A guide to Best Hotels in Aruba

The sun shines, the trade winds cool, the powdery white sand beckons – but that’s not even half the story. Be it the colourful architecture and cuisine of Oranjested or the rugged wilderness of Arikok National Park, Aruba is alive with wonder. Staying here is an experience, too. For indulgent perfection, there’s the Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino, with its private island to explore, while the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort, with its moonlit beach dining, is the epitome of cosy tranquillity.

Riu Palace Aruba Hotel

With an idyllic white-sand beach moments from the doorstep, five elegant pools and rooms with their own balcony whirlpools, this property is rather special. The luxury continues with a swim-up pool bar, in-pool loungers, and water sports on the beach. Come the evening, with live shows and a casino, along with enchanting bars and eateries, there is no shortage of choice. All this and it’s only 300m to the shops and 12km to the airport.

Riu Palace Antillas Hotel

The perfect white-sand of Palm Beach is right outside, and delightfully quirky Oranjestad is but a 20-minute drive away. What more could you wish for from a contemporary adults-only hotel? Maybe a huge cascading lagoon-style pool, a second pool where you can swim up to the beach and sip cocktails, and four diverse restaurants. If that’s not enough, there’s also a full water-sports programme and live evening entertainment to top off the perfect Aruba day.

Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Suites at Divi Dutch Village

Nestled in tropical gardens opening out onto the platinum white-sand beach, this Caribbean-style hotel is just 10 minutes from Oranjestad and moments from the shopping bazaar. The suites line the elegant pool and come complete with kitchen facilities, plus there’s a charming cafe and use of the sister hotel’s varied restaurants. Relaxing pools, climbing wall, kids’ club and spa at that hotel are all available, too. With live bands and carnival dancers, the entertainment is vibrant and varied.

Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino

Set across 40 acres and close to Oranjested, this is simply one of Aruba’s most exclusive resorts. There’s a choice of two hotels to experience, located on either side of a marina. The adults-only property has a stunning infinity pool, and the family-friendly hotel boasts a lagoon and two palm-fringed pools. The resort features numerous bars, restaurants, two designer shopping malls, and its very own private island, complete with two gorgeous beaches and picturesque nature walks.