Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino, Palm Beach, Aruba
Tel: 297 586 1234
Concierge.com's insider take:
Though located on bustling Palm Beach, the Hyatt can lay claim to Aruba's most relaxed vibe. It starts with the enormous open-air lobby, where a coffered ceiling and giant urns impart an Asian atmosphere, and spills out onto meticulously manicured grounds and ornamental ponds stocked with koi and black swans. Upstairs the 360 rooms received a $20-million reboot in 2008 that added 32-inch flat-screen TVs, complimentary wireless Internet access, and ceiling fans. The rooms also have "step-out" balconies, but the ledgelike two-foot depth will attract only furtive smokers. Rooms in the north wing go bigger and higher (those that end in 44 and 45 have the finest water views). The Casino Copacabana is overshadowed by the Marriott's Stellaris gambling parlor, but every other facility is first-rate, including the multitiered swimming pool with waterslide and swim-up bar, spa and fitness center, business center, lighted tennis courts, and a small shopping arcade stocking boldface Italian designers such as Armani, Versace, and Zegna. The Ruinas del Mar restaurant serves Continental fare beside a man-made lagoon, and the Piet's Pier Bar juts out over the water.