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February maybe the month of LOVE, but on Aruba we invite lovebirds to snuggle up on Aruba, where romance is always in the air.
Aruba is the perfect destination for couples, with romantic locations, restaurant tables under the stars and a host of activities for two to enjoy together.
A long-standing popular honeymoon destination and named by the global Luxury Travel Guide as a winner of the title, most romantic destination of the year, Aruba also boasts award-winning beaches, a vibrant nightlife and a host of top quality resorts where couples can be pampered in luxury.
A recent study by search engine giant Google reveals that travellers’ top criteria for 2022 include life moments, value, health safety, community first, digital presence and sustainability – things that Aruba can certainly deliver.
For example, responsible romantic travel is at the heart of one of its leading resorts, Bucuti & Tara Beach. This adults-only property has been TripAdvisor’s No. 1 hotel for romance in the Caribbean for six years running and top 10 hotel for romance in the world.
With romance concierges delivering tailored services to couples, the resort also offers private beachfront dining and beach butler service. Wellness services include beach massages, meditation and full-moon yoga.
Bucuti is the Caribbean’s first and only carbon-neutral hotel, enabling couples to enjoy guilt-free holidays.
For those seeking seclusion, Aruba has hidden tranquil gems as well as miles of golden sand beaches. On the north-west coast, for example, a set of steps carved in the rocks lead to a small sandy cove known as Tres Trapi. It’s a top spot for sun lovers, where one can simply chill to the mesmerising rhythm of the waves lapping the rocky shore.
Another option is Boca Grandi Beach on the southern reaches of the island. Characterised by sand dunes held in place by low-lying sea grapes, it wraps around a bay where a small rolling surf beckons. It attracts advanced kite surfers at the weekends but during the week there is hardly a soul to be seen.
Another get-away-from-it-all location is Renaissance Island, a 40-acre tropical paradise, home to Aruba’s only private beach and its famous pink flamingos. Available exclusively to guests at the Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort in capital Oranjestad, the island is reached by private launch, which picks up from the hotel reception area.
Choose between sipping frozen cocktails or being pampered at the private spa cove. Relax in a hammock in your own private cabana and, for the more active, try Aruba’s favourite outdoor sport, beach tennis.
Talking activities, there are plenty for couples to enjoy together, from tandem parasailing to snorkeling hand in hand – or simply walking together, perhaps to a secluded cove in the Arikok National Park.
Meanwhile, if your idea of activity with a partner is more ‘Strictly’, everyone in Aruba seems to have natural timing and will be on the dance floor as soon the music starts. There are five main dances in Aruba – salsa, meringue, kizomba, rueda and bachata, for which, in some cases, there are free sessions and demonstrations for visitors at bars and hotels. Some local dance schools also offer free introductory lessons.
And when the swinging and swaying is over, choose from a host of cuisines for a romantic dinner. With more than 600 places to eat and catering for all budgets and palates, Aruba dishes up dining out like few other destinations.
All major international cuisines are represented. From burgers to baltis, South American churrascarias to Chinese, and haute cuisine to humble local specialities, Aruba is an adventure for the taste buds.
For the romance of dining under the stars, there is a wide choice. Try Passion on the Beach or Atardi at the northern end of the island or, in Oranjestad, Matthew’s beachside restaurant or Elements.
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