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Palm Beach, Aruba

The white-sandy beaches, breezy palms and pristine waters in Aruba are as enchanting as they come, but what really draws us to this gem is its perpetual sunny climate. Set approximately 27 kilometres from Venezuela (a five-hour flight from Toronto), Aruba is one of the few Caribbean islands located outside the hurricane belt—promising perfect balmy conditions all-year round. For those seeking downtime the best place to get pampered is at the Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. Amenities include modern suites, five restaurants (Japanese, Italian and American cuisine to pick from), a beach, a casino and—for pure R & R—a Mandara spa (the largest on the island at 6,500 sq. ft.). For honeymooners, we suggest the delight package: an aromatherapy flower bath, followed by a lavender body wash and your choice of an aromatic body scrub, a Caribbean coffee scrub or a coconut scrub, finished with a massage. For the adventurers, there’s plenty to do: tour the town’s colonial buildings, hit the golf course, go kiteboarding, or take a Jeep safari tour to the “outback of Aruba”. Of course, if you want to spend days lazing away on the beach, there’s room for that, too!

Photo courtesy Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino.

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