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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
  • loratigger : Toronto, Canada
Amazing staff and resort!

This resort had great up to date suites, with well maintained buildings, pools and landscapes. The staff was incredible, so nice and courteous and very apologetic for their exceptionally rude manager. The food was really good, excellent to not have to make reservations for the al acarte restaurants.

  • byram1014 : Portsmouth, United Kingdom
RIU Palace Costa Rica

Ignore any bad reviews about this place/hotel! The RIU Palace is amazing and recommend this hotel 100% to anyone and especially those animal lovers! Our room was perfect for us. The best features of the room for me was the mini bar/fridge, our own jacuzzi! And the jungle view from our balcony 😍. In the mornings you can hear/see howler monkeys on the trees outside 🐒. The restaurants were amazing! The food was fabulous! We choose to eat at a different restaurant each night rather than the buffet as this is something you don't even have to pre book! Just turn up at the opening times and you will be guaranteed a seat. Also if you eat at the steakhouse bear in mind you may be joined by some wildlife! Which I enjoyed! The bar staff were great and ALLAN at the daiquiri bar has definitely done the job before! The swimming pools are all well spread out and are really nice! The beach is also beautiful, we walked along and spotted loads of crabs, monkeys, and sea turtles. I've also seen bad reviews about the colour of the beach but if you are expecting a gold sanded beach then you clearly have not done your research on Costa Rica! Around the swimming pools expect to see iguanas and frogs! This place is perfect for a family or couple holiday and the hotel is in the perfect location! The RIU gunacaste is next door and are the only two hotels in the same area which for me made it better rather than a strip of hotels like in most country's! 5 star hotel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🤙

  • jonclapham : Barnsley, United Kingdom
Great Place

You know you are going to get consistently great food, drinks, friendly staff and fantastically clean rooms and facilities when you book a Riu Palace hotel and this one is no exception.This was my first visit to Costa Rica and the first thing I notice, when leaving the hotel, is this is an expensive place to live. The shops are expensive and as a result this has a knock-on effect on all activities you may be planning. Trips are relatively expensive for instance.Great food in the buffet restaurant and ala carte restaurants. The Italian is open all day and so ideal for lunch if you are fancying aircon. For the other restaurants, you simply turn up and if they are not full you are in or you need to wait until a table becomes available. The steak restaurant did the best steak I’ve ever had in a AI hotel – New York strip.Talking of trips, the guys on the beach sell exactly the same trips as the hotel and tour companies. When I say the same trips, I mean the same company will be taking you on the same bus, wherever you book. The beach guys are a little cheaper and so recommend using these people to book your trips. We used both Alex (with the 2 dogs) and Donald. Both trips where great (white water rafting and quad bikes).You must do the local zip wires ($39 each). Exhilarating enough without being over the top. Ideal for children and OAPs as well as adults. There is a free bus from the hotel every half hour. You can get all the zip wires done and be back on your sunbed within a couple of hours (the tour company try to sell you a zip wire trip which is several hours away by bus – meaning you are gone for the day and the cost is far higher).This is a no smoking hotel. If you want to smoke, you need to walk to the beach before you light up and there is a smoking area within the hotel near the evening entertainment to where you need to walk whilst at the evening bars.There is a nighclub (disco) just outside of the hotel, although this is not included within the IA package and the drinks are expensive - as a result it doesn't seem to be doing too well.The good1. Great food and drink2. Fantastic location, on the beach where wild iguanas lie and in the forest frequented by wild monkeys. You can feed the moneys boiled eggs (they shell them all by themselves) and iguanas like fruit – both will eat out of your hand.3. WiFi throughout the complex – in reception a very reasonable speed of 30Mbps, although far slower around the pool area4. Waiter service for drinks at the pool and beach5. All the staff are extremely friendly and cannot do enough for you6. Top quality evening entertainmentThe bad1. Long way to the nearest town – this hotel is in a remote location2. Difficult not to put on weightThe uglyNoneYou will have a fantastic time at this hotel. It can be as relaxing or as full on as you like.

  • mike r : Liverpool, United Kingdom
Costa Rica. Fabulous!

Spent two weeks at the Riu Palace. A great experience. lovely place, throbbing with wildlife and really great quality place to stay. Food, drinks and people all brilliant. Evening entertainment a bit naf but otherwise a fantastic experience from start to finish. Trip to Nicaragua was a long day but well worth it!

  • Lspag : Uk

Just arrived back home after a wonderful week at this hotel, we wanted to go to the Riu palace after going to an amazing Riu in Cancun and we weren't disappointed. Food - really nice, we preferred going to a different speciality restaurant each night as opposed to the buffet but all of them were delicious! Be sure to get to the restaurants for opening times or you will just have to wait with some drinks until a table is free which is fair enough. Drinks - amazing, make sure you ask for different cocktails and if they can make you you're own ones. ALLAN in the daiquiri bar was spectacular and always put effort into each drink! We enjoyed a grasshopper and the Costa Rican colours shots! Be sure to give them a try. The cappuccino bar is lovely too. Hotel itself - always clean, everyone is always cleaning everywhere and making sure you are happy, please do not moan about the bugs. Yes there are a lot at night because it's the tropical rainforest and they're attracted to the light, go to the artic if that's the case! just wear some bug spray and move them out you're way, they never get into your room unless you don't use the mesh on your balcony, the cleaners spray them every night and clean them up in the mornings. Pools were great so many to chose from so you can have a quieter option or noisy. The toilets are by the steakhouse the theatre or lobby. Beach - yes it's black volcanic sand. Don't moan about this either too many reviews moan about this as if they've never actually done their research on the holiday they're going on? It's fantastic weird crabs everywhere, sea turtle heads in the sea, monkeys in the trees, Pelicans! It's lovely and so warm too, sunsets are great at the beach too. Room - we loved it, huge clean and the juccuzi bath was lush, people complain that it's in the middle of the room but to us we were glad to have a jacuzzi at all so appreciated it no matter where it was positioned. You get your optics safe coffee machine all cushty! Jungle view from the balcony was great, woke up to the howler monkeys most mornings about 6-6:30am. Trips - I will do personal reviews on each trip but we booked all through Thomson our rep and enjoyed every single one so much we only had two days by the pool! However personally we didn't think Coco beach was worth the trip just a few tatty shops and bars. Country - most friendly beautiful one we have been too! You willNot be dissapointed. Pura Vida we would go back in a heartbeat, we met so many nice people too!

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.