One Happy Island, 3 Perfect Days in Aruba

Aruba Marriott Resort

ARUBA!! It is one happy island!

The genuine smiles on the faces of the locals along with positive vibes and the grateful attitudes amidst the natural beauty of the island create a happy day, every day. With frequent flights from Central Florida to One Happy Island, we are going to guide you on the perfect summer getaway for you and your partner.

Aruba is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and is in the mid-south of the gorgeous Caribbean Sea, about 14 miles north of Venezuela. The beauty of this island mixed with the backdrop of the desert, yes desert, makes for the ultimate vacation destination.

We embarked on our journey with a check in at Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino.

Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino

the great room inside the Aruba Marriott Resort

This modern, upscale resort exemplifies the chic feeling and ambiance of a luxury resort. With 414 rooms, 24 suites, two pools and nine restaurants and bars, the resort offers daily entertainment and endless activities, including the largest spa and casino on the island. The resort, located on the north shores of the island known as Palm Beach is known for its crystal-clear waters as well as buzzing nightlife. With an average temperature between 79-88 degrees year-round, anytime is a perfect time to discover Aruba.

There is so much to see and do in Aruba or NOT! Your stay at the Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino is a destination within a destination. From the cooking classes with Chef, Mandara Spa experience, a jaw-dropping dinner beachside at Atardi, to the pools and cocktails, there are many flavors and experiences for travelers to enjoy. But the adventures within this fab resort don’t just stop there! Along the way, our island adventures were made perfect with the help of the locally owned resort partners including De Palm UTV tour, Sunset Sail and dinner at The West Deck. Of course, we will get to those fabulous adventures as we set up your perfect itinerary.  

DAY 1– BON BINI (welcome in Papiamento)!

Upon arriving at the Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino, make yourself right at home upon arrival. After your check-in, enjoy a delicious welcome cocktail, mocktail or delish lunch or snack at Lobby Bar. This lobby exudes the most relaxed atmosphere for the vacationing couple or even the remote working couple looking to expand their horizons with a change of latitude and attitude.

After unwinding a bit, it is time to MIX IT UP!  Yes, that’s right… Mixology lessons await. But there is more to just learning how to make the best signature cocktails on the island, the surprises and adventures that await in the days to come will kick-off with the ULTIMATE surprise at the end of your mixology class. We were in awe to see what topped off our signature cocktails. You must see it, to believe it!


Every couple’s getaway should begin and end with a SPA Day and this is one that will not disappoint.  

The Mandara Spa 

woman sitting on the side of the tub at The Mandara Spa

The Mandara Spa is a Balinese inspired spa that rejuvenates the body, mind and spirit. This spa, offering 12 private treatment rooms, exotic botanicals ad couples treatments capture the island essence of Bali in Aruba. The trained staff (in my opinion) has the magical power to heal all that one needs to relax and be mindful in the moment! 

For a robust, adults-only experience, be sure to book the resort’s Tradewinds Club. This premier booking category offers the ultimate relaxation destination with a private, top-level floor of accommodations overlooking Aruba’s glittering beaches through floor to ceiling windows of your room. Tradewind Club members can unwind in the club lounge or in a cabana by the H2Oasis adults-only pool.

De Palm Sunset Sail

No day of relaxation and zen would be complete without a sunset sail followed by fine local dining and a bit of nightlife to top it all off! We suggest taking De Palm Tours two hour sail De Palm Sunset Sail: with light bites and an open bar followed by an amazing dinner at The West Deck This beachfront restaurant offers a laid back setting with ocean front view and the perfect ending to a blissful day!


jeep tour on One Happy Island that is Aruba

Let’s get DUSTY! Jump behind the wheel with De Palm Tours UTV Tours and set off on an off-roading adventure across the island’s desert side. YES, a desert side! As you travel amongst the cliffs and gaze at the ocean don’t be surprised by the gorgeous cacti that cross your path.

Upon returning home from your high thrills adventure, we recommend enjoying the resort pools, beach or testing your luck at the casino! 

After an afternoon of fun, it is time for one of the true highlights of the resort–you will not see it during the day, however, this pop-up beach side sunset dining restaurant offers a signature culinary experience that showcases some of the island’s best features: beach, sunset and seafood! Atardi, comes to life just in time for guests to wiggle their toes in the sand while savoring flavorful island creations.

DAY 4…. Back to reality but with a HAPPY BODY, MIND & SPIRIT!


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Written by Kristi Gomen

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