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.
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.
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.
We have just returned from our silver wedding August - September 2014 holiday, and we had a brilliant relaxing time. We stayed in a junior suite on the 8th floor with a lovely sea view. Don't believe the bad reports as the hotel is lovely and staff are very friendly and helpful. We did have one issue though, with wet floors when the air conditioning was turned off and the patio doors were open - to avoid this keep the doors closed and air con on.
Sun lounges are always available so you don't need to worry about waking up too early. It is very windy all the time so pegs to keep the towels on the beds are essential and recommended. We bought ours before we went. Bar staff always coming around to ask if you want more drinks by the pool so you don't have to move!! The pool is very clean and spacious, the infinity pool being our favourite.
The food is plentiful but repetitive over a two week period. Breakfast is the same everyday and boring but you will enjoy it if you like bacon cremated. I enjoy stabbing my bacon and breaking it in two.... At lunch there are birds and flies around the outdoor restaurants so don't leave your food unattended. Not really an issue to us though
Apart from this we had a great time!!!!!!!!!!!! You should go on the landrover island tour but the glass bottom boats are slightly boring. after you've seen one lot of coral they are all the same.More
Truly an amazing holiday!!
My Fiancé and I stayed here a year ago and I can honestly say we had an amazing holiday!! Staff were lovely, rooms really clean we had towel animals everyday, fridge was stocked up every day and is very clean. Beach was heaven. No complaints what so ever!! Food was good and we enjoyed at a later carte meals too. 5* holiday!! I have been recommending this hotel!!More
Best holiday ever
The island is beautiful with pastel shops clean safe streets.Felt welcome by all .Bon bini. .Riu Palace was a true palace. Food drinks service and accommodation top notch. We stayed in ocean front suite main building looking over pools directly to the sea. We took a horse and carriage ride from hotel to shops and night life restaurants and bars. We experience De Palm island a boat ride from Aruba approximately half hour. Experienced snorkeling a water park, sun, drinks and food for the day all included. High end jewelry shops. People speak English or Spanish Trip is expensive but well worth the price.More
Curtis and Cath... F, Essex
Building work still got two months to go.
Major building works , extremely noisy till late at night also early morning. Wasn't told before arrival, very upset as this is a expensive holiday to be on a building site. Noise can be heard whilst relaxing in the beach, around the pool and even whilst eating.
Did get another room after complaining to rep and a 20% discount off holidayMore
Palace? The Good The Bad The Ugly
If you like spending your vacation next to a building site this is the place for you. I respect other trip advisers points of view. We cannot be all the same and people see things differently.
Trip advisor Iheartcake UK as given a good appraisal of this hotel. The reason I have given a low rating for this hotel is my own opinion as follows :
The Good - Fast check in service. Staff - bar , chamber maids, waiters and waitresses, reception, cleaners excellent service and friendly. Main restaurant Don Nicolas breakfast lunch dinner good selection of hot and cold buffet meals good selection of wines.
Speciality restaurants - Krystal ( Gourmet ) very good indeed with fine selection of wines.Nautilus ( Steak House ) where we celebrated our 52 nd wedding anniversary with a bottle of champagne courtesy of the hotel, excellent service from waiters and special seating watching the sunset. Milano ( Italian ) good selection from menu and fine wine selection, no Peroni beer though.
Bedrooms - Clean towels twice a day and turn down service. Clean sheets most days.
Beach - Section not affected by building works good but beware this is a public beach and is used by other holiday makers. No security provided by Riu. If you want loungers under shade on the beach set your alarm for 6.30 am.
The Bad - Pool area not sufficient loungers and sun shades for guests. Loud music from speaker in pool bar continuous from 11 am to 5 pm competing with the noise from the building site next door. Entertainment and daily activities no programme board. Lack of organised activities during day and fairly nondescript shows in evening. No Riuland activity programme facilities for children. Small paddling pool outside Block C surrounded by sand and no adequate sunshades for the children.
Management please note go and visit the Riu hotels in Mexico and the Canary Islands and see the very high standard of entertainment for both adults and children.
If you want good entertainment visit De Palm Pier Bungalow about 100 metres from the hotel on a Friday and Sunday 6.30 pm to 10 pm live music from 3 piece group. Listen to lead guitarist sing Sultans Of Swing ( Eat your hearts out Dire Straits ) and fantastic women singer. Every time party time.
The general facilities in the hotel ie reception area and bars main toilets all in poor condition need urgent makeover.
The Ugly - Our standard type bedroom on the fourth floor Block C overlooking pool area. Broken light fittings on wall and table lamp on chest of draws. No bedside cabinets and lights. Tip take a torch. Broken mattress topper. Blankets and covers on bed. Who thought of this when temperatures are in the eighties .Old furniture it appears job lot from previous hotel Aruba Grand. Old and noisy air condition unit. Continuous musty smell in room no de-humidifier to deal with problem .Tip take scented candles. En-suite bathroom very old with step in bath for shower with plastic shower curtain. Also in bathroom walk-in cloakroom with no partition door and you can imagine how the steam from the shower and smell from the toilet affected our clothes over two weeks.
Section of beach not usable because of building works dirty and noisy with dust blown across beach from building site. Parts of swim up pool bar littered with plastic cups.
Stayed at hotel from 26 August 2014 to 9 September 2014 to celebrate our 52 nd wedding anniversary. Would I visit again. NO.More
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