Mid august 18 of us visited Riu Palace all inclusive in Costa Rica. The grounds were immaculate. As was the pool. The noon pool side barbecue was delicious. From shrimp and steak and chicken to guacamole to sides. We looked forward to that every day. The amenities were superb. No money is really needed on the resort as tips and all food is included in the all inclusive price paid. We had a suite and it was huge! With a jacuzzi on the patio and in the room also Yes 2. Also a walk in shower and separate toilet. Top notch in terms of decor. The service was exceptional and really made the trip. The entire staff was friendly and on first name basis with the guests. They were accommodating in every way. Two couples traveling with us were celebrating their 10th year wedding anniversary and we hosted a pajama party in their honor in our suite. Jairo the manager set the entire party up for us. sent up food and drinks and cakes in advance and even decorated the room! For no additional cost. He also sent up a server to serve the party and all we had to do was tip him. Excellent time we had. A group of the fellas with us went on a fishing trip. Upon return they brought back what they caught and the kitchen staff cooked it up deliciously for us to have for dinner! There was a nominal fee of $5 per person for this. The hotel arranged for a private tour for our group for a small fee. we didn't have to travel with others on excursions. Free wifi, the monkey bar on the beach, the massages on the beach. The exhilarating Mega combo of horse back riding, man made mountain water slide, zip lining, the lunch on the organic farm, the mud bath and hot springs. Fun, adventurous and exhilarating. They printed our boarding passes to return home. they were most accommodating to the guests. And this really made the difference. I personally want to thank Jairo and the Riu Palace staff for a memorable vacation and the love and service extended to us all! Here is to COSTA RICO RIU PALACE!!! The only small issue is that the air conditioner didn't work that well. It was hot but you get used to it after a few days!