Where to Stay in Aruba: Boardwalk Boutique Hotel
Updated: Apr 26, 2022
If you are looking for a tropical oasis and a unique experience in Aruba...look no further! You can enjoy your slice of Aruba in a casita at Boardwalk Boutique Hotel Aruba. There is so much charm at this beautiful boutique hotel so let's dive right into it! Quick Recap:
Our casita was the Deluxe Coco Casita, which had a grill, hammock swing, outdoor shower, and a beautiful bedroom mural (pictured below).
I don't know how they do it, but it felt like we had the place to ourselves. The seclusion allowed for some much-needed relaxation! The Boardwalk Hotel is covered in flowers and greenery making it unique, charming, and unlike any other hotel in Aruba.
What I appreciated the most during our stay was the attention to detail. Keep reading for more information from daily pitchers of fresh tea, juice booster shots, complimentary water tumblers, and treasure maps.
We had the best beach access to Palm Beach, including a tiki umbrella and sunbeds (both complimentary). Palm Beach can get crowded, but we felt like it was secluded here, continuing with the themes of privacy and relaxation!
The food from the exclusive Eduardo's Beach Shack was phenomenal. Honestly, Eduardo's offered the best food experience of our entire trip!
While Aruba is our new favorite Caribbean island, we were slightly disappointed that Aruba felt a little "Americanized." Ben and I leave America to experience other cultures. We split our stay between Boardwalk Hotel and another chain resort. Transparently, the chain resort had no flare or character; in our opinion, it just felt like any other standard hotel room. While we enjoyed both of our stays, the Boardwalk Hotel stood out as a superior hotel from the moment we arrived. I felt like I was experiencing Aruba charm and not commercialized Aruba. It's smaller in the sense of being a boutique hotel with 46 casitas in the peaceful gardens of a historic coconut farm. It's not your standard large tower hotel; it's beautiful and quaint. I have a lot of "favorites" that I experienced, and one of those was walking around barefoot every day. As I mentioned above, it's nestled in a garden, so there are beautiful flowers and trees EVERYwhere; so relaxing and peaceful!
I mentioned in the recap that the thing I appreciated most was the attention to detail. Before we arrived, we were asked to fill out a questionnaire. I've never experienced this before! They asked if we needed any grocery delivery before our stay, if we were most interested in wellness, restaurants, or activities; they also asked if we needed to rent a beach umbrella/chair rental or a yoga mat in our casita. Upon arrival, we were greeted with AMAZING drinks. We also grabbed our complimentary juice "booster" shots available every day! They prioritize wellness, and that was instantly noticeable! They also focus on sustainability with 80 solar panels, and 100% LED lighting.
I forgot to mention, I could spend all day in the lobby--absolutely beautiful! You can pick up charcoal for your grill here, as well as hats, totes, and drinks. Last but not least are the treasure maps! Ben and I thought these were so cool and thoughtful. The treasure maps featured recommendations throughout the island.
Deluxe Coco Casita Now off to one of the cutest hotel rooms we've ever stayed in! We had a large private porch with a charcoal grill, hammock chair, and a small table for two. Ben and I loved enjoying our morning coffee on our private porch. To give you a sense of size, the casita is significantly more spacious and larger than our studio in NYC. We had a beautiful blue kitchenette, a 4-poster king bed with a Caribbean hand-painted mural, a large couch with a rotating TV and mirror, and an indoor and outdoor shower. The curtains are black-out, so you'll enjoy a good night's rest! Call us simple and easy to please, but one of our favorite things about the room was receiving a fresh tea pitcher every day from Eduardo's; we were addicted! We were thankful for the bug spray in the room, which I mainly used for our morning coffee on the porch. We appreciated having complimentary water tumblers to carry around throughout the day. The tap water is safe to drink here, so it was easy to fill up our tumblers and go.
Pool Time We loved relaxing on fat boys...the large lounge beds in the pool! We would head over to the main pool area from the beach around 3 PM to catch Happy Hour hosted by Eduardo's Beach Shack (3 PM - 5 PM). My favorite drink was Lost in Paradise (Pitaya vodka, triple sec, ginger, pineapple lime). My second favorite was a mango daiquiri. The Boardwalk Hotel has two relaxing pool areas. We hung out at the main pool area because it was right outside our casita. It also had a wonderful hammock, which I enjoyed cuddling up in!
Eduardo's Beach Shack Our favorite meals during our time in Aruba were here at the Boardwalk Hotel. Eduardo's has three locations on the island. One of those is exclusively at the Boardwalk Hotel. Eduardo's is known as the best smoothie bar in Aruba. They have an extended vegan & plant-focused menu beyond smoothies--though definitely order a smoothie and grab some of their other dishes. I enjoyed the tuna salad and the chickpea omelette. Ben enjoyed the plant power burger and nachos loco, and then we shared the frozen pineapple acai bowl (really cool)! We would recommend all of these dishes, and we don't typically lean vegan or vegetarian. All of their smoothies are amazing! My favorite was the Mango Madness Smoothie.
You have to experience The Boardwalk Boutique Hotel for yourself! We wanted to pack up our bags and move in, but since we can't do that, we'll make sure to stay here during our next visit to Aruba!
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