Fodor's Expert Review Boardwalk Boutique Hotel Aruba

Bakval 20, Palm Beach, n/a Aruba, Aruba Fodor's Choice

What began as a tiny family-run enclave on a historic coconut plantation has since evolved into an enchanting boutique resort of Caribbean cottage-style casitas connected by a signature wooden boardwalk and surrounded in vibrant blooms. Guests can enjoy private palapas and food and beverage service in a dedicated space on famed Palm Beach right across the street; there's a free shuttle for those who'd rather not walk. Each casita is uniquely decorated with tropical colors, kitchenettes, BBQs, and hammocks. There are a few unique bespoke units like the second-story Palapa 360 Lodge for two with a wraparound deck, and a stand-alone casita with its own plunge pool. Food and beverage service is provided by the on-site Coco Café, whose focus is on locally sourced ingredients; creative vegan and gluten-free options are available. Local food service company, Green Fish, offers dine-in chef experiences, private paella nights, and more. Fitness facilities, yoga, and spa services add to the allure. It's important to note that this resort only receives guests aged 12 and over, and it is a cashless operation.


  • stellar personal service and health and wellness focus
  • modern digital amenities like key and concierge apps and 5G Wi-Fi
  • new on-site Coco Café offers full breakfast, all-day lunch, and bar options


  • not right on the beach
  • little on-site entertainment
  • smokers must indulge outside of the property’s security gates




Phones: 297-586–6654


46 units
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards only, no cash

What’s Nearby