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5 Reasons Why Aruba has the best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean

Now that it’s 2017, I bet you are already planning your vacation, but where shall you go? Well, if you’re into staying at all-inclusive resorts in general but are looking for the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, look no further than Aruba.

There are so many reasons why our visitors keep coming back year after year; our pristine white-sand stretches of beaches our constant cooling breeze thanks to the famous Caribbean trade winds, our locals (the friendliest people you will ever encounter), and let’s not forget to mention that Aruba has more sunny days each year than anywhere else in the Caribbean!

But besides these obvious valid reasons to choose Aruba over any other Caribbean destination, Aruba is also home to some of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. What makes them the Caribbean’s best all-inclusive resorts? They’re right here, in Aruba, which offers 5 absolutely incredible  benefits:

1.Aruba is Safe to Explore

Shopping Aruba The city of Oranjestad

As one of the safest islands in the Caribbean (as reported by the United Nations), Aruba’s all-inclusive guests are not bound to their hotel property. Visiting Aruba, you will be free and completely safe to rent a car, ATV, UTV or jeep and roam around the island and explore all that Aruba has to offer! If you are coming down with your family, there are plenty of kids’ activities to do as well, such as the Butterfly Farm, the Philip’s Animal Garden or the Donkey Sanctuary. Or, if you’re looking to do the typical Caribbean beach vacation, feel free to relax on our family-friendly beaches, featuring calm waters where even the littlest ones are completely safe to enter the water with mom and dad!

2.Palm Beach Aruba is Exciting

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Most of Aruba’s high-rise hotels are situated alongside the beautiful and bustling Palm Beach Strip, which means that staying in an Aruba all-inclusive resort doesn’t leave you  isolated in the middle of nowhere like in other Caribbean destinations. When you are staying at an Aruba all-inclusive resort, you can leisurely stroll on the boardwalks, one alongside the beach and one on the concrete pavement on the road side, connecting all the hotels to each other and to local restaurants.

There is plenty of shopping and nightlife nearby our all-inclusives; just cross the street to find the Paseo Herencia Mall, the Palm Beach Plaza Mall and further down south the Arawak garden and the South Beach Plaza.

On the Palm beach itself there are also plenty of watersports providers ready to take you on a fun banana boat ride, teach you how to do paddle board yoga or take you on a dive to explore one of Aruba’s shipwrecks.

3.Aruba has over 250 Restaurants

Romantic DinnerRomantic dinner on the beach, anyone?

Of course, staying in an all-inclusive resort is a very hassle-free and relaxed way to vacation, but many visitors want some variety in the food that they eat during their vacation, and in other destinations, that may be difficult. Fortunately, our Aruba all-inclusive resorts all feature more than 5 restaurants each, so going for breakfast, lunch and dinner will never get boring! And people looking for even more variety will be pleased to find that Aruba also boasts more than 250 restaurants, ranging from the high-end fine dining restaurants to the local fisherman’s shack at the beach, making Aruba a true melting pot for delectable Caribbean cuisine. It would be a shame to pass up on those culinary delights.

4.Arubans also like to Eat and have Fun!

Aruba Carnival 2015Aruba's World Famous Carnival

Aruba has the second highest GDP in the Caribbean, which means that Arubans can also afford to wine and dine! Especially during the Holiday season, you will see Aruban families eating at fancy restaurants, and shopping in our main-street or at our high-end shopping malls. Explore our Holiday traditions, such as Dande at New Years. We spend a ton load of money on fireworks, I can tell you that!

Top that off with Carnival, our biggest party of the year taking place in February, and you will see Arubans drenched in sequins, feathers, glitter and gemstones shaking it to our sweet soca music! Immerse yourself in this experience and you will forever be in love with Aruba Carnival!

5.Aruba has great all-inclusive resorts

It doesn’t matter if you want a cheap Caribbean all-inclusive vacation or if want to pay extra bucks for a more luxurious experience, or whether you’re looking to stay at a family-friendly all inclusive resort, or one of the adults-only properties, as Aruba offers a variety of all-inclusives sure to meet even the most specific requirements! Here is a list of our best all-inclusive resorts for 2017:

The Barceló Aruba

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In the middle of the bustling Palm Beach strip is the all-inclusive Barceló Aruba, formerly known as Occidental Grand Aruba. The building itself dates back all the way to 1975, when American Airlines took the initiative to build a very upscale beach resort called the Americana (1997).

The recently completely refurbished hotel offers 370 rooms all with balconies for the guests to enjoy some amazing sunsets. Besides its idyllic location for beach activities, the Barceló Aruba is also perfect for staying fit as it offers: tennis courts, instructor-led activities, beach volleyball, watersports and much more.

Boasting 6 restaurants and 3 bars, the hotels dining options are many with international dishes, buffet or a la carte dining made possible.

If you want a more boutique approach to your stay, the Barceló is also home to the Royal Level Barceló Aruba, offering top notch luxury, sophistication and personalized service!

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The Divi Aruba All-Inclusive

Divi Aruba All-Inclusive

A household name in the all-inclusive family is Divi Aruba All-Inclusive! Built in 1969 on the tranquil Druif Beach, the laid-back, eco-friendly Divi Aruba is a beachfront property with a mix of garden, pool view, beachside, ocean view and ocean front rooms.

As a refuge of relaxation popular for weddings and honeymooners, this AAA three diamond rated property, just added the new pool view building and Pure Lime Mexican Restaurant.

The hotel has a choice of 10 dining options, unlimited beverages at 7 bars and you can enjoy everything that the adjacent Tamarijn Aruba has to offer as well! At night, try your luck in the Alhambra Casino, or enjoy some souvenir shopping at the Shops at Alhambra.

The Divi and Tamarijn All-Inclusive know how to honor their repeaters! If you are staying for the 5th consecutive time at one of their all-inclusive properties, you are eligible to join the Red Parrot Club and enjoy discounted member rates!

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The Tamarijn Aruba All-Inclusive

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This family-friendly hotel, built in 1975, and situated on the mile-long Druif Beach, is the first all-inclusive resort of Aruba, and a perfect choice for beach lovers, as all 236 rooms are oceanfront with fabulous views.

The Tamarijn Aruba All-Inclusive also offers the best all-inclusive family package in the Caribbean with their Kids Free All Inclusive up to age 17 years, which is offered year-round.

With plenty of activities on the resort property: a 30-foot climbing wall on the beach, tennis courts and watersport providers on the beach, you and your family will certainly  keep busy. No wonder it’s a family vacation critic favorite hotel 2016.

And with 10 restaurants and 8 bars with daily drink specials, you are certain to find something tasty at any time of day.  

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Divi Village All-Inclusive Villas

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The Divi Village All-Inclusive Villas offers an upscale all-inclusive experience with luxury villas (luxury studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites) all featuring private terraces or balconies overlooking the 9 –hole golf course: The Links at Divi.

This resort is a great choice for golfers, as additionally guests can enjoy free golf after 3 pm. You are also welcome to enjoy all the facilities and features of the Divi and Tamarijn Aruba. Choices include 13 dining options, 11 bars, 7 freshwater pools, non-motorized water sports and nightly entertainment.

Families enjoy extra savings with the family package allowing kids up to age 17 to stay, play and eat for free all-inclusive.

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Holiday Inn Aruba Beach Resort & Casino

Aerial View Aruba Holiday InnAerial view from Holiday Inn Aruba Beach Resort & Casino

The Holiday Inn Aruba Beach Resort & Casino is one of the longest running hotel chains in Aruba, as it opened its doors in 1969. 2 years ago, the Holiday Inn finished a complete refurbishment of its guestrooms, restaurants, bars, leisure areas and more, translating into a modern yet tropical atmosphere.  Situated at the end of the Palm Beach strip, the beach in front of the hotel is one of the most pristine in the area, and the hotel is a short 2 min walk away from the sizzling nightlife and shopping malls across the street.

Enjoy their unique ambiance, seaside pools, creative restaurants, rejuvenating spa, casino, fitness facilities, on-site shopping, complementary kids club, and the most adventurous water sports just steps away. The Holiday Inn offers these all-inclusive packages:

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The Riu Palace Aruba

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The prestigious Riu Palace Aruba on the extensive beach of the Palm Beach strip, has so much history! The hotel building dates all the way back to 1968, when it used to be called the Sheraton hotel. Then it changed to Aruba Grand and after a complete metamorphosis of both the interior and the exterior of the hotel it’s now the Riu Palace Aruba (All-Inclusive 24h).

The hotel boasts two swimming pools of fresh water, Jacuzzi, sauna, a gym, solarium-terrace and the health and beauty center “Renova Spa”.

The hotel´s gastronomy extends to four thematic restaurants that have a big variety of food to satisfy all the palates. The Riu certainly has everything in place to offer you the best activities, entertainment and diversion, with a popular casino adding on to the nightlife fun!

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The Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa Aruba

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Enjoy the ultimate Caribbean vacation experience at this intimate, 2-story boutique resort located on the shores of Eagle Beach, a European favorite for romantic and rejuvenating getaways.  Built in 1966; the Manchebo Beach Resort is celebrating their 50-year anniversary this year! With 72 Deluxe Ocean and Garden View Rooms, all newly renovated in an inviting, contemporary Island décor, this resort features top-notch amenities to make your stay relaxing and enjoyable.

Their Spa del Sol, a Caribbean-Balinese spa on the beach, offers healing massages delivered in a beachfront gazebo as well as revitalizing facials, masks and nourishing wraps. Quiet your mind and de-stress with sea-side yoga classes and Pilates classes on the wooden deck of the beach pavilion.

Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa features three a-la-carte restaurants including the Chophouse at Manchebo, Ike’s Bistro (Mediterranean & Caribbean) and the casual beach-side Pega-Pega Café & Beach Bar.

The hotel offers an optional premium all-inclusive program featuring a buffet and a-la-carte breakfast and a-la-carte lunch & dinner as well as a premium open bar.

The resort is just 5 minutes away from the Palm Beach Area and Aruba’s capital Oranjestad featuring many shops, restaurants and nightlife.

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The Riu Palace Antillas

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The Riu Palace Antillas, located on Palm Beach, is the first all-inclusive resort on Aruba which is exclusively for adults. Back when it was the Concorde hotel in 1977, it also used to be the largest hotel on the Palm Beach strip.

The Riu Antillas offers an all-inclusive 24-hour program and with 5 restaurants, a pool bar and a lobby bar there is enough to enjoy in terms of food and drink.

The hotel provides ample activities to stay busy the entire day and night: from sporting and leisure activities during the day, to live music and shows at night in the lounge bars. Furthermore, the Riu Palace Antillas is the only resort that has its own private nightclub: The Pacha nightclub, with entrance and drinks as part of the All-Inclusive program, as well as a full casino.

Guests can enjoy the facilities at the adjacent Riu Palace, and vice versa, as a bridge connects the 2 properties. Day passes are available at $130, including all the facilities that the resorts have to offer. 

If you are planning your wedding, it might be worth it to consider the Riu Palace Antillas, as they offer free wedding ceremonies in exchange for room occupancy.

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The Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Suites at Dutch Village

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The Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Suites are located just steps from the Tamarijn Aruba at Dutch Village, in a lush garden setting. The Dutch Village is an all-suite resort surrounded by pools that is perfect for families. Guests enjoy all features and facilities of the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives including the mile-long, white sand beach, restaurants, bars, non-motorized water sports and nightly entertainment.

The 97 suites are fully equipped with kitchenettes, jetted bathtubs and furnished balconies or patios. Hotel amenities include: 10 dining options, 8 bars, 6 freshwater pools and non-motorized water sports. The Divi Winds Sports Center with fitness center features new cardiovascular and strength equipment and rock climbing on a 30-foot rock wall.

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With so many different options on offer, it’s clear that Aruba is the best destination in the Caribbean for all-inclusive travel. Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, romance, or family-friendly fun, our all-inclusive resorts are sure to please. Book your trip and experience one of these fantastic resorts for yourself..

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About the blogger: Jane Vermaas
Born and raised on the One happy island Aruba, her passions include everything Aruba has to offer. From the best snorkel spots to authentic cultural experiences, she will give you the inside scoop on where to beach bum and where to get the best local dish, where to go salsa dancing and the island’s best practices to happiness!