The Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino has upped the ante on its romance offerings for couples with a new program that promises seclusion and serenity, along with hammocks, flamingos, a bonfire, beverages and a butler.
The highlight of the couples' overnight connection package is its location on Renaissance Island, the resort's 40-acre, private tropical isle a seven-minute water taxi ride from the property in Oranjestad.
By day, Renaissance Island is swarmed by guests eager to spot the flocks of pink flamingos that strut the beaches and nest in the mangroves.
However, by 7 p.m. each evening, everyone is gone and the scenic island is deserted, save for the flamingos, a hostess, a butler and a security guard.
By then, two of the cabanas have been transformed into a romantic oasis for two. One serves as a bedroom, and the other serves as a living area.
The couple takes a private boat ride from the Renaissance Aruba to the dock, which is flanked by Renaissance Beach and Iguana Beach.
"A hostess is there to greet them and escort them to their dining venue on Iguana Beach," said Janien Huistra, director of sales and marketing.
The couple can select their menu, music and beverages in advance. The five-course, candlelit dinner on the beach is served by the butler.
Later, the butler escorts the couple to their cabanas, which are supplied with towels, bathrobes, a cooler for beverages, a hammock over the water, a shower and a flashlight as well as marshmallows for a bonfire on the beach.
"The butler departs after dinner. The only person on the island that night is a security guard, who remains a discreet distance away from the couple's cabanas," Huistra said.
The overnight package, priced at $2,000 for two, ends at 8 the following morning, although the couple has the option of extending their stay for the day in one of the cabanas for $300.
The package was launched on Valentine's Day and is available year-round. Reviews have been very positive, with several more bookings already in place, according to Huistra, who said the private-island option can be added to a hotel stay or to a wedding package.
"The resort hosts up to 100 weddings a year, and many of them take place on the island," she said.
The 296-room, adults-only Marina Hotel and the family-friendly, 258-room Ocean Suites comprise the Renaissance Aruba Resort, which, according to Huistra, had record-breaking occupancy for 2018.
"We have high demand much of the year," Huistra said, "and this winter season has been far ahead of 2018's season."