The luxury Riu Palace Aruba is as swish as they come, with five restaurants, a smart pool scene and a miles-long sandy beach on the doorstep.
A white-sand beach unravels beside the Riu Palace Aruba – the boardwalk is just steps away from the hotel’s huge pool.
Little luxuries pop up all over this beachside hotel. Breakfasts are washed down with Cava and the room menu features pads with a Jacuzzi® on the balcony.
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Food & Drink
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Selected local-brand alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Minibar and regularly restocked liquor dispenser. Snacks at set times.
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2 outdoor pools
The pools here take centre stage. The main one features a swim-up bar, in-water loungers and is just steps from the beach.
Just to let you know, men are requested to wear long trousers and shirts at this à la carte restaurant.
The Sayuri à la carte restaurant offers a variety of Japanese delicacies. Gentlemen please note long trousers are required to dine here.
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Junior Suite with Sea View and Balcony or Terrace
These classic-style junior suites come with a sea-view balcony. You'll also find free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning included.
Junior Suite with Limited Sea View and Balcony or Terrace
These classic-style junior suites come with a balcony or a terrace that offers partial sea views. You'll also find free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning included.
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Amazing hotel in an even more amazing island.
Hotel staff were all very friendly and efficient. There is never a long line for bar service anywhere. The food in all the restaurants are great, however, their food labelling in the buffet or a la carts are all very vague. It would say the what the dish is called, but not what is in it. I have severe shellfish allergies so it was very difficult to try dishes I didn't recognize. We ate in all of them instead of Krystal because it as soon as we walked in, it reeked of boiled shellfish. All other restaurants were great, they are all first come first serve, but we didn't have any issues being seated except for the very popular Steakhouse. Get there by 6:15pm to get seated, otherwise, you will need to wait an hour or 2. The sushi from the Japanese restaurant had really mushy overcooked rice but their entree options are all wonderful. The Italian resto's appetizer bar was amazing and so were their pasta and lamb entrées, you just need to tell them to go easy on the pasta sauces if you don't like alfredo soup. We also enjoyed the snack fridge in the sports bar that contains prepackaged snacks that are amazing for a night's worth of drinking. We also ordered room service ones after doing the pub crawl excursion around 2am and they actually came and brought it. The food was also fresh. I also must have eaten 20 chocolate ganache macarons from the coffee bar at the lobby that entire week. There is limited number of palapas on the beach and people start reserving it from 5am, not actually use their sunbeds until after lunch. It's very frustrating to be there by 7am or 8am and seeing an empty beach but palapas full of towels. It's even more annoying to see people with palapas closest to the beach who drag their beds straight in the middle of the sun anyway, which defeats the purpose of having the palapa since 5am. The beach itself is wonderful, powdery sand and crystal clear water. I just didn't understand why the watersports people were allowing people to kayak through the area where people are swimming when there is an area roped off for boats. The pool is fine, but due to the layout of the surrounding buildings, 1/2 of it gets shaded very early and by 4pm, the pool is completely in the shade. With the constant winds that Aruba is known for, it gets too cold to enjoy it completely. There is a casino in the lobby. We were given vouchers for a couple of free plays in our check in package. We decided to check it out, but left within 15 mins because too many people were smoking in such a small enclosed space. We had a jr. Suite ocean view room on the 8th floor. The balcony was very small. It is a half moon, about 6 Ft wide and 4 Ft deep. There is barely room for the 2 chairs they put on it. It was a waste of our money to pay the extra for the ocean view considering we couldn't really sit outside the balcony in the morning to drink coffee since having 2 people on it at the same time is uncomfortable. My husband is very tall so his knee caps are touching the metal grating. He hates heights as well so it was not an enjoyable situation for either of us. There was a lady named Maria at the front desk that really rubbed me the wrong way. I asked if we can place a call to de palm tours to confirm our excursion for the next day and she took it as an inconvenience to her life. Her face just contorted in a way that you would think I asked her to clean my shoes with her tongue before telling me there's no point calling since it's after business hours. Everyone else we experienced at the lobby or front desk are all very nice and accommodating. Our room was cleaned 5/7 days that we were there. Not sure why they skipped our room the day before we checked out. We even put the green sign on our door, but finally gave up on that when we came back at 5pm to get ready for dinner. When they cleaned up, we have no complaints. Towels were always refreshed and the mini bar was always refilled. The liquor dispensers had old liquor in there that has oxidized so we didn't really bother using it after the first night. The hotel is located right at the bottom end of the area known as the Hi-Rise Hotels. After dinner, we liked to walk out towards the left of the road where all restaurants, bars, shops and souvenir stands are. You can walk for hours just taking in the nice cool evening breezes without being bothered by vendors. Overall, we enjoyed our stay in the Riu Palace Aruba. It is a beautiful hotel and we definitely recommend it to anyone going to Aruba for the first time. More
Would recommend this hotel!
I stayed at this hotel the last week in October and first week in November with my Husband and we had a lovely holiday. Room We were upgraded to a junior suite, the room was a good size with a lovely view of the pool and the beach and the gorgeous sunsets. The bed was huge and the aircon so effective we didn't need it on through the night. The bathroom had 2 sinks which was good as one of them was blocked. The room was clean, good maid service and towels renewed twice a day. When we arrived to the room there was a welcome cake/balloons for my Husbands 40th, a nice touch. Pool/Beach We never reserved sun loungers and we always managed to get one and that was normally about 10am. Yes some people do reserve them early but I think it must be if they like their comfort and have to use the same one throughout their holiday. The beach is beautiful and the sea turquoise in colour. The weather was great, in 2 weeks we had 1 day of rain other than that it was sunny and without the cloud and wind it would be too hot. The pool does get loud with activities especially later in the day but the beach is peaceful. Staff With the exception of some of the staff, we found most to be friendly and helpful (we didn't have to deal with reception). Ingrid in the Italian went out of her way to make our evening enjoyable. The entertainment team work so hard and long hours and do well to keep things varied to suit all tastes. Food The food was amazing (I am vegetarian, my Husband is not). Buffet - there is so much choice and it all seemed very fresh. I think anyone that says it is not varied or boring/repetitive must pile their plate full with loads of different combinations/food that don't naturally go.We chose to eat like we would in a restaurant, by having a starter, quite often an amazing cheese board, then either Italian, Mexican, Fish or meat dishes. When you are there for 2 weeks you don't have to over do it and go crazy on the first few nights. Themed restaurants - it is worth visiting all of these, I think Crystal followed by the Italian was my favourite but my Husband preferred the Japanese and the Steak house. Although not on all the menus each restaurant provided a vegetarian meal for me. I think anyone that says don't bother with the restaurants and stick to the buffet is because they can eat as much as they want. We did really enjoy the buffet but it feels less personal. Sister Hotel If you don't have children it is worth using the facilities at The Antillas. We went to the pool a few times, it is a little more peaceful and there are a lot of Iguanas in the grass around the sun loungers. It also makes the evenings a little more varied, this hotel keeps the beach bar open on an evening and its nice to chill here. They also have an upstairs bar and the nightclub. We preferred the Casino here as it didn't really smell of smoke like our casino. Overall had a fab holiday and would recommend as an all inclusive. I have read some comments to say there is no need for all inclusive but Aruba isn't cheap so it really depends on your budget. We still had a few enjoyable nights out in both Palm Beach and Oranjestad but I think 15 nights paying out for food and drink would have been very expensive.More
Aruba is a great place for a get-a-way
We had a beautiful ocean view room with 2 balconies! The Riu was excellent, good staff, good food, good service...no issues at all I would recommend it. Aruba itself is not the most beautiful island as it gets very little rain, so it is dry and desert like, but on the beach side they have made it beautiful, as the beaches are spectacular and the ocean fantastic. What I loved the most about Aruba was the people, they were friendly, kind and helpful. Also, it is a very safe island, so is also an added bonus... Book your trip now! It is worth it!More
My husband and I visited here in June and loved Aruba so much we returned this month, however the start to our holiday was not what we were expecting . After arriving mid afternoon and being shown to our junior suite which was fine on the 10th floor with an amazing sea view instead of immediately unpacking we decided to go get the last of the sun rays . We generally prefer the beach but decided as it was not too busy we would stay at the pool for the last hour . The area by the small pool facing the beach was quite with plenty of free lounges we settled down I took my watch ( which was a Rolex ) of to put my sun cream on and placed my bag on the empty lounger next to me and my watch was stolen at first I thought it had fallen on the floor etc but no where to be seen it was definitely stolen I went to reception twice within the next 24hours and to be honest they were not really interested until on my third visit I had to see a manager who was more helpful . There is only one CCTV camera placed near the restaurant which when they looked could not pick anything up Now I know it was my own stupidity however I would of expected a little more concerned when initially reporting the theft after all it was on there property all I would say to anyone staying round the pool area it's very busy and clearly not everyone are honest .We did manage to put it behind us had as in June we had a great holiday with great service a special mention to Yolanda in the restaurant her smile and exceptional service helped to turn a bad start into a fab holiday More
Under the Aruban Sun...
The RIU Palace Aruba is in equal parts: turquoise waters + caribbean sun + moorish architecture = one exotic adventure. All you can eat , all you can drink and perhaps more than care to indulge in a single vacation. Don't forget to explore the other beaches on this beautiful island ( baby beach on the south end comes immediately to mind) as well as the other eating and drinking establishments outside the resort complex. The RIU Palace also has reciprocal privileges with the RIU Antilles next door. In summation th RIU Palace is a class act. Recommended.More
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