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 the Senses fine dining restaurant (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 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.

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 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 Amazing! Go now! You will regret waiting!

Jan 27, 2020 Stephen B

Love it! It was everything we imagined and more. I must admit to initially being hesitant because of my perception of being expensive. Yes it was more than we normally spend on hotel rooms for vacation. I like to think of myself as frugal, my wife says I am cheap. The property and experience was AMAZING! I didn't realize how wonderful it would… Read more
Love it! It was everything we imagined and more. I must admit to initially being hesitant because of my perception of being expensive. Yes it was more than we normally spend on hotel rooms for vacation. I like to think of myself as frugal, my wife says I am cheap. The property and experience was AMAZING! I didn't realize how wonderful it would be at an adults only property. Being all inclusive, including the beach umbrella is a huge bonus. The website says that the property is cashless, but you should bring extra $5s and $10s. We loved it so much we booked again for next year. We will do the following differently next trip; pack less clothes, add more days (done), book sooner (done). The hotel, staff, location, and experience far exceeded my high expectations. NOTE: I travel alot, I am a high maintenance guest. This is a great place! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Top holiday stay

Jan 27, 2020 Paul-Hetty

we had a wonderful holiday here. The very good service and good atmosphere made it great. Relaxing on the beautiful beach, always a beach bed was wonderful. have a drink at the bar, or eat in the restaurant, we enjoyed it
Image of the Tripadvisor rating We'll be back for you Bucuti!!

Jan 27, 2020 FournierFlyer

BY FAR THE MOST INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE. My husband and I stayed here for his 30th birthday. We stayed in a Tara suite and were treated like royalty the entire time. EVERY SINGLE EMPLOYEE made us feel at home throughout our entire stay. "Crazy Frank", Mr. Freddie and Maya were among some of our favorite faces. We had the opportunity to go on the VIP… Read more
BY FAR THE MOST INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE. My husband and I stayed here for his 30th birthday. We stayed in a Tara suite and were treated like royalty the entire time. EVERY SINGLE EMPLOYEE made us feel at home throughout our entire stay. "Crazy Frank", Mr. Freddie and Maya were among some of our favorite faces. We had the opportunity to go on the VIP Island tour with Antonio and would absolutely recommend a day with him! The food was excellent - no matter where we ate. The only problem was that our stay wasn't long enough. We look forward to returning to Bucuti in the future! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Best resort for adults in the Caribbean

Jan 27, 2020 Connector19516989002 West Hartford, Connecticut

Bucuti never disappoints. It is very classy but also very relaxed and fun, and it has the best beach in Aruba. Proximity to town, and to the high-rise area, is also a plus. The staff at Bucuti are fabulous, with a priority on top-level service.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lovely beach, HORRIBLE (new) umbrella reservation system

Jan 27, 2020 maddiera Charlotte, North Carolina

Despite what management insists, there is a scam going on involving umbrella reservations. In our fifth day here, we see the same people sitting in the same chairs next to the same friends. Yet when we use our PERSONAL HOTEL IPAD, we cannot access the reservation system until 3-4 minutes after the 5 pm start time when the first five rows are… Read more
Despite what management insists, there is a scam going on involving umbrella reservations. In our fifth day here, we see the same people sitting in the same chairs next to the same friends. Yet when we use our PERSONAL HOTEL IPAD, we cannot access the reservation system until 3-4 minutes after the 5 pm start time when the first five rows are already booked! Someone is making $$$ which would be ok except management insists not. Mathematically impossible! Also, minutes after our arrival, we had an extreme emergency and concierge basically said, “tough”. Not the kind of service I expect. Won’t be back. FYI, except for management & concierges, staff is great, and facilities are fine. Read less