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 An absolute dream come true, perfect in every way!

Jul 21, 2019 heartinthekeys North Easton, Massachusetts

Book it! Please don’t hesitate to book your vacation at the Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort. This resort provides a magical vacation experience and impeccable service. From the moment we arrived, we were treated so well! This was our first visit to Aruba and we are so happy we chose this resort. Upon check-in, we were offered cool towels and… Read more
Book it! Please don’t hesitate to book your vacation at the Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort. This resort provides a magical vacation experience and impeccable service. From the moment we arrived, we were treated so well! This was our first visit to Aruba and we are so happy we chose this resort. Upon check-in, we were offered cool towels and champagne. The check-in process was done in the room with an iPad making the process super easy after a long flight. We were initially greeted my the manager, Rik, which was a nice gesture. Frank at the door is hilarious and very friendly. I simply cannot day enough positive things about Faber from the concierge team who helped me via email for literally months. Faber assisted me with my numerous questions and reservations. He was so patient and helpful! The whole concierge team is beyond fabulous and helpful! Upon arrival, Angela, Alexandra, Faber, and the whole team were so wonderful!! The staff at the Bucuti really help make the experience even better. Garrett, Brandon, Juan, just to make a couple always had a smile and a greeting for you. The room, the hotel grounds, and the pool/beach area are immaculate. The restaurant, Elements, is wonderful. The vegan options are incredible. We are already planning our next trip to this resort. I can’t recommend it enough. Thanks to the Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort for treating us like family and making our stay so incredible! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Room needs updating and poor management

Jul 21, 2019 alexblawrence Longview, Texas

Not impressed with the local management, however the supervisors of management sincerely attempted to repair what happened. A old lady yelled that we were not to smoke a cigar on the balcony, so we called Down to the desk to verify if we could smoke the cigar we bought in THEIR gift shop or should we put it out and get a refund since it wasn’t… Read more
Not impressed with the local management, however the supervisors of management sincerely attempted to repair what happened. A old lady yelled that we were not to smoke a cigar on the balcony, so we called Down to the desk to verify if we could smoke the cigar we bought in THEIR gift shop or should we put it out and get a refund since it wasn’t posted or mentioned to us. The front desk said to finish it. The maid then later walked in and told us we couldn’t smoke the cigar. We let her know we spoke with front desk. She then left the room, returned to the room again and repeated to us that we could not smoke the cigar. All of this occurred while I was topless on the balcony (no one can see you on the balcony). Their only redemption is that the wait staff by the pool was great and their beach was beautiful. I also didn’t like that you had to reserve a beach hair and umbrella at 4 every afternoon and it’s first come first serve via iPad. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Honeymoon paradise

Jul 21, 2019 misssdmj New York

All the research I did led us to this perfect little gem for our honeymoon. Bucuti and Tara was PERFECT for our honeymoon. I can't say enough good things about this place. Every cab driver we had said we picked the best hotel on the island for our honeymoon and I couldn't agree more. Thank you Bucuti and Tara!! We will definitely be back. … Read more
All the research I did led us to this perfect little gem for our honeymoon. Bucuti and Tara was PERFECT for our honeymoon. I can't say enough good things about this place. Every cab driver we had said we picked the best hotel on the island for our honeymoon and I couldn't agree more. Thank you Bucuti and Tara!! We will definitely be back. Some of the people we would like to recognize/honor are: Madeline, our concierge. She was nothing short of AMAZING and worked with us to get the best excursions but also the best seats in the house for our daily dinners. And, the treats sent to our room were super appreciated!! Also, thank you, Madeline, for the best room that Bucuti and Tara has!! That corner room provided the best views from not only our balcony, but the room itself. 341 is now our special number!! 😉 Next is Vincent, the server for our palapa on the beach. We looked forward to seeing him each day. Super friendly and super funny!! Thank you, Vincent, for the big smiles you gave us each day. And the bartenders, thank you for the specialty Purple Rain drinks. They were super YUMMY!! We would also like to thank Angie at the towel hut. Though our towels were always provided in our palapa, she greeted us with a huge smile every day. Her sweetness and smile just lit up our every day. And, the handmade picture frame was so super sweet. We cannot forget the 2 ladies at breakfast each morning, Natasha, (and I forget the other girls name.) We were welcomed every morning with their friendly smiles and always ready to make us special treats like the Dutch pancakes, omelets, waffles, etc. Great way to start our every day. The complimentary breakfast you provided every day was amazing. We have never had such an extensive variety at a complimentary breakfast. Even the vegan options were great. Every staff member at this resort was super friendly and accommodating!! Family owned and run is the way to go. It is exactly what we wanted. Thank you Bucuti and Tara for the honeymoon we dreamed of!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating THIS IS PARADISE ON EARTH!!

Jul 19, 2019 scottkbennett Lake in the Hills, Illinois

I was a bit skeptical looking at all the TripAdvisor reviews and that everyone gave 5 stars and saying that this resort is the best ever. From the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, you are treated with the best (and sincere) service and stay on the most beautiful portion on Eagle Beach (the entire Americas IMO). Like everyone… Read more
I was a bit skeptical looking at all the TripAdvisor reviews and that everyone gave 5 stars and saying that this resort is the best ever. From the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, you are treated with the best (and sincere) service and stay on the most beautiful portion on Eagle Beach (the entire Americas IMO). Like everyone else we spoke to, we will be coming back here when time/money allows and this will be our "Go To Place" moving forward- I simply have not experienced anything better (and I have travelled exclusively across the Americas and Europe). In summary, the staff, food, accommodations, setting and even the people staying make this the place to be and "Paradise on Earth"! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Our 6th Year and Still the Best Resort

Jul 19, 2019 Victor S Yonkers, New York

We just spent our 6th straight year at Bucuti & Tara and the best thing I can say is we'll be back for our 7th. Once you come here you'll know why it's rated #1. The care and service is above reproach. Rooms are very clean and quite. They have a great beach with more lounge chairs with umbrellas then guest. The full breakfast included is a plus!