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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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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The hotel was beautiful . Rooms need to be updated but were kept clean. The food was delicious and always very fresh. We enjoyed the prosciutto on the buffet. One of the nicest beaches I've ever been to. More
Loved Aruba, Riu Palace Antillas - security bracelet is more important than your enjoyment!
Arrival to Aruba: Once landed we picked up our luggage and headed for Taxi stand. Wait at taxi stand was minimal. Minivan taxi took 5 passengers and our luggage. The ride was about 20 min. Paid $25 + tip. Check in: Bell boys helped with unloading luggage and brought it to the front desk. Since we had a group of 10 we had a private check in at the desk next to the lobby. Check in was friendly but a bit lengthy. We were served complementary sparkling wine. At the end, we were tagged with light blue plastic like wrist bracelets which concluded our check in. Hotel Room: We were on the 16th floor. Fairly spacious accommodations. Plenty of room for luggage. Complementary bath robes. Good size closet space. At the very bottom of the closet combination safe for valuables (did not like that; it was a pain to bend over every time I needed to drop or pick stuff up. It should have been mounted higher). We had good size balcony with partial view of the ocean front. King size bed was ok. Had to request additional covers. AC worked ok but was way too loud and due to high humidity some condensation was visible on a tile floor which made it very slippery. TV worked spotty. Overall room cleanliness on a scale from 1 to 5 was about 3.5. Bathroom: All bathroom fixtures in our room with no exceptions were old but functional. Shower water pressure was very low but I guess it was ok if you are on vacation and not in a hurry. The toilet needed to be flushed several times before reaching needed results. We had no problem with towels supply. Beach: Close to hotel pool and bar area the beach is great! To get a good spot under build in straw umbrella one needs to get there early. There are beach boys that for a couple of dollars will bring beach chairs to a spot of your choosing. Beach towels are limited to one per person unless you stop by the front desk and get an additional towel card. Sand grains are just a bit on a rough side but will do. Water clean and wonderfully refreshing. Security at the Hotel: Be aware: security bracelet is more important than your enjoyment!!! We had an unpleasant run in with some security personnel at the hotel. As I have mentioned we got wrist bracelets at the check-in. My wife is really sensitive to such things and developed a minor rash. According to Hotel personnel you have to wear it at all times – “no exceptions”. She had to take it off to give her wrist a rest. We were constantly harassed by security personnel even though she had the bracelet with her at all times. It got to a point where a guy approached us while we were having breakfast with another couple in the main dining room and started questioning my wife. It was embarrassing, unfriendly and maddening at the same time. We had an unpleasant exchange and at the end my wife was forced to put the bracelet back on. We understand that security is important however we question the manner in which it was enforced. It could have been done way more discreet and tactful. This one particular person with an English accent in a dark blue suit that had seen better days and scuffed brown shoes was really irritating. His name is Justin Carson and we were not sure if he was a security guy or a Dining Room Manager/Maître d since he was chatting with vacationers at their tables during meals. In addition, certain hotel ground security guards by the pool and bar areas had facial expressions as if guarding a bunch of miscreants in a high security facility; probably due to a lack of training. Smiling never prevented anyone from doing their jobs. Main Dining Room: Spacious, well lit. Food selection and quality is good. Waitressing staff seems to be confused and disorganized at times. Depending on your luck you may or may not wait for a while on missing silverware, napkin, coffee or some other necessity at the table. If you ask for an adult beverage at dinner and it is not something simple like a glass of wine or a beer be prepared to wait for a while. In fact, I would advise to get a drink before dinner. On one occasion our drink orders arrived almost at the end. Another time we were in a mood for gold tequila and were told by the waiter that only plain tequila was available. However, ten minutes later gold tequila drinks magically arrived. Tipping at meals is appreciated and thought after but makes little difference. My thinking: since this is an all-inclusive place one should not expect impeccable service? Steak House Restaurant: Same area used for lunch grill station during the day. At night it converts to a steak house restaurant. You cannot make reservation. One needs to be in line by 6 pm to guarantee first sitting spots. Restaurant opens at 7 pm. Food and service are ok. Provides nice diversion from main dining room. However, in my experience food quality very similar to main dining room. Although, it has somewhat bigger meat selection and lobsters you can get either one or the other but not both. Malmok - Aruban Restaurant: A pleasant surprise. Rules are same as for Steak House but the line to get in is a lot shorter. Menu offerings are somewhat original. I had a surf and turf combo and thoroughly enjoyed it. There was also more seafood offering on their menu. Rimini - Italian Restaurant: We are from NY/NJ area and very familiar with Italian food. In fact, we truly love it. Whatever was served in this restaurant was remotely reminiscent of Italian food. The appetizers were neatly arranged at the self-serve bar and main dishes were mere shadows of real Italian food. So if you skip this restaurant you would not miss much. Departure from Aruba: Be aware that if you are going to United States you will need to go thru two separate customs checks. One is for Aruba customs and the other is for U.S. customs. This means you will be taking off shoes twice and carry-ons will be checked twice as well. Also, when you tag and drop off larger luggage pieces at initial check in remember to collect those once passed thru Aruba customs and drop it off once again right before entering U.S. customs area.More
I had totally forgotten to review our trip! When we arrived at the resort, there had been some mixup with our reservations. We were supposed to be booked in one of the suites on the higher floors of the main building, and found ourselves put in one of the junior suites in the shorter building. After two trips to the reservation desk, we were able to get the room we booked, but not until the following day. Once unpacked into our suite (the next day), all was well. The views from the balconies were outstanding! Room was nice. Sofa was not especially comfortable, but worked for coffee. We spent most of our time at the small pool in front of the short building. The main pool was nice, but there was CONSTANT music, playing on repeat at full blast. Not relaxing. We tried the beach a couple of days... Resort staff was great in fetching chaise for us,and finding us a shaded place to sit. Aruba turns out to be not one of favorite destinations, because the wind blows. All. The. Time. It’s ok, though. It was a great trip and we appreciate the bartenders at the smaller bar and at the cafe. The bartenders at the large pool bar always acted like they were doing me a favor by filling my drink order. Perhaps because I’m not young and skinny. But, whatever. It was a pleasant trip, and we made some great memories. More
I ❤ Aruba
We came here to this wonderful island on the 2nd October for 2 weeks with Thomson, and apart from a couple of hours rain on a couple of days it has been schorchio☀☀☀☀☀. I'm not going to go on about dated rooms and the damp smell as neither of these things bothered us at all. Or the lack of sunbeds on the beach and having to get up early to bag an umbrella for shade, if thats what you want then get up and join the masses. Here is my honest review - the food is excellent and the service is run like a 'well oiled ship'. I would like to thank Elizabeth (Tania) who waitressed for us at our evening meal in the buffet during our stay, and also the happy smiling chef Jerry who made the most delicious crepes and waffles. Nicola the bar service attendant in the main lobby/bar remembered out drinks the first night and we like that as it shows good customer service! I also spoke to one of the managers, Justin, who came to speak with us and asked us for our opinions of the hotel and generally if we were enjoying our stay. This is what should happen in a Riu, (as it didnt when we stayed at Riu Oliva in Fuerteventura this year). What a lovely, polite man (and rather handsome 😊) he made sure that nobody came into the restaurant half dressed or with caps on back to front, he really does want this hotel to have standards to go with the star rating. I did explain to Justin my three points that I think could be improved on. 1. The beach is lovely, but guests leave it in a mess, cigarette butts in the sand, plastic cups and straws left, come on people!!. I have to say this is not just the younger generation, but also the older. Justin tells me that he banned the use of straws on the beach but unfortunately they do get there still. He told us that there is a machine that comes and collects rocks, rubbish etc but we did not see it on our holiday. 2. Hand Sanitizer should be at the entrance of all eating areas, like it is at the Bahia Principle hotel chains. I see ladies leaving the toilet without washing their hands and then touching food.....bork! Also utensils are there for a reason people, don't pick food up with your hands! 3. The room service menu, is very limited, but actually this is standard for Riu, I just think they could add more variety. To summarise, 2 out of the 3 points I make are really not the hotels fault, the beach is a public beach so Riu guests and others using it should clean up after themselves and respect the beach. Also the room service food menu is standard so unless this is changed across the Riu chain it will remain the same. This hotel was amazing, clean, hospitable and a great location. We travelled with Thomson and i would suggest not using them for excursions. We hired a car for $40 for the day ( including petrol ) and saw everything, the lighthouse, the donkey sanctuary, osterich farm, baby beach, national park, caves, natural pool all in a day, much cheaper! If you want info of the rental place please contact me direct on here, the island is only small and we only covered 60km in the day and saw what we wanted. I would return to this hotel in a heartbeat, thank you to Justin and his amazing team. More
Trip with friends
The common spaces of this property are very nice and kept very clean. The pool and beach are beautiful. Service was excellent. Food was also very good with the exception of one lunch. We were disappointed with our room. Only way to see the Ocean view was to get in one corner of the balcony and hang over the railing. Room was very clean but was in need of a renovation. Bathroom still has old shower/tub combo and the anti-slip treads on the bottom of the tub were worn off. The walls were in need of fresh paint. Very nice to be able to drink the water. Easy to get to all of the excursions. Out of the hurricane belt so very nice to travel to in October.More
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