The white-domed Riu Palace is a seriously elegant hotel. The wood-panelled piano bar is reminiscent of a private gentlemen’s club while the neutral bedrooms are the epitome of good taste. They’re spacious too, and the Junior suites come with lounge areas.
Outside, the terrace features sunbeds submerged in the water and a pagoda-like swim-up bar. Just beyond the pool lie the sands of Palm Beach.
On the food front, all inclusive buffets come courtesy of the chandelier-adorned main restaurant. For a taste of the Far East head to the minimalist Japanese eatery, Sayuri. Or make a reservation at Picasso-esque Krystal restaurant to try fusion-cuisine. Rounding off the à la carte line-up you’ve got a steakhouse and an Italian trattoria.
As for relaxation and entertainment, you can have a massage in the Vita Novus Spa, sign up for a game of beach volleyball or enjoy a beer in the American-style sports bar. There’s even a casino here.
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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
With sunbeds and towels.
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.
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.
Rooms ► View all
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 a TV and a liquor dispenser.
junior suite with limited sea view
Junior suite with limited sea view sleeps up to 4. With hydro-massage tub in bathroom.
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Check in - very inefficient--took 40 minutes to check in party of 7 Air conditioning in our room did not work No towels in room on check-in-- took 3 hours to get them Decor tired-- furniture in poor repair Only a few of the staff could speak English- so were of very little help Room service - poor quality and very limited choices Buffet was lovely Drinks very good Pools were lovelyMore
Grandma1949, Boston, Massachusetts
Best of all of the all inclusives in Aruba
Stayed an 3 different resorts in Aruba, all we're all inclusives but this was by far the best. Food is always great at the Riu palace resorts and staff, rooms, dinner and pools are always among the best at any resort. Great location and super safe island keeps me wanting to come back to this resort time and time again. Go for a walk and check out the nearby shopping at fantastic restaurants.More
Leo T, Toronto, Canada
Bad start but fantastic finish!!!
We were so excited to start our vacation of a lifetime only to find out when we arrived that they had no record of our reservation & were booked solid!!! We called our travel agent back in the states & was told they did everything right on their part. After about an hour or so, the manager of the Riu advised us that they would put us up next door at the Radisson for 3 nights then move us back to the Riu for the remaining 5 nights. We were also able to use all of the amenities at the Riu so we weren't inconvenienced too much. As disappointed as I was, I have to tell you, the Riu really came through. We got a beautiful oceanfront suite at the Radisson for 3 nights, then they moved us into an oceanfront jacuzzi suite for the rest of our trip. They also gave us a voucher for 8 free nights at any Riu in the world!!! Even though our vacation of a lifetime started out poorly, the Riu made it right. Thank you Sheri and your excellent staff for a wonderful week. We will see you next year. Oh, and for all you people that gave them a bad review, you need to get a real life. We never saw anything that would warrant any of your complaints. If you're going to complain about a bad repair patched wall, stay home. More
Great place to stay in Aruba
Location is great just next to the ocean!! Room little bit old and outdated but it's ok . Service was fine, food was ok too!! We enjoy to being in Aruba and didn't find our self to be stacked at a hotel so we have had a lot of fun visit zoo and ostrich farm with kids !! Will be back soonMore
Olessia127, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"palace" WHAT A JOKE!!! save your money!
well well well, you have chosen to put the Riu on your list of possible places to stay when you visit the most amazing island of Aruba. Stop right now and choose somewhere else! for those of you who have already booked it i'm so very sorry to hear that. yeah, looks great from outside and you can read many good reviews here on trip advisor but the people who write those reviews are either completely ripped on 5 dollar a bottle all inclusive garbage rum that they serve or its just reviews posted hundreds of times by the staff because this place sucks and will have you so aggravated by the time you leave. i go to aruba every single year and have tried almost all the beachfront hotels but this one will never ever get a return visit from me. Go ahead, pay top dollar for your dream vacation and meet the front desk staff with the miserable attitude, rude comments and general non care that you chose their hotel over tons of other hotels that completely blow this place away. Totally one of those places where as soon as payment is made you are nothing to them. Why did you choose the Riu? because its all inclusive? WHO CARES! First of all, you would be foolish to not try all the amazing restaurants on the island which 75% of them are in walking distance. 2nd of all, if it's the all inclusive liquor you came for the liquor is the lowest bottom shelf brand you have never even heard of and will have you walking around with a headache daily so what's the point of that? Ok, you figure you will go all inclusive and not have to worry about cash the whole week or 2 but at what cost? crappy food, terrible booze, nasty staff, pool activity staff that had a look on their face like god get me out of here. If you book at another hotel that has breakfast and lunch included the rate is obviously going to me much less so you have that extra cash for your dinners out and drinks. It works out to be all about the same anyway and you will be eating in awesome gourmet restaurants that Aruba is known for! 33% of the reason for visiting aruba is for the restaurants anyway! The Riu's "specialty" restaurants (that you have to wait on line to book in the early morning and can't book one time for the entire week and must do this daily) are TERRIBLE! (sub par food and you will be rushed through your meal.) the grounds are just one big concrete area with blobs of pool scum floating EVERY DAY. The rooms were musty and damp, just totally forget about building C, (if you're in that building have your lawyer on speed dial) and i GUARANTEE you, you will not get a towel from the hut at the pool unless you get out there very early. So basically if you sleep a little late or go on a morning excursion or something you will arrive back at the hotel and they will NOT have a beach towel to give you. nice huh? great service huh? 2 days during my stay my key just stops working. Yeah, that was real convenient! And then the lies they just throw at you are hilarious.then when it is finally resolved, not a single apology from anyone! You are a guest and the entire time you are there it seems like you are a burden to THEM! I also found it very strange that everywhere else i've stayed in aruba we always made friends with several other guests at the resorts and always had a blast, but for some reason the guests here were either stuffy or obnoxious or just plain rude. Trust me, I can't think of a single reason to stay at this place when there are so many other amazing hotels and restaurants right near this "palace" Now i just found out that they bought the neighboring Westin hotel which is going to get extensive renovations and have an overflow of guests that were planning to stay there but have to now move to the Riu, that should be a lot of fun huh? Aruba is absolutely an amazing extremely safe and clean island but do yourself a favor and just completely pass this place up. i can get anger and frustration at home, i don't need it when i go on vacation. Bad food, non caring staff, disgusting pool, missing ammenities, horrible alcohol, what else can i say except there are SO many better places. More
arubaeveryyear, Clifton, New Jersey
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