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Authentic Island Hospitality at the Ritz-Carlton Aruba
Guests get a taste of authentic island hospitality at the Ritz-Carlton, where 90 percent of the employees are locals. The hotel, which opened in November 2013, is set on Aruba’s palapa-dotted Palm Beach. Nearly all of the 320 rooms have ocean-facing balconies, and even the most basic feel bright and spacious. A kids’ program keeps little ones occupied with everything from movie-making classes to conservation-minded activities focused on coral reefs. The hotel partners with Red Sail sports to offer kiteboarding and scuba diving, and thrill seekers can try Jetlev, a water-powered jet pack that shoots users 30 feet into the air. From $449. Photo by Don Riddle/Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton. This photo appeared in the November/December issue.