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A long-time favorite destination for Americans escaping northern winters, the Caribbean island of Aruba offers a dazzling array of beaches, some superb wreck diving sites, plenty of outdoor activities, and lively nightlife, too.
Package holidays are an excellent way to enjoy everything Aruba has to offer. You can guarantee high-quality accommodation, save money, and add in things like car hire or excursions depending on what your vacation needs -- So it's cheaper and more convenient than 'going it alone'.
Aruba's high season generally lasts from mid-December until April and is definitely the time to go for party-seekers. But with the crowds come higher prices. Thankfully, the weather is reliably warm throughout the year, so off-season breaks in October or May could be ideal.
For all-round enjoyment and comfort, the Tropicana Aruba Resort & Casino makes perfect sense. Right next to popular Eagle Beach, the Tropicana has pools aplenty, a spa, on-site casino, and all kinds of activities on offer, from diving to beach tennis. Airport transfers are also available for a $16 fee.
The Renaissance Aruba in Oranjestad is just as appealing. Again, there's a casino within the grounds as well as the Renaissance Mall, which hosts 60 boutiques. And the hotel's Private Island hosts Aruba's only private beach - so seclusion is guaranteed. It's also just 8 mins from Queen Beatrix Airport by taxi.For family vacations in Aruba:
Located in Druif Beach, the all-inclusive Divi Aruba commands superb sea views and offers 10 restaurants for families to enjoy, so everyone's diet should be covered, while the spa's massage center will help grown-ups unwind. The airport is just 10-20 mins away by taxi.
The Tamarijn Aruba is another stellar all-inclusive option with an emphasis on families. The kids' corner, arts and crafts sessions, and beach volleyball should keep every youngster happy during their stay. Airport transfers tend to come as standard, making getting there easy.For romantic vacations in Aruba:
The aptly named Little Paradise Aruba is made for romantic beach escapes, with cosy villa soundproof apartments and private pools, bike hire facilities, BBQs, and air conditioning for all rooms. And the concierge team are always happy to organize shuttles to and from the airport, which is just 10 mins away.
The adult-only Bucuti & Tara Boutique Beach Resort on Eagle Beach bills itself as the Caribbean's number one resort for romance. It mixes fine food, eco-friendly design, spa facilities and specialist "romantic concierges" who can suggest activities in and around the resort. And everything is just 6 miles from Aruba Airport.For luxury vacations in Aruba:
The Ritz-Carlton Aruba brings the hotel giant's reputation for luxury to the Caribbean island. Situated on Palm Beach, the rooms are comfortable and spacious, the gourmet food ranges from Japanese wagyu steaks to Italian pasta, and there's a 15,000 square foot spa. To get there from the airport, just take L.G. Smith Blvd.
Similarly elegant, the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino offers a slice of glamour and luxury for every guest, offering massive pools, international cuisine, seafront bars and some great local golf courses, too. It's just 15-20 mins from the airport by taxi.For budget vacations in Aruba:
The unpretentious but seriously welcoming Hotel La Felicidad offers pools, hot tubs, wi-fi, private dining terraces and well-appointed self-catering cottages. It's convenient for the Bubali Bird Sanctuary as well as a cluster of fine beaches, and it's just 8 mins from the airport by taxi.
Placing the focus on relaxation, the Wonders Boutique Hotel in Oranjestad is within walking distance of the city center and one of the island's best beaches. Quiet and friendly, it's a home away from home during breaks to Aruba. Airport pick-ups are available on request.