Featuring one of the Caribbean’s top casinos, the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino on Palm Beach caters to a mixed group of families, couples, and singles with amenities like the trendy H2Oasis adults-only pool, a Balinese-inspired spa, an outstanding two-floor fitness center, and very good on-site restaurants such as Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Atardi (seafood). There’s often competition for palapas on the beach, which can feel a bit crowded; but the pool area, which has a swim-up bar, is excellent. There’s a fee for in-room Wi-Fi, but bonus amenities include an on-site Starbucks, and Gelato & Co, an ice cream shop. All rooms have balconies and modern, spacious bathrooms; they also come with walk-in closets, flat-screen TVs, a chic overall design, and pillowtop beds with comfortable linens. On-site water sports include catamaran snorkeling, flyboarding, parasailing, and jet skiing, among others. Vacationers from other resorts come to the resort’s lively casino at night, making it one of Aruba’s best hotels for nightlife; the property’s location in the middle of the High-Rise Hotel District is also ideal for those looking to venture off-site for shopping, dining, and other attractions.
Complimentary COVID-19 testing for U.S. re-entry is available on-site (complimentary antigen tests are provided for two guests per room staying three consecutive nights or longer). For additional guests, testing is available at a fee; the antigen test is $40 per person and the PCR test is $100 per person. Results are returned in 24 hours. In the event of a positive test, the island’s mandatory COVID-19 insurance will cover designated accommodation costs until recovery.