Compared with the brochure, big-hitters – Jamaica, Barbados, Antigua and Grenada – the southern Dutch-Caribbean outcrop of Aruba flies under the radar. But it’s not a bad thing – it’s a holiday discovery which will surprise and delight. It ranks among the safest islands in the West Indies, all the prerequisites for a paradise getaway are present and correct: egg-timer-soft white sands, horizons of photogenic shaggy palms and sea shallows the iridescent blue of topaz. Best of all, Aruba hotels are, without exception, devoted to world-class service, whether you want activities to keep the young ones happy, or fine dining is more to your taste. Read on and explore the best bookable with Culture Trip.