Palm Beach, Aruba – Image courtesy of thomson.co.uk
Discover sugar-white beaches with warm and sparkling crystalline waters ideal for swimming, snorkelling and diving. And the almost-constant easterly breezes provide perfect conditions for kite and windsurfing.
What to do and see in Aruba
In Aruba's colourful capital city of Oranjestad, discover Dutch colonial-style buildings painted in vivid Caribbean colours of pink, blue, ochre and pistachio. Stroll the main waterfront boulevard lined with attractive gabled architecture, playing host to shopping malls, bars and restaurants.
Browse for duty free bargains such as jewellery, cameras and perfumes, as well as for Delft pottery, cheese and aloe (Aruba is the world's largest producer of aloe).
Inland, go horseback riding and hiking or hire a four-wheel drive jeep or ATV to explore the harsh desert-like lunar landscape of the interior. Discover windswept hills covered with towering cacti, unusual volcanic rock formations and the island’s wind-blown trademark divi-divi trees.
Along the way, see thousands of butterflies at the Butterfly Farm and feed a long-necked bird at the Ostrich Farm. Visit the distinctive and authentic Old Dutch Windmill then climb the observation tower at the lush Bubali Bird Sanctuary to see more than 80 species of local and migratory birds, including brown pelicans, blue herons, snowy egrets and black cormorants as they flitter through the undulating marsh grasses.
Admire the old California Lighthouse that sits on a hilltop at Aruba’s northernmost tip then visit the picturesque Alto Vista Chapel and the Bushiribana Gold Smelter Ruins on the rugged northeast coast. Nearby stands the island’s most photographed natural attraction – the 7.5m-high Natural Bridge, with its 30m-span stretching across the sea.
Ponder reddish-brown petroglyphs at the Ayo Rock Formations and visit the Casibari Rock Formations, which resemble birds and dragons. To the south lies the pristine and wild terrain of Arikok National Wildlife Park, an ecological showcase that sprawls across roughly 20 per cent of the island.
After dark, take in a live Vegas-style show, listen to music featuring Latin jazz and Caribbean sounds or enjoy a flutter at one of the island’s 12 casinos.
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Where to stay
Aruba offers a huge range of restaurants, bars and hotels to suit all honeymoon budgets, most of them located along Palm and Eagle beaches…
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Location: Palm Beach
Prices: from AUD867 per room
Description: The luxurious Marriott is located on the north end of Palm Beach, less than 6 miles from Oranjestad's shopping district, and boasts the largest rooms of any of Aruba's luxury high-rise hotels. The wide beach offers numerous palapas and palm trees to relax under. Spacious guestrooms feature beds with Marriott's Revive bedding, 9 square metre patios or balconies, air conditioning, walk-in closets and high-speed Internet access. Facilities incl.: 6 restaurants, 3 bars, casino, large lagoon-style outdoor pool, concierge, 2 tennis courts, health club, full-service spa, beach volley-ball court, 24-hour room service and watersports equipment.
The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba
Location: Palm Beach
Prices: from AUD666 per room
Description: The beachfront Ritz-Carlton, Aruba tempts guests with free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools and spa in Noord. The rooms are bright and modern. They have splashes of bright colour and elegant furniture. Each comes with a private bathroom with free toiletries, a minibar and flat-screen TV. There is air conditioning, a balcony, an iPod docking station and a DVD player. Towels and linens are included. Guests can enjoy the children’s activities and 3 onsite restaurants. The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba offers 24-hour front desk assistance. The hotel offers onsite water sports facilities and a casino. There is a business centre, retail shop and concierge service. Queen Beatrix International Airport lies 11.7 km from The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba.
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino
Location: Palm Beach, Aruba
Prices: from AUD574 per room
Description: This elegant beachfront resort is surrounded by nearly 12 acres of gardens, ponds, waterfalls and pools, and the white sands of Palm Beach in Aruba's high-rise-hotel district. Spacious guestrooms are attractively furnished with Art Deco-inspired furniture and modern carnival colors, with views of the pool, ocean or garden. All include 32-inch LCD TVs offering U.S./international cable channels and iHome for iPod clock radios. The 5,200 square-foot ZoiA Spa – meaning balance in Papiamento – houses 8 treatment rooms, many of which will offer an indoor and outdoor experience, and an extensive spa menu featuring luxurious treatments with local ingredients. Facilities incl.: 6 restaurants, 4 bars, casino, 3 outdoor pools, concierge, health club and spa, 3 tennis courts, 24-hour room service and watersports equipment.
Amsterdam Manor Aruba Beach Resort
Location: Oranjestad, Aruba
Prices: from AUD272 per room
Description: Small, romantic and family-owned, this Dutch Colonial-style hotel faces Aruba's famed Eagle Beach, that is ideal for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing.
Scattered around a series of intimate courtyards, the studios and one- and two-bedroom suites feature oak furniture and stylish wicker sofa sets. All units feature a balcony or terrace and kitchen or kitchenette. Standard studios have shower-only bathrooms, while superior units have a Jacuzzi and an ocean view. Suites on the top floor boast high-barn ceilings. Amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, flat-panel TVs with cable channels, ceiling fans and air conditioning. Mango's restaurant offers an extensive buffet breakfast with live cooking, and international cuisine for dinner. You can enjoy cocktails, fresh fish and grilled steak on the beach at the Passions Beach Bar & Lounge. Free snacks at Manager's Cocktail party every Thursday. Facilities incl.: 2 restaurants, 2 bars, outdoor pool and watersports equipment.
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Best time to honeymoon in Aruba
With an average temperature of 28°C (82°F) year round and cool sea breezes, Aruba can be enjoyed at any time. Only the months of October, November and December have occasional brief showers.
For more climate info: Aruba Weather Guide…
Aruba lies in the southern Caribbean, just 20km off the coast of Venezuela. It is the most westerly of the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao) and is located south of the hurricane belt.
By air, Aruba is serviced with daily non-stop flights from several cities in North America.
Information on how to get to Aruba…
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7 February, 2017
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