By: Mosaka Williamson
The Ritz-Carlton is a luxury oasis on the white sands of Palm Beach, Aruba. Upon arrival to the Ritz, you are taken by the magnificent sweeping views of the ocean from the lobby. The property sits on an incline lending itself to multiple vantage points unprecedented by any other hotel in Aruba.
As you enter the hotel, the friendly staff welcomes guests with a warm “Bon Bini”, the local Papiamento greeting, which enhances the authentic island experience. The deluxe resort features 320 spacious rooms which are certainly some of the nicest you will find in Aruba. Room amenities include state of the art bathrooms, ultra modern 46 inch Samsung TV’s, mini L couches, signature snug Ritz-Carlton featherbeds, plush bathrobes, Nespresso coffee machines, a full bath and shower, a daily cheese and grape platter to snack on, and private balconies with spectacular views of the Caribbean sea.
For those looking to kick back, the Ritz-Carlton Aruba features two pools with a family section and an adult-only area separated by a charming Divi Tree. Contrary to the resort’s overall grandeur, the two pools are on the more intimate side. However, guests can rent cabanas, relax on padded lounge chairs, and the staff provides unlimited towels, sunscreen, and service via Segways on the beach.
If you are looking for something to do there are a plethora of activities including a small 24-hour casino, a variety of upscale shops for vacationers to enjoy, a kid’s club, fitness center, and 13-treatment-room spa with a unique oxygen bar treatment. If you are looking to partake in watersports, the resort provides access to all ocean activities like tubing and jet skiing; paddle boarding is complimentary for all guests. Also, the beach at the Ritz has a strong Caribbean breeze, and is the location for an annual windsurfer tournament.
The dining at the Ritz-Carlton Aruba is exceptional. Two restaurants you must visit are BLT Steak and Solanio. The menu at BLT is similar to that of the one in the United States, which gives an at-home type dining experience; the popovers are to die for, the filet is superb, and the burrata is perfection. Solanio boasts typical Italian cuisine for dinner and a buffet style like breakfast. I recommend the lobster ravioli. Casual dining options include the Divi Bar located in the main lobby of the hotel, which serves drinks, sushi, and appetizers. Or opt for the poolside grill for lunch at the Madero Latin Grill, with many different options.
Overall the Ritz-Carlton Aruba is a remarkable destination close to popular destinations and local nightlife. In addition to the beautifully appointed luxury rooms and suites, a healthy mix of activities, and upscale dining, the resort will create an unforgettable stay. With its pristine beaches and beautiful landscape, guests will revel in a new standard of luxury and elegance that characterizes one of the finest Aruba 5 star hotels.