Best RIU Hotels & Resorts in the Caribbean

Founded in 1953, RIU is best known for its all-inclusive resorts. Since debuting its first... READ MORE
Founded in 1953, RIU is best known for its all-inclusive resorts. Since debuting its first property in Mallorca, Spain, the brand now offers approximately 100 hotels in 19 countries. Most of RIU's hotels are situated in Mexico, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, with the properties reflecting their tropical surroundings in their decor and amenities. Since many outposts are located on the beach, part of RIU's all-inclusive offerings cover guests' use of water sports equipment like kayaks and windsurfing boards. The majority of RIU's resorts feature kids clubs and daytime entertainment geared toward the younger crowd, as well as adult amenities like spas, night clubs and evening shows. In 2010, the hotel group expanded its portfolio to open its first urban outpost in Panama City, introducing its newest brand, RIU Plaza. Several RIU properties appear on our Best Hotels in the USA, Best Hotels in Europe and Best Hotels in Mexico rankings; those properties are listed below.

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    Hotel Riu Palace Jamaica
    Montego Bay
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2915 reviewsTripAdvisor (2915)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Located just 3 miles northwest of Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Hotel Riu Palace Jamaica is an all-inclusive, adults-only resort that appeals to those looking to catch up on some R&R. Before hitting the beach, guests can work out in the fitness center, schedule a treatment at Renova Spa (for an additional fee) or relax in the sauna or whirlpool. When it's time to head outside, guests can lounge by one of three infinity pools (two of which feature swim-up bars) or kick back in a chair along the beach. Aqua, this RIU outpost's oceanfront snack bar, is open 24 hours. The beach also offers a variety of complimentary water sports equipment, such as kayaks, snorkel gear and catamarans. Come dinnertime, the resort's main restaurant serves an array of internationally focused dishes buffet-style, while the property's four specialty a la carte restaurants specialize in everything from Japanese to Italian cuisine. Recent guests raved about the quality and variety of cuisine options, although some were disappointed with the small portions at the on-site steakhouse. As for the accommodations, past visitors praised the spacious, well-appointed suites. Each comes equipped with free Wi-Fi access, a minibar, a liquor dispenser, a satellite TV and a balcony or terrace. If you want to grab a drink after dinner, the resort boasts a multitude of bars and lounges, as well as Pacha, the on-site nightclub.

    Montego Bay
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2915 reviewsTripAdvisor (2915)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Riu Palace Macao
    Punta Cana
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4709 reviewsTripAdvisor (4709)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Flanking Arena Gorda Beach along Punta Cana's Bávaro resort strip, the Hotel Riu Palace Macao offers guests prime access to the area's white sands. Even if you aren't a beach bum, this all-inclusive, adults-only resort will impress, with a freshwater pool with a swim-up bar, a spa and a variety of activities, such as tennis, windsurfing and snorkeling. Previous guests praised this RIU outpost's five restaurants, which offer international cuisine buffet-style, Japanese-inspired fare, steakhouse classics and more. Others raved about the beautiful grounds, friendly staff and clean (albeit dated) accommodations. Each suite features a white color palette with black or pink and red accents, plus amenities like free Wi-Fi access, a minibar and beverage dispenser, a satellite TV and a balcony or terrace.

    Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4709 reviewsTripAdvisor (4709)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro
    Punta Cana
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4045 reviewsTripAdvisor (4045)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Rubbing elbows with a bevy of Bávaro resorts along Arena Gorda Beach's coveted sands, the all-inclusive Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro sets itself apart from its Punta Cana competitors with its friendly atmosphere and full range of activities. Recent guests have only positive things to say about the resort's staff, commending them for their kindness and attentiveness. However, past visitors gave mixed feedback about the property's accommodations. While some praised the clean and spacious suites, others said the digs are overdue for a refresh. All of the 610 suites come equipped with free Wi-Fi access, satellite TVs, liquor dispensers and private balconies or terraces. Outside the accommodations, travelers will find two pools (one with a swim-up bar), four tennis courts (which the property shares with four other resorts), a spa and a fitness center. Come nightfall, grab a bite to eat at one of six eateries before enjoying some nighttime entertainment at the Pacha nightclub.

    Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4045 reviewsTripAdvisor (4045)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Riu Palace Aruba
    Palm Beach
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 7180 reviewsTripAdvisor (7180)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Perched along Palm Beach on Aruba's northwestern edge, Hotel Riu Palace Aruba offers 450 guest rooms and suites with double or king-sized beds, satellite TVs, minibars and beverage dispensers. Suites also boast balconies or terraces with ocean views. The all-inclusive room rates cover breakfast, lunch and dinner at the property's five restaurants, plus drinks at various bars, including the casino bar and a swim-up option at one of the pools. Recent guests praised the resort's cuisine; however, some felt frustrated by the limited selection of palapas available at the beach. To claim one, past travelers suggest arriving by 7:30 a.m. For those who'd rather sleep in or skip the beach altogether, the property offers three pools, one of which is for kids. Adults can also unwind in this RIU outpost's Renova Spa.

    Palm Beach
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 7180 reviewsTripAdvisor (7180)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana
    Punta Cana
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 5734 reviewsTripAdvisor (5734)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Overlooking the prized sands of Arena Gorda Beach in Punta Cana's Bávaro resort area, the Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana offers visitors an all-inclusive experience. The palatial-looking building houses 676 ornately appointed suites complete with satellite TVs, coffee makers, minibars, liquor dispensers and private balconies or terraces. Recent guests loved the comfortable, well-equipped accommodations, although a few cautioned that some suites have limited views. For more expansive vistas, lounge by one of four pools or on the property's white sand beach. Like other RIU outposts, this resort's all-inclusive package covers all kinds of amenities, including nonmotorized water sports equipment rentals, kids club activities, nightly entertainment and meals and drinks at six restaurants and multiple bars. Several past visitors cited the property's cuisine as its best attribute, but travelers who crave more options can dine at the eateries available at the resort's four adjacent sister properties.

    Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 5734 reviewsTripAdvisor (5734)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Riu Republica
    Punta Cana
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 3871 reviewsTripAdvisor (3871)
    Free WiFi

    Recent guests can't stop raving about their stays at the Hotel Riu Republica in Punta Cana's Bávaro resort area. Past travelers praised everything from the well-maintained grounds to the friendly staff members to the incredible pool and beach areas. The adults-only, all-inclusive hotel is situated right on Arena Gorda Beach. Lodgers have access to loaner water sports equipment (including kayaks, snorkel gear and windsurfing boards), a beach volleyball court, group fitness classes and afternoon and evening entertainment. When it's time for a dip, this RIU property offers five pools, three of which boast swim-up bars. The resort also features several dining options, including an a la carte steakhouse and four buffet-style eateries. However, some previous diners were less than impressed with the cuisine options. For additional options, diners can head to one of the eateries inside the resort's four sister properties. After satiating their appetites, travelers can retire to one of the property's 1,382 guest rooms or suites. All come outfitted with free Wi-Fi access, stocked minibars, coffee makers, liquor dispensers, flat-screen TVs and balconies or terraces.

    Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 3871 reviewsTripAdvisor (3871)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Riu Palace Antillas
    Palm Beach
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 3552 reviewsTripAdvisor (3552)
    Free WiFi

    If you're after adults-only accommodations without a party atmosphere, then lend an ear to what the Hotel Riu Palace Antillas has to offer. This resort shares numerous amenities with its adjacent sister property, the Hotel Riu Palace Aruba, including a spa, a casino, beach access and three pools – one of which has a swim-up bar. Plus, all-day snacks, alcoholic beverages and meals at five restaurants are covered by the all-inclusive room rates. Each of the 482 suites features complimentary Wi-Fi access, a minibar, a liquor dispenser, a coffee maker and a balcony or terrace. Though well-equipped, most previous guests lamented the outdated decor, especially given the pricey room rates. However, members of RIU's loyalty program can use accrued points to offset the cost of their room. You'll find Hotel Riu Palace Antillas in northwestern Aruba, less than 7 miles northwest of Oranjestad.

    Palm Beach
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 3552 reviewsTripAdvisor (3552)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island
    Paradise Island
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 5490 reviewsTripAdvisor (5490)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    If you want to be near the activities and entertainment available at Atlantis Bahamas but want to steer clear of the resort's high prices, then consider staying at this adults-only Paradise Island property. Recent guests recommend purchasing day passes for the adjacent water park and spending your evenings at the resort casino. When you tire of the crowds at Atlantis, head back to Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island. This RIU outpost occupies prime Paradise Island real estate and offers aquatic activities like windsurfing and kayaking, all-inclusive dining and the Renova Spa. After a busy day, retreat to your ocean view suite, which features free Wi-Fi access, a minibar and a flat-screen TV. Most accommodations also boast balconies or terraces. Though past visitors raved about the well-maintained lodgings and picturesque views, some said customer service was hit or miss.

    Paradise Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 5490 reviewsTripAdvisor (5490)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi