For many people, their dream destination is to one of the islands located in the Caribbean Sea. One such island is Aruba, which is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This island has a dry climate that means tourists can expect sunny weather throughout their stay. Aruba is known for its stunning beaches, beautiful national parks, and a variety of historic landmarks. If Aruba is your chosen destination, it is important to find the accommodation that meets all your needs within your budget for you to have an enjoyable stay. Here is an overview of the 20 best hotels in Aruba.
20. Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort
Eagle Beach is just across the road from Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort, says Fodor’s Travel. It is a family-run hotel that has an intimate feel, which is something that former guests have praised. The hotel is built around a courtyard that boasts a wading pool and a waterfall pool. Both small studios and two-bedroom suites are available. All have kitchenettes, but you will also have a whirlpool tub if you opt for the latter. One of the best features of this hotel is its restaurant, Passions on the Beach, which is a romantic, beach restaurant.
19. Hotel Riu Palace Aruba
Perched along Palm Beach on Aruba's northwestern edge, Hotel Riu Palace Aruba offers 450 guest rooms and suites with double or king-sized beds, satellite TVs, minibars and beverage dispensers. Suites also boast balconies or terraces with ocean views. The all-inclusive room rates cover breakfast, lunch and dinner at the property's five restaurants, plus drinks at various bars, including the casino bar and a swim-up option at one of the pools. Recent guests praised the resort's cuisine; however, some felt frustrated by the limited selection of palapas available at the beach. To claim one, past travelers suggest arriving by 7:30 a.m. For those who'd rather sleep in or skip the beach altogether, the property offers three pools, one of which is for kids. Adults can also unwind in this RIU outpost's Renova Spa.
18. Playa Linda Beach Resort
When Playa Linda Beach Resort was built, it was designed to look like a stepped pyramid. Its interesting design makes this hotel stand out from the others along Palm Beach. This hotel is a brilliant option for families taking a vacation on the island, as there is plenty to keep the kids entertained. These include a circuit of pools that includes an activity pool and a hot tub, a kids’ club, tennis courts, and theme nights. The rooms are designed for extended stays, with full kitchens and a range of modern amenities.
17. Holiday Inn Resort
According to Fodor’s Travel, Holiday Inn Resort is divided into themed areas that provide different experiences for guests. In the OMM zone, guests can enjoy yoga, Pilates, tai chi, and rum and wine tasting in the Palm Rum Bar. In the romantic HMMM zone, there are lounges in the water. The WOW zone is all about family fun, and the best feature of this zone is the family pool. Other facilities include an on-site casino and several dining options.
16. Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort
For golf enthusiasts, the best hotel in Aruba is the Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort. It is located just across the road from its sister property, but this all-suite option is much quieter. In addition to the hotel’s golf course, there is an infinity pool overlooking the course, a pool bar, a children’s pool with water playground, barbecue areas, and rooftop Jacuzzis. The accommodation is spacious and the hotel is set in lush grounds.
15. Costa Linda Beach Resort
This accommodation sits on a 600-feet stretch of Eagle Beach and wraps around a large pool that features a water circuit, fountains, and whirlpools. This is surrounded by well-manicured grounds. There is a choice of one, two, or three-bedroomed guest rooms that are in a horseshoe-shaped, four-story building. Other amenities include a separate children’s pool and floodlit tennis courts. This hotel is located close to the shopping mall, which has shops, restaurants, and a casino.
14. Tamarajin Aruba All-Inclusive Beach Resort
Those who want to enjoy the perks of an all-inclusive vacation should consider Tamarajin Aruba All-Inclusive Beach Resort. There are multiple dining options on-site, including a massive buffet, a pizza bar, an Italian restaurant, and an Asian-fusion eater. This oceanfront property has direct access to the beach, and it is close to the new mall. There is a spa on-site, and guests also have access to all the facilities at the neighboring Divi Aruba Hotel.
13. Occidental Grand Aruba Resort & Casino
The Occidental Grand Aruba Resort & Casino has something for everyone. This beachfront hotel has nightly entertainment, an excellent choice of eateries, a large pool with waterfall and whirlpool tubs, a fitness center, and Iguana Island, which is full of lizards. However, the best facility on the site is the hotel’s casino. There is the option for guests to upgrade to the Royal Club level, which gives guests a premium experience that includes access to a luxurious lounge and an exclusive restaurant.
12. Ocean Z Boutique Hotel
A stylish option for those who prefer the intimate feel of a boutique hotel is the Ocean Z Boutique Hotel. AFAR says that this hotel was designed by Venezuelan architect Oscar Enrique, and it has a modernist style. Located in Noord, there are just 13 rooms in this hotel, each of which features minimalist furnishings. An interesting feature of the accommodation is that all the rooms have outdoor showers. The rooms also have modern amenities and some luxurious touches.
11. Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort
Those who are visiting Aruba as a family should consider the Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort, as this is a family-friendly hotel with plenty to keep people of all ages entertained. There is a kids’ club that arranges a jam-packed program of activities, two pools, a swim-up bar, cabanas, a full-service spa, and two beachside restaurants. Another reason for families to stay at this accommodation is that children under 12 stay and eat for free, which is a massive saving for families with a limited budget.
10. Blue Aruba
Sitting along Eagle Beach amid the Golden Mile is the Blue Aruba, which is a hotel that consists of three high-rise towers. In addition to the guest rooms in the resort, there are also luxurious condominiums. The modern and spacious rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows so that you can fully appreciate the spectacular views. According to AFAR, the facilities at this hotel include two infinity pools, a fitness center, a spa, private beach facilities, and a high-end restaurant that offers eight-course dinners.
9. The Old Man and the Sea Ocean Villas
Another fantastic option is The Old Man and the Sea Ocean Villas, says Jetsetter.com. Located in a small fishing village called Savaneta, just half an hour south of Palm Beach, this hotel offers the only overwater accommodation in Aruba. It is this unique feature that makes this option stand out from the competition. Guests can relax on their private decks before jumping off to cool down in the sea below. If you do not want to stay in one of the overwater accommodations, three villas are built along the beach that have traditional thatched roofs and pretty furnishings.
8. Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
If the idea of staying in a hotel with an on-site casino appeals to you, then Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino has the biggest on the island. Located in downtown Oranjestad, the hotel is also ideally situated for accessing the shopping and sightseeing in the historical capital. The resort is divided into two separate resorts; the adults-only Renaissance Marina and the family-friendly Renaissance Ocean Suites. An interesting feature of this hotel is that it has a 40-acre private island that guests can access via the water taxi.
7. Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
There is hardly any need to leave the resort if you stay ay Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino as there are so many things to enjoy on-site. There is a swim-up pool for adults-only, a separate pool for all guests, a vintage schooner for snorkeling excursions, direct beach access, four restaurants, and an on-site casino. Various accommodation options are available, although the best are the club level rooms with balconies.
6. Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino
Ideally located along Palm Beach and close to the attractions and restaurants, Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino is a popular option amongst those visiting this island. It is a fantastic choice if you plan to spend a lot of time at the hotel, as there are multiple facilities and entertainment options. Some of these include a three-level pool, a range of watersports, an on-site casino, an upscale spa, and 12 bars and restaurants.
5. Ritz-Carlton Aruba
Across the globe, Ritz-Carlton hotels are known for providing guests with comfortable and enjoyable experiences. If you choose to stay at Ritz-Carlton Aruba, you will find everything that you would expect from a Ritz-Carlton hotel. It is both romantic and family-friendly at the same time, so it will suit almost every traveler. The spacious and comfortable rooms have luxurious touches and balconies with sea views. One of the best facilities at this hotel is the 15,000-square-foot spa, where guests can relax and enjoy a variety of treatments and therapies. There are also two outdoor pools. The best dining option at this hotel is the BLT steakhouse, which boasts a raw bar serving a good selection of oyster varieties.
4. Boardwalk Hotel
The Hotel Guru describes this hotel as a stunning boutique property that is in a setting that will make you imagine you are Robinson Crusoe. It is surrounded by azure water, emerald palms, and ivory sands. The accommodation available is one or two-bedroomed casitas that have bright décor, modern furniture, kitchenettes, and patios.
3. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort
Having won multiple travel critics awards, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort deserves one of the top places on any list of the best hotels in Aruba. This is a couple’s only boutique resort along one of the most stunning beaches in Aruba, so it is the ideal place for a romantic break or a honeymoon. There are both rooms and suites available at this hotel, which all feature balconies and modern, minimalistic décor. Guests can dine in one of the two on-site restaurants or enjoy a candlelit beach dinner. Other facilities at this hotel include an infinity pool, films on the beach, yoga sessions, and a top of the range spa.
2. Manchebo Beach Resort
Both the facilities and the location are what makes this hotel such a fantastic option if you are staying in Aruba. It is set on an idyllic spot by the sandy beaches and the turquoise sea, surrounded by palm trees. In terms of the facilities, guests can cool off in the outdoor pool, relax in the spa, drink at the beach bar, or have a treatment at the beauty salon. There are also three restaurants from which guests can choose during their stay.
1. Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino
According to The Telegraph, the best hotel in Aruba is the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino. It was the first resort in Aruba, and it is also the largest. Unlike other chain hotels that have a rather generic feel, the local touches have elevated a stay in this hotel to a truly Aruban experience. Those who stay at this resort have access to many excellent facilities, including a steam room, a bar, outdoor pools, a sauna, a fitness center, a private beach, tennis courts, and a kids’ club. There are multiple eating and drinking options at this hotel. For breakfast, guests dine at Laguna, while daytime food is served at the casual Gilligan’s Seafood Shack. In the evenings, guests head for the more formal Sunset Grille, which is an elegant steakhouse.
Written by Liz Flynn
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