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  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Casino
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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With a stay at Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica – All Inclusive in El Ocotal, you’ll be on the beach and close to Ocotal Beach. This 4-star resort is within the vicinity of Haras del Mar Equestrian Center and Coco Beach.


Make yourself at home in one of the 538 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.

Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities

Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages and facials. Before a night out at the casino, the 4 outdoor swimming pools are a perfect way to relax and recharge. Additional features at this resort include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).

Food & Drink

This resort is all inclusive. Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.

Enjoy a meal at one of the resort’s dining establishments, which include 4 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access 24-hour room service. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar.

Business & Travel Amenities

Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, luggage storage, and laundry facilities. This resort has 5 meeting rooms available for events. Free self parking is available onsite.

How to Get There

Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica – All Inclusive
Playa Matapalo- Sardinal
El Ocotal, Costa Rica


4.5 Very Good 4667 Reviews
Lovely second honeymoon
Reviewed 12 hours ago

Booked Riu Palace to celebrate 10 years of marriage. Hotel was lovely and put little extras in room due to our celebrations. All staff was very polite and extremely helpful, look out for Gina serving outside area of Buffet restaurant at night. Only downside was food in Buffet restaurant was only warm rather than hot, soups were lovely.

Best Holiday Ever
Reviewed 2 days ago

The room was lovely, very clean and loved the jacuzzi bath by the bed. In the room it also included optics of vodka, rum, whiskey and brandy all branded names.
All à la cart restaurants were fabulous to eat in. Entertainment well thought out and very funny.
Staff are so friendly and helpful can't do enough for you.

It checks all the boxes!
Reviewed 3 days ago

We booked the RIU Palace based on a recommendation from our friends who had stayed there last year and had a great time. A far as all inclusive's go, this hotel will meet all your needs. It's about 1/2 hour drive from the airport, and 1/2 hour drive to the closest town - CoCo beach, where there are lots of bars and restaurants, plenty of shops selling souvenir's, The Hard Rock Cafe, and a local grocery store if you need sunscreen etc, much cheaper to purchase there. The Palace has 5 great restaurants to choose from, the breakfast buffet is great, a cappuccino bar with cookies and sandwiches, room service as well so you always have options if you are hungry. You will also have access the the RIU Guanacaste property right next door, you can use all their facilities as well as eat breakfast and lunch only (not dinner) at any of their restaurants. There's plenty of booze both in the room and served around the property. A few swimming pools and a number of loungers and gazebo's with retractable shades. Fun and entertaining shows each evening, don't miss the Michael Jackson impersonator! Lots and lots of excursions to choose from....of course the excursions are extra $. The Congo Trail Zip line excursion is a must! As well as the Catamaran boat excursion and the day trip to Nicaragua.The beach is not the best, the water is rough and often a red flag on the beach indicating it's not safe to swim, this might have been because of the time of year, October is also rainy season. The rooms are decent, the decor needs updating but that's not a deal breaker for me. In room safe provided, hair dryer and a nice rain shower head in the shower. The staff are friendly & accommodating. Do not exchange money at the airport!!! Exchange money at the bank in town for the very best rates, you will need your passport to do so. Tips are expected!!!! Would definitely recommend.

Fantastic holiday
Reviewed 3 days ago

We arrived at the Palace after doing the Cloud Forest tour. The room wasn't ready when we arrived but they emailed as soon as it was. By not arriving in the big group we missed out on the fanfare welcome.

Our room was on the 4th floor facing the woodland which was great, you could hear the monkeys, see lots of birds and wildlife. I wish I had taken some binoculars with me, because sitting on the balcony watching and hearing everything was great.

Our room was big with the bath in the middle there is a separate shower and double sinks, the bed is large, our room was cleaned daily to a good standard.

The food was very good, always something to eat, as it is low season not all the a la carte restaurants opened at the same time but rotated, it would have been helpful to know in advance which ones where open that day. We always got into the restaurants although we didn't try at the weekends as the hotel was much busier with big family groups.

The entrainment wasn't for us, the daytime activities could be loud as was the swim up bars, there are 4 pools so not a problem. The evening entertainment was much better, been to better.

The beach is volcanic sand but if you turn left walk down the beach and climb over the rocks there is a beautiful beach with more golden sand, but make sure you don't get cut off by the tide.

Awesome Honeymoon
Reviewed 3 days ago

My wife and I just returned from our honeymoon and we stayed a week at the Riu Palace and we had a wonderful time. Our room was amazing, the staff were great, and the facilities were wonderful. The food was okay, typical in my experience at an all-inclusive resort. The best meal was when the hotel cooked the mahi mahi that we had caught earlier that day. We booked our fishing trip with Roberto of GeckoTico Tours! He is a great guy and you can find him and his other workers in a bright green shirt on the beach in front of the Riu Guanacaste! I strongly urge you to book any excursions you may want to go on with him. He was quite helpful showing us the various interesting things at the beach.

All in all it was fabulous experience. Costa Rica has to be the most beautiful place that I have experienced and I cannot wait to go back. If you book at the Riu Palace, please ask that your room is not directly across from the Riu Guanacaste, unless you like looking at another resort. Our ocean view was amazing!