My husband and our 2 year old daughter stayed Ritz Aruba last week and had the most amazing time! We were fortunate because we arrived just as a large group left and we departed just as a large wedding group arrived, so the resort was practically empty. Prior to the trip, we worked with Dany Nieto in guest relations to secure our dinner reservations. Dany was prompt and informative.
Check-in and Room: Check-in was quick and easy. We were greeted by name by every staff member as we walked through the doors. They offered us champagne and water and gave my daughter a little beach bucket with toys. Dany was also there to meet us and take us up to our room when it was ready. We requested an executive suite at the end of the hotel where you have panoramic views of the stunning beach (same view as presidential suites), and we got exactly that. It was the last room in the hallway so we heard no hallway noises and while it might be a trek from the elevators, we always prefer the peace and quiet...not to mention the view! We were in room 4126 and it was heaven. Our double balcony had gorgeous views of the beach as if we were right on top of it, and the side view of the balcony was a gorgeous view of the resort. There was a rollaway bed as requested in the living room. There was also a beautiful presentation of goodies waiting for us - dulce de leche cookies (an aruban delicacy and SO delicious! I had hoped to pick some up at the airport duty free shop but no one sold them), couquors and pinoq. The master bathroom was massive and we loved the large shower. My daughter especially loved being able to use the handheld shower head. The living room had its own cooling system so we could keep it a little warmer for my daughter. The only minor drawback was the vent in the master bedroom was blowing cold air directly onto the bed so it made it a little too chilly at times. The bed was comfortable and I slept the best I've ever slept in over 3 months (im pregnant and sleeping has been tough lately).
The pool and beach: Exquisitie facilities all around. The beach is gorgeous with its iridescent blue water that is perfect for wading and paddle boarding. My daughter easily swam and walked around in the water. She also played in the white sand with all the beach toys provided by the ritz. It is windy in aruba but without it, the heat would be unbearable. The sand does get whipped up at times and it can hurt but it's better than not having any breeze. We spent a great deal of time at the pool as well. The family pool is ideal for kids with several water spouts. The towel hut has a large trunk of water and beach toys for your use. We spent one day at the adult pool because they were closing the kids pool area for an event, and it was even nicer! They have this long shallow ledge that allows you to sit or lay in the water before it gets deep. My daughter loved this area and loved jumping off the shallow part into the deeper part. Towel hut service is superb - prompty set up our lounge chairs with towel covers and towels, frequently brought us snacks (fresh cantaloupe, fruit pops, popsicles, drinks), and one time we brought a bottle of pellegrino from our room and David Coster had one of his team members put an ice bucket out for us while we were in the pool. Mario was fantastic (my daughter loved him, probably because he brought her popsicles often) and we especially enjoyed talking to Sean as well. The pool deck and beach are hot from the sun so plan to wear your sandals to and from the pool/beach.
Food: We had lunch at the argentine grill by the pool daily. My daughter loved the ritz kids food - mac n cheese, grilled cheese, spaghetti and meatballs. I got the madero salad with chicken every single day and even tried to replicate it at home. My husband got the fish tacos and quinoa wrap - both were delicious! We had daily breakfast at solanio. The breakfast was very similar to the ritz orlando breakfast buffet - both top quality. We dont normally eat enough to justify the buffet price but it was included in our room. Large selection of cereals, yogurt and oatmeal station, cheese and deli meats for european style breakfasts, omelet/egg station, breads and bagels, cream cheese, large fruit bar and pastry bar. everything was fresh and delicious. the wait staff was fantastic and when i inquired about the pineapple smoothie i had at the spa the previous day, they brought me and my husband pineapple smoothies at breakfast the next day! Little attentions to detail like this is what keeps us coming back to ritz hotels. One of the Solanio hostess gave my daughter a chef hat and gave her a personal tour of the kitchen. We ate all our dinners out.
Spa and fitness center: My husband used the fitness center daily and liked that it had a separate studio where he could jump rope. He also ran to and from the lighthouse daily if you want to get a few miles in. I got a baby smoothie massage that i will think about for months!! the spa facilities are fantastic too (steam room, sauna, jacuzzi, meditation rooms, bath scrub buffet for showers, food and drinks - all in the women's locker room!). I highly recommend taking advantage. We didnt get a chance to check out ritz kids but i did see a couple excursions where they took the kids out to feed the iguanas. I will definitely take advantage of this when my daughter is old enough.
In summary, it was a luxurious and splendid vacation. We stayed at the Marriot Stellaris a couple nights to check it out for a possible larger family trip and it was a night and day experience. We couldn't wait to leave the Marriot. At the Ritz, you never feel the need to leave the resort. Yes it's pricey, but you get what you pay for. You get treated like royalty while you enjoy the best of facilities. Thanks again to Dany, David, Mario, Sean and a couple other wonderful follks from the towel hut. I also cant forget the wonderful Solanio and Argentine grill staff. THANK YOU!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba's 320 stylish guestrooms, including 55 suites, all boast private balconies with sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea and design elements that blends the island's relaxed aesthetic with incomparable Ritz-Carlton character. Two Ritz-Carlton suites deliver panoramic oceanfront views with outdoor showers, while the expansive Club Lounge sits atop the building on the seventh floor with 34 rooms and an endless array of cuisine, beverages and personal service throughout the day to a backdrop of Aruba's extraordinary seascape framed by floor to ceiling glass windows. For an unrivalled retreat of relaxation and pampering, The Ritz-Carlton Spa will be the largest on the island revealing a 15,000 square foot tranquil oasis complemented by 13 intimate treatment rooms, salon, boutique and a variety of naturally-influenced indigenous services. Signature island-inspired treatments incorporate the natural elements of Sky, Water, Earth and Fire, infused with locally grown ingredients native to the island of aloe, coconut and cactus, all enhanced by the healing components of herbs and rich earth minerals. The hotel's culinary offerings display a selection of four savory fine dining experiences that reflect Aruba's oceanfront backdrop coupled with authentic dishes and rich flavors. Madero Argentinian Grill features an assortment of specialty cocktails, light bites and poolside seating overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Solanio offers an all-day trattoria with outdoor terrace seating or dramatic open-air kitchen views, Les Crustaces pays homage to impeccably prepared seafood in a fine dining setting, while hand-crafted cocktails and flavorful small bites are presented at Divi Bar & Lounge, the resort's lobby lounge bar named for Aruba's wind swept Divi Divi trees unique to Oranjestad and the island. The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba introduces exceptional meeting, corporate retreat, and special event space with a selection of indoor and outdoor venues, including a 7,500 square foot ballroom divisible into three salons, three meeting rooms and a selection of outdoor locations, including poolside decks, manicured lawns and a beachside reception area. The beach resort also features a 24-hour 15,000 square foot vibrant casino in an island paradise paired with an assortment of casino games ranging from traditional table favorites to over 300 slot machines. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, LoveHolidays, Hotels.com, Southall Travel, Prestigia, Odigeo, TripOnline SA, Evoline ltd, HotelQuickly, Cancelon and getaroom.com so you can book your The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba Palm - Eagle Beach