By Maria Mora
Aruba has a reputation for being a nightlife destination, but savvy travelers on the lookout for a Caribbean vacation know that luxury resorts like the Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino and Spa are on par with all-inclusive hotels with their treasure trove of upscale amenities. The highly rated AAA4-Diamond resort — a jewel among Caribbean hotels — is expansive without being overwhelmingly large. With 354 guest rooms, it feels like an oasis on the pristine island of Aruba and tempts with reasonable prices to boot. At $300 a night, it’s luxury that won’t break the bank.
From a 13,000-square-foot spa with nine treatment rooms to a 16,000-square-foot casino, the resort tends to pampering and playtime — Caribbean style. Decor, meanwhile, evokes feelings of paradise thanks to soft linens and Colonial West Indian-inspired furnishings.
While staying at the Radisson on your Caribbean vacation, visit the nearby Tierra del Sol Championship Golf Course and Aruba’s vibrant shopping district. Ask the resort staff to help you book a fishing excursion or a parasailing adventure.
- If you’re traveling on a budget, balance your meals between eating on-site at the Radisson and visiting local shopping areas for local flavors and budget dining.
- Consider booking a variety of tours. Don’t be afraid to bargain, and always remember to tip.
- Do your shopping off site. You can generally find great deals in local markets and shops.
- Ask locals and resort staff where to find the best live music.
Maria Mora is a memoir blogger and wannabe photographer. She travels extensively throughout Florida and the Caribbean with her two young sons.