Riu Palace Antillas
- What's Included
- All Inclusive Features
I wish I could score out of 100 instead of 5 - was this place perfect? No, but we would totally go again and think it deserves better than 4 starsPros:-Drinks! They can make anything you want and being all inclusive you don't even need a wallet! Never much of a wait and there's bars and booze everywhere! No skimping there! Even if you're up late you have 4 bottles of booze, beer, and mixers in your room. There are multiple bars you can visit-Service - for the most part everyone is awesome! Cordial and helpful-Beauty - this is easily the prettiest hotel on the beach and has great pools and beaches. The views are amazing. Awesome grounds-Swimming - the beach is awesome here and they have a dock out that anyone can swim or float to for photos or to jump in. Pools are amongst the prettiest I saw and non motor sports are free.-Dining - some cons to this below, but there's always something available. Buffet breakfast, 2 buffet options for lunch, buffet dinner, 3 special dinner spots and a 24 hour cafe with drinks coffee and snacks.Price - if you drink a good amount this is easily worth it. The price of a pretty hotel with grounds like this will be around $350/night and the drinks and food are expensive on the island. If you're planning on getting a few drinks at the pool every day you'll easily drop $40-50 each person with tip. So hotel plus a few drinks for two people already gets you to around $450 per day and you haven't even paid for food or drinks later on. We paid like $550/ night to be at riu so it was cheaper than non-inclusive for us.Cons:-Food Quality. It was okay. Breakfast is amazing at the buffet but we found lunch to be really disappointing. The options were underwhelming and what they had just wasn't very good. Dinner buffet is the best option without question. They have great options! We weren't impressed with the marquee restaraunts at all - if we went back we would go to the buffet most nights. The foo around the island is much better but costs obviously more, so if you expect amazing food you might want to opt out from all inclusive -Marquee restaraunts - to add to this, you can only get red and white wine for dinner. They give you about 1/3 of a glass and don't refill often. There's no substitutions or accommodations and you're limited to ordering 1 item each basically. For example at Krystal the first course was all seafood tapas which we didn't eat. We asked if we could pass and just get two appetizers as they had a couple interesting options - they said no. It's all inclusive right?Casino - they are nice here and give you a free chance to spin a wheel for prizes and they match your first $25 at tablesAll in all we would go back. The price is worth it and you can lay back and relax! No need to even leave! We spent the first half of our Aruba vacation here and never left the premises, it was beautifulWorth noting - if you're traveling in August to September this is one of the only islands that never gets hit by hurricanes!
Before travelling to this hotel, I was so worried! After reading the (mostly) poor feedback, I thought we had made a very expensive mistake! How wrong was I?!Check in was very fast and we were told that we had been upgraded to a partial sea view. We were in our room less than 20 minutes after arriving at the hotel. The room was good and very clean. No, the rooms aren't modern but none of the hotel rooms in the Caribbean hotels that I have stayed in have been. I read so much about the rooms being damp, this only happened to us once but we quickly learnt from our mistake. Don't leave your balcony door open when the air con is on!! Could have done with a few more pillows, as we had a huge bed but only 2 cushion sized pillows each.The food - where to start! I am a fussy eater and have intolerances to certain foods, but the choice was fantastic! The meat cooked fresh, the salads were fresh and the themed nights were very good! We only ate in the speciality steak restaurant and the food was delicious!The drinks were fab! The cocktails were great and so tasty! I had read that the drinks were watered down - we never noticed this! We bought our own 30oz thermos cups, which were filled at the pool bar no problem and also by the drinks servers around the pool! Special mention to Jonathan K - always service with a smile!The bars were all great - the only disappointment was the beach party. It was too busy and there was so many children! We went down on the first week and left not long after to go to the 'chill out bar' which was our favourite place to sit at night. The bar was closed!! The only bars in use that night was the one on the beach and the lobby bar - not everyone wants to go to a beach party, so at least one of the bars (chill out/pool bar) should be open for those people. Also, wen going to an 'adults only' resort, you do not expect to be doing a beach party with families.The management were always walking around asking for feedback, which was a nice touch! The casino was great fun, myself or my partner had never been in a casino but enjoyed going in there - I even had a nice little win, which was nice!I heard so many people complaining about the wind - Aruba is known as the windy island! So I would recommend bringing towel clips and insulated cups (they are extremely expensive if you buy them there!)The location is great, right on the beach and a short 5 minute walk out to the shops, restaurants etc.I would recommend the snorkelling catamaran trip with De Palm Tours, I have never snorkelled before but they were very helpful! All in all I would definitely go back to this hotel, I really don't know what all the negative feedback is about - we had a great time!
Overall my husband and I were very pleased with the resort. The service was excellent! The only little issue we had was our tub was clogged and we only had 1 trash bin. However, once we notified the staff, both issues were taken care of. The resort is clean & food was delicious!
We decided to give the Rui adults a try when hurricane irma had us stuck in Aruba for two extra nights. We were at the marriot casino location ( service wasnt too great there ) and wanted to give the all inclusive a try. Besides the housekeeping being behind and waiting til 4 for check in ( 3 is check in ) and the couple next door arguing all night.... which we could even hear their tv Being on! Walls that thin. They put us in an adjourning room-- (room 1231 ) with that came the extra noise from the neighbors as well as an annoying light that shined underneath the door -- there was an inch from the door and ground. I attached pictures of the problems. Phone didn't work. Tried even plugging it in. And replugging it in etc. and I didn't work so we could not call down toComplain about the said neighbors. The hot faucet would leak when we turned on the cold faucet.The heat light didn't work. The hallway light didn't even have a bulb in it. The hot water in the shower was soo touchy ( horrible water pressure too ). If another room flushed their toilet it would burn you.And the bed--- oh so soreIt made me. It hit every pressure point. Which reminds me... no blanket. They only have us a sheet to use each night. ProsView was nice from room. I attached a picture of that too. Service was great from the staff. Will we return? To Aruba yes; We will Not be back to this location.
Rooms were a little dated, but exceptionally clean and functional. Food at the buffet was great and the Steakhouse was outstanding. Other restaurants were fine, but nothing great. Beach was clean and well maintained. The only issue is you have to get up early to reserve a cabana. The staff was off the chart friendly and accommodating! Great service by all. I would definitely go back during the hurricane season.
Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).
If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.
Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- 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.
Resort Location Map
Riu Palace AntillasAruba,Aruba
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 77, Palm - Eagle Beach Aruba
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