5 reasons to visit the Embassy Suites by Hilton Aruba Resort

This Embassy Suites by Hilton Aruba Resort is one of the brand’s few resorts in the Caribbean and charts its own course with design. Unlike the cavernous atrium lobbies with foliage and waterfalls familiar to the brand, here there are double-height floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for ample natural light and beach views. Along one wall is an abstract design of the Divi tree, a local tree found throughout the island that leans in the direction the wind blows. Above your head is a modern bird exhibit artistically hung from the ceiling, representing the birds that migrate here.

It’s impressive how this resort showcases so much island culture yet offers the trusted added value of Embassy Suites and Hilton Honors benefits that so many travelers love. Here are five top reasons to visit the Embassy Suites by Hilton Resort Aruba on your next trip to the islands.

The suites

There’s no doubt that Embassy Suites’ two-rooms-for-the-price-of-one model is a dream for families (and couples). The bedrooms feature king or twin queen beds that open to a living area with an additional sofa bed. They also have a kitchenette with microwave and refrigerator and a small dining table.

The bathrooms feature BeeKind brand toiletries in eco-friendly pump bottles. The way the suites are designed allows people to access the bathroom from both rooms, so people in the other room are not disturbed. Glass showers have excellent water pressure, which, combined with ample sink space, demonstrate a thoughtful design that many hotels lack.

Furnished balconies vary in size depending on the room. They all have a nice view, mostly of the sea, but surprisingly popular are the views on the other side of the hotel overlooking the island. There is so much going on with the various resorts in view, but the nature and bird sanctuary across the road from the hotel attracts the most attention, it seems.

The swimming pool

This is the beating heart of the resort and here you will find most of the activities. There are a number of free events for guests every day, including water aerobics and bingo, with free prizes. The atmosphere is so fun that everyone around the pool tends to join in without the atmosphere feeling too pushy. There is something for everyone, and with the Aruban heat and wind that fits perfectly.

In addition to the main pool, there is also a hot tub and children’s pool that attract travelers. Everything is all connected to the main building, from the side corridors and the main staircase to the lobby. The fitness center has windows overlooking the large pool, is well equipped and is always open. New in the resort is the option to book a massage from a spa menu at reception.

The free benefits

As with all Embassy Suites hotels, a cooked-to-order breakfast is an essential part of the price. It’s something that elite travelers have come to love in all hotels, but here it’s for everyone. In fact, it’s not just a free continental breakfast. It’s quite extensive here with omelettes, pancakes, a salad bar, grilled beans, sausage and veggies, an oatmeal station, cereal and fresh fruit.

Business travelers and tourists will appreciate this money-saving feature. Many guests are here to capitalize on the remote working trend, splitting their time between work and play. The resort has many panoramic places where you can work with your laptop. The free benefits continue each evening when guests are treated to two drinks from the bar. There is also a small buffet with light snacks to complement the drinks.

The food

While there are walkable options, the main restaurant Brickstones Kitchen has some interesting dining options that make hanging out (and earning Hilton Honors points) worth it. In addition to an impressive breakfast buffet, the main restaurant is open for dinner with an extensive menu of steaks, burgers, salads and seafood. At the pool, Splash has its own menu with servers bringing trays of tasty food and drinks to the lounge chairs and cabanas around the pool.

Don’t worry if there are leftovers as the rooms include a microwave and dining tables. There is also a grab-and-go bar serving Starbucks coffee, prepared sandwiches, salads and packaged snacks. A gift shop sells everything from sunscreen and clothing to wine and more snacks. No one will go hungry here.

The beach

Reached via an underground footpath, guests do not have to cross the road to reach one of the most famous beaches in the world (Eagle Beach), as would be the case at other resorts. Many homes in Aruba are located across the street from public beaches, and this can be a challenge for families with children, towels and toys in tow. Kudos to the designers who thought of this.

New to the resort in recent months is the addition of beach bungalows with beach staff on hand to set up chairs with towels and refreshments under the thatched canopies. There are water sports vendors nearby so guests can enjoy sea activities. Although some parts of the water are difficult to navigate due to coral, there is a cordoned off area here that is perfect for swimming. And the sand in Aruba is unique in that it is cool even in the blazing sun, due to its fine nature and the porous earth beneath it that keeps it from heating up.

The event space includes traditional ballrooms and meeting rooms, but the outdoor terrace and grassy patio are ideal for weddings and receptions. In addition to international meetings and events, the resort also offers many local events.

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Ramsey Qubein

Ramsey Qubein is a freelance travel journalist covering hotels, cruises, airlines and loyalty programs from around the world.