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 in 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 and lush landscaped gardens. Boardwalk guests can enjoy private palapas and food and beverage service in a dedicated space on famed Palm Beach right across the street. Each casita is uniquely decorated with tropical colors, and they all have 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 villa with its own plunge pool. Food and beverage service is provided by Eduardo’s Beach Shack, and the daily happy hour happens poolside with a rolling bar cart---get there early for the overwater hammocks. Fitness facilities, yoga, and spa services add to the allure, and breakfast plans are available.


  • stellar personal service and health and wellness focus
  • modern digital amenities like key and concierge apps and 5G Wi-Fi
  • intimate resort with many secret oasis spots for ultimate privacy


  • not right on the beach
  • no on-site entertainment
  • smokers must indulge outside of the property’s security gates


Near the beach


Phones: 297-586–6654


46 units
Rate Includes: No Meals

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