Renaissance Island: Aruba Private Getaway

Right off the bustling atmosphere of downtown Oranjestad is Renaissance Island, a 40-acre retreat reserved for recreation and relaxation. Designed to offer guests of the Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino a secluded place to enjoy Aruba’s famous beach lifestyle, Renaissance Island features an abundance of activities and Aruba’s only private beaches. Throughout the day, water taxis depart from the main complex and take visitors to the tranquil shores of Renaissance Island, where uniquely designed facilities await families and couples on vacation. Visitors of all ages will find water sports ranging from snorkeling and diving to kayaking and deep sea fishing. Meanwhile, the island’s restaurants, spas and gyms help guests complete the relaxing and rejuvenating experience. For all that Aruba has to offer, plus a little more scenery and hospitality, hop aboard the ship to Renaissance Island.

The separate adults-only facilities offered at Renaissance Island create the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. One of the best Aruba activities for any romantic getaway can be found at Spa Cove on Renaissance Island. Couples receive outdoor massages overlooking the Caribbean Sea at sunset, while champagne and fresh fruit complete the evening. During the day, couples can work out in the gym, play in the water, and enjoy some of the best scenery in Aruba. Couples can dine on the island’s grill during the perfect evenings and enjoy candlelight meals on the gourmet grill when the sun goes down. Renaissance Island is also home to a wedding cove, a tranquil setting overlooking the Caribbean Sea perfect for intimate ceremonies. The island’s wedding planners organize all the details, leaving couples plenty of time to enjoy their getaway.

Visiting families will also find plenty of options for afternoon fun on Paradise Island. Iguana Beach is the designated family beach and offers activities such as snorkeling, diving, and pedal boating. While the crystal clear water off the shoreline is perfect for family fun, the uncrowded beach offers plenty of space for children to play while parents recline in the sun. Families can also enjoy the refreshments offered at the island’s restaurants or enjoy Waterscapes at Renaissance, a light show designed for both the young and the young at heart.

Since Renaissance Island is home to a couple of spacious horseshoe-shaped beaches, families aren’t the only travelers having fun on the sand. On the opposite side of Renaissance Island, Flamingo Beach caters to the whims of traveling couples and jet-setters in search of a distinctive hideaway. Since everyone who visits Aruba wants to spend some time relaxing by the water, both beaches on Renaissance Island offer plenty of hammocks, umbrellas, and beach chairs to make relaxation a breeze.

Although Renaissance Island feels like an isolated destination, the island is only minutes from the heart of Oranjestad. Inside the Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino, visitors will find a wide variety of boutiques, restaurants, and theaters. Just beyond the gates of the resort, Oranjestad’s famous port district is a bustling area known for its excellent shopping and entertainment opportunities for the whole family.

Getting to Renaissance Island takes just ten minutes via the water taxi that provides great views of Oranjestad and the sparkling Caribbean Sea. The Renaissance Island water taxi leaves every 15 minutes between 7 a.m. M. And 7 p.m. M. From the Renaissance Marina Hotel.

While Aruba certainly has many sites to see and many places to enjoy the Caribbean vacation experience, Renaissance Island and its private beaches represent the best that Aruba has to offer. Whether you’re traveling with your fiance, friends, or the whole family, set aside some time to visit Renaissance Island and see for yourself why this 40-acre Caribbean paradise is considered Aruba’s most impressive private getaway.

Justin Burch writes articles on Aruba travel for Marriott Resorts.