Bucuti & Tara

Aruba, Caribbean

The hotel

One of Aruba’s most romantic retreats, the adults-only Bucuti & Tara simply exudes peace and tranquillity. Overlooking one of the few ‘Dream Beaches of the World’, powder soft sands and crystal clear waters are yours for the taking; warm trade winds gently brushing against your skin as you soak up the sun. Far from the madding crowds, it is nonetheless a short taxi ride from civilisation should you fancy a night out. We bet though you’ll be hard pushed to venture much further than the ocean’s edge. World-class facilities on-site include a gorgeous salt-water infinity pool to splash about in and the Day Spa, an absolute must-visit. Water sports are always on the agenda, or enjoy tropical views as you sweat it out in the 24/7 fitness centre. A complimentary American buffet breakfast kick-starts each day nicely, eaten al-fresco on the oceanfront deck. Lunch and dinner are also served at Elements Restaurant, showcasing world cuisine with the finest of ingredients. Beforehand, let the expert bartenders at Sandbar mix you a tropical cocktail. Happy Hour is daily from 4:00pm-6:00pm and there’s live steel band music too to get you in the mood for a good night ahead. Make sure to reserve a table at Carte Blanch (well in advance!) for a dining experience that’s as exclusive as it’s unforgettable.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Honeymoon
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Close to Beach
  • Restaurant
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing

Where is it

Nestled on Eagle Beach, three miles north of Oranjestad for cafes, restaurant and shops. The Alhambra Bazaar and Casino complex is adjacent. Transfer time from Queen Beatrix International airport: 20 minutes.

Hotel information

104 rooms and suites. All of which are air-conditioned with ceiling fan, balcony or terrace, satellite TV, telephone, WiFi internet access, mini-bar*, hairdryer, safe and iron and board. Standard Rooms with partial garden view, 1 king-size bed or 1 king-size bed separated into twin beds (on request only), sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Optional Dine Around Dinner plan available: a three-course evening dinner plan (excludes drinks) is available at local restaurants outside the hotel (restaurants to be confirmed on check-in). Transportation is not included. 

Superior Garden View Rooms are recently renovated, with 1 king-size bed or 1 king-size bed separated into twin beds (on request only), sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Deluxe Ocean View have oversized terrace with unparalleled views of beautiful Eagle Beach and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Bungalow Garden View with large patio deck, kitchenette and separate bedroom with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Bungalow Ocean View with large patio deck, kitchenette and separate bedroom with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Junior Suite with double balcony, full kitchen and separate bedroom with 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Tara Suite overlooking the beach with large balcony, separate living area and bedroom with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Tara Penthouse Suite on the rooftop of the Tara Wing with spectacular panoramic views of Eagle Beach, separate living room, full kitchen and bedroom with king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

  • Food and beverage credit: receive $100 food and beverage credit per room per stay when staying a minimum of 14 nights, or receive $50 food and beverage credit per room per stay when staying a minimum of 7 nights. For travel between 1 Jun–30 Sep '19 when booking a Standard Room or a Superior Garden View Room. 

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

Elements Restaurant (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Senses Restaurant (dinner only, advance reservations are required, reserving 2-months in advance is recommended). Private romantic dining on the beach with a Sunset and Moonlight seating options. SandBar open-air beach bar serving snacks and drinks.

Complimentary movies on the beach. Daily Happy Hour.

Infinity pool. Day Spa*. Fitness centre (open 24-hours). Non-motorised water sports* including diving, kayaking and sailing.

Complimentary WiFi access. Gift shop. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. Concierge desk. 24-hour reception.

5 nights between 3—31 Jan '20 and 1 Mar—22 Dec '20.

7 nights between 24 Dec—2 Jan and 1—29 Feb '20.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: Dine Around Dinner Plan is available at an additional supplement.

Please note: this hotel is an adults-only property, guests over the age of 18 years permitted only.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Ten years & another Great Experience

Sep 18, 2019 Ambrose0809

We stayed in the Tara building the room was top rate, balcony offered a fantastic view of beautiful Eagle beach and the Caribbean. Entire staff is A-1, are friendly and efficient and will go the extra mile to accommodate their guests. Elements restaurant is top rate with comfortable seating, excellent food, service and views.
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Sep 18, 2019 samjohnson77 Nottingham, United Kingdom

This was our second visit to Bucuti after visiting on our honeymoon for 2 weeks back in 2017. There is nothing that can be faulted within the entire hotel. The staff, food, rooms, beach, cleanliness - everything was perfect. The booking system to reserve beds is fantastic, no more getting up early to reserve a bed, simply log on at 5pm and… Read more
This was our second visit to Bucuti after visiting on our honeymoon for 2 weeks back in 2017. There is nothing that can be faulted within the entire hotel. The staff, food, rooms, beach, cleanliness - everything was perfect. The booking system to reserve beds is fantastic, no more getting up early to reserve a bed, simply log on at 5pm and take your pick. There is not a bad bed on the entire beach and all have ample space surrounding them. The staff are incredible. We were hoping to see a happy smiling Frank at the door to greet us upon our arrival as we remember him so fondly from our previous visit, and we were not disappointed. A fantastic character who's energy and positivity is infectious. The staff around the bar are all fantastic, remembering names, drinks and taking a genuine interest in everyone they speak to. I must say Robert at the bar was fantastic as was Aldrick! It was great to speak to Ewald on numerous occasions as he came around the hotel! Koen was also brilliant in making sure everything was perfect with our holiday throughout the duration of our stay. The food in Elements is fantastic, my wife is a vegetarian and there are so many options available for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the quality is second to none. If you are visiting Aruba, reading this and searching for a hotel. Stop searching and head straight to Bucuti & Tara. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The Perfect Honeymoon Experience

Sep 17, 2019 zaclynch84

Couldn't find a single complaint if I tried. Wouldn't have changed a thing. Perfect Honeymoon location! The staff was so friendly and helpful. Beach location was ideal. Ocean View room was better than expected!
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Sep 16, 2019 JayCee91517

We had the most wonderful stay on the island by choosing the Bucuti & Tara. We have been to the island 5 previous times and always stayed at the Marriott High rise - never again! At the Bucuti & Tara we experienced a better and cleaner beach, much less people and just a completely relaxing vacation. For those not happy with the system for… Read more
We had the most wonderful stay on the island by choosing the Bucuti & Tara. We have been to the island 5 previous times and always stayed at the Marriott High rise - never again! At the Bucuti & Tara we experienced a better and cleaner beach, much less people and just a completely relaxing vacation. For those not happy with the system for reserving the chairs, try staying at the high rise end of the island where you either have to get up at 5:30 am, or start waiting in line at 2:00 pm for the 4 pm time to book. Not my idea of a vacation. No matter which umbrella we got here it was all the same sand, sea and sky - No complaints here! It would be hard to single out any staff member because everyone we came in contact with was wonderful. They made you feel like you were special, remembering your name, your beverage choices, etc. Such an excellent staff, which is a reason we will be returning. We stayed in the Tata suite - gorgeous and spacious room, beautiful sunset views, very quiet. Also the food at Elements was so so good, breakfast and dinner alike. Can not think of one thing we did not like. Visited the spa too - wonderful massage! Thank you to Bucuti and Tara and all the staff for making us want to visit Aruba again. Staying at the high rise end of the island turned us a bit sour on returning, but now we have found our oasis and will definitely be coming back to this beautiful island and stay t Bucuti & Tara! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful stay!

Sep 16, 2019 danders1995 Raleigh, North Carolina

We wondered if this place would live up to all the great reviews and it did. This place is beautiful and relaxing. The beach is gorgeous with ample seating and a no-stress system of reserving chairs the day before (no waking up early to claim a seat). Staff was helpful and friendly. We met so many nice people. We had a Tara Suite with a… Read more
We wondered if this place would live up to all the great reviews and it did. This place is beautiful and relaxing. The beach is gorgeous with ample seating and a no-stress system of reserving chairs the day before (no waking up early to claim a seat). Staff was helpful and friendly. We met so many nice people. We had a Tara Suite with a beautiful view for our special occasion (20th anniversary), but we didn't spend much time in the room and I think any room would have been great. We went to the spa (small, but great service). Dinner at Senses was fun and delicious. We are already talking about our return trip. Read less