I really like this resort. It is on the small side, so when you make friends you get to see them all the time! The size is also good because it does not take very long to walk from place to place. It took 5 minuets to walk from the ocean to the lobby. The service was excellent, from the bar tenders to the wait staff. My glass was never empty. There was always someone around to ask if you need something. The food, even at the buffet, was pretty good. That being said, there were some very interesting quirks...
The room: there were not very many outlets in the bathroom. Just one in our room. The shower is recessed into the wall and there is no light in the shower so I gets pretty dark in there. We also booked an ocean view room. It was amazing to wake up to the ocean and resort, however, the entertainment at night is loud and I think pretty much every room facing the ocean most likely was effected.
The pool: the pool is nice, but crowded. You need to get there early if you want to get a poolside seat. There was a lot of fun entertainment there during the day. There really were not bathrooms at the pool. The closest one was in one of the restaurants, so you had to get out, and get dressed and walk to the restaurant.
The beach: NO BAR!!!! I was very surprised there was no bar or bar service at the beach. There was not bathroom facilities either, but I didn't spend a whole lot of time down there. There were also no chairs set up, you had to get them yourself and drag them down the beach to where ever you were going to be. My favorite thing about this beach was it is a protected area for sea turtles! We went down to the beach at night and got to see a giant sea turtle come to lay her eggs.
We booked all our excursions through Swiss travel and they were excellent.
If I return to that area of Costa Rica I will most definitely stay here again.
- 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