Riu Palace Costa Rica
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My family and I stayed in the RIU Palace for the course of a full week. Arrived Tuesday July 11 and left the morning of the 18. Overall it was a very fun and memorable experience. The hotel was very modern compared to its sister hotel, the RIU Guanacaste but still beautiful. We spent most of our time out and about doing multiple excursions which consisted of taking up the whole day. We met Allen on the beach and he set up everything for us including; The catamaran (double decker), the mega combo tour, ATV tours. He was a very nice guy and made sure we all had a good time exploring Costa Rica. - The catamaran tour: Very enjoyable we went to Coco Beach and ended up picking up more people and ended up at a white sand beach where each person had the option to do snorkeling, kayaking or nothing at all and just relax on the beach. We were served lunch and the drinks were free. On the way back to our hotel we passed Michael Jordan's island which was very nice to see. The duration of the tour was about 5 ish hours. - Mega Combo Tour: This excursion was a full day one and we ended up driving 2 hours to another place just to do everything. We first started off with horseback riding which at first was enjoyable but not when you're doing it for close to 45 mins. We then entered into a sauna for 5 mins and once we were done put mud all over ourselves and again left it on for 5 mins. Once the mud dried we rinsed ourselves off and entered into the hot springs. There was a total of 5 pools and each pool had different temperatures. We started from the hottest and went to the warmest pool. It was all very enjoyable. Once we finished it was lunchtime and the food was amazing. All freshly made and everything just tasted so well. -Waterslide: We got to experience a very fun but also scary waterslide. First off the walk up was tiring but the water slide made it worth it. You felt like you were going to fly off because of how fast you were going. It was all very fun. -Ziplining: Again we had to hike back up even farther than we did with the Waterslide. The Ziplining overall was a 7/10. Not very high or scary but the views were beautiful. If you're an adrenaline junkie then this wouldn't necessarily be for you. It was still fun to experience. ATV Tour: We rode the ATVs to two beaches and one waterfall. The Beaches were pretty far from the hotel and it was a very long drive. You do get to see the villages though which was nice. The first beach was very nice and called Playa Danta. After than we went to another beach and this was more of a break to buy souvenirs and food. The food was very expensive from this little shack and they didn't display any of the prices. After that we drove to the waterfall which wasn't huge but still very nice. You will go through water while riding your ATV and which get dust and dirt in your eyes so they will provide you with masks. I ended up getting burned from the ATV's engine while going through the water. At each stop you don't spend more than an hour there however we got back to the hotel very late at night. We drove our ATV's through the jungle and through the very narrow streets of Guanacaste. It was fun but very long. One major thing you must do if you choose to spend your vacation at the RIU Palace is get a massage by Hania! We were a party of 22 and I kid you not every single one of us got a massage and it was so nice that more than half did it twice! She charges $35 for an hour. You can either find her right when you're going to the beach by the hotel or just head left until you see little tents and little shops. You can't go wrong with a massage for that price!I enjoyed having the 24 hour snack bar open because there was time we would get in very late from the club or the casino and were very hungry and would just go to the bar and grab a bite to eat. After I believe either 11 or 12 the actual hotel bar closes and it's very rude that they shut off all the lights even if there's still people in the lounge area just having a good time. The hotel also gets very dark and there's no lights on at all. The restaurants inside the hotel were good we went to Papagayo, Tokio and Fusion. The steak and shish kabob were very tasty at Papagayo. The steak from Tokio was also delicious and the lobster from Fusion was amazing! Either try getting there very early or later at around 8ish to get seated because as a bigger group we got denied the 2nd and third nights and settles for the Buffet which wasn't horrible. They had a good selection and also had a big fondue station. The staff was very nice and made the whole experience enjoyable by welcoming us and getting us involved in a lot of things. I wish they had played some more music because at Guanacaste it sounded like a real party. Also go up to the fourth floor to check out their rooftop. Extremely beautiful and we had an all-white photo shoot there and the pictures came out amazing (Thank you Geraldo). It looks like you're either in Greece or the Taj Mahal and the view was amazing! Overall it was a really good experience and I'm glad we went to RIU Palace.
A very mixed bag really ... hotel itself is lovely if a bit dated in some areas , i.e. The bedrooms cd do with an upgrade as bit tired , and new pillows a must as basically slept on sandbags for a week 😂 not cute !! Grounds are lovely and well maintained , main restaurants / breakfast excellent !! Lunch excellent with lots of choice and foods kept hot !! Dinner 🙄 now I think everyone's given up ... just horrendous .. tough meat , cold food and just awful not even a good 2 star unless yr happy to survive on cake ( amazing desserts ) many are so drunk by now that I don't think they notice , one man face down in his plate !! such a shame as staff are incredible and work really hard but u can't make a silk purse out of a pigs ear and they can only work with what they Hv !! Main meals need sorting out ... bland and cold sums it up !! No toilets by the pool so due to the high volume of hammered Americans u can only but imagine 🙈 a very long way to come to be surrounded by people on a mission to drink and eat everything not nailed down ... think magaluf !! Feel sorry for the staff as must be hell ... I wd come back to the country but to tour round and see it in its natural state and not in this artificial environment , beautiful place but not value for money ... paradise it isn't .
This vacation was so needed, to distress from life. The resort is gorgeous, very well maintained. We had a courtyard view room and it was lovely, staff was nice, but my lady did have to constantly call for fresh towels. Food was mostly average, with the exception of the steak house for dinner, the New York strip was very well cooked and the lobster was excellent. Both of our excursions were great, atv, snorkeling, just had a great time. Beaches weren't the nicest but that's OK,
We had a fabulous time for my big 50! The service was amazing to say the least. We had stayed in the Riu Palace's before, this one was very exceptional and attention to detail though. Service was great and so was the food! Not so much for the beach, but that's not why we came to Costa Rica. They have so much more to offer with all of the excursions. I highly recommend this resort and country.
The country is beautiful. As we went in the rainy season, July, it was very green and lush. However we did not get too wet as it was very hot all of the time and only really rained for about 10 minutes most days. I dont know if this is the norm or we were just lucky. We had a room on the 3rd floor with the balcony overlooking the pool area and also we could see the sea. It was very clean and Mary, our cleaner did a good job every day. The gardens are lovely and very well kept; gardeners are hard at work every day. The food was quite good, but our favourite was the Italian which was open every day from 12:00 until late. Nice selection and well cooked. Our least favourite was the Japanese which we found bland but perhaps that is just our taste in food. The buffet was plentiful although food could have been hotter. A good choice, although Im still not sure what dishes are native to Costa Rica. The waiters and waitresses were very attentive. There were signs for the beach to say beware of sea urchins, but I spoke to the lifeguard who assured me there were not any urchins or jellyfish to beware of. The beach, a very short walk to it, was black sand but the sea was warm and nice. As other people have mentioned, there were definitely not enough toilet facilities in the resort, especially around the several pools. I did email the hotel prior to our arrival to say that it was our 35th wedding anniversary and what could we do to make it special. The manager replied that a note had been made and our room would be decorated for our arrival - it wasnt decorated at all but we did get 10 strawberries dipped in chocolate and a bottle of fizzy wine the following day. All in all it was a lovely hotel with good facilities. We travelled with Thompson and were disappointed that we were sitting in totally different areas on the plane. For 7 days prior to departure I tried to check in online with an error message appearing every time. At the airport and on boarding the plane, no one from Thompson were helpful with our disappointment. The tours from Thompson were also very expensive and the one we tried, palo verde, was quite boring. We visited the Diamante Adventure Park which is nearby and found the zip wire great fun. I would recommend this lovely hotel but possibly not Thompson!
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- 3 Meals daily plus 24 hour snacks
- All drinks 24hr (domestic beer and cocktails, select international brands)
- Table Tennis
- 1 introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool
- 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
- Free WiFi
- 5 Conference Rooms (fee)
- 24 Hour Front Desk
- Casino (fee)
- Tennis Court
- Water Sports
- 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
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Riu Palace Costa RicaLiberia,Costa Rica
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