Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Bucuti is a romantic, adults-only resort taking up a prime stretch of Eagle Beach in the Low-Rise hotel district. This intimate, 104-room property has 14 acres of beach, and the main activity here involves lingering on the sand under shaded palapas; there's also a chic infinity edge pool. The hotel has been open for 25 years, and the original owner can often be seen meeting with guests during check-in while they enjoy a free glass of champagne. Rooms have stylish furnishings and modern amenities such as iPod docks, laptop tablets, and free Wi-Fi. A free breakfast buffet is served daily, and there is a restaurant for lunch and dinner, though plenty more restaurants are within walking distance. The resort sees a high percentage of repeat visitors, so book early.
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Although this classy resort draws a lot of families, it's subdued vibe makes it well-suited for couples as well. The comfortable rooms are bright and airy, and room service is available 6 a.m. to 12 a.m., convenient for couples hoping to enjoy a romantic night in. Couples can enjoy Mandara spa's standard treatments in private huts right on the beach, and there is pricey diamond jewelry for sale in the hotel -- perfect for a surprise gift (especially if that trip to the casino goes well).
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Hyatt has some of the nicest rooms on the island -- a great pick for couples planning to spend a fair amount of time in the room. A picturesque, rippling lake next to the rock restaurant concourse is surrounded by lush landscaping, and a black swan can be seen gliding across its surface. The soft-sand beach is feet from the main lobby.