We stayed at this all inclusive from 3/8/13 to 3/15/13. Since it was the "dry season" it was in the mid 90's & sunny everyday. The food was very good at the buffet, and the lunch served at the steak house building was the same...very good. I had some mixed feelings about the ale cart restaurants. The Italian restaurant in the main building was the best. The other ones I could pass on. This Riu just started taking walk-in patrons rather than requiring reservations, other than the steak house. That made things go better with our dinner arrangements.
The grounds were clean, still very new. The groundskeepers were working every day getting new growth started, and putting in a new sidewalk to the beach. Nothing they were working on had any effect on our day to day plans.
The location of this resort is a little bit away from the excursions they were selling on the resort. We did an excursion that was about a 45 minute van ride. It was a boat ride down the river. We saw many crocodiles, iguana, and different species of monkeys. We also rented some 4 wheelers off site from a company called Santana's. He took us on fantastic 2 hour journey. Up into the mountains, down along the beach, and a monkey refuse, where they did some Zip lining.
We were not to fond of the dark sand beach. Another issue is, why do parents let their children hang around the pool bar area. It is not a place for them to play ball. They had 3 other pools to use.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel lies directly on the beautiful, fine-sandy Matapalo beach, next to the hotel Riu Guanacaste. * The guest of Riu Palace Costa Rica may use the facilities in sister hotel Riu Guanacaste, except dinner meal * Main Building 6 floors 538 rooms * Next City Liberia 42.0 km approx. * Airport Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) 33.0 km approx. * Next ATM / Bank: 200 m * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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