The Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino is NOT a nudist resort nor does it condone nudity.
Buuuuttt… for topless and adults only facilities, read on!
We’ve been to Aruba several trips and have stayed at the hotel so let us know when you’re ready to go!
Resort Overview • Getting There • Services • Ambiance • Group Trips
Sightseeing • Dining • Rates • Impressions • Photo Album • Trip Reports
Located right in the heart of downtown Oranjestad and across the street along the beach, the hotel is the largest in town and one of the largest on the island with a full range of services and amenities including well appointed guest rooms, suites, restaurants, topless beaches, night life, spa treatments and world class gaming. But no nude beaches.
The hotel contains 290 guest rooms and 268 suites spread over several parts of the property. The Marina Hotel (tower) where we’ve stayed contains guest rooms while most of the beach side accommodations are suites located across the street facing the ocean.
The hotel offers “adult exclusive” accommodations and amenities including adults only, topless sunning at Flamingo Beach on the private Renaissance Island owned and operated by the resort with complimentary shuttle service from the hotel by boat during the day.
And, it features adults only facilities and accommodations including: The Marina Hotel, the Marina Hotel pool and fitness center, the Okeanos Spa, the Lounge, Flamingo Beach on Renaissance Island and two casinos which also cater exclusively to guests over 18.
Families are welcome in other parts of the hotel and in the Ocean Suites section featuring the Patamingo Kids club and on the family part of the hotel’s private island.
Topless is fine at Flamingo Beach in the Adults only section but not in the family portion.
Aruba, a world-class vacation island in the southern Caribbean, is a destination with international air service from north, central and South America as well as from Europe. Daily service from most major cities in the western hemisphere is available and frequent service from many other Caribbean islands and nearby countries on the mainland is convenient as well. Venezuela is minutes away by air and the South American continent can be seen from certain parts of Aruba.
Take a taxi, shuttle or rental car from the airport to the hotel.
Other than air access, thousands of cruise passengers arrive weekly flooding the island with more merriment.
Before or after your Aruba holiday, consider visiting Caracas a few minutes away by air or other tropical destinations in Venezuela such as world famous Angel Falls. Or, take a shuttle flight over to Bonaire or Curacao, just minutes away from Aruba.
Aruba’s best shopping; dining, casinos, and nightlife are at the Renaissance Aruba Resort. For groups, the Renaissance Convention Center offers 22,000 sq ft of function space as well as special themed events on Renaissance Island.
You’ll find Aruba among the most “user friendly” island destinations in the Caribbean. Most everyone is multi lingual. Most languages spoken include Spanish, Dutch, English and papiemento, the local island dialect, a mixture of all of them.
On site hotel services include: Car rental, Child Care, Car Rental, Concierge, Gift Shop, Hair Salon, Laundry Service, Room Service, Casino, Coffee Shop, Cocktail Lounge, Concierge Desk, Exercise Room, Hair Salon, Pool and Sauna, Meeting Space
Nice touches: High speed internet access, valet dry cleaning, concierge service, room service 6 AM – 11 PM, laundry on site, cash & ATM machine right on site, barber and beauty shop, vending machines and car rental desk.
Spa services include: Body scrub, body wrap, facial treatments, foot bath, massages, steam room, therapy baths and waxing.
A fitness center includes cardiovascular equipment, free weights, aerobics, yoga and tennis.
Aruba was previously part of the Dutch empire but gained its independence several years ago. Its neighboring islands, Bonaire and Curacao, are still part of Holland, so you will enjoy a Dutch flavor to Aruba’s architecture, customs and citizens, who are wonderfully fun mix of citizens with backgrounds from south America, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean basin.
This big hotel has it all from beach and pool action to fine dining and gaming in the casino.
Activities are numerous. Choose from sports selections including: Jet-skiing nearby, Tennis, Fitness Center/Gym, Sailing/Boating, Hobie Cats/Sunfish, Jogging Trail/Track, Kayaking, Horseback Riding, Volleyball, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling.
We do not have listed group trips to Renaissance Aruba, but that doesn’t mean its not a great place for two, three or even dozens of couples to get together for a group trip. If you have other couples that might want to join you, please contact us and see what kind of group trip deals we might be able to package especially for you.
Before or after your Aruba holiday, consider visiting Caracas a few minutes away by air or choose other tropical destinations in Venezuela such as world famous Angel Falls.
Lots of choices are nearby including: Bowling, horseback riding, fitness trail, jet skiing, numerous casinos, sea kayaking, nature & preserve trail, sailing, scuba diving and snorkeling, sauna, sky diving, squash, tennis, volleyball.
Golf is available at the Tierra Del Sol Golf & Country Club (18 holes) and at The Links (9 holes) 8 and 4 miles away, respectively.
Other sight seeing include: Island tours, Museo Arubano (museum), Atlantis submarine tours, Jeep safari tours, deep sea fishing, glass bottom boat rides, gaming, Red Sail Sports (water sports center), Crystal Theatre.
Cheapest way to see lots of downtown—walk. The hotel is right downtown so you can bar hop, shop ‘til you drop or make your way from one franchise snack shop to the next. You’ll see them all including McDonalds, donut shops, Subway and lots more places to feed your face.
But for a real treat ask some of the locals where they dine for island fare.
Actually, Aruba is easy and safe to travel around with the road system and infrastructure as modern as you will find in Europe or north America.
You’ve got lots to choose from within the hotel as well as in downtown. Bar hopping, beer drinking and trying out the local franchise dives seems to be a popular past time especially for the many cruise passengers who visit Aruba on virtually a daily basis.
Don’t forget to ask the local citizens or your waiter where they eat if you want an authentic island meal. You may have to take a taxi to reach some of the local spots. We used to go to the Pearl near downtown.
In-house restaurants at the Renaissance Aruba Resort include the following:
Aquarius: Offers a casual fare in a relaxed setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Captain’s Corner: For a fresh, buffet-style breakfast, eat at Captain’s Corner at the Renaissance Ocean Suites. The buffet features made-to-order omelets, pancakes, pastries and cereals, all of this in a location that looks out over the resort pool, beach and ocean.
L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House for dinner: Steakhouse Located in the Marina Hotel featuring fresh certified Angus Beef and an extensive international wine list. The restaurant offers a contemporary setting with views of the marina and busy boulevard below.
Papagayo Bar & Grill on Renaissance Island for lunch: Shaded, open-air restaurant overlooking the beach.
Sole: For lunch and dinner…Offers a casual fare including burgers, steaks and shrimp
The Lounge, Midnight Grill American: Overlooking the Crystal Casino and adjacent to L.G. Smith’s Steak and Chop house, the adults-only Lounge Midnight Grill offers an all-night light fare menu while enjoying live entertainment until sunrise.
Blue: Renowned for the Blue Martini, an open air port-of-call, adults only, for lunch and tapas, is just steps away from the Renaissance Marina Hotel. Lunch features selections from sushi to burgers as well as libations for adults.
Two lodging options at this Aruba hotel offer both style and a tropical flavor. The Renaissance Marina Hotel is a destination for adults and the Renaissance Ocean Suites is reserved for families. Both resort options have swimming pools. Enjoy 40-acres of privacy and two beaches on Renaissance Island, which features hammocks, a casual restaurant, bar and many water sports activities.
Resort, Island and Ocean accommodations in standard hotel room configurations and Suites offer guests plenty of variety for singles, couples, groups and families.
Charter airfare packaged with resort rooms usually offer the best value for your vacation. Rates are seasonal and can vary widely so check with us for a quote and travel specials.
Aruba is a year round destination with little variation in temperatures.
• Resort room choices in the high-rise hotel building include views of the city or the hotel’s interior atrium.
• Ocean view rooms offer ocean, pool views as well as city views.
• Island view rooms in the Marina Hotel are set on the higher floors with sweeping views of the island of Aruba Note: The Marina (tower) Hotel is adults only.
• Island Suites highlight views of the marina or park and accommodate up to 4 person.
• Ocean Suites offer ocean or pool views.
Note: The Island Suite property is suitable for families with children.
Room features include: Air conditioning, Balcony / Terrace, Clock Radio, Coffee/Tea Pot, Data Port, DVD, Hair Dryer, Handicap-Accessible, High Speed Internet, Voice mail phone, Iron / Ironing Board, Mini-Bar, Safe, Telephone, Television, Suites include microwave ovens. Entertainment includes cable channels, color TV, satellite TV, pay-for-view movies and a wet bar.
▲ The hotel is conveniently located smack in the middle of town.
▲ Although the hotel is in town, Renaissance Island is close by for beach and tropical relaxation and an almost all over tan.
▲ A real gas is to enjoy the sun on Renaissance Island and watch the big jets land across the bay at Aruba’s international airport.
▼ Depending upon the season, if you’re sunning on Renaissance Island close to the mangrove trees, you may experience a few flying critters so bring along a little bug spray.
▲ Casinos are located in several parts of the island as well as in the hotel itself.
▲ The hotel has its own private beach at Renaissance Island, a short boat ride from the main hotel lobby. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to the island for its registered guests.
▼ Like St. Martin, the island and especially down town can get really crowded when the cruise ships dock.
Families, adults, babies, seniors and groups are all welcome. However, the adults only areas are reserved for guests 18 years and over.
Most guests arrive from north and south America with western Europe (especially Holland) and central America contributing most of the other visitors to Aruba
Best Time To Go
Any time of year is a great time to go. Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, the so called ABC islands, are outside the hurricane belt and enjoy year round great weather.
Temperatures vary from the 70’s to 90’s year round.
Aruba is a year round destination with little variation in temperatures and the island itself is quite arid. The tallest hill is about 400 feet high.
● Wish Flamingo Beach was clothing optional… it used to be when we first started visiting Aruba and the hotel when it was operated by the Sonesta chain.
The photos were either shot by us, our clients or provided by the resort. If you have recently visited Renaissance Aruba we invite you to send in your photos for us to display. To contribute you own photos (or trip reports), go to our Contribute Trip Report / Photographs page.
If you have recently visited Renaissance Aruba, we would appreciate you contributing a trip report. You can contribute to this section buy using our Contribute Trip Report / Photographs page. Here is one we have from a client.
The island is laid back and the locals there are Very pleasant and friendly.The food and night life is among the best I have experienced and the water sports are superb. If you do not have fun there… it is you’re own fault. The more you adventure out, the more you find to do. The clubs stay open all night and the beaches and water sports take up most of the day, so go well rested and plan to party while you are there. Stay away from the hotel casinos and take your gambling to the stand alone casinos. They seem to be looser on the weekdays… when cruise ships are away. TAKE LOTS OF SUNSCREEN!