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 beaches, and casinos, or maybe it has something to do with the accessibility and affordability too. Aruba is a convenient getaway spot especially for American travelers, as Miami is less than a three-hour flight away.strong
It’s been celebrated in song lyrics and continues to be a favorite destination for weddings and honeymoons. To mix up your Aruba trip with something other than the beach and the bar, you can check out Arikok National Park, the Aruba Ostrich Farm, the Donkey Sanctuary Aruba, Ayo and Casibari Rock Formations, or the Bushiribana Ruins.
But regardless of how you spend your vacation, you’re going to need a great place to stay. These are some of the very 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. 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 three restaurants here that serve French, Mediterranean, Caribbean, and casual cuisine. One of the best ways to start your days while staying here is with some guided beach yoga. There are garden view, ocean view, and ocean front rooms available in this eco-friendly hotel that has 70 total guest rooms. 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 Resorts. This is an adults-only resort, so families with children will need to seek other accommodations. There are 104 rooms and suites here 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 a relatively small resort that offers an intimate 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 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. The all-inclusive program here costs an extra $130 per person per day in addition to the room rate, regardless of season, and can be booked as long as you’re staying for three nights or longer.
Aruba is no stranger to luxury chains, and one of the best to stay at here 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. Zoia Spa reopened up here in 2012 and offers all sorts of beauty and wellness treatments.
The Costa Linda Beach Resort is an ideal place for time share travelers, and many families tend to recognize each other coming back a couple times per year. The guest rooms here were recently renovated and there’s a great restaurant onsite. Each of the units has a full kitchen and private terrace space, and there is free onsite parking. The best way to get to downtown Aruba (if you don’t rent a car) is via taxi. There’s not a big nightlife scene here, and the resort is family-friendly with games and a playground for kids.
The high-rise Hotel Riu Palace Aruba has a casino, spa, five restaurants, and is right across from the Bubali Bird Sanctuary. Located on Palm Beach, this is an adults-only resort that requires all guests to be at least 18 years old. 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 very best things about the Divi Aruba 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. There are 203 rooms here that although aren’t overly fancy, are authentically Aruban. You can indulge in a massage on the beach, schedule hair styling services, and book wraps and exfoliation treatments to look your best before going out 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 three restaurants and three bars here and then venture out for shopping and sightseeing nearby.
Another lively, kid-friendly resort on Eagle Beach is the Occidental Grand Aruba, which is in the island’s main tourist center. This resort isn’t particularly known for its cuisine, but there are other great restaurants in walking distance. It’s just 10 minutes from Oranjestad and it’s easy to get active with water sport and beach volleyball while staying here. Mountain biking, horseback riding, and fishing excursions aren’t far away either. You can catch nightly entertainment shows, try your luck at the casino, and drop the kids (ages 4-12) off at Kids Club for supervised activities.