This adults-only hotel is set right next to Palm Beach’s platinum sands, and is only a 20-minute drive from Aruba’s quirky capital, Oranjestad.
The adults-only Riu Palace Antillas is pulled up against Palm Beach, so you’ve got white sands at your fingertips. There’s 2 pools and a terrace for sunbathing, plus a handful of restaurants to pick between.
Bedrooms come with all sorts of luxuries, like 24-hour room service, liquor dispensers and roomy balconies. Plus, you can upgrade to a sea-view suite.
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24-hour all inclusive as standard. Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner with optional dining at 3 themed restaurants. Unlimited local and premium imported drinks 24 hours a day. 24-hour room service. 24-hour snacks.
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2 outdoor pools
The large outdoor pool here is set on a terrace dotted with loungers and palms. There's also a second smaller pool which features a swim-up bar.
Main buffet restaurant
With a variety of international dishes and indoor and outdoor seating.
With a range of treatments and massages are on offer.
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Suite with Sea View and Balcony or Terrace
These spacious sea-view suites come with a double bed, and there's a terrace or balcony offering outside space. You'll also have air-conditioning, a liquor dispenser, coffee-maker, an iron and board and turn-down service.
Junior Suite with Sea View and Balcony or Terrace
These junior sea-view suites come complete with air-conditioning, a liquor dispenser, coffee-maker, an iron and board and turn-down service.
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Rooms need updating. Food is mediocre. Pool music is like being at a Zumba class for hours. If you want to get a lounge chair on the beach under a palapa, you truly must get out there by 7 am. One of the nights we were there the fire alarms went off, tried calling the front desk, housekeeping, and every other number available, no answer. When we went out in the hall, along with many of the other guests on our floor, someone said it was an "issue" in the kitchen. No notice from the hotel that night or the next day. Very poor customer treatment. I would go back to Aruba, but not to the Riu.More
Great and would do again - just know what to expect
I wish I could score out of 100 instead of 5 - was this place perfect? No, but we would totally go again and think it deserves better than 4 stars Pros: -Drinks! They can make anything you want and being all inclusive you don't even need a wallet! Never much of a wait and there's bars and booze everywhere! No skimping there! Even if you're up late you have 4 bottles of booze, beer, and mixers in your room. There are multiple bars you can visit -Service - for the most part everyone is awesome! Cordial and helpful -Beauty - this is easily the prettiest hotel on the beach and has great pools and beaches. The views are amazing. Awesome grounds -Swimming - the beach is awesome here and they have a dock out that anyone can swim or float to for photos or to jump in. Pools are amongst the prettiest I saw and non motor sports are free. -Dining - some cons to this below, but there's always something available. Buffet breakfast, 2 buffet options for lunch, buffet dinner, 3 special dinner spots and a 24 hour cafe with drinks coffee and snacks. Price - if you drink a good amount this is easily worth it. The price of a pretty hotel with grounds like this will be around $350/night and the drinks and food are expensive on the island. If you're planning on getting a few drinks at the pool every day you'll easily drop $40-50 each person with tip. So hotel plus a few drinks for two people already gets you to around $450 per day and you haven't even paid for food or drinks later on. We paid like $550/ night to be at riu so it was cheaper than non-inclusive for us. Cons: -Food Quality. It was okay. Breakfast is amazing at the buffet but we found lunch to be really disappointing. The options were underwhelming and what they had just wasn't very good. Dinner buffet is the best option without question. They have great options! We weren't impressed with the marquee restaraunts at all - if we went back we would go to the buffet most nights. The foo around the island is much better but costs obviously more, so if you expect amazing food you might want to opt out from all inclusive -Marquee restaraunts - to add to this, you can only get red and white wine for dinner. They give you about 1/3 of a glass and don't refill often. There's no substitutions or accommodations and you're limited to ordering 1 item each basically. For example at Krystal the first course was all seafood tapas which we didn't eat. We asked if we could pass and just get two appetizers as they had a couple interesting options - they said no. It's all inclusive right? Casino - they are nice here and give you a free chance to spin a wheel for prizes and they match your first $25 at tables All in all we would go back. The price is worth it and you can lay back and relax! No need to even leave! We spent the first half of our Aruba vacation here and never left the premises, it was beautiful Worth noting - if you're traveling in August to September this is one of the only islands that never gets hit by hurricanes!More
Rob W, 41948
Not a resort for relaxing
The entertainment is poor, everyday the same sentence waky waky no more sleeping. The treatment at the pool is also poor, they take your orders but you're lucky if you get your drinks. But of course the tip is never been rejected. You have to get up at 6 to reserve a place at the pool, terrible. The restaurants are not real restaurants, everything is cooked and prepared in the same kitchen. And there is an enormous row everyday. You're lucky if you get a table otherwise you have to go else. This happened us twice. The only option is going to the buffet restaurant, a buffet of left overs. At last the room was very outdated and dust everywhere and the bathroom is a disaster. If wish a fine vacation don't go the Riu Arubu, but go to Marriott or Manchebo!More
Excellent stay for our anniversary!
Before travelling to this hotel, I was so worried! After reading the (mostly) poor feedback, I thought we had made a very expensive mistake! How wrong was I?! Check in was very fast and we were told that we had been upgraded to a partial sea view. We were in our room less than 20 minutes after arriving at the hotel. The room was good and very clean. No, the rooms aren't modern but none of the hotel rooms in the Caribbean hotels that I have stayed in have been. I read so much about the rooms being damp, this only happened to us once but we quickly learnt from our mistake. Don't leave your balcony door open when the air con is on!! Could have done with a few more pillows, as we had a huge bed but only 2 cushion sized pillows each. The food - where to start! I am a fussy eater and have intolerances to certain foods, but the choice was fantastic! The meat cooked fresh, the salads were fresh and the themed nights were very good! We only ate in the speciality steak restaurant and the food was delicious! The drinks were fab! The cocktails were great and so tasty! I had read that the drinks were watered down - we never noticed this! We bought our own 30oz thermos cups, which were filled at the pool bar no problem and also by the drinks servers around the pool! Special mention to Jonathan K - always service with a smile! The bars were all great - the only disappointment was the beach party. It was too busy and there was so many children! We went down on the first week and left not long after to go to the 'chill out bar' which was our favourite place to sit at night. The bar was closed!! The only bars in use that night was the one on the beach and the lobby bar - not everyone wants to go to a beach party, so at least one of the bars (chill out/pool bar) should be open for those people. Also, wen going to an 'adults only' resort, you do not expect to be doing a beach party with families. The management were always walking around asking for feedback, which was a nice touch! The casino was great fun, myself or my partner had never been in a casino but enjoyed going in there - I even had a nice little win, which was nice! I heard so many people complaining about the wind - Aruba is known as the windy island! So I would recommend bringing towel clips and insulated cups (they are extremely expensive if you buy them there!) The location is great, right on the beach and a short 5 minute walk out to the shops, restaurants etc. I would recommend the snorkelling catamaran trip with De Palm Tours, I have never snorkelled before but they were very helpful! All in all I would definitely go back to this hotel, I really don't know what all the negative feedback is about - we had a great time!More
wonderful place to honeymoon
Overall my husband and I were very pleased with the resort. The service was excellent! The only little issue we had was our tub was clogged and we only had 1 trash bin. However, once we notified the staff, both issues were taken care of. The resort is clean & food was delicious!More
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