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Riu Palace Costa Rica

Riu Palace Costa Rica - Luxury in Nature

As a part of our ongoing commitment to our clients, Purple Palm Vacations spends a lot of time learning about popular destinations by visiting them firsthand. Recently while in Costa Rica, we had the pleasure of staying 4 nights at the beautiful All-Inclusive Riu Palace Costa Rica. This resort impressed us with its beautiful tropical setting, friendly staff, and the abundance of activities both on and near the resort. 

We Recommend This Resort For:  Couples, Honeymoons, and Nature Enthusiasts


Riu Palace Costa Rica sits on Matapalo beach in a lovely private cove.

Photo Tour

Take a photo tour and see for yourself the stunning beauty of Riu Palace Costa Rica. All pictures were taken during our stay and none have been modified or enhanced.

Riu Palace Costa Rica is located on Matapalo Beach.
The sand is dark tan and looks almost black when it is wet.
There are many picturesque areas on the beach.
The disco is open every night with music and dancing.
The casino has slots and live table games.
The grounds are beautifully manicured.
All rooms are suites with a jetted tub
There is a gym on property that is shared with the guests at next door Riu Guanacaste.
The Oceanview Junior Suite
Seating with a view in the lobby bar
The Oceanview Junior Suite
The view from an Oceanview Junior Suite
The lobby bar is a fun place to hang out when the day is done
The lobby lounge serves snacks and coffee 24 hours a day.
The lobby cafe serves delicious specialty coffee drinks
The lobby lounge seating has beautiful views.
The lobby is modern and spacious
An outdoor massage table
The nearby mountains make a lovely backdrop to the resort
The pool bar
The sports pool
A nice path leads to next door Riu Guanacaste
One of four pools
There are fun gift shops with local crafts on property.
The Renova Spa is shared with Riu Guanacaste guests

Resort Highlights

The Riu Palace Costa Rica is located in the Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica, a region of incredible natural beauty where active travelers can enjoy picturesque beaches, rain forest hikes, nearby volcanoes, and the unique flora and fauna of Costa Rica.  Built in 2012, this beautiful resort is set on lovely Metapalo beach, right next door to Riu Guanacaste.  Guests staying at Riu Palace Costa Rica have full access to the resort facilities at the Riu Guanacaste. 


  • Monkys bar is a short walk up the beach where monkeys are frequently spotted.
  • There is an on-site Discotheque and Casino, with slots and live table games.
  • There are 4 swimming pools, one with a swim up bar, plus access to the 3 large swimming pools at next door Riu Guanacaste.
  • Water activities include windsurfing, stand up paddle surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, and an introductory scuba lesson in the pool.
  • For the exercise enthusiast, there is gym, a tennis court, and a beach volleyball court.
  • The Riu staff provides fun daytime entertainment and live nightly shows.


  • The 538 spacious junior suites come standard with air conditioning, sitting area, balcony or terrace with a screen door, hydromassage bathtub, safe, daily stocked minibar, in-room liquor dispensers, and 24-hour room service.
  • The 2 Bedroom Family Suite sleep families of 5.  The first bedroom has a king bed and the second bedroom has 2 double beds.
  • Guaranteed connecting rooms sleep up to 8 people.
  • The Oceanview Jacuzzi Suite is a large suite with a beautiful hydromassage tub, great for special occasions.


  • For dinner, there are 4 a la carte restaurants to choose from:  Japanese, Italian, Fusion and a steakhouse.  Guests also can also try the 4 additional a la carte restaurants at the Riu Guanacaste next door.
  • The buffet is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a wide range of delicious options.
  • The cafe in the lobby serves specialty coffee drinks and yummy pastries.
  • 24 hour snacks and coffee are available in the quaint lobby lounge that also boasts beautiful views.
  • Unlimited local and imported beverages are served at the fun lobby bar, swim up bar, pool bar, plus drink service at the pool.


  • The Riu Palace Costa Rica is located on scenic Matapalo Beach in the Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica.  Easily seen throughout the area are colorful birds, various types of monkeys, huge butterflies, and beautiful tropical flowers.
  • The resort is next door to the Diamante Eco Adventure Park, which has a Zipline, Animal Sanctuary, ATV rides, and horseback riding.
  • Nearby eco-adventures include Rincon de la Vieja National Park and Palo Verde National Park.
  • It is an easy 40-45 minute ride from the Liberia airport to the Riu Palace Costa Rica on good roads.
  • Coco Beach, with local shopping, restaurants and night-life, is 20 minutes away by water taxi from the resort.


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  • You will always have a dedicated travel agent who cares about your vacation to call directly with questions or help with any problems that may arise.
  • Round-trip airport transfers are included with our packages so there is no need to worry about finding a ride at a foreign airport.
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About the Author

My name is Amy Burbank, owner of Purple Palm Vacations and the Traveling Travel Agent. I travel throughout the year to the destinations that are in high demand looking for quality vacation options that go above and beyond. This blog is a collection of my Resort and Cruise Ship reviews that I feel are the best of the best and will truly provide a great vacation. Happy Travels!

Posted: Fri, Dec 7, 2018

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