The Riu Palace Antillas is the largest hotel in the Riu chain. It’s also the most expensive, with a minimum 10-night stay costing $6,000 per person. The all-inclusive resort has several restaurants and bars, 11 swimming pools, spa facilities and a casino. The property is located on its own private island in the eastern side of Aruba, an hour away from the airport and around 20 minutes from Oranjestad. There are 2 main types of rooms available: Ocean View and Island View. The biggest differences are that only the Island View guests have access to the exclusive Riu Island Lounge with butler service and concierge desk; the outdoor Jacuzzi lagoons; and private balconies with hammocks. This article focuses on the Riu Palace Antillas - All Inclusive - Adults Only review as well as pros & cons for staying there if you choose to visit Aruba!
Awards and Recognition
The Riu Palace Antillas has been recognized as a Four Diamond Award winner from AAA, a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and a TripAdvisor Hall of Fame Hotel. The hotel has also been listed as a top 10 all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean and Top 10 All-Inclusives in Latin America as well as the #1 hotel in Aruba in 2019 according
Best season to visit
Aruba is an excellent tropical destination year-round due to its proximity to the equator, which means there is no “wet” or “dry” season. The average temperature is 28°C (82°F). The island’s climate is very stable with consistent trade winds and low humidity throughout the year. The humidity drops in the cooler months. The high season is from December to March, when the weather is warm and dry. Temperatures in April, May and September are ideal for travel, as the weather is hot but not as extreme as it is in the winter months.
Rooms & Services Available
The Riu Palace Antillas has 11 swimming pools (including a kids pool, a lap pool and a splash pool) and Jacuzzis. There are 7 bars, including a poolside bar, beach bar and a sports bar, as well as 5 restaurants, including a Japanese teppanyaki grill, French restaurant and Italian restaurant. The hotel features a casino, a spa and a shopping arcade. There are several excursions available to guests, including a tour of the Los Cunaos drug smuggling tunnels, Jeep Adventure Tour, Big Fish Aruba Tour, Bonaire Sea Excursion and the Curacao Excursion. The hotel also has a water sports center, volleyball courts, a fitness center and a basketball court.
Pros and Cons
The Riu Palace Antillas has a lot of attractions that make it an excellent option for couples and families. The hotel has several pools and a beach, which is great for kids. There are also several restaurants and bars with both indoor and outdoor seating. The biggest advantage of staying at this hotel is that it's located on its own private island. The Riu Palace Antillas also has a lot of nice restaurants and bars that are great for both adults and children. The spa at the hotel is also a major advantage, as it offers a wide variety of treatments. The biggest disadvantage of staying at this hotel is its distance from the main part of Aruba.
The Riu Palace Antillas is located on its own private island. To get there, you must take a water taxi from the nearby town of Klein Curacao. The hotel can arrange for the water taxi for you, which is included in the cost of the trip. The ride lasts approximately 15 minutes.
Bottom line: Is it worth the price?
The Riu Palace Antillas is one of the most expensive all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. A minimum 10-night stay costs $6,000 per person. The hotel is ideal for families with children and couples. It also caters to large groups, as there is an option for booking an entire floor for a larger group. Overall, this is a great hotel, but it is best suited for those who can afford to stay there.