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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- Floors: 8 or 10
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With Thomson Airways
- Direct flights from 7 UK airports
- Fly on the spacious new Dreamliner
- Experience quieter, jetlag-busting flights
- Enjoy complimentary drinks
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- UK airport lounge access for Premium Club guests
Food & Drink
|Dining options||Breakfast||Lunch||Evening meal||Drinks||Snacks, Icecream|
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.
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.
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 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.
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Enrico party of eight!
I just want to start with, Sergio(Cheko)and his amazing entertainment crew. They really worked hard to make sure we all had fun! Always with a smile. Riu is very lucky to have them! "One Happy Island". Everyone we met there was really friendly and accommodating.The restaurants need some improving on food preparation (Steak House and Krystal were good) the restaurant staff is great. The buffet is large with something for everybody. (Very good). 24 hour food and drinks available.The beach was absolutely beautiful, especial at sunset! great location and great people. The staff makes the Riu. The Hotel isn't perfect, but we had a fantastic vacation.More
rcsnt, New Jersey
Quick 4 night trip to Aruba. Found Riu a lovely stop for an all inclusive with Jr Suites. The staff were the real gems of this resort. The food was plentiful and easy. Pro's: Location was beautiful. Staff kind and helpful, but limited English speaking Pool was great with daily aerobics Huts on the beach readily available for a little shade Con's: Not all pool activities were family friendly (Drinking games for more than 2hours) Communication of activities for the day non existent Check in did not have my reservation and did not get in room until after 4pm Very noisy construction on timeshare side of the resort which is beachfrontMore
pkeller714, East Northport, New York
My family and I just returned from a 5 night stay in Aruba-RIU and although we had a good time we were disappointed with our accommodations. The island is beautiful, people are friendly the weather is perfect therefore I would continue to recommend the island as a must visit place however I would suggest finding another hotel. To begin my husband and I were traveling with two boys (16 and 11) who are all about the entertainment. When we initially booked our reservation one of the amenities offered by the hotel was an arcade room for which photos were even published. I know it sounds strange but this is actually one of the main reasons we selected this hotel over others. We have very active boys and needed to make sure that there was something for them to entertain themselves with my husband and I just wanted to relax for a day. When we arrived and asked for the game room location they stated that they did not have one. Strike 1 with our boys. We finally arrive at our rooms and find that as oppose to having two separete queen size beds what we are given is two queen size beds on a single head board with no ability to separate the beds. We we really were sleeping on one x-large bed. This is not ideal for a family of 4 especially with a teen!!! What ever happened to keeping the two queen size beds separate? I have never seen this before and think its rather strange. Our room is average however we had rust stains in our toilet bowl. Initially I thought to myself -would they really give us a room with a dirty toilet but after further inspection found it was actually rust??? At initial check in our room was equipped with towels for two guest as oppose to 4. When I called the front desk I found that the line rung and rung for minutes with no answer. I called on various occasions until someone finally answered and was more than happy to send someone up to our room with additional towels. We found that all of the staff is pretty quick to come right into the room for whatever they wanted to offer whether it was additional linens or mini bar restocking. The staff will knock on the door and literally do not give you enough time to get off the bed and answer the door before they are in the room ughh! It seemed invasive and my teenage son and husband were extremely annoyed. On one occasion while on our way to dinner we decided to leave the DO NOT DISTURB sign on our door as we did not want anyone coming into our room while out and our belongings had been left out since we were rushing however when we returned we found the room had been cleaned and towels totally restocked. I am not sure what part of do not disturb they did not understand!!!! I was rather annoyed! On the 1st day we arrived my husband asked someone at the front desk whether there was somewhere he could grab a quick coffee and perhaps that women did not understand but she told him No there wasn't yet right around the corner I had already found the cappuccino bar. We thought it was rather interesting and laughed it off!!! The restaurants are average and nothing to rave about but the buffet is probably where we had our best meals. One day while walking and exploring the property we found a lot of trash had blown to the main staircase on level 1 and they just did not seem to mind that it looked a mess. I would think they have enough staff for someone to notice and clean up the mess right away but unfortunately it was there for a bit. We knew ahead of time the hotel was undergoing renovations but I should just say I hope you don't mind relaxing at the pool with music playing and constructon machinery noise as well. In my opinion the music entertainment was great and I was able to enjoy the performances. My family and I are not complainers at all but I definitely felt a responsibility to give my honest feed back on trip advisor as I frequently rely on other patrons for suggestions. We made the best of the vacation but surely did not meet our standards!More
Yadi78, Stamford, Connecticut, United States
Blown away with choice at the buffet restaurant !!!!
Aruba.......doesn't feel like other Caribbean islands it appears more Barron with lots of construction work going on all over the island, but that said it is still beautiful and the beaches were amazing with clear calm water, all the locals were so accommodating and always had a smile on there face all waiting staff couldn't do enough for you in our experience. Oh forgot to say traveled as a couple aged 40-45. The airport on arrival was small but perfectly function able no real long waiting times there and the Thompson rep met us for our coach transfer outside which took around 20 minutes. The hotel lobby was impressive with champagne handed out on arrival minimal time spent checking in and the bell boy brought all luggage up to ur room, the room was large we booked a junior suit with sea view. I did email the hotel prior to arrival to request a high up room not overlooking the Antilles hotel next door but we got a 4th floor room right next to the Antilles hotels right above the evening entertainment block!!!!! The room was damp with visible condensation on the floor beneath the bed, all the bedding was damp and after 1 day all our clothes hung in the wardrobe were too!!! The noise from the entertainment beneath us and construction work in the hotel next door until 12.00/01.00 in the morning was unacceptable tile cutting machinery and angle grinders when we spoke to our rep Myer she said they were only suppose to be using hand held tools!!!!!! We got our room moved to the other end of block A on the 8 th floor room still damp but no noise and a fabulous view we remained there for the duration. This is a beautiful looking hotel and has all the making to be gold mine but issues really need to be dealt with, Always plenty of sun bed and huts on the beach to sit at daily, bar staff very attentive pools and outer areas cleaned daily at 5am and 7pm we were on our balcony watching them. We didn't book any speciality restaurants as the buffet had all u could wish for, the choice was amazing they even had a diet corner!!!!! The only thing I would say is chicken was always overlooked all other meats were lovely but that's just being picky really !! We went to the butterfly farm a short walk from the hotel which was lovely very tropical and u get a guided tour its small but great for photographs gets very hot and make sure u have mozzy repellent on!! The best part of the holiday for us was the beach its was beautiful and relaxing u didn't have any locals bothering u or trying to sell u stuff all you had was the hair braiding lady and the aloe man selling his bottles of aloe Vera for sun burn. Over all all lovely relaxing holiday a few niggles with the room so not quite perfect If your a smoker bring cigarets with you they only sell molbrough out there and more expensive than the UK!!! Top tips ask for room 801 fantastic view, wifi very poor at certain times of day by the beach as it gets overloaded use it before around 09.30 to be sure to gets txt / what's app through eat.More
I love Aruba!
A wonderful vacation spot! More food and drink choices than imaginable! The beach and ocean here are superb. There is a beach walk in front of the hotels which we enjoy. Lots of other good restaurants in Aruba ,too. To reserve a canopy on the beach , you must get up early and the bedding isn't the most comfortable, but still would go back!More
Nan M, Fenwick Island, Delaware
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