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This winter we decided to head south for a points-fueled January escape to Aruba. We took advantage of a long weekend in mid-January to pack up the family up for a short trip to Aruba where we split our time between the Radisson Aruba on Club Carlson points, and the Hyatt Regency Aruba using Hyatt Gold Passport points (and Chase Ultimate Rewards points transferred in 1:1 from our Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card). Rates at both properties were $400-$500+ on our nights, so being able to use points was crucial in making this vacation affordable!
If you are going to Aruba for vacation, then presumably main attractions are warm weather, beaches, and pools. In fact, this post is dedicated entirely to the beach and pools at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa, and Casino.
If you want to read other posts about Aruba:
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa, and Casino Review Part 1 (room, spa, lounge, and kid’s club)
Hyatt Regency Aruba Pools:
There are a few pools in the Hyatt Regency Aruba 8,000 square foot pool complex. They aren’t all connected, but they aren’t that far apart from each other either. There are sections that are just inches deep, and other sections that are around four feet deep. I did not come across any adult only pool area, but some pools seemed to just naturally attract more adults or kids depending on location, size, and depth.
There were a couple hot tubs that we came across that were also being used by a mix of adults and kids, which reinforces why this hotel is one I think that is better geared for a family getaway than a couples getaway.
As you can see by these pictures taken in the morning, it is common practice to “claim” your pool chair for the day pretty early on by placing a towel on the chair. These pictures were taken around 8AM – 9AM. There were still plenty of other chairs to pick from if you weren’t up super early, but if you are particular about your spot (or want shade), then be sure to claim your spot before breakfast.
During our mid-January visit the pool water was a little bit cooler than I prefer, though I was able to get in it to cool off. My husband and daughter (who are tougher than I am) didn’t mind the water temperature at all.
The main attraction of the pool complex for kids is absolutely the two-story water slide. Our five-year old was able to go down the slide without a problem, but you must be at least 42 inches and be able to swim. The reason for having to be able to swim is that the slide lets you out in about four feet of water, so you need to be able to swim out of that to get to the side. If your kid still needs a bit of help from time to time, the adult can go first and wait for the kid at the bottom, but they were not letting two people go down the slide together on our visit.
The water slide is open from 10AM – 5PM and the pool complex is open from “dawn to dusk”. There is a bar in the pool (near the slide), so you don’t have to get out of the water to enjoy a drink or snack. There are also places to eat casual meals around the pool so you never have to leave the area!
Hyatt Regency Aruba Beach Review:
I thought the beach at the Hyatt Regency Aruba was darn near perfect for families and young kids. The water was calm, the sand was soft, and there were lots of ways to enjoy some shade near the water. Believe me, shade is imperative in Aruba! The Hyatt does have some free palapas available each day to those who line up very early (6AM?) to reserve them. If you miss out on those, there are other palapas you can rent on a daily basis, or you can secure a larger cabana. We emailed the hotel in advance to book a cabana because I didn’t trust our skills to haul out of bed at 6AM on vacation to secure a free palapa (especially given the time zone).
The hotel charged us $75 for the day’s use of this cabana right on the beach.
With the cabana you also had use of the chairs in the cabana, as well as the ones in the sun in front of the cabana. Technically there was an attendant and we were told there would be a drink server coming around at some point, though we never saw either of those people after the initial cabana set-up was complete. I didn’t like having to spend $75 for shade when we easily got it for free at the Radisson the day before, but it was a comfortable set-up and well worth it to not be sunburned!
I thought the water was a tiny bit chilly on our January trip, but again, my daughter and husband thought it was perfect.
The hotel has rafts and such that you can check out for no fee, so we made use of that amenity for our ocean fun. Be aware that these get picked through pretty early in the morning, so grab yours quickly if you want to be sure to have a raft available for your crew.
I have been to lots of beach hotels, but I have never before been to one on points that had this good of a beach for families right off the back steps of the property. If you are looking for easy beach fun on points with your family, this hotel has to be on the list of contenders. I also want to add that during our stay I didn’t get any mosquito or bug bites while on the beach, which is another big selling point in my book. The ever-present wind is likely responsible for keeping the bug bites down while you are next to the water.
I would absolutely return to this property for beach fun with my family. Stay tuned for one more post in this series on Aruba about the restaurants we visited, as well as the process to leave the airport/country (because that was “super fun”)!
Have you been to the Hyatt Regency Aruba? What did you think of the beach and pools?
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