Riu Palace Antillas
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Well where to start.This was a honeymoon trip for me and my wife, we have never been to the Caribbean or on a holiday of this standard. before arriving we contacted the hotel and asked for a free upgrade, when we arrived we were greeted with friendly staff and a glass of champagne.Whilst checking in our bags were taken up to our rooms for us.The room was in great condition with optics and a fridge full of drink. it was clean and well presented, the only down side was that although it was an upgrade we was facing the hotel next door which didn't offer the best view. we didn't plan on spending much time on the balcony so didnt mind too much.The hotel it self was clean, staff were always cleaning and coming to your room regularly to offer clean towels or a top up of drinks.All staff were friendly and had a smile. the entertainment team where always around the pool getting involved and playing games. every day I got involved with water volley ball which got very competitive which was so much fun.There would be music playing, staff walking around offering drinks all day. even the bar staff would be getting involve playing pranks on guests and dancing.The hotel manager was also seen around the hotel every day, talking with guest and making sure everything was ok, he would also go out of his way to make sure everything was ok with our stay, we even had such a small request with the Fusion restaurant to give us bread rolls when the starter came out instead of before and he went to them told them we were coming in and got it sorted for us. so even the small things matter to them.The evening entertainment was good but repeated each week. if we had known we may have done a couple the second week instead of all in the first weekFood was always of a high standard and so much to choose from, each night was a themed night, and repeat each week.The other restaurants available do 2 sittings each night and you would need to get in the queue early to get a booking, a bit frustrating but we were lucky to get a table when we wanted. the fusion restaurant is amazing and had to go back again. the steak restaurant is also very good. we didn't try the Italian as didn't feel it was very Italian. we did go to the Aruban restaurant which was good to try some local foods but didn't need to go again.We generally couldn't complain about anything.Aruba itself is a lovely island and all people that live there are friendly and we didn't feel unsafe at all on the journey.It is a very windy island so dont underestimate peoples reviews about the wind. you will need clips for your towels.We also didnt stay on the beach for long because you did get hit with sand.I would also recommend not getting a bed next to the pool near the fountain as you do get a shock when the wind blows it your way.Locally there is plenty to do and see. we did a UTV tour around the island. a few people where booking through the hotel rep's but we booked with a gent on the beach. which turned out to be a great idea, we were picked up from the hotel and taken to someones house where a UTV awaited us. we then a private tour around the island.The main town is good for high end shops but not a lot there. we got a bus from out front of the hotel.If you turn left out the hotel it will take you to some more shops and plenty of bars. keep walking through as we didn't find it until near the end of our holiday but there is more and better shops further up and if you can catch it an amazing fountain show.If you are considering a Caribbean island I would recommend Aruba and for a hotel I would also recommend the Riu Palace Antillas.Don't be put off by bad reviews, holidays are what you make of them and we had no complaints with this hotel.
all inclusive in riu is all inclusive and in quality. good boufets for the 3 meals and speciality restaurants exellent. people are friendly and allways are there for you. not complaint at all. room service is fast and neat internet connection was improved since my last stay (now is 20 gb) and is avaiable everywhere in the hotel.
SEcond time to this hotel love it , it's amazing would recommend without a second thought , the staff lobby and pool bar are amazing and know how to treat you they make you feel the family and the manager Justin is totally on track with everyone and knows how to make you feel at home Minouska, At the pool bar , Tanya and Noreyda at the lobby bar are the best . Rooms are spotless , staff keep the pool area clean bathrooms cleans always see staff cleaning , the food is great always fresh andalways has something for everybody , the hotel hasn't disappointed going back again in dec .
We have visited Aruba 8 times, and have stayed at both the Riu Palace and Riu Antillas. Both are wonderful, fun, friendly, clean, and welcoming. I have 2 suggestions/requests for RIU. 1) consider re placing some of the mattresses...beds are extremely hard. 2) consider offering a variety of beers...only beer offered is the local beer Balashi, and many guests are not fans. Thanks for making RIU fabulous!
Second trip to Aruba, first time to Riu, very satisfied with everything, food was top-notch, much better than Mexican all inclusives. Balishi beer is on tap 24 hours, or make your own drink from the soda machine mixed with rum, vodka, or whiskey. Same choices available in your room. Wake up to a mimosa or a Bloody Mary then choose made to order omelette, endless fruits, cheese varieties, meats, pastries,and more. Italian restaurant was fancy (maybe Northeast Americans wanted grammas cookin) but my wife and I went twice-- loved it! (Note go early and get window seat to watch sunset). Steak House made me sad as I couldn't have steak with lobster. (Note each restaurant has about 6 entrees' to choose, you can't mix & match- about 3 desserts- finicky eaters will need to go to the buffet. )We thoroughly enjoyed the services and hospitality; however room service choices are extremely limited and NO you can't take a plate from the buffet up to your room (you can from choices in 24 Hour Lounge)Pretty good snorkeling in the rocks west of the swim area, 6-10' deep, water semi clear, lots of fish and pelicans. Important info on rooms: higher the floor the better; even number rooms face West, great for sunsets, watching cruise ships come in, but they can be noisy due to the wind, parking lot and street. Odd number rooms face East toward courtyard and other high rise hotels, definitely quieter. Some of the best rooms would be 06-13, halfway between elevators and the slamming door of the stairs.
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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