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No matter what kind of Caribbean vacation you’re looking to take, the One Happy Island has something for everyone!
Featuring some of the best resorts in the Caribbean, as well as countless options for entertainment, shopping, and dining, guests of all ages and origins are surely to be pleased by their Aruban vacation.
However, because of all our excellent accommodations options, it’s not always easy to plan a trip to the One Happy Island. In fact, without a little local, expert assistance, it can be quite tricky to decide where to stay, but don’t worry, because our 2018 Guide to Aruba’s Best Resorts has got your back.
In this Guide, we’ll go through all of our top-rated picks for the best resorts in Aruba, sorting them for different types of vacations, so you can feel free to scroll through the lists, find the sort of vacation you’re hoping to take, and then find out which of Aruba’s offerings will be best for your preferred type of travel.
If you’re looking for the absolute best Caribbean beach holiday vacation destination, then you’re in the right place, because Aruba is home to some of the world’s top-rated beaches, featuring gorgeous, clean, and calm waters, as well as some of the most desirable white sand on the planet. And that’s no exaggeration- some other Caribbean islands literally import our sand to improve their own beaches!
But remember, beaches aren’t the only thing we have to offer either, as the One Happy Island is also home to terrific year-round weather and endless fun-filled activities like water skiing, gambling, golf, and horseback riding—enough fun and excitement to ensure an unforgettable vacation experience.
To help you get started on picking the perfect beachside accommodations, below are some of our top recommendations for the best beachfront resorts in Aruba:
The Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort is easily one of the most sought-after and desired resorts in the Caribbean.
Located on 12-acres of prime beach real estate, this resort features 357 rooms, a 3-level pool complex, private beach access, a casino, and multiple on-site dining venues, making this resort of the most elegant and sophisticated resorts on the entire island.
To top it all off, guests will 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 as well as the Links at Divi!
If you’re looking for spacious and luxurious accommodations, then the Aruba Marriot Resort and Stellaris Casino are for you!
Guests at this resort can enjoy Marriott’s popular Revive bedding, contemporary bathrooms, LCD flat-panel TVs, and private balconies overlooking the majestic Caribbean Sea.
Amenities include world-renowned restaurants like Ruth’s Chris Steak House, a Balinese-style Mandara Spa, a health Club, and the 24-hour Stellaris Casino.
For guests looking for something more exclusive, the Marriot also offers the Marriot Tradewinds Club: located on the 8th floor, the Tradewinds Club offers 49 suites and provides guests with access to the private Tradewinds lounge — a quiet, intimate space to relax and enjoy the very best in food and drink.
Looking for a resort with a bit more cultural flair? Look no further than the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort!
Featuring a unique blend of Dutch colonial style and Aruban flair, the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort is truly one of the most iconic destinations on the world famous Eagle Beach.
In fact, this resort is also one of the hottest spots for couples looking to get married, as it is located right in front of Eagle Beach’s most recognizable landmarks: the fofoti trees!
Overall, this beautiful resort offers all the intimacy of a boutique resort, but with the luxuries of a large resort.
During your stay, you can enjoy newly revamped rooms with modern accommodations like full-kitchens, flat screen TVs, free internet access, Jacuzzis, and complimentary coffee.
For some fortunate travelers, going on vacation means thing: endless pampering!
After all, vacations are often the result of many days, months, or even years of hard work, planning and saving, so getting pampered with luxurious resort amenities certainly sounds reasonable, right?
Featuring an assortment of absolutely excellent resorts offering world-class dining, shopping, and entertainment opportunities, Aruba is the perfect destination for high-end travel experiences!
Below you’ll find some top picks for Aruba’s best luxury resorts:
For guests with the most discerning of tastes, the Ritz Carlton Aruba offers the most premiere, 5-star resort experience in the entire Caribbean!
Starting with the amenities, this resort features 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.
The Ritz Carlton also features spacious suites with thoughtful décor, luxurious bathrooms, large balconies overlooking Palm Beach, and so much more!
Believe it or not, the island of Aruba features some of the best Caribbean golf resorts, so whether you’re looking to work on your swing at the driving range or you want to play a competitive round of golf, we’ve got you covered!
And if it’s golf you want, it really doesn’t get any better than the Tierra Del Sol Resort.
Featuring the only 18-hole golf course on the island, the Tierra Del Resort offers guests 600 acres of pure golfing excitement.
For amenities, guests can enjoy a spa and fitness centers, tennis courts, and award-winning dining serving up island favorites like steak and Caribbean rock lobster tail.
To top it all off, this resort also offers 4 unique accommodation types: condos, apartments, villas, and free-standing homes—each of which coming fully equipped to make your stay feel as luxurious as possible.
If shopping is what you look forward to the most, then the Barceló Resort is exactly where you’ll want to stay in the Caribbean!
And, when it’s time to kick back and have some fun, the Barceló Resort has a whole assortment of exciting water sports activities, restaurants, bars, and dazzling nightlife spectacles that are sure to impress.
With our world-famous beaches and a variety of luxury and boutique style resorts, Aruba has plenty of options for couples looking to get away from it all.
Below are our top picks for romantic accommodations:
Located in the heart of the Palm Beach strip, the Holiday Inn Aruba resort is the perfect spot for couples looking to get the best of both worlds: laid-back, beautiful days on the beach and exciting, Aruban nightlife.
The Holiday Inn Aruba resort is nestled right on the powdery white sands of Palm Beach and just a couple minutes from the main boulevard where couples can enjoy souvenir shops, piano bars, restaurants, movie theaters, and so much more!
For over 50 years, the Machebo Beach Resort and Spa has been a top pick for couples looking for a romantic getaway. And, with renovations now complete, the Machebo Beach Resort has solidified its position as one of the island’s most distinguished vacation destinations!
Featuring 3 a-la-carte restaurants, a pool bar (happy hour anyone?), seaside yoga, and 72 deluxe ocean and garden view rooms, this resort has everything you and your significant other will ever need!
Family vacations can be tough, as keeping everyone happy and entertained can be a lot harder than it sounds.
Fortunately, Aruba is one of the Caribbean’s best family vacation destinations: with year-round sunshine and a variety of family-friendly resorts and things to do, you can rest assured that the family will never experience a boring moment.
Topping it all off is this one important detail: Aruba is also one of the safest islands in the Caribbean, so there’s no need to worry; in fact, we regularly encourage our guests to get adventurous and explore the island and everything it has to offer!
Below are our top picks for families looking to vacation in the Caribbean:
For families looking for a bit of luxury, the Marriot’s Aruba Ocean Club resort is exactly the place to be!
This family vacation destination sits amid a vast resort playground featuring a 24-hour casino, numerous dining and shopping options, a kids club, a fitness center, and easy access to the amazing, two-mile-long Palm Beach strip.
Families staying at this resort get to choose from 1 or 2 bedroom villas that can sleep anywhere between 4 and 6 people, and on-site amenities include a coffee bar with small breakfast items, a juice bar, an outdoor restaurant serving both lunch and dinner, a sports bar, and tons of board games perfect for the whole family!
Renovated in 2017, the Divi Dutch Resort offers all-suite accommodations, with every room featuring fully-equipped kitchens, air-conditioning, television, and elegant Caribbean décor.
Families staying at the Divi Dutch Village will also be able to enjoy 3 freshwater swimming pools, 3 whirlpools, lighted tennis courts, and so much more!
Finally, when it’s time to eat, families can enjoy delicious poolside lunches and snacks at the Tiki Tiki Pool Bar and Grill.
The Casa Del Mar Beach Resort is located right on the shore of the world-famous Eagle Beach—one of Aruba’s most popular and iconic natural attractions—and features more than enough amenities and accommodations to please the entire family!
Families staying at the Casa Del Mar Beach Resort can choose between two luxurious suite types, the Presidential and the Ambassador, each of which feature exquisite views of the ocean, pool, or garden.
For larger families, the Presidential suite will be the best bet, as it features 2 bedrooms, 2 luxurious bathrooms each with a tub and shower, and a fully equipped kitchen with enough utensils and place settings for a family of six.
Additionally, the Casa Del Mar Beach Resort also features a convenient, on-site minimart, babysitting services, and a children’s activity center—the perfect combination for making your family vacation as convenient, safe and fun as possible!
Nothing says “I’m on vacation” quite like a stay at a luxurious, all-inclusive resort.
And if all-inclusive is what you’re after, then you’re in luck: Aruba is home to some of the best all-inclusive Caribbean beach resorts, featuring ocean views and tons of both on and off-site activities.
Below are our top picks for the best all-inclusive resorts in Aruba:
The RIU Palace Aruba is one of the most stunning, adult only resorts in Aruba: featuring over 400 rooms and convenient amenities like Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and fully-stocked minibars, this resort goes above and beyond what you’d expect from an all-inclusive, Caribbean resort.
Additionally, guests staying at this resort will be pleased to know that the RIU Palace Aruba is a 24-hour resort, providing both dining and entertainment at all hours of the day!
For the active types, this resort also offers an on-site fitness center, beach volleyball, paddle surfing, and kayaking.
And when it’s time to eat, guests can enjoy 5 unique, on-site restaurants with a selection spanning breakfast buffets, delicious fusion cuisine, Italian food, Japanese food, and select cut steaks from our poolside steakhouse.
Jam-packed with 10 dining options, 7 bars, 5 freshwater pools, and non-motorized water sports, guests staying at the Divi Aruba All-Inclusive resort will be pleased to find themselves at one of the most popular Caribbean all-inclusive resorts.
A stay at Divi Aruba All-Inclusive ensures you’ll never run out of things to do!
Located just seconds away from Eagle Beach, this resort’s five unique room styles all feature satellite TV, air-conditioning, a mini-fridge, an in-room digital safe, free Wi-Fi, and more.
For the ocean-centric traveler, the Tamarijn Aruba all-inclusive resort is the perfect destination!
With numerous ocean activities like windsurfing, sailing, and snorkeling, this resort truly has everything a sea lover would need.
In addition to these great activities, this resort also offers live nightly entertainment and is just steps away from the Alhambra casino where you can keep the adrenaline flowing.
Guest will also be pleased to find that all 236 rooms at Tamarijn Aruba feature oceanfront views from private balconies or patios, giving an exceptionally beautiful scenic backdrop to your next stay in Aruba.
Boutique Caribbean resorts are a great option for the more budget-minded traveler, as they still offer a great assortment of amenities, accommodations, and fun things to do, but at a better rate.
In fact, Aruba offers a whole assortment of affordable boutique resorts for travelers looking to save a few bucks, and below you’ll find a couple of our top picks:
Located in one of the oldest towns on the island (Savaneta), Serene by the Sea is a 4-room, boutique resort that offers guests a personal touch that larger resorts simply can’t provide.
Each room features a private patio or balcony, modern décor, beautiful authentic furniture, and a view of the majestic Caribbean Sea.
Amenities include free Wif-Fi, free breakfast, free daily newspapers, and more.
And on the beach, guests can enjoy oceanfront shade, complimentary lounge chairs, beach towels, and snorkeling equipment.
This hotel is also one of the cheapest accommodations options on the island, as there are regularly 25% discounts available at certain times of the year, so be sure to check back regularly to score yourself an excellent room rate!
The Caribbean Palm Village Resort is a low-rise resort located about a mile from Palm Beach—one of the most popular destinations on the island for shopping, gambling, dining, and having a great time.
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 to cook their favorite foods!
All 170 rooms come fully equipped with a kitchenette/kitchen, and feature flat-screen TVs, pool or garden views, air conditioning, ceiling fans, and more!
Now that you know exactly what Aruba resorts are all about, you’re ready to book your trip!
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