Discover Aruba's best hotels before buying that ticket to the tropics

Discover the difference in staying at one of the best resorts in Aruba. Resorts of this caliber like the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino will accommodate all of a guest's needs during their stay. At Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort even the tiniest details are taken care of, leaving guests feeling welcomed, safe and pampered in Honeymoon Paradise.‘If travel should take you to places’, as this resort promises, the Hilton Caribbean Resort & Casino will help families with children and couples to unpack and explore. For a distinctive getaway, the Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort & Casino is perfectly located in the middle of downtown's finest stores, restaurants and casinos. More space and less crowds? Family-owned Boardwalk Boutique Hotel wraps its colorful casitas up in peaceful gardens. There are plenty of choices for every particular guest. Turn your trip into an unforgettable one by reading 10Best’s trusted expert and user reviews.


The Riu Palace may look like a fantasy straight from the One Thousand And One Aruban Nights, it is the biggest 24-hours, all-inclusive resort on the island, conveniently located right in the heart of the famous Palm Beach. With its colossal, white domes and turrets, this palatial hotel offers a regal location and maybe even a bit of magic. For travelers wanting a grand escape, it's possible at the Riu Palace, where the tropical landscaped grounds and Olympic-size swimming pool open onto a vast stretch of breathtaking beach. Jacuzzi, sauna, health and the Renova Spa give the property its full potential, while guests can indulge to their hearts' content with a cocktail or a meal in one of the five restaurants. For nightlife entertainment, visit the adjacent Hotel Riu Palace Antillas for some fun nightclubbing before exploring the lively high rise area.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Hotel Riu Palace Aruba is one of the best values for an all-inclusive beach getaway on the island.

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An intimate atmosphere is a prerequisite for a successful boutique resort, along with warm hospitality and a sense of uniqueness. The attentive, multilingual staff of Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa lives up to this tradition by pampering their guests with a smile and making them feel as part of the family. One-of-a-kind Caribbean-Balinese sanctuary by the sea, Spa Del Sol is a revival of the senses and only an appointment away. The optional Premium Culinary All-Inclusive program does what it promises, from daily breakfast to lunch and dinner, all a la carte, all premium open bar beverages. For nightlife and shopping guests can take a short drive to Oranjestad, or a three minute walk to the Alhambra Casino & Night Time Shopping Bazaar across the street. For simple pleasures, the resort offers romantic dinners, happy hours, or just lazy days with cocktail service on an immaculate beach.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa is one of the leading wellness resorts in Aruba with a prime location, overlooking Punta Brabo at Manchebo Beach.

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Boardwalk Boutique Hotel
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Surrounded by lush gardens and nestled on the grounds of a former coconut plantation, this intimate family-owned boutique resort stands out from the high-rise complexes of Palm Beach. Colorful Caribbean casitas come with private patio, barbecue grill, hammock and in-room kitchen with all the essentials. Roomy, high-ceiling interiors are artistically decorated with light tropical hues and locally sourced pieces. Bask in the sun cuddling up in an over-water hammock, or meditate in the bliss of silence at the more tranquil and secluded pool. There's a pathway to Boardwalk's reserved beach area with complementary palapas, lounge chairs and beach gear. Don't skip Eduardo's Happy Hours at the main pool. The freshly concocted cocktails are as beautiful and delicious as the healthy breakfast and lunch offerings. With Boardwalk's friendly and knowledgable staff, connecting with the island is a breeze at this little but infinitely charming eco-hotel.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Boardwalk Boutique Hotel brings the island's past and present together by combining unique architectural features with local nature, artisans, warmth and history.

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Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort Aruba
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The striking appearance and magnificent oceanfront location of this intimate eco-resort make it stand out immediately. Offering a variety of newly renovated accommodations, including spacious, fully equipped, tastefully decorated rooms, superior studios and coveted suites overlooking one of the best beaches in the world, the Dutch Colonial building is a unique alternative to Aruba's large luxury hotels. An idyllic mini town, big on friendly, personalized service, outstanding facilities, amenities, and sustainability. On-site restaurant, Passions On The Beach, serves a fusion of local flavors and daily variations on favorite international dishes, all enhanced by breathtaking sunsets, flaming torches and washing waves. For Happy Hours, pick a view and a seat at the revamped Horizons Bar. Guests who want more than suntanning and swimming, can join the resort's eco-friendly activities, like renting bikes and sightseeing. There's a bus-stop in front of the resort for independent trips to Oranjestad.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort Aruba is a Green Globe certified, pet-friendly boutique resort with Dutch-Caribbean appeal and amiability.

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Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort
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Although the island's center of activities and nightlife is wrapped around this Four Diamond resort, consisting of the adult-exclusive Marina Hotel and the family friendly Ocean Suites, the Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort is a destination unto itself. With an ultra-sophisticated Okeanos Spa, an upscale Renaissance Mall and the entertaining Renaissance Marketplace, a collection of bars, cafes, restaurants, movie theaters, local artisan markets, two popular casinos, and a Navigator & Tour Desk for on- and off-property discoveries, the place to fully recuperate would be in the comfortable and elegantly decorated rooms. Have an authentic Italian dinner at the casual, open-air Fresco to savor freshly prepared favorites and delicious homemade Limoncello. After a leisurely stroll along the waterfront promenade and a good night's rest, take an early boat ride to the world-famous Renaissance Island: one hip and stylish visit to explore... one discovery at a time.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort is best known for its high-end facilities, its Private Island perks, and the livelihood of its surroundings.

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Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort
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Part of the Divi Resorts Group, the four-star Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort might be the only one that doesn't operate as an all-inclusive. It has the primest of locations, perched right on the beach with panoramic views across the high rise strip to the calming blue waters of Palm Beach. Even the spacious, fully equipped and comfortably designed suites can't compete with an early gourmet coffee or a last nightcap on the towering, all-seeing balconies. Preparing or ordering in-room meals are viable options, although the resort offers three excellent restaurant facilities to enhance the Divi Aruba Phoenix experience. From romantic multi-course sunset dinners to full day beach service, or happy hangouts by the pool. And if Purebeach or Pureocean isn't enough, book a relaxing family spa day at Pure Indulgence. There's plenty to discover nearby and around the island, just ask the concierge.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort is not only family-friendly, it has all the charm, amenities, comfort, relaxation guests need at affordable prices.

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Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino
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Where the Caribbean Sea meets the white sandy shores of Palm Beach, Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino is a gracious base for travelers who want to fulfill their luxurious vacation dreams safely, with Hyatt's Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment. Ocean views serve as a panoramic backdrop for a wealth of guest room amenities, culminating with signature Hyatt Grand Beds, an Adventure Concierge team and in-room dining. The Casino assures adrenaline rushes and plenty of challenge. Sumptuous cuisine together with the dramatic setting of Ruinas Del Mar Restaurant, complimentary Fun In The Sun Activities like the Mixology Course and weekly Community Artisan Market, the Zoia Spa, the 8,000 square foot pool complex surrounded by cascading waterfalls and tropical gardens, the serene Trankilo adults-only pool ... all of this transforms the resort into a slice of paradise as it seems to flow directly into the crystal clear sea of Aruba.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino's lives up to its motto "Enjoy life every day" with a variety of fun, memorable experiences for all ages.

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Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort - Adults Only
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The beauty of one of Aruba's most precious beaches has been well preserved by this first and only certified carbon neutral resort in the Caribbean. From the moment a couple steps into the newly transformed concierge lobby, a promise is made: peace, love, happiness and a flute of champagne to health. The warm welcome never ends, it lives on in every staff member's effort, in the softest, whitest sands and clear, blue waters only a few steps away from the sustainable, hypoallergenic suites. Being a frontrunner in environmental awareness and eco-tourism, Bucuti & Tara has more to celebrate than decades of awards and excellence. This beloved boutique-style resort is a testament to the adage that good things come in small packages. From nourishing breakfast on the beach to romantic moonlight dinners in private cabanas. No wonder that first-time visitors become loyal guests. It's love at first stay here.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is an internationally recognized and awarded resort focussing on environmental awareness, eco-tourism and guilt-free accommodations.

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Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino
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After a day spent exploring Aruba's marine life, biking to California Lighthouse or savoring the sun and Piña Coladas underneath a Power Palapa, guests can easily wind down. The CleanStay-proof rooms and suites have all the comfort and facilities to accommodate the most demanding guests. If a more intense relaxation is needed, the Eforea Spa has a selection of the most soothing massages and treatments based on indigenous island ingredients. While kids have their own activities club with a campfire and delicious Beach Side S'mores, parents can stroll through the exotic gardens and plan an exquisite Beachfront Sunset Concierge dinner. But before the daily discoveries begin, enjoy an Endless Breakfast and friendly faces at Laguna Restaurant. Hilton Aruba is more than a renowned global brand, it preserves part of Aruba's hospitality heritage by incorporating authentic features to remind us of how it all started: with the Aruba Caribbean Hotel.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino offers guests an exclusive island resort experience because of their unique offerings, historical background and local hospitality.

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The Ritz-Carlton Aruba, which overlooks the tranquil waters of Palm Beach and the colorful kites at Fishermen's Huts, accommodates all visitors. The family and adult-only pools are designed to please both worlds. Ritz-Carlton's anticipatory approach is beyond expectations, going out of their way to make sure each guest feels pampered –" with turndown gifts, thoughtful notes, or just genuine interest and kindness. After a day out in the sun (or underneath the well-stocked Private Beach Cabana), weary beachgoers can head over to The Spa for an invigorating Divi Divi Massage. There are plenty of excellent restaurants on-site. Casa Nonna, the latest fine dining addition, features succulent Italian favorites and tasty table-side cocktails. Don't miss the 'Bahada di Solo' (Sunset) gathering with signature cocktails and Ketsu's finest sushi. But what really makes this hotel stand out is its staff: knowing what guests need even before they themselves realize it.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Ritz-Carlton Aruba is a forward-thinking luxe resort that triggers all the senses while embracing sustainability and the local community.

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Meet Liliana Erasmus

Born and raised in Aruba, Liliana moved to the Netherlands to continue her college education in Marketing. Since 1998 she’s been back on her beloved island, where she is working as a...  More About Liliana