Aruba is “One Happy Island,” and it attracts millions of tourists every year. Most Aruba tourists head for the bright lights and white sand beaches of the capital, Oranjestad. With so much to see and do, you will flood Instagram with intoxicating pictures, guaranteed to make you the envy of all your friends. The only issue: time. Blink, and you will be winging your way home, leaving paradise well before you are ready to. What if you prefer a different experience? What if you want to spend more time snuggling than posing? Would that mean that Aruba isn’t a good fit for you? Absolutely, not! There is more to Aruba than the capital and large chain resorts. Discover a secret, luxury resort: Aruba Ocean Villas.
If you want a slower pace, consider heading to the tranquil seaside village of Savaneta on the southeast coast of Aruba. Savaneta is the oldest town in Aruba and home to Aruba’s only overwater bungalows. A mere 9 miles from the Oranjestad, you will discover a secret resort surrounded by the crystal, clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. You will leave the hustle and bustle of the real world behind as you slip into the colorful slice of paradise, the Aruba Ocean Villas.
Aruba Ocean Villas is a boutique, luxury resort with three overwater bungalows and three beach bungalows, yep that’s it, six rooms make up the entire resort! Imagine watching the sunset from the hammock on the porch of you thatched-roof cottage as marine life play at your feet. Imagine a world where your biggest worry is deciding between the rum punch or the mai tai. It can all be yours with just a quick stroll down a nondescript dirt road in Savaneta, Aruba. You will find yourself in the open-air lobby filled with hammocks. From there, you are mere steps away from villas.
Each of the six individual bungalows contains direct ocean views, mahogany furniture, soft, plush linen, deep soaking tubs, Bose sound system, crystal chandeliers, private decks, and personalized service. Surprisingly, there is a restaurant on-site, “The Old Man and the Sea Restaurant.” They can arrange romantic dinners with a private chef in the luxury of your bungalow. Paddleboards, snorkeling gear, and kayaks are available for you to play in the Caribbean Sea.
If you want a pleasant and serene trip with few interruptions, look no further than Aruba’s secret resort. But plan to book early, with only six bungalows available they do fill up quickly! If you want to learn if Aruba is the island for you, read our Which Caribbean Island Fits You Best.