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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  • 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.

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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.

TripAdvisor Reviews Show more reviews »

Riu Nightmare

My wife an I are in our 50s, travel 4 to 5 times a year, easy to please and rarely complain but this trip was a disaster. The greed of the Riu group decided to take our $800 room upgrade book their hotel to 100 per cent capacity and start renovations early on several floors tossing us from our room mid week with 4 hours notice. We needed to dodge old bathtubs and broken toilets in the hallway to exit the room then wait 15 minutes for the elevator as the other was being used for the contractors. Us and many others were left at the lobby holding our bags as the blindsided staff tried to find rooms to accommodate everyone. We had to be relocated to another hotel. Hotel staff was great throughtout, beautiful beach, food was just OK, hard to find chairs by the pool unless you were out before 7am. We would love to revisit Aruba but not at a Riu.More

Darrell K,

Don't stay at the Riu Antilles,adults only.

The resort was a very old resort with many band aids to try to make it look okay. The rooms were dirty,damp and smelled of mold. The furniture was stained.YUK! You have to stand in line for an hour to make dinner reservations for two days ahead of time, only to find out that you have to eat at 9pm. The only plus was that the food was good and the pool area is nice but it's no fun sleeping in a damp bed. Also don't book thru Jet Blue Vacations. This was the second year in a row that I arrived to find out that our rooms were cancelled. Terrible company to do business with.More

Tricia D, Smithfield, Rhode Island

Recent visit

Just returned from a week at the RIU. This is out sixth year at the hotel, same time of year, but a terrible experience. One elevator broken for the week, hotel filled to capacity, food dishes not refilled. Air conditioner broke in room; all our clothes were wet from humidity. Turns out the hotel is closing Monday for renovations for two months. This will be our last visit to the RIUMore

RazzyPa, PA

Amazing Holiday

I actually travelled to Aruba in October 2009 with friends for some winter sun. There were 9 of us, 8 adults and 1 baby. The Riu Palace has a wow factor from the moment you walk into the amazing lobby. We were greeted with smiles and offered a refreshing fruit punch whilst we were checked in by the friendly staff. Outside the lobby the steps take you down towards the lovely pool and then on to the glorious white sand beach. Our rooms were Junior Suites on the ground floor with balconies that look onto the pool. You enter the room to the bed area and then step down to the lounge and balcony. The bed were quite hard but a quick call to reception and they arranged mattress toppers. There was a fridge stocked with water, soft drinks and beer, and a range of optics that included vodka, whiskey and gin. These were all part of the all-inclusive package and were checked and re-stocked daily. There's 24hr room service also included. Due to the hot outside temperatures and extremely good aircon, the tiled floor did get wet and slippery some times. We were aware of this and careful and so it didn't cause any problems. Being on the ground floor the room could get quite noisy as it was the main walk through from the lobby to the beach. We asked to move after the first week and were given a room on the 10th floor. The view from the balcony was amazing. I would recommend a higher floor purely for the view. The food was amazing. The Don Nicolás restaurant is the main buffet and there was always plenty of choice. There are a number of à la carte restaurants that need to be booked, but are worth it, especially the Nautilus grillhouse. During the day we were either around the pool or on the beach. The pool bar was a few steps from the beach and did fantastic cocktails. On the beach there are plenty of places to book watersports. We spent most evenings at the bar outside the lobby. It was a fun, chilled bar where we met some lovely people from all over the world. The staff were so helpful and friendly. Just inside was the lobby bar where they had a stage and put on entertainment. I don't know what the entertainment was like as we were at the outside bar. After the bars closed we would go into the sports bar, if not tired. This is open 24 hours and there always seemed to be someone in there to chat to. The hotel also has a small casino just off the lobby. A couple of nights we ventured out and the hotel arranged for a babysitter to come to the room to look after the baby. It turned out to be one of the ladies from reception who was lovely. All the people we met were so friendly and welcoming.More

VinceN, London, United Kingdom

Love, Love, Love this place....

My husband and I visited Aruba for the first time and decided to stay at the Riu Palace for our honeymoon. This was definitely worth the money for an all inclusive trip. The minute you walk in the lobby, you are greeted by the staff with a fresh fruit drink. The check-in process was smooth too. This was my first time staying at a Riu resort and plan on visiting again! The resort is well maintained, food is delish, staff is very friendly and the best part is the rooms are clean.More

Sarah P, Chicago, Illinois

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