See what the professional hotel reviewers at Oyster.com pick for their top family hotel choices in the Caribbean island of Aruba.
Many hotels in Aruba are near the island’s soft, white-sand beaches, but not all of them have great family-friendly features like kids clubs, children’s pools, and waterslides.
With the “Lazy River “– a long, slow-flowing pool that carries half-dozing rafters from one side of the property to the other — ping pong tables by the pool, and a Nintendo Wii Lounge for 12- to 17-year-olds, the Marriott Surf Club has “family-style” figured out. At the Natural Pool, screeching kids wearing floaties shoot down the on-site waterslide again and again. Read more about this resort.
The Marriott is a family hotel, just short of chichi. Parents can drop their kids off at the Bon Bini Kids’ Club, which has arcade games and air hockey–great for older kids. The lagoon-shaped pool is popular with kids as well. Read more about this resort.
The Hyatt is a great family-friendly pick. Parents can make appointments to drop off their kids at Camp Hyatt, a daycare with toys, drawing easels, and a television, and the tri-level pool has a long waterslide. Read more about this resort.
Kids and teens run wild on the Radisson Aruba Resort’s long beach, and the little ones are sure to love the exotic landscaping and caged parrots. Read more about this resort.
With plenty of beachfront, the hotel is a prime spot for families toting kids and young teens. There’s a shallow family pool for the wee ones (wee perhaps having two meanings here — adults certainly don’t want kids doing that in the adult pool), as well as a kid’s club with drawing stations and plenty of toys. Read more about this resort.
The Aruban’s suites can easily sleep four or more people, and its kitchens enable families to economize meals by buying their own food at a nearby supermarket. Kids definitely seem to love the 150-foot waterslide at the pool, and there’s a separate small children’s pool for the young ones not old enough to swim with the big kids. There are a few downsides — some parents on Trip Advisor worried about their children getting sick from dirty rooms, mildewy curtains, and cranked up air conditioners, and others detested having to cross a four-lane highway with small children to get to the beach.
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