With summer almost here and incredible deals so easy to find in places like Cancun, Dominican Republic, and Jamaica, of course we’ve been concentrating on the cheaper places lately. But a surprising number of regular readers have been requesting deals to some of the more upscale and exclusive islands, and this week we have one for them.
Aruba is best known as a cruise ship destination, but it also has a handful of high-end all-inclusive resorts that are out of most of our price ranges in high season. But right now you can book the Occidental Grand Aruba for under US$500 per night, which is 24% off their normal low off-season rate.
A Deluxe Room at the All-Inclusive Occidental Grand Aruba for only US$490 for two people. An ocean-view room is only US$520 per night under this same special, and that $30 upgrade is probably worthwhile to most guests at such a fine resort.
This rate is available through Expedia, our booking partner, and it includes free cancellation. There is no minimum stay required to qualify, but availability is limited so don’t wait to book.
4-Star luxury in a stunning setting
Just have a look at the photos of this resort if you don’t quite understand why it’s twice the price of the cheap places in Punta Cana, for example. The rooms here have marble floors plus a separate shower and tub. In most of the cheaper resorts you only get a shower, and the floor is concrete.
Each room here is 38 square meters, which is over 400 square feet, and much larger than a typical city hotel room. They also come with mini refrigerators, in-room safes, hair dryers, and of course satellite flat-screen TV with premium channels. The bedding on the kingsize (or two double) bed is also premium quality, and a big upgrade from what you’d expect at the popularly priced resorts on other Caribbean islands.
Six restaurants and a casino
With 391 total guest rooms, the Occidental Grand Aruba is a medium sized property for the Caribbean, which means that it’s large enough to have all the features you could dream of, but also small enough that it never feels like you are being herded around in a zoo. There is a buffet restaurant, but also 5 a la carte restaurants that are all included in the room rate, so you won’t be getting bored even if you stay a week or more.
The resort also has 4 bars and lounges in addition to a casino that opens at noon each day. There are also various swimming pools with swim-up bars for the adults, and a full Kids Club and supervised childcare and activities for the little ones. If you are looking for an up-market experience at a mid-market price for the Caribbean, this is one to look at.