Aruba is one of those magical tropical islands that travelers seem to visit over and over again. Maybe it’s the sparkling waters, miles of pristine beaches, and casinos, or maybe it has something to do with the accessibility and affordability too. It continues to be a favorite destination for beach lovers, but to mix up your Aruba trip you can also check out Arikok National Park, the Aruba Ostrich Farm, the Donkey Sanctuary Aruba, Ayo and Casibari Rock Formations, or the Bushiribana Ruins. Regardless of how you spend your beach vacation, you’re going to need a great place to stay by the shore. These are some of the best beach resorts in Aruba.
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There are plenty of familiar big-name, high-end resorts in Aruba, but the Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa offers an intimate boutique experience for guests. A top-rated resort in Aruba, it’s ideal for romantic getaways and honeymoons. This resort is located along the popular Eagle Beach and specializes in culinary creations to please any foodie. There are multiple on-site restaurants, serving anything from French and Mediterranean to Caribbean and casual cuisine. One of the best ways to start your days is with some guided beach yoga. There are garden view, ocean view, and oceanfront rooms available in this eco-friendly hotel and you can hop into a taxi or on a bus for a five-minute ride to historic downtown Aruba.
Travel to the westernmost point of Aruba to enjoy the sandy beaches at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort. This is an adults-only resort with lavish rooms and suites that include private balconies, and there are private cabanas here to enjoy a meal on the beach. There’s a fitness center onsite to stay in shape during your stay and organic, vegetarian, and vegan meal options available to choose from.
Aruba is filled with plenty of modern high-rise hotels, but the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort stands out with Dutch architecture, stucco walls, and a clay roof. This is an intimate resort that offers a tranquil setting and a friendly vibe. Each room here has a kitchenette to use if you like to cook and a private balcony or terrace. There are a couple of open-air dining options onsite and Wi-Fi access is free. However, to get to the nightlife scene on Palm Beach, you’ll have to catch a taxi.
Aruba is no stranger to luxury accommodation, and one of the best for honeymooners is the Ritz-Carlton. The Ritz is located on Aruba’s northwest coast and offers all the top amenities you’d expect to find. Private beach dining opportunities are available, and there’s a 15,000-square-foot spa that offers Caribbean-inspired treatments. It’s a kid-friendly resort where kids ages 5-12 can join in activities at the kids club or join the rest of the family for a nearby snorkeling excursion.
If you’re looking to try your luck and add a little gambling excitement to your Aruba vacation, then the best place to stay is the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino. This is a modern hotel that has top-notch places to drink, eat, and shop. This resort is kid-friendly and there’s a kids club available to allow for a little adults-only time too. Take a dip in the tri-level pool and go down the waterslide to cool off. The luxurious Zoia Spa offers all sorts of beauty and wellness treatments.
The Costa Linda Beach Resort is an ideal place for families. The guest rooms are spacious and offer modern amenities, and there’s a great restaurant onsite. Each of the units has a full kitchen and private terrace space, and there is free on-site parking. The best way to get to downtown Aruba (if you don’t rent a car) is via taxi. Little ones will love it, as it’s family-friendly with games and a playground for kids.
The high-rise Hotel Riu Palace Aruba has a casino, spa, multiple restaurants, and is right across from the Bubali Bird Sanctuary. Located on Palm Beach, this is an adults-only resort. Two big perks to staying here are the room balconies that offer ocean views and the hydro-massage tubs. Some of the most popular activities to do in the area are scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, and glass-bottom boat tours.
One of the best things about the Divi Phoenix Beach Resort is the stunning sunsets that you can watch from the west-facing views. This resort is located on a clean and safe beach, and the resort is family-friendly and all-inclusive. It’s located along Druif Beach, which has white sand and is perfect for taking long walks. The spacious rooms are great for families and feature authentic Aruban decor. Head to the spa to book a massage on the beach, schedule hair styling services, and book wraps and exfoliation treatments to look your best before going out in the evening.
One thing that sets the Tamarijn apart from other resorts in the area is that each and every room has an ocean view. This is a peaceful and quiet resort along Druif Beach where guests can head to the golf course, get a spa treatment, or check out the fitness center’s climbing rock. Non-motorized water sports are also popular here. There are multiple restaurants and bars as well as shopping and sightseeing nearby.
Another beautiful all-inclusive resort on Eagle Beach is Barcelo Aruba. The beachfront beauty offers spectacular sports and leisure facilities, and guests can watch sunrises and sunsets from its posh rooms, which all feature a balcony. Take a dip in the swimming pool or sunbathe in the gardens, then take advantage of the tennis courts, supervised activities and a variety of water sports on the beach, such as snorkeling, diving and beach volleyball. The multiple on-site restaurants feature international dishes, buffets, à la carte menus and snacks. At night, visit one of the bars or enjoy evening entertainment, from the casino to the live DJ sessions.