Best Hotels & Resorts in Aruba
By Hannah Barnard on 24th May, 2022
Aruba’s resorts and hotels offer comfort, convenience, and warm hospitality. Whereas once they were described as tropical and beach or sparkling and modern, Aruba’s accommodation is an appealing combination of both. Ongoing updates and upgrades have resulted in top-of-the-line resorts that are not only aesthetically pleasing but offer a wide assortment of thoughtful amenities and state-of-the-art facilities – while also conveying that special Caribbean vibe.
All-inclusive resorts provide around-the-clock fun and all-you-can-eat-drink, while adults-only hotels deliver peace and quiet. Timeshare resorts with all the comforts of home are perfect for a family Aruba vacation. And all resorts are just steps away from the world-class alabaster beaches and azure Caribbean waters for which the island is world-renowned.
Aruba Resorts on Palm Beach
Palm Beach is known as much for its gentle waters and powdery white sands as for its beach bars, restaurants, and amazing hotels. This world-famous beach is lined with loungers and huts, just steps from resort amenities.
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino
Located on 12-acres of Palm Beach, Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa and Casino is known for its soulful service and spectacular ocean views from its open-air lobby. On offer are scenic ocean, garden, or pool views from one of 359 newly enhanced rooms, as well as 10 bars and restaurants, a lively casino, fitness centre, and tennis courts.
The resort is a must-visit just for its new Trankilo saltwater adults-only pool. Enjoy private cabanas set on 43,000 square foot of beachfront, all of which include a Bose Sound system, USB charging station, fully stocked minibar, and shared cabana butler.
Keeping you entertained, the resort hosts daily activities including yoga on the beach, local aloe farm demonstrations, water slide races, and chef demonstrations. Water excursions suitable for the whole family can be booked through the hotel, from diving lessons to snorkeling, and sunset cruises. For those looking to really unwind a trip to ZoiA Spa is a priority – treatments include island-inspired massages, facials, body wraps, and salon services.
For reservations visit hyatt.com
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Overlooking the Caribbean sands of Palm Beach, Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino’s beautifully-styled hotel boasts spacious accommodation with exceptional resort amenities. Try your luck at the exhilarating 24-hour Stellaris Casino, sip on hand-crafted cocktails in private cabanas, or pamper yourself at the resort’s Balinese-style full-service spa.
Every room offers a stunning view of either the Caribbean Sea or the lush gardens and a private balcony to enjoy each. All accommodation includes modern touches like high-speed Wi-Fi and LED screen TVs, as well as double vanities and walk-in closets.
The resort features an impressive eleven restaurants, lounges, and eateries, offering a variety of dining options. La Vista and The Lobby have earned the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for many years in a row – and it’s easy to see why. At La Vista, treat yourself to international favorites and Italian specialties. Choose the open-air terrace with stunning ocean views, cosy bar, and lounge, or dining room with an exhibition kitchen, stone pizza oven, and grill – the ideal setting to create mouthwatering authentic Italian specialties. The Lobby is a cosy anytime spot, known for its amazing sushi, mixology bar, and live entertainment at night. Located in the heart of the resort, it’s a favorite eatery for guests and visitors to enjoy a drink or a light bite. Ruth’s Chris Steak House serves the finest steak and seafood dishes, while Atardi sits right on the beach and offers a romantic setting, and Gelato and Co. offers the perfect dessert.
For reservations visit marriott.com
The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba
One of the most luxurious resorts on the island is The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba. Set against the backdrop of Palm Beach, guests can enjoy direct access to a pristine beach and the resort’s adults-only and family pools. The casino offers entertainment around the clock with table games and slot machines. And the expansive spa incorporates aloe and other indigenous ingredients into transformative treatments.
Offering a collection of five dining experiences, the resort’s restaurants offer an exclusive culinary voyage that reflects the island’s culinary gifts. Casa Nonna, which means “grandmother’s house” in Italian, is as open and inviting as you would expect from its name. From salumi, cheese, and antipasti platters, to house-made pasta, the menu is available a la carte and family-style, overflowing with options ideal for sharing. BLT Steak, is a modern interpretation of American steakhouse restaurants that combines classic bistro ambiance with a menu featuring specially selected steaks, fresh seafood, and weekly blackboard specials. Another highlight is Divi Sushi Bar and Lounge. Offering a selection of the finest-grade sushi, sashimi, specialty rolls, along with hors d’oeuvres, and tempting desserts made from locally sourced ingredients.
Places to stay in Eagle Beach
Eagle Beach is a beautiful stretch of powdery white sand lapped by magnificently blue waters. Many nearby hotels provide cabanas and lounges for their guests. Located a short drive away from Aruba’s capital, Oranjestad, Eagle Beach is a prime vacation location with many activities and sights within easy reach. The pretty town of Oranjestad has plenty on offer to see and do, with colorful landmark buildings and historic sights to explore. It also offers some of the best shopping in the Caribbean, with a vast selection of luxury stores and high-end shopping malls.
The Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa
Tucked along Aruba’s tranquil Eagle Beach, Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa features 72 contemporary styled guest rooms many with private balconies and patios. Perfect for those seeking a wellness retreat, you’ll leave feeling invigorated and revived after experiencing their wellness amenities. From energizing fruit smoothies to island-inspired spa services and pilates overlooking the beach, Manchebo offers a fantastic spa vacation.
The Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa has pulled out all of the stops to offer diners a mix of diverse culinary genres that appeal to all tastes. With seating on the garden terrace or around the tropical pool, the ambiance of Ike’s Bistro is enchanting. While Mediterranean at heart, the menu is inspired by Caribbean ingredients and an avant-garde fusion theme. The Chophouse is the go-to place for the finest cuts of beef, local delicacies, and international favorites. The Omakase Sushi Bar is the latest addition to the Manchebo restaurant family. Located in The Chophouse, Omakase features an illuminated bar, comfortable seating, boutique feel, and Asian ambiance. Diners can expect the chef to be innovative and surprising in the selection of the dishes. It is also possible to order from the regular menu, featuring a diverse selection of soups, salads, Nigiri and Sashimi, and sushi rolls.
For reservation visit manchebo.com
Places to stay in Druif Beach
A long, narrow oval-shaped stretch of sand, Druif Beach is located on the west coast of Aruba. A relaxed and more secluded spot on the island, there are a handful of bars, restaurants, and bijou shops to explore if you fancy venturing off the beach.
Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort
Situated just a stone’s throw away from Druif Beach, Divi Village Golf & Beach is an all-inclusive resort that ranks high for amenities, ambiance, and customer service.
The resort is surrounded by a beautiful 9-hole golf course, The Links at Divi Aruba, which features a clubhouse and an on-site golf and tennis school to improve your game. Also on offer are several freshwater swimming pools, fantastic restaurants and bars, a coffee shop, family activities, a fitness center, and complimentary shuttle services to nearby Divi Resorts and the Alhambra Casino & Shops.
For reservations visit diviresorts.com
Places to stay in Savaneta
The beautiful little town of Savaneta is rich in history and used to be the capital of Aruba. Savaneta has become well known for its slower pace of life and rustic charms.
Aruba Ocean Villas
Aruba Ocean Villas is the island’s only over the water bungalows resort and offers the perfect destination for honeymooners or those looking for a couples retreat. Nestled along the coast of the quaint little town of Savaneta, the 5-star resort features 15 eco-friendly bungalows each equipped with a Bose sound system, silk hand-painted bathrobes, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Designed and created by Aruban-born artist Osyth Henriquez, each bungalow has its own identity and unique design. Inside the villas, guests will find up-cycled furniture, colorful decor touches, luxurious bathtubs, and four-poster beds.
Aruba Ocean Villas also offers a dedicated butler service, water activities, and fantastic fresh seafood dishes served at their on-site restaurant The Old Man & The Sea.
For reservations visit arubaoceanvillas.com
Places to stay in Malmok Beach
Malmok Beach is a narrow stretch fronting luxury homes and modest windsurfing residences. Its shallow clear waters attract snorkelers. Here catamarans and sailboats drop anchor for a daytime snorkeling stop just offshore. Reefs and sunken wrecks nearby offer excellent diving.
Ocean Z Boutique Hotel
If you are looking for luxury and comfort encircled by nature, Ocean Z Boutique Hotel is the perfect place for you. Located in the north part of the island of Aruba on L. G. Smith Boulevard, Malmok, this elegant hotel is minutes from Catalina and Arashi Beach – two of the most beautiful beaches on the island.
Designed by Venezuelan architect Oscar Bracho, Ocean Z is a 5-Star Accommodation that invites you to relax and enjoy the serenity of a minimalistic design. His intention with the hotel was to provide a clean and simple space of elegance, luxury, and leisure, and that’s exactly what he accomplished.
The 13 rooms and suites boast fantastic amenities: two have their own infinity pools equipped with hydrotherapy jets, two have sprawling 1,076-square-foot solariums, and most have spacious outdoor showers that open onto private wooden decks.
Ocean Z Boutique Hotel is the ideal option for honeymoons, anniversaries, wedding receptions, birthdays, or any additional special private event. It is a superior private retreat in paradise to experience an extraordinary vacation with unsurpassed VIP treatment.
For reservations visit oceanzaruba.com`
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