Having just returned from my stay at the brand new Riu Palace Costa Rica I couldn’t have been happier with my trip. From the cold fruity drink upon arrival to the last meal of the trip before I left the new Riu Palace lived up to my expectations.
The grounds are beautiful, not quite as grown up as the Riu Guanacaste next door but as the resort is brand new this was to be expected. The grounds crew was hard at work each day and as the flora and fauna continues to grow, soon this resort will be as lush as it’s sister property.
The entertainment staff was one of the best I’ve seen at any resort. There was always something fun going on, drink mixing classes, salsa lessons, learning to make towel animals, dart competitions, bingo etc. Conveniently there was a board posted right by the pool bar each day so you knew exactly what was activity was taking place at what time.
The pools were amazing. There were 4 main pools and the swim up bar has it’s own pool so there was always a place you could go if you wanted activitity or quiet. Pool volleyball and other activites were available at almost anytime and there were plenty of loungers surrounding the pool, even in March we never had a problem securing our space.
The accomodations are exactly as they appear in the pictures. An open concept with plenty of space, very new and modern with flat screen tv’s, fully stocked minibars and liquor dispensor, 24 hour rooms service, safe deposit box and large balconies.
Dinner dining could not be easier at this resort, only the steakhouse requires advance reservations. If there was not a table available at the a la carte restaurant of your choosing, you will recieve a cell phone for notification when your table is ready and head to the lobby bar for a game or drink with Freddy.
The beach area in front of the resort is beautiful and very private as it can only be accessed by the two Riu properties. Keep in mind this is the Pacific coast and the beach is not white sand but black volcanic sand. I was suprised at how soft the black sand is. Just as soft as the white Caribbean sand and softer than the Pacific side of Mexico. But be careful, the black volcanic sand can get hot! Flip flops or beach shoes are a must when walking the beach. Talk a walk away from the resorts and maybe you’ll spot the monkeys in the trees! Nonmotorized watersports are available for no cost, paddle boats, hobie cats, kayaks, snorkel gear are all provided.
After having stayed at the Riu Palace Costa Rica I cannot wait to return. Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve visited to date and the people made me feel more than welcome.
For an amazing Costa Rican experience, the Riu Palace Costa Rica is sure to please! Don’t hesitate, book your trip today!