EAGLE BEACH, Aruba -- Bucuti Beach Hotel underwent a renovation
here while celebrating its 10th anniversary.
The resort revamped its guest rooms, lobby and outdoor public
areas. The main building was remodeled to include a business
center, a fitness center and a gift shop.
According to management, 40% of its guests come back yearly. The
visitor mix usually consists of Americans in winter and Europeans
in summer. During the past decade, the occupancy level has averaged
Rooms are larger than average, designed to accommodate visitors
who prefer longer stays. The rooms are decorated in bright colors
and have coffeemakers, refrigerators, a minibar and microwaves.
Next-day laundry service is available.
The resort also keeps the noise level down, appealing to
relaxation-seeking guests. "There are many Americans who want to
get away to a resort that offers total peace and quiet -- just the
sound of the ocean waves and the whistling of palm trees. That's
what we offer," hotel owner-manager Ewald Biemans said.
Bucuti Beach keeps the noise level at a minimum, in part, by
maintaining a kids-discouraged policy. "There's nothing for them to
do. We have no programs for them," said Susan Biemans, who runs the
hotel with her husband.
Action seekers can take a short bus ride into Oranjestad. The
resort is within walking distance of 24 restaurants as well as the
Alhambra casino and shopping area.
The on-site 150-seat Pirates Nest restaurant serves seafood and
steaks. The restaurant also is home to a weekly limbo show.
Honeymooners get a special table set on the beach, where they dine
by torchlight and are served by a personal steward.
Rates through Dec. 18 range from $120 for a standard room to
$180 for a suite. From Dec. 19 to April 4, prices range from $220
for standard unit to $310 for a suite, and from April 5 to Dec. 23,
$130 to $200. The resort offers a European Plan or Modified
American Plan with a dine-around feature covering nine local
Bucuti Beach Resort, Phone: (800) 223-1108, Web: