STAY Fronting a happening stretch of Palm Beach, the 357-room Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino of ers plenty to entertain your crew. While theyâ€™re relaxing on the palapa-lined beach, splashing in the multilevel pool with a two-story waterslide or trying their luck in the casino, you can spend the day getting pampered with your â€™maids at ZoiA Spa. Exchange vows on the sand at sunset, followed by a reception lit by lanterns and string lights on the wooden Beach Deck, with views of the water.
Rooms from $259; weddings from $125 per person. Ã† PLAY For a fun group outing, set out for a day on the water. Catalina Bay is the fi rst stop on Red Sail Sportsâ€™ Antilla Snorkel Sail, where the calm water is suitable for all skill levels. The three-hour catamaran tour (including snacks and an open bar) also anchors at the Antilla wreck. The sea is rougher, but the 400-foot sunken freighter, teeming with marine life, is worth braving the waves. Back on land, explore Arubaâ€™s arid landscape with De Palm Tours.
Half- and full-day excursions visit attractions like Baby Bridge, a natural bridge created when waves and wind reshaped the limestone clif s. Another stop is the Donkey Sanctuary. This nonprofi t protects the animals that were once the islandâ€™s preferred method of transportation but were threatened when the car was introduced. Post-petting, head to Arikok National Park. If the weather allows, a swim in the natural pool (Conchi) is the ideal way to cool of . Ã† PARTY Host a religious ceremony at the quaint Alto Vista Chapel, which dates to 1750. After, donâ€™t miss a photo op with the colossal cactuses that line the grounds.