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.
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.
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.
We have just returned from 2 weeks in Aruba, what a beautiful place. Paradise island. Snorkelling was fantastic. Jeep tour was great fun, also went parasailing which was exciting. Must return.
The food was amazing. Anything you wanted plus more. was there.
Casino needs work
We visited this casino four years ago and again last week. It looks like they haven't done anything to maintain it in between. The carpet was torn in some places and had gray duct tape on it. At least 25% of the slot machines were broken. By all appearances they aren't doing well financially, so we were surprised that we actually won. My husband and our friend both won on the slots, and I saw three straight flushes dealt on three card poker in the span of an hour.More
My wife and I stayed for 2 weeks in a sea view room with a small balcony. Thw bed was 2 queen beds beside each other and very comfy. Sleeping with A/C on is a little chilly so the addition of one on the blankets from the wardrobe makes it just right. We had a fully stocked fridge with beer, water and soft drinks. There are also optics with Bacardi, vodka, whiskey and brandy. We asked for one to be swapped out for gin but this could not be done, no reason was given for this the room cleaning is of a high standard and fresh towels are always available. Overall the room was excellent. The food is of a very high standard and there are 4 speciality restaurants which provide an Italian, Japanese, steakhouse and fusion cuisine all of which were lovely, booking these was a little time consuming due to having to queue to speak to one member of staff, this process could have been quicker if there were a dedicated booking process. There are two other buffet style restaurants which have lovely food. Personally I found the staff in the beachside day restaurant a little indifferent, on a number of occasions we were not offered drinks and resorted to helping ourself stud I put down to s lack of leadership from headstaff who in other restaurants were actively supervising staff to ensure guests recieived an excellent service. Overall very good. The bars are well staffed and off both local and branded drinks, they are engaging and fun which really adds to great experience especially in the pool bar. The tips are shared between all the staff working in each area and divided up on a Sunday, I was happy to tip all holiday due the hog level of service . Hopefully you are not getting too bored of this post I just want you make sure you know as much as possible. The RIU entertainment team are all amazing, fun loving, energetic and talented. The evening shows are very good especially the circus and cinema spectacular shows. We travelled around the island by hiring a jeep from the hotel lobby which cost a little over 100 dollars for 24 hrs, we travelled around the whole island and took on all the attractions on one exhausting but exciting day. Of all the beaches the one you will have outside the hotel for me had the best water and some good snorkelling so make sure you bring a snorkel. The sun here is intense I would recommend that if fair bring a sun top such as the surfing ones as it is very easy to burn which in the sea etc. Ok now to the only downside that affects a lot of hotels around the world and something I don't blame RIU for, there are thatched palm umbrellas on the beach if you want one the latest you need to get down the beach is 7am to bag s front row brolley some folk were reserving these at 5 am , most often disappear for half a day and roll up much later having deprived others of the chance of using that shade for the morning. The beach is public so RIU have no autonomy over it so its first come first served, you can get sun beds all day but shade is at premium . The same goes for the pool area which simply does not have enough beds to meet demand on some days. This is something that needs to be addressed by hotel management , if you run the hotel at capacity( and its adjoined neighbour Antilles ) you need to ensure you have enough sun beds. Overall the island of Aruba was amazing and despite the sunbed issue I would highly recommend the RIU to anyoneMore
Amazing resort, amazing reviews
The resort was amazing, it seemed to be newly remodeled and well maintained. The staff was friendly and attentive and the view from our room was to die for.
A couple things that got annoying. Chairs near the pool filled up fast. People would throw a towel on them claiming them and then not use it once the entire day. Though the hotel states that reserving chairs isn't allowed, it wasn't enforced.
It was not an adults only resort which I didn't mind in and of itself except people would drop their kids at the pool and then not pay attention to them (not the resorts fault) they were throwing balls around hitting people and jumping in the swim up bar area. Again it's not the resorts fault people were not paying attention to their kids but they should have more rules about kids allowed in the bar area. I had more than 1 drink go to waste because a child jumping in the water splashed a bunch of chlorine water into it.
We had a great experience but will try the adults only resort next door when we go back (owned by the same company).More