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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
  • Weekster : Kansas City, Missouri
Great excursions close by.

Just made it back to the United States. Had a wonderful trip to Riu Place. Highly recommend Luis for excursions. He speaks great English. He is very funny and extremely helpful. You will find him by the Monkey Bar, which is on the beach left of the resort. Hanniah gives a great massage. $35 for an hour. She is just to the left on the beach.

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Fantastic Birthday holiday celebrations

Stayed here the end of August beginning of sept with my husband and another couple The setting is amazing the hotel fantastic The staff are second to none From the cleaners who do not not seem to ever stop to the entertainments crew you could not meet lovelier people The food was brilliant and although we tried all the restaurants our favourite was the buffet where the choice was fantastic also loved the bbq by the pool each day Went on a few trips with guys from the beach all pretty much the same price although I think some deals better then others so check out different prices and what's involved We went white water rafting ,zipwiring ,into the cloud forests horse riding the best trip though for us was to the little animal sanctuary you could get a bus from our hotel We also went on a trip to coco beach which was ok on the way we saw a turtle and on the way back a mother and baby whale impersonating free willyThe cleaners did out my husbands room on his birthday and I think most of the staff wished him a happy birthdayI would say all in all the most fabulous holiday and well worth a visit I know it says on a few other reviews about loud Americans but to be fair they are on holiday and we chatted to quite a few nice crowds There is so much more I could write but go there discover it for yourself you won't regret :))))))

  • Dilaus13 : Edwardsburg, Michigan
PEACE AND TRANQUILITY

We had a great time and would highly recommend this hotel. Our rooms were clean, the food was amazing. The service was great. This hotel does have top shelf liquor but you need to ask for it. If you are looking for quiet place with minimal kids, this is the place to stay. The nightly shows are entertaining but it's the only nightlife. If you are looking for night life and loud rambunctious partying I would not recommend this hotel, but would suggest the Riu Guanacaste Resort as they do have a sports bar that stays open late. The only negative I have is no close bathroom by the pool area. You have to go into the restaurant, the main lobby, or to your hotel room to use the facilities. We typically do not stay at the same place as we like to explore other resorts, but if I was asked if we would stay again I would say "Absolutely, just not in September or October as it rained plentiful."

  • Julie S : Iwade, United Kingdom
Amazing Hotel and Holiday from start to finish.......

We have recently returned from Costa Rica (Sept 26th - Oct 10th) and what an amazing experience which we would repeat tomorrow if we were able to.On arrival at the hotel we were greeted with happy smiling staff and this continued throughout our stay. We can't praise the hotel enough, our cases were labelled with our room number as soon as we arrived, we were given a glass of bubbly at check in which was so quick and painless with our cases being brought to our room within 10 minutes of us opening the door.The hotel was spotless throughout and staff were always seen cleaning, gardens always being attended to, pools cleaned and rooms always cleaned to a very good standard. The gardens are amazing.The hotel had 4 pools and beachfront location so you had the choice of where you would like to relax, the pool bar got a little noisy but you can keep away from that by using the other pools. The bar staff were always available with drinks and would appear with another drink just as you were finishing the last one, Alonso was the best at keeping us topped up with drinks and some of his 'Alonso Specials'.The main buffet restaurant was always well stocked with food and staff made you feel welcome and made sure you were well looked after and well fed, food was always hot and plentiful. There were 4 other restaurants you could use as well of which Krystal was our favourite, the Duck dish and Lobster Risotto are to die for. Of an evening there is entertainment which was very good but one complaint on that is that they need to turn the band down a little as it was far too loud.Our room was huge and well maintained, we had a massive queen sized bed which was made daily, we had a large walk in shower, a whirlpool bath, two sinks, toilet, safe, sofa, table and chairs, flat screen tv on the wall, fully stocked mini bar, optics with Gin, Rum, Whisky and Vodka, also a balcony with furniture that overlooked the gardens at the front of the hotel.(Room 2029)You can hear all the different noises of animals, from birds, monkeys, frogs and a walk along the beach one day we saw breaching whales.We were staying at the hotel when Storm Nate hit and we can't praise the staff enough, some were working 20hour days as they were unable to get home, they made sure we were kept happy at all times despite them not knowing what was happening with their own homes and families. The hotel did lose power for a while but they made sure we were all fed, watered and safe.... a few people were not being very pleasant in their remarks about this but how is it the hotels fault a storm hit and wiped out the power supply?The Thomson Rep Suzy was brilliant and made our stay even more enjoyable as we went for the beach walk and shopping with her, she was great and very well informed on everything to do within the resort and Costa Rica. We booked all our trips through her which turned out to be the right thing to do as when the storm hit we were out on a trip, we couldn't have been looked after better, once it was realised that we would not be able to get back to the Riu Palace due to the roads being flooded we were taken to a restaurant for dinner followed by an overnight stay at another hotel, this was at no extra cost to us at all. We were safely returned to the Palace the next day. Although you can book trips via people on the beach which are cheaper than booking through your Rep it does have its draw backs. The people who had done this on our trip the day of the storm had to pay for the overnight accommodation themselves as they were not covered, therefore the money they saved on the trip they landed up spending on a hotel. You will not be disappointed staying here as it is a fantastic relaxing experience and Costa Rica is just an amazing country to visit.We have stayed at many Riu's and this is definitely one of our favourites and would visit again at the drop of a hat....

  • Anthony W :
Just what was needed

After working hard all over Christmas I decided to treat myself to a holiday away in January, this hotel was perfect just for that.Weather was fantastic, maybe a bit to hot my I pod started to creak due to the heat when left in the sun.All aspects of this hotel are luxury and well maintainedrooms are clean and of a good size.If you are looking to get away and relax this is just what you need.

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. 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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