Bucuti Beach Resort, Eagle Beach, Aruba
Tel: 297 583 1100
Concierge.com's insider take:
If Palm Beach's high-rise, high-energy scene seems overwhelming, this small, low-slung resort on Eagle Beach is a great escape—even though it's just a five-minute drive from Oranjestad. Backing a wide, blindingly white swatch of sand, the 104-room hotel is also the "greenest" property on Aruba, with a solar-heated water system, sensor-activated cooling system, and shower dispensers for soap, shampoo, and conditioner to eliminate tiny plastic bottles. The original building was renovated in 2007, but if you're after quiet and romance, request the earth-toned, two-year-old Tara Wing, where all rooms have water views and flat-screen TVs, and guests under 18 aren't allowed. Bucuti attracts a substantial number of honeymooners, particularly Europeans. Consequently, a large, family-friendly swimming pool, which is standard issue on Palm Beach, isn't in the cards, although the hotel has a small freshwater pool, a day spa, and an open-air fitness center. A mock galleon leans surreally over the seaview Pirates' Nest restaurant and bar, and every Thursday and Sunday evening free movies are screened on the beach. During daylight hours, three Webcams allow you to send gloating greetings to stay-at-home friends. Also be aware that the resort requires a minimum five-night stay.