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Riu Palace Costa Rica

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Escape to the stunning shores of Matapalo Beach in Guanacaste, Costa Rica and enjoy a stay at the luxurious Riu Palace Costa Rica hotel. This spectacular 24 hour all inclusive resort features RIU's new trendy design concept with modern and contemporary d�cor. Admire the classic palatial exterior and the swanky interiors that fuse sophistication, elegance, and style, and be pampered with exceptional service. Savour sumptuous cuisine at the resort's bountiful buffet and � la carte restaurants and enjoy a tasty treat at the patisserie and ice cream parlour. Active travelers can revel in a variety of land and water sports offered at the resort or enjoy a workout in the fully equipped gym. For some extra indulgence, enjoy pampering treatments at the world class Renova Spa. Children can also enjoy their own entertainment program, which offers fun-filled supervised games and activities. When the sun goes down, enjoy fabulous evening entertainment including live music, dazzling performances, and exciting shows or dance the night away at the Pacha Disco. As part of the Palace Collection, guests can also take advantage of superior features such as 24 hour room service, unlimited premium brand drinks, champagne breakfast daily, poolside waiter beverage service, and more for the ultimate in luxury. When staying at the Riu Palace Costa Rica, be sure to venture off the resort to experience the full splendour of this fascinating country. Explore lush jungles and national parks, encounter the vibrant and exotic flora and fauna, and enjoy an abundance of adventures. The Riu Palace Costa Rica offers a beautiful and elegant setting and a perfect base to explore all the wonders of Costa Rica.

Location: Beachfront in Guanacanaste

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • candygirl70 :
Good time at the Riu Palace

I stayed at the Riu Palace at the end of May for 8 days. I had a good time here but boy was it HOT. I was picked up from the airport by Swiss Travel Tours and driven to the resort which was a nice 35-40 min ride. Upon arrival we were greeted with a fruit drink and taken to the check in desk. Checking in was a breeze and the receptionist was kind and welcoming. I was then taken to my room with my bags which was on the 4th floor. I was impressed with the room it was large and clean. I had an ocean view room which was great however my room was right above the stage where the nightly shows are performed, which means at night your hearing all the music in your room. My room was cleaned daily and I was given new towels and wash clothes daily. The pools were great and the pool waiters were excellent, they made sure you had a steady flow of drinks. I tipped them daily but they also gave great service to those who didn't tip as well. The food was just fair in my opinion but I didn't really try any of the specialty restaurants except the Italian and I enjoyed it. My only real complaint about this resort is the towel card and the one towel limit. Now everyone knows that you need at least 2 towels for the pool or beach, one for the chair and one to dry off with,lol. I had a message at the spa and it was wonderful. Make sure you visit Diamante Park to see all the exotic animals in the animal sanctuary, you will be amazed. I really had a good time at this resort but when I return to Costa Rica I will probably try another resort

  • Reggie H :
Best Trip of All

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.

  • nancymark3000 : South Boston, Virginia
Great time at the RIU and with Costour!

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.

  • toasty00 : Southaven, Mississippi, United States
Great get away!

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 .

  • David S : Fallston, Maryland
Great trip with my wife and daughters

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.

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

  • 3 Meals daily plus 24 hour snacks
  • All drinks 24hr (domestic beer and cocktails, select international brands)
  • Gym
  • Sauna
  • Volleyball
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • 1 introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool
  • Pedaloes
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Windsurfing
  • Daily activities
  • Evening entertainment
  • Nightclub: Complimentary entrance, drinks are not included.
  • 538 Rooms
  • 4 Pools
  • Spa (fee)
  • 5 Restaurants, including: 1 Buffet and 4 a la Carte
  • 1 Patisserie & ice cream parlor
  • 5 Bars
  • Shops
  • Free WiFi 
  • 5 Conference Rooms (fee)
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Casino (fee)
  • Tennis Court
  • Water Sports
  • Gym
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi
Junior Suite Garden View includes:
  • 1 King or 2 Double beds
  • Air Conditioned
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Hair Dryer
  • Satellite TV 
  • Turn Down Service
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Liquor Dispenser
  • Coffee Maker
  • Radio alarm clock
  • 110 Volt
  • Mini bar (restocked daily)
  • Hydro-massage tub
  • In-room safe
  • Living area with sofa or sofa bed
  • Free WiFi 
  • Maximum Number of Adults 3; Maximum Occupancy 4
Kids Deal - Children under 2 yrs FREE. Children sleep in existing bedding and must share the room with 2 full paying adults in order to receive the discount. If one adult is traveling with one child, the child will then be considered an adult. If a single adult is traveling with 2 children, the 1st child will be invoiced as an adult and the 2nd child pays special rates.

For the Kids - Mini Club Ages 4-12, Playground, Children's Pool.

Free Wedding - Packages are available. Inquire for details.

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.
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 Palace Costa Rica
    Liberia,Costa Rica

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Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica
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.