Thu. Feb 2nd, 2023

The best hotel choices are those that keep every member of your travel party blissfully happy. The Ritz Carlton, Aruba, located on a quiet stretch of beach on the northern tip of the island, has all the activities and dining options that you could possibly want. Those seeking family fun, romance, adventure or the perfect place to relax with a book and a cocktail will all be delighted. Below are some hotel highlights:

A spacious beach

The terrific beach crew will happily set you up with a lounge chair and umbrella by the sea the pool and also provide you with sunblock, after-sun aloe and even swim diapers. The hotel provides a large selection of water floats for joyful bobbling in the very tranquil water and supplies complimentary snorkel gear, paddle boards and kayaks.

Multiple pools

Kids will love the easy-entry kids’ pool where they are encouraged to splash around, play with beach balls and just have fun. The adult pool is quieter, but no less fun. Those over 18 can sip a tropical drink as they float around chat with their new friends. You can also splurge on a cabana, which provides a bit more privacy and mini fridge stocked with drinks and snacks.

Great food

The Ritz Carlton Aruba has some of the island’s best food. Casa Nonna is the place to go for Italian specialties, including homemade burrata, veal-filled pasta, grilled octopus and Mediterranean sea bass. Steak lovers will be thrilled to dine at BLT Steak, which serves the chain’s signature popovers, as well as a terrific rib eye and a customized surf & turf. Another favorite is Divi Sushi Bar & Lounge, which features innovative sushi and cocktails. Madero is the place to go for an outdoor lunch of fish tacos or a Caribbean salad. Kids’ menus are available at all restaurants.

Luxury rooms

The Ritz Carlton rooms and suites are generously proportioned, many with water views and all with lovely terraces. Expect a very comfy bed, your choice of multiple pillows and beachy art. The marble bathrooms don’t disappoint and are stocked with full-sized bottles of goodies from Philosykos, a new Greek-inspired beauty line from Diptyque that smells like the great outdoors.

A generous club lounge

Why not splurge on the Club Lounge, where you can be generously pampered from 7 am until 10 pm with an abundance of treats catered by a very attentive staff? The staff will remember your name and your favorite beverage and the devoted concierge can help make any dinner and activity reservations. The food is excellent and the floor to ceiling windows provide spectacular views of the sunset.

A relaxing spa

If you are not relaxed enough, head over to the spa. The spa includes a hot tub, sauna and steam room, as well as a relaxation lounge filled with treats. Some featured treatments include a coffee scrub, a couples’ massage and an aloe treatment that includes reflexology. I don’t like to exercise when I travel, but the hotels’ gym is open 24 hours a day and very well-equipped.

A very special kids club

Ritz Carlton properties always make kids feel welcome and the kids club here offers an array of activities that will keep your little ones occupied for hours. Forget the boring offerings of other kids clubs. Here, your kids can conduct water experiments, learn abut the local iguanas, make their own movies and take cooking lessons.

The casino

If you are feeling lucky, head into the hotel’s casino to try your luck at your favorite game. The casino is open 24 hours a day and has a wide assortment of slot machines. In addition, you can find, blackjack, craps, roulette, Caribbean stud poker, baccarat, three card poker, let it ride and Texas hold’em.

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