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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
  • BM6318 :
Amazing Vacation

This resort is lovely and my wife and I enjoyed our vacation thoroughly. We went to see the monkeys near the Monkey Bar multiple mornings. I suggest walking on the beach to get there instead of the path through the woods. The food was excellent as we ate at all of the restaurants. Wifi was adequate enough, only struggled near the pool. The AC in our room seemed to work well enough. The only issue that we had was that our key cards became deactivated twice and we had to return to the front desk to get new ones. We received excellent service from all employees there as they seem to genuinely care about their jobs. We did attend the shows at night. I enjoyed the diversity show the best. It is refreshing to see how serious the performers take their jobs. We also attended the casino and I liked how the blackjack minimum was only $5. Overall it was a great trip and I highly recommend this place.

  • Jeannette W : Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wonderful Vacation!!

My husband and I decided on RIU Palace for our trip to Costa Rica. The resort is beautiful we were checked in promptly upon arrival and our room was clean and spacious. We enjoyed our time at the pool. The pool with the bar was a little crowded so we opted for the pool on the opposite side however there is a server that walks around and brings you drinks (if you tip you get excellent service). The staff was very friendly and moved quickly. The drinks are a bit watered down by the pool however the drinks in the lobby were MUCH better and the bartenders there were great I believe their names were Tony and Eduardo. If you are interested in doing excursions speak with the transportation service at the hotel. You can rent a van and visit your choice of places on the island for half the price. If you ask them what they recommend they will help you map out your day. Also the return shuttle from the hotel is cheaper so look to them for that option. We visited both hotels for the night shows and enjoyed all of them. The restaurants were pretty good. We didn't totally enjoy the buffet but did think the restaurants on the property was great. Our favorite was the Japanese restaurant and the lamb chops at the Italian restaurant for lunch. The beach is black sand and is not the best beach on the island but its ok. Be sure to walk down and visit the monkeys by the end of the beach but watch out for the horse manure everywhere. Go early in the morning and you are bound to see an abundance of monkeys in the trees.

  • 4alegna5 : Frederick, Maryland
Great location!

We recently spent 1 week at this resort. The location is absolutely beautiful. I especially enjoyed the fact that the beach was not crowded; the resort is located in a nice cove that creates some opportunity for ...nature walks (as my son put it). There are many activities to do in the area and most definitely a lot to do in Costa Rica, in general. Arenal Volcano/hot springs/rain forest are a bit far (a whole day trip) but I think it's all worth it. I also enjoyed hiking to the waterfalls. The food was plentiful, although not much different from the other all inclusive resorts we visited in the past. We also sampled the restaurants on site (steak house, Italian and "fusion"); the service was great and the food well prepared/presented.Overall, we had an excellent vacation.Word of advice: keep all your valuables in the safe if you leave the room for any length of time.

  • Roch B : Calgary, Canada
We are SO going back...

We were 2 couples who spent an amazing week at the Riu Palace. First class all the way. From the rooms, to the service, to the food. No complaints whatsoever. Great location. Only 35 minutes away from the Liberia Airport. Took an unforgettable day trip to Nicaragua. Yes there are beach vendors, but they did not affect our holiday in any kind of negative way. The warmest ocean water. Yellow flag at it's worst. It was unanimous, we are going back, and we recommend to anyone wishing to experience Central America.

  • Ringo123456789 : Wilmington, NC
Mixed comfort and ammenities

We went with a large group of friends to this all inclusive resort. Overall it is not that bad, but compared to other properties it has some short comings. The grounds are beautiful, but this where it kind of ends. Our complaints were: food good sometimes, others times not so good, there is little alcohol in the alcohol, the top shelf alcohol is barely that compared to say a cruise ship, thanks to the poor roads, excursions were too painful to go to. The rooms were large and all, but our room had several damaged items. The air conditioning barely worked in our room, and the main lobby's air conditioning did not work either. The pools all needed repairs as tiles were falling off in many places.

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.