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

Those who come to relax – or get married – have come to the right place. It’s right on the beach, one of the three pools looks over the ocean, and there’s full access to the sister hotel. There are five fabulous restaurants, indulgent seaside spa, water sports, and 30-foot climbing wall. The entertainment happens by the pool and it’s creative to say the least. Oranjestad is a 10-minute drive away, and there’s a nine-hole golf course nearby.

Divi Aruba All Inclusive

Traditionally styled with a laid-back tropical feel, this all-inclusive hotel is on the edge of the ocean and ideal for weddings. Cabanas line the beach, and the sea views are magnificent. Access to the sister hotel means there are a total of four pools and 10 restaurants to explore, one with in-pool loungers and a bar. The evening entertainment includes steel drum bands and Cuban dancers, and the airport is only eight kilometres away.

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.

Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort

This bijou Dutch-colonial-styled property sits just across from a delightfully tranquil beach, where come the evening, dining tables are made up on the perfect white sand, illuminated only by soft tiki lights. There’s a buffet restaurant to explore, and entertainment is a big part of the experience here, with live shows that complement the cuisine, weekly cocktail parties and movies on the beach. And all just a five-minute stroll from Palm Beach’s many fine shops and restaurants.

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.

Manchebo Beach Resort and Spa

Enjoying an enviable spot on one of the world’s finest beaches, and just a five-minute drive from Oranjestad, this resort is all about location. It has a charming bistro of its own, and it’s just a short walk to a host more. There’s a poolside bar and another on the beach, Balinese-style spa, yoga and pilates on the pavilion, live music every night, and weekly cocktail parties. All complemented by a jaw-dropping view of unsurpassed natural beauty.