Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
What We Love
- Simply Fish, the island’s top seafood restaurant, sits amid tiki torches in the sand
- Two pools: one with a waterfall and swim-up bar, the other adults only with plush cabanas
- Generous drink specials rotate through the hotel’s five bars throughout the day
- Crystal-clear, supercalm turquoise water is great for swimming
- 24-hour café on-site for late night ice cream cravings
What To Know
- A $3 environmental fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- The beach can feel crowded during high season
- You have to wait in long lines to secure access to beach chairs and palapas
- This is a big water sports area — parasailing, banana boats, speed boats — so expect to hear motors over the sound of the ocean
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- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The soaring atrium-style lobby sets the tone, with marble floors, burnished wood and sail-like crimson fabric draped overhead. There’s a modern elegance to the guestrooms with dark wood and chrome dressers, headboards that span nearly the entire wall and monochrome botanical print carpets. The palette, though, a mix of cranberry, moss and mustard, feels a bit out of place in this tropical environment.
Bed and Bath
Rooms are extremely spacious, starting at 400 square feet. Huge walk-in closets, mini-fridges and private balconies with tables and chairs make them great for families. Tech perks include 37-inch flat-screen TVs with plug-and-play consoles for your devices and fast WiFi (for a fee). Large bathrooms include double vanities, soft robes and tub-shower combos with rainfall heads.
The centerpiece of the hotel is its sugar sand beach, packed with palapas and beach chairs, staff ferrying fruity cocktails, and every imaginable water sport. There’s also plenty of action around the two pools — one with a waterfall and swim-up bar, the other a quieter affair for adults only. It sits next to the well-equipped gym and near the kids game room. You’ll also find a casino and three restaurants, including an outpost of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, a sushi bar and Simply Fish, a romantic seafood restaurant on the sand lit by candles and tiki torches.
In the Area
Set in what’s known as the high-rise area of Aruba along Palm Beach, the property is well placed for waterborne exploration. Book an afternoon aboard the Jolly Pirate, a vintage schooner with a rope swing that takes guests snorkeling amid shipwrecks and shallow reefs (open bar included). Afterward grab a local Balashi beer under the thatch roof of the sandy Moomba Beach bar. For breakfast explore the island’s Dutch heritage with hubcap-size pancakes at Linda’s Dutch Pancakes. For dinner book a table under the twinkling lights in the ancient trees at Papiamento, a romantic Aruban restaurant set inside a 126-year-old cunucu house. Dinner at nearby Two Fools and a Bull, also set in a cunucu house, feels more like a dinner party. Guests — no more than 17 per night — gather for champagne in the back yard before sitting down for a tasting menu of creative European fare.
How to Get There
We love starting our day at La Vista! The view is amazing and the food is always great! But most importantly is the friendly welcoming staff! Especially Yokasia, Liza and the fantastic omelet maker! They were excellent!
My boyfriend and I travel every winter to a Caribbean destination. This was our first time in Aruba and we were definitely outsiders. The large majority of this crowd has been 10+ times to the island. We didn't mind being outsiders though because most every staff at the hotel was incredibly warm and sincere when speaking to us (except for the Adult pool main bar guy-- he was either naturally grumpy or just did not like that we ordered from the bar and went back to our chairs).
Items to note:
1. I am sensitive to cigarette smoke and did not notice it as a problem at all as stated in other reviews (I did not visit the casino though)
2. The walls and floors are thin so yes, you may hear some loud folks especially if they've come in from a late night. Our room overlooked the main pool which I quite enjoyed and did not notice the noise from the pool being an issue (I also don't take midday naps in my hotel room to where it might be).
3. There are iguanas EVERYWHERE! Generally speaking, these things run away if you walk close; however, if you have food ordered to your chairs THEY GET HUNGRY. And then, they look you in the EYE and climb up your chair and try to take your FRENCH FRIES (no joke). You wouldn't think Marriott would need to post signs that say 'Don't feed the wild animals' but they really should. The reason these iguanas are so aggressive with food is there are people who are so easily entertained that they feel the need to feed the iguanas from their plates or leftover foods. It's a terrible habit for these creatures-- they are just going to develop a french fry addiction like all of us Americans!!! **siiiiigh**
4. The airport-- Traffic took us 45 minutes to get to the airport from the hotel. We flew out on a Thursday and do not have Global Precheck. You go through Aruba automatic passport control, then Aruba security, then US Customs, then US security. It took us 20 minutes.... I could see the weekends being more chaotic with all of these steps but on a Thursday for a 4:30pm flight, it was a non-issue.
5. Eduardo's Beach Shack and Scott's Brats are AMAZING places that are not too far of a walk from the resort for breakfast and lunch. They are very reasonably priced and the food and people were fantastic. The chicken tenders appetizer from the Waves bar reminds me of the chicken tenders I had in elementary school growing up. No flavor and even less chicken. Save your $15 and go get 5 hot dogs/brats from Scotts.
6. Breakfast is served at La Vista and as Platinum member you get complimentary continental breakfast. At no point did the other food look good enough to warrant spending $50+ on. I was grateful for the free breakfast but I also still went to Eduardo's down the beach for the most amazing acai bowl every morning.
7. Speaking of platinum, yes- do not expect an upgrade (not a big deal to me). They do provide discounts to other expensive restaurants in the area and $7 off expensive aloe (much needed!!)
8. We did not try to play the palapa game although the reservations are online now instead of physically standing in line. The peacefulness and shade options at the adult pool are more ideal as the beach gets crowded and hot with lots of sun.
9. Bring a water bottle as their water is very safe for drinking and they have a refillable stations
10. The sun is ALWAYS out. It's amazing!! Just remember ample sunscreen or else you will have crunchy burned skin at night
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.. there were a few annoyances as stated above but nothing enough to deter me from coming back. Between the weather and the islanders, I understand why Aruba has so many repeat visitors.
My husband and I just finished our stay at this resort. We stayed for 5 nights. Since we are platinum for life, we were upgraded and enjoyed all of the amenities for elite members. We did pay a little extra per night to upgrade our room to a full ocean view. I would recommend room#637 if you would like a great view! As you can see from the photos, this room is just about centered and offers a beautiful view of the pool and ocean. During our stay we found our room to be clean and the rest of the resort was also very clean. There is a very large Starbucks located right inside the lobby and it is convenient for a quick coffee or breakfast. We dined at the Ruth’s Chris restaurant two nights. Our meals were excellent both times. We enjoyed breakfast a few mornings at La Vista. There was a large selection of items served buffet style or you could also order off the menu. There are 2 pools at this resort. One is adult only and the other is the family style pool. We did not travel with children yet we found ourselves staying at the family pool. The reason why is because we enjoyed the layout and atmosphere of this pool a bit better. The adult pool was completely quiet. People were there to relax and read books. We preferred the more lively scene at the family pool as there was either live music or stereo music each day. There was also a swim up bar at the family pool (go figure). We had no problem getting chairs around the pool. However, we did get up each morning between 7-8am to reserve them with towels. We also had no issue getting chairs near an umbrella. Now onto the beach palapa situation. My advice is to go directly to the beach towel hut as soon as you arrive and pay the $30 per day to rent one for 3 days straight. We did this and we were assigned to a different palapa each day. So, you don’t get the same actual palapa for the 3 day reservation. This was fine as we found ourselves moving from the palapa back to the pool because of the wind blowing the sand. Alternatively, you can try to go online each day at 4pm to reserve a palapa. This is difficult to do because the site gets jammed with so many people trying to log in at the same time. One day we ate lunch at the lobby sushi bar and it was very good. You can also place a “to go” order there and enjoy your sushi on the beach. Overall, I would definitely stay at this property again and recommend to others.
Just stayed for a fun 5 day Valentines vacation. Hotel is large, clean, well staffed. Room on 6th floor had balcony with view of main pool. You need your room key to use the elevator. bathroom had double sink which we loved. Large closet. Comfy king sized bed. Saturday and Sunday the loud pool bar music was obnoxious and loud. We could hear it in our room. Stopped precisely at 5. Even sitting by that "family friendly" pool was too loud for us. We preferred the adult only pool, right near the great health club. If you like to work out on vacation, this is ideal. Lots of treadmills and elliptocals and machines. Mini towels and water. Kept clean. Two levels. Very nice.
In order to get a covered beach chair at either pool, you literally need to run down to the towel hut to claim your chairs. But worth it. We were never able to get a coveted hut on the beach. You can pay for a 3 day rental but we decided not worth it. The beach is beautiful. Lots of juice and fruity alcohol drink options available everywhere. But happily, we didn't encounter any messy drunks. This hotel seems to be an upscale crowd. We ate a couple of lunches and a breakfast on site. Otherwise we took cabs to fabulous restaurants ($10 or $20 can rides). We were disappointed with concierge regarding restaurant reservations. We had better luck calling restaurants directly. If you arrive on a weekend, make sure to make reservations before you arrive. None seem to be open until dinner and by them, everything was booked. Lobby entertainment was lovely on week nites. The casino is out of the way. It is smokey but you can avoid it. We would stay here again. Recommend higher floor!
Our quest room was large and well appointed (you might want to request pillows, ours were "mushy"
Staff was very friendly and helpful. We were suprised each evening returning from diner that our room had been turned down and refreshed every night.
Facilities were great. The main swimming pool is large and has a swim up bar and music all day. The resort was 95% adults without children but this is where families would be or on the beach. Lounge chairs are "reserved" by claiming them with beach towels early each morning. There is also an adult pool. At some hotels this would be the rowdy activity pool but it's actually the quiet pool. It has its own bar and is adjacent to the fitness center. Access is restricted to hotel quests by card key locks. The adult pool's center is perfect for lap swimming (looks to be about 25 meeters). Although there are palm trees and about 20 umbrellas the area is pretty sunny. The lounge chairs with umbrellas are first come first served at 7 AM each morning and are free (get in line by 6:45 to get a prime location).
Happy Hours at both pools are "two for one" from 12 to 1 and 3 to 5.
The beach has many palm trees with palapas for rent. A limited number are available at no-charge. There is an on-line ap to reserve them. The beach is beautiful with a gentle slope with nearly no surf.
The hotel has many dining options and a good size casino.
The grounds were beautifully landscaped and well maintained as well.