We sent out Travel Expert Scott Skinner to the beautiful island of Aruba to check out some of the accommodations. He shares his favourites with us, and how to make sure you have the right information to pick the best resort for your needs.
Aruba is a beautiful island only 5 hours away from Toronto by direct flight. The island is known as the windy island, but I found the breeze to be nice and comforting, (especially on those extra-hot days). The beaches in Aruba are all public beaches, which takes the guessing game out of where to lay your towel. The hotel strip has many all-inclusive properties that are conveniently located across from a nice shopping area with many restaurants, bars, shops and even a theatre. I had the chance to check out a few of the amazing accommodations in Aruba and I will give you a quick overview of the pros and cons of each of them.
Holiday Inn Resort Aruba – Beach Resort & Casino
The Holiday Inn Resort is one of the most affordable hotels that you can go to in Aruba. This hotel has just under 600 rooms and is located on the white sands of Palm Beach. It is approximately 10 minutes away from the airport, so getting there is quick and easy. The rooms were recently rebuilt featuring complementary wi-fi and 37” lcd televisions, modern décor, and each room has a private balcony or a patio. The a la carte restaurants are great and have an amazing selection of food to keep everyone happy. I think this hotel is great for the budget traveller or families that want to have an affordable vacation in a nice moderate, clean hotel.
Divi Aruba Resort
The Divi Aruba is a quaint resort located on one of the nicest beaches in Aruba. The beach is long and wide stretching all the way down to the Tamarjin resort, the Divi’s sister resort. Divi has 4 a la carte restaurants between it and the Tamarjin, and the food is amazing. There was an extremely wide selection of food and truly something for everyone. The pool and lobby area are beautiful, and the rooms are well appointed. The Divi also has spa facilities and a golf course across the street which many of the rooms look upon, providing great views to both the ocean side rooms and to the rooms facing away from the ocean. All in all, this resort is great for families and the golf connoisseur. If you are looking for a great beach this is the spot to go.
Occidental Grand Aruba
The Occidental Grand Aruba is right on the strip and is a really nice resort in a great location on Palm Beach. There are 4 a la carte restaurants, and the food at this property was amazing. They also have spa services and shopping on site. This property is beautiful from the lobby to the farthest corner of the last room. This resort is a great resort for families, honeymooners and singles, with a great mix of luxury and simplicity. This was one of my favourite properties in Aruba.
The Mill Resort & Suites
The Mill Resort has beautiful grounds and a gorgeous pool in the centre of the property. The resort only has one a la carte restaurants and one bar, which gives it a very intimate feel that is nice for families and honeymooners who want a smaller resort. The biggest downfall with this resort is that it is not on the beach. However, it is only 3 minutes across the road to the Palm Beach. They also offer a shuttle to the beach if you’d prefer not to walk. I think this resort is great for families, honeymooners and people with mobility issues. If you are a beach person who wants the beach right at the resort, this property may not be for you.
Aruba is such an amazing Island with a distinct culture and lots to do. The beaches are serene and awe-inspiring, the weather is warm, and a resort is a great way to spend your time on the island.