There are many reasons to visit ‘One Happy Island’ this year, notably Aruba’s guaranteed all year-round sunshine, pristine beaches, distinguished food culture and luxury hotel scene -which is expanding this year with three elegant new hotel openings.  

Aruba offers an array of accommodation options from small boutique hotels to all-inclusive family resorts and adult only offerings. The island has several distinct districts with a mix of landscapes and hospitality offerings to match.  

British travellers will soon be able to book a stay at the St Regis, a luxury heritage brand oozing sophistication with guaranteed personal butler service, set to open in December, or alternatively a stay at the Iberostar, a five-star resort situated on award-winning Eagle Beach which is forecast to open this summer. For culture vultures seeking a stay at more intimate hotel with a difference, the Aruba Boutique and Art Hotel offers its own personal art gallery for guests to discover. 

Aruba Boutique and Art Hotel 

Opening April 2024 

Guests can experience modern luxury at Aruba Boutique and Art Hotel, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Palm Beach. The hotel is simple yet sophisticated, offering interesting experiences such as access to the hotel’s art gallery. The hotel also boasts a swimming pool, and a casual dining experience at Omundo restaurant, offering a range of tasty street food dishes. Located near beautiful beaches, renowned restaurants, vibrant shopping areas, and captivating local attractions. The hotel is set to open on 1st April 2024 and is the perfect option for those looking for a small boutique hotel. A nice option for those looking to avoid the large resort hotel and stay at somewhere more intimate. The property is due to go on sale from April 2024.  

Iberostar Aruba 

Opening summer 2024  

The new 5-star adults-only resort, Iberostar Grand Aruba, is set to open its doors in summer 2024. Situated on one of the Caribbean’s most coveted beaches, Eagle Beach, guests will enjoy stunning seaviews, with prime access to its renowned white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. The Iberostar Aruba will have 240 suites, with a jacuzzi available on the balcony of every room.  

The hotel boasts a solarium, two large swimming pools, a spacious spa with a variety of treatments, a fully equipped gym with a separate section for guided classes and offers live entertainment in the evenings. The resort also has five bars across the property and the three restaurants include one buffet style restaurant, one specialising in Caribbean cuisine and another in BBQ’d meats and seafood. Additionally, the hotel is well equipped for weddings and events, with an external gazebo and a bridal suite with ocean views. The hotel is also easily accessible from the Queen Beatrix International Airport, located just 15 minutes away. There is an 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Robert Trent Jones II (Premier Golf Course Architect) and two tennis courts, located in Tierra del Sol, just 10 minutes away from the hotel. The property is due to go on sale from Summer 2024. 

St Regis Aruba Palm Beach Resort  

Opening December 2024 

Ideally located in Aruba’s renowned Palm Beach, The St. Regis Aruba is a beachfront resort with spectacular views offering sunsets and seascapes at every turn. Featuring 251 rooms including 52 suites, guests can lounge in one of the hotel’s private cabanas at the infinity pools, soak in the sun or pamper themselves with a custom spa experience at the in-house Iridium Spa. Delicious culinary delights will be served at the hotel’s rooftop restaurant and bar or lounge at the timeless and modern St. Regis Aruba Bar, a vibrant venue offering creative cocktails and innovative mixology. With the hotel’s unparalleled location combined with the St Regis legacy, this highly anticipated new resort will introduce the brand’s visionary spirit, avant-garde style and bespoke service to the island. The property is due to go on sale from December 2024. 

British Airways’ offers weekly return flights from London Gatwick to Aruba starting from £475 per person.  

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