Renaissance Private Island: A Top Luxury Experience in Aruba

Prior to my recent trip to Aruba, the last time I swam with a bird was in cottage country north of Toronto. There, my experience was more battle than bucolic. A Canada Goose chased me out of the water, simultaneously smashing me with its powerful wings and splattering me with what appeared to be 10 pounds of projectile goose poop.

My avian encounter on the Caribbean island of Aruba was much more elegant. During my day at  the exclusive Renaissance Aruba Private Island, a trio of hot pink flamingos tiptoed by, cocking their heads ever so gracefully, as though asking permission to ripple the calm waters circling my lounger.

Flamingos at Renaissance Aruba Private Island

Swim alongside flamingos at Renaissance Aruba Private Island

Swimming alongside flamingos is just one of the unique experience guests enjoy on Renaissance Aruba Private Island, an 8-minute water taxi ride by luxury yacht from Oranjestad, the capital of the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba. Comprised of two sections, Iguana Island (for families) and the aptly-named Flamingo Beach (adult-only), Renaissance Aruba Private Island offers a quiet retreat from the already blissfully peaceful main beach zones on Aruba’s Eagle and Palm Beaches.

Travel writer Caitlin Martin at Renaissance Island Aruba @caitlinwrites

Travel writer Caitlin Martin researches champagne with a side of flamingos at Renaissance Island Aruba @caitlinlmartin

Although the hotel occasionally makes Day Passes available (see Travel Planner below for details), Renaissance Aruba Private Island is available exclusively for in-house hotel guests at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino a luxury resort featuring 565 rooms in two settings, the family-friendly Renaissance Ocean Suites and adults-exclusive Renaissance Marina Hotel.

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino guests get access to Renaissance Aruba Private Island

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino guests get access to Renaissance Aruba Private Island but our #unexpectedaruba media group got to check it out too

While a full day on Renaissance Aruba Private Island is swanky enough on its own, hotel guests can ramp up the luxury quotient by renting one of the new ultra-private VIP ocean-front cabanas at adult-only Flamingo Beach, a swanky Caribbean oasis featuring lounge chairs, seating area, water hammocks and complimentary food and beverages.

Private cabanas at Renaissance Aruba Private Island Credit Renaissance Aruba

Enjoy the VIP experience by renting a private cabana at Renaissance Aruba Private Island

As part of my introduction to #unexpectedAruba a media visit hosted by the Aruba Tourism Authority and award-winning travel writer  Susan Campbell (follow her @suectravel), I was generously invited to spend a day checking out this new VIP beach cabana service. I loved it so much they practically had to drag me away at the end of the day.

Home for the day in a private cabana on Renaissance Island Aruba

Home for the day in a private cabana on Renaissance Island Aruba

Ideal for a romantic couples’ escape, luxury splurge, wedding or honeymoon celebration or girls’ getaway on one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful destinations, here’s what you get when you rent a private VIP cabana on Renaissance Island:

Ultimate Private Cabana

The Ultimate private cabana is larger than the other three cabanas and comes with its own deck and hanging hammock

Rental cost $200 USD per day excluding 15% service charge

Rental period 9 am to 7 pm

Amenities: 2 bottles of Voss still water, 2 bottles of Voss sparkling water, bottle of sparkling wine, refreshing tray‐passed bites, Personalized Cabana Server Service, cold towels, 2 water floats and wifi

Max 6 adults per cabana

Private Cabana

Rental cost $150 USD per day excluding 15% service charge

Rental period 9 am to 7 pm

Amenities: 2 bottles of Voss still water, 2 bottles of Voss sparkling water, bottle of sparkling wine, refreshing tray‐passed bites, Personalized Cabana Server Service, cold towels, 2 water floats and wifi

Max 4 adults per cabana

Note: Prices vary by season and are subject to change without notice. Advance reservations are mandatory  and cancellations must be received a minimum of 48 hours in advance. For cancellations with less than 24 hours or no show will be charged 100% of the rental price. Reserve your cabana directly with the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino.

Enjoy a luxury VIP experience at the new private cabanas at Renaissance Aruba Private Island

Enjoy a luxury VIP experience at the new private cabanas at Renaissance Aruba Private Island

With a private cabana as a home base, I spent a blissful afternoon snorkelling with tropical fish, nibbling on fresh fruit dipped in melted chocolate, sipping bubbly and yes, floating alongside graceful flamingos.

By the end of the day, when I finally stopped swooning, I got to thinking that Canada’s most iconic water fowl should take hospitality lessons from their feathered brethren in Aruba. With a few lessons in avian etiquette, maybe they too could get a beach named after them some day. Although I have to admit, Goose Beach just doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as Flamingo Beach.

Travel Planner

Aruba Tourism Authority: Get maps, travel advice and other valuable resources on the official Aruba Tourism Authority website. www.aruba.com

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino: This luxury resort features 565 rooms in two settings, the family-friendly Renaissance Ocean Suites and adults-exclusive Renaissance Marina Hotel. Access to Renaissance Aruba Private Island is available to guests staying overnight at Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino and is accessed via complementary water taxi. www.renaruba.com

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino Address: L.G. Smith Boulevard 82  is just a 10-minute  drive from Aruba’s Queen Beatrix International Airport. The complementary water taxi to and from the private island drops guests off  at the Renaissance Hotel.

Private Cabanas on Renaissance Aruba Private Island: : Depending on the size of cabana and number of guests (4-6 adults), the cost for a private cabana on Flamingo Beach ( adults-only) ranges from $150-$200 USD per day excluding 15% service charge

Rental period 9 am to 7 pm

Amenities: 2 bottles of Voss still water, 2 bottles of Voss sparkling water, bottle of sparkling wine, refreshing tray‐passed bites, Personalized Cabana Server Service, cold towels, 2 water floats and wifi

Note: Prices vary by season and are subject to change without notice. Advance reservations are mandatory  and cancellations must be received a minimum of 48 hours in advance. Cancellations with less than 24 hours or no show will be charged 100% of the rental price. Reserve your cabana directly with the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino. www.renaruba.com

Day Pass to Renaissance Aruba Private Island:  The Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino only sells Day Pass tickets if the hotel occupancy is low so there is no guarantee that a Day Pass to the private island will be available to non-overnight hotel guests.  If you’re interested in a Day Pass and are not an overnight hotel guest at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, you can check at the front desk on a daily basis to see if Day Passes are available. There are no guarantees but if they are available, they are sold on a first-come, first-served basis at $99 USD per person which includes lunch +1 non alcoholic drink. The cost for a private cabana is extra.

Enjoy a day of luxury in a private cabana on Renaissance Aruba Private Island

 

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  • Carol Perehudoff
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    Oh, how dreamy. I wanted to swim with pink flamingos, too. #Unexpected Aruba indeed.

  • Debbra Dunning Brouillette
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    I am SO there! I love private islands and this experience sounds divine, from the flamingos to the private cabanas and sparkling wine. I haven’t yet made it to Aruba but I hope that will change soon!

  • esperanza
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    Beautiful and elegant flamingos, crystal-clear water, friendly service of tasty treats in pretty cabanas – who could ask for anything more? I agree that Goose Beach with what such a name implies, would not be much of an attraction except for other geese.

  • Donna Janke
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    Renaissance Aruba Private Island looks wonderful. I could myself relax just looking at the photos!

  • Cindy
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    I want to be in that picture with the flamingos on the beach!!

  • Joe
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    Private beaches in the Caribbean? Now that sounds like the very definition of paradise! Glad to hear you had a more, um, savoury time with our Avian friends than you did in Canada – being able to swim that close to flamingos sounds like quite the experience!

  • Ursula Maxwell-Lewis
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    We have been short of sun here this Spring, I’m delighted to read about a warm destination – particularly one I haven’t visited (yet! 🙂 ) Hmmm – swimming with flamingos. Sounds like a beautiful idea. The photography certainly delivers the right messages!
    Well done.

  • Culture Tripper
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    What dreamy photos! How wonderful to see those exquisite flamingos up close. Renaissance Aruba Resort looks stunning! (and way more serene than ‘relaxing’ alongside a Canada goose)

  • Sandy N Vyjay
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    This is the ultimate in luxury and indeed an indulgence for the senses. Lovely setting that brings alive the spirit of the Caribbean. A great getaway into paradise.

  • Heather
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    Those flamingos and uber blue beach sold me, need to see this place!

  • Bistra | The Magic of Traveling
    Reply

    Flamingos are the best! I know they are not native there, but if they are comfortable there – I’d visit the island!

  • Kevin Wagar
    Reply

    Wow! Aruba looks stunning! That water is gorgeous and those bungalows are idyllic!

  • Wendy Blumenstein
    Reply

    Looks fabulous! And no more than the price of diving for 2 people! I could see renting a cabana for a day or more on Renaissance Aruba’s private island.

  • Josie
    Reply

    Hi Michele,

    What a thrill to be surrounded by the three pretties. So fun! — And certainly better than your other goose experience, poor girl!

    Regards,
    Josie

  • Doreen Pendgracs
    Reply

    I’ve never been to Aruba, but would love to visit someday. I do have a beautiful wood carving that my (former) sister-in-law brought us from Aruba and it’s always made me want to visit.

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