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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. Wedding guests who are not staying at the resort must purchase a day pass with the hotel established costs, plus ceremony fees and reception costs.
 
The Wedding couple must respect the arrival date therefore must arrive two (2) full business days for any type of ceremony, prior the wedding date (not counting weekends, National Holidays and the arrival day). Weddings and events are not performed on Sundays & National holidays. 
IMPORTANT: Take in consideration that our established policies are a must therefore no exceptions are allowed. 

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 $300.00 USD* per person. 
 
Maximum capacity of the Riu Palace Costa Rica: 100 people

*Prices subject to change without prior notice.

Documentation:

For Civil Ceremony:


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 email to:  

Email: mice01.gnc@riu.com


2. Two (2) witnesses at the ceremony.  

Witnesses must KNOW THE COUPLE AND THEY HAVE TO BE OVER 18 YEARS OLD, (ANY RELATIVE OR FRIEND OF THE COUPLE COULD BE A WITNESS), take in consideration that a Civil wedding can not take place in Costa Rica without close witnesses to the family.


The documents that you'll bring to the hotel do not need to be translated into Spanish.  
You do not need to apply for a marriage license at your Home Country. 
The minister will contact you via email to fill out paper work. 


For Symbolic or Renewal of Vows Ceremony

The minister will contact you via email to fill out paper work however the wedding has no legal value, this is a normal procedure in Costa Rica for weddings. 

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 it's 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).

      IMPORTANT: 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 prior you made your trip, as sometimes an apostille it's required. If you need to Apostille your Marriage Certificate, be advised that you'll have to cover the amount of this service prior your departure of the hotel.

      *Riu Hotels & Resorts is not responsible of this legal procedure.

    • For Symbolic & Renewal of vows: For this type of ceremonies no paper, nor certificate are issued, since this are blessings ceremonies only.
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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 / steakhouse
    • "Daiquiri" lobby bar
    • "Capuchino" pâtisserie & ice cream parlor
    • "Stars" lounge bar with terrace
    • "Melody" plaza bar
    • Lounge 24
    • "Coconut" poolbar with swim-up bar
    • Sports bar (at Riu Guanacaste)
    • 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

    • Under Costa Rican legislation smoking is not permitted in the hotel except in designated areas.

    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" 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" 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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