Departs Dublin 5th June
Airport Hotel – Gatwick 1 night
All Inclusive meals & drinks
Junior Suite room
Call 059 8633 836
5* RIU PALACE COSTA RICA
Set right by the beach and backed by lush hills, this stylish addition to the Riu portfolio pairs big-resort facilities with a boutique touch.
With its palatial pinnacles and domes, this beachfront place certainly looks the part. Step inside and you’ll find interiors that fuse funky twists and classic design.
Location-wise, the hotel is pulled up by the sea – you can walk down through the grounds to the sand. It’s flanked by velvety-green hills and mountains. Coco Beach is about 10 minutes away by cab.
AT A GLANCE
- Secluded beachfront setting
- 4 à la carte restaurants
- Pools with in-water loungers
- Free Wi-Fi in lobby and rooms
If you’re looking for a fly-and-flop escape, this is the place to come because other than a beach and a couple of hotels, there’s not a whole lot more to this pretty corner of Costa Rica. But what a beach it is. Serving up soft, pale sands and surrounded by gently rolling hills and jungle-covered mountains, this half-moon bay is one of Mother Nature’s starlets.
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 restaurantThe 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 restaurantStyled 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 barLocated 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 24Here, 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 restaurantThere’s an à la carte menu at this place. You’ll need to book your table in advance – ask at reception when you get there. There’s a dress code, too – men need to wear shirts with sleeves and full-length trousers.
- Tokio Japanese restaurantA vision in black, this sleek à la carte eatery does a mean line in Japanese food. Just so you know, tables need to be booked in advance here – ask at reception when you get to the hotel. There’s a dress code, too – men need to wear shirts with sleeves and full-length trousers.
- Papagayo SteakhouseThis 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 and grill. Just so you know, you’ll need to reserve a table here. There’s a dress code, too – men need to wear a shirt with sleeves and full-length trousers.
- CapuchinoNo 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.
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-gym and bums-legs-tums.
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 lessonYou’ll get one free introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool as part of your All Inclusive package.
- Beach volleyball
- Tennis courtThere’s a floodlit tennis court here.
- Snorkelling equipment
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 programmeThere’s entertainment here every evening. Highlights include shows and live music.
- Pacha disco
- Casino* (charge)
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