Riu Palace Aruba  

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.

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  • 3Buildings
  • 450Rooms
  • 3Lifts
  • Floors: 8 or 10

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Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
All Inclusive

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

Sunbeds and towels are provided.

Steakhouse restaurant

There are two sittings at this à la carte restaurant - reserve a table at the customer service desk. Just to let you know men are requested to wear long trousers and shirts for dinner.

Japanese restaurant

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.

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double room with garden view

Double room with garden view sleeps up to 3 adults, with 2 double beds. This room comes with a TV, free Wi-Fi, a liquor dispenser and a French balcony. The image shows planned appearance.

junior suite with limited sea view

Junior suite with limited sea view sleeps up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. With free Wi-Fi and a hydro-massage tub in bathroom.

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Everythihng you would expect from a Riu Palace hotel

I wrote most of this during my holiday so that it is in real time and not what I remember. My partner and I are staying at Riu Palace Aruba with another couple. We've both used other Riu Palace hotels and this is much along the same lines. Check in was swift and well organised with a cool welcoming drink and porters for luggage if you need them. The rooms are arranged in 3 blocks and us and our friends had been upgraded and are staying in the block that is the same side as the Antillas, on the left as you approach the hotel from the front. We directly overlook the pool from our balcony and have an adjacent view of the sea. Rooms furnished to normal standard, massive bed (4 pillows wide), sofa, table & chairs, plenty of drawers and hanging space and a safe with plenty of room for tablets, iPads etc. Free branded optics in the room and a full size fridge with water, beer and soft drinks restocked daily. Our bathroom has twin basins and a jacuzzi bath with excellent powerful shower. The bath is deep to step into but has a non-slip section built-in and 2 very strong hand rails to hold when getting in and out. Towels and linen changed frequently, room cleaned daily and turn-down service early evening with more towels offered. (just hang the sign on the door if you don't want to be disturbed). We have had 2 issues with the room, now resolved. One of the optics didn't work and neither did the jacuzzi bath. It took a few attempts to resolve but it seems that they didn't know what we meant by 'optic' or 'jacuzzi' as they use different words! The only other thing to mention about the room and nearby corridors is the musty smell. Others have mentioned it too and I have to agree but seems to be a feature of hot countries, certainly all of the Caribbean that we have visited and India too earlier this year. Seems to go with the territory and the climate and unlikely that the hotel can remedy. Food-as expected, a very large and comprehensive buffet restaurant on ground floor plus 4 Speciality restaurants. We ate once in each of those but we prefer the buffet. Occasionally we have had to queue but mainly due to being 4 of us. Never for longer than a few minutes. The choice is large, freshly prepared and kept topped up. Plenty of choices of fish, meat, salads, pasta, fruit and desserts. The Nautilus is open for lunches and their Caesar Salad Station is a must!. Outside-the pool is large enough for the hotel with a large bar area. Double sided to either walk-up or swim-up and of course drinks are free if you are on an all-inclusive package. With beer @ $6 in nearby Palm Beach that's quite a package. Sunbeds-there are plenty to go around with umbrellas for shade but the 'best' positions are taken early and if you need a specific slot you will need to be up and about before 8am. Part way through our 1st week, the Riu Palace Antillas opened for business. There is a connecting corridor/walkway and adults can circulate freely in/between the 2 hotels. Children are not allowed in Antillas as it is for adults only. Naturally we wanted to try out both and compare/contrast. There were undoubtedly teething problems that are well-documented by others but are hopefully (2 months later) sorted by now. In the end we settled for using a mixture of facilities, as follows: breakfast in own hotel (Aruba), pool at Antillas, lunch in either but preferred Aruba, afternoon tea/coffee in Antillas, evening meal in Aruba, entertainment in Antillas and nightcap in the cool of the Aruba bar.More


2nd trip to RIU palace Aruba

Visited this resort last year in Feb with friends and again this year in Oct with my family (me, the hubby, kids ages 7 & 5, my sister and my parents) to celebrate a bday. Amazing resort, people, food and by far the best beach on the island. Will definately be back again next year.More


Stayed Dec.10-17

Enjoyed our stay last week in the Riu. . We stayed in a ocean view on the 10th floor, nice big balcony, beautiful tile. It was a little damp when we arrived we just turned the air up in the room and it was fine. It dryed out. The pool was nice and not cold. The bartenders were very busy but still had time to talk and joke around with us especially Javier & Linda. The food in the buffet was good, the salads were very fresh, lots of desserts. Champagne any time you wanted it, breakfast lunch or dinner. The wait staff was wonderful, the maid service, the desk people, all very friendly. Had no trouble getting a place on the beach, but I do get up early. Stood in line for the specialty restaurants we could book for a couple of days at a time. Ate at the Steak house twice. I had lobster and my husband had steak the first time so the second time I had the steak & my husband had steak again. It melted in your mouth. Then one night we went to The Italian, not good. They need to work on that. The beach was nice the water pretty but not very clear. I like the decor at this Riu. I hope they don't change it. The new one is a little to modern for me. We didn't eat there just drank. We didn't hear anyone walking around the place complaining everyone seemed to be having a good time. If we go back to Aruba we would probably stay there again unless we did a condo next time.More

lynsmith12, The Villages, Florida

Mold!!! Don't go!!!

We stayed there. The staff is not friendly. We where met at the reception by a man from the Dominican Republic named Rye whith an attitude... It went downhill from there. The room we were shown stank and everything was damp... We got another room after an hour but as you will read by other travelers to this hotel,, the airconditioning is not working properly... It does not get the humidity out... Whatever excuse they tell you (it's the Caribean etc.) forget it.. We have pictures of the mold in the airhandler and on the plastic curtains... It's just hopeless... We had two queen beds which turned out to be two twins (they just split a king)... Nobody on the staff is from Aruba... They're all from the Dominican Republic and since it's an all inclusive hotel they really don't care about the guests well being... The only nice people where the chamber maids... We tipped them $ 25 each for 5 days... Anyway, the wifi sucks, the service sucks... The only good thing is the food. in the main restaurant...Don't go there... John from Amsterdam, the NetherlandsMore

Amsteldijk2014, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Honeymoon Spot!

I looked for the best place to take my wife on our honeymoon! I wanted her to feel like a princess. I chose the RIU Palace last minute. I wasn't sure about it based one a few reviews. After our honeymoon we are both blown away by the RIU Palace. We stayed in the Jucuzzi suite. It has its own floor or atlest ours did. I give the room a 10 out of 10. The food was amazing! I loved breakfast, lunch, and dinner! The people here are always dressed very nice and are very kind. Knowing spanish with help you here. One of the things I would recommend is De Palm Tour. They offer a lot of things to do away from the hotel. We did 3 things. 1.Sailing and Snorkeling. They take you out on the giant catamaran. You stop at 3 dive spots. We paid extra to snuba. Do it! Its amazing! 2.UTV Tour. They use the Yamaha Viking side by side. This is a guys thing. All the wives ride shotgun. It was the ultimate off road adventure! 3.De Palms Island. This is a remote island. They will pick you up from the hotel and take you there. You can snorkel, drink,ride banana boats, relax, eat, have a massage, and do "Snuba". Its all one price. Massage and Snuba are extra. Its a great place to go for the day. Kids are welcome. Book your trip and give it a try. I promise you will love it. If not, you did something wrongs;)More


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