If you’re looking for a beach vacation with sunshine during the day and exciting nightlife, then Aruba is the place to go. With gorgeous beaches, a re-imagined downtown in the capital city of Oranjestad and world-class resorts and casinos, visitors find plenty of options day and night.
“Beach lovers flock to Aruba for the amazing weather, a sunny 82 degrees year-round, as well as pristine beaches with turquoise waters,” says Michelle Donato, founder and owner, Concierge Realty. “But the island’s diverse terrain – calm and sandy on one coast, rough and rocky on the other — also makes it an explorer’s paradise. Aruba has a sophisticated side too, featuring chic restaurants, casinos and luxurious spas.”
Concierge Realty has helped thousands of people find vacation homes and villas in Aruba and other top destinations throughout the Caribbean, United States and Mexico. The company has a portfolio of upscale and luxury properties by many of the biggest names in hospitality, including Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, Disney, Wyndham and other leading vacation clubs. Perfect for year-round travel, the resorts are located in top outdoor recreation destinations, (Vail, Aspen, Breckenridge, Park City, Lake Tahoe); beach retreats (Maui, Laguna Beach, Aruba, St. Thomas, Bahamas, Riviera Maya, Cabo San Lucas, Punta Cana); and family destinations (Orlando, Hilton Head Island, Myrtle Beach).
In Aruba, the Concierge Realty portfolio features such leading properties as the Aruba Ocean Club and the Aruba Surf Club. These stunning beach villa resorts overlook the calm crystal-clear waters of Palm Beach, recognized by Condé Nast Traveler magazine as one of the world’s best beaches. The prime location puts guests close to entertainment and adventure, including watersports, ocean excursions, and lively restaurants, shops and casinos.
Perfect for couples, families and friends, the Aruba Surf Club and Aruba Ocean Club provide everything needed for a vacation in paradise. There are on-site restaurants, a dazzling white-sand beach, sparkling pools, a lazy river, fitness center, game room, children’s activities and more. The stylish resorts welcome with a choice of richly appointed guestrooms and luxury villas with one – three bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens, spacious living and dining areas, and private balconies.
“Our clients find renting a villa is more comfortable and less expensive than booking several hotel rooms and dining out for all meals,” Ms. Donato points out. “That leaves additional funds to experience more of Aruba’s incredible offerings.”
Just steps away, guests at the Aruba Ocean Club and Aruba Surf Club have access to additional luxurious amenities, including the magnificent, full-service Mandara Spa; state-of-the-art Stellaris Casino with vast selection of gaming tables and slot machines; bar/lounges; and eclectic restaurants, including a steak house, Japanese sushi bar, family dining venues and casual beachside eateries serving freshly caught fish.
Not far away, guests find even more options for fun things to do, from sailing and fishing excursions to shopping, golf, off-road tours and archeological sites. Here are additional highlights of this destination known as “One Happy Island.”
Aruba By Land
One popular attraction, Arikok National Park, protects almost one-fifth of Aruba, stretching from desert-like terrain to a pristine strand of coast. Take a jeep tour across the arid landscape to take in the wild beauty and spectacular rock formations. While in the park, be sure to spend time in Fontein Cave to see the amazing Caquetio Indian petroglyphs.
Eclectic Culinary Scene
Aruba’s diverse culinary scene makes it home to some of the Caribbean’s premier restaurants. Travelers and locals feast on native cuisine showcasing Dutch influences and talented chefs’ interpretations of seafood and grilled dishes from around the world.
Dining options range from Dutch-Caribbean fusions to Italian pasta, American fast food, Indian and Latin American fare, vegetarian cuisine and much more. There are fine resort restaurants and casual, west-facing beachfront eateries, where diners can watch a fiery Caribbean sun slip into the sea. Or, they can drink in the romantic beachside ambience under giant palapas or on a pier stretching over the Caribbean Sea. Downtown Oranjestad is another draw, with chic new restaurants to keep even long-time visitors coming back for more.
Thanks to a recent revitalization, Aruba’s charming Dutch colonial capital now boasts streets lined with new shops, pedestrian walkways and green spaces. Another recent addition here is the trolley service. This environmentally friendly electric tram system is free to ride, and passengers can hop on and off for a great way to explore the city.
About Concierge Realty
Concierge Realty has a combined 30 years of vacation rental experience. Founded by Michelle Donato in 2011, the company offers comprehensive timeshare resale, rental and travel services to a wide variety of consumers and industry clients. Based in Orlando, Fla., the timeshare capital of the world, Concierge Realty boasts an outstanding track record with the Better Business Bureau. It also is affiliated with and accredited by leading industry associations, including the National Timeshare Owners Association (NTOA), Cooperative Association of Resort Exchangers (CARE), the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), and the International Air Transport Association (IATA). For more information, visit http://www.conciergerealty.com.