As you know, I’m always ready to travel but there are certain trips that have a special place in my heart. One of those trips is the winter beach trip I try to take every year. Even though I love NYC, as the winter progresses, I look forward to escaping the city. Usually sometime during February or March when it feels like winter will never end I jet off to some place warm. It always boosts my spirits and is a good reminder of the weather we have to look forward to in just a few short months.
Once we devoured the snack platter we quickly changed into swimwear and headed to the pool for some sun and a full lunch….and since it’s vacation cocktails!!
On our first full day at the resort we decided to venture out on a sunset catamaran. We went into it thinking it would be so relaxing and very serene. We learned this was more of a party catamaran and it was an absolute blast. The drinks were flowing, they played hit after hit on the speakers and everyone was dancing and laughing. Katie and I disembarked with tummy aches because our abs hurt from laughing so much which is always a good thing.
One of the great things about the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is it’s perfect for every kind of traveler. We book the Crew in Aruba package and it was perfect for us. In addition to the room it included a private cabana at the pool, a San Nicolas Art Tour and a UTV tour. The San Nicolas Art Tour by @ArubaMural is really special since San Nicolas used to be a neglected part of Aruba but in the last few years with the help of some incredibly talented artisans it’s now a part of the island know for it’s art and culture.
Fun fact – did you know that Aruba is half desert? One thing we missed out on that I hope to try next time we visit is the dune bashing with De Palm Tours (@DePalmToursAruba) but since I had just had a baby I wasn’t allowed to go. I ran into several guests at the hotel that said this was one of the highlights of their trip.
The last day of our stay we spent in a cabana reserved for us at the adult pool. We didn’t bring kids with us on this trip but the hotel is super kid friendly. The adult pool is gorgeous if you want a bit less action and more of a glamorous setting.
The hotel made everything so seamless. We were able to discuss with the concierge before we arrived the activities that piqued our interest. They had a team member reach out to us before we left to make sure we had everything in order including the covid protocols. The hotel also offers complimentary covid testing to make departure and arrival in the States easier.