Body and mind served with Hilton Aruba's face-lift

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Two pools, a waterfall and a freshwater lagoon complement the Hilton Aruba’s location on Palm Beach.
Two pools, a waterfall and a freshwater lagoon complement the Hilton Aruba’s location on Palm Beach.

Following an 18-month, $25 million, propertywide renovation program, the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino recently unveiled redesigned guestrooms; an overhauled lobby; innovative guest activities; signature culinary offerings; restored dining venues; refreshed landscaping and beach areas; including a specialty beach, and pool cabanas.

The 60-year-old property, frequently dubbed the grande dame among resort properties on Aruba, is a hotel "whose place in history cannot be forgotten but whose future is an integral part of our island home," according to Rene Kan, a representative of the Aruba Growth Fund, which purchased the 357-room property in July 2015.

The resort offers a selection of waterproof books.
The resort offers a selection of waterproof books.

Pool time and reading no longer have to be mutually exclusive with Hilton Aruba's new waterproof library collection, housed at the resort's Activities Center.

Guests can choose from a selection of waterproof books to read above or in the water.

The Hilton also offers a beach tennis court. The sport was introduced to the island in 2000 and quickly gained popularity among Arubans.

The easy-to-learn sport blends elements of volleyball and tennis and is played on sand with small paddles and soft balls.

Beach tennis is a new offering for guests and combines elements of tennis and volleyball.
Beach tennis is a new offering for guests and combines elements of tennis and volleyball.

Guests also have the opportunity to find out their personality type through the 16 Personalities Test based on the Myers-Briggs Indicator, which assesses personality traits.

Based on the findings of the test, the Hilton staff curates a list of suggested on- and off-site activities that best align with each guest's character traits and interests.

The property offers four restaurants, several bars and lounges, the Eforea Spa, a kids' club and day camp, bike rentals, two pools, a waterfall and a freshwater lagoon, a range of water sports and family getaway and wedding packages.

Winter rates start at $419 per room, per night, double. Visit www.hilton.com.

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