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The famous Divi tree of Aruba
The famous Divi tree of Aruba

If you’re one of the many planning the perfect warm-weather family vacation for this winter, look no further than Aruba and the Hyatt Regency Aruba.

Aruba is a small island located about 20 miles north of Venezuela. It’s one of the most visited Caribbean islands for families looking to soak up some sun while taking advantage of endless opportunities for fun. The island itself is roughly 19-miles long by six-miles wide and positioned just below the hurricane belt, leaving the weather very dry with very little/no rainfall. The location of Aruba and the daily offshore tradewinds make for perfect weather just about every day of the year.

Where's Aruba? (Underlying map credited to worldatlas.com)
Where’s Aruba? (Underlying map credited to worldatlas.com)

Fresh from my visit, here are my top reasons to pay a visit to this beautiful island in the sun and its Hyatt mainstay:

 

The Hyatt Regency Aruba from the water
The Hyatt Regency Aruba from the water

1. The Hyatt Regency Aruba is great
The is a fantastic full-service hotel located in the area of Palm Beach on the western side of Aruba. With 357 guestrooms, plenty of on-site restaurants, cafes, beach bars, access to just about every watersport you can imagine, and a casino, the hotel offers many ways to occupy your time.

An Aruban smile
An Aruban smile

2. The Hyatt staff
The minute you arrive, you’ll be greeted by the friendly staff members at the Hyatt Aruba. From the concierge to the staff at the restaurants and all the way over to the crews at the beach shack and pool, everyone at the hotel was great. Nothing but smiles. I found this to be the way of the locals, as well. Very kind people down there in Aruba.

Hyatt pool
Hyatt pool

3. The pool
The 8,000-square-foot pool is also a great place to soak up the the warm Caribbean sun. Complete with a two-story waterslide, the pool provides plenty of chaise lounge chairs with umbrellas. There’s also a poolside bar if you’d prefer not leaving the pool to grab one of their signature drinks. But be careful: the rum punch in the sun will getcha.

There’s no lifeguard on duty at the pool and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Beach sunset
Beach sunset

4. The beaches and water (and sunsets)
The hotel is located on the western side of the island, which makes for not only picture-perfect sunsets but some of the best beach conditions in the Caribbean. Because the beach at the hotel faces west, it’s protected from the tradewinds that create impossible wavy conditions on the other side of the island. The beach at the Hyatt is great all day for calm and warm swimming conditions.

If you’re looking for some quiet time with a book, I’d suggest arranging for a space on the beach. Like any popular hotel pool, the Hyatt’s can get a bit busy. Spaces on the beach are first-come, first-serve, and people get there early, but you can beat the line by reserving a choice spot for a fee.

Activities in front of the Hyatt Regency
Activities in front of the Hyatt Regency

5. Endless activities
Activities in Aruba are everyplace. In addition to everything the hotel has to offer, you’ll also find independent companies that provide watersports along all of the beaches. Everything from paddleboarding to catamaran cruises can arranged for you just minutes from your doorstep. These suppliers are not owned or operated by the Hyatt, but the efficient staff at the hotel is very helpful in making sure your days spent in the sun are a success.

Back at the hotel, here’s an example of the activities on the Hyatt schedule one day (the schedule changes every day):

  • 11:45 am — Papiamento Lesson at Towel Hut
  • 2:00 pm — Bingo at Lower Pool Deck
  • 3:00 pm — Frozen Treats around Pool Area
  • 3:30 pm — Search in the Pool
  • 4:30 pm — Cornhole competition, arranged by the Towel Hut
  • 4:30 – 5:30 pm — Happy Hour at Piet’s Pier Bar
  • 5:00 – 7:00 pm — Happy Hour with Live DJ Music at Palms Bar
  • 6:30 – 8:00 pm — Live Entertainment at Piet’s Pier Bar
  • 8:00 – 10:00 pm — Karaoke at Piet’s Pier Bar
  • 9:30 pm – 1:30 am — Live Entertainment at the Casino

 

For water activities, is located right in front of the hotel. They offer everything from catamaran cruises to deep sea diving. I was fortunate enough to go on their 70-foot catamaran for a Luncheon Snorkel Sail, and it was great. The excursion is about four hours, is offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and costs $79 for adults and $30 for children ages 3-11. They have many other options available so be sure to check out their website.

Ruinas del Mar restaurant
Ruinas del Mar restaurant

6. The on-site restaurants
There are as well as full-room service at the Hyatt that can accommodate all of your needs: Ruinas del Mar for seafood and steaks, The Palms with a focus on fresh island cuisine, Mexicado for south-of-the-border flare, and—if you opt for a romantic setting away from the busy restaurants—you can reserve a table for two on the beach at Footprints.

I’ve included dinner menus from two of the restaurants to give you an idea:

 

The Palms Beach Bar at the Hyatt
The Palms Beach Bar at the Hyatt

7. The social scene
The Hyatt Aruba is a very social hotel. On the days I visited, Happy Hour was always bustling with patrons having a couple drinks with friends, meeting new people or enjoying the magical sunset. Because there’s very little to no rainfall, the hotel’s outdoor settings are weather-proof places to meet people for drinks. I also noticed what appeared to be a group attending a business function and another there for a wedding. The Hyatt Aruba accommodates both. Here’s a list of signature cocktails served at Alfresco Bar.

Off-roading in Aruba
Off-roading in Aruba

8. Off-road adventure
An  off-road excursion is a great way to spend time if you’re looking to see the island outside of the hotel. With the  ($89 for adults and $60 for children; 4.5 hours), a guide picks you up at the Hyatt and drives your group across the island to the  and the . The day finishes with a light lunch at the . Some tours are a bit more extreme than others but there are several options. Have a look at their website to see what tours suit you best. And pay in advance to skip lines at the company office.

ZoiA Spa
ZoiA Spa

9. ZoiA Spa
As at most resorts, the standard is set high for the spa and relaxation center, and the Hyatt’s is right there with the best of them. There’s nothing quite like some relaxing time at a spa and ZoiA Spa at the Hyatt provides just that. Here’s a partial massage rate list.

Up into the air
Up into the air

10. Kiteboarding
Located just down from the Hyatt is . They’ll have you kiteboarding in no time, and the staff is great. The water where you’ll be learning is never more than waist-deep, xo if you fall, all you have to do is stand up and start over. And the area is enormous so running into other kiteboarders is never an issue.

Tip: Trying to email or call or having the hotel reach out to the guys at the kite shack is a waste of time. You just have to go there in the morning to schedule a time. You can either walk a couple hundred yards down the beach from the hotel or have the hotel drive you.

Room with a view
Room with a view

11. Rooms with a view
All of the at the Hyatt are modern in design and have great views, so you’re certain to get a good night of sleep with the sounds of nearby waves. Rooms face the water, pool or garden and from what I was told by other guests, the hotel is great about upgrading or changing your room to suite your needs.

Tip: It’s a big and social hotel so if you want a room that will be quiet I would suggest requesting a room away from the outdoor bars.

The Natural Pool
The Natural Pool

12. The Natural Pool of Aruba
The Natural Pool of Aruba is something worth making the trip for. The ride (with ABC Tours, above) can be bumpy at times, but once you swim in the pristine water of the pool you’ll be glad you made the trip. Some choose to go alone and hike in, but I would highly recommend a guide. It can be a bit tricky getting there and the locals are also great at pointing out possible dangers such as water surges and dangerous rock formations to avoid.

Diving
Diving

13. Diving
Snorkeling and diving can both be facilitated by Red Sail Sports and arranged through the hotel, and both are great ways to get out on the water and experience the marine life that occupies the areas around the island. Some fish tend to nip at you while you’re swimming with them but fear not: It does not hurt at all and in fact makes for a better time. Or, just keep ing them sea kelp like I did.

Craps table at the casino
Craps table at the casino

14. The casino
The casino is full of energy most nights and with 21 gaming tables, 255 slot machines, a full bar, and live entertainment, it’s no surprise. Open every day from 10 am to 4 am and live music Tuesday through Sunday, the casino is great for those looking for the thrill of victory.

Here’s a list of games offered at the casino:

  • Blackjack
  • Let it Ride
  • Craps
  • Three Card Poker
  • Caribbean Stud
  • Roulette
  • Baccarat

 

Waterslide
Waterslide

15. There’s a two-story water slide!


 

No wait
No wait

A quick departure note…
When we arrived at the airport for departure, it was completely empty. When I inquired about this, I was told that the airport is always empty on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. If we’d departed on a weekend, I was told, there would have been long lines and anyone leaving would have been told to get to the airport at least three hours in advance.

For more on the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino, visit . For more on Aruba, check out An Aruba hotel to treasure and 4 reasons why Aruba is different from other islands.

A typical day at the beach
A typical day at the beach
Off road with ABC Tours Aruba
Off road with ABC Tours Aruba
The beach at Armando's Kite Shack
The beach at Armando's Kite Shack
Family portrait
Family portrait
The Hyatt Regency Aruba from the water
The Hyatt Regency Aruba from the water
Location
Location
Amazing dock in Aruba, not far from the Hyatt
Amazing dock in Aruba, not far from the Hyatt
Footprints at night
Footprints at night
The entertaining crew
The entertaining crew
Lunch after the excursion
Lunch after the excursion
The best guide in Aruba
The best guide in Aruba
The Hyatt pool
The Hyatt pool
Armando's Kite Shack
Armando's Kite Shack
Ayo
Ayo
The Hyatt's Alfresco Bar
The Hyatt's Alfresco Bar
The Hyatt's Alfresco Bar
The Hyatt's Alfresco Bar
The grounds walking toward the lobby
The grounds walking toward the lobby
Aproaching the dock at Piet's Pier Bar
Aproaching the dock at Piet's Pier Bar
The beach
The beach
Beach sunset
Beach sunset
Activities in front of the Hyatt Regency
Activities in front of the Hyatt Regency
Palms
Palms
Hyatt bar
Hyatt bar
Off-roading in Aruba
Off-roading in Aruba
Hyatt spa
Hyatt spa
Up into the air
Up into the air
Room with a view
Room with a view
Hyatt pool
Hyatt pool
The Palms Beach Bar at the Hyatt
The Palms Beach Bar at the Hyatt
The Natural Pool
The Natural Pool
Diving
Diving
Where's Aruba? (Underlying map credited to worldatlas.com)
Where's Aruba? (Underlying map credited to worldatlas.com)
Lobby of the Hyatt Regency
Lobby of the Hyatt Regency
The Palms menu (screenshot)
The Palms menu (screenshot)
Mexicado menu (screenshot)
Mexicado menu (screenshot)
Alfresco Bar menu (screenshot)
Alfresco Bar menu (screenshot)
Part of the spa's offering (screenshot)
Part of the spa's offering (screenshot)
Hyatt pool
Hyatt pool
Bar scene
Bar scene
Nothing but smiles in Aruba
Nothing but smiles in Aruba
An Aruban smile
An Aruban smile
ZoiA Spa
ZoiA Spa
Craps table at the casino
Craps table at the casino
Waterslide
Waterslide
No wait
No wait
The best kiteboard instructor
The best kiteboard instructor
ABC Tours jeep
ABC Tours jeep
The Bushiribana Ruins
The Bushiribana Ruins
Mom
Mom
Ruinas del Mar restaurant
Ruinas del Mar restaurant
Rocks in Aruba
Rocks in Aruba
Inside Ruinas del Mar
Inside Ruinas del Mar
Fruit smoothies by the beach
Fruit smoothies by the beach
Friends taking in the sunset
Friends taking in the sunset
Lobster tail at Footprints
Lobster tail at Footprints
The famous Divi tree of Aruba
The famous Divi tree of Aruba
Watersports
Watersports
A walk along the water
A walk along the water
Hyatt gym
Hyatt gym
Available
Available
Tim Gaylord

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1 Comment On "15 Reasons to Escape the Cold at the Hyatt Regency Aruba"
  1. Crystal Oceans|

    Great reccos here for a family break perfect for adults and kids Thx

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