What are the best hotels in Aruba?

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Aruba really has accommodations suited for all styles and budgets, and since all beaches are open to the public, finding a sweet spot on the sand, even if your hotel is not totally surfside, is a breeze.

Where you stay all depends on your needs and holiday style, but across the board, service is typically first-rate and rooms are clean, modern and well appointed. Here are the five best Aruba hotels:

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba
This glamorous beach resort opened in Palm Beach in 2013 and it has been a popular spot ever since. All rooms have at least a limited view of the Caribbean, and top-of-the line accommodations are large, oceanfront rooms with outdoor showers and private decks.

Four restaurants and a large spa mean you don’t have to travel for good food and pampering; two pools compliment the expansive beachfront. Spring for a private cabana and get food and drink service all day long.

Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort
Sitting along Palm Beach yet facing away from the frenzy, the rooms look toward their own slice of sand with a manmade breakwater, private pier and a marshy bird sanctuary.

But beyond the prime location, it’s the suite options that set the resort apart. From studio suites to three-bedroom and even split-level affairs, all rooms have complete kitchens, whirlpool baths and gorgeous views. Some even have in-room laundry facilities.

A trendy beach lounge and a classic surfside dining option, two large pools, a seaside whirlpool, and a brand-new spa with sea views also add to its allure.

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort
As true pioneers in the eco-friendly hotel operation movement, this is not only the greenest resort on Aruba but perhaps in the entire Caribbean. Located on a prime and pristine stretch of beautiful Eagle Beach, it’s also well known as one of Aruba’s most romantic hotels.

Expect an elite luxury boutique style stay with a strict adults-only policy. Onsite dining includes private romantic dinners for two in the sand, and the new dining spot Elements (also adults-only) is one of the first to strive to provide creative vegetarian, gluten-free and organic dishes, and to source locally as much as possible.

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino
An original grand dame of the Palm Beach strip, Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort was beginning to show her age until recently. Now, after total room refreshment and a new posh club level with sumptuous suites, the old magic of this 357-room landmark has resurfaced.

The exterior has always been a classic attraction — a waterfall and pools cascading through brilliant blooms leading down to the sea. The scene is punctuated by the romantic alfresco dining spot Ruinas del Mar with live signature black swans in the tableside pond. Unfortunately, the sparse beachfront here can become overcrowded.

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
A lively self-contained hub of activity with a fabulous casino, onsite dining, full-service spa and large convention center, the Aruba Marriott welcomes families and groups with aplomb. All rooms are spacious, and the beachfront offers a multitude of watersport activities.

It has recently begun catering more to romantics by turning the posh Tradewinds Club-level top floor into an adults-only enclave, and by adding a luxurious pool and bar to the comprehensive amenities. The recently refreshed surfside romantic dining spot Atardi has a locally inspired seafood menu to match its new look.

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