ARUBA: A twenty-minute cab ride away from Aruba’s airport is the Marriott Stellaris Resort and Casino, located in Palm Beach. From many east coast cities, direct flights are less than five hours. Upon entering the hotel, guests are greeted by a fruity mocktail that without any alcohol, washes away any travel woes. Before you know it, you’ll be whisked away to your home for the next several days.
The modern rooms are not only spacious but provide peace and quiet for restful sleep, drowning out any noise from the casino revelers downstairs or pool partiers outside. Rooms have private balconies perfect for catching the sunset with a bottle of wine.
Of course, you won’t want to spend too much time in your room when there’s so much to do right on the hotel property. There is no shortage of Palapas, or huts with tables, to enjoy the beach. Just press the button at the table and a server will be there to take your order for a Pina Colada and nibbles you may want.
Adults Only Pampering
The best feature of the Aruba Marriott, though, is the Adults Only pool. With little nooks to cuddle with your significant other or enjoy floating in the sun, it’s a lovely moment of solitude to relax and reflect. Or take advantage of the cabanas for even more privacy.
Take relaxation to the next level at Marriott’s Mandara Spa. Based on your needs, there are different essential oils to choose from, which is the hardest part of the experience. While waiting for your masseuse, indulge in champagne, cashews and fine teas.
But don’t leave without spending a couple of minutes in the sauna to reach total zen.
Interested in adventure?
You won’t be alone at the busy, Stellaris Casino. A DJ spins hits of the 80s and 90s most nights while a crowd of mostly GenExers and Baby Boomers vie to win big.
Of course, after a couple of days, you may be interested in a fun excursion. The adventurous type will sign up for an off-road safari. Aruba is a desert, not a tropical island like most might think. A jeep tour is a terrific break from the pool and beach for any adrenalin loving couple.
For $250 per couple, you’ll see the Arikok National Park, visit a natural pool and gold mill ruins.
Marriott Stellaris dining
A sumptuous breakfast including omelets made to order, thick waffles, fresh fruit, smoked salmon and loads more awaits at La Vista. No need to wake up early to catch breakfast, as it is served until noon, except Sundays when it ends at 10 to make way for the incredible seafood brunch.
However, Atardi, aka, the toes in the sand restaurant is a must-visit for anyone visiting Aruba. Try to coordinate your reservation for the sunset, but even if you can’t you’ll still be in for a magnificent dinner. Start with tuna poke or shrimp in mango sauce. Macadamia crusted grouper is a crunchy sweet entree.
One last note about Aruba in general, you won’t find the unbearable humidity the plagues most Caribbean destinations. Instead, it is a breezy low 80s temperature year-round, perfect for lounging by the pool or beach, sipping a tropical cocktail and re-energizing.
Plan your visit:
Marriott Stellaris Resort, Aruba
L.G. Smith Boulevard # 101, Aruba
Phone: +297 586 9000