If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I spent the past week on the tropical paradise island that is Aruba. If you saw my pictures while you were fending off below freezing tempratures and snow, I am so very sorry. All is fair now: it’s snowed twice since I’ve been back, so I’ve been shoveling and trekking to work in the cold and wind just like the rest of you. Our trip was not entirely all for fun – my husband attended a conference, albeit a pretty relaxed one which ended by noon everyday so he could enjoy some time on the beach as well. Since it was work related, his practice paid for everything except my plane ticket. If your work is paying for you to stay at the Ritz Carleton in Aruba, that’s officially a sign that you’ve made it in life, right?!
I’ve been to Aruba several (4?) times before, so this trip was just about relaxing – no wandering around “downtown” or exploring the desert side of the island. Every morning, I woke up and went for a long stroll down Palm Beach to a little smoothie hut and ordered an acai bowl for breakfast. When my husband finished his session for the day, we’d head down to the beach, sit under an umbrella and read for several hours, take a stroll up and down the beach, and go for a swim. Every night after dinner, we’d go get gelato. Really, it was a rough week. ;)
Since this is a food blog, let’s talk about a food. Most of the top-rated restaurants in Aruba require reservations several months out, and since we didn’t book our trip until 11 weeks ahead of time, we were unable to secure reservations. We did, however, have a few good dinners. Simply Fish, located at the Mariott, serves (as the name suggests) simply prepared fish, but the view and location – barefoot dining on the beach – cannot be topped. White Modern Cuisine was probably my favorite dinner of the trip, and also offers many gluten-free options. Amuse Bistro serves French cuisine with Aruban influences, while Les Crustaces at the Ritz serves incredibly fresh, local seafood. All are good options if you’re looking for somewhere to eat in Aruba… but definitely don’t miss Gelatissimo to end your meal!
We had a wonderful, relaxing vacation – fingers crossed that Husband’s practice sends him back to the same conference next year (which will be held at the Ritz Grand Cayman)! Count me in!