I went to Aruba back in 2011 with my boyfriend. It was our first real vacation together, other than weekend trips to LBI or our work trip to Orlando, FL together. I still vividly remember the whole trip, not just because it was our first vacation together, but because Aruba is one of my favorite places and I cannot wait to go back! I was trying to think of a post for this week and I have been itching to travel lately, so naturally I felt like I needed a travel post! And what better to post about than one of my favorite trips?
I stayed at the Hyatt Regency Aruba and I highly recommend this resort to anyone looking to visit the island. While it is not all
inclusive (which can make for a very expensive trip because drinks and food add up REAL quick!), the hotel and beach are absolutely beautiful and the service is great! A big selling point: they have waiters/waitresses who bring your drinks directly to you while you lay in your lounge chair at the beach. What more do you need?
One of my favorite parts of the hotel is the gorgeous landscape. The stonework mixed with the tropical plant life and ponds with swans is just breathtaking! These are the details that are overlooked at many resorts, as they feel that being located on or adjacent to a beach is sufficient. While that may be sufficient to bring people for a first visit, it is the attention to detail in other aspects, such as the landscaping and other property details, that keep people coming back. That is why the Hyatt is worth the additional cost you pay compared to an all-inclusive in Aruba.
Another awesome thing about the Hyatt Regency Aruba is that there is also a casino and spa on-site. You honestly don’t even need to leave the resort if you don’t want to. However, if you do want to go off the resort, the hotel is located within walking distance of several shops and restaurants, so you don’t even have to worry about taxis to explore the island a little bit.
Aside from the amazing details of out hotel, Aruba is just a really great island to vacation. It is much more Americanized than other Caribbean islands I have visited (which has its pros and cons), which I found nice because it makes it easier to explore. The weather is also perfect. The rain showers, if there are any, last for a minimal amount of time, allowing you to not miss a single beach day while you’re there. The sunsets are out of the world (see pictures below) and the water temperature could not be better.
Here are some of the many pictures I took on my trip to Aruba, which still don’t even do the island or hotel or trip justice!