The Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino is a four-pearl
hotel located in Aruba’s Palm Beach High-Rise Hotel district. The hotel’s 357
guest rooms are clean and bright, if somewhat bland. All categories
include flat-screen TVs and large bathrooms. With a gigantic pool, full-service
spa, busy casino, and access to beautiful Palm Beach, the hotel has a
high-energy atmosphere and there’s no shortage of things to do on the property.
Landscaped grounds and distinctive decor in the public spaces inject the Hyatt
with a welcome dose of personality, but it’s still worth comparing rates with
nearby resorts like the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino.
Guests at the Hyatt Regency Aruba can easily stay entertained
without ever leaving the property -- and many don’t, if the lively crowds
competing for seats around the pool and beach are any indication. Large pools,
diverse restaurants with children’s menus, and a supervised kids’ club make this
resort popular with families. A great beach, big casino, superb spa, and four
on-site bars make it an equally attractive option for adults looking to unwind
As with most resorts of this large size, the variety of on-site
entertainment comes with the loss of intimacy; however, above-average
restaurants, lovely landscaping, and Spanish-style architecture impart more
character than you might expect from a chain resort. The grand, open-air lobby is dramatically set with circular chandeliers and enormous white planters filled with tropical plants. The space opens up to an elaborate outdoor complex of tumbling waterfalls and paths winding
between interconnected pools. A water fountain filled with artificial rocks lights up with a flame at night. In the lush gardens surrounding the pool, black
swans glide in a koi pond and scarlet macaws squawk in cages. If you like
mega-resorts, this is certainly a nice one.
Beachfront setting in Palm Beach High-Rise Hotel district
The Hyatt is located in what is known as the High-Rise Hotel
area which, as its name suggests, is home to most of Aruba’s large resorts. The
hotel’s main entrance faces towards the island’s primary thruway, J.E. Irausquin
Blvd, which is lined with other hotels, as well as restaurants and shops. The Paseo
Herencia Mall and Arawak Gardens & Shopping Mall can both be reached in
about five minutes on foot. The hotel backs onto an appealing stretch of Palm Beach, which is bustling with tourists and activity. Eagle Beach and Arashi Beach are found less than three miles away. It’s a
20-minute drive to downtown Oranjestad and Queen Beatrix International Airport. Free self-parking is offered across the street from the hotel.
Spotless guest rooms include large bathrooms; some rooms have balconies
Guest rooms at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort are clean and
practical. Decorated in cheerful orange and green along with light wood
furniture, all rooms include iHome clock/radios and basic CV1 coffeemakers.
Minibars are well-stocked with various liquors, beers, sodas, and juices. In
many rooms, round tables with chairs are connected to dressers in a set-up that
saves space but looks a little odd. Flat-screen TVs are mounted to the wall over
the dresser. Some suites feature separate sitting areas, sofa beds, stereo
systems, and larger work spaces.
All guest rooms have windows that open and offer views of
the garden, pool, and at least part of the ocean. Standard Rooms don’t have balconies, and other
room categories offer only tiny, step-out balconies. Some room categories
feature furnished balconies wide enough for sitting.
Large bathrooms offer speckled countertops and the hotel’s
signature Portico Spa bath products. Some rooms include shower/tub combos, while
others offer showers with rainfall heads.
Dazzling multi-level pool with whirlpools and a waterslide, as well as direct access to scenic Palm Beach
The hotel features an 8,000-square-foot, three-level pool
complex, which includes waterfalls and two outdoor whirlpools. The pools are
connected by paths that meander through tropical gardens of palm trees and bougainvillea.
There are a number of sprawling decks surrounding the pool, lined with lounge
chairs and umbrellas. The complex also includes a 5,000-square-foot freshwater
lagoon, and a two-story waterslide.
The pool area leads down to a gorgeous stretch of Palm
Beach, which is dotted with plastic lounge chairs set under palapas. The
palapas are nicely spaced so as not to feel overly crowded, although some guests
report that finding an empty one can be a challenge. Most cabanas are available on a first-come, first-served
basis, although a few can be reserved in advance.
A large, 24-hour fitness center features French windows that
face towards the hotel’s landscaped grounds. It’s equipped with bikes,
treadmills, and a variety of resistance strength training equipment. Camp Hyatt kids’ club
offers supervised pool activities as well as arts and crafts. Charming,
earth-toned ZoiA Spa provides massages, facials, body treatments, and salon
services. Hyatt Regency Casino includes 13 gaming tables, 221 slot machines,
and a casino bar. Live music and dancing are featured on most nights.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. The hotel features 9,000 square feet
of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, as well as a large business
center with several personal computers and printing facilities.
Swim-up Balashi Bar and Grill is located within the pool complex, for drinks and light fare. There are a few stools set in the water along the bar -- a cute feature that allows guests to have a snack without leaving the pool. Palms Restaurant and Palms Beach Bar are also found within the massive pool area. Palms Restaurant is delightful with its open kitchen and minimalist decor. Pretty French doors lead out to a large terrace overlooking the pool. Palms Beach Bar features a cheerful white-and-lime color scheme, along with seating that ranges from high-top stools to comfy day beds. Above the downward sloping pool area, open-air Alfresco Lobby Bar overlooks the scene.
Kadushi Juice Bar is set between the pool and the beach. Piet's Pier Bar is an excellent place to watch the sunset, offering expansive views of the ocean. Pampered in Paradise and Footprints Beach Grill are set up on the beach each evening for intimate, fine-dining experiences.
Inside the hotel, Shoco Market Café provides coffee, ice cream, and grab-and-go-style fare like baked goods and chips. A small courtyard separates Ruinas de Mar and Mexicado restaurants, both of which are rustically elegant with warm-toned decor and lots of stonework. Ruinas del Mar is the hotel’s signature restaurant, offering breakfast, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Mexicado specializes in regional Mexican dishes.
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