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Highlights of Aruba: Memorable 4-Day Itinerary Experience

Updated: Aug 22, 2021

Hey Wanderers! Reflecting back on my 4 full days in sunny Aruba and want to share all of the details with you. Aruba has always been a dream destination and I was so excited to take in the attractions of the island.

Day 1

Left at the crack of dawn and arrived in Aruba around 01:30 p.m., came through the airport with ease, met up with other travel consultants and headed to the hotel an 8-minute drive away.

Queen Beatrix International Airport - BON BINI - WELCOME to ARUBA

Checked in at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino which was my home for four nights. The resort is located right in the heart of Aruba’s capital Oranjestad; close to dining, shopping, the marina, casinos and nightlife.

After check in, I spent the rest of the day getting settled in and relaxing poolside. Met up with others for dinner at the marketplace across the street from the resort. There are several restaurants to dine at, we ate at Casa Tua, they had live music.

Day 2

We got up first thing in the morning, had breakfast and did a site inspection at Aruba Beach Resort and Casino. Normally you are able to take the boat in the lobby of the Renaissance Aruba, but it was being renovated, so we weRenaissancent to the stop by the Renaissance Ocean Suites.

Private Island
Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino is considered Aruba’s most unique resort because of their privately-owned island where you can bask in the warm Aruban sun, relax in a luxury private cabana, feed the flamingos and take selfies.

Renaissance Aruba Resort Private Island
Pink Flamingos

Trip Tip: You will love the beautiful flamingos, but the number of people wanting to take photos with them is a bummer. You may want to go early to beat the crowds and don't forget to bring change if you want to feed the flamingos, the feed is for purchase in a gum ball machine.

on Renaissance Aruba Resort Private Island

The Renaissance Aruba Island is not only for the beach-goers, but those wanting to experience a breathtaking Coral Beach view venue for wedding celebrations, or romantic honeymoon escape.

Next on the list was Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort where you can discover unforgettable white sands, crystal blue waters, warm tropical sun and so much more like the wedding you've been dreaming of in paradise. They've got it all, diverse choices for every taste mean a world-class dining experience for every meal. There's nothing like letting the seaside serenity linger over you while eating a delicious Millionaire's Lobster Roll at the beachside seafood restaurant Gilligan's Seafood Shack.

Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort

After lunch we did a site inspection at Brickell Bay Beach Club & Spa the affordable accommodation that provides guests with added value services not to be found at any other hotel on Palm Beach.

Brickell Bay Beach Club & Spa

The Mill Resort and Suites was being renovated into Courtyard by Marriott, one of the completed rooms.

The last site inspection for the day was at the stunning all-inclusive Barceló Aruba. We were able to watch a truly idyllic sunset on the beach before enjoying our dinner at the L’Olio 

Italian à la carte restaurant terrace.

Day 3

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

We started off the day with a site inspection at the oceanfront Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino which overlooks the Caribbean sands of Palm Beach. The spacious hotel rooms offer private balconies with gorgeous views of the ocean or resort gardens. After breakfast at La Vista Buffet, I enjoyed a stroll on the beach to admire the scenery.

Palm Beach Aruba

Next on the site inspection list was a Luxury resort retreat, The Ritz-Carlton Aruba This is where the white sand meets land at the edge of the Caribbean Sea and offers an escape from routine and an opportunity to truly relax.

The comforting and indulgent Amenities reflect the spirit, richness and charm of Aruba which was a part of the five-star resort's design so guests can easily explore the island or never leave the hotel grounds.

Six dining venues, luxury spa featuring 13 treatments rooms, 24-hour casino with live entertainment, Beachfront venues and custom catering, 320 luxury guest rooms and suites, not to mention The Club Lounge with culinary offerings.

The Ritz-Carlton Aruba

Holiday Inn Aruba Resort

The Holiday Inn Aruba Resort could be your home away from home, where you can enjoy ocean front accommodations. It is positioned in the heart of Palm Beach on the beachfront of transparent waters and steps away from the best shopping malls & nightlife of the island.

Tropicana Aruba Resort and Casino

Tropicana Aruba Resort & Casino's one-, two- or three-bedroom suites - Each is a private haven of comfort and tranquility, with air conditioning, a complete kitchen, a spacious living room and a private balcony or patio surrounding the oasis swimming pools. Step outside and take a refreshing dip while sipping your favorite beverages at the swim-up bar.

A slight change in our itinerary afforded us the opportunity to do a site inspection at the Riu.

RIU Palace Antillas

RIU Aruba

Located on the impressive Palm Beach, Hotel Riu Palace Aruba 400-plus rooms Palace offers you the best facilities to enjoy an unforgettable break. There is no time to be bored in these 24-hour All-Inclusive Palm Beach hotels thanks to the day and evening entertainment programs, shows and live music.

Riu Palace Antillas Hotel's Adults Only service, exclusively for over 18 years old, is ideal for a fantastic and romantic vacation. Enjoy RIU’s entertainment program with shows, dance floor or try your luck at the casino. A place to relax, with a free gym, spa and a beauty and hair salon inviting you to a wide variety of treatments.

Kukoo Kunuku's Wine on Down The Road Tour

You can not go to Aruba and not partake in a night on the town with the hotel pickup and drop-off Kukoo Kunuku's Wine on Down The Road Tour. We went on a joy ride full of fun with dancing in our seats and singing. Hosted by a Sommelier, we were able to sample signature dishes at 4 of Aruba’s top restaurants prepared by renowned chefs from around the world. The featured dishes were inspired by international cuisines and perfectly paired with fine wines.

First stop on the tour was White Modern Cuisine, the Corn Chowder (Vegan-Gluten Free)was delish.

Second stop, I was amazed to see the Beds in the Screaming Eagle Restaurant - Lounge.

Third on the list we sampled the authentic pizza and wine at Eagle's Beach Hostaria Da’ Vittorio Ristorante Italiano.

The final stop of the evening was at Palm's Beach Azia Restaurant & Lounge where we enjoyed the perfect bite sized dessert treats. What a way to end the night!

Day 4

Woke up that morning feeling excited to take part in my first Yoga class on Eagle Beach at Manchebo Beach Resort and Spa; one of Aruba's treasured retreats. It was so breathtaking being in the breezy open-air beach pavilion and on the sunset deck that overlooked the blue-hued beauty of the Caribbean. After that workout, I was looking forward to a fresh, flavorful breakfast before our site inspection.

Spa del Sol a sanctuary by the Caribbean sea, the resort's serene seaside oasis. The lush and intimate retreat located directly on the beach will offer all manner of soothing services to relax, rejuvenate and restore.