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Riu Palace Costa Rica Hotel Playa de Matapalo, Costa Rica

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  • Date:28 Dec 2020
  • For:14 Nights
  • Board:All Inclusive
  • From:London Gatwick
  • Going:2 Adults
  • Room:Junior SuiteThe price shown is based on a Junior Suite.
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Outbound FlightLondon Gatwick toLiberiaDirectDeparts: 08:45AM on Mon, 28 Dec 2020Arrives: 14:35PM on Mon, 28 Dec 2020
Inbound FlightLiberiatoLondon GatwickDirectDeparts: 16:35PM on Mon, 11 Jan 2021Arrives: 08:45AM on Tue, 12 Jan 2021

Holiday Overview

TripAdvisor Traveller RatingTrip Advisor Rating of 4.5Based On 5802 reviews
Ranked #1 out of 2
  • Sleep Quality:
    4.5 Rating for Sleep Quality
  • Location:
    4.0 Rating for Location
  • Rooms:
    4.5 Rating for Rooms
  • Service:
    4.5 Rating for Service
  • Value:
    4.5 Rating for Value
  • Cleanliness:
    4.5 Rating for Cleanliness

Key Features

  • Secluded beachfront setting
  • Boutique-style interiors
  • 4 à la carte restaurants
  • Perfect for your wedding day

Location Information

• Located on Playa de Matapalo beach on Costa Rica's Pacific coast
• Next to Diamante Eco Adventure Park which offers wildlife and zip-lining experiences

Located right by the beach and backed by lush hills and mountains, this stylish addition to the RIU portfolio delivers big-resort facilities with a boutique touch.

Location-wise, the Riu Palace Costa Rica is pulled up right by the sea – you can walk down through the grounds, past the pool to the sands. The hotel is flanked by velvety green hills and mountains. Coco Beach, the nearest big resort, is about 20 minutes away by cab.

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Fitting for a hotel of this calibre, the Riu Palace Costa Rica boasts no less than four swimming pools. One of these turquoise expanses is home to a swim-up bar, where you can sip a cocktail in the water. Other luxe touches include sunken, in-water loungers.

Pool Scene

The sun terraces are dotted with sun loungers and parasols and the hotel provides free pool towels. There’s also a children’s paddling pool.

Food & Drink

You could come here and just eat your way around the buffet restaurant – the selection is vast and the food is of an excellent standard. But it’d be a shame to miss out on the hotel’s clutch of à la cartes, which include a Japanese restaurant and an Italian.

If you don’t want to wander far from your sun lounger, there’s a poolside restaurant called Papagayo that transforms into a steakhouse in the evenings.


There’s a great clutch of bars to choose from when you fancy a sundowner. Stars is a lounge bar with an attractive terrace, while Melody is a sleek plaza bar. In the evenings, most guests make a beeline for the show area, where the entertainment team stage glitzy productions.

Within walking distance of the hotel, there’s a casino and a nightclub called Pacha – Riu guests get free entry into both, but drinks aren’t included. The venues form part of the Riu resort, which includes the Riu Palace Costa Rica, the neighbouring Riu Guanacaste and the Renova spa*.

Sports & Activities

There's a good variety of sports, from tennis through to beach volleyball by way of windsurfing and kayaking. Guests can take advantage of a free introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool. Check out RiuFit, too. It’s a special programme, which ticks off activities like aqua-gym, stretching and a range of aerobics several times a week.

If you want to express your more creative side, see what’s on at the RiuArt atelier*. For children, meanwhile, there’s the RiuLand kids’ club, which is open daily, and a playground where your little ones can let loose.

Health & Beauty

The hotel shares a spa* with the next-door Riu Guanacaste. It’s called ‘Renova’. Translated that means ‘renew’, which is certainly apt given the facilities on offer – there’s a steam bath and an impressive list of treatments and massages to choose from.

Facility Overview

The Riu Palace Costa Rica has enough to keep you busy for a month. There are four swimming pools, five restaurants, and a packed programme of sports and entertainment, not to mention a spa.

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Official Rating

5 Star


All rooms include a balcony or a terrace, free Wi-Fi, air-con and an in-room drinks optic – meaning you’ll have your very own branded premium spirits on tap in your room. The drinks can vary but usually include brands such as Smirnoff vodka, Barcadi rum and Jose Cuervo tequila.

Items marked with * incur extra charges which are payable locally.


Average temperature
JanuaryTemp: 27°C
FebruaryTemp: 27°C
MarchTemp: 28°C
AprilTemp: 28°C
MayTemp: 27°C
JuneTemp: 27°C
JulyTemp: 27°C
AugustTemp: 27°C
SeptemberTemp: 26°C
OctoberTemp: 26°C
NovemberTemp: 26°C
DecemberTemp: 26°C
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Special Assistance

If any member of your party is disabled or has specific welfare requirements, please call our sales team on 0800 916 5197 or use our live chat function. It is important that we check out the suitability of your chosen accommodation, prior to making a booking.

Our opening hours are Monday to Thursday 09:00 to 21:30, Friday & Saturday 09:00 to 20:00 and Sunday 09:30 to 19:30.

Traveller reviews

    Suitable For
  • Business:62
  • Couples:2720
  • Solo travel:54
  • Family:1595
  • Friends getaway:766
    Rating Summary
  • Sleep Quality:
    4.5 Rating for Sleep Quality
  • Location:
    4.0 Rating for Location
  • Rooms:
    4.5 Rating for Rooms
  • Service:
    4.5 Rating for Service
  • Value:
    4.5 Rating for Value
  • Cleanliness:
    4.5 Rating for Cleanliness
    Traveller Rating
  • Excellent3158
  • Very Good1642
  • Average596
  • Poor221
  • Terrible185
Jorge V said...

Nice Hotel

TripAdvisor Review Rating21/10/2020
Travelled on 01/10/2020

My wife and I enjoyed our anniversary at the Hotel. We will be back with the kids. Most of the Staff were awesome. Aerobics guy, music area, and live entertainers, waiters that were not buffet, tour...

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Rafael R said...

Amazing, small details

TripAdvisor Review Rating19/10/2020
Travelled on 01/10/2020

Hotel is gorgeous, big, lot of pools, rooms are comfortable, we asked for 2 full beds, got 2 full beds joined by a huge sheet, that my little one loved :D, a big sofa-bed (a bit hard), minibar was...

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Berny P said...

Never again.... do not waste your money...

TripAdvisor Review Rating18/10/2020
Travelled on 01/10/2020

Let's be honest, not everything is bad... however if you have a hotel under construction or renovation, and your main entertainment pool is closed you have to advise prior the reservation.. Also...

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