The year is slowly coming to an end, and the temperature is dropping quickly, but we are secretly happy about that. To us, November is a month filled with planning out our next trip to a luxurious travel destination. A wonderful getaway island, enriched with spectacular accommodations, activities, and dining, Aruba is one place you’d have to check off your list before the year is over!
Aruba is located in the Caribbeans, but it’s the real deal on its own. What many people don’t know is that Aruba officially became part of the Netherlands Antilles in 1845. The capital city of Aruba is Oranjestad, home to 37,000 Arubans. Aruba is comprised of mostly Dutch; with the most commonly spoken language in Aruba is Papiamento, a dialect made up of Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, and English. Aruba has the best white sandy beaches, world-class casinos, breath-taking scenery, and exciting nightlife experiences! It is definitely an island of discovery, shopping, and luxury.
Marriott Aruba Resort & Stellaris Casino
Located right next to the Caribbean Sea, Marriott Aruba Resort & Stellaris Casino is an up-scale resort with luxurious amenities. You can join their exclusive Adults-only, Tradewinds Club at the resort for access to a spectacular hotel-within-a-hotel. You will receive access to a private club lounge, lavish suites, services to the Balinese-style Mandara Spa, and world-class dining. The resort also offers special luxury vacation packages, which each include champagne upon arrival!
Occidental Grand Aruba Resort
Another amazing resort also located by the Caribbean Sea in the Palm Beach area is the Occidental Grand Aruba Resort. It is an all-inclusive resort, featuring everything one would look for in a luxurious, unique vacation. Featuring numerous restaurants, bars, shows and nightly entertainment, a casino, and programs of sports and leisure activities, everything you need is right at your footsteps. If you want an even more luxurious experience at Occidental Grand Aruba Resort, you can upgrade to Royal Club status for the most sophisticated dinners and private services.
Aruba Beach Villas
If you’re seeking a more private experience in Aruba, staying at an Aruba Beach Villas would be a perfect vacation getaway. Each private apartment villa is just steps away from the white sandy beach and the Carribean Sea. The villas are surrounded by gorgeous palm trees and lush tropical gardens. Each night, you will enjoy the ocean sunset view right from your private deck! The best part about staying at a beach villa are the endless on water and land activities you can pick from. Snorkeling, scuba diving, water skiing, surfboarding, party dinner cruises, horseback riding, skydiving, mountain biking, casinos and many more!
Atlantis Submarine Dive
Imagine yourself in a submarine 130 feet underwater! If you don’t know how to swim or are tired of scuba diving, this is a must if you want an up-close look at the colourful Caribbean marine life in one of the Caribbean’s largest shipwrecks! It is voted Aruba’s most outstanding attraction, and we can see why! You get the first-hand experience to witness the remains of two shipwrecks and gorgeous coral reefs! It is fully air-conditioned and has large view ports, so you can just sit back and relax.
Going on a guided tour in a jeep around Aruba, you will get a new perspective about what Aruba is really like. You can choose from various adventurous and existing safari packages to learn all about the island. You can enjoy an action packed day as an islander, with pit stops to swim and snorkel at the Natural Pool or Baby Beach.
Imagine sailing off the coast of Aruba on a luxury catamaran while indulging in great food and drinks. You can watch the sun set as you sip on your tropical cocktail or pint of Balashi, an Aruban brewed beer. Depending on whichever cruise you decide on, you can find yourself dipping in the warm swimming pool or dancing the night away on the dance floor. This would probably be the perfect ending to your luxurious getaway to Aruba!
After a long years’ worth of hard work, you deserve to be pampered. Enjoy a relaxing facial or massage given in a bamboo cabana on the beach or in a drape-laced retreat. Larimar Spa, located in Raddison Aruba Resort, is partnered with world-renowned skincare brand ESPA to offer a spectacular spa experience inspired by natural and indigenous ingredients. Try a treatment with volcanic stones to melt away any tension in your body, a scalp massage inspired by Aruba’s red mud and seaweeds, or a relaxing salt scrub. Each spa have saunas, steam rooms, cold plunge pools, outdoor relaxation areas, and fitness gyms. You can just feel all the stress and tension melt away from reading this alone, just imagine the real life experience! It’s time to return to balance and wellness before another year begins.
Aruba is the perfect island to shop as it is known for its various selections of retailers. There are many shops that sell jewellery, perfumes, leather goods, designer brands, electronics, Cuban cigars, Dutch cheeses, and many more. Renaissance Mall, located in Oranjestad, is Aruba’s luxury shopping destination. The mall carries Burberry, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Rolex, and many more. Why not treat yourself to the newest handbag and matching shoes for the New Year?
You are now equipped with all the information needed for a luxurious, relaxing getaway to Aruba. All you need to do is decide on which luxurious accommodation will suit your needs and what activities you will try out! Have a safe and happy travel!
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Posted on November 12, 2015 in Wonderful Travels by Sally Pau