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A celebration surrounded by the lush vegetation of Guanacaste.

General Weddings Policies

The couple and 80% of their guests must stay at the same Riu Hotel where the wedding will be performed.

Only 20% of the total group can stay at another hotel chain.
 
The Wedding couple must respect the arrival date, they have to arrive at two (2) full business days for any type of ceremony, prior the wedding date (not counting weekends, National Holidays and the arrival day). 
Weddings are not performed on Sundays, January 1st , December 24th , December 25th & December 31st.

Confirmed weddings canceled within a month of the ceremony date or upon arrival to the hotel will be charged a cancellation fee of $250.00 USD.
External vendors are allowed if they are staying at the Hotel where the wedding will be performed or if they pay a Vendor´s Fee of $200.00 USD per person.
 
Maximum capacity of the Riu Palace Costa Rica: 100 people

Documentation

FOR CIVIL CEREMONIES ONLY

1. Valid passports for Groom, Bride and Witnesses (mandatory)

*Couple's Birth certificate.
*Divorce Decree (If apply)
*Death certificate (If apply)
All documents must be sent scanned at least 15 days prior the ceremony date by fax or by email:
Fax: (506) 2681- 2305 
Mail: weddings.gnc@riu.com

2. Two witnesses at the ceremony. 
Anyone can serve you as witnesses even your close family or the Hotel employees (In case you do not have witnesses we will provide them without any additional costs)

The documents you bring here do not need to be translated into Spanish. 
You do not need to apply for a marriage license from your Country or from Costa Rica.

SYMBOLIC CEREMONIES AND RENEWAL OF VOWS

No paper work is required.

IMPORTANT FRENCH CITIZENS: French couples must contact their Consulate in Costa Rica for information regarding the procedure they have to follow, the documents they have to bring & the steps to legalize their Marriage certificate in France.

    Marriage certificate

    • For Civil weddings: After the ceremony, the couple will receive a declaration of marriage translated into English; this translation is not legally recognized for international purposes.

      The Civil Marriage certificate registration process in Costa Rica takes approximately three (3) to six (6) weeks, after the wedding day. Once is received, we'll send you the marriage certificate issued by the Costa Rican Civil Registry Office, officially translated and Apostilled* (International Legally recognized by the Hague Convention).

      Please take in consideration that the Legal Certificate may take up to eight (8) weeks for you to receive it in your home country.
    • Important: *Please verify the procedure that you'll have to follow, in order to legalize your marriage in your home country, as sometimes an apostille is required. If you need to Apostille your Marriage Certificate, please be advised that you'll have to cover the amount of this service.*Riu Hotels and Resorts is not responsible of this legal procedure.
    • For Religous and Renewal of vows: The couple will receive a Marriage certificate without legal bearing on the wedding day.
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    Services

    • Room service 24 hours a day
    • "Arenal" main restaurant with terrace
    • "Krystal" Fusion restaurant
    • "Tokio" Japanese restaurant
    • "L'Anfora" Italian restaurant
    • "Papagayo" poolside restaurant / grill and steakhouse
    • "Daiquiri" lobby bar
    • "Capuchino" pâtisserie & ice cream parlor
    • "Stars" lounge bar with terrace
    • "Melody" plaza bar
    • Lounge 24 (open 24 hrs, All Inclusive service)
    • "Coconut" poolbar with swim-up bar
    • Sports bar (at Riu Guanacaste, open 24 hrs)
    • 4 swimming pools
    • Free sun loungers, towels and parasols by pool
    • Sun terrace
    • Children's swimming pool and children's playground
    • "RiuLand" kids' club
    • "RiuArt" atelier
    • Use of computers with Internet access (additional charge)
    • Free WiFi throughout hotel
    • Kiosk

    • At the Riu Resort:
    • Conference and Events centre with 5 conference and meeting rooms
    • Spa "Renova Spa" with a varitey of treatments (additional charge)
    • Free gym, steam bath and whirlpool bath**
    • "Pacha" discotheque (free entry, drinks not included)
    • Casino
    • "El Poblado" Street with boutique, kiosk, mini-market, souvenir & photo shop
    • Medical office (at additional charge)
    • * Use of the gym, whirlpool bath and steam bath is restricted to guests over 18 years old. Sports shoes are compulsory when using the gym

    Rooms
    • 538 guest rooms
    • All guest rooms have:
    • Room service 24 hours a day
    • Turndown service
    • Bathroom with hydromassage bathtub and shower cabin, double wash basin
    • Bathroom toiletries
    • Special make-up mirror
    • Hairdryer
    • 110 V
    • Free WiFi
    • Telephone
    • Central air conditioning
    • Ceiling fan
    • Minibar
    • Liquor dispenser
    • Coffee maker
    • Satellite TV
    • Electronic in-room safe (laptop size 15")
    • Iron and ironing board
    • Balcony or terrace
    • Junior suites with:
    • Integrated lounge area with sofa or sofa bed
    • 2 beds (125 x 200 cm) or 1 king-size bed (200 x 200 cm)
    • Ocean View Junior suites with:
    • Ocean views
    • Family suites with:
    • 2 bedrooms
    • 2 beds (125 x 200 cm) and 1 king-size bed (200 x 200 cm)
    • Bathroom with hydromassage bathtub and shower cabin
    • 2nd bathroom with shower
    • Whirlpool bath suites with:
    • Integrated lounge with sofa
    • Bathrobe
    • 1 king-size bed (200 x 200 cm)
    • Whirlpool bath on balcony or terrace
    Gastronomy
    • All Inclusive 24 hours
    • All meals and snacks
    • Breakfast:
    • Full American breakfast buffet, live cooking stations, fruits, juices and Cava
    • Continental breakfast / snacks
    • Lunch:
    • Hot and cold buffet and live cooking stations
    • Pizzas, pasta, salads and assorted desserts (Italian restaurant)
    • Dinner ("Arenal" restaurant):
    • Buffets and live cooking stations
    • Special evenings: themed buffet (three times a week)
    • Optional dining (à la carte, reservations required in advance):
    • "Krystal" Fusion restaurant
    • "Tokio" Japanese restaurant
    • "L'Anfora" Italian restaurant (buffet starters)
    • "Papagayo" Grill and steakhouse
    • Formal dress required for dinner. Main restaurant: gentlemen – no sleeveless T-shirts. Theme restaurants: gentlemen – no sleeveless T-shirts, long trousers.
    • Snacks 24 hours a day
    • For breakfast, lunch and snacks: free choice from a selection of restaurants at the Riu Palace Costa Rica and Riu Guanacaste hotels
    • Beverages:
    • Unlimited local and imported beverages served 24 hours a day
    • Drinks service at pool
    • Regularly restocked minibar and liquor dispenser
    • Room service 24 hours a day
    Sport
    • All Inclusive features
    • Sports and activities:
    • Gym, workout, beach volleyball, billiards
    • Floodlit hard surface tennis court (300 m)
    • RiuFit: backfit, aquagym, stretching, bums-legs-tums (several times a week)
    • Steam bath, whirlpool bath
    • Windsurfing, pedaloes, snorkelling equipment, kayaking
    • 1 introductory scuba diving lesson in pool
    • Entertainment:
    • Daytime entertainment programme for children ages 4 to 7 and ages 8 to 12 at "RiuLand" (daily)
    • Daytime entertainment programme for adults (daily)
    • Activities programme at the "RiuArt" atelier (six times a week)
    • Shows, Riu evening programme or live music (daily)
    • "Pacha" discotheque (open 6 nights a week)
    • Free entry to the discotheque and the Casino (drinks not included)
    • Other sports and facilities nearby (additional charge):
    • Various water sports available
    • Golf course (20 km), horse riding
    • The RIU Group has no direct or indirect relationship with external services (especially PARASAILING) and does not assume any liability for them, any contract between them being the exclusive responsibility of the clients themselves.
    All Inclusive
    • All Inclusive 24 hours
    • All meals and snacks
    • Breakfast:
    • Full American breakfast buffet, live cooking stations, fruits, juices and Cava
    • Continental breakfast / snacks
    • Lunch:
    • Hot and cold buffet and live cooking stations
    • Pizzas, pasta, salads and assorted desserts (Italian restaurant)
    • Dinner ("Arenal" restaurant):
    • Buffets and live cooking stations
    • Special evenings: themed buffet (three times a week)
    • Optional dining (à la carte, reservations required in advance):
    • "Krystal" Fusion restaurant
    • "Tokio" Japanese restaurant
    • "L'Anfora" Italian restaurant (buffet starters)
    • "Papagayo" Grill and steakhouse
    • Formal dress required for dinner. Main restaurant: gentlemen – no sleeveless T-shirts. Theme restaurants: gentlemen – no sleeveless T-shirts, long trousers.
    • Snacks 24 hours a day
    • For breakfast, lunch and snacks, free choice from a selection of restaurants at the Riu Palace Costa Rica and Riu Guanacaste hotels
    • Beverages:
    • Unlimited local and imported beverages served 24 hours a day
    • Drinks service at pool
    • Regularly restocked minibar and liquor dispenser
    • Room service 24 hours a day
    • In-room safe
    • Sports and activities:
    • Gym, workout, beach volleyball, billiards
    • Floodlit hard surface tennis court (300 m)
    • RiuFit: backfit, aquagym, stretching, bums-legs-tums (several times a week)
    • Steam bath, whirlpool bath
    • Windsurfing, pedaloes, snorkelling equipment, kayaking
    • 1 introductory scuba diving lesson in pool
    • Entertainment:
    • Daytime entertainment programme for children ages 4 to 7 and ages 8 to 12 at "RiuLand" (daily)
    • Daytime entertainment programme for adults (daily)
    • Activities programme at the "RiuArt" atelier (six times a week)
    • Shows, Riu evening programme or live music (daily)
    • "Pacha" discotheque (open 6 nights a week)
    • Free entry to the discotheque and the Casino (drinks not included)
    • All accommodation, taxes and tips included
    • All hotel guests are required to wear an "All Inclusive" wristband for identification purposes
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    Playa Matapalo - Sardinal
    Carrillo - Guanacaste -
    Tel: +(506) 268 12 300

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