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2019 Guide to Hotels in Aruba

The One happy island is home to some of the best hotels in the entire Caribbean! Whether looking for luxurious 5-star beach resorts, or family hotels.

No matter what kind of Caribbean vacation you’re looking for, the island of Aruba has something for everyone!

With its world-class oceanfront resorts and countless entertainment, shopping, and dining options, guests of all ages and origins can indulge in an Aruba vacation that’s second to none. 

However, with so many hotel options and things to do for vacationers and travelers alike, it can be tricky deciding where to stay, but don’t worry, because we’ve got you covered.

In this hotel guide, we’ll go through our top-rated picks for the best hotels in Aruba so you can start planning your next Caribbean vacation today!

Aruba’s Best Hotels for Families

Going on vacation with a family can be difficult, as keeping everyone entertained, engaged, and happy is a lot harder than it sounds. 

Luckily for our visitors, Aruba is one of the Caribbean’s best family vacation destinations: featuring year-round sunshine, a variety of family-friendly resorts and things to do, as well as a rich history and culture, meaning that there’s plenty to do and experience all day, every day!

To top it all off, Aruba is also one of the safest islands in the Caribbean, so there’s no need to worry; in fact, we encourage our guests to get adventurous and explore the island and everything it has to offer.

Here’s our list of the best family hotels in Aruba: 

Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club

For families looking for a more luxurious experience, look no further than Marriot’s Aruba Ocean Club resort. 

This vacation destination sits amid a sprawling resort playground featuring a 24-hour casino, plenty of dining and shopping, a kids club, a fitness center, and easy access to the renowned, two-mile-long Palm Beach strip. 

Guests staying at this resort get to choose from luxurious 1 or 2 bedroom villas that can sleep anywhere between 4 and 6, and on-site amenities include a coffee bar with small breakfast items, a fresh fruit juice bar, an outdoor restaurant serving lunch and dinner, a sports bar, and tons of family activities and table games. 

Smiling kids posing on the beach at sunset at Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club.

Smiling kids posing on the beach at sunset at Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club.

Divi Dutch Village Resort

Nestled in a delightful tropical garden that’s just a short walk from Druif beach, one of the best soft sand beaches in Aruba, the Divi Dutch Resort is a one-of-a-kind resort that’s perfect for families looking for a quiet escape in the Caribbean.  

Newly renovated in 2017, Divi Dutch Resort offers all-suite accommodations, with every room featuring a fully equipped kitchen, air-conditioning, television, and charming Caribbean décor. 

Families staying at the Divi Dutch Village Resort will also have access to 3 freshwater swimming pools, 3 whirlpools, lighted tennis courts, and so much more!

And, when it’s time to eat, families can enjoy yummy poolside lunches and snacks at the Tiki Tiki Pool Bar and Grill.

Sun tan by the pool at the Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort.

Sun tan by the pool at the Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort.

Casa Del Mar Beach Resort

The Casa Del Mar Beach Resort sits right on the shore of the world-famous Eagle Beach—one of Aruba’s most popular and scenic natural attractions—and is one of those rare resorts that features more than enough amenities and accommodations to please the entire family!

At the Casa Del Mar Beach Resort, you can choose between two luxurious suite types, the Presidential and the Ambassador, both featuring exquisite views of the ocean, pool, or garden.  

For larger families, the Presidential suite will be your best bet, as it features 2 bedrooms, 2 luxurious bathrooms (with tub and shower), and a fully equipped kitchen with all utensils and place settings for a family of six. 

And with an on-site minimart for easy shopping, babysitting services, and a children’s activity center, the Casa Del Mar Beach resort makes vacationing with the family simple and fun!

Casa Del Mar Aruba Beach Resort & Timeshare in Aruba

Aruba's Best Hotels for Romance & Adults-Only Vacations

Looking to celebrate your honeymoon, anniversary, or just have a romantic experience in the Caribbean

Look no further than the island of Aruba!

With our world-famous beaches and a variety of 1st class and boutique style resorts, there are plenty of options for couples looking to get away. 

Below are our top picks for romantic getaways on the island:

Holiday Inn Aurba

Positioned in the heart of the Palm Beach strip, the Holiday Inn Aruba resort is a great destination for couples who are looking to get away. 

Located right on the powdery white sand beach and just a few minutes from the main boulevard, couples can enjoy souvenir shops, piano bars, restaurants, movie theaters, and more!

Restaurant with a beach view at the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - Beach Resort & Casino.

Restaurant with a beach view at the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - Beach Resort & Casino.

Boardwalk Small Hotel

For couples looking for something a little more low-key, the Boardwalk Small Hotel is one of the best places to stay in all of Aruba

As a matter of fact, this boutique style hotel is consistently ranked among the top 3 places to stay in Aruba, and for good reason: this little hotel features 14 spacious casitas spread out in the peaceful gardens of a historic coconut plantation, and is just seconds away from the beautiful Palm Beach where guests can enjoy their own dedicated section of prime beach real estate.  

Each room comes fully equipped with kitchens, modern bathrooms, and private patios with hammocks and BBQ grills. Perks and privileges include complimentary palapas lounge beds, beach towels, and cooler and snorkel gear.

Boardwalk small hotel Aruba tropical garden.

Boardwalk small hotel Aruba tropical garden.

Machebo Beach Resort & Spa

This newly renovated resort has been a top pick for almost 50 years, making the Machebo Beach Resort & Spa one of the island’s most distinguished vacation destinations. 

Featuring three a-la-carte restaurants, a pool bar with a daily happy hour, seaside yoga, and 72 deluxe ocean and garden view rooms, this resort will surely provide you and your significant other with the romantic getaway you crave!

Palm trees at the Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa.

Palm trees at the Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa.

Aruba's Best Beachfront Hotels

If you’re looking for the Caribbean’s best beach holiday vacation destination, there’s really no better option than the island of Aruba!

With some of the best beachfront resorts on the planet, great year-round weather, and a rich cultural history to boot, Aruba should definitely be a top consideration for your Caribbean vacation. 

To help you get started, below are our top picks for beachfront hotels in Aruba:

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa & Casino

Located on 12-acres of prime beach real estate, the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort is easily one of the most sought-after and desired resorts in the Caribbean. 

With 357 rooms, a 3-level pool complex, a private beach, a casino, and multiple on-site dining venues, including Ruinas del Mar, this resort truly offers one of the most unique blends of sophistication and elegance. 

Guests also have access to Hyatt Regency’s tennis courts, Camp Hyatt for kids, water sports by Red Sail Sports, and golf at nearby Tierra del Sol and Links at Divi.

Sunset overlooking the garden at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa & Casino.

Sunset overlooking the garden at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa & Casino.

Aruba Marriot Resort & Stellaris Casino

The Aruba Marriot Resort and Stellaris Casino is located right on Palm Beach and features some of the most spacious and luxurious suites on the entire island. 

Each room at this resort offers Marriott’s Revive bedding, contemporary bathrooms, LCD flat-panel TVs, and large private balconies. 

Amenities include high-end restaurants like the world-renowned Ruth’s Chris Steak House, a Balinese-style Mandara Spa, a Health Club, and the 24-hours Stellaris Casino. 

And if you’re looking for something more exclusive, guests have the option of experiencing the Marriot Tradewinds Club. 

Located on the 8th floor, the Tradewinds Club offers 49 rooms and suites, providing guests with the private Tradewinds lounge—a quiet, intimate space to relax and enjoy 5 daily food and beverage presentations.

Balcony view of the pool area and Palm Beach at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino.

Balcony view of the pool area and Palm Beach at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino.

Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort Aruba

With its distinctive mix of Dutch colonial style and Aruban flair, the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort is one of the most iconic destinations on Eagle Beach. 

In fact, the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort is one of the hottest spots for weddings, as it is located right in front of Eagle Beach’s most recognizable landmarks: the fofoti trees!

This beautiful resort offers all the intimacy of a boutique hotel, but with the luxuries of a large Caribbean resort. On-site, guests can enjoy newly revamped rooms with modern accommodations, like kitchenettes, full-kitchens, flat screen TVs, free internet access, Jacuzzis, and complimentary coffee supplies.

Sunset cocktails at the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort Aruba.

Sunset cocktails at the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort Aruba.

Aruba's Best Luxury Hotels

When we think about the things that we look forward the most when we go on vacation, being pampered with luxurious resort amenities is probably near or at the very top of our list. 

After all, going on a long vacation is often the result of many days, months, and even years of hard work, so who can blame us for wanting the very best VIP experience, even if it’s only for a few days. 

On the island of Aruba, you can experience the very best in 5-star accommodations, including world-class dining, shopping, and resort amenities. 

Below are our top picks for Aruba’s best luxury hotels and resorts:

Ritz Carlton Aruba

Given its pedigree, it’s easy to recommend the Ritz Carlton Aruba resort as a top pick. 

Starting with the rooms, guests are treated to spacious accommodations featuring large balconies with views of Palm Beach, thoughtful décor, luxurious bathrooms, and so much more. 

The Ritz Carlton Aruba also provides guests with four unique dining experiences, a 13-treatment room Spa, two swimming pools, a 24-hour casino, and an exclusive retail area for all your high-end shopping needs. 

So, if you’re looking for one of the most premiere, 5-star experience on the island, the Ritz Carlton is it!

The view of The Ritz- Carlton, Aruba at sunset.

The view of The Ritz- Carlton, Aruba at sunset.

Tierra Del Sol Resort & Golf

If you’re looking for luxury, but also want to golf, it doesn’t get any better than the Tierra Del Sol Resort. 

Located on the only 18-hole golf course on the island, the Tierra Del Sol Resort offers guests 600 acres of pure golfing bliss. 

After guests are finished with their round of ground, they can enjoy other top-notch amenities, including a spa, fitness center, tennis courts, and an award-winning restaurant serving up island favorites like steak and Caribbean rock lobster tail. 

This resort also uniquely offers 4 types of accommodations: condos, apartments, villas, and free-standing homes—each fully equipped to make your stay feel as luxurious as possible.

Tierra del Sol Resort, Spa & Country Club

Barceló Resort

If shopping is what you’re after, then the Barceló Resort is definitely where you want to stay.

Right across from the Paseo Herenica and Palm Beach Plaza malls, guests at the Barceló Resort have all that they need to satisfy their shopping cravings. 

And, when it’s time to relax and have some fun, the Barceló Resort has a whole assortment of exciting amenities, such as various water sports, 6 restaurants, 3 bars, and a dazzling nightlife that’s sure to impress.

Lady enjoying the pool at the Barcelo Aruba.

Lady enjoying the pool at the Barcelo Aruba.

Best Aruba Hotels with Casinos

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of hitting it big on the casino floor, and luckily for vacationers traveling to Aruba, they can experience all the fun and excitement of Vegas-style gambling, but with a Caribbean twist!

Below are our top picks for travelers looking to try their luck at Aruba’s top-rated Casinos:

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

For gamblers looking for a unique, private beach experience, the Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino will definitely fit the bill. 

Located in the heart of Oranjestad, this resort offers guests the opportunity to explore 40 acres of exclusive beach on Renaissance Island where they can feed and interact with beautiful flamingos. 

For accommodations, this resort features modern rooms and suites, complete with complimentary Wi-Fi and balconies with ocean and garden views. 

And, when it’s time to relax and refuel, guests can indulge in a rejuvenating session at the Okeanos Spa and a delicious meal at one of the resort’s many celebrated restaurants and bars.

Seaport Casino in Downtown Oranjestad.

Seaport Casino in Downtown Oranjestad.

Tropicana Aruba Resort & Casino

Situated right next to the world famous Eagle Beach, the Tropicana Aruba Resort and Casino features a whole host of on and off-site activities for the entire family. 

Starting with the pools, the Tropicana Aruba Resort has an incredible 150-foot waterslide that’s sure to entertain for hours on end. And for when you’re in dire need of refreshments, there’s a swim-up bar serving all of your favorite drinks!

And when it’s time to test your luck, the Tropicana Casino offers Vegas-style thrills and ambiance with a variety of table games like Roulette, Black Jack, Poker, and over 100 of the newest and most exciting slot machines!

After spending some time on the casino floor, guests can check out Double Down Sports Bar and Grill, Aruba’s best casino bar and grill. 

Off-site, the Tropicana Aruba resort also features a variety of fun activities: from snorkeling, to kayaking, to horseback riding, there’s more than enough here to keep your family entertained!

For accommodations, the Tropicana Aruba Resort & Casino has 362 suites—all of which coming with air conditioning, a complete kitchen, a spacious living room, and a private balcony or patio with views of the pools.

Tropicana Aruba Resort & Casino

Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino

Having undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation, the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort and Casino is a top pick for vacationers looking to gamble and experience premium accommodations and amenities.

Featuring 357 rooms and suites with private balconies, patios, and amenities like two zero-entry pools, bicycle rentals, a kids club, and more, this resort is a top recommendation for families and couples alike who want to experience both luxurious resort style living and Vegas-style play.

Macaws at the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort.

Macaws at the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort.

Aruba's Best All-Inclusive Hotels

Nothing says “I’m on vacation” like all-inclusive, and on the island of Aruba, there are a whole host of all-inclusive options that sit right on the beach and offer a ton of on and off-site activities.

Below are our top picks for best all-inclusive hotels in Aruba:

RIU Palace Aruba

The RIU Palace Aruba is one of the most impressive, adult only hotels in Aruba: featuring 400-plus rooms and convenient amenities like Wi-Fi, satellite TV, air conditioning, and fully-stocked minibars, this resort goes above and beyond what you’d expect from an all-inclusive, Caribbean resort. 

To top it all off, the RIU Palace Aruba is a 24-hour resort, offering all day and night activities, dining, and entertainment. 

During the day, guests looking to relax can check out the Renova Spa, which features a whirlpool bath, sauna, and a whole range of specialized treatments to help you look and feel your best. 

And for guests looking to be more active, the RIU Aruba Palace offers an on-site fitness center, beach volleyball, paddle surfing, and kayaking. 

For food, guests can enjoy 5 restaurants offering breakfast buffets, delicious fusion, Italian, Japanese, and select cut steaks from our poolside steakhouse.

Guest at the RIU Palace Aruba in the pool enjoying a sunset over Palm Beach.

Guest at the RIU Palace Aruba in the pool enjoying a sunset over Palm Beach.

Divi Aruba All Inclusive

The Divi Aruba All resort is jammed-packed with all sorts of all-inclusive goodness: with 10 dining options, 7 bars, five freshwater pools, and non-motorized water sports, guests can rest assured that their needs will be well taken care of. 

Located just steps away from Eagle Beach, this resort’s five different room styles all feature satellite TV, air-conditioning, a mini-fridge, an in-room digital safe, free, Wi-Fi, and more!

Tamarijn Aruba

For travelers looking for an all-inclusive, oceanfront resort with tons of activities like windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling, and rock climbing, Tamarijn Aruba is a top recommendation!

In addition to these great activities, this resort also offers guests nightly live entertainment and is just steps away from Alhambra casino where you can keep the adrenaline rush going. 

Finally, all 236 rooms at Tamarijn Aruba feature oceanfront front views from private patios or balconies.

Sunset at the Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive resort beach.

Sunset at the Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive resort beach.

Aruba's Best Budget Hotels

Believe it or not, going on vacation doesn’t always mean breaking the bank!

In fact, Aruba offers a variety of affordable hotels and resorts for travelers looking to save a buck, and below are our two favorite destinations for budget-conscious travelers:

Serene by the Sea

Located in Savaneta, the oldest town on the island, Serene by the Sea is a 4-room, boutique hotel that offers guests personalized service and attention. 

Each room features a private patio or balcony, modern décor, beautiful authentic furniture, and an ocean view. 

Additionally, guests can also enjoy conveniences such as free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free daily newspapers, and more!

On the beach, guests can enjoy oceanfront shade, complimentary lounge chairs, beach towels, and snorkeling equipment.

As a bonus, this hotel regularly offers discounts of up to 25% during certain months of the year, so check back regularly for the best deals. 

So, if you’re looking for a personalized experience on a budget, look no further than Serene by the Sea in Savaneta!

Caribbean Palm Village Resort

The Caribbean Palm Village Resort is a low-rise resort conveniently located about a mile from Palm Beach—a popular destination for shopping, gambling, dining, and long walks on the beach. 

Set in a lush tropical garden, the Caribbean Palm Village Resort features 2 swimming pools, 2 Jacuzzis, complimentary beach transportation, and a BBQ area for guests’ private use. 

This resort also features 170 rooms and 3 room types: studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom. 

All rooms at this resort come fully equipped with a kitchenette/kitchen, and feature flat screen TVs, pool or garden views, air conditioning, ceiling fans, and more!

Other Accommodations Options

In addition to some of the best resorts and hotels in the Caribbean, Aruba also offers travelers a variety of exquisite Timeshares and Vacation Rentals that are sure to impress!

Timeshares

With thirteen timeshare and vacation ownership properties on the island—more than anywhere else in the region—Aruba is the timeshare capital of the Caribbean!

Starting with our first timeshare resort in 1977 with the opening of the now legendary Aruba Beach Club, we’ve spent the last 40 years making sure our Aruba Timeshare Rentals are second to none.  

What’s more, guests will find that many of the timeshares in Aruba are located in the Eagle Beach and Palm Beach area, where they have easy access to the beach and to popular shopping and entertainment centers. 

For accommodations, guests can expect their timeshare to include fully equipped kitchens, spacious living rooms, and in some instances, separate bedrooms and washer/dryer combinations—perfect for longer stays with the family!

Vacation Rentals

Going on vacation isn’t just about being pampered at a fancy resort; for some, going on vacation is about diving into a new culture and experiencing everything it has to offer firsthand. 

For these kinds of individuals, Aruba Vacation Rentals are a top pick, as there’s really no better way to feel the warm, friendly embrace of the Aruban people. 

With Aruba vacation rentals, you can experience secluded beachside cottages and family-friendly houses, both rich with history and authenticity.

Book Your Trip Today!

Now that you know exactly what Aruba has to offer in terms of resorts and accommodations, you’re ready to book your trip!

Don’t forget to check out our Deals & Offers page to get the best price on your next Caribbean vacation!

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