Family Trip To Aruba – Final Days • Kath Eats

Here’s the third and final recap post of our family spring break trip to the Hyatt Regency Aruba! Check out part I here and part II here!

Our last few days in Aruba were casual beach days. Thomas, Mazen, Matt and Emerson ended up taking a second snorkeling tour right from the beach they loved. Mom, Larbs and I stayed with the little kids and had a relaxing lunch at the Palms Restaurant.

This Tuna Poke Bowl was fabulous! We thought the food at the resort was very good, and you know, not all resorts are like that.

I took several walks along the beach, which was beautiful to walk on.

The walk to the Ritz!

And the kids and I loved going to the pool bar to treat ourselves every afternoon! This day they were allowed to share a landslide.

Beach time

We spent a lot of time at the beach! Our biggest complaint about the resort was that you had to reserve umbrellas or palapas on an app, and somehow they were 99% booked every day even though there weren’t many people there. And to be in the front row, which is necessary when you have to watch the children swim, you had to pay!!! We ended up paying $70 one day to have front row shade, which seemed a little ridiculous for parents of kids.

This flamingo we borrowed provided tons of entertainment!

We’re not as sunburnt as this photo suggests, but I wanted to scream this new suit I bought from Target! It was great!! Always paired with me hat to go to the beach.

Young Adult Lunch

On our last day, my parents offered to babysit so we could have a quiet young adult lunch. We walk along the strip to the Bungaloe Beach Bar for grouper sandwiches, mahi mahi, fries, and lots of Balashi, Thomas’ new favorite beer!

Adults only pool

When we returned, one of us took over from the grandparents while the other went to the adults-only pool.

Man oh man, was it that nice! We should have done a better job swapping the kids because the hour I spent there was divine!

final happy hour

As usual, we met at the Balashi bar for a few drinks before walking to dinner.

Fish and more

We loved dining at a long table in Fish and more.

This young man was living his best life!!

More fish and more: seafood is my favorite food group (behind cheese!)

Thomas’ smoked tuna came out in a ball of smoke!

Final Breakfast

On our last morning I went for a walk to the famous Eduardo’s for a smoothie bowl.

I sat on the beach listening to the water while I ate in peace and quiet. I didn’t want to forget this dream moment!

Flights home

Fortunately, our flights home went well. It was sad to say goodbye to our cousins ​​in Charlotte!

This little man was totally lost.

Flying to Charlottesville

How impressive are the mountains of Virginia? The Caribbean is beautiful, but so is our home <3

Hyatt Regency Aruba Review

I wanted to finish with a quick review of the Hyatt Regency Aruba! Overall we loved it and would return!

The location

A 15 minute drive from the airport and walking distance to tons of restaurants was ideal! We loved walking on the beach and also the beach front path!

Our room

We booked a standard room for points, so we didn’t have amenities like a balcony. My sister’s family had a suite for the first few nights and it was awesome!! I’d be tempted to get one next time, although the cost difference between free and the suite would be a lot 🙂

We loved our room and it was very comfortable. The beds were soft and nice, and the bathroom was spacious for a “normal” hotel room.


The resort, lobby, pools, open areas and staff were great. No complains. Everything was nice, open and up to date! The wifi was free and the cafe had plenty of extra snacks and takeaway if you needed a snack.

The restaurants

We had an amazing dinner at Ruinas del Mar (although it was expensive) and the lunches we had by the pool were great. We especially loved the juice bar for breakfast! My sister and parents said the buffet breakfast included in their stay was excellent. (It would have cost us about $140 a day, so we opted for a la carte smoothies/coffee staples.)

Our only criticism of the restaurants is that there wasn’t really a casual option for dinners. While you could eat and order at the pool bar and upper patio bar, we would have loved for The Palms to be open for dinner. We got into a bind once or twice with hungry kids and nowhere to sit and relax by the pool after hours.

The Hyatt Regency Beach

The beach area was beautiful and the water was calm and shallow. I was a little surprised that there were no waves, but I think it was for the best because we swam a lot!

But like I mentioned, you have to reserve seats with an app and everything was booked OR expensive. We ended up having the back row every day as a place to leave our stuff, but we didn’t really spend much time there because we had to stay with the kids in the water. So we found this quite annoying. Front row seats cost between $60 and $70 a day. I understand that they are privileged views, but I just didn’t love this part. It was our only real complaint about the Hyatt.

All of these were secretive or expensive:

Aruba itself was beautiful and I would definitely return! Compared to our trip to Mayakoba, where it was cold and pouring rain for two whole days, the constant warm sun in Aruba was much appreciated!

The Hyatt Regency Aruba is ideal for families

The Hyatt Regency was a great place for our family, and I would totally recommend it to anyone traveling with kids! I think if you’re looking for a very romantic trip, it’s still a great option, but you’ll want to spend most of your time at the adults-only pool or splurge on the front row palapas. As far as beach areas go, this one wasn’t as exclusive as Andaz Mayakoba, Mexico, or the Four Seasons Anguilla. But it was still nice!

Did you miss parts I and II?

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