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About Aruba

Totally flat, with no rivers and very little rainfall, Aruba may sound far from the typically lush Caribbean islands of the global imagination. It is, however, one of the region’s best-loved destinations, with some of the top beaches in the Caribbean, complete with pristine white sands and bright azure waters. Accommodation options range from simple, self-catering spots to sumptuous luxury resorts, fit for an array of tastes and budgets. Many of the best places to stay in Aruba are set along the leeward (western) coast, where the waters are calm and warm.

One of the three ABC islands — together with Curaçao and Bonaire — Aruba was originally inhabited by Arawak communities, before being controlled by the Spanish, and later by the Dutch. It remains an autonomous part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands with two official languages: Dutch and Papiamento. Explore Aruba’s fascinating cultural heritage with a guided walking tour of Oranjestad, which boasts historic architecture as well as great boutiques and eateries. The Fort Zoutman Historical Museum is well worth visiting. Head north for the Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins and the Aloe Factory Museum & Store.

Just northwest of Oranjestad, Eagle Beach frequently appears of lists of the world’s best beaches, whilst nearby Palm Beach is also a gorgeous place for a stroll or some sunbathing. There are quiet coves and natural rock pools to discover, too, as well as beautiful diving and snorkelling sites not far from shore. The shipwrecks of the Jane Sea, the Pedernales and the Antilla are deservedly popular, whilst Finger Reef is home to bright corals and turtles and Mas Bango Reef is famed for its fish.

Venture east for rugged Arikok National Park, which covers one-fifth of the island. Home to Aruban parakeets, whiptail lizards, goats, donkeys and iguanas, this is a terrific area for hiking, rock climbing, swimming and outdoor adventuring.

The best places to stay in Aruba are especially popular in high season, between December and April. Book your trip well in advance to avoid disappointment!

The Best places to Stay in Aruba

For Couples

  • Bucuti Tara Beach Resort is an adults-only property with sophisticated contemporary rooms and suites on one of the island's most striking beaches. Think candle-lit dinners or movie nights on the beach, yoga sessions, infinity pool dips and fabulous fare at the hotel's two restaurants. Day trips and excursions can easily be arranged. A chic couples' escape.

  • Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa offers chic rooms and suites with a grown-up feel on Eagle Beach. The resort's focus is very much on wellness, and you can expect top-notch yoga and pilates classes, as well as soothing treatments at Spa del Sol. Foodies can choose from four fantastic eateries, and there's a lively evening buzz. For romantic couples or keen spa-goers.

For Families or Groups

  • Boardwalk Boutique Hotel is a bold and bright property with one- and two-bedroom casitas just five minutes' walk from picturesque Palm Beach. Each colourful little villa has its own kitchenette, BBQ area and patio. It's romantic, but also family-friendly, with children's beach toys and two swimming pools. Groups of friends will love the daily happy hour! A funky boutique pick.

  • Lux Villas by GG offers two-bedroom apartments with spacious sitting areas, kitchens and private terraces. There's a shared swimming pool and parking on the property. Interiors are airy and modern, with particularly smart bathrooms. Great for a family or group trip, a short drive from Eagle Beach and Palm Beach.

For 5 Star Luxury

  • The Ritz Carlton promises absolute opulence, with beautifully-appointed rooms and suites in a stunning beachfront location towards Aruba's northern tip. Think acres of white sand, daily yoga, zumba and tai chi, a plethora of watersports, a superb spa and an onsite casino. There are lots of activities for little ones, too! A luxurious beach resort.

FOR AN APARTMENT OR VILLA

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Visitors should fly to Queen Beatrix International Airport in Oranjestad. Travel to your hotel or villa by taxi, or speak to your hotel about arranging an airport pickup in advance.
  • Aruba is perfect for exploring by road! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Expect warm, tropical weather for much of the year, with temperatures of around 27- 30°C. Peak season falls between December and April. Travel between April and June for fewer crowds and great hotel deals. Aruba lies outside the Caribbean's main hurricane belt, but the risk of storms is still highest in September and October.

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Best Hotels in Aruba

  • Lux Villas by GG Palm-Eagle Beach, Aruba 9 rooms from £108

    Families  -  Perfect set-up for families of all ages. Each two-bedroom unit sleeps up to four and has all the comforts and features of home
    Value chic  -  Great value for families and groups looking for space, tranquility, privacy and home-away-from home vibes
    Swimming Pool  -  The large freshwater pool is shared by all units. It's perfect for swimming and keeping children entertained all day
    Views  -  The property faces the sunset, making evenings especially enjoyable
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    Holiday compound in a tranquil area comprised of contemporary two-bedroom apartments. Well-thought-out units designed for families come with spacious kitchens, living and dining areas, outdoor space and conveniences like washers & driers. Shared large outdoor pool, garden and parking tick every box. See More

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  • Boardwalk Boutique Hotel Aruba 46 rooms from £201

    Total relaxation  -  Definition of the dream fly and flop holiday with crystal-clear sea, white sand beaches, swimming pools and outdoor activities
    Families  -  With a family-friendly pool, two bedroom villas and kids toys at the beach, families with children of any age will enjoy
    Beach Life  -  Picture-perfect Palm Beach is steps from the property. Beach service include use of huts, loungers, towels and coolers
    Honeymoons  -  Book one of the colourful Deluxe Coco Casitas to enjoy a tropical outdoor shower and private patio with hammock
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    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. See More

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  • Manchebo Beach Resort Aruba 72 rooms from £386

    Beach Life
    Luxury
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Total relaxation
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    Set on white sands, next to turquoise waters, and surrounded by palms, sit beachy cabanas with contemporary classic interiors. Top of the range spa and beauty salon, swimming pool, three restaurants, and a beach bar. Ideal for total relaxation with the beach on your doorstep. See More

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  • Ritz Carlton, Aruba Aruba 320 rooms from £389

    Families  -  Scheduled daily activities the whole family will enjoy.
    Beach Life
    Luxury
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    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! See More

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  • Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba 102 rooms from £455

    Romantic Break  -  Highly recommended by Conde Nast Traveller awards.
    Spa breaks
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Beach Life
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    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. See More

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