Finding a reason to visit Aruba isn’t hard—the island’s exotic desert, varied wildlife, bustling downtown and upscale beach resorts are just the start of the ABC island’s appeal. A beach vacation to Aruba is perfect for both romantics igniting the flame and adrenaline junkies. You can zoom through the desert on an ATV to ancient caves or a picturesque rock pool and dine in style on the beach before hitting a fancy hotel-casino all in the same day. The tropical 69.1-square-mile island holds white-sand beaches, happening hotel zones and adventures untold.
Two of Aruba’s top beach resorts made major updates in 2018 so you stay in only the finest accommodations on your beach vacation. The well-known Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Spa took it’s already dazzling rooms to out-of-this-world with decor, tech and design updates while Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort continued its reputation for sustainable vacations by becoming the first carbon-neutral hotel in the Caribbean. Read on to learn the details of the vacation accommodations for your next beach vacation to Aruba.
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino Updates
The Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino just completed a $21-million renovation. The beautiful property spans 12 acres right on Palm Beach. All 357 guestrooms and suites, including those in the Regency Club, received top-to-bottom renovations. The resort is branding its new look as “chic” and “modern,” while still symbolic of the island’s heritage and culture.
What to Expect
Think plenty of natural light, bright and airy rooms, classic white-oak furniture and overall homey designs that still feel like an upscale, luxury beach house. Of course, the new guestrooms also fit in must-have vacation amenities like a coffee station, plenty of outlets for charging your devices and even a modern glass-faced fridge to keep your drinks cool. There are a few details that change according to the room category you book, such as wood plank tiling and woven rugs in premium and deluxe rooms, contrasted against ocean and island-view rooms with carpeting. In the bathrooms, it’s all quartz and more white oak, with tech-savvy mirrors that are backlit and feature an in-laid digital clock.
Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Update
But what about properties making changes that aren’t great just for the guests, but the environment as well? As of September 2018, Aruba’s Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort made updates that make it certified carbon neutral. The resort is the very first Caribbean hotel to become carbon neutral—meaning it has a net zero carbon footprint. When you stay here, you can rest assured that your fun in the sun isn’t harming the environment.
What to Expect
Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort reduced its carbon emissions as much as possible and is now compensating the small remaining amount via carbon credits. The property has the largest solar panel system in Aruba and various practices throughout the resort reduce waste, like giving guests reusable water bottles versus plastic, using gray water collected from sinks and showers for watering the grounds and reducing food waste. You can pitch in on the monthly beach clean-up and if you choose “Green Stay” and limit housekeeping services to twice per week, you’ll receive a $5 nightly credit.
This is hardly anything new for the hotel, though—the property has long put a good foot forward in the environment and sustainability realms, as it was the first ISO 140001 certified hotel in the Americas and the first LEED Silver property in the Caribbean. Don’t think you’re giving anything up in the way of luxury by staying at this eco-friendly property. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort has won plenty of recognition as one of the most romantic resorts in the Caribbean, as well as across the globe.