Choose All Inclusive to Aruba and holiday in style
With average flight times to Aruba of around nine hours and temperatures rarely dropping below 24°C, this small island offers a true paradise escape.
All Inclusive holidays offer all standard meals, locally produced drinks and loads of activities in the upfront price, you’ll be able to enjoy lazy beach days, sightseeing and more without having to worry about your holiday spending.
Beyond the beaches there’s plenty on offer with the capital city, Oranjestad, providing a fascinating glimpse into the island’s past. Exploring the streets reveals attractive colonial architecture and a host of shops and international dining, watched over by the colourful Fort Zouman. But Oranjestad also has its own beach – the world famous Eagle Beach is the ideal balance for those who want to explore before chilling out on a sunlounger with an All Inclusive drink or two.
Palm Beach, situated in the northwest of the island, houses luxurious All Inclusive hotels along its pristine three-kilometre stretch of sand. Druif Beach has a laid-back charm with great beaches and a handful of bars, ensuring a tranquil, get-away-from-it-all retreat.
Aruba is all about beach life and Palm Beach is one of Aruba’s most glamorous spots. Swimming and snorkelling are popular pastimes, while the nearby restaurants, shops and beach bars provide a welcome break from the sun.
Druif Beach is another good spot for watersports and gives off an escapist vibe for those in search of tranquillity. It runs all the way to Eagle beach for those looking for a change of sunbathing venue, with Palm Beach just a 20-minute drive away. Over in Oranjestad, Eagle Beach is a preferred nesting site for four species of sea turtle and offers a number of shady picnic areas and beach huts.
What's included in your holiday
The great thing about All Inclusive holidays to Aruba is that most of your meals, locally produced drinks and selected sporting activities and entertainment options are included in the upfront price of your holiday. Removing hassle, transfers from the airport often come as part of an All Inclusive deal, as do some non-motorised watersports such as snorkelling and windsurfing. It’s always a good idea to find out exactly what is and isn’t included – check our hotel guides below for some ideas.
Of course, there may be a surcharge for little indulgent extras such as spa treatments or dining in speciality restaurants, but basically once you’re away you don’t have to spend a penny. Any extra cash can be spent on excursions or picking up a souvenir or two.
Other popular Caribbean getaways
When it comes to top-notch All Inclusive getaways, Aruba is just one option, there are many other Caribbean breaks to choose from including colourful Cuba with it’s white-sand beaches and historic capital city. St Lucia is famous for its lush rainforests, or the Dominican Republic is a diverse destination offering a mix of UNESCO sites, fabulous beaches and snorkelling opportunities. But, if you’re set on Aruba check out our travel guide to find out more. Here are a few All Inclusive hotel choices to get you started.
The adults-only Riu Palace Antillas is enviably located on the sands of Palm Beach with Oranjestad just a five-minute drive away. The large inviting pool is surrounded by terraces with loungers and there's a swim-up bar too, the ideal place to sip a free cocktail or two. Food-wise there's plenty of choice with a main buffet restaurant, three a la carte restaurants and a Mexican poolside restaurant in the All Inclusive package. Activities are varied and include use of the gym, aqua aerobics, snorkelling and kayaking, plus an introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool. You won't have to look far for lively evenings as the hotel has a disco six days a week where drinks are included.
Those looking for All Inclusive fun right on the beach may want to consider the Tamarijn Resort. With an ocean-front cocktail bar, inviting pool and five buffet and a la carte restaurants included in the price it has all the right ingredients for a lazy beach break. Guests also have access to the neighbouring Divi Aruba with its two pools, three restaurants and bars so there's plenty of choice. Watersports such as snorkelling, kayaks and windsurfing are included, as well as a host of activities like volleyball, tennis and shuffleboard.
The exclusive Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino offers an All Inclusive holiday with lots of extra touches. With its own private island, dazzling casino and range of inclusive dining options, including buffet meals at any of the seven restaurants, it has all the right ingredients for a luxurious Caribbean break. Spend lazy days by one of the three swimming pools, enjoy a complimentary frozen drink and relax. Active types can play tennis, beach volleyball or even have a dance class. Other features include a children's pool and kids' club.
With access to its sister hotel the Tamarijn Aruba, guests at the beachfront Divi Aruba All Inclusive will have four pools, 10 restaurants and seven bars to choose from in total. At the Divi Aruba there's a selection of dining options offering Mexican, a la carte and lighter snacks. Those wishing to keep active can try their hand at a variety of pursuits such as snorkelling, windsurfing or tennis. The low-key evening entertainment programme includes live music, jazz nights and Caribbean night. Watersports and treatments at the spa salon are also available for a fee.