Unfortunately, for those who favor Sandals as their go-to resort chain, there isn’t currently a Sandals Resort in Aruba.
That said, Sandals has a great portfolio of resorts all around the Caribbean, so read on to find your picture-perfect getaway at one of Sandal’s most amazing resorts.
Will a Sandals Resort be Opening in Aruba?
There are currently no plans or rumors about a Sandals resort opening in Aruba.
Closest Sandals Resort to Aruba
Sandals Curacao is the closest Sandals Resort to Aruba. Sandals Royal Curacao is one of the newest Sandals Resort and the only Sandals resort in Curacao. The resort is set on the southernmost tip of Curacao, on 44 acres nestled into the exclusive 3,000-acre private preserve of Santa Barbara estate.
We really enjoyed our stay at Sandals Curacao and think it is one of the best for foodies. There are 11 restaurants 3 beachside food trucks offering local food, Spanish tapas, and Asian fusion.
The beach is not your typical Caribbean beach but is instead located in an inlet and separated by a dock.
Best Sandals Resorts Alternative in Aruba
Aruba is a great place for a honeymoon or a special vacation. The main draws of Sandals Resorts is that they’re exclusively adults-only, and all-inclusive, so if you’re looking for something similar, it may be worth checking out some of these resorts in Aruba.
There isn’t a great choice when it comes to adults-only all-inclusive resorts in the area, so this list includes some choices that are adults-only areas of a resort, as well as adults-only stays that are not all-inclusive.
Brickell Bay Beach Club Boutique Hotel & Spa
If you’re looking for an adult-only stay, then the Brickell Bay Beach Club Boutique Hotel & Spa is a great choice for anyone on a budget looking for a gorgeous vacation spot.
Whilst not an all-inclusive resort, this hotel is a great choice for couples, as it is located near the gorgeous Palm Beach, and is in close proximity to a selection of amazing restaurants, which is great if you like variety when it comes to your dining options.
This resort boasts a gorgeous modern style and has a range of rooms to choose from, of all different sizes (a great choice if you’re traveling with friends). It also boasts a great range of amenities, including evening entertainment with local talent, complimentary breakfast, a fitness center, a pool bar, and snack bar, and a gorgeous outdoor pool surrounded by lush tropical gardens.
Hotel Riu Palace Antillas
Located on the shores of Palm Beach, Hotel Riu Palace is the only true all-inclusive adults-only resort on this list. If you’re looking for the convenience of an all-inclusive, combined with the peace and tranquility of an adult-only, then this is the pick for you.
The varied range of room types and suites all boast a gorgeous, light, modern interior design, and gorgeous views. Guests can enjoy relaxing on their spacious balconies (available with most room types), and the complimentary minibar and beverage dispenser.
There is a good selection of on-site food and drink options, with a total of 5 restaurants and 4 bars on-site, including a swim-up bar, and an amazing fusion restaurant! Room service is also available at no extra cost.
Guests can enjoy a great range of amenities on-site, such as evening entertainment (including live music and shows), a selection of freshwater swimming pools (including an impressive infinity pool), a wellness center and spa, and complimentary use of watersports equipment (including windsurfing and snorkeling).
Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort
Sat on the sands of the beautiful Eagle Beach, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is a great eco-friendly, adults-only resort with a great focus on guest wellness, and tranquil retreats.
Whilst this resort isn’t all-inclusive, it does include breakfast, and there are two on-site restaurants available for guests to enjoy. There is also a great range of restaurants available within walking distance, so you won’t go hungry here!
Rooms at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort are spacious and modern, and range from standard rooms all the way to luxurious penthouse suites. Guests can enjoy a complimentary minibar, and every room comes with a gorgeous balcony or terrace, many of which offer stunning sea views.
On-site amenities include an award-winning wellness program, including sessions on both fitness and nutrition, outdoor movie nights, an excellent concierge service, a stunning outdoor freshwater infinity pool, and happy hour every day down at the Sand Bar.
Renaissance Marina Hotel, Renaissance Aruba Resort
Located in Oranjestad, the Renaissance Marina Hotel is the dedicated adults-only section of the Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort. It’s the perfect spot for those looking to combine the convenience of the city, with the beauty of the beach.
Rooms are luxurious and modern, and guests can choose from a range of room types, including comfortable deluxe rooms and upscale suites. Rooms include fully stocked minibars, and many boast spacious balconies, with gorgeous views of either the city or the ocean.
The resort offers an all-inclusive plan, though keep in mind that the restaurants on-site are open to guests of all ages. That said, there is an impressive range of 8 on-site bars and restaurants to choose from, including the amazing L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chophouse. Many of the bars on-site also serve food, and a couple of these are adults-only. Be sure to check out The Lounge, which is exclusive to those over 18. This gorgeous venue overlooks the Crystal Casino and offers an all-night menu and live entertainment. Another adult-only option is BLUE, a gorgeous martini bar that also serves tapas.
At this resort, guests can explore a variety of great amenities and facilities, including a contemporary fitness center (which offers various wellness classes), an impressive adults-only area (including a beach area, outdoor pool, and a bar), Flamingo beach (an adults-only beach where flamingos roam free), great live entertainment, a spa, and an exclusive water taxi service to Renaissance Island, a private retreat for guests of this resort.
Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa
Manchebo Beach is another resort on this list with a focus on wellness and tranquility. It is situated on the gorgeous Eagle Beach, and whilst it is not exclusively adults-only, this is their primary demographic, as wellness stays are typically more popular with couples, friends and solo travelers than with families.
The resort has a selection of gorgeous, contemporary rooms, with stunning views of the surrounding gardens and oceans from the private patios and balconies which are featured in all of the rooms.
Whilst the resort is not all-inclusive, you can select to stay with an all-inclusive package, which offers guests unlimited drinks and dining at a selection of great on-site restaurants, There are a selection of four different restaurants to choose from, and a selection of great bars to relax at. The all-inclusive package even includes one dinner off-property when you stay for four nights or more, so you don’t need to worry about missing out!
Why are Sandals Resorts so Popular?
Sandals Resorts has been the leader in Caribbean all-inclusive getaways for the past 40 years since they were established in the early 1980s.
With great amenities on-site, and outstanding luxury, Sandals are known for their amazing innovation and great selection, with more choices on offer than any other beach resort.
They have a great range of optimum locations, on some of the greatest beaches in the world. Their amazing locations include Jamaica, The Bahamas, Saint Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, Antigua, Curaçao, and Turks & Caicos.
Sandals are an amazing choice for honeymooners and couples, as they boast a great range of adults-only resorts. All Sandals properties are held to the highest standard, and promise an outstanding vacation right from the get-go!
So, whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway in Aruba, or simply want to stay in some of the Best Sandals Resorts out there, head on over to our travel planning page, where one of our trusted travel advisors can help you get your dream trip underway!
He is an expert travel advisor and enthusiast. He has traveled extensively in the USA, Central American, South America and Europe. He has visited every Sandals Resort and is one of a select few Diamond Elite members of the Sandals Chairman’s Royal Club.
Dan graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an associate degree in Culinary Arts. Later he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on people and culture.