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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
  • Darcym16 : Newmarket, Canada
Great resort

I went here for a wedding back in may 2016 and we had a blast! The resort is really clean and they do a good job of keeping the whole grounds in good condition. The beach is dark sand and really hot!! I would bring water shoes if you plan on waking on the sand. The rooms were clean and beds pretty comfortable. The food at the buffet was good and always different. We went to the Italian restaurant and the steak house they were both really good, the only down side of the steak house is that it is in an outside buffet at night time with no air conditioning and can get really hot. The only downside of this resort would be the 24 hour snack bar which is just a fridge of hamburger hotdogs and sandwiches which you heat up in the microwave. I've been to other resorts where they have some one actually cook you hot food which is alot better. Other then that the resort is good and I would definitely go back.

  • Trevortolton : london
Riu is always consustent

Clean rooms with proper amenities. The pools and pool area are always. CLean and well serviced. The buffet restaurants are consistent with lots of variety. We ate two specialty restaurants both were bland. No longer do u reserve in these restaurants it's first come first serve. The late night bar is a good option that other resorts don't have. The only black flag is if your a smoker. You can now only smoke in one designated area approx 20 by 20 this is not a riu rule it's country wide from what I understand. For families n couples I would strongly recommended this and other Rius This is the 12 th riu I have stayed at. Oh yes I forgot to mention nice and attentive staff.

  • sharon_farmer : Bedford, United Kingdom
Totally Amazing

There is nothing really that I could say in a negative way as our holiday was outstanding. The range of food was great, staff were attentive and couldn't do enough for you. Although a large hotel it felt so friendly. The pool area is outstanding with the option of the beach. The entertainment team were wonderful and really wanted you to have a good time. We had a sea view room which was stunning and large. Plenty of room and really clean. Don't take shower jel as its supplied by the hotel. If you go try a Dirty Monkey

  • Juliehorsesaloon2 : Hortonville, Wisconsin
Good weather, Great Poeple

Very nice Resort! Clean rooms and Hotel. Staff very friendly and bar guys fun. Didn't really care for the children in the pool bar area, They would throw balls and knock drinks off tables. There are very nice areas for kids to play, they don't need to be in there playing. Have to give Coghi in the sports bar credit! He works very had and is one of the nicest people we met. Second time there, and would go back again. Beach was awesome. Black sand was hot , but very different to see.

  • babyelephant00 : Toronto, Canada
Best vacation ever

Went with 13 family ages from 7-67 and this was the best family vacation I have been on including cruise. Food nothing like Mexican all inclusive. From steak to lobster and everything in between. Staff excellent. Side trips fun. One note - the children's programming didn't seem really great for preschoolers but we didn't use it so not sure.

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.