Renaissance Island

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Renaissance Island
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Leave the cares of the world behind as you venture over to a private island complimentary to Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino guests. Renaissance Island features Aruba’s only private beaches and is just an 8-minute water taxi ride away. Here lies a true oasis with family-friendly beaches or beaches just for adults. Pamper yourself at the private Spa Cove, play a game of beachtennis, sit down to the delicious lunch specials at Papagayo Bar & Grill or have a drink at our newly added Mangrove Beach Bar, or just lie back and let the sun caress you. A day on Renaissance Island is a day well spent.
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Hinesburg, VT1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Family
This was my favorite part of Aruba. We have been quite taken aback by how built up things are and this Was just such a unique experience. One that we will remember for years.. The $125 per person price tag includes one food item and drink so that offsets <$40. The service, food/drinks, boat ride, and location made for magical day. I would recommend catching no later than the 815 boat to really see the flamingos. They were sleepy when we first got there but then right at nine, if ass on cue, started parading around.
Written January 21, 2022
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swamprat08
Jordanville, NY26 contributions
Sep 2021
Was able to secure a day pass on line (required), turned out to be the highlight of the trip. Arrived early to photograph a more active flamingo, they did not disappoint. You will need US quarters to get food from a dispenser to feed them. At least this day they were on the adult beach to start their day, but they do wander over to the family area from time to time. Ended up camping out on the family side most of the day as swimming is much less rocky there. Lunch was included with the day pass and is very good fare. Had a very friendly server, but my bad, I forgot to write down her name. So sorry. Also some of the iguanas and pelicans also tolerate close human contact making for nice photos. We had our own iguana for the day bribed with pieces of lettuce. If we didn't have dinner reservations for later that night would have stayed till the last boat to the mainland. Would highly recommend this day trip for adults and families.
Written October 18, 2021
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Leanne C
3 contributions
Jan 2022
We had a wonderful time taking the boat from the Adult Only Renaissance Hotel where the boat picked us up in the hotel. 10 minute ride to the island. We enjoyed the Iguana beach because of the abundant covered thatched roof umbrellas and abundant seating. We were able to get complementary towels, snorkeling equipment, floats, kayak, and paddle boards at no extra cost. We went down to the docks to watch them feed the iguanas at noon. The other side was flamingo beach which is the Adult only beach. Enjoyed feeding the flamingos, you can get food right there at the dock for $.25 and they eat right out of your hand. The adult beach was narrow and crowded. Food and drinks on the island were reasonable. The boat goes back and forth every 15 minutes throughout the day so you're not having to wait to long coming or going.
Written January 19, 2022
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Alessandra R
Bogota, Colombia137 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
Good place to spend a couple of hours if staying at Renaissance hotel. Recommended to stay at least one night at the hotel to visit the island for free. The island is a nice place, good structure with bathrooms/shower and also towels, snorkel, floaters included (no extra fee). There is a small beach, not deep enough to swim and some algae. Papagayo restaurant available in one side and a bar available on the other side - there are waitresses who can serve both sides. There are also some hammock. In total around 10 flamingos. Boats leave from hotel pier at the mall every 15 min.
Flamingo beach is adults only - kids can feed the Flamingos from 9-10am only, but can stay at Iguana’s beach at other times (both beaches are separate by a bridge only)
Written April 5, 2022
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N Z
31 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
The ferry to the island is a less than 10 minute walk from the hotel lobby. The ferries leave every few minutes. The ride to the island is about 3 minutes. The island has a family side (Iguana) and an adults only side (Flamingo) which is where the famous flamingos come out. They are beautiful birds. The island sells cat food (that's what they eat) for you to feed to the flamingos. They can be temperamental, but they will be eating out of your hand once they earn your trust. The beach itself is beautiful, especially at sunset. The sand is very rocky so I would definitely recommend water shoes. I wouldn't say the guest pass is worth $125 per person since all you can do is sit on the beach. The private cabanas are only available to guests of the hotel. I rented the deluxe cabana on the Flamingo (adults only) side for my girlfriend's birthday. It was a fabulous time. They imprinted my name on the sand and the suite comes with still and sparkling water, sparkling wine, and a fruit platter. I unfortunately don't remember the gentlemen that attended our cabana but they were both attentive and accommodating with their service, and even taking pictures of us as well as lending out chargers for devices. The suite has a couple of electrical outlets for your phones or bluetooth speakers. It also comes with some snorkeling gear, boogie boards, and a shower. The deluxe suite also had a large swing that seated us comfortably. This is great for photo opps and to relax. We had the cabana from 9am-6:30. We ordered food, and they brought out a cake for my girlfriend's birthday. We got a couple's massage which I must admit was not worth it. It was a very brief and light massage that we did not feel was up to par. It was a nice experience though. The island is filled with iguanas who are very curious. Some of them are huge. Many people were staying at the Renaissance for one night to utilize the island and then they moved to other hotels. The main attraction is the flamingos which have to be the most Instagrammed animals on the planet. It's a great amenity for guests, however if you're not staying at the Renaissance there are beaches that are just as nice without the rocky sand.
Written December 5, 2020
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candlowe
Tulsa, OK29 contributions
Mar 2020
We were able to acquire day passes while in port on the Norwegian EPIC. You must go on line at 0700 the day before and purchase the passes for $125 per person. . We walked from the ship to the Renaissance Hotel and boarded a small motor boat that docks inside the hotel. The boat ride is about 10 minutes to the private island. After we exited the boat we approached an island rep and enquired about renting a cabana. She made a call and like that we purchased the cabana for the day. There was another couple from the cruise as well. The day pass included two meals and two drinks, The cabana includes full bar/restaurant service as well as an ice chest with fruit, water, and champagne as well as plastic flute glasses. The cabana has lounge chairs, a sofa, 4 huge beach towels, and a shower. There is a private hammock and stairs to the beach. There are actually two horseshoe beaches. Only one has the flock of flamingos that are beautiful, friendly, and make incredible pictures. You can feed them by hand for 25 cents. Donovan and Jonathan handled all our bar and food service. They were incredible. Those two guys will take very good care of you. Donovan even provided comprehensive first aid when I cut my foot on some coral while swimming. The were frequently checking on us for any requests. The entire experience was fantastic. We stayed on the island until 6 p.m. as the ship was in port until 8 p.m. This was my only experience in Aruba and it was beyond anything I had imagined.
Written March 13, 2020
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Kristina
Riverside, CA21 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
Staying at the Renaissance Hotel is definitely worth it. You get unlimited access to their private island which would be $100+ if you don’t stay there and it isn’t a guaranteed ticket. All of the cabanas were booked for my birthday, but after checking it out the second day of our stay, we realized we didn’t need one. There’s access to two beaches where one is exclusive for adults and where most of the flamingoes enjoy hanging out. We learned that they enjoy the iguana beach (family side) in the early morning, which is probably their travel route from their main food spot. Then around 8am or so, they get to the flamingo beach (adult side) and stay there for the majority of the day. Five of them are pretty social if you get food from the dispenser (US quarters), and the white one is a bit sassy and loves digging up critters in the water.
There are hammocks scattered around the island, including 2 hanging over the water. There’s free access to kayaks, snorkel gear, towels, and floats. Guests have access to the fitness center. There’s walking trails, bars, and a restaurant. Many places to sit and chill if you want to get away from crowds. The best time to go is early morning or the afternoon around 3pm when most people start to leave.
As I said, unlimited access has been the best. On days when we haven’t planned an event, we just take the boat ride to the island and chill at the beach. Beats paying the taxi $20+ to go to further beaches.
Written April 12, 2021
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C&C Travels
Washington DC, DC17 contributions
Jun 2021
This was such a hidden gem. When asking for recommendations about Aruba, Renaissance Island never came up. My girlfriend and I discovered this beautiful island from a travel blog and we were not disappointed. Typically a pass to this island (for non-Renaissance guests) is $125 a person plus a $25 per person transfer cost. However, if you book a spa treatment you get access to the island all day. We would highly recommend the massage. It is in a private hut, facing the water, away from the beach area. Total serenity!

Aside from all of the flamingos the island is covered in beautiful wild life. You'll see massive pelicans, lots of iguanas, hermit crabs, variety of fish and did we mention flamingos!

Drinks were strong and reasonably priced. The food was also pretty tasty. Heads up that the adult side of the island is much smaller than the kid friendly side, and this is where the majority of the flamingos hung out. If you get there early you shouldn't have too much trouble securing a beach chair, but it does tend to get a little crowded on both sides as the day goes on. By 3pm people were heading back to the main island and seats were opening again.

Kayaks, paddle boards, floating boards and other activities are included as part of your island access.

Perfect way to spend half a day in paradise!
Written June 10, 2021
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Jodene A
Secaucus, NJ7 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
I stayed at the Renaissance in September, as part of my family's timeshare. The island is a wonderful treat, as the resort doesn't have it's own beach per se. It's a quick 10 minute boat ride from the resort pier, with boats leaving every 15 mins. The island is well laid out with two beaches- Iguana and Flamingo Beaches- and several restaurant options. Due to Covid, we couldn't use the spa facilities, which was disappointing, but we did have access to the non-motorised water equipment, like the kayaks, scuba gear and floating mats. I enjoyed my time there, although I will say that food and drink is very expensive, as are the rentals of the private cabanas (over $300 Usd). Also, I found Flamingo beach to be a bit overrun with too many Instagrammers, all wanting to get their selfies. 😝 Overall though, it was a great perk to staying at the Renaissance and I'll definitely recommend visiting.
Written October 5, 2020
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Micah
3 contributions
Sep 2021
This island is worth visiting whether or not you're staying at the Renaissance Resort. We purchased a day pass to the island, which included two meals and two drinks that we used for lunch. The service is incredible, and Abigail (our server) was fun, friendly, and accommodating. She must have served a couple hundred people during our time there and she did it with a smile on her face and worked very hard to make sure everyone was having an incredible vacation.

I recommend coming here if you want to see the iguanas and the flamingos that are on the island! The water is beautiful and calm, and everyone is there to relax. Truly a great atmosphere.
Written September 14, 2021
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