Ah, Aruba. 365 days of sunshine. Perfect trade winds. Jaw-dropping sunsets. Sprawling beaches. It’s the stuff of dreams. Lucky you, you’re going to honeymoon here.
Good choice, because there’s a handful of romantic hotel options here that can please even the fussiest newlyweds. These are the four most luxurious resorts that truly roll out the red carpet for honeymooners.
Bucuti & Tara Beach ResortPenthouse Bucuti and Tara Suites, Oranjestad-West, Aruba
The private, intimate, and thankfully affordable Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort right on Eagle Beach is a magnet for honeymooners who are picky about their hotel stays. The 104-room property is adults-only, with all rooms facing the gorgeous beach. This is peace and quiet at its best, and it’s not going to cost you an arm and a leg. Ground floor standard rooms are $350 a night, but you could also go for one of the suites, which start at $440. You’re getting double the space (700 square feet), full kitchen, and a double balcony and you’re not digging that much deeper into your pockets for the upgrade. If you’re feeling fancy, get the Tara Suite ($750 a night). It’s actually smaller (500 square feet) but you’re literally steps from the beach (no elevators or stairs, just a few steps from the sand). If you really want to go all out, though, take over a Penthouse ($900 a night). These are the highest level, flaunting million-dollar ocean views, private terraces with daybeds, clawfoot tubs in the bathroom, and their own private cabana on the beach. You’ll never have a reason to leave Bucuti thanks to the fine Italian restaurant on a huge outdoor deck, beach lounges with umbrellas, a perfect spa, and beachside dinners. The way the resort is designed makes it feel like you don’t see anyone else, so you’ll be king and queen of the castle.
Ritz Carlton ArubaSuite The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, Aruba
Everyone’s a VIP at Ritz Carlton Aruba, but honeymooners are VIP Royalty. Because this five-star hotel is basically romance central, staff excel at making couples feel special. Service here is thoughtful, personalized, and memorable. Situated right along Palm Beach, Ritz Carlton Aruba is pretty massive (320 rooms), yet it still feels intimate, and there’s a huge, 24-hour luxury casino if you’re feeling lucky. All the resort amenities are great (sunset cocktails at Divi Bar, high-end BLT Steak, 15,000-square foot spa), and getting a club-level room for Club Level Lounge access is the way to go. There’s everything you’d expect with the contemporary rooms (Caribbean design, private balconies, marble bathrooms) and ocean view rooms will set you back $724 a night. Suites are steep at $1,189 but expect better views and a lot more space. Plus, it is the Ritz Carlton, one of the most prestigious resort chains in the world. Splurging is probably warranted.
Boardwalk Small HotelOne Bedroom Casita Boardwalk Small Hotel Aruba, Bakval, Noord, Aruba
Let’s say your girl really likes her privacy and doesn’t want to see another soul. You’re just a dollar short from renting out the entire island, so the next best thing is Boardwalk Small Hotel. The name might make it sound like a one-star hotel somewhere in Jersey, but it’s going to blow you away. The 14-room sanctuary is tucked away in its own quiet, private oasis (right behind the Ritz Carlton), and it’s only a few minutes to the beach by foot. You’re getting to see a whole other side of Aruba, one that’s immersed in Caribbean flavor, away from the crowds, and connected to the island’s history (it’s right on an historic coconut plantation). You get breakfast in bed, beach service (Boardwalk-only beach huts and lounge chairs) and, we repeat, tons of privacy. Every casita is individually designed with fully equipped kitchens, private patios (with BBQs and hammocks) and cheerful, colorful design that really draws out that Caribbean flair. The One Bedroom Casita (700 square feet) is your best bet, a great deal at less than $200 a night. Just remember that there’s a three-night minimum stay, and with only 14 rooms, it books fast.
Renaissance Aruba Resort & CasinoRoyal Penthouse Suite Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, L.G. Smith Boulevard, Oranjestad, Aruba
Renaissance Aruba is crazy nice: a mega resort with 556 rooms and are two distinct accommodation options. You’ll want to stay at the Marina Hotel (the hotel-within-a-hotel), which is an adults-only haven. Not only is it close to capital Oranjestad’s cool shopping and nightlife, Renaissance Aruba is famous for its private Renaissance Island, a sliver of beach paradise only accessible by boat and filled with actual flamingos. The resort features a high-end spa, upscale shopping, several bars, cafes, and restaurants, a casino, and all sorts of fun to keep you from getting bored. Rooms start at $169 a night, so don’t feel bad about going large with an oceanfront suite ($295 a night) with balcony or the one-bedroom Royal Penthouse Suite ($477 a night) with two balconies, a huge living area, and bathroom with standalone tub.