Destination Spotlight on Aruba
Aruba recently removed entry requirements for visitors, making its beautiful white-sand beaches, pleasant year-round weather, and friendly local culture completely accessible just in time for Summer travel. Aruba is ready to say “Bon Bini” (or welcome) to U.S. visitors, offering top-tier accommodations and many activities for all ages.
In addition to swimming, sunbathing, and watersports along its beaches, Aruba offers several lesser-known, off-the-beaten-path exploration opportunities.
Comprising 20% of the island’s landmass and often nicknamed Aruba’s national treasure, Arikok National Park is home to indigenous animal and plant species, spectacular caves with original Indian rock drawings, natural pools, and secluded bays. For a panoramic view of Aruba and a 600-step workout, travelers can hike to the top of the 540-foot Hooiberg Mountain (the highest point on the island) and experience encounters with wild goats, parakeets, and colorful lizards.
Travelers looking to indulge can spend the day at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Aruba, and enjoy an expansive menu of treatments, many of which incorporate Aruba’s famed aloe plant. Notable spa treatments include a renewing aloe facial and full body treatment and an invigorating massage using relaxing oils from the native Divi Divi Tree. Once rejuvenated at The Spa, guests can head to the adjacent state-of-the-art fitness center for complimentary daily yoga, cross-training, and full-body stretching workouts with picturesque ocean views, in addition to personal trainers for private instruction.
For the occasional rainy day, travelers can test their luck and roll the dice at Aruba Marriott Beach Resort & Stellaris Casino, famous for its live entertainment and Vegas-style games. The Stellaris Casino features over 26 gaming tables and boasts some of the most impressive poker tables on the island. Guests and gamblers can take advantage of an exclusive VIP Membership at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba casino for a wide range of benefits, including the opportunity to redeem complimentary room nights, dining and spa experiences.