Resort: Riu Palace Aruba
Location: Palm Beach, Aruba
* A large all inclusive resort for singles, couples, and families
* Located on the wide, white sand, world famous Palm Beach
* Numerous room categories to choose from (450 total rooms)
* Children under two stay free
* Fitness center, casino, beach volleyball, children’s pool, etc…
* Vita Novus Spa (extra charges)
RIU Palace Aruba Video Tour:
Food & Drink:
All Inclusive 24 hours. All meals and snacks:
Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet, on the spot cooking stations, fruits, juices and Cava
Lunch: Hot and cold buffet and on the spot cooking stations
Pizzas, pasta, salads and assorted desserts
Dinner: Buffets and on the spot cooking stations
Special evenings: theme buffets (twice a week)
Optional dining (reservations required):
“Krystal” Fusion Restaurant (à la carte)
“Sayuri” Japanese restaurant (à la carte)
“Milano” Italian restaurant (à la carte; buffet starters)
Grill and steakhouse (à la carte)
Formal dress is required for dinner (main restaurant: T Shirts with sleeves for gentlemen; theme restaurants: long trousers and T Shirts with sleeves for gentlemen)
Snacks 24 hours a day
Unlimited local and imported beverages 24 hours a day
Drinks service at the pool
Mini-bar and regularly restocked liquor dispenser
Room service 24 hours a day
Riu Palace Aruba Review:
This is a good all inclusive resort on a great beach. The beach can get a little crowded during the busy season, but the Riu Palace Aruba has a big beachfront and the best pools in the area. Getting a beach chair can be a hassle during the busy season. Hopefully the resort will invest in a few more beach chairs or at least enforce their rules about not allowing people to reserve chairs with towels in the morning as they go eat breakfast.
Families and children are welcome, but couples and honeymooners fill most of the rooms. There isn’t a lot of nightlife at the resort, but there are numerous bars a few minutes walk if you want to find some nightlife after 10 pm.
This resort is becoming notorious for having good, clean rooms with rock hard beds. If the bed is too hard for you, ask the front desk for a pillow top mattress pad.
The food is best in the buffets. The specialty restaurants have a laborious reservations system and food not worth the effort of getting a table. If you are going to try to have a sit down restaurant eveing, the Krystal restaurant is the best.
One last thing that should be mentioned is that Aruba is a very dry island with little vegetation compared to other Caribbean islands. If you are looking for a lush tropical destination, Aruba is not what you are looking for.