Our Needs

I had read so many reviews of this resort. We stayed in a 1st floor room with 2 beds, a bathroom, closet, safe, fridge, bar and deck. I can tell you I really appreciated the bottled water in our room fridge, I never drink tap water. There was also soda, beer and liquor, all complimentary. There were no face clothes, but when I asked for them, they were part of our daily linen change.We had little ants visit us, but had no issue with them, part of life on the ground floor. The noise level was fine, no issues. Housekeeping did a good job.We ate at every dining place. I enjoyed my daily papaya. The food is average. Nothing stood out as remarkable, but also nothing was inedible. The choices were plentiful. Since there were only 2 of us, seating was not an issue; however I did see larger parties have a long wait to be seated.We watched one show, the Michael Jackson one. I enjoyed it, my friend was never a fan, so she just kept me company. The entertainers were skilled and full of energy.The bars were hit or miss. Sometimes you got a good drink, sometimes they put alcohol in it & sometimes not. Some bartenders were friendly, some were passive. The pools were fine, lots of chairs, but people do place their towels on the pristine locations early in the morning. The pool entertainment wasn't for us, since we wanted to relax, read & swim. This is family friendly, so there were children running about. We only had one issue in the hot tub, where children were playing ball. It would have been nice to have an adult only set up.I only had one instance where there were no towels left at the pool. I did frequently get a clean towel that was still damp. Since we did not want to pack a beach towel in our suitcase for our tours, we would trade our wet towel in for a dry one & keep it for the next day (towels available at 10AM, tours start earlier.) They also had a place to borrow a book or game.There is a walk way to the beach, with places to rinse your feet. The beach is not a place I would hang out on. The water was rough by mid-morning & the beach is OK. We did take a few walks. Went down to the Monkey Bar & then also went looking in the trees for a monkey. We did see a Howler monkey in a tree. Other people saw the white faced & spider monkeys, we didn't. We saw other critters though. This was a positive experience.

  • Lucy H : Southampton, United Kingdom
Best holiday I've been on so far

I loved the atmosphere of this place, especially at night. I found the pool a little crowded and too sheltered with the trees so we spent more the time on the beach which was beautiful. We spent New Years here which was definitely the best New Years I've ever had, we had a beach party with the other Riu which was so much fun, unlimited drink all night is all you need for a great New Years party.

  • Nikole E :
Great Memories in Costa Rica

My boyfriends parents gave us this vacation for our Birthday / Christmas gift, we stayed at Riu Guanacaste resort, it was an amazing vacation. We enjoyed relaxing on the beach, going for walks along and feeding the monkeys, lizards and of course the sweet black cat that lives on our resort. We got engaged on our vacation there ,listening to the howler monkeys and the sound of the ocean waves, with the jungle view it was the perfect paradise to celebrate such a joyous occasion. We made friends with a tour guide on the beach, Estebans Great Adventures - he has connections to whatever activities you desire to do! We had such and amazing time on the ATV tour through him, unlike the other tours these tours are smaller groups, or you can even have a private tour, which we had, it allowed us to have more one on one with the guide easier ask questions, and go at our own pace. Estebans wife, Marlyn does excellent professional massages at the market next to the Riu Palace. We are looking forward to returning again, and exploring this beautiful paradise again!

  • Charlotte C :
Great hotel

I loved this hotel. The gardens were very impressive, the room clean and to a good standard. The balcony was a much bigger size than at the riu we stayed in in Jamaica. The beach is very natural and full of wildlife. Spent most of our time here. A short walk down the beach is the monkey bar which we thought was fantastic. We were lucky we only got a few mosquito bites but some people looked like they had really suffered. Take plenty of mozzy spray! The only downfall from me while we were there would be the food at the main buffet. I was just so plain and boring was just expecting more as previously mentioned we have stayed at another riu and the food was out of this world way above my expectations must of been spoilt I guess, saying that the steak house was very good. I'd recommend staying here.

  • mom_of_teenagers : Ontario, Canada
Great family vacation

3 couples, all family, various ages. We all found fantastic elements at this resort. Good food, lots of space to walk, fun poolside activities. Lots of pool swimming space. I highly recommend this resort.

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Domestic drinks
  • Non-motorized watersports
  • Tennis
  • Entrance to disco & casino (drinks extra at both)
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • 701 Rooms
  • 3 A la carte restaurants
  • 5 Bars including Swim-up bar and 24 hr Sports bar
  • Zero entry pool with adjoining Jacuzzi
  • Watersports
  • Scuba diving centre (fee)
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa (fee)
  • Steam bath & Jacuzzi
  • Beauty salon (fee)
  • Lit tennis courts
  • Casino
  • Gift shop
  • WiFi internet in lobby
  • Conference facilities (fee)
  • Golf nearby (fee)
  • Horseback riding nearby (fee)

Hotel Room includes:

  • 1 king or 2 double beds
  • A/C
  • Ceiling fan
  • Satellite
  • TV
  • Phone
  • Radio/alarm clock
  • Mini-bar with soft drinks, water, beer & liquor dispenser (replenished regularly)
  • In-room safe
  • WiFi (fee)
  • Iron & board
  • Full bathroom with double sink, hair dryer
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Max occupancy 3 adults & 1 child, in existing bedding

Family Room includes same as above, with: 1 king and 1 double bed. Max occupancy 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 kids.

Kids Deal - Kids stay and eat free. Up to two children 12 and under in Hotel & Superior room only, limited availability.

For the Kids - Kids' pool, Supervised kids' club & playground (4-12 years) and Babysitting available for a fee.

Honeymoon Bonus - Surprise welcome gift in your room, King-size bed, Late check-out, and Complimentary upgrade to next available room class. Request at time of booking. Proof of marriage required. Subject to availability and subject to change.

Free Weddings & Renewal of Vows - Please inquire for more details.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • Riu Guanacaste
    Liberia,Costa Rica

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Hotel Riu Guanacaste
Playa Matapalo, Sardinal Costa Rica

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.