Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino is a chic family-friendly resort in the center of the capital city of Oranjestad. Staying here gives you easy access to shopping, restaurants, nightlife, and a multitude of activities. The resort ups the benefits with a free water taxi that transports guests to the beaches on private Renaissance Island. In addition, the resort is adjacent to Renaissance Mall and Marketplace, a modern shopping complex with dozens of upscale shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues.
One section of the hotel, The Marina, is for adults only and another, The Ocean, is family-friendly. All rooms and suites are stylish with every modern convenience, but the real lure of the resort is the location and long list of amenities and services. Highlights include eight bars and restaurants, a roof-top pool, and two casinos.
If you’re not staying at the resort, you can buy a day pass that allows you to take a quick boat ride to the private 40-acre Renaissance Island, which has a mangrove, a colony of flamingoes, and two private beaches. Of course, you don’t have to be a guest at the resort to enjoy playing and gaming at the two on-site casinos or shopping at the malls. The eight bars and restaurants serve everything from steaks and seafood at L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House to burgers and wood-fired pizza at Papagayo Bar & Grill.