Looking for the best places to stay in Aruba? After my trip there I’ve rounded up the best Aruba accommodation for your Aruban Florins, so you can choose the best one for you.
Aruba is a small and beautiful Caribbean island, off the coast of Venezuela and nestled amongst Bonaire and Curacao. It’s home to just over 100,000 people and some of the clearest waters in the world. The island thrives off tourism – you’ll not be hard pushed to find top places to stay in Aruba.
Aruba hotels have a lot to offer families, couples and both younger and older generations alike. You’ll find all accommodation types from 5-star all inclusive resorts in Aruba, to the more modest budget-friendly alternatives. Let’s take a look at some of the best places to stay in Aruba for all budgets, ages and personal preferences.
Where to Stay in Aruba
Here are my favourite hotels in Aruba for you.
4 best areas to stay in Aruba
- Palm Beach
- Eagle Beach
- Haduccri Beach
Best places to stay in Aruba: Palm beach
Palm Beach is where you’ll find the most all-inclusive resorts in Aruba and the larger Aruba hotels. Palm Beach is a tourist hub of the island and well suited for all types of travellers, from honeymooners to families. So, here are some of the best places to stay in Aruba, on Palm Beach.
This high-end Aruba hotel is just a one-minute walk from the beach and boasts limitless ocean views (if you opt for an oceanview room).
The Hyatt Regency is famed as one of the top resorts in Aruba and it’s easy to see why. As a guest here you will not be bored as you can enjoy all of the hotel’s extensive amenities. Whether you like to indulge in a full-service spa, try your luck at the casino or splash about in one of the two pools.
The outdoor pool complex is a staggering 8000sq ft and is home to a two-storey water slide. Don’t worry there’s also an adults-only pool together with an onsite gym, shops and gourmet dining experiences – all of which can be enjoyed at this four-star Aruba hotel.
If you are looking for an all-inclusive alternative to the Hyatt then the luxury Riu Palace is generally considered one of the best all inclusive resorts in Aruba.
For the more budget-friendly alternative, this charming Aruba hotel offers up everything you need. Just a five-minute walk from the beach, restaurants and malls you are never far away from the action but far enough to enjoy a little tranquillity at the Karibu Aruba Boutique Hotel.
Stay at Karibu Aruba Boutique Hotel and you’ll have a private patio, free wifi, full kitchen facilities and an outdoor pool. This boutique gem offers a range of rooms from twin rooms to deluxe apartments and has nothing but rave reviews giving it the well-deserved title as one of the best hotels in Aruba.
You can check it out and book this colourful Aruba accommodation here at booking.com.
The best places to stay in Aruba: Eagle Beach
Eagle Beach is another resort that is considered one of the best areas to stay in Aruba owing to its routine ranking as one of the top ten beaches in the world. It boasts powdery sand, water sports and quirky restaurants, all of which are accommodated by low-rise hotels with a more modest price range.
This is where I stayed the first time I visited Aruba.
The quirky Dutch colonial-inspired hotel is just opposite the infamous Eagle beach. At the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort you can choose from either a spacious studio or one-bedroom suite with a fully equipped kitchen, free WIFI, and of course use of the outdoor pool.
The resort also makes snorkelling equipment available and offers a complimentary drink on arrival.
Amsterdam Manor Beach will suit the mid-range budget, quite something given its proximity to the beach. Even more impressively it proclaims award-winning status, having won multiple awards including the Golden Travel Life award. It is also a proud LGBT friendly property.
The Pearl Aruba Condos make for the perfect stay for a modest budget. These condos are just a four-minute walk from the beach. Each condo has all the amenities, and importantly, the space you need with air-conditioning, a kitchen-dining area, separate bedrooms and a living room with a sofa. You can also enjoy the onsite restaurant, swimming pool and hot tub.
These classic Caribbean coloured condos are perfect for those who need extra space but still want to be in the centre of the action without breaking the bank.
The Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort is a great family-friendly resort sitting in the upper ends of the budget. Rooms offered range from studios suites to one-bedroom suites all of which face the crystalline ocean and come complete with hot tub baths.
Stay here and there’s a large outdoor pool, children’s pool, state of the art fitness centre and communal barbeque facilities dotted around the resort. Perfect for those chilled holiday afternoons. This vibrant Aruba hotel can be found just two minutes from the beach where guests can relax in a hotel provided hammock or cabana and indulge in beachside dining at the hotel ran Sunset Bistro.
If your budget does extend to high-end luxury in the Eagle Beach area then Manchebo Beach Resort is considered one of the top resorts in Aruba offering you a high-end luxury stay right on the beachfront. You can compare prices here at booking.com.
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Where to stay in Aruba: Oranjestad
Oranjestad is the capital of Aruba and the closest you will get to a ‘big city’ in Aruba. It’s a cultural hub that is home to some of the best restaurants in Aruba as well as art galleries, museums and historical sites. Here, you will also find some of the best places to stay in Aruba.
This mid to upper budget range Aruba hotel is a waterfront property located in Oranjestad’s town centre. The Renaissance Wind Creek Hotel benefits from an incredible 40 acres of private land and beaches and is home to the famous Flamingo Beach too. This is a unique experience offering you the best close-ups of pale pink flamingos in dreamy blue waters, perfect for your Instagram feed. This makes it one of the most popular and top hotels in Aruba.
Stay here and you can also enjoy a full-service spa, casino and three pools. Renaissance Wind Creek is one of the top all inclusive resorts available in Aruba and offers no less than eight dining options. Renaissance Wind Creek, has long been considered one of the best places to stay in Aruba.
This adult-only boutique hotel in Aruba promises you a unique experience offering an outdoor pool, fed by a natural spring amongst a tropical wonderland. Also, breakfast is served using local ingredients and home-grown garden herbs. Your breakfast spot will transform into a reading nook by day where you can unwind with a book or take advantage of the high-speed internet.
Stay at the Wonders Boutique Hotel and you’re just over a mile from the city centre and can enjoy a free shuttle to either Eagle or Palm Beach each morning.
Best places to stay in Aruba: Hadicurri Beach
Worthy of an honourable mention and another one of the top resorts in Aruba is Hadicurri Beach in the north of the island. It’s a great alternative for travellers wishing to avoid the crowds of the busier Palm and Eagle Beach.
The beautiful Boardwalk Boutique Hotel is a former coconut plantation with tropical gardens and a gorgeous lagoon feeling outdoor pool, surrounded by hammocks, cabanas and loungers.
The Aruba accommodation is compromised of one, two and three-bedroom colourful cottages, with bright and airy interiors. All cottages come complete with living-dining areas and modern fully-equipped kitchens. A stay here will mean you’re just minutes away from Palm Beach resort on foot and just a few minutes from Haduccri Beach where you can use the hotel’s complimentary snorkels, beach toys and foldable chairs.
This modestly priced property has so much to offer all guests and is a true hidden treasure making it one of Aruba’s best places to stay.
Best places to stay in Aruba
So, which one of these Aruba hotels takes your fancy? If you’re wondering where to stay in Aruba, essentially you can’t go wrong with any of these, but let me know which one you decide below!