Hotel Overview

2019 Exceptional Value

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 cartemeals 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.


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

Property Information

Year Built: 1967
Last Renovation: 2015
Accessible rooms: 1
Floors: 10
Total rooms: 450


Hotel Details

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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 star tripadvisor rating Based on 7407 reviews
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Good time, good value

    We are legacy timeshare owners at this property (before the Riu bought and remodeled it). This was the first year in a long time that we purchased the all-inclusive meal plan. Overall, we really enjoyed ourselves. The property is well maintained. Each day at sunset, you can see the entire crew hosing down the pool area. And at night, you see staff making small repairs or touch-ups to things. The hotel staff has some clear stars who provide excellent service, including Henry at the buffet, Yovany at the lobby bar,and Victor at the pool bar. Sometimes requests to other staff need to be repeated, so I would give overall service at the Riu an average rating with room for improvement. In terms of food, breakfast, lunch and dinner at the buffet was varied and tasty. Highlights include the jerk chicken and salad bar offered at lunch and dinner. And the hash browns at breakfast are not to be missed! Mexican night at the buffet (Wednesday night) was my favorite. We only tried one theme restaurant (Japanese) and it was just okay, so we didn't pursue any additional theme restaurants during our stay. We did offer a compliment one day to the manager on the food quality in the buffet and he sent a bottle of champagne to our room - that was a really nice touch. I can't compare this experience to other all-inclusive hotels (this is my only one), but I can tell you that the cost is less expensive in Aruba than dining out for all of your meals.

    Jun 02, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    RIU Palace May 2019 Trio

    So this was out first trip to Aruba and it was for my wife’s 50th. We were given room 1135 with a fantastic view of the ocean. The room was very nice. We loved the way the buffet was set up and had plenty to choose from. The bread could have been fresher. The steak house was pretty good but we could not get in there on Friday because of a wedding. The Italian was good but again the bread needed to be fresher. Had to get down to the beach earliy to get a chair as those went quick. Drinks were plentiful and it was nice to have the room fridge restocked daily. They also left a cake for my wife’s birthday and the staff every where we went was very nice. I did wish the sports bar had a few mare snacks to choose from. Nightly entertainment was good and enjoyed just sitting out having a cocktail. We were Able to book tours right in the hotel. The only thing I say I wish they would change it to limit the smoking areas it ruins the beach or the area you are sitting at when there are so many smokers.

    Jun 02, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating

    Our room was a junior suite, it was very nice and well appointed. The air con was needed! we had a good view of the pool and the beach. they hotel describes their restaurants as A La carte but I would say that they are theme restaurants, having said that they food in them was very good with the exception of the steakhouse. We went twice , the first time the steak was chewy and stringy, the second time there was apparently a problem in the kitchen and it ended up that 30 people were waiting for their meals which made the meal very long and late. The staff were attentive and would do anything in their power to help you. being beside the pool during the day was difficult as the parasols on offer were some kind of net and didn't give much shade. Sunburn can happen very quickly. The beach offered respite from the organised pool games music and exercise classes but in order to get any shade someone had to go at 7am to secure an umbrella even though that was frowned on by the hotel. A big plus was the installation of optics in the room all included in our package. !!! I would recommend the Krystal , Japanese and Italian restaurants.

    Jun 01, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    25th Anniversary Celebration

    This trip was 25 years in the making and well worth it. We arrived on May 20th for a 7-night stay. I'm not a buffet eater per say however this one impressed me along with 5 speciality restaurants we tried out the steakhouse as well as the Italian X2 both were great. We were told that the rooms are partial ocean views however we had full view of the ocean Rm 744 we only had a juliette balcony however we spent very little time in the room. They had nightly entertainment which was great, the only night that I was not impressed with was beach night as the celebrations were on the beach, not a great location. The staff were ever present and willing to assist. Wifi all around the resort at no extra cost. Only other negative we were told we had a $300 room credit however what we realized was the credits were limited based on coupons with a percentage off that were were given upon arrival.

    May 31, 2019
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Happy Island, not

    Currently staying at the Palace and they continually tell you it's the happy Island. Well all I can say is, they need to tell their staff. I've seen more smiles from am imprisoned convict, don't be fooled

    May 29, 2019
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