With nearly perfect year-round weather, jaw-dropping white sand beaches and blue waters that appear straight from a postcard, Aruba is an unforgettable place to spend a family getaway. However, on an island with mostly imported food, eating out can quickly run up the budget. That‘s why we‘ve rounded up 11 of the best all-inclusive family resorts in Aruba to consider for your next vacation.
Just 15 miles off of the coast of Venezuela, Aruba is nicknamed “One Happy Island”. And after my first visit, I learned it was named that for a perfectly good reason. For starters, the weather is absolutely beautiful. It rarely ever rains, the beautiful beaches and Caribbean waters are immaculate, and the Aruban people are some of the most friendly people you’ll ever meet.
Additionally, the island is packed with incredible natural wonders and sights to see, including the Arikok National Park, Natural Bridge and Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins. With all that Aruba offers to see and do, there’s no doubt that Aruba is an ideal place to visit for all family members and ages, with many wonderful places to stay.
But because Aruba is a small island, just about all of its food is imported. I learned the hard way that eating out at restaurants ran up my vacation budget pretty quickly. I could only imagine how expensive it would be for a large family!
However, with Aruba’s incredible family-friendly all-inclusive resorts, there’s no need to worry because everything is already included! Here are 10 of the best all-inclusive resorts for families in Aruba to consider for your next family getaway:
J.E. Irausquin Blvd 83
Located on the popular Palm Beach, Barcelo Aruba is an incredible, high-end all-inclusive resort for families in Aruba. As soon as you arrive, you’re greeted with a welcome drink to ensure you get your Aruba vacation started the right way!
As a part of the Barcelo all-inclusive package you get unlimited meals, snacks and drinks at seven restaurants and three bars. There’s a beautiful natural-style swimming pool with daily activities, a casino and nightly entertainment. Want to stay active during your vacation? Check out the fitness center and the sports and leisure program including tennis, water polo, water aerobics, snorkeling and diving classes. There’s also a supervised kids club with plenty of fun and engaging activities for children ages 4-12.
If you’re traveling with a large family, you’ll certainly appreciate the spacious suites and connecting rooms. With private balconies in every room, you can witness Aruba’s unforgettable colorful sunsets. Trust me, you won’t want to miss it – they look like something straight from a postcard!
Why Barcelo Aruba is great for families:
- Supervised kids club for ages 4-12
- Suites and connecting room that fit up to seven family members
- Excellent location with direct access to the beach
J.E. Irausquin Blvd 41
With all that there is for families to do and explore at the Tamarijn Aruba, it’s no surprise that it’s one of the best all-inclusive resorts for families in Aruba!
Families who choose this resort have access to 10 restaurants and grills, 8 bars and four freshwater pools. There are also numerous amenities and activities to enjoy including fitness classes, snorkeling, windsurfing, catamaran rides, tennis, biking, pool basketball and beach volleyball. For kids ages 4-12, the Sea Turtles Kids Club will keep them busy with games, arts, crafts and movies. There’s also a 30’ rock climbing wall on the beach that will surely keep them active and entertained.
And as if all of the above wasn’t enough, you’ll also have full access to the Divi Aruba All-Inclusive and its amenities. Did I mention that kids ages 12 and under also stay and eat free?
TravelingDad Jonathan Bailey stayed at the Tamarijn Aruba with his family. In his words, “One of the reasons we loved the Tamarijn was its low-rise buildings located right on the beach. Stretched out along the white sands of Divi Beach, just south of Palm Beach and Eagle Beach, the Tamarijn rooms are situated in two-story buildings with all rooms facing the ocean.” Read more about his experience here.
Why Tamarijn Aruba is great for families:
- Two-story buildings with oceanfront rooms
- Lots of activities and amenities to keep the whole family entertained
- Kids under 12 stay, play, and eat free
- Access to sister property, Divi Aruba All-Inclusive
J.E. Irausquin Blvd 45
Located on Eagle Beach, the Divi Aruba is another Aruba all-inclusive resort made with families in mind. The resort also provides full-access to the Tamarijn Aruba, just a 10-minute walk away. With several options of activities, amenities and restaurants to choose from, it’s almost impossible to get bored!
Between the two resorts, you’ll have unlimited meals, snacks and beverages at 10 restaurants and eight bars. There are also multiple freshwater pools, non-motorized water sports, biking tours, tennis courts and a fitness and sports center with ocean views and a 30’ rock climbing wall.
When you want some time away from the kids to relax, have a nice meal or do some exploring, the Sea Turtle Kids Club as well as babysitting services are available to give you a hand. At the end of the day, head back to your stylish room to unwind on your own private patio or balcony.
Why Divi Aruba is great for families:
- Activity schedule with a variety of kid-friendly activities
- Free kids club for ages 4-12
- Convenient to numerous fun family-friendly attractions
- Includes access to the Tamarijn Aruba All-Inclusive
J.E. Irausquin Blvd 93
While not fully all-inclusive, the Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort does have all-inclusive packages available. The best part about the all-inclusive package is that you get four resorts for the price of one. Nope, you didn’t read that wrong! The all-inclusive package also gives you access to the Divi Dutch Village, Divi Aruba All-Inclusive and Tamarijn Aruba All-Inclusive. There’s even a complimentary shuttle to take you between each of them.
This family-friendly resort has perks such as access to four pools (including a super fun water slide for the kids), a nine-hole golf course, daily activities, indoor and outdoor dining and BBQ grills. That doesn’t even include all of the perks and amenities of the other three resorts, including even more restaurants and bars, more pools, nightly entertainment and non-motorized water sports!
Children under the age of five stay and eat for free, so families with younger children will enjoy even more savings!
Why Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort is great for families:
- Children under five stay and eat free (one per each paying adult on all-inclusive plan)
- Four pools and a water slide
- Access to Divi Dutch Village, Divi Aruba All-Inclusive and Tamarijn Aruba All-Inclusive
- Three-bedroom suites available for larger families
J.E. Irausquin Blvd 47
Located a seven minute walk from Druif Beach, the Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort has all-inclusive packages available for families who want the option.
This peaceful, garden-like resort has everything a family needs to enjoy an Aruban family vacation. There are three pools (including a swim-up bar), nine restaurants, tennis courts and nightly entertainment. Additionally, there are fun activities to choose from such as biking, snorkeling tours and deep-fishing excursions. There’s also free wi-fi, a nearby casino, full-service spa with hair salon, shopping and a children’s club for when you need some adult-only time.
As a guest of the resort, you also get access to the other nearby Divi resorts, giving you even more all-inclusive dining options and activities to choose from.
Why Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort is great for families:
- Family friendly entertainment and recreational activities
- Children’s club
- On-site laundry facilities and rooms with kitchenettes available
J.E. Irausquin Blvd 230
Self-proclaimed as the best hotel located in Palm Beach, the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba is an all-inclusive resort with something to put a smile on every family member’s face. To make things even better, children under the age of 12 stay and eat for free.
There are plenty of activities to keep the whole family busy such as a sparkling pool with views of the Caribbean sea, water sports, bicycle rentals and tennis reservations. There’s also an activity center packed with fun things to do including crafts, games, ping-pong tables, air hockey tables and video games. Babysitting and nanny services are available for when you want to get out and enjoy Palm Beach’s lively nightlife or enjoy an adults-only dinner.
Off-resort are convenient attractions such as a Butterfly Farm, Arikok National Park, Tierra del Sol Golf Course and Palm Beach Plaza for shopping and dining. However, you may not want to dine off-resort with five dining options at the resort including buffet-style and à la carte. My eight-year-old son would be thrilled to know that he’d have unlimited access to a pizza restaurant!
Why Holiday Inn Resort is great for families:
- Kids under 12 stay for free when in a room with an adult and eat for free anytime at any on-site restaurant
- Babysitting and nanny services available
- Kids activity center with a variety of games and activities
L.G. Smith Blvd 82
(297) 583 6000
Located in the heart of Oranjestad, Aruba, the Marriott Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort (formerly the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino) is a beautiful waterfront hotel with several perks and amenities to keep the whole family happy.
The hotel has two sides: A family side and an adults-only side with cabana rentals. Although not fully all-inclusive, an all inclusive upgrade is available with access to selected restaurants. In addition to its breathtaking views and delicious restaurants, the hotel comes packed with family-friendly amenities such as a large sparkling pool, kayak rentals and a nature trail. There’s also a kid’s club for the days you want to enjoy some adult-only activity such as the 24-hour casino or spa.
But perhaps one of the best highlights of this hotel is its private island which you can reach by the hotel water taxi. On the island you’ll find calm, swimmable waters and bright pink flamingos roaming freely. There’s also a delicious bar and grill on the island for when you get hungry. Like the hotel, the private island has a family side and an adults-only side.
I stayed at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino during a momcation to Aruba and was blown away by the level of service. The private island was absolutely breathtaking, like something you’d see on a postcard. I wouldn’t hesitate one bit to return with my son!
Why Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino is great for families:
- Convenient location to several local sights and attractions
- Kids club with babysitting services available
- Designated family beach on the private Renaissance Island
- Multi-bedroom suites for extra space and privacy
J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 79
Palm Beach, Aruba
Located on Palm Beach, Hotel Riu Palace Aruba is an all-inclusive Caribbean resort for families that makes sure that all ages enjoy their time.
This beachfront hotel offers two swimming pools and a kid’s pool, a whirlpool, beach volleyball, paddleboarding, diving and kayaking. There are also family-friendly shows and live music to keep everyone entertained day and night, as well as a fitness center and spa.
When you’ve worked up an appetite, you can choose from five restaurants including Japanese, Italian and a steakhouse. Need to cool off from the warm Aruba weather? Head to the resort ice-cream parlor, or grab a refreshing adult beverage from one of the hotel bars or pool swim-up bar!
Why Hotel Riu Palace Aruba is great for families:
- Two outdoor pools including a designated kids’ pool
- Convenient to other local natural sights
- Daytime entertainment programs for both kids and adults
J.E. Irausquin Blvd 55
(297) 582 3444
Located on the breathtaking Eagle Beach, the Manchebo Beach Resort is for families looking for rest and relaxation on their family vacation. However, it is best for families with older teenagers and adult children as there are no kids’ facilities on the resort.
The optional Premium Culinary All-Inclusive plan is a foodie’s dream. It features a la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a premium open bar. When you stay for four nights or more, they’ll even treat you to dinner at a local restaurant to experience even more of Aruba’s culinary delights.
In addition to the delicious food options, there’s also plenty of relaxing things to do at the resort. For example, there’s the freshwater swimming pool, yoga and pilates classes, beachfront massages and a wellness spa for when you want to be pampered.
Why Manchebo Beach Resort is great for families:
- Easy access to family-friendly cultural attractions and landmarks
- On a quiet beach away from big high-rises and crowds
- All-inclusive package is optional
J.E. Irausquin Blvd 85
Although not 100% all-inclusive, the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Spa does offer various plans that include accommodations or certain meals.
Conveniently located on Palm Beach, this resort offers incredible oceanfront views, a three-tier cascading pool with a swim-up bar, lazy river, a full-service spa and several delicious restaurants. Additionally, there’s a championship 18-hole golf course, snorkeling, scuba diving and catamaran tours to keep you busy.
Want some adult-time to head to the casino or enjoy the live nightly entertainment? Ask about the fully-supervised Camp Hyatt Kids Club. And when you want to escape the resort for a bit, there’s boutique shopping and dining within walking distance.
Why Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort is great for families:
- Supervised Camp Hyatt Kids Club
- Numerous amenities and activities for both children and adults
- A booking site to reserve pool umbrellas, palapas and activities in advance
- Pet-friendly hotel, so you can bring the entire family along