We travelled out to Costa Rica on the 9th January, there is only one flight a week from Gatwick, its a 11 hour journey. We flew with Thomsons on the Dreamliner. With the flight you get two meals plus we had free complimentary drinks with our meals.
After 11 hours we arrived at Costa Rica Pacific side Guanacaste Province. The journey to Riu Palace took about 35 minutes. On arrival at reception we where handed champagne, and given the keys to our room.
The room was huge with a Jacuzzi, king size bed and complimentary mini bar and optics.
At the hotel there is 4 pools and a swim up bar pool. Four a la carte 2 buffets restaurants, poolside BBQ and 24 hour snack bar. Plus 3 bars serving local beer spirits and cocktails.
The food, we stuck most of the time to the buffet restaurant as there is so much choice, every night is a themed menu, International, Mexican, Caribbean etc.
The hotel is situated next to another Riu hotel then that is it you are basically in the jungle surrounded by all types of wildlife.
Head out of the pool area then down to the beach turn left, its all there,Howler monkeys, white faced monkeys, Iguanas, humming birds, Black head vultures, herons, with all kinds of other bird life.
On the beach you can take a boat taxi to the nearest town, it takes about 20 minutes, if your lucky you will be able to spot dolphins on the journey.
The weather was great never dipped below 30c during the day, November through to May is Costa Rica's dry season with very little if any rain.
Excursions, you could stay for 2 weeks and go somewhere different every day, from river trips, rain forest, volcanoes, adventure, hiking, night walks to much to mention.
A few notes to consider, Costa Rica is a no smoking country, you can't smoke anywhere including the hotel grounds. The airport is expensive if your thinking of last minute gifts or duty free, forget it, extortionate prices, same as the food at the airport £60 for two small meals.
The flight home took 10.5 hours a little bit quicker.
to finish would I recommend Costa Rica, yes, go before it gets spoiled by tourism, we are already booked for January 2018, you never know we might see some of you there.