Located on one of Aruba’s best beachfronts, this all-inclusive Riu property is often very lively; couples looking for a quieter atmosphere should consider the adults-only Riu Palace Antillas section of the complex (booked separately) next door. Room rates can be on the steep side for a 4-star hotel and the on-site restaurant quality is just so-so; but the resort boasts an excellent swimming pool and swim-up bar, a good casino, above-average cuisine variety, and solid spa and fitness facilities. The A2 Overall Beach Resort Rating is mostly supported by the property’s strong beach and pool areas. Rooms come with liquor dispensers, private balconies or terraces, minibars, and coffee makers; most have ocean views and some have terrace jacuzzis (unlike those at the Riu Palace Antillas next door). A variety of off-site shops and restaurants, as well as water sports, are available within walking distance. Available water sports include windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, and jet skiing.
Guests returning to the U.S. can take the COVID-19 antigen test on-site. There is no additional cost for all adults and children. This service is available at all Riu resorts in Mexico (except Riu Plaza Guadalajara), Jamaica, Aruba, and Punta Cana and is provided by an accredited medical testing lab that complies with the requirements of the CDC. Test results are received within 72 hours prior to departure, as required by the CDC. In the event of a positive test, Riu Hotels will provide an extension at no cost of up to 10 days.