The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba
What We Love
- Private dinners on Palm Beach
- “Weightless” hammock massages at the onsite spa
- A beachfront outpost of the New York City steakhouse, BLT, complete with a raw bar
- The 24-hour casino
What To Know
- The hotel is located on one of Palm Beach’s quieter stretches
- For access to the Club Lounge services (complimentary breakfast, cocktails, a dedicated concierge, etc.), guests should book rooms on the 7th floor
- All rooms offer at least partial ocean views
- Guests can take yoga, Zumba, and/or Tai Chi classes on the beach
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Even when it’s at maximum capacity, this sprawling seaside haven never feels crowded. The thoughtful public spaces, which range from separate children and adults-only pools to a 15,000-square-foot spa, which pampers guests with a tropical island-inspired menu, are to thank for that accessible tranquility. It’s a similar brand of stylish seclusion that the 320 contemporary rooms here, all with spacious layouts, exhibit—for an outdoor shower with Caribbean Ocean views, splurge for the Ritz-Carlton Suite. Fortunately, the entertainment options, from a hopping round-the-clock casino to a thoughtfully curated Kids Club, are just as available as the pockets of peace. If it’s paddle boarding and kayaking you’re after, look no further: the resort offers easy access to one of the calmest patches of sea on the entire isle. And though the aforementioned BLT remains one of Aruba’s most coveted spots, the hotel’s more low-key dining options, including Solanio, a casual Italian eatery with an open kitchen (and one of Aruba’s best breakfast buffets), and the poolside grill, which fires up burgers on a wood-fired parilla, make for tasty competition.
In the Area
The adjacent ocean and its white powder sand beach give you little reason to leave, though the resort is only eight miles from the bustling harbor city of Oranjestad and attractions including the Aruba Aloe Factory and Museum, which traces a 160-year-old cultivation process, and the island’s Archaeological Museum, which showcases the meticulous recreation of a maloca, or a native communal hut. The concierge can help plan trips to other local attractions like the Bubali Plas, a fresh water lagoon that doubles as a gathering place for the island’s many bird species, or Arikok National Park, a lush 7,907-acre treasure full of native wildlife.
How to Get There
My family of 5 just returned from 6 days at the Ritz Carlton in Aruba and we couldn’t be happier. We travel often and have been to Aruba several times before, but this was our first stay at the Ritz. Everybody was very friendly and accommodating, staff members shook our hands and asked our names, and everybody was pleasant and helpful. The rooms were very nice and spacious and had great views. The service overall was spectacular. We enjoyed eating at Casa Nonna and the Lobby Bar (sitting outside watching the sunset as we ate and drank), and were happy with lunch at Madero. We rented a beach cabana for most of our stay (number 10) and that was amazing. It was a lovely private spot for our family to relax. Staff overall were very friendly and always offering assistance. Resort is beautiful and close walking distance to the busier and more crowded hotels on the strip. We really enjoyed our stay and will certainly be back.
The Ritz is excellent! My stay was fantastic! The room was spacious and well appointed. Beds were very soft as were the pillows (this detail is important to me because I cannot sleep on a hard mattress). My children were treated so well by the staff. Beach and poolside staff and service was excellent! The staff here really make a difference and are all absolutely amazing. Every single person we encountered was very welcoming.
I highly recommend The Ritz Carlton Aruba for families with children of any age and cannot wait to book again.
FYI Go to the The Ritual coffee shop. This small cafe has good coffee and small snacks (oatmeal, grilled cheese, fruit cups, etc.). This shop also sells delicious gelato! We had gelato every single night we were there. The Nutella, cookies and cream and Ferrero Rocher flavors were soooooo delicious!
Great location at the end of the beach away from all the larger busy hotels, however still within a short walking distance. Chairs and beach space are grabbed up in the early AM by guests. Service pool and beach side is very attentive and on point with the hotel. We had a room on the 7th floor club level, the view was outstanding, the staff at the club level is very attentive and friendly. The spa and workout facilities are top notch. The staff in the spa were outstanding, attentive and a fully relaxing atmosphere. My only negative comment would be adult pool side speaker usage from another guest had vulgar and offensive language which the staff ignored, with a great island style music being played on the venue it was a vibe killer. This is a relaxing higher end hotel not the beach party scene, keep it that way.