Striving for perfection, Family Travel Concierge must test the best resorts and destinations ourselves. This is why in two weeks we will be in the Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort. We must feel first hand why this particular resort is considered the BEST in Aruba.
The Bucuti is a romantic, adults-only resort taking up a prime stretch of Eagle Beach in the Low-Rise hotel district. This intimate, 104-room property has 14 acres of beach, and the main activity here involves lingering on the sand under shaded palapas; there's also a chic infinity edge pool. The hotel has been open for 25 years, and the original owner can often be seen socializing during check-in while guests enjoy a free glass of champagne. Rooms have stylish furnishings and modern amenities such as iPod docks, laptop tablets, and free Wi-Fi.
An extraordinary beach setting, impeccably understated service, and attention to detail help this elegant resort easily outclass anything else on the island. Hacienda-style buildings are surrounded by ecologically sensitive landscaping that suits this desertlike island. Rooms are done in cool creams and feature walnut furnishings; everything feels distinctly modern and European. The Tara Suites have unbeatable beach and sunset vistas. A free breakfast buffet is served daily, and there is a restaurant for lunch and dinner, though plenty more restaurants are within walking distance.