Radisson Aruba Resort and Casino – Rest for the Weary Soul Trekker
It’s been almost three months since we returned from our stay at the Radisson Aruba Resort and Casino and we still haven’t stopped bragging about the awesome time we had there. A magnificent setting, charming Caribbean rooms, ample amount of on-site activities, friendly staff and proximity to numerous restaurants and shops make this one of our favorite places to stay in Aruba. When we are planning a trip to Aruba, we immediately think of the Radisson.
The Radisson Aruba sits on fifteen prime acres of the world-famous Palm Beach hotel strip. All resorts on the high-rise hotel area have transformed their grounds from dry and arid to green and vibrant but, in our opinion, the Radisson Aruba has done it best. A stroll through the resort grounds revealed large stretches of lush tropical grasses, dense shrubs, vibrant flowers and swaying trees along with waterfalls, two pools and winding streams. In this idealic setting, the stress of our day-to-day lives quickly melted away.
The Radisson Aruba is a tropical oasis!
The resort’s grounds weren’t just alive with vegetation. A variety of local and imported animals were also in abundance. Majestic iguanas peeked through shrubs and ventured onto rocks for a quick sunbath. Exotic birds perched in trees and in cages along the walkway. Massive coy fish glided through the streams.
This guy proves that people aren’t the only ones who enjoy Aruba’s warm sun.
Like most guests at the resort, we started each day with smiles on faces knowing the most pressing matters of the morning were where to have breakfast (Laguna or Gilligan’s) and then where to lounge in the morning sun (beach or pool).
Our mornings featured breakfast on the terraces of Laguna or Gilligan’s and lounging by the pool or on the beach.
Though we were perfectly content to pass most of the day lounging on the beach, we could never resist calls to join the resort’s lively daily activities. Wildlife interactions, water aerobics, bingo and poolside Black Jack lessons provided hours of fun in the sun and often delayed our plans to leave the resort until late afternoon.
Daily activities at Radisson Aruba include water aerobics and poolside bingo
One of the Radisson Aruba’s most popular activities was its daily 4 o’clock happy hour at Gilligan’s Beachbar. Awesome 2 for 1 drinks, happy-go-lucky staff and a palpable energy made this an event well attended by Radisson guests as well as guests from other resorts at the high-rise hotel area on Palm Beach.
Gilligan’s Beach Bar at Happy Hour
Happy bartender at Happy Hour
On Tuesday, happy hour was re-invented the Manager’s Cocktail Party at Mira Solo, the resort’s open-air cocktail bar. At this upbeat poolside party, guests mingled with staff while enjoying free rum punch, beer and traditional Aruban hors d’oeuvres. Extra special touches included a live steel drum player and substantial prize giveaways (like Larimar Spa and dinner certificates).
Scenes from the lively Manager’s Cocktail on Tuesday
Cocktails in the Caribbean just before sunset
Regardless of how we had spent the day, we rarely missed an opportunity to catch an amazing Aruban sunset from Palm Beach.
We felt extremely lucky to catch these amazing Aruban sunsets just steps from the resort.
Dinner options were plentiful for Radisson Aruba guests. On site, casual Gilligan’s Beachbar and high-end Sunset Grille offered lots of tasty options. Just across the street, Gianni’s (one of our favorite restaurants in Aruba), Daniel’s and Amore Mio served amazing Italian, steak and pizzas. A short walk farther down the street offered additional dining options like seafood (Fishes and More), tapas (Salt and Pepper) and ribs (Smokey Joe’s).
One of our favorite restaurants in Aruba is Gianni’s. It is conveniently located just steps away from the Radisson Aruba
Amore Mio is adjacent to Gianni’s and serves delicious brick oven pizzas.
When it was time for rest, we welcomed the chance to retreat back to our charming and comfortable room. All of the resort’s 355 rooms were renovated in the fall of 2011. Shades of Caribbean blue and sand color the walls, carpet and accent pieces. Dark brown furniture is designed in Colonial Caribbean style (we loved the pineapple carvings on the bed posts) and accented with modern sea-inspired artwork and lighting. Beds are firm, topped with plush mattress pads and dressed with crisp white linens making for a divine night of sleep or afternoon siesta. Bathrooms are stocked with comfortable robes and divine bath products. Some days we found it hard to leave this comfort to head down to the beach.
If you are lucky enough to be planning a trip to the Caribbean and have picked our favorite island, Aruba, consider the Radisson Aruba Resort and Casino. It is a tropical oasis perfect for your stays.