Photography by David Cowan

Situated on Aruba’s northwestern coast, the Ritz-Carlton is one of the newest luxury hotels to rise along the Caribbean island’s outstanding Palm Beach. The property features 320 rooms and suites, all with private balconies and ocean views. The all-suite Club Level includes a dedicated concierge, a business center, and a full lounge offering an eclectic choice of elevated food and drink five times daily.

There are two ocean-facing pools (family and adults-only) plus a stretch of sun loungers on the sand, where beach attendants deliver drinks via Segway. Available onsite water activities include kayaking, sailing, snorkeling, paddleboarding and scuba diving.

The spa is an oasis where treatments employ Aruba’s renowned aloe (some of the best in the world) along with coconut, rich red mud and other indigenous botanicals. The fitness center boasts state-of-the-art cardio and weight-training equipment as well as a variety of classes like yoga, cross training, and even morning power walks on the beach.

Parents seeking a break will appreciate Ritz Kids (for children ages 4 to 12), which features creative activities inspired by Aruba’s natural wonders. The immersive, adventurous learning program is curated directly from Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society.

The six onsite dining options are remarkable. Solanio, an Italian-influenced emporium with an open kitchen, serves breakfast. Madero is the poolside option for bar bites and lighter fare. Divi Sushi Bar & Lounge boasts an outdoor terrace. And the BLT Steak outpost is the place for traditional bistro cuisine or a top-shelf filet.

For gamers, the 24-hour casino adds some dazzle to an evening, with table games, slot machines, luxury bingo and live music nightly. Expansive and never overcrowded, the Ritz-Carlton, Aruba boasts top-notch service and a relaxed ambiance. 

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