Pros

  • Adults-only hotel; one of the few all-inclusive resorts in the Bahamas
  • Walking distance to Atlantis’ Aquaventure, casino, and nightclubs
  • Contemporary rooms have balconies, coffeemakers, and free minibars
  • Beautiful ocean setting along Cabbage Beach (though there are crowds)
  • A lively outdoor pool with swim-up bar
  • Jet skis, banana boats, and parasailing within easy reach
  • Tasty buffet spreads and free 24-hour room service
  • A la carte restaurants offer Japanese, steakhouse, and fusion cuisines
  • Renova Spa for treatments and massages, plus free use of sauna
  • Daytime activities and nightly entertainment
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel
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Cons

  • Vendors roam this beach area
  • Lively atmosphere and loud music at pool (pro for some)
  • Long lines for a la carte eateries (no reservations allowed)
  • Some rooms have two twin beds pushed together to make a king
  • Occasional maintenance issues
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Bottom Line

The upscale Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island, located next door to mega-resort Atlantis, is one of the few all-inclusive resorts in the Bahamas. At this adults-only property (18 years and over), guests can expect crowded pool and beach areas (saturated with vendors), plus loud music and occasionally rowdy groups. On the plus side, the 379 rooms and suites were renovated in 2017 with fresh decor, and have free stocked minibars with liquor dispensers and furnished terraces. The buffet spreads change often, and four a la carte options -- steakhouse, Japanese, gourmet, and fusion -- help stave off all-inclusive monotony. All beverages, nightly entertainment, and use of a sauna are also covered. Renova Spa offers couples' massages and treatments. Travelers looking for a more luxurious stay should check out The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, Bahamas, which is stunning but allows children.

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What Are the Design and Scene Like at Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island?

This lively (and somewhat alcohol-fueled) all-inclusive resort for adults-only sits along the beach next to the Atlantis.

Having previously been the family-friendly Riu Palace Paradise Island All-Inclusive, the hotel underwent renovations in 2017 and changed to an adults-only all-inclusive resort. Renovations brought a fresh, contemporary style to common areas, where beachy white and blue hues dominate. The lobby is done up with silver wingback chairs, geometric head sculptures, and moody purple lighting, while rooms have a more traditional look with wooden furniture, poster beds, and floral artwork. The overall design is attractive, if a bit uninspired.

It stays calm and quiet indoors during the day, as most people are outside crowded around the pool with a swim-up bar or lounging at the beach, just beyond. Loud music playing and occasionally rowdy groups create a party atmosphere that won't suit all types of travelers. The beach has less of a party scene (only because it is farther away from the bar), but this is a busy area for vendors since the public access to Cabbage Beach is right next door. Note that Spring Breakers of any age are not allowed at this property.

Riu Palace Bahamas stands out for being one of the few all-inclusive properties in the Bahamas, but beware that reservations can't be made for the four a la carte restaurants, which often translates to long lines at dinner. After dinner, guests can head to the nightly entertainment show or back to their rooms' balcony -- and make use of the free liquor dispensers. Couples may want to consider Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island, which offers more dining options and features.

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Where Is Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island Located?

The hotel has a beautiful setting along Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, but it's not very peaceful.

Riu Palace Bahamas is situated next to Atlantis' Beach Tower in the Bahamas. The property can be accessed from the airport by shuttle or taxi service, and it takes about 30 to 40 minutes depending on time of day (traffic can get bad through downtown Nassau). It's located on Paradise Island, which has earned its name for a reason; guests will understand the name change from Hog Island back in 1961 as soon as they get their first glimpse of the turquoise water and white-sand beach.

Some taxi drivers will make passengers pay the $2 cash-only fee to get across the bridge to Paradise Island, so it helps to have a little cash on arrival. Once checked in, guests do not tend to stray too far from the property -- as is typical with all-inclusives. Taxis can be taken to get to other areas of the island.

Atlantis itself is sometimes referred to as "Vegas by the Sea", and many guests choose Riu because it is typically more affordable but still within walking distance of Atlantis' large casino, nightclubs, and shops. Guests can also pay for day passes to Aquaventure for access to the water park and marine exhibits.

Local vendors offer jet skis, banana boats, parasailing, cigars, hair braiding and kids toys, which may be a nuisance to some, and contributes to the noisy atmosphere.

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What Are Rooms Like at Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island?

Contemporary rooms have free minibars, furnished balconies, and 24-hour room service.

Rooms and suites were renovated in 2017, resulting in a contemporary take on traditional decor. Dark-wood furniture, including poster beds, light-wood flooring, and floor-to-ceiling windows create a clean look, while bed runners, floral-print curtains, and floral artwork in mauve or purple add some character. All units have furnished balconies or terraces, many of which offer lovely sea views.

Standard amenities consist of free minibars with liquor dispensers (refreshed daily), flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, coffeemakers, electronic safes, and tables. Attractive marble bathrooms have rainfall showers, hairdryers, and toiletries. Suites are available, adding extra bedrooms, bathrooms, and balconies.

Note that some rooms have two twin beds pushed together to make a king.

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What Features Are Available at Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island?

There are two outdoor pools, a pretty beach, spa with free-to-use sauna and fitness center, and nightly entertainment here.

Many guests choose the Riu Palace Bahamas partially for its proximity to Atlantis. Guests are able to purchase day passes to use Atlantis’s Aquaventure and marine exhibits, and there is no additional fee to use the shops, casino, or nightclubs in any of the Atlantis towers. The entire length of Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island is public. Lounge chairs and umbrellas are provided for guests. There are plenty of vendors selling jet ski rentals, parasailing excursions, banana boats, and paddleboards.

There are two outdoor pools here: one larger pool and an infinity pool with a swim-up bar. Relax-minded guests tend to hang around the former, while loud music during part of the day at the infinity pool draws a livelier bunch. Ample loungers and umbrellas are available.

The Renova Spa has a variety of available treatments, including some for couples, and an outdoor plunge pool. A sauna is free for guests to use. The modern fitness center has a good array of equipment and walls of windows that let in lots of daylight.

Daily activities are organized and nightly entertainment such as live music or evening shows is provided. There is no casino here.

See More What Features Are Available at Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island?

What Restaurants and Bars Are at Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island?

The all-inclusive package here covers good food and beverages at multiple restaurants and bars, especially considering the location and price.

Neighboring Atlantis has a notoriously expensive food and drink program, and many choose the Riu for its more affordable all-inclusive plan. Dining options aren't extensive, but they cover several cuisines. The main buffet restaurant is called Atlantic, and it offers both indoor and outdoor seating areas. Spreads include international and local cuisines, and themed dinners are served three times per week. A poolside jerk chicken stand is open for lunch and receives great reviews.

There are four la carte restaurants included in the all-inclusive price. Krystal Fusion restaurant serves contemporary cuisine (this is a Riu resort staple), while other options include Tengoku Japanese restaurant, Sir Alexander French gourmet restaurant, and Bahamas, a grill and steakhouse. There is a minor dress code (no short sleeves and no shorts for men). Although reservations aren't required for any a la carte restaurants, this can mean long lines and wait times for dinner.

There are a few bar options spread across the resort and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are covered. Room service is also available 24/7.

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Things You Should Know About Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island

Also Known As

  • Riu Palace Paradise Island All-Inclusive

Room Types

  • Deluxe Ocean View Room
  • Jr Suite Superior Ocean View
  • Ocean Front Jr. Suite
  • Ocean View Jr. Suite
  • Ocean View Suite

Address

6307 Casino Drive, Paradise Island - Bahamas, Paradise Island, 6307, United States

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Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island

What Are the Design and Scene Like at Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island?

This lively (and somewhat alcohol-fueled) all-inclusive resort for adults-only sits along the beach next to the Atlantis.

Having previously been the family-friendly Riu Palace Paradise Island All-Inclusive, the hotel underwent renovations in 2017 and changed to an adults-only all-inclusive resort. Renovations brought a fresh, contemporary style to common areas, where beachy white and blue hues dominate. The lobby is done up with silver wingback chairs, geometric head sculptures, and moody purple lighting, while rooms have a more traditional look with wooden furniture, poster beds, and floral artwork. The overall design is attractive, if a bit uninspired.

It stays calm and quiet indoors during the day, as most people are outside crowded around the pool with a swim-up bar or lounging at the beach, just beyond. Loud music playing and occasionally rowdy groups create a party atmosphere that won't suit all types of travelers. The beach has less of a party scene (only because it is farther away from the bar), but this is a busy area for vendors since the public access to Cabbage Beach is right next door. Note that Spring Breakers of any age are not allowed at this property.

Riu Palace Bahamas stands out for being one of the few all-inclusive properties in the Bahamas, but beware that reservations can't be made for the four a la carte restaurants, which often translates to long lines at dinner. After dinner, guests can head to the nightly entertainment show or back to their rooms' balcony -- and make use of the free liquor dispensers. Couples may want to consider Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island, which offers more dining options and features.

See More What Are the Design and Scene Like at Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island?

Where Is Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island Located?

The hotel has a beautiful setting along Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, but it's not very peaceful.

Riu Palace Bahamas is situated next to Atlantis' Beach Tower in the Bahamas. The property can be accessed from the airport by shuttle or taxi service, and it takes about 30 to 40 minutes depending on time of day (traffic can get bad through downtown Nassau). It's located on Paradise Island, which has earned its name for a reason; guests will understand the name change from Hog Island back in 1961 as soon as they get their first glimpse of the turquoise water and white-sand beach.

Some taxi drivers will make passengers pay the $2 cash-only fee to get across the bridge to Paradise Island, so it helps to have a little cash on arrival. Once checked in, guests do not tend to stray too far from the property -- as is typical with all-inclusives. Taxis can be taken to get to other areas of the island.

Atlantis itself is sometimes referred to as "Vegas by the Sea", and many guests choose Riu because it is typically more affordable but still within walking distance of Atlantis' large casino, nightclubs, and shops. Guests can also pay for day passes to Aquaventure for access to the water park and marine exhibits.

Local vendors offer jet skis, banana boats, parasailing, cigars, hair braiding and kids toys, which may be a nuisance to some, and contributes to the noisy atmosphere.

See More Where Is Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island Located?

What Are Rooms Like at Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island?

Contemporary rooms have free minibars, furnished balconies, and 24-hour room service.

Rooms and suites were renovated in 2017, resulting in a contemporary take on traditional decor. Dark-wood furniture, including poster beds, light-wood flooring, and floor-to-ceiling windows create a clean look, while bed runners, floral-print curtains, and floral artwork in mauve or purple add some character. All units have furnished balconies or terraces, many of which offer lovely sea views.

Standard amenities consist of free minibars with liquor dispensers (refreshed daily), flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, coffeemakers, electronic safes, and tables. Attractive marble bathrooms have rainfall showers, hairdryers, and toiletries. Suites are available, adding extra bedrooms, bathrooms, and balconies.

Note that some rooms have two twin beds pushed together to make a king.

See More What Are Rooms Like at Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island?

What Features Are Available at Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island?

There are two outdoor pools, a pretty beach, spa with free-to-use sauna and fitness center, and nightly entertainment here.

Many guests choose the Riu Palace Bahamas partially for its proximity to Atlantis. Guests are able to purchase day passes to use Atlantis’s Aquaventure and marine exhibits, and there is no additional fee to use the shops, casino, or nightclubs in any of the Atlantis towers. The entire length of Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island is public. Lounge chairs and umbrellas are provided for guests. There are plenty of vendors selling jet ski rentals, parasailing excursions, banana boats, and paddleboards.

There are two outdoor pools here: one larger pool and an infinity pool with a swim-up bar. Relax-minded guests tend to hang around the former, while loud music during part of the day at the infinity pool draws a livelier bunch. Ample loungers and umbrellas are available.

The Renova Spa has a variety of available treatments, including some for couples, and an outdoor plunge pool. A sauna is free for guests to use. The modern fitness center has a good array of equipment and walls of windows that let in lots of daylight.

Daily activities are organized and nightly entertainment such as live music or evening shows is provided. There is no casino here.

See More What Features Are Available at Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island?

What Restaurants and Bars Are at Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island?

The all-inclusive package here covers good food and beverages at multiple restaurants and bars, especially considering the location and price.

Neighboring Atlantis has a notoriously expensive food and drink program, and many choose the Riu for its more affordable all-inclusive plan. Dining options aren't extensive, but they cover several cuisines. The main buffet restaurant is called Atlantic, and it offers both indoor and outdoor seating areas. Spreads include international and local cuisines, and themed dinners are served three times per week. A poolside jerk chicken stand is open for lunch and receives great reviews.

There are four la carte restaurants included in the all-inclusive price. Krystal Fusion restaurant serves contemporary cuisine (this is a Riu resort staple), while other options include Tengoku Japanese restaurant, Sir Alexander French gourmet restaurant, and Bahamas, a grill and steakhouse. There is a minor dress code (no short sleeves and no shorts for men). Although reservations aren't required for any a la carte restaurants, this can mean long lines and wait times for dinner.

There are a few bar options spread across the resort and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are covered. Room service is also available 24/7.

See More What Restaurants and Bars Are at Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island?

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Amenities

  • Airport Transportation

  • Beach

  • Beauty / Hair Salon

  • Business Center

  • Cable

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Golf Course

  • Internet

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Spa

  • Swim-Up Bar

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