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FrontRunners: Caribbean Royalty

Photo by Don Riddle

Aruba’s tourism boom began more than 50 years ago, when Palm Beach’s first high-rise resort, the Aruba Caribbean Hotel, welcomed the Netherlands’ Queen Juliana and her husband, Prince Bernhard. The recent debut of the 320-room Ritz-Carlton, Aruba (www.ritzcarlton.com), has revived the island’s noble legacy with spaces that include a 15,000-square-foot spa and a 2,390-square-foot suite with a wraparound terrace and outdoor shower overlooking the sea. Located on the northwestern tip of Palm Beach, the U-shaped resort also features a casino, two swimming pools, and four restaurants. Fittingly, the property’s grand opening, on November 22, coincided with an island visit from the Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. 


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