Whether you are planning a trip to Aruba or already call it home, there is no shortage of exciting, memorable, and luxury activities to take part in on the gorgeous Caribbean island. After all, there are a number of picture perfect beaches to check out and a huge selection of water sports to take part in, as well as historic sites, scenic sights, and a national park to visit, championship golf courses to play on, amazing restaurants to try, high-end boutiques to shop in, and much more.
If price is of little concern when planning your Aruba adventure, then the list of things you can enjoy while in the tropical paradise is almost endless. To help you decide what to do while on the island and ensure you don't miss out on the island's most high-end activities, here are five things to do in Aruba with an unlimited budget. However, it is worth noting that Aruba prides itself on offering affordable adventures, so it is quite difficult to find incredibly expensive activities.
Experience the island from a different perspective by chartering a super yacht.
Camper and Nicholson International has a variety of super yachts available for charter on a weekly basis, including the Anastasia ($687,000 per week) and the Sultana ($36,000 per week). The Anastasia, measuring 63m, includes six cabins that provide spectacular views of the ocean, a large luxury living area that includes state-of-the-art electronic equipment, a spa, outdoor jacuzzi that is shaded by large umbrellas, a pool situated on the sundeck, outdoor bars, and several ideal spots for al fresco dining. To make things even better, the yacht includes a 16-member staff who will take care of your every need. It’s entirely up to you what you do on the yacht and where it goes.
Spend the day exploring Aruba’s underwater life.
De Palm Tours offers an array of excursions that are perfect for anyone who wants to get up close and personal with aquatic life. Throughout the day, you can take a voyage on an Atlantis Submarine, a fully air-conditioned, U.S. Coast Guard approved submarine that travels to depths of 130 feet below the Caribbean Sea. The 1 hour and 45-minute trip costs $105 per person. Afterwards, you can take part in the Palm Pleasure Snorkel Adventure, a 4-hour adventure that is ideal for anyone who wants to swim alongside marine life ($89 per person). Follow up this trip with the Palm Pleasure’s Afternoon Delight, which takes you to the Antilla Shipwreck and Boca Catalina ($66 per person). Finally, at the end of day head out on a luxurious 2-hour trip on a catamaran to enjoy the sunset ($64 per person). The total cost per person is $324, not including snacks, drinks, and etc., so you can take several of your friends along and pay for everyone without going broke.
Indulge in a shopping spree at Renaissance Mall before heading to the casino.
Renaissance Mall, located in Oranjestad, is home to a wide variety of high-end luxury brands, including Gucci, Chopard, Rolex, Michael Kors, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Jimmy Choo, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, and David Yurman, just to name a few. You can easily spend thousands of dollars in a matter of minutes, which is the only place on the end with such an impressive list of brands in one spot.
Afterwards, head over to the Crystal Casino, which is located in the mall and features the latest slot machines, as well as poker, roulette, and Texas Hold Em tables, among others . Whether you win back some of the money you spent shopping or end up losing it all, you are sure to have an amazing time. Crystal Casino is open 24 hours a day and offers a lounge that serves delicious food and cocktails.
Hire EL Tours for a private tour of Aruba’s top spots.
There really is no better way to ensure you don’t miss anything Aruba has to offer than by hiring a local resident to take you on a private tour. Awarded a 2016 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence due to their outstand customer service, EL Tours allows you to do just that. Currently, the company does not list the cost of their private tours, but they do encourage you to contact them for details.
EL Tours gives you the opportunity to custom create your tour destinations, based on how long you want to allow for your tour and what you are most interested in seeing. Possible stops include the Aloe Vera Factory, Alto Vista Chapel, California Light House, Baby Natural Bridge, Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins, Ayo Rock Formations, and Rock Garden along the north coast. You can also choose to make a short stop at several beaches, including Baby Beach, to cool off during your travels, as well as stop for lunch and dinner. To be honest, this is probably your best bet for seeing everything in Aruba.
Engage in luxury spa treatments at the Purun Spa, located in the Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort.
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After a few days of exploring Aruba, you will want to take some time out to relax. Bucuti & Tara’s Purun Spa, a 2016 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence recipient, will help you do just that, thanks to the extensive selection of spa treatments they offer. You can start with the Sacred Massage of Totoma, a combination Swedish massage and aromatic body wash ($130 for 80 minutes) and follow it up with the Anti-Stress Massage, a deep tissue massage that helps relax your tired muscles and restore your inner well-being ($150 for 80 minutes). Afterwards, a reflex foot massage, which includes a refreshing foot scrub, is ideal for taking care of your tired feet ($115 for 80 minutes).
Before you leave, be sure to enjoy the Experts of Purun Facial ($85 for 50 minutes) and the Wrap of Collagen, which helps firm your skin ($110 per person). Finish up your spa day with a full body wax ($219 per person) and combination manicure/ pedicure ($80 per person).
Written by Garrett Parker
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