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I am a clear water, kind of girl, who craves white powdery sand, cabanas, and sun. Perhaps as my daughter best says it, “Margaritas in your hand and toes firmly planted in the sand!” From my husband’s perspective, “anytime you get to wear your crazy beach hat you are happy!” Truly, my expectations of resorts that I travel to are high and getaway time needs to be perfection.
Picture my most idealistic vacation scene: Sun, a chaise lounger, provided plump and soft beach towels, unlimited drink service with an attentive service staff, turquoise blue water, white sand and a small breeze all located near a palapa to use as needed, and you got me! Luxurious yes, attainable yes, but, only if you know where to find it.
As a globetrotting gal, I have come into my own on criteria that I prefer and I am definitely preferential to the finer things. Today, lavishly live travel out loud and for insider’s scoop on the stunning all-inclusive Aruba resort on Palm Beach. I tried it out for you and I know you are going to love it!
Stunning All-Inclusive Aruba Resort On Palm Beach
Today’s vacation feature is super exciting and it is all based on my experience at the Barcelo Aruba as a guest of the resort. Images, thoughts, and perspective/content are my own. So here we are, at the Barcelo Aruba and I am trying to grasp how much Aruba has changed since I was here years ago!
Funny thing, when my husband and I were here years back, we had one beach that we had visited, and we simply could not remember where it was or what it was by. Want to know something? The minute we entered the arches of the hotel, fate had brought us back to the location lost we thought we lost.
We Are Here
This is our first look through the arches, bring on the vacation!
But where are the palm trees? The Pool? Did I come to the right place right?
I will check in with the front desk.
Let’s Get Acquainted With Barcelo Aruba
There is a gift shop, a bar area with a piano and entertainment.
There’s a work center, (oh the dreaded word) but there are a computer and printer and WiFi!
Also, there is a great big conference room in case you want to bring your company here!
Want to plan a wedding? Or maybe you planned your wedding? The wedding center is here too.
Do You Want To Be A VIP?
Choose the level of vacation experience you want at Barcelo Aruba because it offers a private resort within a vacation experience. There are 44 elegant rooms as well as VIP services and comforts for guests with high expectations. From toiletries to first-rate linens, this is for those craving even more luxury than the resort already offers.
Here is a tidbit you won’t know unless you go.
There’s a full theater with shows and the Barcelo Aruba is the only resort that has this.
The shows are included with your resort stay.
Hey There Hi Roller
Calling those that love a little bit of slot playing, cards, and roulette. Barcelo Aruba has you covered for a fun time at night!
The bar is close by for those who would rather indulge in a few libations.
Downtime From Parenting
Yikes, it is resort time and you just want a minute with your partner.
You brought the kids, but let’s face it, you need a break. Kids club to the rescue.
I visited inside, it is super, and they have their own bathrooms right inside.
Where The Action Is
Here is what I learned while at Barcelo Aruba. You can be as plugged in or not as you choose.
Want to play volleyball? Get your game on, it is available.
Care to snorkel or lay on a mat in the water?
Do it, you get the mats as part of your resort package, you just have to go to the shop on the pathway to get them.
Luscious Lushy Libations
Meet Michael, a cool cat serving up slushy, beverages, or whatever you really want for a beverage.
Always with a smile and totally on his game!
Want to chat? Hang out at the swim-up bar and people are super friendly!
Care to hang out in a cabana around the pool? Get there and claim it, and enjoy the day.
This is the towel hut and very important. Turn your towel in when you are done. Get a towel when you need it.
Our Home Base
A perfect setting don’t you think? Lots of lounge chairs shaded from the sun and equidistant from both the pool and ocean!
This is was our home base.
A Note About Security.
Something that I loved about Barcel Aruba was the security personnel all over, especially on the beach side.
Security walked the pathway of our hotel, around the pools, and by the palapas (those mini shelters roofed with palm leaves).
There is security provided on the beach around the palapas by the hotel,
something pretty exclusive to Barcelo Aruba and it lets you keep your bags wherever you put them (do use some common sense here).
Walking the pathway, there are other hotels, but not security personnel around like ours.
I don’t work here, I don’t have to sell it and in fact, I just want to share it, so you can find a new vacation destination.
There are plenty of chairs — this was a weekend
and yet we still could sit anywhere we wanted.
It is so not annoying like some resorts that are large and have no lounges or seating. Look around.
Let’s Go Poolside
Did you happen to see how large this pool is?
All through the day, there was never an issue of too many people in the pool because between the ocean,
the beautiful beach and the pool there is plenty of room for ALL the guests.
You can walk up and down to all the hotels on the pathway, but I doubt you will want to other than for exercise.
Lush, green, floral and tropical, it’s everything you can imagine.
Beach Club Restaurant
Yes bathing attire covered up works, just be dry!
This is just one of the restaurants that were available to us, but because my stay was short, it’s all I can share with you.
Here’s Our Incredible Server Marc
Take a look at some of the food, really yummy.
Allergen friendly, vegetarian options and meat options!
Tacos & Wings
I will be returning here for a more formal vacation. My desire is to take everything in at a slower pace.
For now, I know we have found our ‘old spot’ and our ‘new spot’.
We can’t wait to return to the Stunning All-Inclusive Aruba Resort On Palm Beach ~ Barcelo Aruba. Paradise is found, lavishly living travel out loud.