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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Food & Drink
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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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Seafront Suite with Sea View and Balcony or Terrace
These airy seafront suites come with a double bedroom are complete with 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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Great place to stay
I was a little worried about staying here after reading some of the reviews, however, we had a great time at the Riu Antilles 29th May-12 th June. The hotel is a little dated, but our room was comfortable, cleaned daily and clean towels were delivered sometimes twice a day. The staff were all wonderful, friendly, and worked very hard , giving an excellent service in all departments. 10 out of 10 to all the staff. The food was fantastic, literally something for everyone, I was very impressed. Anything you wanted or needed was available 24/7. Don't think twice about coming here, you'll have a great holiday. Just bring plenty sun cream cos it's hot, and it's windy, so you need something to keep your hair in place ! Thanks for a great holiday.More
Nothing short of amazing!!!
Low-down: - Check in was quick and easy. You arrive at the hotel with champagne waiting for you, there is a table set up where you get your wristband, room key, and wifi code, and that's that. This process took about 10 minutes. - Although the room was a little dated, it was clean and spacious. We paid for an Oceanview room that turned out to be partial view (side of the building) which was displeasing at first. A call to the front desk rectified the solution - we arrived on a Monday and they could move us to another room by the Wednesday. At that point we didn't want to pack up our suitcases again and move our stuff around to waste an hour of the day so we stayed where we were. Note that the hotel was willing to accommodate our request. - Beautiful grounds. Everything was well manicured and EXTREMELY clean. You will see the outdoor tiles, windows, bathrooms, and so on being attended to multiple times daily. As I mentioned above, the rooms are very clean too. Don't forget to tip - the employees work very hard and do a great job. - Customer service was wonderful. Everyone is always smiling and on the ball. Additionally, Aruba natives can speak four languages (Dutch, English, Spanish, Papiamento) so there isn't a communication issue. - Before I begin this point let me say that we are "foodies". Other than going off the resort for a few dinners and drinks, we didn't even bother going to the a-la-carte restaurants because we were overly satisfied with the dinner buffet. There is a wide variety of food... we didn't have the same meal once the entire week and all of it was delicious (same goes for breakfast and lunch). We actually did want to try the restaurant right across from the pool because we heard it was good (side note: I cant see why not, but we did hear the other a-la-cartes weren't favourable) and it's an outdoor one; however, the one downfall is that you have to be there to line up at 5:30 and they only seat a certain number of people. We weren't prepared to sacrifice beach time to do that, but if you're that kind of traveller, enjoy! - Location of the resort was perfect. It's about a five minute walk from the strip, which is definitely worth going to. We felt very safe. We went on a walk every night to look around at the vendors/stores and just enjoy each other's company in the warmth of the night. - Weather is fantastic. Sunny all day and it's hot and beautiful even when the sun goes down. If it rains, it should only last for a short period so don't fret over the weather forecast! Recommendations: - Bring double-walled, insulated water bottles for the beach (cold water lasts for 24 hours). We brought one each and they saved us from the heat throughout our vacation. There is a water station at the bar that allows you to fill up your water whenever you need it. - Don't forget a hair elastic or two - it's windy and thankful for that! - They sell towel clips for the beach chairs at the "tradewinds" store on the lower level, however they might be a little expensive based on the prices of everything else. The towel situation didn't bother us too much so we didn't even bother checking them out, but if you want to secure your towel and save a few dollars, pack some clips in your suitcase. To any North Americans, I noticed these clips being sold at winners/marshalls when we returned from our trip. I assume walmart etc. sells them too. - There are a lot of beach chairs, so if you would like to sleep in, it shouldn't be a problem unless you want a good spot with an umbrella and/or close to the water. I was at the beach setting up the chairs between 6:15 and 7 every morning. The earlier the better. - Go to "craft"!!! Nice vibe and best sangria I've ever had. - The one con we experienced had nothing to do with the hotel itself but with George's UTV company. It was professional and they were friendly, but we got blindsided after we had already arrived at their office and were signing the papers. The main reason we wanted to rent the UTV was to visit the natural pool in Arikok National Park (everyone should do this - it's amazing!) except this company doesn't let you take their UTV's there because it's rocky getting to it. Long story short, we drove to the park and left the UTV on a flat area "near the pool". We were told the hike would take us 15-20 minutes... it ended up taking us 1 hr and 10 minutes in the midday heat while other ATVs, UTVs and jeeps were passing us without issue. We made the best of the situation, but would have liked to spend more time at the natural pool without doing the uncomfortable hike. If you would like to do the hike, do NOT wear flip flops, expect rocks and hills, and bring lots of water. Please check what the company allows before committing to their product. Our sunwing advisor also should have been privy to this before pushing us in their direction. Advice: This is the first review I've written on Trip Advisor and for good reason. I was nervous about going to the Riu Antillas because some of the negative comments and pictures, but I wouldn't have changed anything about the experience. I am used to 5-star travel and this met my expectations. Besides some genuine concerns, like a mouldy mattress, people are too picky. If you have the opportunity (money, time, and health) to travel, you are one of the lucky ones. Learn to take a deep breath and ENJOY yourself and those around you. Aruba truly is one happy island... take advantage of that and let yourself unwind. Any time a complaint comes to mind, try to redirect that energy back to something positive and I guarantee you will have excellent memories that last a life time. Maybe you'll be inclined to write a nice review too!More
Just about to leave the Riu Palace Antalis. Spent 2 weeks at this hotel and the service from staff was excellent, everyone was helpful and polite. The food was very good and varied. However we were very dissatisfied with the rooms, I say rooms as we had 2 due having to be moved. The rooms are no where near 4/5 star personally I would rate them as 2 star, they are very dated, poorly decorated with aged painted wallpaper. Floor tiles had several marks on them, furniture propped up with cardboard to stop them from been un balanced. Lack of plug for bath and sink plug wouldn't keep water in long enough to wash. Un safe electric sockets hanging out of wall. TV didn't work for the first 5 days, tried to use telephone to contact reception to find there was no wire to connect it. No chairs to sit on the balcony. Manager moved us to what was supposed to be an up grade, it was up, higher up but the same room and same poor standard. Patio doors wouldn't open furniture still propped up with cardboard, water coming into the bathroom and bedroom from the ceiling. The Riu Palace next door was palatial in comparison. Would I recommend the Riu Antalis definitely NO!!!More
Amazing Food & Drink
I stayed at the Riu Antillas at the beginning of June and my mother and I had a great time. Pros - Allison the manager was great. Very helpful and nothing too much trouble. - Check-in was very quick and efficient. - The first room we had was not correct however it was quickly changed and we were assisted by a porter. - The food was excellent. Such great quality and the best I have had in an All-Inclusive Resort. Waiters/waitresses all lovely. - The drinks were excellent, 'proper' cocktails and branded drinks at the bars indoors. Staff were so friendly. Great tasking cocktails. - The pool was immaculately clean and tidy and there are even assistants to help you find a free sun lounger. Same again wth the beach. Beach is stunning. Cons - One member of staff was extremely rude to us at the SteakHouse restaurant and commented on our clothes in a very rude fashion. Never have we been spoken to in such a way. If there are rules and we have not adhered to them, politely informing us would have sufficed. We made the mistake of queueing for SteakHouse in beach dresses and were refused a buzzer for the later sitting due to how we had dressed. After 45 minutes of waiting as it was, this was absurd. Others were dressed in the same way and were treated differently. The management tried to sort it however all they could offer was a reservation at the SteakHouse a couple of days later. - Restaurant queueing system was poorly thought out. A lot of empty tables when you get to the restaurant so no wonder there are always long waiting times. 3 sittings would be better. - Rooms need a refurbishment as it is graded as a 5* palace hotel. More
What a place, what a service!!!
From the 12 june till 26 june I'll be here and the only thing I can say it's wow! The service from Luz and all the other staff was amazing. They can maybe improve the food at rhe buffet to be more warmer, sometimes it's cold! But beside that it's amazing! You should do the UTV tour it's a one time experience that you can't miss!! Definitely coming back again!!More
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