The Dutch island of Aruba has a coastal landscape contrasting some of the best beaches in the world with a desert landscape of cacti, aloe plants and dramatic divi-divi trees.
Aruba is south of the Caribbean’s Hurricane Belt, which eases the minds of honeymooners booking travel during the Caribbean’s hurricane season, which is generally August through October.
When considering an Aruba honeymoon, it makes sense to see if a resort has a honeymoon package, since these often include such perks as a complimentary bottle of champagne or a romantic dinner for two on the beach.
Aruba’s capital city of Oranjestad offers honeymooners a great variety of shopping, dining and nightlife.
The Ritz Carlton, Aruba, on the island’s famed Palm Beach, is a good choice for those honeymooners seeking immaculate accommodations and sophisticated service.
The 320-room Ritz Carlton, Aruba has four restaurants, including BLT Steak, as well as a spa, casino and two swimming pools.
Honeymooners should take a close look at the Ritz Carlton, Aruba’s Ocean Front Rooms, which feature sea views and balconies.
The Ritz Carlton, Aruba Romance Escape package starts at $389 per night and includes daily breakfast, 50-minute couple’s massage, and a sunset sail.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa offers treatments using indigenous materials, such as aloe vera, coffee and coconut.
Aruban sophistication can be found at the adults-only Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, which is located on tranquil Eagle Beach.
The 104-room Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort provides lots of perks that add up to a chic honeymoon, from being greeted with a glass of champagne to the in-room laptop tablets and the resort's infinity-edge pool.
The Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is not all-inclusive and strives to create an oasis-like experience; the resort doesn’t host groups or onsite weddings.
Romance Concierges at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort help plan activities at the resort as well as excursions throughout the island.
Honeymooners at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort can watch a movie under the stars on the beach Saturday and Wednesday evenings.
Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa is something of an icon in Aruba since it’s been welcoming guests since 1966.
The 72-room Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa is on Eagle Beach, a more serene setting than the comparatively active Palm Beach.
Romance-minded couples considering Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa may enjoy booking a Deluxe Ocean Front Room that looks out on Eagle Beach.
The Honeymoon Package from Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa features a four-night stay in a deluxe ocean-view room, fresh flowers, a bottle of wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, a couple's massage, one breakfast for two in bed, a candlelight dinner, and a snorkeling or sunset cruise.
Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa has an optional Premium Culinary All-Inclusive program providing breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. Guests who stay four nights or more receive a complimentary off-property dinner.
The all-inclusive option at Divi Aruba All Inclusive can be really attractive for couples who wish to budget their vacation before leaving home, since meals and most activities are included in the rate.
The Divi Aruba All Inclusive offers dining at 10 venues, which affords lots of variety during a couple’s stay. The resort also has seven bars and five pools—including a step-down pool with in-pool lounges.
Divi Aruba All Inclusive has 261 rooms and four Oceanfront Suites.
Rates for the Divi Aruba All Inclusive honeymoon package start as low as $430 per night, per couple.
Boardwalk Hotel Aruba has only 14 rooms and is tucked away in an intimate setting on the grounds of a former coconut plantation, with lots of greenery.
For optimum privacy, the One Bedroom Casitas at Boardwalk Hotel Aruba are a good choice. These come with a separate bedroom, a kitchen, and a private patio with hammock and barbecue grill.
If honeymooners on a budget can deal with being a short walk away from the beach, they should take a look at Boardwalk Hotel Aruba.
Boardwalk Hotel Aruba’s Romance Package add-on Includes a champagne breakfast for two served in bed, and a choice between a sunset cruise and a dinner on the beach. The package requires a minimum stay of three nights and is priced $199 per couple.
The very affordable Wonders is an adults-only property that is away from the beach, and about a 10-minute walk to downtown Oranjestad, where numerous restaurants and shops await.
The 10-room boutique hotel is located in a residential area. Features and amenities include a pool fed by a natural spring, and free Wi-Fi in the rooms and communal areas.
Low-season rates at Wonders are as low as $99 per night, plus tax and service charges.