Riu Palace Antillas
Riu Palace Antillas Adults-Only Hotel
Location: : Palm Beach
Star Rating: : 5
Board Levels: AI
This adults-only hotel is set right next to Palm Beach’s platinum sands, and is only a 20-minute drive from Aruba’s quirky capital, Oranjestad.
The adults-only Riu Palace Antillas is pulled up against Palm Beach, so you’ve got white sands at your fingertips. There’s 2 pools and a terrace for sunbathing, plus a handful of restaurants to pick between.
Bedrooms come with all sorts of luxuries, like 24-hour room service, liquor dispensers and roomy balconies. Plus, you can upgrade to a sea-view suite.
Flights to Aruba:
There are only direct weekly flights (departing on Saturday) from London Gatwick (LGW) to Queen Beatrix International (AUA) during May until October.
The dining scene here is worth talking about – it includes a trio of speciality restaurants, a poolside Aruban place and a buffet venue with a terrace for al fresco dining. Elsewhere, there’s a pool with a swim-up bar, and a portfolio of activities that includes kayaking and scuba diving.
SPORTS & ACTIVITIES
The list of watersports covers kayaking and snorkelling. You can sign up for an introductory scuba lesson in the pool, too.
Stand up paddle surfing
Riu daytime activity programme
Scuba diving school*
There’s a free introductory scuba session in the pool. And you can book in for more scuba diving lessons at the dive school.
FOOD & DRINK
The main restaurant is a buffet affair. Breakfast sees tropical fruits and spreads of American favourites, while dinner is an international mix with themed nights and live cooking stations.
There are three themed à la carte restaurants, plus an Aruban eatery by the pool. For snacks, there’s Lounge 24, plus 24-hour room service. And the hotel can arrange romantic dinners on the beach*, for a little extra.
Main buffet restaurant
With a variety of international dishes and indoor and outdoor seating.
Aqua poolside bar with swim up bar
Chiquito plaza bar
Carnaval lounge bar
Open 24 hours a day.
Wayaka lobby bar
Chill Out bar
Capuchino snack bar
This snack bar offers a variety of patisseries and ice cream.
Here you can try traditional Aruban cuisine.
Romantic dinner on the beach*
HEALTH & BEAUTY
There’s a hairdresser* and beauty salon*, and a spa* offering the full menu of treatments. A gym is also on hand.
With a range of treatments and massages are on offer.
Live music and shows top the bill in the evenings, plus there’s a handful of bars for post-sunset cocktails. You’ll get free entry to the hotel’s casino and Pacha nightclub, as well.
Open six nights a week.
With free entry. Just so you know, drinks are at a charge here.
Riu evening entertainment programme
With daily shows and live music.
A big, lagoon-like pool is set into a sunny terrace, with water cascading down from three, circular tubs. There’s a second pool overlooking the beach, with a swim-up section, cocktails on sunken seats. The hotel has loungers and parasols laid out on the beach, too
2 outdoor pools
The large outdoor pool here is set on a terrace dotted with loungers and palms. There’s also a second smaller pool which features a swim-up bar.
Please note: * denotes local charge.