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Overall Rating: 2. August 9, Wonderful beach. Overall Rating: 5. July 30, New favorite island and resort. Ask questions. Share answers. Get advice. What's the best excursion? How much should you tip? Is there anywhere i can ride horses? There are no horseback riding tours offered as part of the packages to the Bahamas, however you might be able to get some additional information regarding other excursions available in the area through the Bahamas Tourism website - www.
We did not select this trip, but I did talk to another vacationer who had done a horse ride along the beach and they said it was awesome. Not sure but I would think so. Email the hotel or Tourism. You'll have to contact the tour companies for an answer. There is an excursion for horseback riding but it is pretty pricey. It is on the opposite side of the main island and would be a full day. Yes there is.
For an additional cost at a different location. Beach umbrella 11 answers. I know that the Riu Palace at Paradise Island does not offer beach umbrellas - is there somewhere one can be rented? The Dreams hotel we stayed out had umbrellas, towels, lounges and on the beach drink service We did not look elsewhere. There were plenty of beautiful palm trees on the beach that if you wanted shade, it was found. There are private companies owned by the government on the beach to rent umbrellas. There is plenty of coverage on the beach with chairs and umbrellas. I am confused. One of the reviews that I read said no beach umbrellas.
But one of the answers to my question indicated there were beach umbrellas. I am going to purchase one to take with me if there are none. Would some who has stayed at the Riu Palace before please clear up my confusion. Thank you! It does offer beach umbrellas and there are plenty of them. I've gotten complimentary chairs on the Riu Beach and see umbrella's everywhere.
Not sure if they are also complimentary, but I know they are available. I didn't use an umbrella, but i'm pretty sure they have them. According to the website there is not a casino on the Riu property but there is one at the Atlantis, which is a 5-minute walk. No, there is not a casino at the Riu, however, there is a casino at the Atlantis which is just down the street.
No Casino, but right next to the Atlantis. No casino on site, but the Atlantis is literally just steps away. The casino is in the Atlantis complex. The Atlantis is just across the entrance way, 2 min walk from door to door. Once you get into the Atlantis, it's about a 5 min walk thru their building. It is a five min walk into the atlantis to go to the casino, we did that everyday. It was awesome! Rooms 11 answers. What is the difference in a Jr. Suite Oceanview and a Jr. Suite Superior Oceanview? Does anyone that has stayed at the Riu Palace know?
My daughter and her boyfriend stayed their last month and the only difference was that the Superior had jacuzzi tub in the room in a winding staircase but the layout of the room was identical so they stayed in the junior suite instead of paying the extra money. Wasn't worth it just for the tub. I stayed there in October in a superior ocean view, and was on the 10th floor. Last weekend I stayed in the plain oceanview, and was on the 4th floor. Same side of the building, just on a lower floor.
Room was the same I assume Superior Oceanview means better view of the ocean and probably a few dollars more per day. It may be a classification used by the hotel for different types of rooms. I believe its a more spacious room - with a larger balcony closer to the ocean view - hotel sits vertical to ocean so the more expensive room is almost as close as you can get to the ocean.
Superior means you get the best view of the ocean because technically every room seems to have some view of the ocean even if from the side. The superior sweet is the end room on each floor so there is only 1 per floor, and the room is much larger, with a huge balcony! But really the junior sweet is very big with a huge bed and balcony, so it's not really worth the money for the bigger room, unless you have kids. I'm not definite. But I believe that all the rooms are the same. The difference might be how much of an oceanview you may receive. I think the Superior Oceanview rooms are on the th floors where the Jr Suites are the lower floors.
The superior gives you 1 extra chair in the same sized room I just stayed there and my answer is that the Oceanview has a side angled view of the ocean still good and the Superior Oceanview has a more front facing view. Hi Becky, Rest assured, you are able to use the pools after 6PM. The lifeguards leave for the day at that time and any swimming after that hour is permissable but at your own risk. Additionally, the beach never closes! Any all-inclusive I've been to in the Caribbean all close around I think it's for the better, can you imagine all the drunks that would be partying.
Not to say I. There might be insurance issues too. The pool is open, but just at your own risk. I saw some people in the pool even after dinner sometimes. Just bring your towels back the next day to make sure that you receive your towel cards. Very good question! We asked ourselves the exact same question when we were there. It closes at 6pm and there are no lights in the pool for night swims. If I were to guess, I would say they are catering more to the wants of the staff than to the customer. I would email them that question.
It closes basically when the sun goes down. Don't really know the answer to that unless it's because of all the free booze There are two sittings for dinner p and p and there are entertainment shows or bands at night. Honestly I have no clue. However, the only problem we had with the pool closing early was the bar closing in that area. The pool is nasty!!! You won't want to swim in it anyways. We used it one time to sit at the bar. While sitting there we were disgusted with the water.
Not at this Hotel Riu Palace, but at Atalantis resort you can swim with dolphins, but its very expensive. There is a dolphin swim available at "Dolphin Encounters". You take the ferry over to Blue Lagoon and can spend the whole day there if you want to.
They also have a sea lion encounter, which my husband and I did. I was awesome. There are several Dolphin encounters available. One through Atlantis and others privately. Majestic Tour company provides one. They are located in the hotel lobby. There is a dolphin encounter available next door at the Atlantis. We did not to it, but saw advertising for it:. Excursions are available through the Riu and at the Atlantis next door. Yea if you go to Atlantis at Dolphin Cay they have shallow water and deep water interactions.
There is a dolphin swim available. At an additional cost and different location. Is there a cost to enter the casino at Atlantis? How far is the casino from this resort? The atlantis is located right next to the Riu. There is no cost to enter the casino and it is just a short walk 10 minutes through the interior of the complex. While walking there is lots to see and plenty of shops. There is not cost to enter Atlantis. RIU is next door to Atlantis and about a five minute walk to the casino. There is no cost to enter the casino at Atlantis: We had a couple days of "icky" weather and headed over there to burn some time while waiting for the sunshine!!
Just make sure u enter thru the hotel itself, we tried to walk the beach back to Riu one day when leaving and got stopped right at the door because we were not registered hotel guests, oops:. No cost to enter the casino but you may leave your money there! Access is very easy - walk down the driveway at the Riu and up the driveway next door, follow through the interconnecting buildings of the Atlantis and there you are. There is NO cost to enter the casino at Atlantis. Just go next door to the main entrance for the Coral Tower and there are signs for walking to the casino.
The Atlantis is next door and you can walk in and go to the casino - no charge. It's right next door and there is no cost to visit the casino. No cost to enter the casino and it is very close, easy walking distance. No cost to enter the casino and you can walk over there which takes about 5 minutes.
You'll have to get with the tour companies situated in the hotel lobby. Majestic Tour company is what I used. You are able to book excursions prior to travel with your vacation package or directly with Majestic Tours while in destination. These excursions can be viewed during the online booking process. Locals offer items for sale on the beach, jet ski rentals, banana boat rides and fishing trips. Excursions include just about everything you can think of and can be scheduled through the Riu or next door at the Atlantis. Not much at all. No water sports at all. They play with a hula hoop at the pool and do a limbo and juggling show.
They also have a band in the evening. Nothing that is going to wow you. During the booking process, there is a snorkeling excursion which can be added with your vacation package. You are also able to sign up for a snorkeling excursion while in destination with the tour companies located within the resort. Not exactly but the fish swim close to the beach. We stood in the water and were able to watch them. Yes you can make reservations at Riu and they shuttle you around 40 minutes to Stuart Cove and have a wonderful snorkeling experience. Yes they do have snorkeling.
The also have boat trip to go further out. Not at the hotel The price listed on the website is the price per person, based on double occupancy in the room. That price would not be applicable if only ione person stayed in the room as they would be charged as a single supplement. The price listed is for one person. It is very worth the price. How was the food? What does the Riu consider Imported and domestic beers? Did you have to pay additional for the specialty restaurants?
Did they have entertainment in the evenings at the hotel? The food at this resort is very good and the specialty restaurants are great. They do not cost extra, but you do need to make reservations. I would suggest making your reservations as early as the resort will allow so that you don't miss out. They have entertainment, shows, every night. Food was excellent. Several choices of beer.
No money is required at all and the entertainment was great. The food was good. We ate at the buffet for lunch and dinner and had breakfast brought up by room service. You do not have to pay extra for the speciality restaurants but you have to make reservations and you can only do that btw am. The have 2 or three brands of their beer and the had miller lite stocked in your room and they have heinekin. They have entertainment every night in the lounge bar and a 24 hour sports bar. The food in 2 of the 4 specialty restraunts was good.
You do not pay extra in the specialty restraunts but need to make reservations. Long pants only for the guys. The hotel has under par entertainment nightly and poolside during the day.
Food excellent! No charge for specialty restaurants They are 5 star!!! Live music every evening and then some kind of show every night as well. Beers are Kalik or Sands. No imports. Even the pickiest eater can find something they will like. No extra charge for specialty restaurants but you must make reservations.
Don't drink beer but the wine was decent. Entertainment was too loud for our taste. The food is absolutely awful. Miller lite was the only beer we seen that was imported. We did not try their domestic beers. You do not have to pay extra for the specialty restaurants but, good luck getting in. We were there for four days and were only able to get in for one night. So, we were pretty hungry our entire trip. No joking!!!! They did have entertainment however, it is mediocre at best!!!! The food was very good, no you don't have to pay for the specialty restaurants, but you do need to get your name on the list for that evening.
Yes they do have entertainment in the evenings at the hotel. What does the term "all inclusive" cover? The all inclusive features are listed below. Anything not listed within these inclusions may incur an additional charge. Snacks 24 hours a day Beverages: local and imported beverages served 24 hours a day Drinks service at the pool Regularly restocked liquor dispenser and mini bar Room service 24 hours a day In-room safe Sports and activities: gym, workout, table tennis, sauna, Jacuzzi and beach volleyball court Entertainment: daytime entertainment program for adults daily and shows or live music daily Complimentary sun loungers, towels and parasols by the pool Wireless LAN zone All accommodations, taxes and gratuities All hotel guests are required to wear an "all-inclusive" wristband for identification purposes Not Included: Spa and salon charges Use of computers with internet access Water sports Golf Kiosk and gift shop Sparkling wine or liquor by the bottle Babysitting services.
Covers the room, meals, drinks alcoholic and non-alcoholic , and entertainment. It did not include anything at the Spa the massages, facials, pedicures, etc. Also, did not include off-site, Para-sailing, jet ski's, or anything at Atlantis. Jet skis are not included but are available to rent.
It covers the food, drinks including alcohol and room service. U don't have to spend any money. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the buffet or dinner at the specialty restaurants. Room service 24 hours a day. Mini bar in room and drinks both alcoholic and nonalcoholic at any of the bars. It covers your food and beverages. Both alcoholic and non alcoholic. Of course your room too.
It does not cover ground transportation or non motorized or motorized water sports. Do guests have access to the waterpark features at Atlantis? You can, however, buy day passes directly from Atlantis. Please be advised that availabilty of the day passes to visitors is limited. You can pay for a one day pass to the whole Atlantis park and ammenities. Yes, but there is a fee. You have to buy a day pass which is approx. Yes, but you have to purchase a pass from the Atlantis. You have to buy tickets to use the waterparks at Atlantis. Not unless you pay for a day pass.
After pm it is free to tour the aquarium.
There are different options look on site of Atlantis. Yes you do. However, it comes with a fee. Do children stay for free at Riu? This is for Riu Paradise Island Bahamas. You are able to price out a vacation package specifically for your needs directly on our web site. Make sure that you are putting in your children's specific ages in order to price out the package accurately. I am not sure if they stay free. I was just there and I would not recommend bringing kids. There are absolutely no programs for children.
No activities either. No kids at RIU, adults only as of November Are there houses, villas for rent? Do any of the resorts offer multi bedroom suites? We are a family of four adults, 2 young children needing cribs. Cheap Caribbean does not rent homes or villas. We only offer regular hotel room rentals. If you wish to rent a house or a villa, you would need to contact the resort that you wish to rent the villa with directly. We currently do not have any properties in our inventory in the Bahamas with a suite larger than a one-bedroom. Water sports are listed as available nearby but at an additional charge.
These services appear to be provided by an outside vendor, not RIU. You can sign up at the tour desk but there is a charge. No catamaran or kayaks that we saw Glad we brought our own! No it's not included. In fact we met several other people that have stayed with other Riu's and they were all greatly disappointed with this Riu. Do you have a Single Supplement rate? Your packages are quoting per person based on double occupancy. Our packages are typically advertized to show the rate per person based on double occupancy. Many of our specials have single occupancy rates. The rate will vary based on the dates you select.
You can remove the second adult from the package by selecting the blank age of guest number 2 in the room. If you have any trouble, please call our office! I recently completed a trip alone. Just change the rate to 1 person and it will show you the single rate Hope this helps!! You may be able to purchase a "Day Pass" at a Atlantis based on their current occupancy at that time. Prices are subject to change at any time. Yes you can. There a few options. They gave us a wristband and we spent the whole day on the property.
I dont believe it was too costly. Was worth checking out. You can purchase a day pass for Atlantis. They offer the water park experience, dolphin experience, trip to the aquarium, swim with the dolphins, etc. Yes you can purchase a day pass. They also have beach only pass and aquarium pass which are less but I'm not sure of the prices. Also if you go to Atlantis after 7pm you can go to the indoor aquarium for free because they staff isn't checking room cards anymore! Can we enter the beach in front of Atlantis from RIU? Look like they have better beach for mild snorkeling. No you cannot enter the beach at the Atlantis property while staying at the Riu, unless you purchase a day pass at Atlantis.
The only other resort that has free access to the Atlantis property is the Comfort Suites Paradise Island. No you can not You have to enter from the street.. You can't enter Atlantis Beach at all, unless you are a guest of theirs or bought a day pass. They make it very clear you can't be on their beach unless you are a paid customer. RIU and Atlantis actually share a beach, however Atlantis ropes off their property.
The Atlantis is on acres. The beach that is alongside the Riu and Atlantis is open for everyone. All the beaches on the ocean side are public and are accessible from Riu. Ocean can be very dangerous with undertows and current one person drowned the day we arrived. This may not be the place to go if you want to do snorkeling.
I never saw anyone do it the week we were there. There are snorkeling excursions but to different areas. What kind of drinks are placed in the mini bar located in your room? Dispensor bottles of Rum, Gin, Vodka, and Whisky. The small frig contains beer, Sprite, Coca-Cola, and water. The frig is restocked daily. Sprite, diet coke, regular coca cola, water, beer. Replenished daily. There are four full fifths of liquor in each room. I believe they are rum, vodka, whiskey and tequila. There are mixers in the fridge along with cans of beer such as miller lite and budweiser.
Dispensers on the wall are well vodka, rum, gin and brandy. Beer, soda, water, gin, rum, and vodka. They restock the mini bar daily. There are 4 bottles of liquor, rum, vodka and I am not sure of the other 2. It was perfect! There are three large bottles of off brand liquor in your bar and a few miller lites in the fridge. We didn't drink any of them. What size are the double beds? Would like to know what size are the double beds. Is it a queen size or full? Double beds are also known as full size beds. They are smaller than queen beds, but larger than single beds. The double beds are full and they are pushed together and share one headboard.
Very uncomfortable!! How much will a wedding ceremony be 2 answers. I am considering booking this hotel but I would like to know how much will it be to be married there? Its just going to be me and my fiance and and we would like to be married on the beach. I dont need anything else but maybe some pictures. Wedding packages can vary and the service would need to be booked directly through the resort. We do suggest contacting the resort directly as they would be best to assist you. We saw a marriage ceremony on the beach at the RIU. The ceremony was fair to poor at best. I suggest Aruba for a wedding on the beach.
We actually saw the wedding ceremony here when we were there, it was on the beach but it was literally surrounded by crowds of onlookers in bathing suits! They had to bring in security bc a drunk old white guy in a speedo was trying to film the wedding on his phone and he was, no joke, right up on the family's seating area. You may email them directly at hotel. Yes they do. All alcohol is included. They aren't at all shy about adding it to whatever drink you are drinking. Jim Beamer. I wish Jack came for the trip. Haha but yes if it's all inclusive there's every kinds of drinks :.
I read in a review that being a riu guest, at night you can go to atlantis without charge. We did go to Atlantis a few nights we were there and there was no charge. Atlantis does not offer complimentary access to guests of the Riu. You can enter Atlantis, but you have to pay for the activities you mentioned in your question. There is a charge. You may walk through Atlantis and use the casino without charge. They also have a sea turtle exhibit and a small aquarium that is free but everything else comes with a nice charge!!
Comedy Club there is a charge around 25 dollars per person. Atlantis Night Club for Ladies was complementary, men pay. During my stay they did have games and activities poolside and entertainment in the lounge area in the evening. You are also directly across the street from Atlantis so you can walk over and enjoy the casino and entertainment there as well. The resort does have a variety of amenities for daytime and nighttime entertainment. They do have so games and shows during the day and evening.
However, they are very very very lame. Yes pool done at 6, then the show start after that indoors. For further information regarding the room category in which you booked, we do suggest contacting the resort directly. Round-trip airport transfers are available for an additional cost. No it does not. It is a minute taxi ride. Riu Palace does not provide free airport shuttles.
Taxis are affordable, safe and readily available. But taxis are available. Or you can arrange for a shuttle through CheapCarribean. What are the "additional" fees that the Bahamas levy on tourists that are not included? It does not appear that the Bahamas charges a departure tax upon entry to their country, however, we do recommend checking directly with the designated airline carrier you book as this could be subject to change.
Mainly transportation. It will take you to the straw market. Other than Taxi and airline baggage changes there were no additional costs. Riu Palace didn't even take our credit card. I don't think there were any. At least not that I paid. This resort is 16 miles from the airport. The transfer time from airport is approximately 25 minutes. For pricing inquires, we ask you to please call and speak with an agent in our New Reservations Department.
Our offices are open daily from 5am-3am EST and there is no additional charge for agent assistance via telephone. The ride is about 40 minutes to the resort. About 40 mins in traffic, I paid 35 each way to and from airport for two people. Approximately 30 minutes. Take a taxi vs Riu shuttle much cheaper 35 vs Our trip was about 30 minutes. We used the shuttle that could be purchased when we booked with the website.
Is entrance to Atlantis included? Admission to Atlantis is not inclided. You can enter Atlantis free - it is very close. Need to purchase day pass for their beach and water park. There are no extras at all included. There are two choices for daily admission into Atlantis. You can go online at Atlantis to find this out. There is no cost to use atlantis casino bars restaurants 2 seconds away but cant use beaches afterc6 pm you ca n see aquarium for free.
You can walk to certain parts of Atlantis but must be a guest to see the hotel. You may purchase tours at the lobby. If you are interested in a room category that you do not see on the website, please call cheapcaribbean. It has 2 beds put together! Very uncomfortable! The room was not what we expected.
It was extremely humid and the carpet was soking wet all the time. I asked for two quin beds but they put them together making very difficult to get in bed! I paid for an ocean view suite but they gave us a partial icesn view. Not happy!! Please call our beach experts at to get advice on the best resorts available for singles.
How is the nightlife? The all inclusive Riu Palace Paradise Island features nightly entertainment and has 4 bars and lounges on site. This resort is also next to Atlantis, where you will have access to the majority of their attractions. Band everynight and show. Fun small but fun. Ok, but did not care for the FIRE used in the shows felt it was dangerous. Live music and dance for some of the early evening in the lounge. Not like a dance club, more old school. Sports bar could use bigger tvs and music. Family friendly night life.
The rates listed on the Cheapcaribbean. For more information please contact the beach experts at The gym at this resort includes a sauna and tennis court. The gym is very small but everything at Atlantis is ridiculously over priced. The gym was nice, but basic, with treadmills, ellipticals, etc. Very clean and the machines were in good condition. Don't know about the club at Atlantis, but we wandered the grounds, shops and the casino without charge. The gym was decent.
Small but enough equipment to get a workout in if you have to. You can walk through Atlantis to get to the casino and their shops and the Marina without paying. Nice gym good size and you can walk all over Atlantis just cant go to aquarium and waterpark. Hint I hear after 5 or 6 guards get off work so go then nobody checks wrist bands after that. Is there an actual "hot tub" on the property? There is a jacuzzi adjoining the pool. Not really. There's kinda a little "tub" thing that's attached to the pool, but it's not a hot tub. We are a family of six, minimal budget 3 answers.
We have ourselves and four kids, 21,17,12,8. We need all inclusive for meals, obviously, so this sounds affordable as far as airfare, but unclear whether we may all stay in one room. All rooms at this resort have a maximum occupancy of 4 people, so to accomadate a party of 6 two rooms would have to be reserved. Please call a sales agent at CheapCaribbean. Don't think room any larger than two double beds and even with a rollaway, don't think you'd all fit, It was tight for 3 of us. Can you buy tickets to Atlatis WaterPark for the day? Please call the resort directly at 35 00 for the most up to date information on the price of admission into the Atlantis Water Park.
Is offshore fishing available? Excursions can be purchased either with your CheapCaribbean. Not at the Palace but you can book it there and they will provide transportation to the city piers. We didn't go offshore fishing, but there is an excursion agent at the hotel everyday helping to reserve different excursions and offshore fishing was advertised. Do US citizens need a passport?
Do US Citizens need a passport for Bahamas? Yes, US citizens need a passport to travel to the Bahamas. All rooms are non-smoking rooms. However, guest are allowed to smoke on the balconies and out door areas. Yes, but you need to request it. Smoking is assigned by floor with even floors being smoking.
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Do not assume that you will get a non-smoking room. We stayed in a non-smoking room. I believe the floor was non-smoking. Be advised that there is smoking in the restaurants and bars. Whole floors dedicated to non-smoking. Does the Riu Palace Paradise Island have tennis courts? If so, can we bring our own rackets and balls? This resort does have a tennis court on site, and yes, you can bring your own equipment.
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