Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Size is king at this massive Palm Beach resort, which boasts supersize offerings including the largest casino in Aruba, with over 500 slot machines and 26 gaming tables, as well as the island’s largest spa, with treatments that range from a moisturizing coconut-milk wrap to LED light therapy. Rest assured its 411 accommodations aren’t lacking for space either: Each room has its own private balcony, walk-in closet, and double-sink bathroom, while the highest-end suites are so spacious their balconies alone are a sprawling 500 square feet—with ocean views to top it all off. Waterside amenities include beachside palapas, a free-form pool with cascading waterfalls and volleyball net, and a serene adults-only pool—lined with private cabanas, chaise loungers, and a swim-up bar—that’s gorgeously lit up at night. Guests have a choice of seven on-site restaurants, bars, and cafés, including a Ruth’s Chris Steak House for luxe takes on surf and turf.
By Ratha Tep, AFAR Local Expert
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SUP Yoga at the Aruba Marriott
During my stay at the aruba-marriott-resort-and-stellaris-casino/">Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, I made sure to spend as much time in the great outdoors as possible. Luckily, it's pretty easy to do here, especially if you're staying on property. Hands down my favorite soft-adventure activity in Aruba was SUP Yoga. Having taken plenty of Yoga and Pilates classes back home in San Francisco, I was up for the challenge. My class was taught by Island SUP and I met my instructor right on the beach. Feeling a mix of nervousness and excitement, her calm demeanor immediately put me at ease. Our class had five participants, all with varying levels of flexibility and experience, and yet we all managed to stay on our boards during the duration on the class. To keep us from drifting away, the instructor tied all the boards together with a rope and also attached each to a buoy. Rachel Brathen is co-founder of Island SUP and both Rachel and Olivia co-founded 109 World, a charity that leads various mission trips around the world and helps developing communities. As a travel blogger myself, it's quite admirable how she's using her social media influence to do much more than teach classes. SUP Yoga isn't exactly easy but it's also not nearly as hard as it looks. The wind was fairly calm during our class so we didn't experience many waves that might make us lose our balance. If you're curious about giving it a try, Aruba is the perfect place to do it. Blue skies and turquoise ocean definitely make for an inspiring backdrop.
By Megan Eileen McDonough, AFAR Local Expert
The perfect romantic dinner on the beach in Aruba
Many hotels and resorts around the world offer oceanside dinners, perfect for couples in love. But none are quite like the experience at Simply Fish at the Aruba Marriott Resort. Every evening this restaurant sets up dozens of tables right on the sand where, if you time it just right, you can watch an incredible sunset. The restaurant is about much more than the ambiance though, the food here is fresh and delicious as well. No matter where you stay on Aruba, be sure to include an evening at Simply Fish in your dining plans.
By Matt Long
Taking time off and living the high life on Aruba
Aruba is a popular beach destination, especially amongst North Americans. That means there are a lot of resort options from which to choose, but one of my favorites is the Marriott Aruba Resort. Located directly on the beach and enjoying prime waterfront access, this resort is a personal favorite thanks to its luxurious and relaxed comfort. I was especially surprised by the Tradewinds Club; a concierge/club level that includes upgraded rooms and complimentary meals throughout the day. The Marriott does a great job in providing world class comfort and is a great alternative to the standard beach resorts along the strip.
By Matt Long
Paddleboard Yoga in Aruba
The beach activities outside the Marriott Resort in Aruba are much the same you'll find at any beach resort—tubing, waterski, jet ski, stand-up paddleboarding. But what you won't find at many others is a certified yoga instructor ready to teach newbies how to practice the art of vinyasa atop an unbalanced paddleboard. Rise early and head down just as the activities shack opens to catch the morning rays before the ocean fills with the day's adventures. The added complication of staying on your board tightens and tones parts of your body previously unreached. And the peace you'll feel drifting under the Caribbean sun is one unreplicated in your local yoga studio.
By Lacy Morris
For Spa Sessions by the Sea
You've come to the right place if you're after a bit of pampering on the beach. Book your appointment at Spa Del Sol for around sundown and settle into a private gazebo while the island's birdlife stages a concert in your honor. On Renaissance Island, Okeanos Spa's full-day package offers an island escape from the island. The remarkable Mandara, just off Palm Beach, provides Balinese-style pampering in Aruba's largest spa, with couples' treatment rooms, Vichy showers, Jacuzzis, steam rooms, and more. Mandara also offers a Honeymoon Delight package that includes Caribbean coffee scrubs, aromatherapy baths, massages, and more.
By Flash Parker, AFAR Ambassador
Cultural Adventure in Aruba
During my trip to Aruba, I spent three nights at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. Despite it being part of a chain hotel brand, the Aruba Marriott feels very unique in terms of decor, layout, and ambiance. I visited during the beginning of high season, so while there were plenty of other guests around, it didn't feel overly crowded. That probably has a lot to do with the size and scope of the property. The Tradewinds Club basically functions as a boutique hotel within a large hotel: it offers customers extra perks like access to an exclusive lounge (with complimentary food and drinks) and a suite on the eighth floor. There are also two main pools that allow for a bit of separation between couples and families. The main pool has plenty of lounge chairs and a swim-up bar while the adults-only pool has a bar on-site as well but is much quieter. So, whether you're in the mood for laid-back Caribbean tunes or eager to catch up on a good book, there's a pool for you. In terms of restaurants, there are several offerings. La Vista is a popular spot for breakfast, as their buffet brunch features dishes like Eggs Benedict along with fresh fruit smoothies and mimosas. I'd recommend snagging a table outside if you can. It's in the shade yet still close to the ocean. Simply Fish is another top spot, especially for dinner. Several tables are set up right on the beach so you can have a sand-in-your-toes fine dining experience.
By Megan Eileen McDonough, AFAR Local Expert
L.G. Smith Blvd 101, Palm Beach, Aruba
+297 586 9000