Recently I have been on a boutique hotel/resort kick, and I am so glad I found Boardwalk Boutique Hotel Aruba.
To be completely honest, I had never even heard of the property. I only stumbled on it because I waited to the last minute to book my hotel and the property I wanted was partially sold out.
This somehow worked in my favor because I ended up loving my stay here. This property is a hidden gem. You actually wouldn’t even know it was there unless you were looking for it.
If you are looking for tips and things to do in Aruba, check out my full Aruba Guide, as this post will just cover the hotel.
So let’s talk about.
Boardwalk Boutique Hotel Aruba
As soon as you arrive, you walk through greenery and it feels very tropical. The entire property is private and beautiful.
When I walked into the hotel I was greeted with champagne! That was a really lovely touch for a small property.
This boutique property has just 46 private casitas, and the property feels like a lush jungle. This property is not the same vibe you get from staying at one of the big resorts on the beach (however, if you want to stay directly on the beach, I highly recommend this hotel).
In fact, the property is not beach front. But don’t rule this property out yet.
The beach is actually right across the street! You can walk, which is about 3-5 minutes OR you can catch a ride with the beach shuttle and you will be at Palm Beach in no time.
All the greenery framed throughout, paired with pastel vibrant spaces, really makes you feel like you are on a relaxed vacation.
With the property being so small and just 46 casitas, you will not have many options for picking a room. However, I struggled deciding on a room because they were so unique and beautiful.
I ultimately booked the “Plunge Pool Casita.” It was the only room with a private pool and I love special features. The stand alone casita is also pink!
Coming in at about 3,000 square feet, this casita has a living area, four poster bed, kitchenette, full walk-in shower, dual closets, outdoor teak patio with chairs, a day bed, a grill, hammock among the coconut trees, and of course – the pool.
If you are planning to stay in Aruba for longer than a few days, I think the kitchenette and grill make sense. You can easily make food/snacks and have somewhere to eat as well.
The mini fridge in the room is quite spacious – I would say it is more like 1/4-1/2 the size of a regular fridge.
Some of the other things that were included were a Nespresso, dishes, cooking utensils, etc. The hotel also left reusable water bottles that were really nice and you can take them home.
The plunge pool is rather small, but great to cool off. The day bed also sees a lot of sunlight while being extremely private.
The design elements of the room scream “Aruba.” Hues of blues and pinks paint this room with a lot of natural light that floods in.
On site, the property has two pools. The Tranquility Pool, which is nestled in the greenery for a quiet escape.
The Tropical Pool was my favorite. There was loungers, an overwater hammock and cocktails! Pro tip – come early to secure your favorite spot!
There is an outdoor shower right by the Tropical Pool so you can rinse off. You can’t miss it as it is bright yellow!
On Palm Beach across the street, there’s a section of Aruban beach huts, access to food and drinks at the Ritz-Carlton, and watersports are also available.
You can grab a foldable beach chair to take around to the amazing beaches in Aruba if you want, the property also has coolers and ice.
Free Wi-Fi is available while you are on property.
Parking is also free if you decide to rent a car.
There is also a spa on site, yoga deck with mats, as well as a gym!
In the lobby each morning they offer a booster shot of wellness. Just stop by and they will pour you one.
If you are looking for a small snack, drink or even a trinket to take home, there is a small area in the lobby. There are also multiple seating areas to hang out or while you wait to check-in or out.
On property Eduardo’s Beach Shack is open for breakfast and lunch and the restaurant menu is plant and vegetarian themed.
I ate here for breakfast and the acai bowl was outstanding. It’s probably one of the more beautiful bowls I have seen in my travels.
Eduardo’s is famous for their smoothies (which are also delicious).
You can hire Chef Taki and he will come and cook on your private patio. This is such a unique experience if you want to eat in and eat very local.
There is also an option to hire Green Fish to come and do a private Caribbean paella night for you on your patio.
You can also order in room dining and some of the rooms offer floating breakfasts.
Things to know:
The property only allows children 12+.
There are a lot of mosquitos. While the property has mosquito repellent in your room and at the restaurant, I would highly recommend packing something with more deet in it. It was not quite strong enough at night sitting outside among the greenery.
Entrance and exit to the property is gated. You will need a key to get back into the property.
Lobby hours are 8am-8pm. If you leave the property and are out after these hours, take a kay with you so that you can get back in.
Loved the property. I think Boardwalk is a good boutique property with fun rooms, great pool, delicious food, friendly staff, and super easy beach access.
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