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Aruba is totally flat, has no rivers, and has hardly any rainfall. But it has some of the best beaches in the whole of the Caribbean - pristine white sand and bright azure water. And that's why it's one of the best loved of all the Caribbean islands. The best places to stay on Aruba are along the leeward (western) coast, where the waters are calm and warm. Most of the island's hotels can be found on this stretch.
Aruba is an autonomous island within the kingdom of the Netherlands, and the official languages are Dutch and Papiament. However, English is spoken everywhere and it's a very friendly place.
Aruba's largest town, Oranjested, is perfect for strolling around, there's something nice to look at around every corner and plenty of choice when it comes to bars, cafes, restaurants and cute boutiques.
Eagle Beach, just northwest of Oranjested, frequently makes it onto the list of the world's top ten beaches. But if you extend your explorations beyond the town and the best known beaches, you'll still find untouched shores backed by Aruba's famously lopsided divi-divi trees, spectacular natural rock pools and some incredibly clear waters ideal for snorkelling.
As the postcard perfect photos suggest, tourism is Aruba's main industry, and most of the big name hotel chains, especially the American ones, have a presence here. So the best places to stay in Aruba tend to be the larger, resort type properties (although we've managed to find an alternative).
For adults only
- If you're looking for a couples only escape, then book into Bucuti Tara Beach Resort. You can indulge in candle-lit beach dinners, films on the beach and much much more!
For beach chic
- The Boardwalk Hotel is a small, but stunning, boutique hotel in a Robinson Crusoe setting, offering one and two bedroom casitas by bright white sands and bright blue waters. Each little villa has its own kitchenette, BBQ area and patio. It's eco-friendly, but also very romantic and family friendly.
For sheer luxury
- For sheer luxury it has to be the Ritz Carlton. A fantastic beach location with acres of white sand, beautifully appointed rooms and all the facilities you could wish for.
Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Aruba, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Alternatively, for a wider choice, take a look at all our recommendations in the Caribbean.
Best Hotels in Aruba
Bucuti Tara Beach Resort 102 rooms from $338Aruba
A couples only boutique resort on one of Aruba's best beaches. Top of the range spa, films on the beach, yoga, two restaurants, candle lit beach dinners, and an infinity pool. Rooms and suites are modern minimal with all the mod cons and balconies. Very swish with fabulous facilities.Romantic Break - Highly recommended by Conde Nast Traveller awards.Views - Great views from hotelSpa breaksBeach Life
Boardwalk Hotel 14 rooms from $346Aruba
A stunning boutique property in a Robinson Crusoe setting. One and two-bedroom casitas set amongst ivory sands, emerald palms, and azure waters. Bright chic furnishings, cream furniture, kitchenettes, BBQ areas, patios and a pool. Eco friendly, very romantic, family friendly.Beach Life - Aruba's beaches have been repeatedly voted amongst the top ten in the world.Families - The two-bedroom casitas have kitchens and BBQs.HoneymoonsRomantic Break
Ritz Carlton 320 rooms from $499Aruba
A large resort-style hotel with all the amenities. Fantastically positioned on the beach with lots of beach equipment, candle lit dinners, and stretches of white sand to bask on. Contemporary chic rooms with all the mod cons and balconies. Restaurants, spa, casino. You don't need to leave!Families - Scheduled daily activities the whole family will enjoy.LuxuryViews - Great views from hotelBeach Life