We review the best luxury hotels in Aruba. These include Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, Hyatt Regency Aruba, Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club and Surf Club, Renaissance, Ritz-Carlton, Courtyard Aruba Resort.
Many of the luxury hotels on Aruba are located next to each other on the same busy bit of Palm Beach. The Surf Club and the Ocean Club are next door to each other, the Aruba Marriott Hotel is next to the Ocean Club, and the Ritz-Carlton is next to the Aruba Marriott Hotel. The Hyatt and Hilton are also on the same patch of beach. We think the Ritz-Carlton is the best, followed by the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino and the Hyatt. All these three hotels have very good club lounges too.
1. The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba
The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba is a Rewards Category 8 Marriott Bonvoy hotel. Fiery sunsets and calm, turquoise water are the backdrops for this wonderful hotel. Guests enjoy direct access to a pristine beach and the resort’s adults-only and family pools. The casino offers entertainment around the clock with table games and slot machines. And the expansive spa incorporates aloe and other indigenous ingredients into transformative treatments.
This hotel has a tropical beach resort feel and a brilliant Ritz-Carlton Club level with great food and service. The Ritz-Carlton is also the best Marriott from the point of view of space as there’s plenty of space between it and the hotel next door hotel. If you have club lounge access, you can eat all of your meals in the club lounge as there are plenty of high-quality food offerings.
Perched on the 7th floor, club-level guests are invited to enjoy beautiful ocean views in a comfortable lounge. Views from the club lounge and club-level guest rooms feature stunning seascapes of the Caribbean Sea and Aruba’s famed sunsets. Toast the sun’s descent with a glass of champagne on your personal balcony or enjoy the club lounge to view an unforgettable performance of day becoming night.
This exclusive lounge on the 7th floor boasts an endless array of culinary and beverage offerings throughout the day. Complimentary food offerings include breakfast, light snacks, hors d’oeuvre & desserts. Also available are superb selections of still and sparkling wines, liqueurs, beers, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages.
2. Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is a Rewards Category 7 Marriott Bonvoy hotel. Overlooking the Caribbean sands of Palm Beach, this beautifully-styled hotel boasts spacious accommodations on the sunny beaches of Aruba with exceptional resort amenities.
Try your luck at the thrilling 24-hour Stellaris Casino or take a long swim in tranquil ocean waters. Sip on specialty cocktails in private cabanas at the H2Oasis adults-only pool, or pamper yourself with a soothing massage in the full-service spa.
Both the resort pools are excellent. The main pool is lively with a swim-up bar, a family-friendly atmosphere and offers ocean views. The H2Oasis Adults-Only Pool offers peaceful cabanas and a full bar. Soak away all your cares in our resort’s relaxing sauna and whirlpool or savor superb onsite dining at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Atardi, and La Vista. Retreat to spacious hotel rooms with plush designer bedding, private balconies, and picturesque views in the evening.
Tradewinds Club lounge offers a boutique experience in a resort setting that provides personalized service and amenities exclusively for adults. This concept feels “VIP”, with private check-in and complimentary gourmet selections five times daily. They also have an open bar available all day, with juices, soft drinks, and alcoholic drinks with nibbles like sushi.
It is worth paying cash to upgrade to the Tradewinds Club. It typically costs around $100 USD, but most of the cost can be covered by the savings you make with breakfast, evening light bites, and free alcohol.
3. Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa and Casino
Hyatt Regency Aruba has a white sand beach to die for and views from every window at the front of the hotel, across the almost luminous azure blue sea. It is so good that we consider it to be one of the best Hyatt Regency hotels in the world to take a vacation.
The Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino is a 12-acre resort situated right on Palm Beach in Aruba. The beach is superb and very calm and offers every watersport imaginable, plus there is a water slide for the kids and restaurants within walking distance.
Rooms here are your standard Hyatt fare with a tropical touch, but the rooms with a balcony overlooking the ocean are the rooms and suites to pick. That said, the standard rooms at this hotel are usually peaceful, with only the parrots to wake you up.
Food in Aruba is fairly pricey, so it may be worth paying in cash or on points for Regency Club Lounge access at this hotel. The free breakfast in the lounge (expect salmon, capers, a cheese board, fruit, bread cereal, and one hot egg dish) and filling snacks in the early evening, along with the range of free water, drinks, and snacks in the club during the day usually pays for itself. The lounge’s food is better than most Hyatt club lounges on American soil, and the view from the lounge down to the pools and beach is very special.
The luxurious ZoiA Spa features experiences for purification and detoxification, which are inspired by Aruba’s red mud and seaweeds. Four restaurants offer something for everyone; Sunday brunch at Ruinas del Mar is a must. At the casino, grab a hand-rolled cigar and shake the dice — and your hips, to live music. The hotel also has a casino with both slots and table games for adults 18 and up.
This Award Category 6 World of Hyatt hotel requires just 25,000 points per night. If you are paying for your stay, book the rest of your stay at the Hyatt Regency Aruba with our luxury travel concierge and you will get the following free benefits as well as your usual World Of Hyatt points and status benefits:
- Daily full breakfast for 2 per room
- Welcome amenity
- 100 USD property credit per stay
- Early check-in / late check-out (subject to availability)
- Room upgrade priority
4. Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino
Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino is on Palm Beach, with many of the Marriott branded hotels, The Hilton was Aruba’s first and largest resort and offers sunshine, a breeze, white sands, and lush palm trees and a Casino. Bliss out at the beachfront spa, sip a daiquiri by two sparkling pools, and experience world-class dining. Play the tables at the casino, or learn to scuba dive. Whether you’re here for a wedding or family vacation, this Hilton is a great choice on Aruba’s Palm Beach.
5. Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club
Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club is a Rewards Category 6 Marriott Bonvoy hotel. Enjoy a home away from home at Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club. Nestled on Palm Beach in Aruba, this oceanfront vacation ownership resort offers condo-style villa rentals in a tropical paradise.
Choose from one- or two-bedroom villas with separate living and dining areas and fully equipped kitchens. Gaze out on lovely ocean or resort views from your furnished balcony. Make use of complimentary Wi-Fi throughout our resort. Indulge in treatments at our luxury spa, Mandara.
Enjoy access to the next-door Stellaris Casino and restaurants at the adjacent Aruba Marriott Resort. Relax on the white-sand beach or in their outdoor pool or whirlpool. Work out in the fitness center or play tennis. Pair delicious dining with gorgeous views from the restaurants, café, and bars.
6. Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club
Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club is a Rewards Category 6 Marriott Bonvoy hotel. Like the Marriott hotels above, it is located in the high-rise area of Palm Beach on Aruba’s west coast. There are loads of shops, restaurants, and bars within a short walk, making this location superbly convenient. This hotel can be found on a lovely patch of sand with plenty of Palapas (thatched umbrellas) for guests to laze under. Highlights include a lazy river, an outdoor pool with a slide, and a children’s play area.
Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club is a premium vacation ownership resort in Palm Beach, Aruba. This oceanfront resort offers spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom villa rentals or guest rooms with furnished balconies and beach or garden views. Villas enjoy tropical decor, separate living and dining space, a washer and dryer, and a fully equipped kitchen.
7. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort
Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is a wonderful resort to indulge and unwind. This Adults-Only oasis is nestled on stunning Eagle Beach, one of the best in the world. This breathtaking location, tranquil setting, and outstanding personalized service draw couples to relax and celebrate their love for one another.
The hotel is boutique in size with just 104-rooms, and this is an eco-friendly 4-star resort. Within the resort, you can enjoy romantic dining and award-winning hospitality from famed hotelier and eco-pioneer Ewald Biemans.
8. The Barceló Aruba
The Barceló Aruba is also on the popular Palm Beach seafront, on the Caribbean island of Aruba. Thanks to its special location on the fabulous beach, this hotel stands out for its sports and leisure facilities. The hotel’s 373 rooms all have a balcony, so guests can admire some truly idyllic sunrises and sunsets.
This resort offers ultimate relaxation, whether this means taking a refreshing dip in the spectacular swimming pool or soaking up the sun surrounded by the stunning gardens. It also offers exciting sports activities, with tennis courts, instructor-led activities, beach volleyball, and every kind of water sport imaginable, including diving and snorkeling.
The hotel’s delicious and varied dining options will satisfy even the most discerning palates, with international dishes, buffet or à-la-carte dining, and snacks served in its 6 restaurants and 3 bars. Another highlight is the fun and entertainment to be enjoyed at night, from the fabulous casino to DJ sessions.
The Barceló Aruba is a stunning all-inclusive resort home to a boutique hotel. The Royal Level is a club level within Barceló Aruba, offering luxury, sophistication, and exclusive services.
9. Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino is a Rewards Category 6 Marriott Bonvoy hotel. Located in the heart of downtown, you have access to Flamingo Beach, Palm Beach, and the Renaissance Mall. Yes, this isn’t your best choice as it is an urban location rather than being on the beach.
There’s an adults-only and family-friendly section within the hotel, and guests can take a water taxi and arrive at the 40-acre private island for an exclusive day of beachfront fun. Modern rooms and suites come complete with complimentary Wi-Fi, unforgettable views, and room service. If you’re feeling fortunate, test your luck in the 24-hour casino. Ten restaurants and bars serve everything from authentic steaks to wood-fired pizza. There’s no executive club lounge here, but you get free breakfast if you are a Gold or Platinum Marriott Bonvoy member.
10. Courtyard Aruba Resort
Courtyard Aruba Resort is a Rewards Category 4 Marriott Bonvoy hotel with a surprisingly lovely pool with tropical plants, boulders and water spouts.
There’s free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. The Bistro is your destination for a great breakfast, dinner, or drinks in the most inviting and relaxing atmosphere. There’s a well-equipped fitness center, indoor pool, and a whirlpool.
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