Aruba is a tropical getaway in the Caribbean that delights travelers looking for sun, sand, and superb beaches. As a popular destination for tourists, Aruba has many different accommodation options, including hotels, resorts, guesthouses, and vacation rentals. But if you’re hoping to have a carefree vacation (without the hassle of spending all day planning trips and meals), then I highly recommend that you book an all-inclusive resort.
The best all-inclusive resorts come with unlimited meals, drinks, daily activities, and nightly entertainment. Most importantly, they’re usually located directly on the beach, which means you can spend your well-deserved vacation days soaking up the sun or swimming in the crystal blue ocean. And despite what you may think, many of these resorts have amazing deals throughout the year, so you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy the best of what Aruba offers.
What’s the best all-inclusive resort in Aruba?
There are only a handful of all-inclusive hotels in Aruba, with most of them being located on the northern coast near Palm Beach. For families, the Hotel Riu Palace Aruba, Barceló Aruba, and the Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive are just a couple of options with tons of adult and kid-friendly activities. But if you’re looking for something quieter and more upscale, then you can’t go wrong with the eco-friendly Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa or the adults-only Hotel Riu Palace Antillas.
However, those are just a couple of my top picks for the best Aruba all inclusive resorts. Keep reading to discover more options to see if there’s something that fits your travel style and budget.
Hotel Riu Palace Aruba
As one of the more affordable 4-star all inclusive resorts in Aruba, the Hotel Riu Palace Aruba is a great option for families, couples, or groups on a budget.
All meals, snacks, and beverages are included with your stay (choose from the main buffet, four themed restaurants, or 24-hour room service), as well as all daily activities and evening entertainment. There’s even an on-site nightclub and casino, which means you can enjoy non-stop fun all night long.
But if you prefer a more relaxed Aruba all inclusive vacation, then you’ll love the resort’s prime location on Palm Beach. Go snorkeling in the ocean, play a game of beach volleyball, or simply soak up the sun on the beach or by the pool.
Located right in the center of the sun-kissed Palm Beach, Barceló Aruba is a family-friendly resort with seven restaurants, three bars, a free kid’s club, and daily live entertainment.
All rooms in the hotel boast ocean-facing rooms, which I would say is rare for a hotel of this caliber (especially when you consider the price). In addition, your all-inclusive package also includes kayaking, tennis, snorkeling, and diving classes – in addition to the plethora of fun activities in Aruba held throughout the day.
With just 373 rooms, the Barceló is relatively smaller compared to other resorts in the area. But if you’re looking for an even more luxurious experience, you can pay to stay at the upscale Royal Level Barceló Aruba, a boutique resort located on the same property.
Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive
Compared to the other big-name resorts on this list, the Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive is a chic and modern alternative for those craving a more intimate experience.
This family-friendly Caribbean resort is just steps away from the sparkling Drulf Beach, where you can go kayaking, snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, and more.
One of the biggest perks of staying at the Tamarjin is that you’ll have access to the sister hotel – the Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort. That means two more pools, five more restaurants, and tons of different daily activities. This is a great deal if you want all the amenities of staying at the Divi Dutch without the heftier price tag.
Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa
With so many activities and amenities, staying at an all-inclusive resort can feel overwhelming, especially if all you want to do is relax. But thankfully, there’s the Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa. With only 72 rooms, this eco-friendly resort offers guests a top-of-the-line wellness experience that they won’t find anywhere else on the island. Think sunset yoga, beachfront pilates, outdoor Qigong, and more!
And because the hotel prioritizes health and wellness, you can expect delicious, gourmet meals in each of the four on-site restaurants. Your package also includes unlimited drinks (although you can always order smoothies, teas, and other non-alcoholic drinks if you’re sticking to a healthy diet).
If you plan to stay four nights or longer, the hotel will also treat you to a complimentary dinner at a nearby restaurant in town, which is a totally unique amenity I haven’t seen at any other all-inclusive property!
Hotel Riu Palace Antillas
For 5-star service at a fraction of the cost of other luxury resorts, spend your vacation at the Hotel Riu Palace Antillas. This adults-only resort is one of the best all inclusive options on Palm Beach, with numerous high-end amenities like a modern gym, a beauty salon, and a world-class spa. In addition, all your non-motorized water sports are included as well, so you explore the open waters of the Caribbean.
While there is a big buffet and multiple international restaurants, I recommend eating at their Arubian-inspired restaurant at least once to sample the local flavors. Afterward, you can grab a drink at the lobby bar, listen to live music, catch an evening show, or test your luck at the on-site casino.
Holiday Inn Resort Aruba Beach
When planning your trip to Aruba, don’t overlook the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba Beach. Although it’s not a full-blown all-inclusive resort, it does have an optional all-inclusive plan for those who don’t want to worry about planning activities or booking restaurants. This includes three meals a day, unlimited drinks, and discounts at the spa and excursion center.
The Holiday Inn also has three outdoor pools, although the shores of Palm Beach are also located right outside your hotel room. There are also outdoor tennis courts, basketball courts, and a 24-hour fitness center if you’re hoping to stay active during your trip. And if you’re coming with your family, your little ones can also take advantage of the free kids club.
Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort
With something for every type of traveler, the Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort is truly one of the best hotels in Aruba. Adventure seekers can stay active at the resort’s tennis courts, rock climbing wall, or 9-hole golf course, while beachgoers can enjoy access to the nearby Divi Beach shoreline. However, you can always lounge by the pools (there are four!) or indulge in a gourmet meal at one of the three on-site restaurants.
As part of your Aruba all-inclusive vacation package at Divi Village, you’ll also have access to three other hotels in the Divi chain – Divi Dutch Village, Divi Aruba All Inclusive, and Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive via the complimentary shuttle. With 11 more pools, 14 more restaurants, and 12 more bars to choose from, you can really make your dollar go further when you stay here.
|Hotel Riu Palace Aruba
|Beach or Garden View
|Four themed restaurants, on-site nightclub and casino
|Seven restaurants, kayaking, snorkeling, diving classes
|Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive
|Access to Divi Dutch, five restaurants, pools, daily activities
|Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa
|Beachfront or Garden View
|Wellness activities, gourmet meals, complimentary dinner at a nearby restaurant
|Hotel Riu Palace Antillas
|5-star amenities, Arubian-inspired restaurant, casino
|Holiday Inn Resort Aruba Beach
|24-hour fitness center, three outdoor pools, free kids club
|Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort
|Garden or Golf Course View
|11 restaurants, four pools, access to other Divi hotels via complimentary shuttle
As you can see, there are plenty of accommodation options if you’re looking for an Aruba hotel with an all-inclusive offering. And while you don’t necessarily have to stay in an all-inclusive to enjoy your vacation, doing so can take the pain and pressure out of travel planning, allowing you to enjoy your vacation to the fullest.
But regardless of where you stay, I know that you’ll love spending time in this stunning country. Just book your trip and see why it has earned the nickname “One Happy Island!”