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 husband and I just returned from our amazing 25th anniversary trip... and all we can say is WOW! I would recommend this resort to anyone. The service is second to none. The food is out of this world. The views... unreal. The only negative we have was the bed in our room. For a Ritz Carlton, we thought it was lacking and a bit outdated. I actually contemplated asking for a different room because of the bed... but may have not been any better so we stayed put. We did pay the additional monies to be on the club level and had full access to the club lounge which was nice. A special thank you to Jessie, Cadir, Agnes and Rosetta in the club lounge. This group is so special and will always hold a special place in my heart. They are beyond accommodating and they all made our trip one that we remember for years to come. We are looking forward to taking our daughter back and let her experience this fantastic property. Thank you Ritz Carlton Aruba for making our 25th anniversary trip such a special time!
The resort is on a beautiful setting. The service level as expected with a Ritz is exceptional. I have been here for 7 of my 10 day stay. The beach crew is hard working but they struggle to find enough chairs and umbrellas for the hotel guests. People are lineing up at 7am to get a beach chair and umbrella. I went down at 9 after breakfast and everything was gone so I went to the pool. On the adult side of the pool they are also lacking umbrellas. This really needs to get fixed. When the beach is the main event in Aruba the Ritz really needs to provide ample chairs and umbrellas for their guests and right now they are missing the mark.
Staff is well trained and friendly. Spa is quite nice and a bonus here
Rooms are spacious and nice, however the bathrooms could use a lighting makeover.
Stayed here in October 2019. Some in our group loved the casino I like the size of hotel, not too large not too small. Great entertainment in the casino on Friday night. singer had beautiful voice and the band was great. The outdoor entertainment was nice we sat and listened in the evening having a glass of wine before dinner. The nighttime look was beautiful. The private beach had lovely white sand. Glad we had a partial ocean view room as it was hot and being in one of the wings provided some relief from the sun. Will stay here and recommend.