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
- 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
Our initial visit to the Ritz Carlton Aruba shortly after it opened in 2013 was not good (as reflected in my TripAdvisor review). I'm please to say that our recent return trip saw major improvements with respect to the quality of service and staff. The hotel itself still doesn't feel very Ritz Carlton-ish; the design, decor and finish are unlike typical RC hotels. The adults-only pool is beautiful, and the service is much improved. The fitness center is pretty well appointed for a resort facility. The casino is small but a bit more upscale than many of the others on the island. The on-property restaurants are ok.
My family and I got back a couple weeks ago from the Ritz Carleton and we loved every minute. Beautiful hotel and the grounds were well kept. Beautiful beach and the sunsets were amazing to watch,especially from the Club lounge. Great friendly service and the food was delicious. We got upgraded to the Executive suit and it was great. Nice clean rooms and a great view of the beach. We would LOVE to go back. Highly recommend.
My wife and I stayed at the Aruba Ritz Carlton the last week of January while attending a conference and I must say we were disappointed . We have stayed at a number of Ritz Carltons both domestically and internationally and this place fell well short of the usual RC experience. There was a definite lack of class, decor and elegance usually expected at RC. I definitely felt that the Brand was " diluted" by the Marriott merger. Interestly there is a large Marriott property next door.
There is a lobby Casino and I think this attracts a lot of "non Guests" to the hotel. There is little security and one could literally walk off the beach and spend all day at the pools, lunch bar , casino etc. The lobby is very loud and the bar was crowded. The rooms were spacious but again felt more like a Marriott vs Ritz. I will say that the staff was very friendly and accommodating.Dinner at the BLT steakhouse was excellent and Nonnas Italian was good.
If you want to stay at a "nice" beach side hotel this place if fine but if you are hoping for Ritz Carlton Luxury and class you may be disappointed.
Clean and quiet is what you get when here. Service is top notch but you are removed from the strip of things to do. Due to ongoing development the sidewalks are not present so you’re better taking a cab as not to have to navigate obstacles. The restaurants are spotless and service delectable food. The sunsets on the beach are to be enjoyed. The serenades of music outside casa nonna aren’t to be missed.
The Aruba Ritz Carlton is a fantastic resort! The rooms are luxurious- we were upgraded to a suite with an oceanfront view, which was absolutely amazing!! The service was stellar- from check in to the moment we left, the staff couldn't have been more pleasant and professional. We especially loved the hostess Anna, and server, Viviana, at Madero Grill, who have become like family to us. The Ritz is located at the end of Palm Beach, so the beach is not only beautiful, but quiet, perfect for a relaxing vacation.
I highly recommend the Aruba Ritz Carlton.