Riu Palace Antillas
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- All Inclusive Features
Well where to begin I read some trip advisor reviews before I came to Aruba thinking what have I booked. Well I can tell you I was blown away we arrived to a glass of champagne checking in was very quick and we was in our room within 20min of turning up the reception did give us the wrong room to start with but was all sorted in a matter of minutes we was on the 16th floor we was given a upgrade we had a side sea view a twin room very clean and no musty smell and it looked across at the palace and to our right we could see the rest of the Island just beautiful. This hotel is kept very clean u always see someone cleaning could not fault it. Food:- breakfast there was so much to choose from doughnuts to waffles pancakes pastries cake toast bagels fresh bread eggs anyway you could think of fresh omelettes with your choice of filling so much choiceLunch was just as good with a salad bar grill meat and fish chips jacket potatoes burgers hotdogs nachos again so much choice you won't go hungry Dinner we ate at the aruban very nice so was Krystals and the Italian we couldn't get into the steak but we wasn't bothered by that food was amazing in these restaurants we also ate at the buffet again very good food wide range of choice I loved the lamb Caribbean curry The pool and beach I didn't have to get up at 4am to get a bed we would go down at 9/10/11.30 and still be able to get a really good spot and if you can't find a bed the pool attendant would get you two beds and place them where you wanted we stayed around the pool we could still get a spot on the beach my husband didn't really like the beach as you would get hit by the sand and it does hurt but we went for walks along the beach and in the sea and fed the fish just beautiful clear blue water The staff here are happy and bend over backwards to help you and make your stay as enjoyable as possible the pool bar to the beach bar to the bar inside the hotel Will I come back to Aruba at the riu antillas yes I would We did visit next door and that was crowed and really noisy if u want relaxation no screaming kids or adults this is your hotel to go to
If you are looking for a four star resort experience don't look here. There is so much to be desired. The rooms are very old, unkept, and dingy smelling. The interim repairs that they have done show the lack of respect they have for the property. We had turn down service the first night and then after that, never again. Beach towels are a hot commodity, apparently, because you are allowed, one only per person, no exceptions. And if you go next door to their sister property, make sure you get them at your hotel first. Kayaking is a joke, although included, you can not leave the buoyed area, which is very small and filled with swimmers, SUP's, floaters, and snorkerls. The specialty restaurants are very small, we didn't have waits to get in, which was nice, but good to know is that you are absolutely only allowed to choose one item from each course, no additional. Also, some don't allow mixed drinks while at dinner. The entertainment was just barely worth staying for. The mattresses in the rooms are stiff, on the edge where the wired supports are and springy in the middle. The floors in the rooms are very slick. The 24hour coffee cafe is fabulous for a quick sweet, but the 24 hour room service is a joke, there are like 8 things on the menu, 3 salads, 2 clubs (more like finger sandwiches) and 2 desserts. The large pool, is fabulous, the water features are relaxing and the pool beverage attendants and bartenders are great. Also we went to the spa at the sister hotel and had the massage of our life by Claudia. In the photos you can see the dirt everywhere, the lamp shades all crooked, the didn't even take the stuff off the wall, when they painted.
This RIU had great entertainment and a much better drink selection at its bars. The staff was attentive, decor was lovely. It's a adult only resort which I favor. The casino was modern and restaurant food was very good. Definitely returning.
After reading other reviews, I was certain that we had made a mistake in booking this hotel.....I am so happy to say that was not the case! We arrived, check in was smooth and we were in our rooms within 10 minutes of arriving. We had rooms 1824, 1826 & 1830.....& they were perfect! Comfortable beds, no musty smell, nice bathrooms and air conditioning that worked too well! We had to turn it down, as the rooms were too cold. Not to mention the views over the pool and beach!We thoroughly enjoyed our stay....never had a problem getting lounge chairs by thepool, wonderful staff who always had a smile for the guests, good food and an overall wonderful time.The food was good - the buffet for breakfast and lunch was great, with enough variety for even the pickiest of eaters. We ate in all the specialty restaurants and enjoyed them all. No, they don't take reservations, but the only one we had a longish wait for was the Italian restaurant, but we were given a beeper and were able to go to the lobby bar and had a drink while waiting, so not a problem.We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and the week went way too fast! We'd definitely stay at this Riu again, and can't wait to try some of their other locations!!!
Having stayed at many all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico, we would rank the Riu Palace Antillas as an 8/10. We've also stayed at Riu Palace hotels in Mayan Riviera, Los Cabos and the Bahamas and this one is on par with the others. The only resort we would give a 10/10 ranking to would be the Dreams Cancun. Firstly, as a sun destination in August, Aruba wins by far over other Caribbean islands, Mexico or Costa Rica. Elsewhere it is their humid, rainy season with mosquitoes. Aruba is a dry almost desert-like island and ranges from a constant breeze to very windy, all good when it's over 30ºC. We didn't see any bugs or mosquitoes! Lots of sunblock is needed and we were careful based on the number of very red, burned people we saw. It is safe to drink the water there and eat fresh salad without worrying about Montezuma's revenge. Another positive about the island is it feels very safe everywhereand the locals are really friendly and speak English. We went off resort twice, once by local bus to Oranjestad and browsed the very fancy designer stores in the Renaissance Mall. The bus stop is in front of the Riu and it took about 15 minutes to get there. We also did one very worth-while excursion "beach hopping" for a half day in a tour bus that took us to two beaches, with option to snorkel and through lots of neighbourhoods. Generally the beaches are beautiful, soft sand with warm turquoise very clean and clear water, perfect for snorkelling and great temperature!Positives about the Riu Antillas:Adults Only - no kids shrieking or splashing you in the pool; or misbehaving in the restaurantsLocation - close to Oranjestad; in the hotel zone close to a strip of stores and restaurantsCheck-in and check-out: very efficient and since we arrived a few hours before check in, we had lunch and then our room was ready soon afterward. Room: very spacious suite; cleanStaff: really smiley and tried their best; great bartenders in the pool swim-up bar!Restaurants: no line in August for the buffet (but is probably different during the Christmas holidays); we only had to wait once for a table at the speciality restaurant, the Steakhouse as it's very popular. They gave us a buzzer while we had drinks in one of the many bar lounges.Kristal - was our favourite and we ate there twice; service was excellent ; beautiful presentation on hand-made glass dishes; decent sparking wines, other wines were just fine. Steak-house - serving was very large, too salty and we would have preferred a better cut of steak in a smaller portion; overall goodItalian - we ate there twice; pasta was very good; salad bar good; limited selection of house winesBuffet - breakfast was excellent with huge selection of pretty much every thing one can imagine eating for breakfast (even salad, though I don't like it first thing in the a.m.) We loved that breakfast was served from 7 - 11 a.m.!Lunch buffet - great salad bar, very fresh; lots of grilled options and specialty island dishes along with sandwiches, good pasta barCapucino Café (yes that's how they spell it) - great specialty coffees made to order, chocolate covered strawberries, marshmallows and cookies; plus other decadent treats.Pool and beach - we never had trouble finding chairs in or out of the sun; umbrellas by the pool and palapas on the beach; great pools, swim-up bar; there are lots of very tame and interesting lizards and iguanas on the grass behind the pool; the beach is actually public and you can walk for miles in either direction. There was no one hassling you or selling things on the beach like you find on other islands. Activities - great water aerobics in the pool daily; also volleyball; there is loud music but it didn't bother usNight Entertainment - very good showsNegatives:The room: very spartan with almost no thought to decor (surprising since they said it had been renovated, hate to see it before!); bathroom should be bigger and have had two sinks to be 5-star level; toilet was slow flushing and not the best; not what we'd call a fancy bathroomFitness room - just OK; some machines were out of order; was very busy at peak time before breakfastAlcohol in bars - not premium; very few top-shelf brands, even at the one in the lobbyFood - quite often we felt it was too salty; dinner in the specialty restaurants in Riu hotels in Mexico is better qualityIn conclusion, we would recommend Aruba in the summer but on Palm Beach there may be better all-inclusive resorts than this Riu.
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- Items of a personal nature
- 3 meals daily
- 24-hour snacks and drinks (domestic beer and cocktails, select international brands, house wine with meals)
- Daily activities
- Introductory scuba lesson in the pool
- Non-motorized water sports
- Evening entertainment
RIU�-topia! All Signature Vacations guests will receive:
- A welcome cocktail
- Unlimited drinks
- An in-room liquor dispenser
- Unlimited dining at specialty restaurants
- In-room mini-bar
- In-room safe
- Signature Cocktail Hour from 4-5pm
- A 20% discount on certain local excursions booked with Signature, and spa credits that apply to select treatments at specific hotels (all inclusions are subject to change without notice)
- 482 Rooms
- Large free-form pool
- 4 Bars
- 4 Restaurants
- Watersports centre
- State-of-the-art fitness centre
- Live entertainment
- Room service
- Free WiFi throughout resort
- Spa (fee)
- Tennis court
Junior Suite includes:
- 1 King or 2 Double Beds
- Clock radio
- Satellite TV
- WiFi internet
- Liquor Dispenser
- Mini-bar (restocked daily)
- Iron and ironing board
- In-room safe
- Bathroom with tub, shower and hair dryer
- Turn Down Service
- Balcony or Terrace
- Some with connecting rooms (only on request basis)
- Maximum occupancy 3
Honeymoon Bonus - Surprise welcome gift in your room, King-size bed, Late check-out, and Complimentary upgrade to next available room class. Request at time of booking. Proof of marriage required. Subject to availability and subject to change.
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Riu Palace AntillasAruba,Aruba
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 77, Palm - Eagle Beach Aruba
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