Bonbini! This is how the Aruba locals greet you in their native language, Papiamento. This 70-mile island is a secret gem waiting to be explored located in the warm southern Caribbean.
by Brogen Woodward
The Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino is situated on 15 acres on the largest stretch of Aruba’s warm white sands of Palm Beach. Recently renovated, this Hilton Resort is the perfect escape for any destination wedding, honeymoon, or special getaway.
Consistently ranked with the lowest rainfall in the Caribbean and having a perfect temperature of 82-degrees, Aruba’s warm weather and phenomenal sunsets provide an unforgettable wedding experience! Only 15 minutes away from the international airport and encompassing 357 rooms, the resort includes five on-site restaurants, two outdoor swimming pools, a full-service spa, a 24-hour gym, and nightly entertainment. Hilton Aruba is a prime location to build the wedding of your dreams.
Whether exchanging vows with your toes in the sand or desiring a more traditional ceremony, Hilton’s experienced bridal specialists will work directly with you to plan your special day. Three individual ballrooms are available at the Hilton that can be combined into the Grand Caribbean Ballroom, accommodating up to 550 guests. A beachside wedding provides a perfect opportunity for even the most elaborate guest list, allowing up to 1,000 people to witness the big day. The dedicated and highly trained catering and events team will ensure your event goes off without a hitch.
Aruba isn’t just beautiful beaches and picturesque sunsets. It is filled with an abundance of cultural and physical activities to keep even the most demanding party entertained on One Happy Island. Do as the locals do and enjoy a healthy breakfast at Eduardo’s Beach Shack. Only a five-minute walk from your room; indulge in his world famous smoothies and acai bowls. For those seeking adventure explore the Island’s desert terrain on an off-roading UTV adventure. Be sure to check out the Breathing Rocks, Black Stone Beach, and the California Lighthouse. We recommend ABC Tours. As another gorgeous sunset rolls around, spend the evening sipping cocktails and dining at Hilton’s Sunset Grill Deck. Don’t forget to try Aruba’s local drink, the Aruba Ariba (rum, vodka, crème de banana, Grand Marnier and fruit punch)!
If water activities are your passion take a splash and learn something new! SUP (Stand Up Paddle boarding) Pilates is a unique water sport that involves balance and strength, but most important, relaxation and fun. Rent a paddleboard at Vela Sports Aruba and have one of their certified instructors teach the whole bridal party how to ride the waves like pros. Couples often like to treat their guests to something special! Tranquilo Charters Aruba offers private sailing trips that everyone will enjoy. Explore the crystal clear waters as they take you out to Spanish Lagoon and snorkel over colorful coral and tropical fish. End another perfect evening dining with your toes in the sand at Passions on the Beach. With a front row view of the sunset, this is the most romantic spot on Eagle Beach, perfect for wedding parties and other special events.
A luxury vacation wouldn’t be complete without a little pampering. Eforea Spa at Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino is the perfect place to unwind and relax after a day of exploring the Island. Brides and parties can prep with a full range of skin and body treatments. Couples love to unwind in the Japanese inspired bamboo relaxation lounge, try out the sauna, or cool off in the plunge pool.
Before leaving the Island be sure to visit the famous Flamingo and Iguana Beach. A short 10-minute boat trip will give you the opportunity to take the perfect photo with the flamingos that reside in this tropical paradise.