This past week, H and I were in Aruba for a last-minute getaway. We have so many family weddings, obligations, as well as our own wedding stuff going on in the next several months, that we decided we needed one more getaway for relaxation and some fun.
We decided on Aruba since H had never been and because the weather is nearly perfect all year round. The weather in Baltimore has not gotten the “Spring memo” quite yet, so we jetted off to find some sunshine and warmth.
We stayed at the Marriott Stellaris Resort which was wonderful. They had a lot of amenities, good food and a beautiful beach. We did the Tradewinds Club, which I highly recommend, that provided us with full access to drinks, snacks along with a top-floor, ocean-front room. We had a fantastic view of the Caribbean, perfect for seeing the spectacular sunsets each night and the gorgeous blue water during the day.
The first day we arrived in the evening and went to Elements for dinner, which was a great beach front restaurant in the low rise area of the island. They had excellent food and the ambiance was perfection.
The next day we had a full beach day, but took a break for lunch on the beach at Hadicurari.
This evening we went to Pinchos for pre-dinner drinks, followed by dinner at Barefoot, which was another fantastic upscale, but beachy restaurant located right on the sand. All of the fish and seafood dishes were so fresh and delicious. We loved both spots.
The next day, we woke up and wanted to check out downtown. They had some good shopping so we strolled around for a bit before returning to the resort where we had lunch at the Waves Beach Bar on property. Downtown had the largest Zara I have ever been in. It was like a mall.
The rest of the day was spent lounging under a palapa, reading and swimming. This evening we went to Madame Jannette’s for dinner, which was spectacular. The restaurant is a little off of the beaten path, but so worth it once you are there. It was a random Tuesday night and there was not ONE open table, a true testament to the food and ambiance. Diners are seated in an outdoor courtyard space, while live music plays among twinkling lights. It is one of my favorite restaurants.
The next day we did more lounging (go figure), but went to the cutest spot called Pelican Pier for lunch. It is a pier bar located right off of the beach that goes out into the Caribbean. We sat, had a few drinks and a delicious lunch, literally IN the Caribbean. It also makes one of my top spots because it was one of the only places on the island that had, or knew of, my favorite rosé, Whispering Angel.
On our last night, we wanted to stay close to our hotel, so we walked next door to the Ritz-Carlton and ate at the Italian spot Casa Nonna (we were a little bit fished-out which is quite hard for me to be). It was a gorgeous spot on the beach with fire pits and live music. It was a wonderful way to end our dinner and the trip.