|Complimentary champagne with fruit additions|
Who’s in for some tropical island drinks? I know I sure was when I went to Aruba for my honeymoon. Yup, I finally tied the knot and what better place to go than Aruba? The weather is beautiful, the people are nice, and it’s sunny 90% of the time. I never knew how amazing this place was. I heard stories, saw pictures, but that does it no justice until you go in person.
My wife Arlene and I were told about a great hotel on the island. Maybe even the best hotel on the island. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency. This place was beautiful beyond any explanation and stories could never paint the picture of the pristine beauty this hotel had to offer. I had done my fair share of traveling in my life, but this was by far something out of my wildest dreams. The hotel sat directly on the beach, the water a clear but bright blue, and the sand as soft as anybody could imagine. When we arrived here, I knew it was going to be hard to leave. I had been at the Hyatt Regency for no more than 10 minutes and I fell in love…but there was just a lot more in store for me than I had ever imagined.
Aruba’s slogan is One Happy Island, and that slogan deems true for certain. It’s such a laid back and relaxed lifestyle with boats and beaches galore. To go with Aruba’s relaxed life style, I present to you an array of different colorful, fruity, delicious drinks served up at the Hyatt Regency’s collection of bars.
|Berry Iced Tea|
While at the Hyatt, Arlene and I made our first stop at Palms, an amazing restaurant on the lower level, just by the beach. Palms was beautiful and very inviting. This had “island living” written all over it. I will not discuss food in this article, no, not yet. That will come another day. For now, just drinks. I asked our waitress for iced tea, but they didn’t have your average ice tea that you get in the states. They gave me their tropical berry tea garnished with mango, watermelon and blueberries. This drink was a perfect introduction to the island.
Upon telling our waitress that we were there on our honeymoon, she presented Arlene and I with a complimentary glass of champagne. An Aruban tradition is to toss a piece of fruit in your glass. The carbonation causes the flavor of the fruit to spread about the drink, adding a hint of flavor but not taking away from the champagne taste.
|champagne with raspberry|
Later on that night we visited the Alfresco Bar at the Hyatt. This bar was open during night hours, and served up some amazing, well-made drinks. Of course Arlene and I got drinks we could get at home, but it was still amazing. She got a chocolate martini and I had an old fashioned. What is nice about the Alfresco Bar is that it is an outdoor bar, like most of the bars at the Hyatt, but it also has small cabanas where you can lie down in while you are served your drinks.
|Chocolate Martini and Old Fashioned|
The following days we would spend time at the beach and pool, and I made it a routine to visit the Kadushi smoothie bar every day that was just feet from the beach. There is nothing like sitting at this colorful little bar while watching the ocean and the occasional iguana running by. The staff at the Kadushi bar was willing to make me anything I wanted, but I usually went with some watermelon, bananas, strawberries, and some yogurt. Arlene got the same. I have to say, Best. Smoothie. Ever! Many more visits to the Kadushi bar followed during our stay.
|Watermelon, strawberry, banana, and yogurt smoothie|
The Palms Beach Bar was another favorite of ours making frequent stops for pina coladas. This was another small bar just feet from the beach, not too far from Kadushi bar. This was a great place to visit during the day if you were looking for drinks other than smoothies. We took advantage of happy hour when the drinks were 2 for 1. We doubled up on those pina colada like we owned the place. For those who don’t know what a pina colada is, and you should. It is a frozen drink with Malibu rum or some kind of pineapple or coconut rum, cream of coconut, and pineapple juice. Oh, and garnished with a cherry and a piece of pineapple. Delicious.
On the following nights, Arlene and I bounced around the little bars drinking smoothies, pina coladas, or other famous Aruba concoctions. One famous drink of Aruba is the Aruba Ariba. This is a very complex drink, which contains many different elements, but the taste is amazing. You would have to look really hard to find this drink anywhere I the states because some of the ingredients you can’t even get here. The drink ingredients are vodka, 151 proof rum, a cordial called coecoei, creme de bananes, orange juice, cranberry juice, and finally pineapple juice. Arlene went with a drink called the Green Flash which was a real interesting drink. This consisted of Grey Goose pear, lime juice, triple sec, and a muddled cucumber.
|two drinks from Alfresco Bar|
|Blue Breeze (left) and Aruba Ariba (right)|
There is no doubt that the Hyatt’s bars were amazing, and served up the best drinks one could ask for on this happy island. I had fell in love with this hotel and all the great things it had to offer. Arlene and I will be back for sure. We are not sure when, maybe for our one year anniversary, but that can’t come soon enough. So I tip my hat to the excellent staff at the Hyatt Regency Aruba.
Keep those drinks comming!
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino
J.E. Irausquin Blvd. #85
Palm Beach, Aruba, Dutch Caribbean
Tel: +011 297 586 1234
Hyatt Regency Aruba