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
  • hsorbet16 : Maryland
Awesome time

Riu Palace was a great resort! Six of us were there from Jan 13-20 for vacation. Two of the couples had ocean view rooms on the fourth floor and one had garden view room on the first floor. The rooms were very spacious with a large walk in shower, separate toilet room, double sinks, jacuzzi tub, and a sitting area and table and chairs. There was also a good size patio. There is also a mini fridge filled with sodas, beer and water and a liquor dispenser above. The food at the restaurants was good, but Kristal by far was the best. This is one of the few areas I think could use some improvement to make it a true 5 star resort. We sat mostly by the reflecting pool/ top pool which seemed to stay less loud throughout the day and didn't have activities being run directly there. We also had the BEST pool bartender there named Alonso. He became friends with our entire group and answered every question we had about Costa Rica and what to see and do. He also learned our drink orders and had them waiting there each morning when he saw us coming to pool area. We were sad to have to leave him! One negative to the pool area is that if you sit at the top pool, it is a decent walk to a bathroom. There are a few changing areas by the pool but it would be great if they were made into bathrooms.All in all it was a great trip!Ps-the sunset double decker catamaran and snorkeling trip out of the dive shop is awesome and has amazing sunset views!

  • Voland2013 : Staten Island, New York
The best place to stay in Costa Rica

Third time here ,same good service and delicious food. Nice show ,good work by entertainment team.Massage on the beach very relaxing andprofessional ,highly recommended Karina and Estefany. They are the best!

  • mbaker11 : Southampton, United Kingdom

What a fantastic location great hotel wonderful and polite staff food really nice pools great what else could you ask for oh some fantastic trip available . A really nice place to visit will certainly revisit one day

  • kayakherb : staten island n.y.
WOW . A great place !

My wife, and I had a wonderful trip to Guanacaste Cost Rica, staying at the Riu Palace for a week. Only about 30-40 minutes from the airport in LiberiaThe place is HUGE, but it's size was NOT intimidating. Numerous pools throughout. If you want water sports, and enjoy the bustle, there is a pool for that. In another pool, away from the maddening crowd is a quiet, peaceful pool, with poolside service, plenty of seating under shade ( if you wish). Also, of course, there is a swim up bar.The food in this place is awesome. One of the finest hotel buffets I have ever experienced. Also a few restaurants which we tried. O.K., but we preferred the buffet. Somethng for everybody, including my wife who is a VERY picky eater.They have a wonderful gym, which is by far superior to any hotel gym I have ever experienced. Many cardo machines, and other equipment.Rooms are huge with enoigh storage space to store everything. This is the first time I have ever spent a vacation in a room where because of it's size I was not misplacing something. The bathroom shower was wonderful. Not crampd, with plenty of room. Every room has it's own balcony over looking the grounds.Entertainment provided nightly, with plenty of seating.Service was wonderful throughout the hotel. wether it be from housekeeping, front desk, waiters, etc. absolutely ZERO complaints.Too many extras to list.One thing I really enjoyed was the hiking trail. If you walk past the main gate, there is a road which leads into a dirt road going through the forest. Many interesting things to see, or photograph. I saw hummingbirds, and a troop of howler monkeys.The beach was nothing spectacular, BUT there were more than enough lounge chairs available for everyone.We are definitely planning on visiting this place again, hopefully by next winter.

  • CliveMcN : Edmonton, Canada
The Service Is Amazing

This is the best Riu we have every stayed at. They seem to have more staff than the other Riu Resorts. All spoke English that we encountered.Turtles were released on the first day we were there.The buffet was amazing.Resort is very clean.Pools were very nice, pool bar staff were very attentive.

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
  • 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. 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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