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 had a nice time at the Ritz. Our suite was well appointed & very clean. I believe the Ritz-Carlton in Aruba has the best location among all the hotels & timeshare properties. Ivan, the hotel manager was accommodating & courteous.Vaya, the concierge was amazing. She was so knowledgeable and genuinely personable. She suggested a safari Jeep tour of the island that did not disappoint. The pool & beach areas were clean. My only complaint is the staff on the beach. They spent way too much time horse playing and joking around while they should have been setting up & breaking down the umbrellas and beach chairs. I will be sending an email to the hotel manager in hopes that he can make improvements in that area as we plan on returning to the property.
We have an amazing stay in Aruba at the Ritz Carlton. Upon arriving we were greeted like family and enjoyed champagne while waiting to check in.
We made it up to the club lounge and immediately we met the amazing staff in the club. Can’t say enough about all the managers and Gerson and Cadir for attending to our every need. They were all so nice and we enjoyed seeing them daily.
The beach was wonderful. It is less crowded than the other hotel beaches. We loved lounging in the water with the water hammocks daily.
Our room was always neat and tidy too.
We always love our stay and can’t wait to go back!
Stayed in the 7th floor at the Ritz for 5 nights and was on the beach every day. The hotel is lovely with the double sinks and large shower. The free use of the sauna, steam and whirlpools make a great start to the day. The beach has free access to floats and paddle boards (although get there early to get a good seat). The food was good even with the expected Ritz and Aruba prices.
The service is where this hotel stands out. We had water bottles added and rooms cleaned 2x a day. Johmar at the front desk helped me with an upgrade upon arrival. Abraham at Madero made great conversation and kept a happy face even though his beloved Dolphins were getting crushed. But the best asset of the staff and hotel is Eduardo on the beach; Impeccable service in a friendly and caring manner. It was a pleasure to get to know him and he made our vacation that much more enjoyable. We’ll be back just on account of him.