The meaning of the word ‘luxury’ is for no traveler alike. In Aruba, some may find great pleasure in lavishly designed rooms, personalized service or the latest spa experience. Other guests look for perfect peace and quiet, or a new gastronomic journey. No matter how far apart the expectations, there is one thing Aruba visitors will certainly agree upon: the island’s wealth of welcoming beaches.
What could be more pleasing than a tastefully decorated room with Aruba’s spectacular ocean, right at your feet? Staying in one, of course! And it’s actually quite probable because most luxury resorts are sitting on the Palm Beach strip. This area, also known as Aruba’s high rise, is where the island comes together to shop, dine, drink and dance. Upscale newcomers like The Ritz-Carlton have gained a prominent position in the island’s sumptuous accommodation scene.
The less busy and therefor cozier low rise area is closer to downtown Oranjestad, starting from Eagle Beach all the way to Druif Beach. Tourists in search of serenity, elegance and eco-friendliness, will get the chance to rediscover those words at the award-winning Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts. Adventure seekers and flamingo fans will have islands to discover at one of Aruba’s favorite retreats in Oranjestad, Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino.
High or low rise, buzzing or intimate, with a top destination like Aruba, the chances to succeed are only a matter of personal selection. Here are some excellent 10Best options.
A longstanding favorite with golf fanatics, big families, business groups and travelers who want more than the usual, this resort uses Aruba’s gorgeous coastline to create a new standard of luxury and an escape from the crowds. With expansive sea, desert and landscaping views, Tierra del Sol offers a championship 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II and a large variety of tastefully decorated condominiums, villas, and estate homes to the experience of sumptuous residential living. Ventanas Del Mar restaurant is open for indoor-outdoor breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea and the historic California Lighthouse. To further unwind, guests can enjoy many clubhouse facilities like a 4000 sq. ft. swimming pool, a private jacuzzi, a shuttle-service to Arashi Beach or visit the certified experts of Body and Soul Spa for a rejuvenating massage.
Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Tierra del Sol Resort, Spa and Country Club is “A home away from home” with plenty of Caribbean flair.
This intimate beach resort fits right in with its magnificent oceanfront location. Offering a variety of accommodations, including fully equipped rooms, superior studios and coveted suites overlooking one of the best beaches in the world, the Dutch Colonial building is a unique alternative to Aruba’s large luxury hotels. Despite its diminutive size, though, it’s big on friendly, personalized service, and outstanding facilities and amenities. Two on-site restaurants serve a fusion of local flavors and daily variations on favorite international dishes, while the fine dining experience is enhanced by breathtaking sunsets and the tropical breeze. For guests who want more than suntanning and swimming, the resort offers amazing activities like barbecue buffets, dance shows and theme nights. There’s also a bus stop in front of the resort for independent trips to downtown Oranjestad.
Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort will go all the way to make your dream vacation come true.
The Riu Palace may look like a fantasy straight from the One Thousand And One Aruban Nights, it is the newest and biggest 24-hours, all-inclusive resort on the island, conveniently located right in the heart of the famous Palm Beach. With its colossal, white domes and turrets, this palatial hotel promises regal luxury and maybe even a bit of magic. For travelers wanting a sophisticated escape, it’s possible at the Riu Palace, where the tropical landscaped grounds and Olympic-size swimming pool open onto a vast stretch of breathtaking beach. Jacuzzi, sauna, health and beauty center “Vita Novus Spa” give the property its full potential, while guests can indulge to their hearts’ content with a cocktail or a meal in one of the four à la carte restaurants. Casino, shows, live music are also part of the deal.
Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Riu Palace is one of the best values for a luxury getaway on the island.
Hilton, one of the world’s most valuable hotel brands, continues to delight paradise-seekers, especially after their massive renovation in Aruba. The newly modernized Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort and Casino has become a fine example of comfort, indulgence and elegance nestled upon the island’s flawless shores. The resort prides itself with 357 impeccable guest rooms, five different eateries available on property, pools embraced by waving palm trees and Aruba’s most treasured beaches as its natural surroundings. Travelers looking for watersport adventures, island life discoveries, gambling thrills, shopping sprees or just a relaxing full body massage, will find it all here at the Hilton Aruba.
Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino sets the benchmark for hospitality with continuous innovation, flair and island friendliness.
Where the Caribbean Sea meets the white sandy shores of Aruba, Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino is a gracious base for travelers who want to fulfill their luxurious vacation dreams. Ocean views serve as a panoramic backdrop for a wealth of guest room amenities, culminating with signature Hyatt Grand Beds, elite Les Clefs d’Or Concierge staff and 24-hour in-room dining. Sumptuous cuisine together with the dramatic setting of Ruinas Del Mar (Ruins By The Sea) Restaurant, the newly renovated Zoia Spa with all-natural treatments such as the Aromatherapy Body Salt Glow, the 8,000 square foot pool complex surrounded by cascading waterfalls and tropical gardens, the newly restyled island chic décor… all of this transforms the resort into a slice of paradise as it seems to flow directly into the crystal clear sea of Aruba.
Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Hyatt Regency Casino assures adrenaline rushes, glamour, excitement and plenty of challenge.
After a day spent exploring Aruba’s marine life, hiking through National Park Arikok or just savoring the sun and some Piña Coladas, guests can easily wind down at the Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa. The rooms and suites have all the comfort and facilities to accommodate the most demanding families, couples or groups. If a more intense relaxation is needed, the Larimar Spa has a selection of the most soothing massages and revitalizing skin care treatments based on indigenous island ingredients. While kids have their own club room, parents can stroll through the exotic gardens and plan an exquisite dinner at Four Diamond restaurant, Sunset Grille. The Plaza Club floors offer guests an exclusive resort experience, including exceptional accommodations, access to a personal concierge and a Hospitality Lounge that provides many complementary options, like a complete continental breakfast or afternoon tea. Radisson Aruba is a resort, casino, spa and much more.
Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa offers guests an exclusive island resort experience because of their deluxe features.
If travelers are searching for just the right combo of sun, sand, sea, spa and excitement, look no further than Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. Situated on the Palm Beach, this resort is surrounded by Aruba’s spectacular beaches and luxury resorts and has rooms with stunning ocean or garden views. The Tradewinds Club, a luxury Aruba hotel within a hotel offers top floor premium accommodations and is the ultimate indulgence for Tradewinds’ guests. With two swimming pools (one is a new Adult Exclusive Pool), the largest casino in Aruba, fine dining restaurants on-site and many sports and tour activities, guests will find plenty to keep them busy. But that doesn’t mean there’s no chance for relaxation. The resort nurtures quiet moments with its lush gardens, quiet lobby lounge corners and individual palapas for sipping margaritas on the beach.
Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Marriott Aruba Resort & Stellaris Casino is spreading its wings and becoming a much sought-after retreat for Aruba travelers.
With its five-star rooms, amenities and service; spectacular ocean views; and captivating natural surroundings, The Ritz-Carlton Resort Aruba lets guests rest assured that they’re in for an elevating vacation experience. Nestled on one of the busiest and most popular beaches of Aruba, The Ritz-Carlton still manages to create an intimate, secluded environment at the far end of the resort strip. This allowing leisure-seekers to benefit from both worlds: the serenity of the Malmok neighborhood and the vibrancy of Palm Beach. A couple of unique features that only The Ritz-Carlton is able to provide include the picturesque scenery of the colorful fishing boats anchored near the neighboring Fishermen’s Huts and the bright windsurfing boards and sails that dot the nearby beaches and limestone bays along the northwest coast of Aruba.
Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Ritz-Carlton Aruba boasts authentic, laid-back island life combined with all the modern luxuries of this day and age.
It’s no surprise that high-profile music producer and recording artist Timbaland has chosen this elegant and unconventional resort to arrange his A-list wedding. Although the island’s center of activities and nightlife is wrapped around this Four Diamond resort, consisting of the adult-exclusive Marina Hotel and the family-friendly Ocean Suites, the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino is a destination unto itself. With an ultra-sophisticated spa, an upscale Renaissance Mall and the entertaining Renaissance Marketplace, a collection of bars, cafes and restaurants to fit any occasion, movie theaters, two of the most popular casinos, a private island for guests only and a Navigator & Tour Desk (not concierge) for on- and off-property discoveries, the place to fully recuperate would be in the comfortable, spacious and elegantly decorated suites. And after a good night’s rest, there is an island and one hip and stylish stay to explore… one discovery at a time.
Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino just won the well-deserved title of “Luxury Adult Beach Resort 2014”.
As if time never flies at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts. The beauty of one of Aruba’s most precious beaches has been well preserved by this beloved, adult-only boutique hotel. From the moment a couple of steps into the Understated Elegance of the open-air lobby, a promise is made: peace, love and happiness. The garden confirms this with the rustling sounds of its indigenous trees, and so do the softest, whitest sands and clear, blue waters only a few steps away from the eco-friendly, hypoallergenic suites. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts have more to celebrate than 25 years of awards and excellence alone. This little, Caribbean gem has big plans and is a testament to the adage that good things come in small packages. No wonder that first-time visitors become loyal guests. It’s love at first stay here.
Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts is an internationally recognized and awarded resort focussing on environmental awareness and eco-tourism.