14 Top-Rated Beach Resorts in Aruba

Written by Carri Wilbanks
Dec 30, 2019

In the southern Caribbean, just off the coast of Venezuela, Aruba is a fantastic year-round beach destination filled with resorts for all styles and budgets of traveler-from couples on a romantic getaway to families looking for a kid-focused vacation. The resorts here range from swanky 4- and 5-star properties to more laid-back boutiques and a number of mid-range, well-known brands.

And should you want your stay to be all-inclusive there are a number of these types of resorts, as well as some hotels that offer all-inclusive meal plans. And while most properties in Aruba cater to a mix of families and couples, there are a few options that are adults-only and are a favorite with honeymooners.

Most of Aruba's beach resorts are found on Palm-Eagle Beach, which is actually comprised of two stretches of sand: Palm Beach and Eagle Beach. Palm Beach is home to the High Rise Hotel District, while Eagle Beach has the Low Rise Hotel District. The names define the height of the buildings backing the beach, so you can choose which style you prefer. Both beaches are beautiful and great for swimming or strolling. The water is usually calm, clear, and turquoise.

Another area with hotels and resorts is the cruise port and island capital of Oranjestad. Book your next vacation with our list of the best beach resorts in Aruba.

1. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort

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For a romantic getaway right on beautiful Eagle Beach, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is a top adults-only choice. The 4-star resort is also eco-friendly, with sustainably sourced food served in its restaurant and green features in the 104 rooms and suites. Book one of the rooftop suites for a swanky stay and your own private cabana on the beach. The beach here is also great for swimming.

A buffet breakfast is included in the rate as is Wi-Fi. There is also a swimming pool, a lovely spa, fitness room, and two restaurants on-site. Carte Blanche is the haute-gourmet option, but reservations must be made well in advance.

Address: L.G. Smith Boulevard #55- B, Palm - Eagle Beach Aruba

Accommodation: Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort

2. Renaissance Aruba Resort

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Right in downtown Oranjestad, which is Aruba's cruise port, the Renaissance Aruba Resort caters to families and couples alike with its two distinct hotels. The adults-only Renaissance Marina is on one side of the resort, and the family-friendly Ocean Suites occupies the other.

Regardless of which property you stay at, expect upscale modern decor with some fun retro throwbacks, like the starburst-patterned carpets in the rooms and suites.

Amenities include three swimming pools, including an infinity rooftop pool, eight restaurants, a gym, and a luxury shopping mall. There is also complimentary access to a private island beach the hotel owns-you can often see flamingos on it.

Address: L G Smith Boulevard 82, Oranjestad Aruba

Accommodation: Renaissance Aruba Resort

3. The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba

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For a 5-star Aruba holiday, you'll need to check into The Ritz-Carlton in the High Rise Hotel District section of beautiful Palm Beach. The 320 rooms and suites work well for couples or families. All are spacious and posh with ocean-view balconies, comfy beds, and all the usual luxury trimmings like designer toiletries and turndown service.

On-site amenities include two ocean-view swimming pools, a relaxing spa, a gym with top-notch cardio equipment, and a few dining choices. If you have the kids, there is a children's playroom. You can also take out SUP boards and kayaks for free.

The beach here is lovely, and the ocean is calm and clear.

Address: L.G. Smith Boulevard #107

Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba

4. Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa

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Located at the southern end of the Low Rise Hotel Zone on the widest portion of Eagle Beach, Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa is a lovely upscale boutique choice with an all-inclusive option. There are 72 rooms that are done up in cherry wood and marble and are spacious and comfortable.

The hotel has an eco-friendly, wellness vibe about it, with gorgeous Southeast Asian-style gardens on the grounds and free introductory yoga and Pilates classes offered daily. There is also a spa right on the beach.

For meals, you can choose from four different restaurants. There is also a small swimming pool, a gym, and a mini-market on-site. Car hire is available from the front desk, and the concierge can arrange tours, activities, and transport.

Address: J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 55, Palm - Eagle Beach Aruba

Accommodation: Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa

5. Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort

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In the Low Rise Hotel Zone just across from Eagle Beach, Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort is an all-inclusive choice that is also pet friendly. The boutique property has just 72 rooms and is definitely family focused (if you are on your honeymoon this is probably not the best choice).

The apartment-style rooms feature Dutch colonial style and are very spacious. Best of all, they come with stocked kitchens. For amenities, you'll find a pool with a waterfall, free snorkel gear to use on the beach, loaner bikes, and two restaurants.

Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd 252, Palm-Eagle Beach, Aruba

Accommodation: Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort

6. Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort

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Right on Palm Beach, Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort is a high-rise tower property. The four-star resort has a lovely location on a stretch of sand that is great for swimming or beach walks.

The resort features 240 suites that come in various sizes, from studio to three-bedrooms in two different towers-the newer Beach Tower is the best choice. All are stylishly decorated and have ocean views from balconies, but the newer rooms have upgraded kitchens and washer/dryer sets.

Amenities here are varied and include two restaurants right on the sand, a lovely spa, a gym, tennis courts, and a big swimming pool. If you're traveling with the family there is a kids' club with activities like scavenger hunts.

Address: 75 Je Irausquin Blvd Palm Beach, Palm - Eagle Beach Aruba

Accommodation: Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort

7. Barcelo Aruba

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For an all-inclusive stay on pretty Palm Beach, the Barcelo Aruba is a good-value option. The hotel has 373 rooms done up in various hues of blue and white. Many come with ocean views.

The resort has eight different restaurants, including one buffet, so you won't get bored eating here. And you are within walking distance of the Palm Beach Mall. There is also a large lagoon-style swimming pool and two hot tubs.

Address: J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 83, Palm - Eagle Beach 27000 Aruba

Accommodation: Barcelo Aruba

8. Aruba Marriott Resort

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On Palm Beach, in the High Rise Hotel District, the Aruba Marriott Resort is one of three Marriott properties set in a line on this beach. It is a large resort that caters to families and couples alike.

The resort has 411 rooms and suites that are spacious and comfortable. All have balconies, but not all come with sea views.

On-site amenities include two swimming pools, one of which is adults-only. There is also a swanky spa and a well-equipped gym with strength-training and cardio machines.

For dining, there are multiple restaurants at the Marriott properties, including a Ruth's Chris Steak House and a sushi restaurant. There are also quite a few more within an easy walk. If you like sweet treats, the lobby Italian gelato shop has you covered. There is also a Starbucks in the lobby for a caffeine fix.

Address: L.G. Smith Boulevard, Palm-Eagle Beach, Aruba

Accommodation: Aruba Marriott Resort

9. Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort

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Also on Palm Beach, the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort recently underwent a renovation and is a lovely luxe resort with modernist architecture. The tropical grounds here are quite beautiful, as is the beachfront.

The rooms and suites are done up in Caribbean style and are spacious and comfortable. The furnished balconies are also a treat. On-site amenities include two free-form swimming pools with sun-loungers, as well as cabanas that can be reserved, beachfront palapas, and options for water sports.

Address: J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 81, Palm-Eagle Beach, Aruba

Accommodation: Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort

10. Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort

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Also in the High Rise Hotel District on Palm Beach, the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort is a 4-star hotel popular with all kinds of travelers. For families there is an on-site kids' club and games room. Plus the waterslide in the resort's impressive three-tired swimming pool is always a hit with children.

The rooms and suites here come with modern Caribbean style and are spacious and well-maintained. The bathrooms are also oversized. Amenities include eight restaurants and a Starbucks coffee shop, a gym open 24/7, and a lovely spa.

Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd 85, Palm-Eagle Beach, Aruba

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort

11. Hotel Riu Palace Aruba

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On Palm Beach in the High Rise Hotel District, Hotel Riu Palace Aruba is an upscale, all-inclusive choice that is also family friendly. The rooms and suites are spacious and comfortable, and if you have kids, the suites have separate living space.

There are a number of restaurants to choose from for meals. There are also two big swimming pools, a nice spa, and a gym.

Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd 79, Palm-Eagle Beach, Aruba

Accommodation: Hotel Riu Palace Aruba

12. Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club

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Also part of the three Marriott hotels on Palm Beach, Ocean Club offers a mix of rooms and villas. The rooms are quite spacious and come with pull-out couches, while the villas are large enough for a family, with up to two bedrooms and separate living space. They also come with kitchens and Jacuzzi tubs in the bathroom.

On-site amenities include three restaurants, a swimming pool and hot tub, and a fitness room. There are also tennis courts and a spa. The hotel is also in the High Rise Hotel District and walking distance from a number of other dining options, as well as shopping.

Address: LG Smith Blvd 99, Palm-Eagle Beach, Aruba

Accommodation: Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club

13. Casa Del Mar Beach Resort

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A timeshare resort on a less crowded section of Eagle Beach, Casa Del Mar Beach Resort offers all suite accommodation. Choose from one- or two-bedroom floor plans that are spacious and chic in style. They also come with full kitchens and furnished balconies. Many have ocean views.

Amenities here include two swimming pools and hot tubs and a playground if you're traveling with kids. There is also a mini-market, should you wish to stock your kitchen, and a beachfront restaurant for dining out.

Address: L.G. Smith Blvd 51-53, Palm-Eagle Beach, Aruba

Accommodation: Casa Del Mar Beach Resort

14. Ocean Z Boutique Hotel Aruba

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If you prefer to stay away from the crowds at Eagle or Palm Beach, then check out Ocean Z Boutique Hotel, which is on a less touristy part of the island. Although you can see the ocean across the road from this small hotel, the closet beach, the uncrowded Boca Catalina, is a five-minute walk away.

There are just 13 chic rooms, and each is individually decorated. For a romantic treat, book one of the rooms with access to a semi-private infinity pool with ocean views.

Amenities include a made-to-order free breakfast, an outdoor swimming pool, a small on-site boutique, and free Wi-Fi. There is also an on-site restaurant open for dinner but you must make a reservation.

Address: L.G. Smith Boulevard # 526, Noord Aruba

Accommodation: Ocean Z Boutique Hotel Aruba

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