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 they’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 ‘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. PLAY For a fun group outing, set out for a day on the water. Catalina Bay is the fi rst stop on Red Sail Sports’ 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 Aruba’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 island’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 . PARTY Host a religious ceremony at the quaint Alto Vista Chapel, which dates to 1750. After, don’t miss a photo op with the colossal cactuses that line the grounds.
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