Hotel Overview

2019 Resort Added Values!
Honeymoon: Surprise gift in room, small bottle of Tequila, king bed (subject to availability at time of check-in), late check-out (subject to availability at time of departure), complimentary upgrade to next available room category (subject to availability and upon request), $35 spa credit on a selected couples massage for two (120 min). This discount applies per couple, per stay and does not apply with other promotions and discounts.

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 the famed Palm Beach, this dazzling resort is the perfect place to relax and enjoy pristine white sand and a stunning turquoise sea. Guests will be able to enjoy top-quality facilities and activities such as two swimming pools, one with an integrated Jacuzzi, a signature terrace-solarium, a five-star fitness center, spa, and casino.

Choose from excellent à la carte meals featuring Italian, Japanese, Grill Steakhouse and Fusion. Throughout the day, the International buffet serves sumptuous choices to keep you going. Guests will be entertained with the daily activities program, as well as games of volleyball, water polo, and ping pong. 

First-class amenities include 24-hour room service, a fully stocked mini-bar and liquor dispenser, and complimentary entrance to the casino. Watersports and golf are available nearby for a fee. 

Wanting to get away and relax? Renova Spa offers many treatments to pamper the mind, body, and soul. The sauna and Jacuzzi are free of charge, as well as the full-service gym.

Location

Aruba - Beach
Aruba, Aruba Reina Beatrix (AUA) : 7 miles

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Hotel Advisories

Advisory Spring Break/Student Groups are not allowed at any time

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 4:00 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.

Transfer Policy - A price may display when children stay free, if your vacation includes transfer to your hotel.

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.

Hotel Spring Break Policies - At least one person 21 years or older is required in every room during February thru May. The Hotel reserves the right of admission and may request guests show passport or official ID to prove age. During the remainder of the year, at least one person 18 or older is required in every room. Guests can and will be removed from the property at their own expense in case of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff.
Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0 7774 reviews
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Winter escape

    After reading some reviews on a travel site we became a littles apprehensive. With that being said we where not disappointed. The staff was pleasant and accommodating. From an all inclusive perspective (and I don’t drink) the food was good with endless politics on the buffet. The two sit down restaurants we ate at have had great food. The rooms where very clean and well attended. Water and the mini bar where continuously stocked. We also had spa treatments again no different than a Ritz Carlton spa. Room service daily for our coffee was a nice perk. Pool attendants where always a viable and never a wait for a beverage. The overall decor was a bit outdated but not offensive. Actually for us 80’ girls it was funny. The Casino did leave much to be desired. Actually it was small and dingy with many machines not functioning. But hard to compare since all Aruba casinos where relatively small when Atlantic City is a hop skip and jump away from home. There are small luxury features that sell the resort short. But nothing that would deter a return visit!!!!

    Feb 16, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Excellent Vacation in the Riu Palace Aruba

    Aruba is a really safe island. Main street Irausquin there is alot of restaurants, Casinos, shops, nightlife and lots of music and light shows We rented a jeep and visited the island (Lighthouse - nice view, Donkey sanctuary, museum of aloe, Zeerover restaurant - a must, natural bridge etc..) We when to Oranjestad for shopping with the local bus right next to our hotel (cost 2US$ for small bus and 2,60US$ for big bus - one way) We reserved from Montreal the Pinchos Grill restaurant (on the pier) for one night. The food, the music and the view was amazing My wife and I stayed at RIU Palace Aruba from January 25 to February 8 2020 via Air Canada. This was the first stay at this resort. The temperature during our two weeks was between 35-37 C with a lot of wind. Don't forget your clips to hold the towels on the beach chairs. Reception: The reception bellboy took our suitcases from the bus, we had a quick checkin and got our room card with a welcome drink. The reception bellboy brought the suitcases to our room. King size bed, junior suite, however the room needs alot of remodeling. The mini bar was always replenished. Beach: No seaweeds to be found on the Palm beach. The Beach was ABSOLUTELY magnificent !! The water was clear blue/green. Losts of chairs, however no umbrellas. All the chairs were locked until 9 h 00 am, Their were around 60 palapas however every morning we got to the beach early, they were all reserved. We found out later that you had to pay the beach boys to reserve the palapas, what a gamick!! Between the sand of the beach and the hotels, is a paved path where the people were jogging, walking day and night. Beach Bar : The drinks were amazing, thanks to our bartenders. Also we had special lunchs and drinks around the pool. The Hotel Grounds: The outside areas around the resort is very beautiful and clean. Food: * No need to reserve for all of the a la carte restaurants * The Food and the service were excellent in the a la carte and the buffet restaurants Japanese - special thanks to Ana, Eliana and Eduardo Italian - special thanks to Josefina and Tatiana Steak House - special thanks to Tahiri Krystal - special thanks to Veronica and Jonathan Don Nicolas (Buffet) breakfast and lunch - special thanks to Julia, Elizabeth and Miguel for their friendship Bar and Capuchino Coffee shop : The best drinks, coffee and desserts. Special thanks to Marlenis, Sandra and Terrence for the fantastic service and their friendship Entertainment: Really really poor. Free WIFI: all around the resort and even on the beach Special thanks to our housekeeper and friend Luz who help us from the first night we arrived until the last Overall: Very happy with the resort and would highly recommend it.

    Feb 13, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Amazing hotel, food and location!

    This review is objective and by experienced travellers who have been all over the Caribbean (a dozen plus islands) at 5-star resorts. This hotel is a 5-star experience and we are confused by some of the reviews being very negative. Rooms - we stayed in building B on the 7th floor. The room was extremely clean, spacious, in great condition and beautiful view of the water and pool. Some people mentioned rust on the lights and yes there is...however it is the hot and humid Caribbean where that would happen quickly and the lights work perfectly. The air conditioning is quite cold at times, but can be shut off, which we did and used the ceiling fan only at night. There are options to get the right temperature for you. Food - what more could you need. I do not understand the negative reviews here, as we love quality food and this delivers. The buffet is super diverse and delicious whether you want healthy options or not and the lunches and dinners vary the menu quite a bit with different themes. Even the sushi night was top notch. Entertainment - pretty solid. There was an impressive acrobat show with one performer as good as cirque. One singer was so amazing, as good as any professional. There are shows that involve the audience also. The rooms in building B have a view of the stage, which is nice if you want to watch from your balcony. Location - amazing!!! The beach is incredible and the wind keeps you cool pretty much all day. You definitely need to be aware and apply sunscreen regularly with not feeling as hot. Being able to walk to shopping and nightlife quickly and safely is amazing. We have 13 and 10 year old daughters and would walk anywhere feeling safe. There were very few children considering the size of the resort. Service - top notch! Definitely no issues, very friendly, consistent and quick. I think if anyone has issues, it may just be an unusual situation or perhaps having standards that can never be met. We also recommend the Outback Safari tour through Around Aruba tours. Overall, very happy with the resort and would highly recommend. It is quality all around in our experience. My parents and others we know have been here and say the same, so try not to put too much weight on the odd bad review. Thanks Riu!

    Feb 13, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    My Recent Stay

    My Wife and I came back to visit Aruba after several years of a break and visiting other destinations. The Riu in my opinion is a wonderful place to stay and our favorite because of the beautiful pool area and the wide open soft sand beach. The rooms are nice (not super luxury) but honestly, I come for the pool and beach which are perfect. The drinks are very good and we were happy with the restaurants. The all inclusive feature made our stay more enjoyable....no running around looking for a place to eat! The hotel is also situated close to the main road shopping. Also, the walking path by the beach is great for strolling, shopping and getting in some exercise with the beautiful view of the ocean. Highly recommend hanging out on the beach for the beautiful sunsets. All in all a great, relaxing trip. Enjoy!

    Feb 12, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Phenomenal

    One of the nicest spots on the island. Absolutely wonderful experience. Palm beach is one of the nicest beaches in the world and the palm beach village behind the hotel has a lovely vibe. Aruba is so safe and you don’t have to worry about the water or food safety.

    Feb 12, 2020

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