Where to be Exclusive with Your One and Only in ArubaBy Terry Ward
With its signature sapphire seas, sugary sand made for going shoeless and romantic restaurants galore, Aruba is a natural playground for couples. And where true love meets the just-for-couples vacation life, there is real chemistry.
Spend some quality alone time with your significant other at these top picks for the island’s exclusive couples’ experiences at the Tradewinds Club and beyond. As always, check for travel restrictions or closures before planning your trip.
Imagine a tranquil retreat catering to adults only and focused on meeting you and your partner’s every whim. All 49 recently renovated rooms at the Tradewinds Club have balconies with dazzling views of the Caribbean Sea, upgraded in-room amenities, and even packing and unpacking services upon request. Plus, the accommodations are the roomiest in all of Aruba, so you can really stretch out and settle in.
Enjoy the club’s exclusive guest amenities and privileges by tapping Tradewinds’ personal concierge for insider island tips, indulging in a comfy seat and complimentary food and beverage offerings in the newly redesigned Tradewinds Lounge, and taking advantage of reserved beach seating for the best spot on the sand.
Adults-Only H2Oasis Pool
This pool just for adults is exclusive and serene; kept separate from the resort’s family pool, it feels like a true retreat. The unique design of the H2Oasis pool lets you choose between taking a more active swim in the long, lap-lane stretch of water or instead opting to chill in tucked away alcoves.
It’s a relaxed, adults-only environment where shaded cabanas line the water’s edge and bartenders mix, shake and stir two-for-one cocktails from noon onward at the pool’s private bar.
A pop-up restaurant directly on Aruba’s Palm Beach? Now there’s a match made in heaven. Book your table at the resort’s pop-up restaurant, Atardi, to have a front row view of the sunset and dine with your toes in the sand. Known for delicious island seafood, the restaurant’s menu varies seasonally but may feature such decadent dishes as lobster tails or macadamia-encrusted grouper.
The Mandara Spa at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino conjures exotic Bali with Indonesian design accents and bespoke treatments within a 6,500-square-foot wellness area.
For a couples massage guaranteed to feel far from ordinary, opt for the Balinese variety, which ties in time-proven techniques from the island to relieve tension and encourage harmony.
There’s no shortage of tourboats plying Aruba’s coastline. But for a singular experience that will have you feeling a bit like a celebrity, book a lagoon cruise aboard the Monforte III.
The mimosas flow, and delicious meals are grilled up for guests on deck aboard this classic teak schooner. During day trips that leave from Palm Beach, you’ll visit quiet coves to snorkel in crystal waters and swim in hidden lagoons along Aruba’s south coast.
Lay back, relax and give the chefs carte blanche to please you with their favorite picks at this one-of-a-kind dining experience on Eagle Beach.
The chic Screaming Eagle restaurant is regularly named among the best in the Caribbean. And the restaurant’s “dinner in bed” experience sets the two of you up in a private, indoor lounge bed piled with pillows.
Tuck into a French fusion feast of Aruba’s — and the greater Caribbean’s — seasonal bounty, with things like oysters, octopus and lamb loin likely to be on the menu. And do be sure to reserve in advance for this experience.
Snorkeling at the Natural Pool
Float alongside your love within a cloud of tropical fish at this peaceful basin surrounded by volcanic bluffs. Waves crash along the nearby coastline, but you’re protected within the quiet natural swimming area at Natural Pool, located within Arikok National Park on Aruba’s north coast.
Ask the hotel’s concierge to arrange an exclusive private tour by ATV, horseback or jeep so you can plan to hit the pool when it’s likely to be least busy with other adventurers.