This resort is a big beautiful, well maintained space. It has pretty much everything you could need behind the gaurd gate, but it isolates you from experiencing the real "Costa Rica". We took advantage of the excursions offered from the groups on the beach. Unique tours offered an incredible adventure package for a great price. Also not associated with the resort were some massage tents on the beach, which offered full body 1 hour massages for $65 per couple. AMAZING.
As for Riu, the rooms were nice. The food was pretty decent. We didn't like the restaurant organization. Reservations could only be made in person from 9-12 each day, for the next day so with excursions we missed being able to make any for the steak house which meant a lot of buffet. We did get in to Tucan which was pretty good, and the Japanese restaurant wasn't bad either. The pool is incredible. We had a great time, and the bartenders are fantastic.
I don't think we would use this resort again on a return trip to Costa Rica. Aside from the bartenders, the rest of the hotel employees were not very helpful and borderline rude.
For our first "all-inclusive" experience I believe we got our money's worth , and it really is a beautiful resort, which was very clean and well maintained.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opening winter 2009/10. Situated in northern Costa Rica, in Guanacaste. Located on Playa de Matapalo beach. Complimentary sun loungers on the beach. 6-storey main building. Surrounded by 35,000 m2 / 41,86 sq. yards of lush gardens. Closest village: Nuevo Colon. 13 km / 8.1 miles from various shops. 33 km / 20.5 miles from Liberia airport. Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Amex, Visa ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Riu Guanacaste Costa Rica