Riu Palace Aruba  

The luxury Riu Palace Aruba is as swish as they come, with 5 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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  • 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. This room comes with a TV, free Wi-Fi, a liquor dispenser and a French balcony. The image shows planned appearance.

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, liquor dispenser and a French balcony. The image shows planned appearance.

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Fun & relaxing

The room view was magnificent. The food was great and the resort was close to town and the beach at the same time. You can take the carriage to town or the bus to the city. The city has one of the best submarines that I definitely recommend. The resort had Zumba for the guests, which was an unforgettable exercise. More

SaraShahi,

Fun,sun,drinks, food,all in paradise

My 3 cousins and myself went for our 75 birthday. It was expensive, but we had the time of our lives. The hotel is clean, staff was very helpful, once they could understand what you were asking. The food was absolutely fresh and delicious. Liked the buffet better than the restaurants. Pool was fun, swim up bar (all inclusive ) games, music. The only draw back was: had to get up at 6:15 am every Morning to get a hut. If not you will have to sit at the pool (maybe) and get sun. There is entertainment every night in the lounge. We were lucky the new hotel next door just opened and they let us travel freely. We enjoyed their night club, the disco, and their buffet also. The new hotel is very modern. Like our decor better.More

rainy53, Pawleys Island, South Carolina

Fantastic Family vacation

I have just returned from the Riu Palace after a wonderful weeks vacation. We traveled as a large group of 9 people for my inlaws 40th wedding anniversary accompanied by 3 children (ages 6, 5, 3). The service was fantastic, the buffets were fantastic, the pool bar was fantastic. We only ate at one of the specialty restaurants which was the Italian and it was good, not great, but good. The "Kids club" could be a little more inspired, but it did the trick getting the kids out of the sun for a few hours here and there. Its hours of operation are 10-12 noon and 3-5 pm. There is no American beer, (which was a small problem for the men in our group) in fact they only serve one local beer, Balashi, which is OK, but we took a cab to the market for a few cases of beer (50$ American a case) and packed coolers for the beach, which would be fine if we were staying somewhere non all inclusive. Maybe they could expand the drink options. Justin the front desk manager is fantastic, we know him from our many visits to the Westin and were happy to see him over at the RIU, he is such a hard worker and extremely customer service oriented. The housekeeping staff was friendly and assiduous. The rooms were nice enough, I did not see any of the mold or broken fixtures that other people mentioned. The bed was hard and the pillows extra soft, but easily remedied by an expediently delivered matress topper and a few extra pillows. I'll mention the slippery floors because so many people mentioned it in their reviews, but I think it should go without saying that humidity and cool air will equate to condensation, so we kept the doors closed even if we were out on the patio and had no issues at all. The beach is fantastic. Yes, the palapas in the front row and the pool chairs near the pool bar are taken early by people placing towels down (I am guilty of this as well), but this goes on all the way down the strip of palm beach (from experience). One morning I was up as early as 615 am and all the palapas were already taken, so I have to deduce that people are putting scarfs and bags on the poles in the middle of the night, frustrating, yes, but by mid day most people have shuffled around and there is plenty of seating everywhere. It was a nice perk when we had some free time away from the kids to go over and enjoy the new Riu Antillas, adult only hotel next door (the old Westin). We will surely go back to the Riu Palace. My husband and I go to Aruba every year without the kids, so bringing them along was a big change, but we had a blast. Non hotel related, Madame Janettes is a must, and the Jolly Pirates snorkel cruise was fantastic fun for all ages, we went with a group from the ages of 3 to 68!More

leelee2708, Quincy, Massachusetts

Most enjoyable

Me an my wife av just come back from this lovely island..after a long flite,we had a speedy check-in...the pools wer well kept,nice an clean an good service at the swim-up bar...we used all 4 theme restaurants,all worth a visit,also the buffet was of good quallity food an efficient & friendly staff...it took us no more than 2 mins to book a table for these meals...all the bars had top shelf brands with good service..we didnt see much entertainment,but allways seemed a good crowd watchin,special mention to chico who managed to get the england v san marino game on the big screen for us...lovely beach,an u cud get a sunbed at any time of the day..the rooms wer spotless an towels changed twice a day..ther was a bit of condensation,so keep your balconey door shut an the air-con on...few mozzies because of the odd bit of rain,so keep away from the greenery..turn left out of the hotel front (2mins) and some great nitelife all the american chain pubs..so overall for a 4star hotel,great value...also we wer allowed to use the new riu hotel door,which was a nice gestureMore

Keith M,

Especially for time share exchange

My husband and I exchanged our WestGate Florida unit for the RUI time share unit. This was a special trip since we were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. The RUI timeshare units are the worst units I have seen in my time of doing time share exchanges. So if you are exchanging for the RUI timeshare units you might want to think twice and stay at the Marriott. The blessing for this stay is we made a gentle appeal to the staff who were very accommodating and let us stay in one of the hotel units. Much better. The trip from that point on was wonderful. The service is outstanding and the food was great. I would stay here again anytime, but not through an exchange. There is also a new addition to the RUI property which is beautiful. Just opened three weeks ago, might be worth the effort of checking into how to stay there. It is all in the same area, but the new building is to the extreme left facing the beachfront. We have been to Aruba a few plus times and have always enjoyed the island. That has not changed. While writing this review as we are still here, we are making plans to come back next year.. My intention was was for this review to help those who own timeshare and plan to exchange...More

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