Forget Jamaica, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Key Largo, Montego, and Kokomo; today’s post is all about the very first dreamy destination dropped in the lyrics of The Beach Boys’ infamous song… Aruba.
One of the island jewels in the crown of the Caribbean, Aruba is famous for its pristine white-sand beaches lapped by clear turquoise water, its sprawling rocky sun-kissed bays, and, of course, its fantastic selection of all-inclusive hotels.
And it’s these very hotels we’ll be introducing you to today. Below, you’ll find the best all-inclusive resorts on this dazzling island.
1. Renaissance Wind Creek
Owned and operated by industry-leading international accommodation company, Marriott, Renaissance Wind Creek is the top of the all-inclusive food chain in Aruba.
Situated in Oranjestad, Aruba’s technicolour capital, this hotel offers up truly stunning views of the Caribbean Ocean, but this is just the setting for your island getaway!
There’ll be plenty of time to sun yourself on a white, sandy beach, but the real magic of Renaissance Wind Creek is found in the abundance of activities, all facilitated by the hotel.
The Flamingo and Iguana Islands are big draws in this area, as is the casino, and the Renaissance Mall will keep the shopaholics happy.
And get this… you don’t actually have to stay in the hotel. Should you want to boost the exclusivity factor of your Aruba trip, you can opt to stay in the secluded Ocean Suites, but whichever you choose, the attentive staff make your good time their primary mission.
Choosing an all-inclusive package will get you all the food and drink you desire on-site, but bear in mind that this does not include champagne, wine by the bottle, or certain deluxe spirits.
2. Holiday Inn Resort Aruba
Situated on the north-western coast of Aruba, right on the sandy edge of the mesmerising Palm Beach, the Holiday Inn Resort in Aruba is nothing short of spectacular.
While not quite as private as the hotel and resort detailed above, the layout of the Holiday Inn is designed in such a way as to make you feel like you’re in your own personal paradise, and the dedicated staff only add to this exceptional experience.
The all-inclusive package includes lovely breakfasts each morning of your stay, both lunch and dinner, house alcohol, and of course non-alcoholic beverages.
And if that’s not enough for you, how does credit at Etnika Spa and Pelican Adventures sound?
And speaking of all-inclusive, unlike Renaissance Wind Creek, children are welcome at this establishment, making it a much more family-friendly option if you want to bring your whole clan out on a Caribbean holiday.
3. Barcelo Aruba
Barcelo Aruba is a short walk down the beach from the Holiday Inn resort, so you’ll see a lot of the same sights and have access to exactly the same activities in the locality.
The views off the north-western coast are jaw-dropping, so it’s worth forking out for an ocean view suite, but don’t sweat it if that’s too rich for your blood, for as soon as you step outside the building, you’ll be greeted with incredible pelagic panoramas.
And if you simply can’t wait the minute it takes to walk to the waterfront to take a dip, hop in the hotel’s own bar-adjacent outdoor pool and enjoy some excellent service while you soak.
However, as nice as the pool is, the beachfront will absolutely floor you, so do head on over.
And don’t worry, the attentive resort staff will ensure you’re catered to, even out on the sand, something that makes the all-inclusive package such a fantastic option.
The hotel itself is incredibly well-maintained, and even though the exterior isn’t as enticing as the top two options on this list, the interior is exquisitely decorated.
There are seven on-site restaurants to choose from when your stomach starts rumbling, not to mention the lobby bar if you’re after a more low-key hang, and if you want, you can upgrade your all-inclusive package to the “Royal Level”.
This grants you some choice upgrades, such as personalised check-ins, access to a secret eighth gourmet restaurant, and concierge service, among others.
4. Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa
Head a few miles down the north-western coast of Aruba and you’ll reach Eagle Beach, a glorious stretch of shoreline ahead of the awesome Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa.
Comprising two water-front buildings, the hotel grants guests stunning views of either the Caribbean Sea or the Manchebo gardens, and each room has a private balcony so you can enjoy the natural splendour of Aruba before you even leave the building.
There are multiple all-inclusive packages to choose from, one of the best being the Premium Culinary program that snags you à la carte breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, premium cocktails, wines, and other alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, and an off-site dinner at a local restaurant.
Although, this last is only available to program guests staying for four or more nights.
Perhaps the best thing about this hotel is that it’s not too large or overcrowded, meaning the staff can really prioritise you and your experience. Oh, and it’s a dynamite option for vegans and vegetarians too!
5. Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort
Between Palm and Eagle Beach sits the diminutive, two-story Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort. Positioned right on the edge of the shoreline, a couple of steps will take you from your hotel to the white sands of the beach.
And as this stretch of shore is a smaller, in-between section that connects the larger beaches mentioned above, it feels more intimate and exclusive.
What’s more, as a less built-up area, there are fewer urban developments dominating the area, meaning it feels all the more paradisiacal.
Colourful and quirky, the rooms are a breath of fresh air for those who like to keep their holidays feeling light and fun, and their spaciousness goes a long way in helping you feel at ease.
The all-inclusive package gets you free food and beverages at every single on-site eatery and bar, including the awesome Passions on the Beach restaurant and Passions Beach bar and lounge.
6. Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort
The Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort is situated towards the southern termination of gorgeous Palm Beach, a lesser populated zone enjoyed by those hoping to find peace on their Aruban holiday.
Divi Aruba is celebrated for its open-air dining facilities (of which there are 10) and next-level on-site bar array (8 in total), and with an all-inclusive package, you can enjoy these establishments to the fullest.
But whether you shoot for the all-inclusive offer or not, guests at Divi Aruba gain full access to the amenities of the neighbouring Tamarijn Resort.
Beyond this, the stand-out feature for us is the effort this resort puts into event organisation. Come evening time, there is live music, dancing under the stars, and various other engaging activities to get you in the holiday mood.
7. Hotel Riu Palace Aruba
Here’s another Palm Beach hotel with an exquisite all-inclusive program.
Sun loungers, umbrellas, and towels are provided by the hotel at both the on-site pool and the beach, so no matter where you choose to get your chill on, you have the rudiments to reach Aruban nirvana.
There are four dining spots to choose from, ensuring that you don’t get all-inclusive fatigue and feel the urge to spend more money off-site, and as one of said spots is a Caribbean buffet restaurant, you can customise your meals as you see fit.
Windsurfing, snorkelling, and kayaking are all options at this hotel, and the gym, spa, and salon only sweeten the deal.
8. Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort
On the north-eastern coast of Aruba is a tiny pocket of glorious white sand known as Druif Beach, and mere steps inland is the Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort, an all-inclusive establishment partnered with Dimi Aruba and Tamarijn Aruba.
This smaller resort composed of a handful of discrete apartment buildings is perfect for those who want a more relaxed vibe, one that encourages more of a communal experience with those staying in the same building as you.
The all-inclusive package gets you free food and drink at the on-site Tiki Grill and swim-up bar, or, if you head to one of the partnered establishments, you can enjoy any of the 11 restaurants, 9 bars, 7 pools, and free rounds of golf.
9. Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Resort
Tamarijn Aruba is the most family-friendly all-inclusive resort in Aruba, and it’s situated just steps from the western coastline.
The rooms are predominantly ocean-facing, so breathtaking views are pretty much guaranteed, and there is no shortage of on-site amenities to enjoy.
With 10 restaurants, cocktail lounges, and al fresco dining spots, you can eat and drink completely different things every day of your trip, and the awesome Sea Turtles Club for children from 4 to 12 years of age is bundles of fun for your little ones.
There you have it — 9 top all-inclusive Aruba hotels! Awesome amenities, lots of options regarding food and entertainment, empyreal locations, attentive staff.
These are the best of the best, sure to make your time as a guest an absolute pleasure. Did any stand out to you?
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