Aruba resorts and vacation rentals
One of the Lesser Antilles, the island of Aruba lies just 17 miles off the coast of Venzuela. A popular cruise ship port, it offers travelers beautiful beaches, glitzy casinos, Dutch architecture, and good shopping.
Many cruisers feel so at home here – everyone speaks English and the U.S. dollar is accepted – that they return home and book Aruba vacations on land. Most of the resorts are on the island’s west coast in the Eagle Beach area, and they’re so well equipped, you need never leave.
Luxury Aruba Resorts
Set on 14 ocean-front acres on one of Aruba’s best beaches, Aruba Bucuti Beach Resort is a top choice for Europeans, sophisticated Americans, and gay couples. It’s one of the greenest resorts on the island and the design is sleek and up-market. With just 100 rooms and suites, it’s significantly smaller than some places, and service is a cut above. Balconies overlook the garden or pool, and the Tara Suites have fantastic views. During high season, it fills up well in advance.
The Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino has the biggest rooms in the area. In fact, the balconies weigh in at nearly 100 square feet. Located at the northern end of Palm Beach, it has six restaurants, a shopping mall, health club, tennis, and golf nearby. A $50 million renovation completed in 2009 left the resort looking fresh and new. For something truly memorable, pop for a suite with a hot tub.
Redone in 2007 at a cost of $20 million, the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino has a huge, al fresco lobby, beautiful grounds, and connecting tropical pools that create a lagoon that’s accented with exotic plants and birds. Rooms and especially balconies are smaller than at the Marriott Resort, but with so many activities, it’s unlikely that you’ll spend much time there. There are six restaurants, four bars, a casino, fitness center, tennis, and lots of water sports.
Radisson’s flagship resort, the Radisson Aruba Resort and Casino is set on 14 acres of tropical gardens, gurgling waterfalls, and shimmering lagoons. With plantation shutters instead of drapes, four poster beds, and hard wood chaise lounges, the rooms here are the most luxurious in Aruba. The spa and fitness center are also best of breed, and the pools and grounds are gorgeous. Intimate it’s not, but on many levels, the Radisson is one of the most impressive Aruba resorts.
Couples looking for a little peace and quiet can stay at the Renaissance Marina Hotel, part of the Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino. Rooms look out toward the ocean or the resort’s shopping complex. Because it’s not on a beach, the resort has a small private island ten-minutes off shore that’s served by a free water taxi. Gamblers will appreciate Aruba’s only 24-hour casino, and the Renaissance is walking distance to all the downtown shops and restaurants.
Updated with flat-screen TVs, Heavenly Beds, and excellent restaurants, the Westin Aruba Resort, Spa & Casino is popular with Starwood frequent travelers. At 18 stories, it’s the tallest resort in Aruba, and views from the upper floors are unrivaled. Its 560 rooms and suites are nicely decorated and every conceivable activity is available.
Affordable Aruba resorts and vacation rentals.
The Amsterdam Manor Aruba Beach Resort is a low-key, low-rise (three-story) boutique hotel that appeals to couples who don’t want the mega-resort experience. The studio, one-, and two-bedroom units have balconies or patios, and kitchenettes. There’s a small grocery for supplies. Service is warm and friendly, and the Dutch style buildings surround a pretty courtyard with a small pool. The property is across from Eagle Beach and water sports rentals are available. You can even have the restaurant serve you there. It’s Green Globe certified for its environmental awareness, and it offers good value for money in Aruba.
Another good option for those looking for more then a hotel room will find it at Casa del Mar Beach Resort. Part time-share property, the resort has one-bedroom Ambassador suites and two-bedroom Presidential suites with kitchen and patios or balconies. The complex has four lighted tennis courts, two large pools, a fitness center, swim-wear boutique, tennis shop, and kids’ activity center. The Alhambra Casino is across the street.
Costa Linda Beach Resort has two- and three-bedroom units right on Eagle Beach. Outfitted with full kitchens, living rooms, balconies, and Roman tubs, the suites here are large enough for entertaining, but there are two restaurants and two bars on site. The five-story buildings were built in 1991 but frequent renovations keep everything ship shape. Families will appreciate the children’s pool and kids’ programs.
The most upscale timeshare units on the island, Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club’s one- and two-bedroom suites have gourmet kitchens, dining rooms, whirlpool baths, and balconies, most with ocean views. Guests are welcome to use any of the facilities at the Marriott.
1) Amsterdam Manor Aruba Beach Resort
2) Aruba Bucuti Beach Resort and Tara Beach Suites and Spa
3) Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
4) Casa del Mar Beach Resort Review
5) Costa Linda Beach Resort
6) Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino
7) Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club
8) Playa Linda Beach Resort
9) Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino
10) Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
11) Westin Aruba Resort, Spa & Casino Review