Aruba has a wealth of ways for honeymooners, or honeymooners-at-heart, to make the most of their special time together on the island.
Several island spas had couples in mind when they designed their treatment rooms. Not only do they have dual tables, but elegant sunken baths for two, and specialized packages featuring champagne and snacks.
Ease tired muscles and relieve stress with a massage at the Okeanos annex on Renaissance Island. Couples can have a full morning or afternoon session in their private cove, with a stunning view of the sea and absolute privacy.
In Oranjestad, Okeanos Spa (L. G. Smith Blvd. 82, 297/583-6000, 50-minute Swedish massage: $115, 2.5-hour couple’s package: $440) is a luxurious, full-service spa with two outlets. The main facility is within the Marina Tower of Renaissance Resort; the other, dubbed The Cove, is out on a secluded peninsula of Renaissance Island. More than one young couple has gotten engaged after sharing a couple’s session in this most romantic setting. Cove packages include a 50-minute massage, a bottle of champagne or four frothy, frozen cocktails, and a fruit platter… —p.70, Spas and Yoga, Moon Aruba
Located within the Hyatt Regency Resort in Palm Beach, ZoiA has a special room for couples with a giant bath and a private terrace with a beautiful view.
Perhaps the most beautiful and luxurious of day spas on the island is ZoiA (Hyatt Regency Resort, 297/586-1234, 8:30am-8pm daily, 1-hour massage $145, couple’s massage $290) just off the lobby of the Hyatt Resort. Completely renovated, renamed, and reopened in 2012, this sumptuous spa features sumptuous accoutrements. Relax in the community room with snacks, holistic drinks, and continental breakfast. There is a sauna on the premises and terraces that look out on the resort’s gorgeous gardens. The menu includes a special line of products by Dinah Veeris, famous in the region for natural skin care potions made from endemic plants and herbs… —p.71, Spas and Yoga, Moon Aruba
Enjoy an elegant dinner with wine and a champagne toast, while cruising the coast and watching the sun set.
Regularly scheduled dinner cruises depart from Red Sail Sports pier (J. E. Irausquin Blvd. 348 A, 297/586-1603, 6pm-9pm Wed., $99) next to the Hyatt, once a week. This cruise takes the island fantasy dinner to a new level without being too hard on the wallet. They use their biggest boat, the Rumba, which is 70 feet and has a limit of only 38 passengers. The sunset trip includes a buffet dinner catered by the Hyatt culinary department, known for its quality cuisine, and an open bar. —p.57, Other Water Activities, Moon Aruba
This luxurious sailing vessel even sports a giant tub. Private sunset dinner cruises can be arranged with gourmet meals catered by Twister Café.
More than just day trips, Monsoon (Nikky Beach, 297/568-4035, $175 per hour) is a sailing experience on a 72-foot world-class boat meant for circumnavigating the globe. It is gloriously outfitted with luxurious cabins and even a bathtub. Customs charter trips run along Aruba’s shores or for a few days to the Venezuelan coastline. Sandwiches and soft drinks are included; beer and wine can be purchased on board. All special trips are individually priced… —p.53, Single-Hulled Sailing Charters, Moon Aruba
Aside from day trips, the Tranquilo offers a catered dinner with champagne for two on a sunset trip.
The all-day trips on the 43-foot Tranquilo (Alto Vista 34K, departs from Renaissance Harbor, 297/594-2173, 10am-3pm Tues., Thurs., and Fri., $75) have long been a family affair made popular decades ago by Captain Mike, a local sailing legend. His son Anthony has kept up the tradition, and is passing the love of the sea and sailing on to the next generation. —p.53, Single-Hulled Sailing Charters, Moon Aruba
Aruba’s glorious sunsets can be enjoyed while dining at a perfectly situated restaurant or during a private dinner for two on the beach.
With one of the longest stretches of beach in Palm Beach, the Radisson has plenty of room to offer a tranquil, private spot. This is the most reasonably priced of all the private beach dinners.
Aruba’s first major resort, and still one of the most elegant and attractive hotels, is Radisson Resort, Casino & Spa (J. E. Irausquin Blvd. 81, 297/586-6555 or toll-free in U.S. and Canada 800/850-5270, $318 plus taxes). In 1999, Radisson took over what had been the famous Aruba Caribbean, maintaining the elaborate ballroom and meeting rooms that make it very popular with conferences and conventions. —p.182, Accommodations, Moon Aruba
Excerpted from the First Edition of Moon Aruba.