Hotel 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 had a makeover for summer 2015.

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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
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 and french balcony

These comfy double rooms come with a French balcony that offers views of the garden. They have a US queen-size bed. Plus, you'll also find free Wi-Fi, and air-conditioning included.

suite with limited sea view and balcony or terrace

These classic-style suites come with a balcony or terrace that offers partial views of the ocean. They have a king-size bed with an extra bed, and a lounge area. Plus, you'll also find free Wi-Fi, and air-conditioning included.

TripAdvisor Reviews Show more reviews »

All Inclusive

We have been to Aruba before but this was our first time at the Riu. The hotel is very nice and our room was clean and in decent shape. We were in the main building on the 6th floor right above the outdoor bar and entertainment area. If you don't like loud music and crowds cheering and making noise, make sure you ask for a room away from that area. We had to ask maintenance to come and check our air conditioning because the room was warm with the air all the way up. They said nothing was wrong but I think they scrimped on the air conditioning. The food in all of the restaurants was very very good, But the alcohol was extremely watered down. If you want to get a decent drink, you have to tip the bartenders. The situation with the beach chairs and umbrellas in the morning is insane. We got up at 5 am to go down to the beach to "get a spot" and by then half the spots were already taken. People pay the attendants to hold spots for them and they tie towels to the umbrellas to show they're taken. Because we are early risers, it wasn't an issue. We would get our spot and then walk down the beach to the Dunkin Donuts and come back with coffee. If you try to get a spot under an umbrella after 7:00 a.m. you're going to be out of luck. They need a better system with that. Overall, it was a nice vacation but I wouldn't stay there again. There were too many little things that all added up and it was very expensive not to be completely happy. It was a nice vacation but for the money we paid, for the all inclusive, I don't think it was worth it.More

JrJuniorsMom,

One happy island - One happy couple!

My husband and I returned from the Riu Palace almost a week ago and the holiday blues are still present. I made the mistake of reading some of the below reviews the week before we flew out (stop reading if you are doing the same!) and became very apprehensive about what was awaiting us on our arrival. I was expecting people to be out reserving sunbeds at 12:01am, small hurricanes on the beach, dirty rooms, rude staff and awful food. I was more than pleasantly surprised! We arrived to champagne and a pre-prepped envelope which included our room key, hotel/resort info and towel cards. The décor in the lobby is a little bizarre but you do get used to it. Anyway, we left our cases for the porter and made our way to our beautiful room, we were lucky to have the Junior Suite on the 3rd floor (whenever we told the staff our room number they responded with "ooh yes, you have a very nice room". Boy were they right). We had the most amazing balcony, it was the size of our entire room. Which was very big, it always felt cool, clean and was nicely decorated. Our room was always well cleaned in the day, the fridge re-stocked and on occasion we had some pretty towel sculptures made. The turn down service around 7-8pm would be great, however we weren't always early birds for dinner, so this was the time we were either in the shower (so couldn't hear the door) or had just got out and needed our towels, we started to expect the door going, meaning we felt we had to be decent and prepared in time for the maid, not a major issue, but when I've paid for a room, I'd prefer not to feel I have to expect company, especially when I'm on holiday. On a whole, we found the staff at this hotel lovely, they were there if you needed them, but not in your face. The food was great, plenty of choice. The first restaurant we visited was Krystal, this food was ok, but we felt quite rushed. We also booked into the Italian on our last evening, which was our anniversary, the staff we very attentive towards us. We had a bottle of bubbly at our table and were given a fancy desert. The pool area is beautiful, its large and colourful, we found that there were usually some beds free near the smaller pool which was perfect, close enough to the bar, the pool and the beach (the fact you can walk through the pool and step out onto the beach is lovely). The only downside for me was the entertainment, yes they are all great dancers, and seem very athletic, however, the majority of the time you see them, they are introducing each other. Which is fine if this was just for on one day, but its not, its every single day (and I still couldn't tell you one of their names)! Someone has previously mentioned Nicki Minaj' Anaconda being overplayed, they were right! One of the best nights entertainment wise was the beach party. All in all we had an amazing time and would definitely visit again.More

rachel7809,

Best holuday

Arrived at hotel to a glass of champagne very fast and efficient booking into room this hotel is absolutely fabulous and very professional rooms cleaned daily all food in restaurants to a very high standard!!! If you cannot find anything to eat you must be extremely picky as it has an amazing verity of dishes!!, my best holiday ever as all staff where 100% committed to your requirements and nothing was to much trouble for them all in all 100!% on everything Chris n Chris Yorkshire England 😀😀More

owlsmum64,

All inclusive

Hotel very clean but not very luxurious feeling. Not much carpeting. I'm sure it makes cleaning the sand out easier. Staff very friendly. 4 restaurants and a buffet. Krystal's restaurant was wonderful. Not crowded in beach. Bartenders were good. More

map192, 54046

Relaxing

Beautiful hotel with very nice employees. The food was delicious and a lot to choose from. The downside of this hotel were the rooms. They were damp and moist. The matras felt wet. We got another room but the problem stayed the same. Only a little less wet. But the sofa was moulded and my shoes as well after a few days. But then we kept the windows closed and the door as well, the air became better. The rooms were big and nicely furnitured. Room service was quick. Overall a very beautiful resort with a also lot to do outside the hotel.More

chantalle210,

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