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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- Handicap Accessible
- 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
My wife and I just went for our honeymoon during October 2019. There are alot of options for hotels on the island, and I honestly believe this is the best one. The staff could not be more friendly and willing to help with anything at all that you need. The hotel was very clean, the food was great at the bar and at the restaurant outside next to the pool.
Please do yourself a favor and make sure that you have Danny as a bartender at the hotel bar. As someone who has worked in and managed customer service related teams for about 15 years, Danny is exactly what I would look for in a worker. He is friendly, hospitable, and funny. He is an excellent bartender and a genuinely nice person. He was incredibly professional, and still made us feel not only welcomed, but comfortable being there.
Shawn in the Lobby Bar was great with service. He was always friendly and responsive
Jorge on the beach is excellent. he was always there when we needed hims.
The entire staff is always friendly and smiling
This was our 20th year anniversary celebration for me and my husband. We used points to stay here so we were looking at the Ritz , Marriott resort and the Renaissance. I felt like after reading all the reviews that that the resort was the best place to stay. The resort is absolutely beautiful and very well maintained however there is absolutely no love for lifetime titanium Marriott rewards members.
1. Location is great . Small walk to shops and restaurants. So you have options if be don’t want to eat at the hotel.
2. Beautiful outside . Pool and beaches were pristine. (Try to get a Palapa by the beach. They are either $30 to rent per day or go online at 4pm the night b4 or 7 am the day of to get a free one . They go very quick so be logged in and ready to go)
3. Atardi restaurant wAs delicious and beautiful place to eat right on the beach . Make sure you make a reservation.
1. Absolutely no love for Marriott Bonvoy members . Since my hubby is a lifetime titanium rewards members , meaning he has travels that much via his career and Marriott is his home away from home. We used points to stay here for a 5 days. He even used and asked to use his upgrade to a suite option via points. My husband NEVER asks for upgrades so when he decided to take me away for our anniversary, he wanted to do it up. I even called a week prior to our stay to let them know that this was a huge celebration for us and that my husband asked for his upgrade option. The lady at the front desk said we would know a week - to a day before about the upgrade.
Well when we checked in and didn’t get an upgrade. Disappointing but whatever. I was also saddened to see that there were a lot of suites via the balconies that were not being used so I’m not sure the reason why we couldn’t use our points to upgrade. Secondly the lady at the front during check in said that she was going to send up some champagne for us to celebrate. Great- that is so sweet thank you. Well after three days of staying there we never got our champagne. Until I went to the front desk to ask about it .
2. Be weary of the concierge. do your research on excursions and restaurants before you see the concierge. I had a basic itinerary before I came but not knowing how expensive cab rides were , a lot of the options which I chose for restaurants were a $40 cab ride each way . We went to the concierge for some help. Being on our first trip without kids and being middle-aged , we were looking for some exclusive more low-key options for excursions and also recommendations for restaurants. Well be weary because they send you to very overpopulated ,crowded and mediocre excursions as well as recommending mediocre restaurants. We’re very disappointed in the options that they had suggested to us. Towards the end of our stay we went back to the concierge and ask for some recommendations from another person at the concierge’s desk. I guess she listened to us a lot better and understood what we were looking for, made recommendations that were a lot better.
1. 9 hour Jeep tour - totally overcrowded my husband is 6’7” and had barely any room and the Jeep was ExTREMELY bouncy. It felt like a roller coaster tour of the island for 9 hours . It was also way too long. I would suggest a half-day tour instead of a nine hour tour.
2. Sunset cruise which is a extremely overcrowded basically a glorified booze cruise for younger people. The views were spectacular but too many drunk people and too crowded.
3. Gianni‘s Italian restaurant. The concierge lady so we had to go and this was the favorite. If you’re from New Jersey or New York , don’t bother it’s more like a 3 star.
I’ve only come to expect really good service as a Marriott member. And I guess from all the hype of the great reviews , I guess I was over expecting what the hotel experience would be like. Over all,I did have a great vacation. The resort is absolutely beautiful and the locals are really sweet and kind.