A charming adults-only boutique hotel, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba is one of the island’s best values; it’s very reasonably priced, on average, for a Aaa-rated property. While it may be over 30 years old, its amenities certainly aren’t dated; the hotel offers sleek, bright rooms and a modern, South Beach vibe with an impeccable beach area and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Bucuti & Tara is arguably Aruba’s best option for couples, and one of the more romantic resorts in the greater Caribbean; its plethora of repeat guests review its unique appeal glowingly. The resort’s solar panels, indigenous plants, and reusable water canteens represent management’s commitment to sustainability; the service is outstanding, too, with a noticeable attention to detail. On-site dining variety is lacking, but Elements Restaurant is one of the very best dining establishments on the island; private beachside six-course dinners for two are available upon request, with sunset and moonlight seatings. The new Senses Chef Table Restaurant is another good option (it recently replaced Carte Blanche, which moved to Oranjestad). Rooms come with smart TVs, large balconies or terraces, modern bathrooms with walk-in showers, comfortable Tempur-Pedic bedding, ceiling fans, Aruba Aloe bath amenities made locally, and air dehumidifiers and purifiers. Larger Bungalow Suites are available in addition to standard rooms. Recently, the property has started guest-only snorkeling trips and sunset sails, and the renowned on-site spa offers a variety of treatments. Other activities include daily happy hours, live music, movies under the stars, authentic Aruban dinners weekly, cooking classes, and Tai Chi and yoga classes on the beach.
On-site COVID-19 testing is available, but it isn’t complimentary. In the event of a positive COVID test before U.S. re-entry, the island’s mandatory COVID-19 insurance will cover designated accommodation costs until recovery.