Unforgettable Honeymoons in
An Aruban Oasis
By Meghan Chalfant
Fall under the spell of the warm Caribbean sun as the famous trade winds caress your skin and swaying palms and turquoise waters create a picture-perfect backdrop. Leave your worries behind and enjoy an oasis where you and your spouse can relish in the perfect combination of romance and adventure making Aruba one of the most ideal and favorite locales for honeymoons and destination weddings. With beautiful year-round tropical weather, pristine beaches, rich history, and endless activities, this “one happy island” and has so much to offer.
Located in the southern Caribbean, the Dutch island of Aruba is located 18 miles north off the Venezuelan coast. All of Aruba’s drinking water comes from the ocean and is purified through the second largest desalinization plant in the world, making all of Aruba’s drinking water pure and safe for consumption from the tap. Ranking as one of the safest, cleanest, and with the highest return-visitor rate in the Caribbean at almost 60%, this island is one of the most popular destinations for both honeymooners and families. With clear skies, warm sunshine, and the refreshing trade winds, Aruba’s average temperature is 82 degrees with low humidity. On average, this island receives only about 16 inches of rainfall (mostly between October and January) and lies outside of the hurricane belt.
While in Aruba, you are sure to meet the most hospitable, friendly people among approximately 100,000 inhabitants claiming over 96 distinct nationalities. Although the official languages are Dutch and Papiamentoâ€•a language drawn from Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, African dialects, and moreâ€•the Aruban people are multilingual; most also speak English and Spanish.
Getting Married in Aruba
While legal ceremonies in Aruba must take place at the Civil Town House located in downtown Oranjestad, couples are welcome to have a second ceremony of their choice on the island. From simple to grand ceremonies, the Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino can set the stage for an unforgettable walk down the aisle. Exchange beachfront vows as turquoise waters create a tranquil backdrop and fragrant ginger lilies line the aisle of sugar-white sand during The Ginger Lily Ceremony. The Kunuku Traditional Ceremony offers an intimate experience to couples who wed under the kunuku houseâ€•“a traditional dwelling common to Aruban locals symbolizing the importance of tradition”â€•or create a seaside paradise with sea shells and tropical accents such as palm fronds, flowers, and tiki torches with The Aruban Treasured Ceremony. Additional à la carte services are also available for a customized experience.
Photo by Aruba Tourism Authority
Where to Stay
Perched on Aruba’s famous two-mile-long strip of white sand of Palm Beach is the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. Approximately seven miles from Queen Beatrix International Airport, this beachfront resort boasts luxurious amenities for the discerning traveler. The newly renovated Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino offers 411 oversized guest rooms, including 23 suites, with balconies featuring spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea. All accommodations feature the latest in modern room décor utilizing state-of-the-art technology, including LCD televisions, Marriott’s indulgent Revive bedding, dual sink fixtures, and rain-style showerheads.
The top adults-only floor of the facility is home to the Tradewinds Clubâ€•a boutique hotel in a resort setting that provides personal service and exclusive amenities. Guests will enjoy luxurious bed linens, soothing aloe bath products, deluxe robes and slippers, and a pillow menu, as well as additional exclusive privileges and complimentary gourmet selections that are served five times daily in the Tradewinds’ Executive Lounge. Imagine tranquility while relaxing at the secluded Tradewinds Club Beach, reserved just for Tradewinds Club guests. Oversized towels, complimentary floats, and beach beds are just a few of the perks provided on a first-come-first-served basis. Immerse your body and soul at The Mandara Spa (located in the Tradewinds Beach Cabin), offering a full menu of healing and soothing treatments, including massages and deep-cleansing body wraps, as well as various salon services.
Whether you’re craving poolside snacks or full-course meals, Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino has a variety of fine restaurants to choose from. Dine at La Vista for casual à la carte and Italian-themed buffets, or make reservations at the legendary Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Champions Sports Bar & Grill for classic American-style meals, Simply Fish for mouthwatering seafood, or enjoy sushi at Ketsu Sushi Bar. During the day, fulfill all of your cravings at Waves Beach Bar serving light fare, snacks, and beverages.
While relaxing and doing nothing at all is an all-time favorite for those who visit, there are many activities for the adventure seeker. Aruba is considered to be one of the most popular locations for water activities; snorkeling, deep sea fishing, and sailing are just a few of the sports you can participate in. Home to the constant trade winds, Aruba is an ideal destination for windsurfing and kite surfingâ€•a more recent popular activity. Across the island, there are many unique locations you may want to visit that highlight Aruba’s natural beauty. The California Lighthouse gives breathtaking views of the western coastline and of the entire island, while the Fontein Caves emphasize the island’s history with visible drawings made by the Arawak Indians.
Explore the rugged northeastern coast during an off-road safari tour, or see Aruba’s picturesque topography during a horseback tour that takes guests through the countryside and coastline. Not only will you navigate through sand dunes covered with cacti and divi-divi trees, but you will also stop at the Natural Pool, which is one of the island’s most romantic spots. Don’t forget to stop by the newly expanded Stellaris Casino and try your luck at Aruba’s largest casino, offering more than 500 slot machines and 32 gaming tables.
How to Get Here
With many airlines offering nonstop and direct scheduled flights to and from Aruba, getting there is quick and easy. With a four-hour flight from the New York and New Jersey areas, most major air carriers (American Airlines, US Airways, United Airlines, Delta, and JetBlue) will fly into the Queen Beatrix International Airport.
The ambiance in Aruba can perfectly set the mood for a honeymoon in paradise. Whether you choose to relax beachside or adventure the island, you and your husband will create many lasting memories as you begin your life together. For more information about the island and to book your honeymoon or destination wedding, visit www.Aruba.com and www.ArubaMarriott.com.