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Barcelo Aruba

21 minutes from airport
All Inclusive
Top Strengths
Swim-Up Bar(s)
On-Site Dining Variety
Nearby Shops / Restaurants
On-Site COVID-19 Testing
Jet Skiing
Resort Profile

Formerly the Occidental Grand Aruba, the Barcelo Aruba is a solid all-inclusive option, especially for families. Prices are often a little high here for a hotel of its class and Overall Beach Resort Rating, and higher on average than rates at Barcelo properties on other islands; but the food is better than it is at most sister all-inclusive resorts elsewhere, and this general type of hotel is less common in Aruba than in other destinations (such as the Dominican Republic, for example, where large all-inclusive chains are plentiful). The fitness center is lackluster (especially for a large resort) and it can be difficult at times to reserve lounge chairs/palapas on the beach; but the property offers excellent dining variety (there are six on-site restaurants with various cuisines), a very good swimming pool area (with two whirlpools and a unique swim-up bar with boulder seats), bikes for rent, a kids club for ages 4-12, and a babysitting service. Rooms come with furnished balconies or terraces, room service, elegant wooden headboards, marble flooring, ceiling fans, and desks and reading chairs; most have ample space. There’s a good beach volleyball court and a water sports center on-site – offering scuba diving, snorkeling, banana boat rides, and jet-skiing, among other activities.

On-site COVID-19 testing is offered prior to departure, but it isn’t complimentary. In the event of a positive COVID test before U.S. re-entry, the island’s mandatory COVID-19 insurance will cover designated accommodation costs until recovery.

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Relative Value Analysis
Resort Scorecard
The Resort Scorecard shows the scores of the factors that drive the resort's Overall Beach Resort Rating, Tripfind's beach resort-specific overall quality score. The Star Rating uses the standard 1-5 star scale and the five attribute scores below it use a 12-notch rating scale, from A++ to F.
Star Rating
Beach Quality
Room Quality
On-Site Dining Quality
Service Quality
Pool Quality
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