With white sands, green waters and masses of vegetation, Aruba is every bit the archetypal Caribbean paradise. Head for fun-filled Palm Beach and you’ll find calm waters perfect for kids, and plenty of bars and casinos for adults. Hadicurari Beach is the number one spot for windsurfers and kitesurfers – divers head to the quiet Arashi beach, or to Malmok, where clear shallows are well suited for snorkelling. Whatever kind of holiday you’re looking for, here are our top self-catering holiday villas to rent in Aruba. Book them with Culture Trip.
Villas in Aruba don’t get better than this romantic number. Check out, and in to, the only overwater apartments in town, right on the beach. Each private bungalow opens onto a stunning deck giving directly into the sea – have a dip before breakfast, lunch or dinner. Leave your techy stuff at home – this is a place for simple, authentic home comforts. That means hammocks, for instance, and a coffee pot – settle in for a magical break in your own private paradise.
Don’t forget to pack your golf clubs if you’re heading to the Tierra Del Sol Resort and Golf Club – awaiting you is a round or two at the Robert Trent Jones II designed golf course. Top tip – if you’re a guest you qualify for 50 percent off standard golfing fees. And if you don’t like that kind of clubbing? Soak up the sun around the expansive pool, have a bash on the tennis courts, or relax into the day spa and fitness centre. Check out the hair salon and Sotheby’s office, and make new friends at the newly renovated, Spanish-inspired clubhouse.
Lying on a sunlounger is the default position when relaxing on the white sand of Eagle Beach beside Luxury Opal Villa Aruba. Staying here you’ve got a secluded haven surrounded by lush greenery and shady palm trees. In Noord, the California Lighthouse is a must-visit, as well as Fort Zoutman. There’s even free parking, with accommodation that’s perfect for couples or families. Check out the three villas in the complex – each guarantees a lounger by the spacious outdoor pool. The modern facilities, great location and fast wifi conspire to make this a great place for lazy holidaymakers.
In Aruba for a special occasion? Need more than a generic holiday villa? We say book the three-and-a-half-star Ocean View Malmok Villa, near Palm Beach. With four bedrooms and three bathrooms, you can be the hosts with the most, and you won’t have to worry about annoying your neighbours. Set on private land, it’s got an outdoor pool, a poolside bar, a barbeque and free parking. The fully fitted kitchen is enough for the most talented cook – serve up in the dining room for eight, as this place is designed for socialising.
Find this impressive, private vacation home in the residential area of Noord – this Aruba villa is the perfect choice for a family getaway. If you’re away with friends you’ll find it the party pad. It’s got a large pool, so you can spend lazy days soaking up the sun in the tropical gardens. It’s also just a five-minute drive to the best beaches in Aruba, as well as supermarkets, restaurants and activity. Set within its own grounds, Aruba Dreams means an independent and luxurious stay, in stylish, timewarped surrounds.
Travellers seeking five-star perks love the amenities at this Aruba villa complex, which is tailor-made for independent people. Each private apartment is beautifully decorated, and the condos bristle with mod cons, including dishwashers, blenders and – if you fancy baking – an electric mixer. Ranging in size from one to five bedrooms, the accommodations give you access to three pools and restaurants. Alternatively take a short hop to the peaceful beach, easily reached across the main boulevard.
Check in here and you’re on the stunning white sands of Palm Beach. The Marriott Ocean Club is one of the largest villa complexes on the beach in Aruba. The deal is sophisticated, self-catering rentals, delivering maximum space and privacy. If you’re feeling sociable, head out to the pool – it’s a biggie – and the whirlpool tub, or head for a spot of pampering at the Mandara spa. Fancy a flutter and/or a change of scenery? Guests have access to sister property Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino adjacent.
If self-catering’s your thing, you’ll be in clover at the condos at Tropical Digs Aruba. On offer is a range of villas, all set within the very popular Divi Golf Resort. Not that you have to be a pro on the green to stay here. Au contraire – relax with a drink at one of the three bars and lounges, or take the handy shuttle to the Alhambra Casino, where there’s a supermarket, to pick up beverages and groceries. You are also minutes away from Druif Beach, a paradise of white sand, palapas and loungers.
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