During my stay at the 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.
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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.
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.
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.