We recently returned from RIU Guanacaste, where we stayed a 7 days (Sun-Sun). On arrival the grounds are very nice and the staff is friendly. We got in early and had to go to the pool while we waited for our room to be ready. That was fine. The pool was nice and a little crowded. After Sunday passed the resort became very scarce and unpopulated. Actually very nice. The service was prompt and it was easy to get drinks by the pool and on the beach. Mon/Tue/Wed all the same. On Thursday we saw a distinct difference in the service and clientele. We finally figured out that on Thursday the locals began to check in for a long weekends. It became much more crowded and suddenly the pool and beach service stopped. So if we ever go back (we may) we will stay Sunday through Thursday.
If you want to zip line and have adventurous kids I recommend talking to Erick on the beach. Very trustworthy and will bargain for larger groups. His tour was $100 pp, and included Zip line, Tarzan Swing, water slide, lunch, horse back riding, waterfalls, mud bath and steam room, and natural hot baths. The drive to the Zip line is about 1.5 hours, so the guide stopped us at a grocery store for food and beer. After the tour we actually felt like we ripped these guys off, because the tour was so long, fun, and well put together. Well worth more than $100 pp. Very physical.
Bring sandals of water shoes. The beach is like walking on the sun.
Another thing to know before you go.... Wi-fi is only offered 90 minutes a day. If you are a Facebook junkie, you will need to tone it down. It was great for us because it kept the teens off the phones the whole time and forced them to interact.
- 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