Hotel Overview

Greening Your Life: Part of the Apple Vacations Greening Your Life initiative, this property holds a Travelife Gold Award and Sustainability Certification. The resort also utilizes biodegradable cleaning products, strives for an active reduction in water, electricity, and chemical products, and educates employees and guests with informative, eco-friendly materials. 

Located on a picture-perfect, white-sand beach just a short walk from the Atlantis Casino, the adults-only Riu Palace Paradise Island is a true oasis of fun and excitement with a distinct Bahamian flair. Featuring the All-Inclusive by RIU concept, this breathtaking resort offers unmatched service, world-class activities, nightly entertainment, and a resort complete with a picturesque swimming pool, gourmet restaurants, inspiring ocean views, and one of the most beautiful full-service spas imaginable. 

All guestrooms are equipped with a fully stocked mini-bar and liquor dispenser, Free WiFi, and satellite TV. Specialty dining choices include Grill Steakhouse, Fusion, Japanese, and Italian. Room service is available 24-hours a day, perfect for those late night cravings! 

Activities and entertainment are in full swing at Riu Palace Paradise Island. Enjoy a day on the beach playing volleyball, or work up a sweat in the full-service gym. Shows and live music are available several nights a week. There is something for everyone at Riu Palace Paradise Island!


Paradise Island - Beach
Nassau, Bahamas - Nassau International Airport (NA : 13 miles

Property Information

Last Renovation: 2017
Floors: 15
Total rooms: 379


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Hotel Advisories

Advisory All Student/Spring Breaker Group reservations are strictly on Request and will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the corresponding Destination Sales Department. RIU Hotels & Resorts reserves the right of admission and may reject any request at its sole discretion.
Advisory If a Student /Spring Breaker Group is accepted: The number of rooms will be deducted from the contracted allotments Minimum Age requirement: 21 years of age or older. The Hotel may request proof of age in the form of passport or official ID Each room must submit a signed liability agreement upon check-in.
Advisory At all other RIU properties Student Groups/Spring Breakers (either groups or individuals, regardless of age) are not allowed at any time during the year. Guests disturbing or generating complaints from other guests or hotel may be removed from the property, at their own expense. Parties in rooms are not permitted

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
Minimum Check-In Age: 21
General Policies:

Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy - Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policies - 
At least one person 21 years or older is required in every room during the months of February through May. During the remainder of the year, at least one person 18 years or older is required in every room.The Hotel reserves the right of admission and may request a guest present his/her passport or official ID as proof of age. Guests can and will be removed from the property, at their own expense, if any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff arises. Parties in rooms are not permitted. Unruly behavior by individuals or groups is not allowed at any property at any time during the year.

General Information - Room taxes and service fees are included in vacation price.
Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.
Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.
This hotel is adults only and children are not allowed.

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

3.5 1216 reviews
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Nice hotel and friendly staff

    Overall a nice hotel. The hotel cleanliness was good and staff were friendly and helpful. Pools were nice and great bar both in pool and on side. The food was pretty good for an all inclusive especially the outside kitchen and breakfast. The evening restaurants need to prepare the food closer to serving time. It was all pretty fresh and tasty but sometimes it was not hot. It must be hard to serve that many people at once so I do understand. The beach was great and staff helped to bring chairs everyday! It would be great if we could have a bigger area and not pushed over by the jet ski rental guys. They treat it like they own the beach. It is also annoying being harassed everyday by people trying to sell stuff. Room beds and linens need to be replaced.

    Jan 22, 2020
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Don’t waste your money here!!!

    I’d like to preface this review by saying that I’m not one to typically write a negative review but I feel compelled to due to our subpar experience here thus far. Moving on! My husband and I have been to many islands in the Caribbean over the last several years. We’ve done a cruise but mostly all-inclusive stays and this place has been by far the worst experience we’ve had. First of all - if you’re thinking about booking the Bahamas in January/February - I urge you to reconsider for your own sake. We did not realize this was the Bahamas winter months but it most certainly is. I’m currently writing this review sitting in our hotel room under the covers in long sleeves because it’s so brutally cold + windy that absolutely nobody is outside!!!! It’s not going to reach even 80 degrees a single day we’re here (total of 7 nights). I know that’s not something the RIU can help so this is no fault of their own but as previously stated, we are not at all impressed with this place. As far as the RIU goes...its a tiny “resort” with next to nothing to do (other than drink + hang out on the beach). There’s around 5 restaurants but they don’t take reservations - it’s FCFS. Which is fine. However. The restaurants open at 6:00 so people are usually in line by 5:30 waiting. My husband and I went down to wait in line AT 6:00 last night to get into the steakhouse and the staff told us they were already full for THE REST OF THE NIGHT. Please tell me how that works?! Then when we walked by later around 7-7:30 - there were lots of empty tables in there yet they weren’t seating any more guests. What the actual hell! We’d eaten at the Japanese restaurant the night before and I ordered a steak to be well-done (I’m pregnant) and it literally came to me RARE. To the point that my husband had to send it back. The same exact thing happened the next night at Krystal restaurant. I also ordered room service that night and wanted nachos + cheese with a piece of cheesecake (again I’m pregnant) as there were 3 dessert options on the menu (cheesecake, fruit + chocolate cake). They told me that only chocolate cake was an option. 🙄 Go figure. Not to mention the lady who took my order and then delivered it was super rude for absolutely no reason. Overall the food selection is MINIMAL AT BEST! The breakfast buffet has good options but for lunch and supper it’s very slim pickens. As far as the outdoor area - the pools are both heated but let me just say they are GROSS and clearly haven’t been cleaned in a while. The big pool we were in yesterday literally had cigarette butts floating around as well as other unknown objects. It felt gross and very unsanitary being in there but it was honestly warmer than sitting outside and we didn’t come to the Bahamas to sit indoors. Other things to mention - the rooms are okay - nothing special about them at all. Clearly haven’t been updated in quite some time but that’s fine. Again we didn’t come to the Bahamas to sit inside. Drinks were fine other than when I asked for a bottle of water as I’ve heard it’s not safe to drink their water and... (again- I’m pregnant!!) - I was rudely told that we only get bottles of water in our rooms. I felt the waitstaff at the restaurants were the nicest of all of the staff; Obviously because they’re working hard for their tips. Everyone else was not the friendliest by any stretch of the imagination. The beach is nice for the most part. There is a little bit of seaweed floating around but nothing too horrible. As far as entertainment goes - as previously stated there’s next to nothing so don’t come here expecting to be entertained the whole time because I can assure you that will not be the case. All in all - I believe this is the first vacation we’ve been on where we can’t wait for it to be over and to get back home (which BTW we live in Iowa where we currently have sub freezing temperatures and a foot of snow). That should tell you something.

    Jan 22, 2020
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Too Small - Restaurants an issue

    This was our first time in Bahamas and we stayed at the Riu Palace. We travelled at the beginning of January for 4 days and we were really nervous about the weather. The first day we arrived the weather was not good. The wind was unbearable, chairs sliding around, couldn’t keep a towel on the seats even with a clip. (This is no fault of the resort). The rest of the stay was nice weather but still windy but manageable. The pools - Not heated!!!! Until the last day of our trip so we were able to get a little swim in. We tried going into the water the second and third day but it was like ice water. Perhaps it was broken. The restaurants - if you want to get into the specialty restaurants be prepared to wait 45mins (no reservations allowed) we got into the steakhouse one night and the staff not the friendliest. Food was okay The buffet- breakfast excellent, lunch good, supper sub par! The bartenders/housekeeping & waiters/waitress- awesome The drinks- no complaints The room - no complaints clean and comfortable The wifi - excellent The front line staff - unpleasant. I felt like an inconvenience if I asked a question. The spa- massage was awesome! The spa area sucked. No outlets to plug in hair dryer or have any to use, no towels, no shampoo conditioner. No robes, slippers. Can’t really call it a spa.... for 200.00. Didn’t meet my expectations. Beach- was beautiful but because of the wind the waves were too high and too cold. I’m sure it’s better in the summer months. Entertainment- not much - enjoyed the band that walked throughout the restaurants one night. Other than that we Walked over to the Atlantis to the casino and comedy club each night. Overall very relaxing, grounds were beautiful, glad we experienced the Bahamas. But I don’t think I would book this resort again because of the restaurants. All other areas can be overlooked.

    Jan 19, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Excellence of the hotel

    Hotel was great, clean and airy. Staff could not be more friendly and helpful. Food was excellent in all of the different specialty restaurants. Plenty of lounges at pool or on the beach. Acoustics could be improved in Calypso room for entertainment, but it was just o.k.

    Jan 17, 2020
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Hotel Riu Palace on Paradise Island

    My girlfriend and I just returned a couple days ago from spending a week at the "all inclusive" Hotel Riu on Paradise Island (HRPI). My girlfriend always insists that we stay at a Riu hotel which we have done several times in the past in Cancun and Jamaica and have not been disappointed, until now. This was my first time visiting the Bahamas but my girlfreind had been to the Bahamas some 30 years ago (before the Riu hotel was "converted" over from a former Sheraton Hotel). In comparison to the previosuly mentioned Riu hotels in two other countires, we were a bit disappointed in the HRPI. Main reason being, the HRPI is a former Sheraton hotel and thus an attempt to pass off as a "build from scratch" Riu hotel which is was NOT. The staff was very polite, friendly, very clean, and the service was great along with the food but HRPI is just a "wanna be" Riu property. Our room (420 with a beautiful partial view of an adjacent rooftop with it's peeling paint) was small by other Riu stays, the pillows were like sleeping on postage stamps, there was no electric ceiling fan in the bathroom and no way to tell time as our roon did not even have a basic electric clock alarm. BOTTOM LINE: We would recommend staying at the HRPI for any "first timers" who have never stayed at any Riu hotel but you will likley be disappointed (as we were) if you stay at the HRPI AFTER staying at other more accomidating Riu hotels.

    Jan 17, 2020

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