Blessed with glorious weather, beautiful beaches, and hundreds of new and exciting things to see and do, Aruba is the ideal island getaway. Whether you're planning a romantic couple's retreat or a fun-packed vacation for the whole family, there's a little something here for everyone. If you want to amp the relaxation up to the max, an all-inclusive resort is the way to do it. With all your drinks on tap and all your meals, activities, and services included in the room rate, you can enjoy everything on offer without having to worry about any nasty surprises in the final bill. Here's our pick of the 10 best all-inclusive resorts in Aruba.
10. Holiday Inn Resort Aruba
As familydestinationsguide.com says, everyone's heard of a Holiday Inn, but not many know that it offers all-inclusive resorts in Aruba. If you're looking for a family-friendly hotel that won't cost the earth, it may be time to get familiar with the idea. With large, spacious rooms, a ton of resort activities such as tennis, ping pong, cycling, and snorkeling, excellent dining options, an in-house casino, and plenty of activities geared towards kids, it offers excellent, cost-effective accommodation within easy reach of all of Aruba's top attractions.
9. Barceló Aruba
Located in a stunning location on Aruba's northwestern coast, Barceló Aruba combes luxurious accommodation with first-rate activities. Each of its 373 guests rooms and suites is stylishly decorated and comes with Wi-Fi access and either a private balcony or terrace. If you're lucky, you might even get a private hot tub. Guests are treated to a choice of seven dining options, along with a casino, direct access to the beach, and a free form pool. The all-inclusive room rates include all meals and drinks, along with activities such as kayaking, scuba diving lessons, and tennis.
8. Hotel Riu Palace Aruba
Named as one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Aruba by usnews.com, the Hotel Riu Palace Aruba combines a scenic location on Aruba's northwestern edge with sumptuous accommodation and a top-notch list of activities and facilities. Rooms come with satellite TVs, minibars and beverage dispensers, while suites offer the additional benefit of private balconies or terraces with ocean views. Amenities include three pools (one of which is for kids), an in-house spa, five restaurants, several bars, a casino, and more besides. All-inclusive room rates include breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus drinks.
7. Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort
Selected as one of Aruba's top resorts by planetware.com, Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort is a mid-range, family-friendly resort with excellent service, a range of accommodation options (choose from king efficiencies, studio suites, or one- or two-bedroom suites), free wi-fi, and easy access to the beach. The range of activities on offer includes yoga, Zumba, water aerobics, rock climbing, and tennis. Guests are also free to use the swimming pools and hot tubs at Divi Aruba All Inclusive Resort and enjoy free golf at The Links at Divi Aruba.
6. Divi Aruba Beach Resort
What can guests expect from the Divi Aruba Beach Resort? Quite a lot, actually. Rooms come with enough modern comforts to keep even the most discerning guests happy, including Nespresso coffee machines and LED TVs. The extensive range of activities on offer includes kayaking, snorkeling, golf, gaming, and spa treatments at the in-house spa. Dining is taken care of via several excellent restaurants, including the very sophisticated Red Parrot for fine dining, the Pure Lime for authentic Mexican cuisine, and the Pelican Bar and Poolside Bar for guests who want to enjoy a snack and a cocktail while floating around one of the freshwater pools.
5. Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort
Built around a free-form infinity pool and located in the center of a nine-hole golf club, the Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort is an excellent option for families. With the beach on its doorstep, the opportunities for water sports are endless. There's also a rock-climbing wall, tennis courts, a spa, a children's pool, and free bicycles to borrow for those who want to explore the local area. The rooms are spacious and equipped with all the modern comforts you'd expect, along with private balconies or terraces. The all-inclusive rates are reasonable enough to make it an extremely attractive option to families on a budget.
4. Manor Beach Resort Aruba
The Manor Beach Resort Aruba is a little on the expensive side, but it's worth the blowout. Past guests have raved about the friendly, personal service, while the well-equipped rooms (expect well-stocked kitchenettes/ kitchens, flat-screen TVs, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi access, and private balconies or terraces) are unlikely to disappoint either. The dining options are excellent - choose between tucking into fresh seafood at the oceanfront Passions on the Beach restaurant or enjoy the buffet at the semi-open-air Mango's Restaurant - as are the superb selection of amenities and activities on offer.
3. Renaissance Aruba
As tripsavvy.com notes, the Renaissance Aruba might be located in the very heart of downtown Oranjestad, but guests can still enjoy a tranquil island experience with exclusive access to the resort’s private island. With its white sandy beaches and flamingo-filled lagoons, this secluded island feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown. The hotel itself is just as exquisite, with soothing decor, upscale accommodation, and an excellent array of amenities, including a stunning rooftop infinity pool, two large freeform pools with swim-up bars, several excellent dining options, and a very indulgent on-site spa. Guests are free to choose between either the family-friendly or adults-only section of the resort.
2. Tamarijn Aruba
If you're searching for a reasonably priced accommodation option with a score of activities on offer, top-notch dining options, and excellent service, look no further than the Tamarijn Aruba. With five onsite restaurants to choose from (plus another five more at the nearby Divi Aruba), it'll certainly not disappoint foodies. Burn off the calories with rock climbing, table tennis, swimming, salsa classes, or dancing the night away at one of the regular themed dance and music shows.
1. Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa
Located on the shores of Eagle Beach, Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa offers top-notch accommodation at a very reasonable price. Although guests tend to spend most of their time on the beach, there's also plenty to do elsewhere at the resort, with a spa, a fitness center, and complimentary yoga and pilates classes all available. When it comes to food, you have a choice between four excellent restaurants serving up everything from sushi and seafood to steaks and Mediterranean cuisine. Each well-equipped, scrupulously clean guest room comes with a private balcony or patio, a walk-in rain shower, and a kitchenette with a microwave and mini-fridge.
Written by Dana Hanson
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