Aruba’s charm lies in its laid-back island life, but one that is well-versed in luxurious pampering. It is one of those rare Caribbean isles that manages to strike that perfect balance of barefoot luxury. Whether it’s five star service, luxe spas or yachting across the open blue, there’s more than one way to treat yourself. Here are five of our favourite ways to enjoy a luxurious castaway life in Aruba.
Charter a yacht
There’s surely no better way to spend a pampered day adrift in the Caribbean waters then sunning yourself on your own private yacht. You’ll have Aruba’s crystal-clear sea with its impeccable diving and snorkelling literally at your fingertips, and will have the freedom to explore hidden bays at your leisure.
When it comes to luxurious abodes, there are a number of impressive suites to choose from where you can rest your head. The Renaissance Presidential comes complete with whirlpools and rain showers, the Ritz-Carlton Suite a wraparound balcony with hammocks and stunning views, or try four-poster beds and clawfoot tubs at the Bucuti.
Hit the spa
Everyone needs a little R&R from time to time, and in Aruba you’ll have the biggest spa in the entire Caribbean to soak, steam and indulge in. The Ritz-Carlton’s 15,000-square-foot oasis of relaxation boasts herbal-inspired treatments, like Aruba honey massages and organic coconut salt scrubs, plus a state-of-the-art fitness center and daily yoga.
Stay on a private island
Looking for the ultimate stay? Nothing spells luxury better than moonlighting in the Caribbean on your own private island. Accessible only by water taxi, the exclusive Renaissance Island is the only place in Aruba where you’ll have private beaches all to yourself, plus a restaurant, spa, beach tennis court and bar.
Create your ultimate dinner
Imagine the most romantic evening you could dream of. A blushing sunset or moonlit sky, your own candlelit table standing in vanilla-sands, a live violist serenading you with your favourite tunes—dinner on the beach is an absolute must in Aruba, but at the Ritz-Carlton you can create your own bespoke dining experience, with a say in every detail from the menu to the music.