My husband and I just returned from our week long honeymoon at the Riu Palace in Aruba. Before arriving we were both thrilled and a little nervous after reading some negative reviews, the nerves were instantly put to rest once we arrived! First of all, after getting of the plane and getting our luggage, finding our DePalm tours rep was extremely easy, we got on the shuttle bus and were taken to the resort. The bus driver Ryan was great, he gave us an animated tour of the city as we made our way to Riu.
When we arrived at the Resort we checked in and got up to our room, check-in time was 3:00 p.m. and we got there at 4 so no issues with waiting. Initially our room was on the side of the building facing the Westin, being that we were on our honeymoon and paid a lot of money for this trip! I went down to the front desk and asked if we could possibly get an upgrade to a poolview room. They were incredibly pleasant and had no problem switching us to a pool side room the next day (we had to spend one night in the other room) which was no big deal being there for 7 days.
Our room was very spacious, it had a wonderful little balcony with a table and 2 chairs to sit on and have happy hour, the bed was very large but was not firm at all! We found it to be very comfortable actually! Yes, the comforters were outdated motel style, those could definitely be upgraded, and the TV was an old box Zenith, but we were on our honeymoon in beautiful Aruba, who needs TV?! The mini bar was always stocked with liquor, the fridge always had beer, soda and water. We got towels twice a day, with turn down service at night, and the room was always very tidy. We did use the safe in our room, very easy to use, although I did leave my engagement ring on the night stand one day during our massage and was nervous about the housekeepers (my mistake!) but it was right there where I left it when we returned and our room had been cleaned in the meantime!
The pool and beach are both very beautiful. I read reviews saying you needed to get up at the crack of dawn just to get a beach chair. We had no issues with this at all, granted we went in August, it still was fairly busy there and we got to the pool every morning around 8:30 and there were plenty of chairs there and at the beach still. We brought our own beach towels which just makes it easier, rather than renting them everyday, and we could always easily spot our chairs then when we would go in for lunch, etc. We also brought towel clips, HIGHLY ADVISED to do so! It sure is windy there so towel clips are great :)
After discussing our likes and dislikes, my husband and I decided that we rated the food and drink at the resort an 8 of 10. The food was always fresh, tons of variety and very very tasty. We thought Nautilus steakhouse and the buffet were the best. We brought our own mugs, and the bartenders were awesome about making our drinks in the mugs! I never once thought my drink was weak, and a couple times my husband went back and asked for more liquor and they gave him more in his drink no problem. Yes, you do need to make reservations for the restaurants, there is a 6:30 and 9 pm seating time at all the restaurants, we never had an issue with getting a reservation and we would get to the lobby to reserve our spots about 8:30 every morning. The restaurants were all good food, pretty standard I would say, nothing above and beyond amazing. A few of our complaints would be.... The rule that men have to wear pants and no sandals. They were very strict about this rule, yet women would show up with super short jean shorts and they were ok with that? It's 90 plus degrees in Aruba, a nice pair of shorts and polo shirt would be suitable for dinner attire for men in our opinion. Also, the night we went to the Japanese restaurant Sayuri, we had reservations for the 9:00 seating. The lighting in the restaurant was super bright and it had a funky stench to it. For a late dinner like that, you kind of expect a relaxing, romantic atmosphere. This was not the case, not only was the ambiance bad but my husband and I got seated right inbetween a huge group of 5 couples that were incredibly intoxicated and were swearing out loud and being very obnoxious during the dinner and on the other side was another group of 10 that had a 2 year old baby who was screaming the first 20 minutes of our night. If they are going to be so strict about the attire, they should re consider their group seatings as well as having a 2 year old allowed during the late seating of dinner, kind of killed the mood.
We went to Barry's bar most of the nights, we did venture out to a few of the pier bars along the beach which were super fun!! And we also went to Passions on the Beach for a seaside barefoot dinner, this is HIGHLY recommended! Very good food, service and view! Get there are like 6:30, just in time to see the sunset with a glass of wine. The Sports bar is apparently open 24 hrs and they have snacks and beverages always available, well its like hidden back behind the bon bini bar and honestly we didn't even know where it was until our last night!! So we missed out on snacks, but we definitely never went hungry!
One last thing! We booked a couples massage at the Resort's Spa. BEST massage ever! The two women that we had were amazing, it was romantic, soothing and fairly priced, 180 dollars total for us both for 50 minutes. VERY NICE!
All in all, we would definitely go back to Aruba, and most likely stay at Riu again, had a lovely and memorable honeymoon!
- 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, 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