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
They pay attention to every detail. The hotel concierge and activities desk was more than helpful for all of our explorations and they did not lead us wrong. The entire grounds is well maintained, pays attention to little details that make a stay worthy like endless water bottles in your room to champaign upon check in to the quickest room service we've ever received.
The resort is gorgeous. The views are gorgeous. We thought we won the lottery when we entered the resort. We thought we won the mega millions when we entered our room and saw our view. Rooms are gorgeous. Bathrooms gorgeous. Beach and pools are gorgeous. Get your chairs early if hanging out at the beach.
The resort is situated at the end of the high rise hotel locations. It's a great location for more privacy and less partying types of crowds. It's a great location to walk along the beach and check out the restaurants up and down palm beach and sign up for water fun. Lots of choices.
I would highly recommend this resort and have fallen in love with this Ritz. They have 2 restaurants and a sushi bar & lounge with music. Very nice.
This was our second time staying at the Ritz within the past 12 months and the experience met and exceeded the expectations set from our last stay. The staff are so friendly and a number remembered us from our stay back in November. The hotel and surroundings are beautiful and not crowded! The staff at the pool, in particular Crystal, could not have been nicer. The restaurant staff, Gregory and Paul, just amazing! However, we must give a special recognition to Ritz Kids and the counselors, especially Daisy. They all remembered our daughter and were so sweet. She LOVED going to Ritz Kids. She met so many nice kids and we met some wonderful parents who we look forward to seeing again on our next visit. Daisy wrote this beautiful card and gave a special present to our daughter on her last day. It made me tear up. Never have I experienced anything like that from an employee at a hotel...it’s really something special.
The food, rooms and ambiance are amazing, but it’s the staff that really differentiate the experience!!
After staying at several other large hotels in Aruba (Marriott, Hyatt) we tried the Ritz-Carlton. What a difference - the Ritz is simply the best in every respect. Service is unsurpassed in terms of friendliness and efficiency. Wonderful staff members. Superb rooms in a well-built hotel. A whisper quiet AC system, solid walls, and thick doors ensured a restful sleep. If there is paradise, the Ritz-Carleton comes close to what heaven may look like.
And one more point: The Concierge Lounge on the 7th Floor is exceptional. Being on the concierge floor was an amazing experience. I loved that the lounge was open essentially non-stop. A spectacular breakfast was served till 11 AM, followed seamlessly by an equally appetizing lunch with hot and cold selections, afternoon service, and finally dinner selections that included sushi, exotic dishes and a never-ending variety of delicious deserts, served till 10 PM at night.
Overall, the most wonderful vacation we ever had. We highly recommend the Ritz for that special occasion like a honeymoon or an anniversary.
My husband and I came here for a week in June and booked two oceanfront rooms for ourselves and our teenage daughters. From the valets to the bell staff, the housekeeping to the front desk - it was 5 star attention all the way. I am quite curious about their procedures and training that ensure such a consistent level of personal and impeccable service!!! The beach staff were amazing - Luis, Jorge, Dylwin and everyone else working the beach whose name I missed!! These guys were amazing. They worked with a sense of urgency to meet each guest's needs, but were extremely pleasant and conversational. They rode segways on the beach, so no sooner did we poke our heads up did they appear to ask if we needed anything. Their speed and attentiveness were lovely enough, but I was amazed with how, day to day, the gentlemen remembered all of our names. As soon as we set foot on the beach, one of these very skilled hospitality professionals would approach and greet us by name, and set us up with our chair covers, towels and umbrellas and whatever else we needed. They also enforced a 2 hour rule for abandoned or unused beach chairs. Anyone whos been to a resort where "reserved" beach chairs go unused all day because they are "saved" by an old flip flop and half-full sunscreen bottle can appreciate the 2-hour policy! We have stayed in top spots all over the Caribbean from Atlantis to the best rated all inclusive resorts, and our experience at the Ritz-Carlton has exceeded everything we've experienced. Perhaps a few less activities than larger resorts but the island is easy to travel, the overall expense was about equal, and the service was world class.
You get what you pay for and that’s what it all comes down to! Two years ago we stayed at the Marriott next door and thought that was great. Until we arrived at this place. My husband will long regret bringing me here since the type of service we have received here will be hard to beat for years to come. All the staff members are sincerely friendly. Everyone is always eager to help and assist. We lost our luggage and they even offered to assist at attempting to recover it for us! (which is not their responsibility at all). The food is great, the beach and the weather are superb, the rooms are fabulous and room service is impeccable. I mean what else can one ask for on their vacation?! Way to go Ritz and thank you for such warm welcome during our stay!