This adults-only hotel is set right next to Palm Beach’s platinum sands, and is only a twenty-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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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
24-hour All Inclusive. Full Board buffet meals. Optional dining at 4 themed restaurants. 24-hour snacks. 24-hour room service.
24-hour All Inclusive. Unlimited local and premium imported drinks 24 hours a day. Minibar and liquor dispenser in rooms.
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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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Junior Suite with Balcony or Terrace
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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This Riu might be for You. Big hotel, big food, big drinks.
We wanted an all inclusive adult only getaway for a few days. This is pretty much what we experienced. This was along side several hundred other guests. If you are looking for a resort experience that is basically a cruise but on a beach, this is the place for you. To make things concise it can be broken down categorically: The hotel/room/amenities: the Riu is a European chain. The property in Aruba has two entities next to each other: Adults only and families. They are almost completely separate. Make note of which one you wish to book. We chose the adult side. Glad we did. The building towers up to the 18th floor. All rooms have balconies. We had a view of the sea. Nice. Since it is truly an All-inclusive our room had pretty much a full bar with liters of liquor (no minibar here) and mixers that were replenished daily. We had a junior suite which had a little more room. The only complaints about the room was that the AC thermostat seemed to not really change the temperature and all through the nights there was a banging noise that seemed to come from the AC duct. Otherwise, the room service kept it clean daily. There is a small Gym, Casino and Spa. Didn't use the Spa. The Casino is fairly small and didn't get busy until 10:00 or later. The hotel itself is stylish and elegant with an European feel. The staff was quite pleasant and professional at all times. Nicely done. Food/drinks/entertainment: All-inclusive did indeed mean that food and alcohol was just about always available. There were large -very large-(for 200 + people) buffets for breakfast and lunch. Open seating. There are 4 a la carte restaurants within the hotel that do NOT take reservations. The only one with a wait time was the outdoor steak house. It was the one with the Caribbean Lobster entree. Highly recommended. The others weren't bad, but not exceptional. Good for a more romantic setting at least. The alcohol was ubiquitous, but beware that quantity does not equal quality. The pool bars gladly filled your own cup/container with your mixed drink, beer or wine of choice. Some guests handed their two liter mugs to get filled by the bartenders with mojitos etc. They did, but the rum was not a known brand and was suspected of being diluted in the bottle before it got down the pour spout. So, if you plan on camping out at the bar (many did) for the day and begin drinking at 9:00 am (many did) you might feel the full effects of the drinks. The cocktails in the casino seemed more authentic. Depends on your level of alcoholic need, perhaps. The atmosphere around the pool was jovial for the staff and guests. The staff genuinely seemed to have fun during the semi-hourly activities in or around the pool. These included: water aerobics, volleyball, and bingo. Think: holiday camp for grown ups. The beach scene was also typical of a large resort: dozens of thatched "umbrellas" permanently posted in the sand were prized for their location.The row closest to the sea was claimed by 7:00 am by enthusiasts who collected their beach towels and folded over their lounge chair to indicate the "taken" status. This carried over to the pool area where key locations with shade were claimed even though the guests might not show up for hours. This is also reminiscent of a cruise. Tip your beach boy and you might get him to hold a "prime"chair for you in advance, if that's important to you. Be aware that though there is a constant breeze it is HOT in Aruba. The breeze increased to 20 mph gusts on the day that we left. If you don't want a layer of skin blasted off, head for the pool. As another reviewer noted, there was music everywhere, much of it salsa and reggaeton. If you don't want to hear it, you might have to stay on the fringes of the beach. Things were buzzing all day long. At night the entertainment was in the little theater. It seems that the day staff doubles as the stage show at night. But you don't go there for that anyway. The casino is another form of fun. We didn't leave the premises, but there are other hotesl and venues in the area. There is also beach vendors who have boat trips and water activities available Finally... if you want to have people handing you food and drinks all day this is for you! If you don't mind the loudness of a few hundred people around and a "holiday camp" for adults, then go for it. Bring sun screen and towel clips for your beach chair. The aren't kidding when they call Aruba the "windy island"! The people are a plus as well. We might go back with either a large group or alone. Cruise on!More
A Real Gem and the staff amazing
We visited this hotel on 5th June 2017. What an amazing place could not fault it, from the amazing booking in no long wait and a nice welcome drink. The breakfast selection was mind blowing, even the manager made his self known each morning, to ask if you were enjoying your stay, the restaurant's were great we got into all 3 which is great for a weeks stay. Plenty of entertainment around the pool, and a nice walk along the beach in the morning. Minousca and the bar staff in the reception area bar made us feel so welcome. We really enjoyed our stay and a visit to Oranjestadt is well worth it. We will be back for a 2nd visit we found no fault with this hotel, and to sample the amazing food and friendly staff, well done to you all. (not forgetting the Thomson rep I think she was chris,very informative and good tips)More
10 year Wedding Anniversary
Great time, nice resort, and lots of fun in the sun. We arrived on Saturday July 29 and stayed until Saturday August 5, 2017. When we arrived at the resort we were pleasantly surprised that our room was ready for us. It was only 12:30pm and we figured we would have to wait, but an awesome way to start the week off. We were on the 5th floor with a room with an Ocean view. The room was fine, comfortable and clean. The only negatives with the room was that the mini frig was not stocked on a daily basis, in fact I think they only restocked our room once or twice. The maid service was a little better but not by much and we even left her tips. The food at this resort was very very good. We went to the steakhouse and had a good meal there, tried the Arubian, but was not impressed at all. Most nights we ate at the buffett which was excellent, nice to have so many choices to pick from. We did the buffett for breakfast, lunch and dinner and it was great every time. It was also nice to have lounge 24 in case u needed a little pick me up. We never tried room service but heard from other people that it was not good. The bartenders were amazing, Darwin, Nelson, Jonathan, Sebastian and Lydia all kept the drinks flowing and were very nice people. They made staying in the pool very fun and relaxing, plus the drinks were flowing very nicely. We also had a young lady named Chuiana (not sure on spelling) who tended to us at lunch every day. She was outstanding and always kept our water glasses filled. We never saw the nightly shows, but if the entertainment was as good as during the day then we missed a good time. We went to the Casino and lost some money, the Casino was not very crowded at all. The shops on the lower level were nice but a little pricey. A good tip is to bring towel clips due to the wind, and also bring a mug or bottle to get your drinks in. A definite good time and will definitely come back here. We also went on the Jolly Pirate Ship and had a great time, highly recommended and also did the E Bike tour, another winner, great tour. The ride that was included to and from the resort to the airport was also very nice, no issues. A great 10 year anniversary.More
We've had a good 2 weeks here! The bedroom is really old and shabby but you only sleep and change in it! Food was really good and I'm a bit picky but never stopped eating! The pool and bars are great especially if you tip now and then! The wind is horrendous it's not just a gentle breeze it's gale force! More
Fabulous Holiday - Absolute Paradise!!
Me and my partner went here for a 2 week summer getaway. Firstly, I have to say that this hotel is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING(!!) and would definitely return to this hotel! Location The location of this hotel is absolutely breathtaking. Right on the sea with crystal blue waters and fine white sand! If you go out the main reception and turn left, after a 5 minute walk you end up at a bustling area with shops and restaurants (Hard Rock Cafe, Wendy's etc). We would often walk here of an evening before the hotel entertainment. If you want to talk down by the sea, the promenade path (either left or right) is ideal and we went for numerous walks down here. Food We could not fault the food that was provided! No matter what restaurant you went to (as there are 5), you always had 5* food. The only thing I would say is that I would have preferred a wider variety of vegetables. The main restaurant has themed evenings. Yes, they did have the same nights during week 1 and week 2 but this wasn't a problem as the selection of food was amazing. I have never seen a wider plethora of food at any other hotel. The a la carte restaurants (Arubian, Italian, steakhouse and fusion) offered a more 'fine dining' experience. These took dining up to another level! Room The room did the job. Yes, they could be slightly updated, but they are still 5* quality. The view from our room was beautiful, we overlooked the neighbouring hotels and the ocean. The shower could be more powerful but it did the job. The bed was VERY comfy! Our room was right next to the lifts and we had no problem sleeping. Entertainment The entertainment crew were absolutely fantastic! The whole team are full of energy and run great activities throughout the day. They are aware of those who do want to do activities and those who don't, and do not pester those who do not wish to take part. Special mention to Hainer (the entertainment manager) who we absolutely adored!! Exploring the Island We did not explore the island through any companies, we did it completely off our own back. In order to explore the capital (Oranjestad) we took a bus from right outside the hotel to the main station, it only took about 15mins and cost 2$ each! We used the bus transport to go to the north of the island also! Its a very easy service and all of the information needed is online and accessible. We went down to Baby Beach on the south of the island. The hotel booked us a taxi down there and then we organised with the taxi driver to pick us up again! All very easy! Whilst exploring the island we felt extremely safe... It really is ONE HAPPY ISLAND!! Staff Throughout the hotel, from the receptionists to the cleaners, they were all absolutely fantastic! Smiling always and wanting you to have the best holiday. Overall, we had the most amazing holiday!More
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