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Sparkling aquamarine seas lap sugar-white sands along the south and west coasts of this Southern Caribbean island, providing a distinct contrast to the semiarid, desert-like terrain of the interior and the north.
Aruba has bounced among Spanish, Dutch and English rule, and today it is a constituent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Tall, multicolored Dutch colonial homes with wooden doors make for a picturesque sight in Oranjestad, the capital city.
At each of the following five resorts, the upfront rate includes accommodations, meals, drinks and activities. Whichever one you choose, you're likely to hear a friendly "bon bini!" when you arrive. This means "welcome" in Papiamento, the native language.
Hotel Riu Palace Antillas -- This 5-star retreat on the pristine sands of Palm Beach is our only all-inclusive resort in Aruba to offer a no-kids setting resort-wide. It has a gym, spa and water sports like windsurfing, snorkeling and kayaking. The buffet restaurant features cooking stations and themed evenings. There are four specialty restaurants and around-the-clock room service; for an additional fee, the staff can arrange a romantic dinner on the beach.
Hotel Riu Palace Aruba -- This property is next to the Hotel Riu Palace Antillas, and it welcomes guests of all ages. Among its draws are two pools, a swim-up bar, five restaurants, several bars and lounges and an ice cream parlor. Guests at the 5-star resort can enjoy live music in the theater, indulge in a massage at the spa or try stand-up paddleboarding on the waves. Some suites have whirlpools on the balcony.
Renaissance Aruba Resort -- A stay at this 5-star retreat puts you within walking distance of Oranjestad's lively center. A complimentary water taxi delivers guests to the hotel's private, 40-acre island, which has no-kids and family beaches, private cabanas and food and drink venues. The resort itself also is divided between no-kids and family-friendly sections. Guests will find several restaurants, pools, a spa and an adjacent shopping mall.
Barcelo Aruba -- Vacationers will find six restaurants, a lagoon-style pool and lighted tennis courts at this 4-star Palm Beach hotel. Join a game of water polo or a session of aqua aerobics, make use of the available snorkeling equipment or kayaks or join a scuba or kitesurfing class. Inviting thatched-roof palapas and loungers line the palm-studded, white-sand beach.
Holiday Inn Resort Aruba -- This 4-star resort is divided among three activity zones to match your vacation mood: Peace & Harmony for those who want to renew body and mind through yoga or Pilates, Action & Play for fun family time and pursuits like pool volleyball and aqua aerobics, and Chill & Mingle for socializing and poolside relaxation. Other amenities at this Palm Beach getaway include complimentary bicycle rentals, tennis and a fitness center.