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
The definition of Nirvana is a place of perfect peace and happiness, and that’s exactly what you can expect the minuet you get dropped off at the Marriott Stellaris in Aruba!
Goodbye stress as we were greeted by Roy the doorman, he’s always upbeat and has a positive attitude kicking off your vacation just right. He welcomed us home and escorted us to the front desk where if you’re lucky you will be greeted and checked in by Angelina or Beverly these ladies are two of the best in front desk operations I have met in my 42 years of business and leisure travel. But everyone on staff is friendly and willing to help and I have never had a problem with any staff at this hotel (This is how Hotel Operations should be done!).
We got an excellent room and had a great Ocean view, wow the sunsets. This was my 8th year in a row and the Hotel keeps improving year after year. Well-kept lobby and Pool area and even the service on the beach has improved with server call buttons now on all the Palapa’s. Ocean view or partial Ocean view are the best rooms so make sure you book that level; the sunsets alone are worth it. (Use your AAA card for discounts)
So many people to thank this year like Melinda at the front desk, Naomi at the pool and Ludwig at the reservations desk, Thank you all for a great vacation.
One more thing, big changes coming to the beach in September 2019. More Shade areas and lounge chairs on the sand and a new towel hut. Also gone are the days of waiting in the morning to get a Palapa on the beach, it’s now online so you can reserve your Palapa from your phone or tablet in your hotel room or the lobby. “My tip this year”, the Wifi in the lobby is faster in the morning (Hint, Hint). See you soon in Aruba.
Beautiful resort. Great service, the rooms are excellent and the food is outstanding. I will be returning very soon. It is well and centrally located, and the beach is unbeatable. Perfect for a family vacation as well as a romantic getaway.
Visited first week of September. Booked our trip on Costco. Trade winds wasn't offered at time of booking, but upgraded directly through hotel. After some haggling, secured $150 a night at 24.95% Tax rate. We were in room 848 which had ocean view, but overlooking rooftop of ballroom and Ruth's Chris, as well as noise from very noisy HVAC system at next door Ritz Carlton.
We are long time Marriott rewards members, and despite indicating this was a once in a lifetime 30th anniversary trip, no one acknowledged that. We're only silver elite, so guess they don't care at that level.
Bed was very firm which may not appeal to some. Our room was sparsely, but adequately furnished. Bathroom is awesome. Double vanity, spacious, and dual rainshower head, and hand held sprayer. Very nice aroma therapy toiletries. We tipped maid each day.
We found cleaning and maintenance staff to be very friendly and helpful. From housekeeping staff to carpet cleaners, to general staff. All were friendly and helpful. However, tried to make reservations for Thursday night Carnival through Trade winds hostess. She told us it was lunch rush and she'd make them later, but when we called next day, we learned they had no reservation in our name. Supposedly the gentleman I spoke to corrected the mistake, but when we arrived at prescribed time, hostess at La Vista couldn't seem to be able to find our reservations and gave us crappy seats in the back where we had to look across multiple tables and palm trees to see anything.
That was our last night, and the food is pretty much exactly the same stuff they serve at Tradewinds club, so we barely touched it. If I ever went back, I would just stand on the beach and watch as others did.
Ruth's Chris, which is in hotel, was pricey but excellent. And we had a nice resort credit through Costco which covered it.
As for trade winds upgrade... Highly recommend for economy sake, but gets old after more than three or so days. They rotate about half a dozen or so hot entrees, which are the same for lunch and dinner. And there was some smell we encountered every afternoon which was downright nausesting. Perhaps something served at tea time? They also have a salad bar at lunch and dinner. Everything is buffet style, so all you can eat. Breakfast was always good, and mimosas every day was a plus. Very much appreciated the free wine, available all day, the first few days. But it's boxed wine (we saw them swap it out one day) and got old quickly. They have a mini fridge stocked with local pilsner beer (pretty good), cans of soft drinks, club soda, tonic water, as well as soft drinks, orange and apple juice. You can bring a small insulated bag, stock up, and head to the beach. This alone makes tradewinds worth while.
We rented a car which allowed us to explore the island. Keep in mind that while parking is complimentary, the parking lot is very full. They had an event at the ballroom one day and we had to circle a while before we lucked out.
The beach here is small and crowded. It's sandwiched between two water sport/tour huts, so boats are running constantly all day, stirring up water and creating wakes. Unfortunate. But sunsets are stellar here. We never used the adult pool, but did enjoy the big pool on our last day. It had been crowded early in our stay, but this day there weren't many people. Very refreshing.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay. Just be aware you are in the very near North end of the "High Rise Hotels" area of the island. Other than immediately adjacent hotels, you have few dining options unless you have a rental car. Despite issues with trade winds, I still recommend it.