Druif Beach is Aruba's answer to a Robinson Crusoe-style set-up. Languishing on the western side of the island, it’s a peaceful place that revolves around a textbook Caribbean beach, unravelling over 11 long kilometres. You’ll find a few bars, restaurants and bijou shops here and there – reminders that you’re not totally alone. There are a couple of low-rise luxury hotels at either end of the beach, too, and a 9-hole golf course nestled among wind-sculpted divi-divi trees at Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort.
Palm Beach is Aruba’s flagship resort – a 3-kilometre stretch of breathtaking tropical coastline on the northwest of the island. It’s gradually filled up with luxury, high-rise hotels that back onto the beach. Add to that a line-up of chic restaurants, plus luxury shops that could give 5th Avenue or Bond Street a run for their money, and you’ve got Palm Beach in a nutshell.
Set on Aruba’s southern coast, Oranjestad is the island’s capital. Its Dutch name translates as Orangetown, and it’s certainly got a zest about it. A lot of the colonial landmarks – and the newer lookalikes – in the cobblestoned streets of the Upper Town bear more than a passing resemblance to gingerbread houses. With their façades painted in bubblegum pinks and sherbet lemon yellows they’re almost good enough to eat. The Lower Town, meanwhile, is home to the old port and ruins from the island’s bygone days.
On Aruba’s north-west corner, Eagle Beach is the nearest you’ll get to paradise in this lifetime. Condé Nast Traveller called it one of the world’s top beaches, TripAdvisor singled it out as a Travellers’ Choice Winner. And visitors usually need to pinch themselves to make sure they’re not dreaming.