The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba

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Overview

Upscale resort with amenities like a spa, a casino and a kids club
Some former visitors were less than impressed with the property's cuisine

Situated on the beach on Aruba's northwestern coast, this Ritz-Carlton outpost, opened in 2013, lives up to its brand's service, amenities and expectations, according to reviewers. Each stay starts with a complimentary welcome drink at check-in and extends to the spacious rooms, all of which feature marble bathrooms with separate showers and large soaking tubs, 46-inch LCD TVs and furnished balconies. Recent visitors described the staff at the front desk and the five on-site restaurants as exceptional. However, the property's cuisine receives mixed feedback. While some previous travelers enjoyed their dishes, others said their meals were average and expensive. When it's time to explore the hotel's offerings, adults can test their luck at slots or table games at the casino or head to the 15,000-square-foot spa to indulge in a unique treatment like a hammock massage or a Caribbean coconut salt scrub. This hotel isn't just for grown-ups, though. The Ritz Kids club entertains children ages 4 to 12 with activities like arts and crafts and board games. Plus, visitors of all ages can enjoy the hotel's two pools and beach, where water sports equipment like paddleboards, kayaks and snorkeling gear are available. And thanks to its Marriott ties, The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba participates in the Marriott Bonvoy program, allowing members to accrue or redeem points here. 

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Location
Palm Beach
Hotel Class
5.0-star
Property Type
Resort and casino, 320 rooms
Primary View
Ocean
Style
Traditional, Modern
Best For
Couples, Groups, Families

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Scorecard
  • 5.0Hotel Class
  • GREATCritic Rating

Rankings

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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018

Frommer's

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Boasting a 24-hr. casino and a prime beachfront location, this modern hotel has everything you'd expect from a Ritz – a kids' club, watersports, beachside fitness classes, and the largest spa on the island, which gives travelers a taste of Aruba by using local ingredients like coconut and cactus. ... All rooms and suites are outfitted in a contemporary tropical style and have balconies, guaranteeing a great view no matter where you stay.

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Condé Nast Traveler

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It's also a perfect place to bring the kids: The sea remains calm and shallow for about a half mile out, so conditions are always right for kayaking and paddleboarding. There's a huge children's pool (couples and singles can head to the adults-only one) and a slew of activities at the kids' club, from arts and crafts to movie nights.

Travel + Leisure

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Two pools, a 13-treatment-room spa (don't miss the weightless Zoya hammock massage), and a flashy casino are some of the property's highlights. All of the 320 rooms have private balconies, and bathrooms are equipped with Asprey amenities.

Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 2678 have reviewed the The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2678 reviews 4.5 (based on 2678 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba's guest rooms and suites are decorated in a vibrant, tropical color palette of blues and yellows and are outfitted with contemporary furnishings. On top of spacious seating areas and furnished balconies, all rooms include large soaking bathtubs and separate showers, 46-inch LCD televisions, fully stocked minibars, Nespresso coffee makers and iPod docking stations.
  • Free in-room Wi-Fi

Standard room size550 square feet

  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

This Ritz-Carlton outpost is located on the island's famed Palm Beach on the northwestern coast. It sits less than 8 miles northwest of downtown Oranjestad, where various shops, restaurants and entertainment venues are available. Several top attractions, including the Butterfly Farm and the California Lighthouse, can be found within 3 miles of the property.
  • Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) is 8 miles southeast
  • 24-hour valet parking ($25)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping
  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach

Dining

The five restaurants at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba feature fresh, local produce and seafood in a variety of culinary styles. Solanio, an Italian trattoria eatery, features both buffet and a la carte breakfasts that can be enjoyed inside the casual indoor dining room or on an oceanfront terrace. The poolside bar and grill, Madero Pool & Beach Grill, offers tropical drinks and casual fare throughout the day. For Italian-inspired dinners, travelers can visit Casa Nonna. The all-day lobby venue, Divi Bar & Lounge, serves everything from pastries and coffee to cocktails and sushi in a contemporary space. And at the American-style steakhouse, BLT Steak, guests can savor steaks, fresh seafood and more.
  • On-site coffee shop
  • Private dinners on room balcony or beach can be arranged for a fee
  • Room service available during restaurant hours

Number of restaurants5

Cuisine TypesItalian, American

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast

Pool

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba features two oceanfront swimming pools. Towels and lounge chairs are available at both pools, as well as poolside food and beverage service. At the beach, guests can rent water sports equipment like paddleboards, kayaks, snorkeling gear and paddleboats.
  • Private cabanas available for daily rental
  • Sand courts for beach tennis and volleyball
  • Complimentary sunscreen and aloe station at pool and beach
  • Water hammocks at beach
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo
  • Pool bar
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas

Spa

The 15,000-square-foot spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba features 13 treatment rooms and a full menu of island-inspired services, such as facials, body wraps and scrubs, plus massages that feature natural, herbal ingredients. Other spa facilities include a boutique, a sauna, a steam room, a Jacuzzi and three relaxation areas for men, women and couples.
  • Spa open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna

Kids

The Ritz Kids program at the resort offers a variety of supervised activities designed especially for children ages 4 to 12. Activities (think: arts and crafts, movies, games and more) focus on themes like sharks, coral reefs and local myths, and both day and evening options are available. Fees for the day program start at $20 per hour, per child, while the evening program costs $80 per child and includes dinner.
  • Extended kids club hours can be arranged for an additional charge
  • Kids club reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance
  • Both on-site pools are family-friendly
  • Water sports equipment for teens (fees apply)
  • Kids club ($20 per hour)
  • Cribs
  • High chairs

Fitness

The fitness center at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba features a variety of cardiovascular and strength-training equipment, as well as fitness classes like yoga and Zumba. Plus, guests have access to nonmotorized water sports equipment, including kayaks and paddleboards.
  • Fitness center open 24 hours a day
  • Sand courts for beach tennis and volleyball
  • Water sports equipment costs extra
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats (with fee)
  • Motor boats

Business

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba offers both indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, including a 7,500-square-foot ballroom with ocean views, an executive boardroom and two additional mid-sized meeting rooms. Outdoor venues include the poolside deck, an event lawn and a beachfront reception area.
  • Dedicated meeting concierge
  • Audiovisual equipment
  • Catering

Number of meeting rooms4

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available

Pets

Small dogs weighing less than 20 pounds are welcome at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba for a nonrefundable fee of $250 per stay.
    • Pets allowed (with fee)
    • Dog walking
    • Pet-sitting

    Wedding

    With a variety of indoor and outdoor wedding ceremony and reception venues, The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba is equipped to accommodate everything from romantic weddings for two to grand affairs for up to 1,000 guests. Popular ceremony locations include the Eternity Bridge, the Beach Gazebo, the shores of Palm Beach and the resort's event lawn. The elegant traditional ballroom, decorated in shades of blue and gold with sparkling chandeliers, can accommodate up to 350 guests, and the two terraces, Rembrandt and Van Gogh, offer intimate indoor venues for smaller ceremonies and receptions.
    • Wedding and honeymoon packages
    • Bridal spa and salon services

    Maximum wedding guest capacity1,000

    • Hotel hosts weddings
    • Outdoor space for weddings
    • Wedding planners available

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