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
  • ashleyponders : Long Island, New York
Nice time in a beautiful country

Our first time in Costa Rica and we had a wonderful time. Me, my husband and our two girls had a great time at the Riu, the staff were wonderful and the only thing making this a 4 star was the food at the restaurants, if you dont get there early then you dont get to eat there!. We didnt book our tours through the resort, we decided to look at trip advisor and found Guana Adventures. They are a local tour company specializing in private tours and smaller group sizes. We found this experience much better than some other tours we have done in large groups. We did the Adventure combo tour which was fantastic and the sunset catamaran which was also an awesome time. Would highly recommend. Overall would definitely go back to Costa Rica and always love the Riu Resorts. If you are in the area look up Jose from Guana Adventures, the absolute BEST tour guide we have ever had. PURA VIDA!

  • LizzySH_cr : San Jose, Costa Rica
Nice place but was better when they opened

I had the chance to go when they opened and now when they have more time in business and you can find the difference in the food and service is still good but not excellent. The quality of the food is not the best, the restaurants are always full, why they dont open more space if they know more people goes? and the shows are similar since they started

  • Linnea P : Fort Smith, Canada
Costa Rica 2018

RIU Guanacaste is a great all in clusive Resort in Costa Rica. Food is plentiful. Rooms are spacious and clean. Ziplining and Animal Park are next door.Just a short walk down the beach path there is a small tourist souvenir market and horseback riding. Entertainment is entertaining 😊. Casino and shopping at the resort are perfect for that after supper walk. The swim up bar pool is busy and loud. Guests are up at 6 am to save lounge chairs. Ocean has big waves, lots of dark sand and it’s HOT!Monkeys hangout in the trees off the resort. Coati, cats, iguanas and raccoons like to wander thru the resort grounds freely Staff are very friendly and helpful 😊

  • gwitham : Brazil, IN

We have vacationed in Costa Rica a number of times, but this was the first time we have stayed at an all- inclusive resort. It was a different experience for us and we loved it. There were plenty of things to see and do on the grounds and many tours if you desired. With five bars and restaurants there was enough variety to keep thing interesting. This may sound silly, but one of the best things was not having to mess with money. Sometimes I almost felt bad because it seemed like we were skipping out on the bill when we ate. If you are looking for an intimate get-a-way, this is probably not the place for you, but we met a lot of interesting, nice people and we will be back.

  • hannah_521 : Bedworth uk
Amazing trip!!

We stopped here in November 2017 and one word amazing!! Food was lovely couldn’t Moan at all lots of variety and a few restaurants to choose from highly recommend the steakhouse although they were all very good didn’t manage to get into the gourmet restaurant as it was fully booked so can’t comment on thatHeard a few people complain about the fact it was raining when they were there but seriously you’re in the middle of the rainforest it’s gonna rain at some point!! But when it was hot it was very hot!! Rooms were spotless clean I would recommend getting a room facing the rainforest as you can see monkeys in the trees it was brilliant to watch Pool area was clean and tidy as well never had a issue getting a sun bed and there even more on the beach!! If there was one thing to complain about this would be the sports bar it’s open 24/7 which is great but do think there needs to be a better variety of food in there at night But all in all had an amazing holiday great range of wildlife couldn’t fault the place and hopefully will return one day!

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
  • Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
  • Hotel transfers for packages to USA
  • 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. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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