- Aruba Luxury holidays
The Dutch territory of Aruba is an island 20 miles long located in the southern Caribbean Sea, north of the Venezuelan coastline. To many Millennials, it may be familiar as the destination 'Friends' character Rachel was due to visit on her honeymoon in the very first episode of the show, and this is an indication of the important tourism link between Aruba and the US. Other countries, including nearby Venezuela and the island's parent nation, the Netherlands, are also key tourism markets - although UK visitors should note that the local currency is not the euro as in the Netherlands, but the Aruban florin.
The landscape of Aruba
Unlike some of the Caribbean's more mountainous volcanic islands, Aruba is quite flat, with no naturally occurring inland rivers. Its north-easterly coastlines are most exposed to the ocean currents, and as such have tended to avoid development. The greater population - and most of the island's tourism - can be found along the sheltered south-western coasts, where white sandy beaches and calm conditions are also to be seen. Mount Jamanota represents the highest peak of Aruba, standing just more than 600 feet above sea level and slightly south-east of the centre of the island.
Aruba's capital is named Oranjestad - which literally translates as Orange Town. However, you shouldn't expect to find any major citrus groves in the area. Remember that Aruba is owned by the Dutch, and the name of the city is a reference to King William I of the Netherlands. The most significant colour in the surrounding landscape is not orange, but gold - and in the 1820s when gold deposits were found on Aruba, the kingly name was given to its capital.
When should I visit Aruba?
With year-round temperatures in the high 20°C, there's no time like the present. Humidity is quite high at about 77 per cent all year round, but rainfall is relatively low, and even in December it's only likely to rain on about one in three days. A total of 3-4 inches of precipitation is recorded on average in each of October, November and December, but no other month averages more than two inches, and even the all-time record low temperatures are in the 20s, making Aruba a reliable destination for a tropical getaway at any time of year.
What’s on offer on a luxury holiday?
Luxury holidays in Aruba are all about unwinding and doing exactly what you want to do. If you want to relax by the pool with a cocktail, your luxury hotel will make it happen, and if you want a room with a spectacular sea view, they’ll arrange that too. Parting with a little more cash is well worthwhile to experience real luxury in Aruba – and bear in mind that the style and degree of service you receive is your choice. Aruba offers a unique brand of luxury, and while you may not have access to the conveniences of city life during your stay, you will have some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful landscapes and plenty of that flawless Aruba hospitality and warmth.