Are you looking for a casual, fun beach resort in Aruba that’s especially welcoming for families? Then you have to check out Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino! Aruba is known for having the highest repeat-visitor rate in the Caribbean. But still, we’ve stayed at multiple properties in Aruba over the years, and we’ve never been to one where we met so many guests who had returned to the resort year after year after year. So there’s definitely something special about this place. In this article I’ll cover the accommodations, the pools, the beach, the dining, the spa, the kids club. And of course, I’ll cover the Covid safety protocols at the resort. Many thanks to Hyatt Regency Aruba for hosting us!
The Aruba airport was packed when we landed. There was easily an hour’s wait to get through immigration and customs. Luckily we had signed up for Aruba’s CommonPass program, which gave us access to the fast pass lane for Covid screening. I would highly recommend this, because it easily saved us anywhere from 1 to 2 hours.
If you’d like all the details on what Aruba requires from visitors in terms of Covid testing,
and how you can save a ton of time by using the free CommonPass program, here’s a video all about their current travel requirements:
We stayed in a 1-bedroom king suite with an adjoining double room. The resort recently renovated all their rooms, so the design and décor are really modern and elegant. The decor pays homage to the colors of Aruba, with different shades of blue throughout the room that remind you of the beautiful ocean right outside.
There’s a huge living and dining area, perfect for families who like lots of space. In total we had two full bathrooms and a powder room. We got a kick out of the fancy electronic toilets with bidets and seat warmers.
There are two main pools on the resort. The first is the new adult pool, with modern wooden cabanas. It’s relaxing, beautifully designed and perfect for enjoying some grown-up time. The main family pool has a swim-up bar and a water slide that Sean and Ella probably went on like 50 times during the course of our stay. At the pool, we met one woman who said that the first time she went down this slide, she was pregnant with her son. She pointed at a teenage boy and said, and now we’re back here, and he’s going down the slide himself! They were just one of many families we met who had been back to this resort multiple, multiple times.
Aruba is known for its white sand beaches and beautiful turquoise waters, and the beach at Hyatt Regency Aruba was no exception. The property is located on Palm Beach, in the high-rise hotel section of the island. This section of Palm Beach is really lively and has a fun, family vibe. Just remember that this is a public beach, so stay alert and take care of your belongings, just like you would anywhere else. One thing I really liked about this location is that it’s right next to Delphi Water sports, which offers everything from parasailing to water skiing, from jet-skiing to flyboarding.
The beach and the pool at Hyatt Regency Aruba offer a variety of palapas, umbrellas and cabanas. But one thing that’s important to know is that they need to be reserved ahead of time, and there’s a daily fee which is not included in the rate for your room. As soon as you book your room, I’d recommend going to hyattbeachservices.com to reserve your pool umbrella or beach palapas as well. They sell out really quickly, so the earlier you take care of this, the better. If you’re traveling with a big group, you can opt for one of the family palapas, which can accommodate up to 10 guests, or one of the big palapas, which can accommodate up to 25 guests. This resort is definitely set up really well for big parties and multigenerational trips.
Hyatt Regency Aruba has a full-service spa called ZoiA Spa. Serge and I booked the spa’s signature in-water massage treatment, which is called Massage den Awa. This was definitely one of the most unique spa treatments we’ve ever experienced. The treatment is actually performed inside the adult pool. You float comfortably in the water, supported by pool noodles under your neck, back and legs. You’re given earplugs to prevent water from entering your ears, and a cool aromatherapy towel is placed over your eyes so that you can block out all distractions. With all of this, you feel a sense of weightlessness, and there’s an element of sensory deprivation as well. The therapists lead you through a series of stretching and light massage. It was a really unique experience, and definitely one I’d recommend trying out if you’ll be staying here.
The Kids Club
While Serge and I were having our spa treatment, the girls were at the kid’s club, called Camp Hyatt. Camp Hyatt is by appointment only, and it’s a good place to drop kids off for an hour or two. The space has a simple setup; two large, connected rooms, one for arts and crafts, and the other is a playroom. There are plenty of books, toys and video games to keep kids busy.
Ruinas del Mar
Ruinas del Mar, which means Ruins by the Sea, is where you’ll find the breakfast buffet each morning, but they’re also open for dinner. It’s a beautiful location that overlooks a pond of koi fish.
Palms Restaurant is a beachfront restaurant that offers a primarily outdoor dining experience.
Kadushi Juice Bar
Kadushi Juice Bar is located right on the beach. They serve freshly squeezed juices, smoothies and refreshing acai bowls.
Shoco Market Café
If you’re looking for a quick, grab and go option, try Shoco Market Café. It’s a café and minimart that serves Starbucks coffee and breakfast sandwiches. There were a few mornings when we had scheduled excursions with very early pick-up times, so on those days, this was a great option for grabbing a quick coffee and sandwich to go.
One thing that’s interesting to note is that Aruba actually has the highest vaccination rate in all of the Caribbean. As of the publishing of this article, 60% of its residents are fully vaccinated. Just a day or two before we arrived, Aruba had dropped all its Covid restrictions, so masks were no longer needed, even indoors, and restaurants were back to full capacity. But the property still had many safety protocols in place. Rooms were all stocked with care kits that included masks, hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes. Hand sanitizer was available throughout the resort, and the staff continued to wear masks for safety.
The first day we tried the breakfast buffet, it was not self-serve. Staff served you from behind plexiglass barriers. But by the next time we returned to the buffet, it had reverted to a completely self-serve setup. So it was interesting to witness this transitional period.
About Carmen Sognonvi
Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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