I spent my first four nights in Aruba at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, a hotel that has no less than it’s own private island.
But let me introduce you first.
The Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
The Renaissance Aruba is located in Oranjestad, Aruba’s capital, right across from the water where it has its own little harbor. It has 556 rooms and suites to choose from and the one I got was very spacious, with a large double bed, a living room and a two-part bathroom. For your information: room prices start at around USD 190/night for a regular room and go up to around 720 USD/night for the presidential suite.
When I looked through my window, I could see the adult-only outdoor pool where people were sipping drinks from the bar, getting a tan or taking a dip to refresh – something I always did at the end of the day.
The hotel has its own spa, casino, shopping mall with restaurants, movie theater and a 24/7 gym. And if there’s still something you’re looking for, personnel will gladly help you find it.
The Renaissance Aruba has a navigator and tour desk that are purely there to help guests plan the rest of their stay on Aruba. They don’t only give you information, but also call for availability and to double check things – like that time me and some other Belgians were trying to find a bar that would broadcast the Red Devils football game.
But what I think was most special about this hotel, was the fact that it has – indeed – its own private island.
Guests of the Renaissance Aruba can take a boat straight from the hotel lobby to Renaissance Island, a 40-acre oasis with two beaches (one adult-only), a restaurant, a spa and a nature walk. On the beaches, you can get complimentary beach chairs and towels, but who pays attention to those when there are flamingos and iguanas running around?
That’s right, there are some massive iguanas and pinkly elegant flamingos at Renaissance Island. I kind of think they loved all the attention they were getting, as they willingly posed for photos.
If you’re not a guest of the hotel, you can visit the island when booking a spa treatment there, or by purchasing a day pass (check prices at the hotel lobby).
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I was invited to experience Aruba by Aruba Tourism so that I could share my experience with you. As always, I only write what I want to write. The links to Booking.com and TripAdvisor are affiliate links. If you book a stay through them, I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for supporting the site!