Paradise Island in the Bahamas


Beautiful hotel and friendly staff. RIU is a family-owned chain of over 100 quality resorts and hotels worldwide.

Beach
The beautiful white sand beach was lovely but the waves were high some days. The glistening turquoise water was clean and clear. The. There were lounge chairs on the beach but no shade.  Umbrellas on the beach cost $25 per day from a private vendor.

Dining
The food was excellent in all of the venues.  The fusion and gourmet specialty restaurants were terrific.   The steakhouse served as the noon lunch buffet choice.

At RIU resorts, their policy for dinner reservations at their ala carte restaurants is a daily sign-up system which we don’t care for. The line started forming in the lobby at 4:30PM and we could only reserve for the next day or two.  That means you have to line-up every day or every other day if you don’t want the evening buffet in “Atlantic.”  We did enjoy the selection of fresh foods and show cooking station at this and every Riu buffet.

Activities
There are some planned activities, not many, and older children will gather to make friends and do their own thing.  We took a ferry or taxi into Nassau and enjoyed the rebuilt Straw Market and Main Street.  Best deals are in town at the duty free shops.  Don’t buy at the airport.  Clothes shopping is good in town at upscale shops. Banana Cay is the best prices for T’s.  The ferry ride is only $3 each way and is great fun. You go right past all the cruise ships and homes and yachts along the shore owned by wealthy locals.

We went to Atlantis in the daytime and it was a Disney World scene- kids everywhere! It is a 5-minute walk and we also went there after 6PM – FREE because the ticket takers go home.  Look for The Big Dig.  The casino was enormous and beautiful as was the marina. 

Rooms
The rooms were all redone last year when it was re-opened as a Palace level resort – this is RIU’s highest level of accommodation. Ours was always clean and we requested nightly turn-down service. They is a 4-bottle liquor rack above the refrigerator in your room with vodka, rum, gin and brandy.  We requested an odd numbered room for a pool/ocean view. The other side had some duct work to be viewed as well as the ocean.  It is quieter up on the higher floors. We never had a problem waiting for the elevators – 2 minutes tops. The lobby is very nice as is the bar there.

Conclusion
We enjoyed the RIU!  They seemed had some problems with their air conditioning this past summer which we were told would be fixed in the fall.  If you want a reasonably priced all-inclusive resort vacation on a nice beach in the Bahamas, with great drinks and good food the RIU Palace can be a good value.  Please call us 610-277-6165 if you would like us to book a great vacation for you at this fine resort.