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Sip-Zip-Zen Aruba

The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino Has It All

Article by Publisher

Photography by Provided

Originally published in Potomac Lifestyle

You won't be disappointed after a getaway to the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. Situated in one of the most beautiful areas of the island's Palm Beach area, the property is home to crystal clear, almost motionless water.

Although a magazine publisher by day, by night I am an avid world traveler, foodie and fun seeker who appreciates sound service, and luxurious touches. My goal for this Aruba retreat was quite simple: indulge and enjoy in everything the Marriott had to offer.

SIP I enjoyed a delectable (Aruban Pastechi) empanada cooking class with the hotel's head chef and a fabulous mixology lesson with the bartenders on the property #sipzipzenaruba. Concocting the Elite Martini was a fun experience that came with a “happy ending" when the frothy foam was transformed into a 3D image of my face using a specialized machine.

If you are a bourbon fan like me, you'll savor the Smoking Old Fashioned mixed up by Elijah Craig, and presented it in a literal smoking box. Its unmatched, distinct taste made it the best Old Fashioned I'd ever had. 

Marriott did not fall short on cuisine options either. There are many delectable restaurant choices, including well-known Ruth's Chris Steak House. The resort's pop-up beach restaurant, Atardi, offered front row seats to a stunning sunset. With my feet cushioned by soft white sands, I indulged in lobster tail, octopus, and fresh bass straight from the sea.

Food fans, if you find yourself exploring off property, try locally-owned fresh seafood restaurant the West Deck. The owners exercise great pride in their food and service.

ZIP If you like action, I recommend taking an exhilarating De Palm UTV Tour  of Aruba’s desert side for breathtaking magazine cover-worthy views.

ZEN The Marriott’s Mandara Spa had many services to choose from, of which I selected the Balinese massage, which included a light stretch, acupressure, reflexology, and aromatherapy. My masseuse quickly took me away from negative thoughts, lingering stress and revived me with a sense of renewal.

With its close proximity to the property, the De Palm Sunset Sail proved to be a wonderful way to deepen the zen after a memorable massage. Smooth sailing, light music, beverages, appetizers, and picturesque, mango-hued sunset. Simply beautiful!

Overall Aruba is a must-visit location. The Marriott is wonderful for any occasion, family, girl trips, and couples can take advantage of the Tradewinds Cluba premium, adults-only experience. 

So, what are you waiting for?

De Palm UTV Tour:
De Palm Sunset Sail:
Mandara Spa:
The West Deck: