spent two weeks in the Riu Palace from 13th October, Check in was swift and were allocated a junior suite in Block 2 the, room was large well equipped and had a good view over the pool. As with most hotels in the Carribean it had a musty smell although ours was worse than our friends room. The bed was very firm and I spent an uncomfortable first night, I mentioned this to reception the following day and a mattress pillow (topper ) fitted to the bed that fixed the problem. We did get bitten by mosquito's at night as the maid, mini bar man and the maid turning the beds always left the room open allowing them in. We had taken fly spray with us and sprayed the room but I found the local fly spray far more effective than the can of raid I had taken with we In the end we found the only was to kill them off was to spray in the evening when we went out and just before bed.
The food and drinks in the hotel were very good and most of the staff very friendly the only not so nice people were arrogant guests some of whom treated treated the staff with no respect. When we arrived hurricane Sandy was just brewing so we had a few cloudy days a bit of rain and big waves which was fun on the downside it was very humid and had little wind .
I loved Aruba walking out of the hotel it was like being in Europe, safe, modern shops restaurants and foot paths and no hassle from any of the market traders or shops, the only exception being the jewellers, they are mainly owned by asians and these guys jump on you as soon as you walk in .
We did a full day jeep safari with ABC tours ,Hugo our guide was excellent as was the food, we toured the whole island I have never seen so many cacti, warning it gets very bumpy when you go off road, you also have the option to drive one of the land rovers following the guide , I did not take up the offer but wished I had afterwards as it was safe to drive and the roads mainly good. Unfortunately the snorkling in baby beach was not as good as it usually is because of the big waves and the lagoon was not safe to go in because big waves were breaking over the edge all caused by Sandy. Sandy did provide us with one spectical and that was a water spout just off the beach I have never wittnesed on before it was amazing the spout was sucking up huge amounts of water into the sky
The Capital has Orangestad has lots of designer shops but don't go to town in the evening as they all shut around 7.30 as there main trade seems to be the cruise ships that set sail in the evening whereas the shops in the high rise hotel area all stay open until late.
Really loved Aruba, its beaches, the RIU has one of the biggest in this area loved the people , they are very polite even the cars stop to let you cross the road and you can drink the tap water
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- > * Opened: summer 2007> * Situated in Palm Beach on the island of Aruba> * Two 10-story buildings, one 8-story building> * Located on the beach> * Complimentary sun loungers and parasols on the beach> * 4 km / 2.48 miles from Oranjestad> * 700 m / 2296.7 ft. from various shops> * 10 km / 6.21 miles from the airport> * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Diners ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Aruba Hotel Palm/Eagle Beach
- Riu Aruba
- Riu Palace Aruba Resort
- Hotel Riu Palace Aruba Palm - Eagle Beach