Riu Palace Aruba  


The white-domed Riu Palace is a seriously elegant hotel. The wood-panelled piano bar is reminiscent of a private gentlemen’s club while the neutral bedrooms are the epitome of good taste. They’re spacious too, and the Junior suites come with lounge areas.

Outside, the terrace features sunbeds submerged in the water and a pagoda-like swim-up bar. Just beyond the pool lie the sands of Palm Beach.

On the food front, all inclusive buffets come courtesy of the chandelier-adorned main restaurant. For a taste of the Far East head to the minimalist Japanese eatery, Sayuri. Or make a reservation at Picasso-esque Krystal restaurant to try fusion-cuisine. Rounding off the à la carte line-up you’ve got a steakhouse and an Italian trattoria.

As for relaxation and entertainment, you can have a massage in the Vita Novus Spa, sign up for a game of beach volleyball or enjoy a beer in the American-style sports bar. There’s even a casino here.

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Based on 3143 reviews

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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

With sunbeds and towels.

Steakhouse restaurant

There are 2 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 - can be sold as a single. This room comes with free Wi-Fi, a TV and a liquor dispenser.

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.

TripAdvisor Reviews Show more reviews »

Happy 50th Birthday to me !!!!!!!!!!!

My husband took me to the Riu for my 50th birthday. WE LOVED IT !!!!! we could not ask for anything better. The staff was great, the food was great, the bed could of been more comfortable but there is nothing like your own bed............will definitely be back. Sooner rather then later.More

Kelly W, Hamilton, Canada

All Inclusive and worth it

As this was an incentive trip we earned, we did not hand pick this Resort ourselves but were quite pleased. We had a great room with a beautiful view of the entire pool area, the beach and the Caribbean including sunsets every night. The buffet food is probably the best I have ever had at any buffet and any all inclusive Resort. We looked at the menu everyday before deciding if we were leaving the Resort or going to another restaurant on the property. Quite honestly there was no reason to try anything else unless you're wanting to avoid carrying your own food to the table. Everything is offered on the buffet and more. The rooms are amazing, large, clean and very accommodating. There's a refrigerator in the room stocked with soda, beer and bottled water. There also are alcohol dispensers at no charge right in the room. Our room had a jacuzzi which was a welcome sight towards the end of the week given the hard bed situation. The other reviews I read mentioned the hard beds. That's a fact and one I should have dealt with but never did. I understand they have pillowtops available. The last day I asked for one, which by the way was a Fri. nt. and likely a busy nt., they were all reserved and none were available. I should have asked earlier in the week. The pillows are quite small also although they do give you extras. This is the only negative I would have to say about this place. Everything else was superior. The pool is huge with a swim up bar, there's a casino on site and a small store. There's plenty of room at the beach although if you're in peak season you might have a tough time finding a hut with chairs. This would be the case at any Resort in this area. Many people save the chairs and unfortunately no one enforces the rules to not to. I highly recommend this Resort. You really would not have to spend another penny for anything unless you wanted to.More

pictrchic1, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Great time and will be back

We had a junior suite and it was great. Food was good as well as the liquor. Our room was great and beautiful with marble and just huge. The only thing that I would change would be to have Jim Beam in the liquor bar instead of what was in it. Would be nice to swap them out. I know people complain about the beds being hard, but they were fine. Our room was spotless. and very clean. Staff was great. Shows they had were okay. Pool was very clean as well as the rooms. Every morning we saw the hard working staff on the pool. We had two couples with us and the one was on the third floor, only thing is I would like to see more chairs on their deck so we could hang out and watch the sunset since there was only 2 seats.More

Richard F, Alexandria, Kentucky

Another Great Stay with RIU Aruba

We stayed as a couple at the RIU Aruba the first week of April. This was our second stay at this property and both times everything has been exceptional. I think it is important to stay in the newer/main building. It seems much nicer than the other two building. I also noticed that the majority of the negative reviews on tripadivsor were from people staying the in B and C buildings. The room could use a little updating but overall it was very nice. We were in an ocean view Jr. Suite in Building A. We were on the third floor but would have liked to be on the 5th floor or higher or a little better view of the ocean. The food was very good and our service was excellent. Unlike some other RIUs we have been to, there was no line in the morning for dinner reservations. Maybe three to five people right when the reservations opened. We rented a jeep and took an island tour. That was easy and fun. We would definitely return.More

kelley1212, Rochester, Minnesota


My husband and I spent our honeymoon at the riu in room 822 (jr suite) last week (4.4-11.14) by the 3rd day we were already planning our trip back to the riu with a group of friends! I must say before going to the riu i read tripadvisor and so many of peoples complaints had me a nervous wreck! but when i got there i was ... so confused because I found nothing wrong with the riu .. my room did not smell .. the staff was SOOOO friendly ... it was not crowed.... i did not have to wait in lines to sign up for dinner, we got a seat at the pool or beach (however we could not get a hut on the beach those were all taken but i wasnt trying to get a hut.. I love the SUN! ) at whatever time.. i would go back in a minute! and have recommended this resort to many friends and lots of people we met on the trip! I loved the towel love birds the house keeper made for us during our stay ! they riu actives staff was great and super funny! ("oh my god ..."I love my job" "wow" ... lol i still hear them in my sleep!) we even rented a car from downstairs for the day that person was so nice as well ! if i was to complain about anything it would be the bed was super hard... however... it didn't bother me .. i was soo exhausted from the sun i passed out every night. i actually got the best sleep in Aruba! the TV is a little out dated ... (i only watched tv while getting ready for bed ) and lastly i thought it was odd that there was not light in the shower itself. but those complaints I listed did not ruin my trip. I would stay at the Riu again, and we plan too when return to Aruba in the future! *** side note pretty much everything is closed on sundays in aruba mostly all the shops if out front of the resort**More

Sarah H, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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