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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Based On 4127 reviews

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

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  • Direct flights from 7 UK airports
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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.

Rooms► View all

double room with garden view

Double room with garden view sleeps up to three adults, with two double beds. This room comes with a TV, a liquor dispenser and a French balcony.

junior suite with limited sea view

Junior suite with limited sea view sleeps up to three adults, or two adults and two children.

TripAdvisor Reviews Show more reviews »

Good times, good place, good vibes

Great time, great hotel, fantastic beach, but the rooms are a bit dated. Mini fridge wasn't refilled as frequently as it could have been. And shame about the constant strong winds but overall beautiful place and nice people. Would visit again this was second time I have been, this was the first time that I stayed in hotel for two weeks, as first visit was on a cruise. Overall fantastic holidayMore

Bradley C,

Excellent Hotel and Staff!!

My wife and I came here on our honeymoon and were throughly impressed with the hotel and staff. Everyone was so inviting and helpful. The food was great, there where so many different options to choose from. The entire entertainment crew lead by "Chico" were fantastic! We had so much fun with all the different activities they had each day. And the performances at night were excellent as well. We throughly enjoyed everything about this trip and would recommend the Riu palace to anyone. We will surely be back in the future.More

Sethgirouard ,

Great vacation

A great place to stay. The all inclusive is impressive, room service and mini bar included. Upkeep of facility is wonderful. Rooms are clean and maintained during your stay. This was our 4th time back and it is consistent. Food is good and staff is friendly. It was planning a major renovation and I can't wait to see the changes.More

237bernadettew,

Expected more from previous experience in Aruba but tripadvisor tempered my expectations.

The Riu Palace we previously stayed is under major renovation. We booked the Riu Palace which now occupies the old Westin which is next door. After reading reviews on tripadvisor we were quite concerned about what we would find since many were very negative. We lucked out by booking an ocean front room which is numbered 00; rooms recommended by the tripadvisor reviewers. There is only 1 such room on each floor and we were on the 9th. As you enter the room you are immediately impressed by the view with 2 balconies; one faciong up the beach and one down the beach. That helped compensate the the aging look of the room. We made the most of our experience(50th Anniversary) and focused on the positives. Positives: Great staff. We have been to several islands and overall the entire staff was friendly, helpful and engaging. There was a genuineness that was impressive. We ate in 2 restaurants that were very good(Steak House and Krystal.) The buffet was very good and we preferred eating in the buffet since we could eat whenever we wished whereas the restaurants had 2 seating; 6:30 and 9:30. Again staff were excellent. Bartenders were friendly and competent. They served with no apparent expectation of a tip which is not always true; even in an all inclusive facility. Water and the weather were fantastic. Had no problem finding a chaise on the beach. Pools were great with nice temperature and gradual slopping. Everything is convenients since resort has a small footprint. Negative: Bathroom was the worst we have ever seen; small, one sink, no separation of toilet, shower in tub which needed replacement. Could not control temperature in room although overall the temp was within an acceptable range. We prefere a little cooler when sleeping. Lack of flowers and decorations to enhance the Caribbean experience. Flowers on towel swan in room were artificial; a small thing perhaps but does give a sense of the lack to details. WINDY AND i DO MEAN WINDY. It did not prevent us, and many others, from being on the beach daily. We realize Aruba is typically windy but this was unusually windy. They had to use shovels to try to keep sand off the sidewalks. We adjusted quickly to the wind. Some people complained of noise if in a room on the side facing theRiu Palace under renovation. It was not an issue for us being ocean front. Entertainment: the entertainment staff were friendly and not aggressive as we have experienced at other resorts, but they were limited in talent; likeable but offered little. Not up to the standard of the original Riu. We would not return to the Riu Westin(Referred to an Antilles) but would consider returning to Aruba and the soon to be renovated Riu Palace. Catamaran sunset 2 hour cruise was great. Windy and at times choppy ride but reminded us of the several cruises we had been on in the past. Everyone seemed into it hanging out at the bow. Great view of the beach and resorts and setting sun. We are about to book a return to the Excellence-Riviers Maya-Cancun; so far the only resort we agreed was worth returning to.More

JeBButch, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA

Sorry but you are Aruba's weakest link!!!

This is not my first trip to Aruba and this review is a reflection of the hotel only.. Paid for an upgrade and got a room that was on the 4th floor and smelled of mold so badly that we could not breathe... So moist in the room the safe lock died and they had to drill it open... Now please know that I have traveled to many tropical destinations and there is a difference between mold and musty smell.. This room was wet...the sprinkler system was rusting.. the lamp shades and bed frames were rusting..It was just gross!!! The staff was pleasant enough and the food was ok for an all inclusive.. The hotel was in a great location.. The adult hotel (next door) was being remodeled so there was some noise but not bad... I was told that the rooms over on the adult side smelled like carpet glue.. would take it over the mold... The hotels are connected so you could use the casino in the adult hotel and the nightly entertainment was far better over there.. The location was walking distance the the boardwalk and shopping and the rental car guys were great... This Island is a must see.. However, this hotel is best seen in pictures...More

michelle z, Gilford, New Hampshire

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Riu Palace Aruba
Rated: 4.0 /5 based on 4127 customer reviews
from £1055.32