Up to now couple of years, photos of pink flamingos chilling on an ideal turquoise-watered seashore have been making the rounds on social media. And I am not gonna lie: these dreamy Instagram photographs undoubtedly influenced me to think about Aruba for a trip.
As a result of that seashore with flamingos is named Flamingo Seashore, and it is situated on a non-public island in Aruba.
When my husband Elliot and I had been weighing the place to go for our first marriage ceremony anniversary in early October, we determined someplace within the Caribbean sounded good. There was one massive downside, although: October is prime hurricane season for a lot of the Caribbean.
In order that left us with the ABC Islands to select from, a trio of islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao) situated within the far south Caribbean exterior of the principle hurricane belt.
Due to these photogenic flamingos, it is in all probability no shock that we selected Aruba.
What you will discover on this put up
The place to remain in Aruba
After deciding that Aruba can be our anniversary getaway vacation spot, we then had to determine the place we needed to remain. There are many all-inclusive resorts and good motels in Aruba (the island’s financial system revolves round tourism lately, in any case).
However as a result of I had learn up on these Aruba flamingos, I knew there was actually just one place to remain: the Renaissance Aruba Resort & On line casino.
You see, the flamingos in Aruba stay on a non-public island owned by the Renaissance Resort. You *can* technically get a day go to go to the island even when you aren’t staying at one of many Renaissance motels, however this requires some luck (the lodge solely sells passes after they’re underneath 80% capability), and an early morning (a pair we met was on the lodge at 6 a.m. to get passes).
Plus, with passes operating $99 per individual, you might as nicely simply keep an evening on the Renaissance and be assured a free go to to the non-public island.
We determined to remain on the Renaissance Aruba for our entire journey, principally as a result of we’re form of lazy and did not wish to have to change motels after one or two nights. It ended up being an amazing thought!
Staying at Renaissance Aruba Resort & On line casino
The Renaissance Aruba Resort consists of two separate motels, each situated in downtown Oranjestad, a couple of miles south of the place a lot of the island’s high-rise motels are on Eagle and Palm seashores.
The 2 motels are the Renaissance Marina Resort and the Renaissance Ocean Suites. They’re each included underneath the “Renaissance Aruba Resort & On line casino” umbrella, however you will wish to know which one you have booked at since they’re situated in separate buildings.
(They’re additionally each Marriott properties, which was an added bonus since I am a Marriott rewards member!)
Renaissance Marina Resort
We stayed on the Renaissance Marina Resort, which is a up to date, upscale lodge that’s strictly adults-only. With virtually 300 visitor rooms, the lodge is not small – but it surely did not really feel crowded once we visited. (Although I am going to observe that we visited in October, which is off-season in Aruba!)
The Marina Resort has on-site eating places together with L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop Home and Aquarius, the latter of which has a superb seafood buffet. There’s additionally a Starbucks on the decrease degree of the lodge, and a bar referred to as Blue subsequent to the pool within the open-air lodge foyer.
That is additionally the lodge the place you will discover a health middle, in addition to the Okeanos Spa. It is also related to an upscale buying middle and the on line casino.
The rooms on the Marina Resort have undergone renovations lately and are modern and clear, with a lot of blue and white tones making them really feel additional beachy. We booked an “Island Room” with a king mattress, and ended up having a pleasant view of the town, as a nicely as a partial view of the marina.
Lastly, the Marina Resort pool is a small infinity-style pool that overlooks the marina and one of many primary roads within the metropolis. There are some solar loungers across the pool, but it surely’s not an enormous pool space. I’d really advocate going over to the Ocean Suites lodge if you wish to have a pool day.
Marina Resort pricing
Their “Resort Rooms,” which solely provide views into the lodge atrium, begin at $179 per night time. We booked the following class up, the “Island Room,” and really had views of each the town and the harbor; these rooms begin at $197. Their “Ocean King” rooms with sea/pool views begin at $245 per night time. (Anticipate these costs to be fairly a bit increased in excessive season, although!)
Renaissance Ocean Suites
A 5-minute stroll down the road will carry you to the Renaissance Ocean Suites, the family-friendly lodge of the Renaissance Resort. Right here they provide 259 one-bedroom suites, that are excellent for each couples and households.
Restaurant choices right here embody Fresco, an out of doors eating possibility serving up a breakfast buffet and an Italian menu, and the Solé bar. There’s additionally a swim-up bar in one of many lodge’s swimming pools.
Rooms at Ocean Suites are bigger (in any case, they’re suites!), however I can not personally let you know what they’re like since we did not keep at this lodge. (Opinions on TripAdvisor are fairly favorable of the Ocean Suites rooms, too, although.)
The pool space at Ocean Suites is giant and really good. There are two correct swimming pools, plus a saltwater lagoon proper on the seashore. That is undoubtedly the higher of the 2 pool areas!
Ocean Suites pricing
The Ocean Suites rooms are a little bit extra expensive – however that is as a result of they’re suites and are designed to suit extra individuals. An “Island Suite” begins at $225 per night time and an “Ocean Suite” begins at $259 per night time. An “Ocean Entrance Suite” (with full ocean views) begins at $295 per night time.
Renaissance Aruba all-inclusive
You *can* get an all-inclusive bundle on the Renaissance (which covers eating places and bars at each motels), however we opted to go together with a particular bundle that gave us a $50 credit score every day as a substitute. Since these motels are so near downtown Oranjestad, we knew we needed to eat off-property at the very least a couple of occasions. (Plus, we do not drink sufficient to make an open bar tab value it!)
One of the best half is, although, that any bundle you buy is sweet at each the Marina Resort and Ocean Suites. Staying at one will get you entry to the opposite, as nicely, whether or not its swimming on the pool or charging a meal to your room. That is undoubtedly a pleasant added bonus.
Visiting Renaissance Non-public Island and Flamingo Seashore
Okay, okay, so now for the half that I do know you are most interested in: the flamingos!
Like I discussed above, the Aruba flamingos stay on a non-public island owned by the Renaissance Resort. You’ll be able to entry this island at no cost when you’re a visitor at both the Renaissance Marina Resort or Renaissance Ocean Suites.
Free shuttle boats run from each Renaissance motels from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on daily basis, normally operating at 15-minute intervals. There’s one pickup for the Marina Resort, and one other for the Ocean Suites. When the tides cooperate, the boats choose up from proper contained in the Marina Resort atrium, which is fairly cool.
The trip out to Renaissance Non-public Island takes about 10 minutes. The route takes you proper previous the airport, and when you’re fortunate you would possibly also have a airplane fly proper over your head!
Renaissance Non-public Island
As soon as on the island, you’ve got two separate seashores to select from: Flamingo Seashore to the best of the dock, and Iguana Seashore to the left of the dock.
Additionally close to the boat dock are restrooms, a small store, and the stand the place you will get free towels and lease water gear like snorkel masks, floats, paddleboards, and even kayaks.
Flamingo Seashore is the adults-only seashore on Renaissance Non-public Island. That is the place you will discover the non-public island spa companies, a mangrove nature stroll, a small seashore bar, and a smattering of solar loungers within the sand. That is additionally the place the Renaissance’s 6 flamingos stay.
Flamingos are NOT native to Aruba, and these domesticated ones have been introduced in particularly by the Renaissance Resort. The flamingos have free reign on the island, and truthfully do not appear tremendous bothered by all of the individuals (and, when they’re, they merely squawk a bit and stroll away).
There is a small flamingo meals dispenser on the bridge earlier than you attain the seashore, however you will want USD quarters to make use of it.
If you would like the very best photographs of the flamingos (or particularly YOU and the flamingos), I like to recommend going early within the morning for each the very best mild AND the least quantity of individuals. Elliot and I bought there earlier than eight a.m., and there have been nonetheless a dozen different individuals vying for the flamingos’ consideration.
Professional tip: Do not chase the flamingos round. Decide a spot on the seashore and simply wait – the flamingos meander round (and generally transfer to get away from pushier selfie-seekers), and are certain to wander your approach ultimately, even when you have no meals. All my finest photographs had been taken after I went and stood alone out of the best way and waited for the flamingos to return to me.
When you’ve got children and wish to see the flamingos, children are solely allowed on Flamingo Seashore from 9-10 a.m. each morning.
The opposite seashore on Renaissance Non-public Island is Iguana Seashore, the family-friendly seashore. This seashore is barely greater with extra solar loungers (and barely extra shade!), in addition to a waterfront lounge space the place you possibly can sit and watch planes touchdown and taking off on the airport.
You will additionally discover the brand new Papagoyo Bar and Grill at Iguana Seashore, which serves drinks and light-weight bites. Their wood-fired pizza is definitely actually good!
Oh and sure, there are iguanas throughout this seashore, too!
Renaissance Non-public Island day passes
Like I discussed earlier than, you CAN get a day go to go to Renaissance Non-public Island when you aren’t staying on the lodge. When you’re going this route, I like to recommend calling the lodge a day or two earlier than you are pondering of going, to see if they’ve an thought of whether or not or not they will offer visitor passes. They solely provide 30 passes per day on days when they’re beneath 80% occupancy.
And you may solely get these passes in-person on the day you want to go to – so you will wish to get to lodge reception on the Marina Resort as early as attainable.
Passes are $99 per individual, and embody lunch on the island.
However truthfully, if you wish to be *assured* a go to to Flamingo Seashore, I’d simply e-book a room on the Renaissance Resort for at the very least one night time. That approach you do not have to emphasize about whether or not you will get passes or not!
Renting a non-public cabana on Renaissance Island
Since Elliot and I had been visiting Aruba for our marriage ceremony anniversary, we needed to do one thing particular; splurge a little bit bit. So we determined to e-book ourselves a non-public cabana.
Renaissance Non-public Island affords a handful of personal cabanas – four on Flamingo Seashore and 5 on Iguana Seashore – that may be rented out for the day. Seven of the cabanas can maintain four individuals, which the opposite two are barely greater and may accommodate 6 individuals.
All the cabanas include a cooler full of water and a bottle of glowing wine; free towels; snorkel masks and water floats to make use of; a fruit plate; an over-water hammock; and butler service all through the day so you do not have to stroll to the bar to order drinks or meals.
They usually’re all shaded and normally breezy all day lengthy.
We booked one of many smaller cabanas on Flamingo Seashore, and whiled away our anniversary day by swimming, sipping bubbly, having fun with cool breezes, and watching the flamingos additional down the seashore.
That is the ULTIMATE option to chill out on Renaissance Non-public Island, and I feel it was value each penny.
(Talking of pennies, the cabana we rented runs $200+ tax throughout the off-season, which I feel is nice worth. In excessive season, although, costs will likely be going as much as near $500 for among the cabanas, which can solely be value it when you’re touring with associates and may break up the associated fee.)
Non-public cabana tip
Here is an necessary element: The non-public cabanas can ONLY be rented by Renaissance lodge friends. So as to inquire about renting one, that you must have your lodge affirmation quantity after which e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to see if there’s availability for the day you need.
These cabanas do promote out prematurely, so I like to recommend reserving as early as you possibly can!
Begin by reserving your Renaissance Aruba Resort room right here.
All in all, we loved our keep on the Renaissance Aruba Resort & On line casino. The motels are laid-back and clear, and the service is sweet. The on-site eating places are high quality (although I do advocate exploring a little bit of Oranjestad for meals, too!), the beds are cozy, and the pool areas at each motels are properly laid out and clear.
I like that the motels provide an expertise for everybody, whether or not you are touring with children, associates, or possibly on a honeymoon or anniversary journey.
And the non-public island is great in so some ways; the flamingos alone would persuade me to remain at this lodge once more!
Have I (and the flamingos) satisfied you? Would you keep on the Renaissance Aruba Resort?
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