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5 Reasons Why You Should Stay At Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort

Last Updated On: December 20, 2021


Aruba is known for its beautiful stretches of soft white sandy beaches, amazing weather all year round, and an endless selection of stunning resorts. From the high-rise hotels along Palm Beach and the low-rise hotels beside Eagle Beach to the lively downtown of Oranjestad, there is something for everyone. The Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort however is one of the most unique resorts in all of Aruba for many reasons. In this article, we are going to provide you with 5 reasons why you should make it a point to stay at the Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort during your next visit to Aruba.

As you have probably noticed, Kim and I usually opt for boutique hotels when traveling since we love the attentive service, the intimate atmosphere, and the unique design features. But let me tell you, no trip to Aruba would be complete without staying at least one or two nights at the one-of-a-kind Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort. It may sound like a lot when I say the hotel has over 500 rooms, but they have done a great job making it feel intimate.

The Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort is located in the heart of Oranjestad and is only minutes from the airport. The resort features two casinos, an upscale shopping mall, a multitude of dining experiences within the resort as well as at the Renaissance Marketplace, which also features a six-theatre cinema and the largest convention center in Aruba. The resort is split into two hotels: Renaissance Marina an Adult-only resort, which is located along Oranjestad’s main strip, and the Renaissance Ocean Suites, a beachfront resort providing spacious suites for groups and families. Our personal highlight is the access to the Renaissance Island via a complimentary shuttle boat that leaves below the lobby and transfers people to a private beach where the famous flamingos roam freely.

Renaissance is more than just a resort, it is a whole experience, so keep reading if you want to learn more in detail about the 5 Reasons Why You Should Stay At Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort!

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5 Reasons Why You Should Stay At Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort | Bare Escape
5 Reasons Why You Should Stay At Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort | Bare Escape
5 Reasons Why You Should Stay At Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort | Bare Escape

1. Exclusive Access to Renaissance Island and the Flamingos

All of the beaches in Aruba are public except for one. You have probably seen all of the famous shots of people hanging out with flamingos in paradise on Instagram, and thought to yourself “where is this?” This is Rennaisance Island.

Because it is private, only hotel guests are allowed on the island via a complimentary water taxi that departs every 15 minutes below the Renaissance Marina Hotel lobby as well as the Renaissance Ocean Suites dock.

Say so long to crowded beaches! Once you arrive on the island turn left to go to Iguana Beach or turn right to get to Flamingo Beach (adult-only). Quick tip, bring some quarters with you so you can get some flamingo food from the vending machine located on the island right after you cross a small wooden footbridge.

Fill your day with snorkeling, kayaking, waterfront and beachside hammocks, beach tennis, sunset DJ sessions as well as dining and craft cocktails at the Papagayo restaurant and Mangrove Beach Bar. You can also rent a cabana for the day if you want an even more private experience. Choose between six private waterfront cabanas overlooking Flamingo Beach or seven overlooking Iguana Beach. Reserve yours online today as they sell out quickly!

For an even more memorable experience, turn your Cabana rental into an overnight adventure with a 5-course dinner, wine, a private butler, security, and smores, then fall asleep beneath the Caribbean stars amidst your cabana accommodation.

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Renaissance Marina Hotel View From The Pool
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Newly Renovated Renaissance Marina Hotel Room
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Renaissance Ocean Suites Top View
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Renaissance Ocean Suites Saltwater Lagoon
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Renaissance Ocean Suites Pool

2. Choose Between Two Hotel Types: Family-Oriented Or Adult-Only

Are you looking for a secluded place to relax and unwind right next to the pristine Caribbean sea? Or are you looking for a place that is a little more lively, upbeat, and close to Oranjestad’s best nightlife? Well, The Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort offers the best of both worlds: Renaissance Ocean Suites and Renaissance Marina Hotel.

Renaissance Ocean Suites offers a quiet and fun experience for the whole family located right next to the ocean hence the name. The hotel boasts a total of 258 suites, each with a master bedroom, living room, a queen-size pull-out sofa, as well as a small kitchenette including a microwave, a sink, and a mini-refrigerator. Our personal favorites were the two outdoor pools with a swim-up bar and uninterrupted ocean views. Since the ocean isn’t really accessible in that area the hotel provides a stunning saltwater lagoon. If you want to get a taste of paradise in the middle of downtown then look no further.

Renaissance Marina Hotel is an Adult-Only hotel with an infinity pool and the open-air BLUE Bar. Sunbathe by day in the warm Aruban sun and by night you can enjoy live DJ’s and a lively crowd. Sit by the bar or enjoy one of their signature cocktails from the comfort of the pool overlooking the marina and marketplace below. The newly renovated rooms are modern and designed exclusively for guests 18 and over.

5 Reasons Why You Should Stay At Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort | Bare Escape
5 Reasons Why You Should Stay At Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort | Bare Escape

3. Optimal Location: Right Downtown Near All The Shopping And Restaurants

Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort is located right in the heart of downtown Oranjestad surrounded by delicious restaurants and a variety of shops. You don’t have to go far to grab a latte or peruse the floors of your favorite stores such as Zara, Mango, or Dulce & Gabbana. You don’t even have to leave. Within the Renaissance Marina Hotel sits the Renaissance Mall, with 49 shops and restaurants. This is easily one of the most luxurious shopping centers in Aruba featuring almost any luxury brand you can think of all in one place.

Just across the street is Renaissance Marketplace, right next to Renaissance Ocean Suites with 31 shops and eateries. We highly recommend getting a dinner reservation on Fridays at One Happy Bowl for vegan sushi. Oh, and did I mention they have a full-service movie theater?

Walking distance from the resort you have even more to choose from. Our favorites include Barefoot Restaurant (a barefoot dining experience right on the beach), West Deck, Pinchos Bar and Grill, and Apotek Speakeasy.

Just know that there is never a dull moment at Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort.

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4. Close Proximity To The Airport

There is nothing more appealing than a hotel that provides a one-of-a-kind lodging experience with close proximity to the airport. This perk makes The Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort the perfect place to start or end your trip in Aruba.

We love being able to check into our hotel shortly after a long flight and with less than 10 minutes to the Queen Beatrix International Airport the location of Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort is unbeatable.

The hotel doesn’t provide airport shuttle services but alternative transportations are available; either grab a taxi, book a private pick up service, or get a rental car. The estimated taxi fare is $20 (one way) and if you really want to save money there is also a public local bus for only $2 USD bus fare (one way).

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5. On-site Covid Testing Available To Hotel Guests

With more and more countries requiring a negative COVID test to enter their borders or return back home, Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort makes it as easy as it can be to get tested before departing back home with an onsite testing center for their guests.

You can make arrangements for the on-site COVID online and walk right from your room to the testing center then right back to your room in less than 10 minutes. The antigen test is US$50 and the PCR test is US$125. If you are traveling from the States, be sure to check out our article How To Travel To Aruba From America During COVID for all you need to know about your upcoming trip to Aruba!

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