Surely the Caribbean island backdrop and extended Resort, Casino + Spa affix has much to do with it, but the Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino + Spa on Palm Beach in Aruba is lightyears ahead of any Radisson I’ve stayed in around the states. I spent 4 nights here and after walking the High-Rise shoreline all week I’m certain I wouldn’t have been any happier anywhere else. (Maybe at that all-inclusive RIU up the road, but probably only because this was the first time I actually saw one. Any RIU experiences out there?)

Here are a couple snaps from around the beach area:
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The grand lobby is open all the way through and they have tropical parrots that wolf whistle as you walk out towards the water. Definitely adds to the energy of their dual tiki bars and pool areas!

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The double-room had two luxurious beds, multi-speed shower head and dual sinks, and this view:

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I’m sure the Spa and Casino were lovely, but for this trip I was more interested in the Radisson’s proximity to things to do at Moomba, DePalm Pier, Red Sail Sports, and Palm Beach’s shop/restaurant hub, Arawak Gardens, where I shopped the local street merchants, enjoyed morning coffee at Juan Valdez and had a last-minute dinner at Papillon.

I even went against my rule about only buying local goods and snagged two moderately-priced dresses from the lobby boutique. There’s a first for everything!

At $229/night, this little slice of Aruba beaches is definitely worth the value.

Has a hotel chain abroad ever surprised you guys in comparison?