The Riu Palace Costa Rica has tonnes to keep you busy. You’ve got four pools, five restaurants – including a steakhouse and a Japanese venue – and a packed programme of sports and entertainment. There’s a sleek spa, too.
SPORTS & ACTIVITIES
There’s a decent sports line-up here – everything from tennis and beach volleyball to windsurfing and kayaking is on the menu. There are also RiuFit classes like Aqua aerobics and step aerobics.
If you want to express your more creative side, see what’s on at the RiuArt atelier*. For kids, meanwhile, there’s the RiuLand kids’ club and a playground.
- Introductory scuba diving lesson
You'll get one free introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool as part of your All Inclusive package.
- Beach volleyball
- Tennis court
There's a floodlit tennis court here.
- Snorkelling equipment
- Paddle surfing
FOOD & DRINK
As well as a big buffet place, there are four à la cartes – a Japanese restaurant, an Italian venue, a contemporary fusion eatery, and a poolside restaurant that transforms into a steakhouse in the evenings.
If you don’t want to wander far from your sun lounger, there’s a poolside restaurant called Papagayo which transforms into a steak grill in the evenings.
- Arenal restaurant
The main buffet restaurant here features an outdoor terrace for al fresco dining. In the mornings you can take your pick from eggs made to order, pancakes, waffles, pastries and tropical fresh fruit. Come the evenings there are show-cooking stations serving up fresh meat and fish, as well as pasta bars and salad stalls. Buffets are themed three nights a week to mix things up, too. Just so you know, there's a dress code here - gentlemen are asked to wear shirts with sleeves.
- L'Anfora Italian restaurant
Styled in striking tones of red, white and black, this is an Italian à la carte with a buffet twist. Starters and desserts are of the help-yourself variety while main courses, like shrimp linguine, grilled grouper fillet and pepper-stuffed chicken breast, are available to order from the menu. No reservations are needed to eat here and it’s open late into the evening. There's a dress code, though - men need to wear shirts with sleeves and full-length trousers.
- Daiquiri lobby bar
Located just behind the reception area, this chill-out zone is perfect for an afternoon coffee or a cocktail or two come sundown.
- Stars lounge bar and terrace
- Melody plaza bar
- Lounge 24
Here, you can help yourself to light bites like popcorn, tortilla chips and hotdogs whenever you fancy. It's open 24 hours a day.
- Krystal fusion restaurant
There's an à la carte menu at this place.There's a dress code, too - men need to wear shirts with sleeves and full-length trousers.
- Tokio Japanese restaurant
A vision in black, this sleek à la carte eatery does a mean line in Japanese food. There's a dress code, too - men need to wear shirts with sleeves and full-length trousers.
- Papagayo Steakhouse
This poolside eatery leads something of a double life. By day it’s the pool’s go-to restaurant but in the evening it changes into a steakhouse.There's a dress code, too - men need to wear a shirt with sleeves and full-length trousers.
No surprises what this place does best. From foam-topped cappuccinos to wake-me-up shots of espresso, this coffee shop-come-patisserie knows a thing or two about java. Throw in a tasty selection of French-style pastries and an ice-cream parlour and you’ve got a tempting little corner to chill out in.
HEALTH & BEAUTY
The hotel shares a spa* with the next-door Riu Guanacaste. It’s called Renova – translated that means ‘renew’, which is apt given the impressive list of treatments to choose from.
- Renova spa*
The Renova spa offers up an extensive menu of treatments. The adults-only steam bath and whirlpool bath are free to use, but you'll need to make a reservation first.
- Adults-only gym
You'll need to wear sports shoes to use this gym. It's for over 18s only.
- RiuFit fitness classes
The Riu team organise fitness classes several days a week, aquagym, stretching, and a range of aerobics.
Most people make a beeline for the show area in the evening – it’s where glitzy productions are staged. There’s also a sleek plaza bar and a lounge bar with an al fresco terrace.
Within walking distance of the hotel, there’s a casino and a nightclub – you’ll get free entry into both.
- Evening entertainment programme
There's entertainment here every evening. Highlights include shows and live music.
- Pacha disco*
Entry is free here, but drinks come at a charge.
There are no less than four pools here. One is home to a swim-up bar, where you can sip a cocktail in the water. Other luxe touches include sunken, in-water loungers.
The sun terraces are dotted with loungers and parasols. There’s also a petite pool that’s just for kids.
- 4 outdoor pools
You've got the choice of four pools here. One comes complete with in-water loungers, and another has a bar with a swim-up area.
- Kids' paddling pool
- Free Wi-Fi
- El Poblado shopping area
Here you'll find a boutique, kiosk, mini-market, souvenir shop and photo shop.
- Greener and fairer hotels
As well as two hotels in the Matapalo region, RIU has set up a 200-hectare conservation area. This refuge is home to over 250 plant and animal species – some of which are on the verge of extinction.
Items marked with * incur extra charges which are payable locally
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