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. The whole resort is getting a makeover for summer 2015, too.
The Sayuri à la carte restaurant offers a variety of Japanese delicacies. Gentlemen please note long trousers are required to dine here. Two sittings are available - please reserve at the customer service desk.
These classic-style junior suites come with a balcony or a terrace that offers partial views of the ocean. They have a US queen-size bed, with an extra bed. Plus, you'll also find free Wi-Fi, and air-conditioning included.
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We stayed Nov. 14-21. Overall, it was a great stay. The food at the buffet was absolutely amazing. We weren't impressed with the Sayuri or Krystal restaurants. The food there was good, but you could find most of the same choices at the buffet. Much easier to come and go as you please rather than making the reservations.
We had a few glitches. They had a water main break and we were without running water (no showers, no toilets) for 8 hours one day. Also must have had some problem with the sewer because it smelled really bad on the first floor and by the elevators for most of our stay.
The beaches and the ocean were beautiful and clean. Water was warm. The place was pretty busy. The chairs fill up fast and the beach gets a little crowded on the nicer days, but they have staff to help you get beach chairs.
Most of the staff was friendly and accommodating.
My husband and I stayed on the family side, but it was mostly adults. Only a few kids.
We were there to lay on the beach and relax. We didn't leave the resort other than to walk up and down the beach a bit.
There was no gift shop; we had to go next door to Antillas for that.
We definitely hope to go back.More
clscpa2014, Chicago, Illinois
AMAZING once again......
Nothing bad to say about this place and I am a VERY picky traveler, we visited this hotel for our third time the first week of November 9-16. We were a 8 adults and five kids and I could not of asked for better service, rooms, sun and most importantly food. Check in was fast and we were mistakenly given the wrong room and immediately they moved us to a room that I could hardly believe wasn't a suite because of how nice it was. Last year I spent alot of money to stay in a upgraded suite and i have to say that now that the rooms have all been upgraded I actually like our room much better then last year.
The hotel is in the perfect location, the beech is beautiful and the entire staff from bartenders to entertainment staff and even the maids we soooooo friendly and helpful. When travelling with young kids you always want to be assured about the food and water and at this hotel you never have to worry. The buffet is incredible and the selection each and every day is unbelievable.
I highly recommend this hotel if you want a safe, relaxing and fantastic vacation.
We will be back again next year!!!More
JennyGBR, Toronto, Canada
25th Anniversary trip
This trip was amazing the hotel is so clean and the people are great. It is also located in a great area so you can walk to many shops and restaurants but the buffet in the hotel has amazing food also. Its located on a beautiful spot on the beach.The only problem we had was going to the spa located on the property of the hotel. Do not wear any jewelry to the vita novas spa. you will get an amazing spa treatment but might not leave with your jewelry so leave your jewelry in your hotel safe. More
dpstar63, New York
Nice stay overall
My husband and I had never stayed at an all-inclusive and decided to give it a shot. The Riu Palace seemed to be what we were looking for.
The highlight of our trip was definitely the food. Great buffet every day, every meal. We went to the Japanese restaurant on our 2nd night and decided that it wasn't worth it. The regular buffets served everything we might have wanted without having to bother with a reservation. The restaurants all had rather limited offerings and people can only get reservations at certain times.
We were disappointed with the activities and ended up paying quite a bit to go off site to occupy our time. We're not really interested in lounging by the pool or on the beach all day and it seemed that there wasn't all that much to do.
On the plus side, our room was great and we loved the location of the Riu. A short walk was enough to take us to shops, bars and restaurants.More
MLabrie, Charlotte, North Carolina
Our one week stay
We stayed at the Riu Palace 11/12/15 to 11/18/15. Hotel site is beautiful and impressive! Rooms are clean and room make-up service is fine. Not many room make-up people speak English so there is a little problem if you need certain supplies refilled. The buffet food and service are very good and offer a wide selection of foods. They also offer the ability to go over to the neighboring Riu to try their buffet which I found to be better on some days. For example they would offer sushi at the Riu Antillas. The bartenders at the pool where absolutely great every day! The beach and pools are beautiful and offer many chairs.The only things I think they can improve upon is the process to reserve the finer restaurants. It's archaic and places an undue burden for people on vacation. They only have 2 sittings 6:30 and 9:00PM. They will only register a limited number of guest for each. Many times people don't show up at their reservations due to changed plans. They do not accommodate new walk in's that could fill these gaps. You can only reserve 2 days in advance and then you have to get back in line from 8AM to 11AM to make new reservation. Even if you get there at 7:55AM you have to wait till 8AM before they will talk to you. The employees in this service seem like robots. They are not allowed to think on their own and make good business decisions. It's almost like they're afraid to lose their job. Everyone has the same automatic response. You see several empty tables in these restaurants but they have no room for walk in's even after the standard reservation times when most likely the set reservations are no shows?? The other thing they can improve is the entertainment. We saw only one show that was worth watching. Dancers with Michael Jackson impressionist was great! Most other times it was just a young signer and electronic equipment. I have seen better entertainment in the Mexico Riu's by far. However all in all I would recommend this Hotel!More