A tiny Dutch Caribbean island, located off the coast of Venezuela, Aruba has welcomed visitors from around the world to enjoy their beautiful beaches and crystal blue waters. On this island, Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino is located in Oranjestad’s bustling cruise port, packed with features not found at many other resorts on the island like two casinos, eight bars and restaurants and a luxury mall and their own private island. The hotel is more like a massive resort complex with two distinct properties inside: the adult-only Renaissance Marina and the family-friendly Ocean Suites.
The Ocean Suites offers 259 spacious one-bedroom suites with king-sized beds, expansive bathrooms and living rooms with Queen sofa beds. Additional comforts include wet-bars with mini-fridges, microwaves, high-speed Internet and private balconies or patios. Each room offers stunning ocean and pool views or island views. Available exclusively for adults over 18 years of age, the Renaissance Marina Hotel features 297 rooms with King-sized beds or two double beds. Private French balconies and expansive windows welcome in the beauty of the Caribbean coast. Guests can choose rooms with sweeping views of the ocean, the sparkling cityscape of Oranjestad or the hotel atrium. All the rooms are modern and sleek, with lots of warm wood tones in everything from contemporary storage units to retro chairs. The bathrooms at both the family and adult-only sides of the resort are bright, with rainfall showers.
The added attraction at the hotel is their lush private island, the Renaissance Island, which serves as Aruba’s only private beach. The island is accessible via a free 8-minute water shuttle running directly from the Marina building lobby. Like the resort, the hotel’s private island, is divided into two areas; the instagrammable Flamingo adults beach housing several resident pink flamingos and the family friendly iguana beach. Available on the island are towels and plenty of daybeds as well as drinks and light snacks from the island restaurant. For the ultimate relaxation package book a private cabana on the ocean’s edge that can accommodate up to 8 complete with snorkel masks, floats, butler service, outdoor loungers and couches. Back at the resort, there are two pools plus a saltwater lagoon. The larger free-form pool on the Ocean Suites side of the complex is surrounded by lounge chairs and has a man-made island in the center. The rooftop pool on the Marina side of the resort is for adults only.
The hotel’s two casinos, Crystal Casino and Seaport Casino are considered the best on the island. Crystal Casino is adorned with Austrian crystal chandeliers, gold-leaf columns, Spanish mirrors, and Italian marble and brass. The 11,000 square-foot waterfront Seaport Casino is closer to the Ocean Suites side of the hotel and is the only waterfront casino on Aruba. During the day there’s plenty of shopping at the luxury mall attached to the hotel housing shops like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana.
The Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino offers a variety of restaurants and nightlife. L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House is the quintessential fine dining experience with a sumptuous Sunday Brunch that’s popular with the locals. Aquarius serves up traditional Caribbean fare, a la carte and buffet-style from breakfast to dinner. Located on Renaissance Island, the newly renovated Papagayo Bar & Grill offers a break from the sand, sun and surf with snacks and light fare. Captain’s Corner offers daily breakfast in a casual atmosphere, and Fresco serves authentic Italian cuisine in a breezy outdoor setting. Weekly dining events include our Caribbean BBQ on Mondays, Dinner under the Stars on the private island on Wednesday, and Italian Night on Friday evenings.
To experience an exhilarating island adventure, embark on an open air off road jeep tour that whisks you along the breathtaking rugged coastline. Visit historic monuments such as the lighthouse, natural bridge, Bushiribana gold mill ruins to the Arikok National Park where you can swim and snorkel with exotic sea life in a natural pool in “Conchi.”
The Okeanos Spa at the resort offers a full menu of treatments designed to recharge the soul and awaken the senses. Facilities include multiple massage rooms, a hydrotherapy room, a spa lounge, saunas and both men’s and women’s locker rooms. On their private island, the Spa Cove offers tropical massage treatments with an expansive view of the ocean.