A Long Weekend at Boardwalk Hotel Aruba


I recently spent a long weekend at Boardwalk Hotel Aruba, a hidden boutique style hotel, located just steps away from the sugar-white sand of Palm Beach, on the Island of Aruba.

From Thursday night until Monday morning (September 25-29th), I experienced all that this little tropical oasis had to offer, and could hardly bring myself to leave in the end.

I mean, I’d be happy living in the hammock alone.


Champagne Breakfast 

One of my favourite experiences at Boardwalk Hotel was the champagne breakfast. Served right to my patio on a vibrant tray, breakfast arrived promptly at 10:30 am (the time that I requested).

The spread featured a bread and pastry basket, an assortment of ham and cheese, tropical fruits including pineapple, mango & watermelon, yoghurt with a granola mix and a bowl of scrambled eggs. Drinks included fresh the juice of the day, Cappuccinos, and of course, a bottle of champagne.

There is no better way to start the day, and it was a great slow morning on my last full day in Aruba.

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Breakfast amid a coconut grove

Aruban Casitas

My Casita (#2) was spacious, fully air-conditioned, vibrant, and combined Island charm with a home-like coziness.

The double glass doors opened up to a high-ceilinged living room area, with one stark lime green wall. The other wall displayed a colourful piece from a local artist, above a large seating and TV area.

Next to the living area, was the fully stocked kitchen. It had everything I ever ended up needing throughout my stay, including cooking materials, dishes, a coffeemaker, and fridge. If I didn’t feel like eating outside, there was another table waiting in the kitchen.


View from the kitchen

The Bedroom

The bedroom was lit by large windows, allowing bright sunlight to stream in over the two queen beds and more tropically coloured furniture.

The headboards were a calming turquoise, and the dresser was a hot pink.

And those beds? Well, let me tell you.. getting out of bed in the morning was the hardest thing I did all weekend.


Private Patios

The patio was my favourite place for spending time.

It was a place to wake myself up with a tea in the morning, a spot for hammock lounging in the afternoon, and preferred location for getting a little laptop time, hanging with the hotel kitties and sipping on a drink in the evenings.

Each patio is different from the next, but I was pretty partial to Casita #2 ;]


Casita #2’s porch

Unique & Boutique

Boardwalk’s size and custom décor is what really sets it apart from every other hotel in Aruba.

Sure, a 15th floor ocean view room has it’s perks, but a large resort can be so impersonal. I’d rather wake up in my uniquely painted room, grab breakfast from my own kitchen, and walk through a cute little courtyard and cross the road to get to the beach.

Set amid a coconut grove, Boardwalk is cozy, private, charming, and personal.


Fresh juice at breakfast

Getting Around the Island

It was also very easy to get around the Island, leaving from Boardwalk.

With about ten minutes to spare, we decided that we wanted to see the sunset from the California Lighthouse, on the Western tip of the Island. We hopped in our rental Jeep, zipped up the coast, and pulled up just in time to see the sun dip beneath the horizon.

Even the opposite end of the Island was never more than an hour’s drive away.

And of course, crystal clear turquoise waters are only a few minutes walk from your front door.

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Champagne breakfast


The Aruba Aloe was a life saver after I forgot to put on sunscreen one day, it felt sooo good

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Happy Hour Paella


Happy hour in the courtyard


Lounging area by the pool

The Pool

I didn’t spend nearly enough time by the pool.

There were a couple of times relaxing with beers, or lounging in the shade, but I certainly wouldn’t mind spending some more time there.

Just picture yourself in one of these chairs.


Starting the BBQ on the patio

Personal BBQ

Having a personal charcoal BBQ was another of my favourite features of the Boardwalk.

After grabbing some pre-made chicken, beef & veggie shish kebabs from the nearest supermarket, we cooked them up on the patio. There were also some grilled pineapples that were absolutely mouthwateringly delicous.

It was one of the best meals of the trip.

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The vibrant living room of Casita #2

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Another patio

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 Boardwalk Pets

Resident pup, Lola, would greet us each morning in the office, always ready for a belly rub.

As a very pet friendly hotel, other guests played with their dogs in the courtyard, and happily let me give them a little pet.

My favourite of all the new furry friends were the Boardwalk kitties. There were three, which I named Pumpkin, Coconut and Rutabaga. These cats would visit throughout the day, and then hang around at night on the patios.





Bright bathrooms


Personal hammock on the patio

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BBQing up a feast of chicken, beef & veggie shish-kabobs and grilled pineapples


The most dreamy hammock in Aruba

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Anyone for a night time dip?

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Smelled soooo good :]

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Coconut and Pumpkin, hanging around for some pets

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Even the bathrooms were happy florescent hues

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An attempted Pumpkin selfie :p

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Ahhhh.. I think I’ll stay here a while..

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Rainfall showerhead, perfection


How could this view not make your entire day?



Two queen beds in Casita #2


Breakfast spread


The Casitas are beautiful, but I couldn’t help but spend most of my time on the patio


Yoghurt with a granola mix and a bowl of scrambled eggs




Dancing with sparklers in the courtyard, and spelled out “Boardwalk”

It was an amazing way to spend a long weekend, and I’d gladly return whether it be a short weekend to a week or more.

If you find yourself in Aruba, or undecided on which Caribbean Island to visit.. I highly recommend you say ‘Bon Bini’ to Boardwakl Hotel Aruba.

Come back soon to find out which of Boardwalk’s Treasure Box items I got into over the weekend.

Hint: It involved some off-roading, undersea adventures, and a whole lot of sunshine.


I was a guest of Boardwalk Hotel Aruba.
All thoughts & opinions are my own.

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3 Responses to “A Long Weekend at Boardwalk Hotel Aruba”

  1. Danielle
    October 8, 2014 at 11:21 pm #

    That brunch looks so amazing! Seems like a funky, happy, cute little hotel 🙂
    Danielle recently posted..Ziplining in the Dominican Republic

  2. Jade
    July 16, 2017 at 11:49 am #

    I love the pops of colour in every picture! This looks like a vibrant place and it’s so nice to have friendly animals around

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