The best hotel choices are the ones that keep every member of your travel party happy. The Ritz Carlton, Aruba, located on a quiet beach on the northern tip of the island, offers all the activities and dining options you could want. Those looking for family fun, romance, adventure or the perfect place to relax with a book and a cocktail will all be delighted. Here are some highlights of the hotel:
A spacious beach
The amazing beach team will be happy to set you up with a lounger and umbrella by the pool and also provide you with sunscreen, after sun aloe and even swim nappies. The hotel offers a large selection of water floats for happily swinging in the very calm water and provides free snorkeling gear, paddle boards and kayaks.
Several swimming pools
Kids will love the easy-access kiddie pool where they’re encouraged to splash around, play with beach balls and have fun. The adult pool is quieter, but no less fun. Those over 18 can sip a tropical drink while chatting with their new friends. You can also splurge on a cabana, which offers a bit more privacy and a mini-fridge stocked with drinks and snacks.
The Ritz Carlton Aruba offers some of the best food on the island. Casa Nonna is the place to go for Italian specialties, including homemade burrata, pasta stuffed with veal, grilled octopus and Mediterranean sea bass. Steak lovers will delight in dining at BLT Steak, which serves the chain’s signature popovers, as well as excellent rib eye and custom surf & turf. Another favorite is the Divi Sushi Bar & Lounge, which offers innovative sushi and cocktails. Madero is the place to go for an al fresco lunch of fish tacos or a Caribbean salad. Children’s menus are available in all restaurants.
Rooms and suites at the Ritz Carlton are generously proportioned, most with water views and all with lovely terraces. Expect a very comfortable bed, your choice of multiple pillows, and beach art. The marble bathrooms don’t disappoint and are stocked with full-size bottles of treats from Philosykos, a new Greek-inspired beauty line from Diptyque that smells of the great outdoors.
A generous club lounge
Why not splurge at the Club Lounge, where you can pamper yourself generously from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. with an abundance of goodies served by a very attentive staff? Staff will remember your name and favorite drink, and the dedicated concierge can help you book dinners and activities. The food is great, and the floor-to-ceiling windows offer spectacular sunset views.
A relaxing spa
If you’re not relaxed enough, head to the spa. The spa includes a hot tub, sauna, and steam room, plus a relaxation lounge stocked with treats. Some treatments offered include a coffee scrub, couples massage, and an aloe treatment that includes reflexology. I don’t like working out when I travel, but the hotel gym is open 24 hours and very well equipped.
A very special kids club
Ritz Carlton properties always make children feel welcome, and the kids’ club here offers a range of activities that will keep your little ones busy for hours. Forget the boring offers of other kids’ clubs. Here, your kids can conduct water experiments, learn about local iguanas, make their own movies, and take cooking lessons.
If you’re feeling lucky, head to the hotel’s casino to try your luck at your favorite game. The casino is open 24 hours a day and offers a wide assortment of slot machines. Additionally, you can find Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Caribbean Stud Poker, Baccarat, Three Card Poker, Let it Ride, and Texas Hold’em.