We had a good time at the RIU Palace. Let me clarify that you should set your expectations though before going. The RIU Palace is in good proximity compaired to the airport and to town. You are one of the first ones dropped off if you are on the bus from the airport and one of the last picked up on the shared transfer to and from the airport. The same way for the excursions and its because of the location of the resort. You get maximum vacation time.
The buffets are buffets. The Don Nicolas is open for all 3 meals, and it is a buffet. More than likely you will eat here your first night. The buffet for breakfast and lunch is what I would call mediocre but its because I have eaten at other restaurants and resorts in the area plus I am not a buffet fan. The ladies at the Don Nicolas always remembered my morning drink order and always brought it to me. I was impressed because they caught on after the first night when I ate there upon arrival (VERY IMPRESSIVE) The Nautilus is open for Lunch as a buffet and again is Mediocre. They do have American favorites such as hot dogs and hamburgers which was fabulous. The atmosphere was phenomenal setting by the beach daily for lunch. The salad bar was impressive and fresh with all the toppings and lots of dressings.
Dinner is where the real food is....I can't say enough about the sit down restaurants, they are so good. You do have to still make reservations daily, dining times for sit down restaurants are 6:30PM and 9PM. DO NOT BE LATE (it is rude). They will not seat you, it is important because the prepare for the number of diners that night and they have to get ready for the next seating. I did see them turn away diners who arrive 30 to 45 minutes late. Also, be aware of dress code as I saw several men having to be turned away because they were wearing shorts. We ate at Milanos, Surayai, and The Krystal. All the food was mouthwatering is all I have to say, so its a must do when it comes to dining. Reservations are not a problem because Aruba has so many offerings you will find some guest go off the resort itself for food and don't always eat in the restaurants every night.
We also got off the resort almost every night. We would walk off and across the street and down the road in Palm Beach. The streets are lined with shops, shows and street vendors, there is no lack of nightlife if you leave the resort. One of the complaints I heard was there was nothing to do at night and while that is true, the reason they don't do a whole lot is because they want you to experience Aruba at night. So word to the wise...LEAVE THE RESORT! (Aruba is safe)
The rooms are typical resort style and the bathrooms have the tub with a whirlpool in it, which is nice. The beds are a little hard so I hope the replace those soon. I spent a lot of time at night on the balcony reading and relaxing although I want quit taken with the karaoke going on on the De Palm Pier that is right next to the resort, it can be loud so don't expect it quiet but when you go inside and shut the door you can't hear it.
The beaches are public in Aruba so don't be alarmed you may have a time share person come up to you on the beach, just shrug them off and they will move on, they are not a pest.
YOu will not have a bad time at the RIU. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. With this being all inclusive in Aruba, which is rare, I have to say it was nice not to have to go search for Diet Pepsi or something of that nature as it was free flowing all the time. I recommend all inclusive but with a mix, do eat at least one restaurant off resort during your stay.
- 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