Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
What We Love
- The resort maintains Aruba’s only private island, a 40-acre atoll accessible to all guests via water taxi
- The hotel’s Crystal Casino (open 24 hours) is the island’s largest
- Guests at both hotels score access to the private island, which offers a family-friendly beach and an 18-and-over section
- L.G. Smith’s Steak and Chop House is a Wine Spectator award-winning restaurant
- Sunning on family-friendly Iguana Beach, getting cozy in a beachside hammock or spying on the resident flamingo families that populate the atoll
- Guestrooms have French balconies with city or ocean views; Ocean Suites have full balconies
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- The resort consists of two hotels, the adults-only Renaissance Marina and the more family-friendly Renaissance Ocean Suites
- The entire resort recently underwent a renovation led by NYC-based Dash Design
- Lush bathrooms maintain the relaxed feel with rainfall showers, white quartz countertops
- Children 17 and under are not permitted in the Resort Room, Island King Room, Ocean King Room and Executive Suite
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Take advantage of all that paradise has to offer without sacrificing any modern comforts at this downtown Oranjestad resort. Two buildings comprise the property — the adults-only Renaissance Marina and the family-friendly Renaissance Ocean Suites — but, crucially, both grant access to the property’s 40-acre private atoll, the only one of its kind on Aruba. Set off to the islet via water taxi (they depart every 20 minutes) and spend the day sunning on family-friendly Iguana Beach, getting cozy in a beachside hammock or spying on the resident flamingo families that populate the atoll. Treat yourself further at the on-site L.G. Smith’s Steak and Chop House, a Wine Spectator award-winning restaurant that overlooks Oranjestad’s downtown marina. The menu focuses on steak and all the trimmings — filets and ribeyes paired with mashed potatoes, creamed spinach and truffle cream corn — but diners with lighter tastes can fill up on lemon-roasted jumbo shrimp or a veggie Wellington. Indulge that food coma in one of the airy guestrooms, which have a city-meets-beach vibe: buttery taupe banquettes set off by bright turquoise pillows, sleek hardwood furnishings and French balconies with city or ocean views. The lush bathrooms maintain the relaxed feel with rainfall showers, white quartz countertops and backlit mirrors.
In the Area
When you’re not ensconced in a hammock on the resort’s private island, set off to explore Oranjestad’s rich history. The port city is the island’s capital, and it boasts a number of buildings dating back to Aruba’s early years under Dutch rule. Fort Zoutman (Aruba’s oldest remaining structure) was constructed in 1778 to thwart pirates; since then it has called itself a courtroom, a police station and a jail. Today it’s the historical museum — and the backdrop for the Tuesday afternoon Bonbini (“welcome”) festival, a showcase of the island’s traditional dance, music and cuisine. Before tourism, aloe drove Aruba’s economy, and visitors can still stock up on the soothing lotion at Aruba Aloe Store, a 125-year-old shop that sells locally made bath gels, sunscreens and calming after-sun lotions. For more carry-on-friendly souvenirs, hit Artistic Fine Jewelry, a 40-year-old boutique with a diverse collection of linens, crystal and accessories, including bracelets, rings and earrings featuring Aruba Pink gemstones.
How to Get There
Our stay here has been amazing we checked in around 2 which our scheduled time was not until 4 our room was ready had a awesome guy assist with our luggage show us everything about the room & property. We stayed on the 3rd floor on the ocean side which offered great views of ocean & pools. We didn’t do all inclusive because it’s so much other food locally. We did barefoot bar b q which was offered for $35 per person & offered so much food (food was delicious). Staff here was great we had a great time would stay here again 😀
We had an awesome time at the Renaissance Aruba. We especially love Jennifer and Jose at the Blue Bar. We went to Aruba for my 18th Birthday, and I had in absolute blast. I will for sure be coming back again!
My wife and I decided too travel to Aruba to see what it's all about on the tiny island. After looking at several Hotels and resorts, we narrowed it down to the area of Oranjestad. The Renaissance offers an adult hotel and a beautiful ocean front property called Ocean Suites. The only difference was that you would get a few kids at the pool in the Ocean Suites area.
First off, the place "Ocean Suites" was beautiful. The view of the pool and the ocean was spectacular. Make sure you book the ocean side , and not the city side, otherwise you're looking at streets and the older downtown area.
The staff at the front desk was good and answered all the questions we had. We did have to wait for our room, but by 4pm we got an awesome 4th floor room center, looking out to the ocean. The room itself was very comfortable, and had a bedroom. and a sitting area, with a pull out couch.
Although the bedroom itself was small, it still housed a king size bed, and plenty of room to get around in. I actually loved the way the bedroom would close up and it was very dark, while another person could sit in the other room and watch TV, drink coffee.
I can tell you that the bed was ultra comfort. I am a big guy, and at 6'5 I had the best sleep I have had in ages.
The Hotel was quiet. I never heard kids from our room. I was amazed that the place was so quiet. The shower and the bathroom with two sinks worked great.
The nice thing about the Ocean Suites side is that they have an awesome swim up bar, and the bar sits right in the middle of the swimming area.
We were spoiled by the service at "SOLE", by "JAC". He always had a smile, always remembered our names, and made sure we were happy on the happy Island. Jac was working all the days we were there, and he rocked it!
Another special hard working waitress who worked her tail off was LiLiana. LiLiana is a beautiful soul. She was always was hustling across the sand to get drinks and food to everyone. She did not stop from her smiles, and her interaction with every person that would talk to her. Im impressed with "JAC, and "LiLiana. They can be found working hard at the "SOLE" bar in the center of the Ocean Suites hotel.
We also got an opportunity to observe the B&F manager Javier. We met Javier when we were leaving, however I had watched him interact with his team on a couple different days. He pulled his team together and huddled in the center of the bar giving leadership, and encouragement to his team. I was impressed as he was determined to service everyone, and it was reflected in the hard work by the "Sole" staff.
The pool area also had a few very cool lizards that would hang out and enjoy the sun.
The private island that belongs to the Renaissance was fabulous. They have an advantage with that island related to the property. We took in two days at the island. The service was excellent from all staff, and it was easy. The boat ride over was fun, and the drivers of the boats made you feel like your were number 1. Its a great place to hang out especially as a couple. They have the cabannas you can rent, but you have to book those a few months ahead of time for the island. We will do that next time and spend the entire day on the island.
We did take in the casino next to ocean suites and actually won $400 bucks out of $20. So it was fun. The casino in the adult Hotel took the $400 back, but it was fun winning, and giving lol.
We never did sit by the adult pool. It was nice, but we had so much fun on the Ocean suites side that we had no need to take in the pool at the adult side.
We used the gym, and it was great. I had a sore back from the flight, and I had a message by Vanessa. It was a Swedish massage, and I fell asleep. I was so relaxed that she said I was snoring up some ZZZ. It was awesome and highly recommend any of the women at the spa to give a message.
We did not do the all inclusive as there were so many places in the downtown to grab food and drinks. We enjoyed going out to explore the area restaurants, and bars.
We took in Palm Beach area one night, and it was crowded and very Americanized. Lots of bars, restaurants and tourist. It was fun for one night, and we liked being further away closer to the downtown, local restaurants.
We will be coming back in 2019. It was incredible. We highly recommend staying at the Renaissance. We will be back, this trip was only four nights, but it was simply AWESOME!
They never respond to emails. I've emailed them three times asking for information about the all inclusive package. I wanted til know specific details, menu, and drinks that ate not listed anywhere. I also wanted til reserve a cabana, but they just don't care. Then when I called, the lady who answer wasn't very informative. We'll probably just go stay at another all inclusive resort that cares.
the place was fabulous the service was top notch and the things to do and see where great, nice shops , little restaurants, and very friendly people, great gym and fabulous pool and pool side bar with lots of intertainments and the private island beach you had to take the boat to get to was fantastic