Honeymoon at the Riu Posted Oct 17, 2012
The Riu is by far the most beautiful, luxurious hotels on the island. This is my fourth trip to Aruba and this by far is the best hotel I have stayed at. The Buffet Restaurants are large and comfortable. We never had do wait to be seated. The food was beautifully displayed and the selections were so diverse. We ate ate the Italian and Japanese Gourmet (reservation only) restaurants. The Italian was sensational - wonderful appetizer buffet, great entrees and delicious dessert. Not very pleased with the food at the Japanese restaurant. The appetizer was tasty and presented beautifully, but our entrees were over-cooked and tasteless. The pool area is gigantic and offers several in-water seating and lounge areas in addition to the swim-up bar. The hotel location on Palm beach is the best! Get up early if you want a Cabana - they are usually all reserved by 6:00am! By far the best part of this hotel is the STAFF! These are the most hard-working people I have ever met. The housekeepers are friendly and provide great service. This hotel is immaculate. The wait staff and bartendars provide speedy, efficient service and they are actually excited and happy to take care of you. They truly make the vacation so enjoyable. Front desk, customer service and the tour service desks are helpful and always informative. Great to have a DePalm tours desk at the hotel - so easy to book excursions. Gift shop, although too small had a great variety of beautiful clothes, souveneirs and must-have toiletries. My only complaint of the hotel was upon check-in we were assigned two twin beds.....it was our honeymoon! We were relocated to a new room, but had to forfeit our pool/garden view and instead overlooked a parking lot. Spectacular trip and accommodations. Aruba is a beautiful island with beautiful people...and definitely "One Happy Island"!