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
We spent one night here prior to heading down to our time share stay on Eagle beach. My only regret is I wished we stayed 2 more nights. This hotel rocks. It has such a great vib and lots of action during the happy hour at the hotel. One of the best happy hours around. All drinks 1/2 price. Appetizers at the bar were outstanding. We had the tuna sushi roll which was delicious and the pot stickers which were also great. The rooms in the hotel are modern and seems to be recently remodeled. Was nice to have the options of going to the beach across the street or to Renaissance Island. The Island is a very special experience. They bring your there by boat...10 minute ride...drop you off and there are 2 beaches there. One of the beaches has the famous flamingos which are very tame and love to be fed.
They have paddle boards, floats, snorkeling equipment, and kayaks there free of charge. There’s a dining area there which is also very attractive.
I believe the island closes at 6:30. The boats ferry people over and back all day long.
The other beach which is by the timeshares is also very nice with a protected cove that would be perfect for children. It’s not crowded and it also,has a beach bar there.
Being downtown there are many options for eating. You can walk safely around the downtown area, there also,is shopping in the higher end stores if that’s your thing.
The only negative thing about the property on the island is during the day you will hear the airplanes since it’s so close to the airport.
I have been wanting to write a review for a while. Just got back from a Two week stay and will return in March. The reason why we always come back is THE PEOPLE that work there. We do love all the changes being made very excited to see what is to come! But there are a few outstanding people I would like to mention. Ceasar is who you first see on arrival and every day after. He is so friendly, helpful, and remembers all about you and your family. We look forward to his greetings every year. Petronila at the towel house is just a one of a kind , sweetest, loving and always smiling great person. handing out towels is her job but she hands us a smile and a warm loving feeling everyday we are there. Yulirco goes above and beyond to make sure our room is clean and she also goes the extra mile to make you happy. Gregory at the private island A+ he does a great job! We love everyone there but a special THANK YOU to these outstanding members of your resort. See you all in March:)
First, the staff here are incredible and treat you well. If you are a BONVōY member and have status the benefits are awesome. Complimentary Continental breakfast was incredible - so much to choose from and a variety of gf items. (You have your pic of two breakfast restaurants (Fresco at Ocean Suites and one at the Marina location). Barefoot Beach BBQ dinner is awesome as well - highly recommended. There is a beach and two pools at the Ocean Suites and there is access to a private island with flamingos and iguanas. Shout out to Carmen (works at Fresco, Sole and the BBQ) she took the time to get to know us and is so friendly.