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The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba
A world of luxury awaits at this sprawling resort situated on Palm Beach, with its miles of powdery white sand and calm, turquoise waters. Every one of its 320 rooms is generously sized, has a private balcony with ocean views, and is decorated in a cheery turquoise-and-yellow color scheme. Outdoor pursuits here can be as tranquil as a daytime doze in a private beach or poolside cabana, or as strenuous as a catamaran sailing trip complete with diving lesson. Indoor facilities range from a spa with island-inspired treatments (including full-body massages with local aloe and oil from the divi-divi tree) to a state-of-the-art gym that’s open 24 hours so guests can sneak in an early-morning workout. There are four restaurants on-site, including BLT Steak from noted chef-restaurateur Laurent Tourondel, and private beachside dinners, complete with sunset views and a serenading violinist, are also available on request.
By Ratha Tep, AFAR Local Expert
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.
By Aislyn Greene, AFAR Staff
L.G. Smith Blvd #107, Noord, Aruba
+297 527 2222