We were at the RIU in Aruba the week of March 14th-22nd and had a great time. We met some really nice couples which made our vacation all that much better. A shout out to Eric, Amy, Greg, Beth, Jami, Tim, Marlon and Melissa. We had a great time with all of you!
We had dinner the first night at the buffet which wasn’t bad. There was a pasta station at the buffet so that you could choose the ingredients, pasta and sauce of choice and the cooks would prepare this dish up for you. We also ate at 3 of the "al la carte" restaurants (Nautilas, Krystal and Milano). They were all very good and my favorite was the Milano (Italian). The steakhouse had a steak/lobster entrée and that was very good also. My only complaint was that they only offered one option for lunch and that was at the Nautilus (lunch buffet) everyday which got old after awhile. We also went off base and ate at Casa Tua (pizza), Texas De Brazil (steak) and the Pelican Pier (seafood). All very good restaurants and worth the money.
We went to the beach our first day but the wind and sand combination were a little much for us. We spent the rest of the week at the pool. The pool water was cool some days; there were like 2 days were it felt a little warmer. No Captain Morgan at this resort (what a bummer), they had Bacardi rum but you had to ask for it. Freddie the pool waiter was our favorite. Yovaney in the Sports bar was nice too. I would of preferred additional music around the pool (they only played music for about an hour during water aerobics and that was it). It was the same songs every day.
We didn’t experience a theft problem with the room safe but we kept our valuables/cash with us at all times. We didn’t want to risk it and have our vacation spoiled because of it. Housekeeping was great and we left tips for her every morning. We gambled in the casino a couple of nights which ended up being a positive experience.
We each got the 80 minute massage which cost $305/both (Swedish and Deep Tissue). The spa is located at the bottom of building C. They sell the Aruba lotions, sun block and after burn gels too. There are restrooms in the spa that you can use during the day while at the pool (more quiet and convenient than the restrooms by Nautilus).
My main recommendation as I always say on every review………bring your own insulated mugs! It keeps your drink cold and clean by the pool. Besides, the bartenders will always remember you better that way.
The wind……ugh, it got on my nerves. Does it ever stop.......it’s constant! Guess it helps keep you cool though. We had no rain and absolute sun all 9 days we were there.
Very nice, clean and safe resort. Have fun and enjoy!!!
P.S. Thanks for a great vacation Mark :-)
- 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
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