Riu Palace Antillas
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- All Inclusive Features
We travelled to Aruba on Tuesday 4th April with Thomson. Great flight and no delay through the airport. We boarded a bus and were taken straight to the hotel. Only takes 20 minutes. Check in was nice and simple, given our wrist bands, beach towel cards and some vouchers. We were given 1223 for our room. Very spacious rooms, very clean, huge bed and so comfortable. Good air conditioning (which you are advised to leave on all the time to prevent condensation). Big balcony, large bathroom with very modern shower. 24 hour hot water - no shortage ever! Cant forget the mini bar. Its all there for your use, all included - 4 optics - Rum, Vodka, Brandy and Whisky. Also tea and coffee facilities. In the large fridge there is Beer, Water and multiple kinds of fizzy juice e.g. coke, sprite. Room attendants were great, they would swing by twice a day for anything you need. They even left me a birthday cake, so sweet!The hotel is large but easy to negotiate. There is a 24 hour coffee shop which makes fantastic coffee and you can always get a nibble if your hungry at any time. The main buffet is great. Breakfast is amazing, what a choice, the mushrooms were stunning! The evening meal in the buffet is a different theme every night with entertainment relating to the theme. The variety of food available is great, you will never get bored. There are 4 restaurants all available to you on all inclusive. You don't need to make reservations, its 1st come first served and once its full, they will give you a buzzer which works in the bar. All open at 1830. We tried them all. The Aruban was lovely - my favourite starter was the local dish. It tastes far better than it sounds on the menu. They do a great Land and Sea (Surf and turf), really nice piece of steak and very tasty lobster thermidor and all the deserts are lovely. I drink Rose wine and all the restaurants do have it although they offer out white and red. Just ask for it. No real need to queue here to get it.The Steak hose is amazing! You need to be down to queue for a table about 1800 but its no hard ship, pick up a cocktail on the way down and enjoy the beautiful sunset. We visited here 3 times in 14 nights, my husband adored the Lobster and I have to say, the Filet Mignon - medium rare - was the best I've ever tasted! Again Rose wine is available. I would suggest plenty mosquito spray as it is an open restaurant. On our 1st visit we obviously didn't and 1 got 2 bites and my husband 1 bite.Krystal is the only one where men have to wear long trousers. It very elegant and lovely atmosphere. Great food - I would recommend the Beef Tenderloins, wow, I just wanted more. It really is fine dining in the Caribbean. Rose wine is available and I would queue for here from about 1800, again, get a cocktail and relax. The Italian is also stunning. The starters are amazing, there is so much to choose from, its a blessing its buffet style as you can have a bit of everything. The main course isn't buffet but I would recommend the Rack of Lamb, very tasty and cooked to perfection. Rose wine is available here also and we didn't need to queue to get a table here.All staff in the restaurants are lovely, nothing is to much to ask. In fact, ALL the staff in the hotel are lovely.All the bars are great. We made a great attempt to try all the cocktails. The bars have local spirits but they do also have imported spirits, again, just ask. e.g. Absolute, SKYY and Stolichnaya (Stoli) Vodkas. The pool area is very spacious, plenty loungers, no problem getting one. Pools are warm and the pool bar is great. A great atmosphere, very busy bar but plenty staff so you are not waiting long. Staff are so happy and will make you anything you want. The beach is also stunning, you do need to be early if you want a parasol but again, plenty loungers and great lads on the beach (working for hotel) to help you get one. Remember this is a public beach though so for all you are in an adult only hotel, kids can appear on the beach as we found out! The casino in the hotel has very pleasant staff. While you are gambling on the tables or slots then as with the rest of the hotel, your drinks are free, the waitress will bring you what you want. Its a small casino but I was very lucky to hit a Jackpot on a slot - $2598.50. Just shows it can happen! Those are some funny photos - I am actually cuddling the machine!To go into Oranjestad, the number 10 bus from outside the hotel takes you straight there. Its cheaper to get 1 way ticket to town rather than a return ticket. Its also about $11 for a cab. After wandering around town all day, it was an easy option.Also if you turn left when you go out the hotel, 5 minutes and you are in the local shops. They have some great souvenir shops, supermarkets and bars. There is also a Hooters and a Hard Rock. We walked as far as the Holiday Inn and then cut down to the beach and walked back along the "Boardwalk" to the hotel, stopping for a beer every now and again. You will come across De Palm Pier, lovely stop for a beer, great view and good atmosphere. Its also a place for a good night out - Karaoke. Only £4 for a beer, not bad considering where you are.The shops in the hotel are not any more expensive than the town, they all charge roughly the same for your souvenirs and if you are looking for any medication you cant see on the shelves, ask as they have more stocked else where. We booked our diving through the booth on the pool/beach level in the hotel. The company Fly dive were excellent. We had some great dives with them, very reasonable price - $120 for 2 tank dive. We dived on a Reef and then Antilla Wreck diving. Both were great.Do remember that these folk are working hard, we noticed quite a few times that people don't leave tips, why not? would you not leave a tip in a restaurant at home? Dropping the bar guys a few dollars a day was an easy thing to do, they look after you, your never without a beer.For you smokers out there, you cant smoke inside but you can any where outside, even in the pool bar! Yip there are ashtrays in there. Just don't leave your cigarettes unattended, the wind blows them in the water!Overall we had the time of our life and cant wait to go back! Thank you.
We had a great time, the staff were the greatest and friendliest. The 3 things I didn't like was the room wasn't up to date and the room service terrible. The food at the restaurants was great, but you couldn't get seconds, which never happened to me at an all inclusive. As a matter of fact, I didn't like what I ordered and ordered something else and when we said you could leave the dish I didn't like at the table...they wouldn't.Hopefully they will upgrade their rooms and change how much food you are allowed to eat at dinner lol
Where do I begin? We were given a room that was a downgrade. The floor in the room had significant condensation whenever the ac was turned off. The food was disgusting. If you are under 65 find another hotel!!!!
Spent 2 weeks here - it was amazing, a perfect holiday.Staff were amazing, management could not do enough for us, got engaged here and fiance had birthday here, staff were friendly and very attentive, food was delicious and there was so much choice, hotel, pool and beach areas were idyllic."A Perfect Holiday" - can't wait to go again!!
Went to the Riu antillas in April, as with other Riu we have visited this lives up to all expectation, very clean, staff are excellent food is very good in the buffet restaurant we did not have experience of the others in this hotel there is not a booking system you have to go and queue! They open at 6.30 so people start queuing before 6 even after queuing if they have no room tough!!!! As others stated the rooms are really in desperate need of updating but as we only sleep there it wasn't a problem. Although we loved Aruba we will not be returning, the weather is fabulous but with a big minus, they call it the Caribbean breeze personally we call it a gale, if you love to sit on the beach be prepared to be sandblasted daily, I kid you not. Still you can't change the weather.
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Items not included:
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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
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J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 77, Palm - Eagle Beach Aruba
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