exploring a variety of Aruba accommodations
When visiting a destination that is new to you, it’s important to know specifically what you’re looking for. Are you the type of traveller who likes the features of a large all-inclusive five-star resort? Are you looking for a private rental property (such as Vrbo or Airbnb) where you can seek out the specific amenities that are important to you at a cost you can afford? Or are you somewhere in between where you don’t want a large noisy resort with hundreds of people but you want something special to the destination that will take your stay over the top with just the right amenities? These were the questions we asked ourselves as we visited Aruba for the first time.
As the risks of COVID are still a factor in many destinations, we chose a budget-friendly Airbnb property for the first two weeks of our stay as having a private apartment with a private pool made good sense. Our rental came with a small kitchen where we could prepare our own meals if we chose to, a kingsized bed which we were used to having at home, and plenty of greenery and flowers to remind us that we were on a beautiful tropical island. It was perfect for us.
We spent the final three days of our Aruban honeymoon vacation at the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort, a small resort with a good variety of accommodation options to choose from. We loved the recently renovated one bedroom suite that offered 770 square feet of living space, a lovely walk-in shower featuring local aloe vera products, spacious bedroom with kingsize bed, and tastefully designed, fully-equipped kitchen that added an extra level of convenience and flexibility to our stay.
Our favourite event at the Amsterdam Manor was the Sunset Dinner on Eagle Beach presented by Passions on the Beach, the resort’s beach bar and restaurant. Having the opportunity to dine right on the beach is fabulous unto itself. But to watch the amazing sunset (keep scrolling!) while dining on giant prawns and sipping a wide variety of libations while listening to live beachside music was without a doubt one of the best travel moments I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing.
For those who prefer the myriad of activities and louder noise associated with a large all-inclusive resort, both the Hyatt Regency (359 rooms including 16 suites) and the Riu Palace (400+ rooms) located on Palm Beach are gorgeous properties perfect for unforgettable destination weddings. Check out the official page of Visit Aruba for a complete list of properties and everything you need to know in selecting just the right accommodations for you.
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