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
Five nites turned out to be extended to 7 because of excellent housekeeping professional front desk
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Great stafff and centrally located! All of the amenities imaginable available. The hotels private island was a pleasant escape, make sure you reserve a private cabana for a day to relax, unwind, and allow yourself to be pampered.
We stayed at the Renaissance Ocean suites for 5 nights. Spent one night in Palm Beach at the Marriott Surf Club. In previous years we've stayed at the Marriott Surf club or Ocean Club. All nice, but the Renaissance was a nice change. Centrally located to town, many restaurants and bars within walking. Beach and pools at the suites are nice, more laid back than Surf club, plenty of chairs, no need to tag your chair and not cramped for room around the pool. If anything is more like the Ocean Club which is also very nice. Private island was a great day trip, good restaurant, Flamingos, a little crowded mid day but certainly worth the visit. Restaurant on site at the Ocean suites had a very good breakfast and excellent Italian for dinner. Rooms were a little smaller than the Marriotts on palm beach, but very modern. Service was very good throughout the resort. If you want a change to see another part of the island, give it a try for a few days.
We would definitely go back. Clean, spacious rooms, friendly service, and an overall relaxing vibe. We stayed five nights in the Ocean Suites side of the resort and I can't recommend enough. First, the suite was huge, very comfortable and extremely affordable - including a kitchenette and balcony big enough to sit on [and we didn't care that it looked out on the parking lot!] Every service person we encountered was outstanding. We sprang for a private cabana one day and it was totally worth it - our butler, Diana, was outstanding! We did not do the all-inclusive option, because we wanted to sample restaurants outside the resort but we did pay for a breakfast-inclusive option, which turned out to be a pretty good deal. The water taxi to the private island is convenient but make sure all all members of your party have their keys. We also did two excursions: the catamaran/snorkeling tour and the off-road adventure, and both were definitely worth the money.
Lobby is modern and updated. Ample front desk help (Kimberly as very helpful). Concierge is available during business hours and are very helpful. Aquarius restaurant was well appointed and has lots of buffet choices as well as available made to order menu items.
Room accommodations were adequate and were as advertised. Room was clean and had excellent feather pillows with very comfortable king bed with silky smooth white cotton sheets. I was presently surprised to find the shower water pressure above average for a hotel of this size. The room also had US based cable television which made it convenient to stay abreast of national events.
The bar and pool deck are relaxing until 4:30 pm when Happy Hour begins and the music get a little more up beat and significantly louder. There are ample loungers and seating for individuals and larger groups to comfortably enjoy themselves without feeling crowded.
The hotel has one hidden feature we were not expecting; a small casino and lounge area with a live band. To our surprise the lounge is open from 11:30pm to 6:00am nightly with a live band. What type of impressive playlist does this band have?
The hotels main attraction is Flamingo Beach featuring six beautiful flamingos. The surprise of the beach are the iguanas who are people friendly and are so bold that they sit on the loungers and eat the food guests feed them dirt from their hands. Amazing to see but I’m sure processed food is not good for them.
The hotel is adjacent to upscale, rather luxury shopping which made it easy to stay relatively close to the hotel. Fortunately for us there was also a very nice Starbucks which was great for those who like coffee. Across the street was an even more spacious Starbucks to accommodate multiple cruise ships and the patrons two Casinos.
We cannot forget to mention the incredible WiFi. There are three Renaissance locations here on the island and all three of them has impressive WiFi strength and accessibly.