We returned home late last night after spending a blissful five days relaxing in Aruba with two of our closest friends. Aruba, a tiny Dutch island that is a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is billed as one happy island, and it lives up to the name. From the moment we stepped off of the plane upon arrival until the moment we stepped on a different plane to depart we were welcomed and met with friendly, smiling faces.
We stayed at the Divi Aruba All Inclusive Resort in Oranjestad which is a short trip from the airport. We enjoyed the intimate feel of the property, and our beachside rooms were steps from the beach. Our wristbands also afforded us access to the neighboring Tamarijn resort and its bars and restaurants.
Within minutes of settling in we met on the beach, anxious to relax with drinks in hand and our toes in the sand. The white sand beach stays cool and does not burn the bottom of your feet even at midday. We were rewarded with the trade winds offering a cooling breeze and a stunning sunset over the ocean.
While there was free wifi available in the lobby area, we chose to heed the advice offered at a local restaurant, The Paddock, and remain unplugged. The reward was great face-to-face conversation and much laughter. We were glad to have opted to tuned out and simply chill for a few days.
The days went by quicker than we wished, but they were relaxing and rejuvenating. We spent time swimming in the gorgeous clear ocean, sipping cocktails, and sampling plentiful food at the two resorts’ restaurants. We went offsite for a fun sailing and snorkeling excursion where even I stepped out of my comfort zone and snorkeled. We explored the downtown area and its colorful shops. We have already started a list of things to do and see upon our return.
We made new friends and strengthened relationships with old friends. We celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary a few days early. We hated to leave, but we returned home with memories that will last a lifetime.
Aruba has cemented its place as my favorite island getaway spot. It is a destination we will revisit in the near future. There is a native phrase, biba dushi, that roughly translates to living the sweet life, and that is a perfect description of the past five days. In our eyes Aruba more than lives up to its “one happy island” moniker.