My husband and I vacationed here this past April and had a wonderful time. The resort was beautiful and the rooms were clean and modern. The buffets were delicious too and had quite a nice selection. We ate at all the restaurant except for the Italian one. Our favorite was Krystal (I think...the one where men have to wear pants not shorts :) The staff was very friendly, fast, and efficient. The pools were great! There are five and a lot of seats, but get there early!! It seems people set their towels and belongings and then go eat or whatever so my husband and I had a hard time finding open seats. One day we asked the lifeguard to help us get an umbrella because the only seats were directly in the sun and when he came back with one he offered to save spots wherever we wanted the next day. We said yes and the next day we had awesome spots. We tipped him and the rest of the week we had saved seats awaiting our arrival! The pool water was a perfect temperature. The poolside drinks were great and fast (we tipped) and the music was great! We swam in the ocean and laid out on the beach one day only because it was really windy the rest, but it was still nice.
We booked an excursion via the contractors in the hotel. We were under the impression the one we booked would only be about an hour and half drive and that we would see the volcano. We were disappointed to find out it was a six hour drive roundtrip and no volcano!!! Others from the other hotel that joined us were also under the volcano impression. We confronted the lady who booked the trip for us when we got back and she denied telling any of that to us...??? I'm positive about what she told me because I did not want to be gone that long on an excursion. I went on a rain forest hike with a guide (Christian- who was awesome!) and a group of about 9 others. The hike was ok....wouldn't do it again. We didn't really see anything too exciting, although we did have to walk across 2 suspension bridges. While I was hiking my husband went zip lining and had an amazing time! The lunch and dinner provided was delicious. The bus ride was extremely bumpy and somewhat uncomfortable for me at times (I'm 18 weeks pregnant). We ended the excursion by going to a hot springs (Baldy Hot Springs...I believe) and that was fun and beautiful. All and all I would have rather save the money and stayed lounging at the hotel all day.
Make sure you have everything you need, sunblock, aloe vera, etc. before you get there because (obviously) it is really expensive on the resort. We forgot our sunscreen and had to pay $35 for a tube. A woman in front of us had to pay $115 for shampoo, conditioner, and sunscreen. Yikes!
We didn't visit the disco, but we did check out the casino. It was small, but sufficient.
We booked out trip through Orbitz (will never do again) and the hotel could not really help us with our booking since it wasn't through them. For example, we couldn't get the free shuttle from the airport because we didn't book through the hotel (although we were staying at the hotel ???). Also, we lost a day of our vacation and had to stay back home due to unfortunate circumstances out of our control and the hotel couldn't refund or do anything for us really. The spa vouchers couldn't be combined or changed because we booked through Orbitz. :(
The fitness center is ok....I expected it to be way bigger considering it was for both resorts. There wasn't enough equipment. I'm a runner and running outside was just too hot to do so I used treadmills.
The shows were entertaining and they seemed to always involve the kids before the night show. We saw a Michael Jackson and Grease show that was pretty cool. Lip syncing and awesome dance moves. Great costumes!
Overall, the resort was fantastic and we had an amazing time in Costa Rica. We would definitely stay at another RIU resort! Pura Vida!
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