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
We just returned from the Ritz in Aruba and we need to thank a few people for there for making feel like we were home. We had an amazing time. Want to thank Mitchell, Juan, Lyndon for the service we received in the bimini/cabana. Need to thank Eduardo, Luis, Elly for great service with drinks and food on their segways. Also Viviana at Madero took excellent care of us. Must also thank Ellie at Solanio, who was very welcoming at the breakfast buffet, gave us great ideas to visit with the kids while there. The room, view, beach, service at this hotel was impeccable. Will definitely be returning ASAP!!!
Our second visit here...
My family and I visited this Ritz Carlton last month to celebrate a high school and college graduation. From the moment that we arrived, they were incredibly courteous, accommodating, and friendly. The staff here does everything in their power to make your stay pleasurable and then goes well above and beyond that. Upon arriving to their room, my adult children were given delicious and beautifully decorated graduation themed cupcakes, a handwritten congratulations card, balloons, and a bottle of wine on ice to celebrate their achievements. The spa (again) was a very relaxing and enjoyable experience with a great staff and many amenities. The bar and the casino are a fun and lively experience. The food is delicious and well prepared. The Ritz Carlton helped turn this vacation into a dream for my family and we could not have asked for a more incredible experience.
This was our fourth visit to this property.As we pulled up we were immediately greeted by Ferdinand who escorted us into the lobby where Julissa was awaiting our arrival. before we even checked in these two individuals were already ensuring that our stay would be above and beyond what we would expect. The hotel is beautiful, and the beach and pool are amazing. Plenty of umbrellas and chairs. We stayed on the Club level again, and had the pleasure of seeing all of our friends once again! Thank you Carlos, Cadir, Gerson, Jesse, Celia, Jonella and Stephy. You all pampered us for our entire stay. The entire staff of this hotel truly have made us feel like family and this is almost a second home. Truly a special group of individuals, and I can’t wait for the fifth visit.
Traveled to Aruba from 5/31 to 6/4 with my husband--his work conference and our 10th wedding anniversary. Driving up the hotel entrance, the grounds are beautiful; entering the lobby there is a nice soft scented fragrance in the air. At check in we were greeted by Rosetti, who upon finding out that we were also celebrating our anniversary looked if she had a room on a higher floor available with a great view for our us. She certainly did not disappoint; we had a wonderful view of the ocean and the pools. Our room itself was very modern, clean, and large in size (only wish the tub was a bit bigger as it's tight for 2 ppl; compared to the incredibly over-sized shower (lol). To our wonderful surprise returning to our room later that night, we had a wonderful display of balloons and a happy anniversary message from Rosetti. Such a nice touch; representation of the very friendly and thoughtful staff that we encountered throughout our stay at the Ritz-Carlton, Aruba. Restaurants--we only got to eat at the Casa Nonna (1x) and the Madero Pool & Beach Grill (daily) as we ventured into town/off-property daily. Nonna's food was delicious and portions very large. Madero, was typical pool/beach food, but appetizing and good portions. No complaints at either. Fitness Center--daily morning routine while I was there. Facility was very clean and enough equipment to move around and get a work out on each if you so desired. You have access to disposable headphones (for use on your machines), fruit (apples), granola bars, and plenty of room temp and cold water. Pool/Beach--Both very clean, well maintained, and attentive staff! The hotel property overall was immaculate and you could see workers constantly picking up items, sprucing up various areas of the gardens, hallways, etc and you can visually see the attention to detail by management that's given in maintain this hotel as pristine as possible. Kudos to the Ritz-Carlton; we definitely plan on returning in the future.
This is the third time I have been in a Ritz of lower quality. For the price you pay it should be pretty good. Therefore it will be quite a while before I go again. When I checked into my very expensive room the rug was extremely dirty. The bathroom also did not look that clean. I called down to the desk and told them and the manager came up and said she would take me to a different room. We carried my luggage which was ridiculous also to a room on another floor. The rug there was also dirty. And I don't mean just a little dirty - I mean like stains and looked gross. The view, which I had paid for, was not even half as nice as the first dirty room and she said she had no others so I asked to go back to the initial room. We lugged my luggage back. She said I would somehow be reimbursed for the inconvenience. By the way I paid $1,488 per night which included taxes and resort fee. In the end they gave me $150 credit. The next day housekeeping came and shampooed the rug which was also an inconvenience.
I spent money at the spa, which I liked very much but of course it is very pricey also. I liked their restaurant which I ate at for quite a bit of money including also getting room service. I thought they did a good job and the food was good - nothing spectacular. My friends who stayed at the hotel next door to save money came over to the casino at the Ritz. We liked it. We liked it better than their hotel's casino but their room ended up being a lot nicer than mine and we all agreed for the price the Ritz was not worth it predominately because of the room issue. The beach there is nice. I did not find the beach service was all that great. All in all we spent a lot of money there. After reading some of the reviews from others I am wondering if it was the time of year or what. In my mind there is no excuse for a dirty room.