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 just returned from the Ritz in Aruba. We had an amazing time!! The hotel is absolutely beautiful and well kept. The room was spacious and super clean. The staff was friendly, helpful and courteous. We stayed on the 7th floor and used the Club. There was a wide variety of foods for each meal and the drinks were never ending:) The staff at the club was great - Gerson, Agnes, Rose,Carlos. The concierge - Stephy - made our whole itinerary for the week with restaurant reservations and tours! Super helpful! While checking in we must have mentioned that the next day it was my Birthday. The staff went beyond to make me feel special. Our cabana was decorated with balloons, Eric Abdul and friends sang happy Birthday to me at the beach and I had a surprise cake waiting in the room! It was so sweet and thoughtful. The cabana/beach crew ( Leonardo, Joshua, Justin and Lyndonn) was just as awesome. These guys made sure we were well fed and hydrated while soaking the sun. They worked endlessly to please the guests and always with a smile. At the beach you can use for free paddle boards, kayaks and snorkeling gear. The pool had plenty of floats for the kids and pleasantly warm water. There were quite a few sunscreen and water stations by the pool and beach for the guests to use. Thank you Ritz for a fantastic vacation, we will be back soon!
Staff is over the top friendly and helpful! Property is well maintained. Beach area is one of the best on LG Smith Boulevard. Food and drinks were excellent, we found it difficult to leave the property .. but we did!
Aruba is a wonderful island to visit, but the best part of going to Aruba is staying at the Ritz. We were "hooked" on our first visit there. The property is at the end of a beautiful beach and therefore provides a more quiet environment. Service is extraordinary. Restaurants are quite good. The Spa is heaven. I have to admit that we have a privileged experience at Aruba in that we enjoy the Club Lounge and that just makes the stay "over the top". Although all of the personnel in the Lounge are extraordinary, we were particularly impressed with Cadir (Lampe). His professional demeanor and warmth of personality were a pleasure and added to the overall experience. Couldn't do enough for us and we were happy to be spoiled, I must confess. We don't typically have this level of service and it was truly a treat. Cadir certainly stood out but I would be remiss if I did not mention other personnel: Agnes, Celia, Jessie and Garcon were of high calibre and certainly this is due, in some part to the excellent Manager(s).
My wife and I went to Aruba last weekend to celebrate the one year anniversary of her completing her breast cancer treatments. From the start to finish, the staff was amazing. We've stayed at several Ritz's before, but I have to say this was the best overall experience we've had.
The restaurants on the property were great. The beach and pool service was top notch - beach servers use off road segways to get back and forth quicker with food and drinks. We also got some good use out of the casino and it becomes a very lively area later in the evening.
But the real reason our stay was so magnificent is because after we checked in on Friday, we were being escorted to the elevator and the guest relations staff member asked if we were celebrating anything special. I mentioned that it had been one year since my wife wrapped up her cancer treatments and we were coming to celebrate life. Then on Saturday we were relaxing by the pool when my wife went up to the room to grab something. She FaceTimed me from the room crying and showed me the room. Guest Relations had left 15 pink balloons with words of encouragement, such as fighter, cancer free, grateful, family, et cetera tied to the bottom of each balloon, a card, and a pink and white bracelet that said survivor. The card essentially read Candace, you are Fighter, cancer might have gave you punch, but you punched back at cancer and beat it. It was signed by Rhea from guest relations and we will be forever grateful to Rhea and the staff for their thoughtfulness.
The Ritz always does a wonderful job at personal touches, but this was completely unexpected and help make our weekend even that more rememberable.
Beach was amazing!!! The hotel was nice, some confusion at check in, we ended up upgrading for a price to a bigger room (which was the farthest away from the elevator) long-long walk. We tried to change but the resort was unable to accommodate. Club level could have had more options for breakfast and for children..the staff there were great! Paddle boarding, kayaking, and snorkeling at the beach was great. Honestly the beach could not have been better, it was beautiful. Nice vacation.