4.9 out of 5

"My husband and I are military veterans therefore; we have traveled the world to make memories. We truly made a memory at the Bucuti [Boo-coo-tea] & Ta ... " More

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Hotel Description

A romantic stay in Oranjestad awaits you at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort - Adults Only, a recipient of the prestigious Conde Nast Gold List award in 2013. Within just a 10-minute stroll, you'll find Alhambra Casino and Druif Beach. Highlights at this beachfront resort include 2 restaurants, a full-service spa, and an outdoor swimming pool.

All 104 rooms feature free WiFi, furnished balconies, and iPads. Refrigerators and microwaves make in-room dining easy, and minibars provide refreshments. Nice touches to enhance your stay include bathrobes and free toiletries, while pillowtop beds invite a good night's rest. IPod docks, cable TV, and coffee/tea makers are also available.

A relaxing visit to Purun Spa can include hot stone massages and sports massages along with body wraps, body scrubs, and mani/pedis. The restaurant, Elements, serves international cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. At the resort's own beach bar or bar/lounge, you can enjoy a drink. Spend the day at the beach where you'll find sun loungers, and enjoy the onsite 24-hour fitness center and spa tub. Plus you'll find free WiFi in public areas and laundry facilities. Each morning a free full breakfast is served. There's also the convenience of free self parking.

Attractions within a 15-minute drive of this 4-star Oranjestad resort include Royal Plaza Mall and Alto Vista Chapel.

Standard Room

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$350 per night

Superior Room Gardenview

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Deluxe Room Ocean View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Tara Suite Oceanfront

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort - Adults Only ratings based on 38 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.9 out of 5 5.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 5.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 5.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 5.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5

Celebrating 5.0 in Style

Location: The location isn't in the 'party' area however, we paid $18 round trip to get there.
My husband and I are military veterans therefore; we have traveled the world to make memories. We truly made a memory at the Bucuti [Boo-coo-tea] & Tara Beach Resort in Aruba. We were welcomed with smiles and the most delightful service. We were not disappointed with our standard room, in the Bucuti wing, which exceeded our expectations. Within our room, there was a note which stated, ‘Please enjoy this complementary wine to celebrate your husband's 50th birthday’. The next morning, we enjoyed the American breakfast menu in the Tara wing. Our amazing hostesses—Margarita—informed us of the made to order options in addition to the vast array of pancakes, hash browns, bacon, sausage, fresh fruits, deli meats, cappuccinos, etc. I couldn't wait to wake up for breakfast each morning. The next day, we had a couple’s massage and even though I did not get our masseuses names, because we fell asleep, our massages were superb. We were offered mimosas afterwards. I felt royal the entire stay. Even down to the beach wait staff who just knew we needed ice cold water while lounging on the beach. I really made the right decision with this hotel. Being empty nesters, we really enjoyed the romance and seclusion of this adult only hotel. It was quiet when needed yet fun and energetic during happy hour when needed.

Posted by , from Texas on Oct 23, 2016

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5 out of 5

BEST HOTEL IN ARUBA!!

My Husband & I just returned from our 9 night stay at Bucuti - this was our 3rd trip to Aruba; we stayed at Bucuti 2 years ago for our Honeymoon which was amazing and last year we stayed at Divi All-Inclusive b/c it was a last minute trip and Bucuti did not have availability (Divi was just okay compared to Bucuti). We did visit Bucuti though and had an Anniversary dinner on the beach last year which I recommend to anyone on Aruba! We stayed for 9 nights total – upon arrival we were given champagne and when our room was ready (almost 2 hrs after we arrived) we had an anniversary gift of cheese crackers and flutes in our room – which was SO NICE  My parents & my husband’s parents also stayed at Bucuti for 5 nights each – they were also celebrating their own anniversaries so they had a gift bag as well! We had an amazing time with them and after they left we had a few days/nights to our selves which was great too! Prior to our arrival I made all our reservations for a car rental, dinner plans, excursions etc. via email through the Bucuti Concierge Desk with MADELINE – who is AMAZING, she totally helped 100% with ANYTHING we needed as did the rest of the Bucuti staff. Debra, the hotel manager visited with all the guests every morning at breakfast which was very nice and made everyone feel extra special. Bucuti truly appreciates their guests. Our parents had such a good time – thanks to Aruba being SO beautiful but also to the staff at Bucuti. They ranted and raved (as we did to them prior to visit) about how helpful, happy, sincere & welcoming the staff is. The resort recently went through a restaurant renovation – it turned out awesome (we knew what the Priates Nest looked like so it’s a total 360). The prices are little high for dinner for us but you get that all over the Island if you go to a nice restaurant – the menus are cool b/c they were ipads  - they have Vegan/Veg options as well as Organic and then regular options too which is nice to see. The food was great all around – the bar food/lunch food was good – the Ranchero Wrap was great and was just what we needed sometimes for little lunch (you can split it between 2 with fries). All in all, we’d say the restaurant was a success, it totally upgraded the whole beach front experience and has only made the resort even more beautiful! The breakfast was GREAT as it was 2 yrs ago – they have everything you’d ever want in the morning. Since this resort is not all inclusive – we ate a big breakfast and it would last us until late afternoon at which time we’d have a snack or an early dinner. All in all – we only had a $300 room charge for food/drinks after 10 days!! I would NOT SKIP this resort over just b/c its not all inclusive. There are markets walking distance now and supermarkets if you rent a car so I’d suggest getting some snacks and even beer/alcohol and bringing it back to the resort. Not full meals of course, but crackers, cereal bars, etc. to get you through the afternoon if you need something small to eat. We stayed in the Tara Suites and our parents stayed in the Bucuti Suites so we could compare 1st hand the quality of the rooms – they are pretty much the same, the only big difference is the Tara Suites are a little bigger and they are beach front. If you are trying to decide whether to spend the extra money or not, the big question is do you want a beach view? It was nice to be able to walk 2 min to your room at Tara but the Bucuti Building is just a few more steps away, in my opinion BOTH rooms were beautiful and you will be comfortable in either!! This is a “couples” sort of resort – there are a lot of Honeymooners and Anniversary Guests. It’s also adults only so you don’t have kids all around. We do have 1 complaint – we did have a few days were the Costa Linda guests actually walked over with their towels and bags and sat right in middle of the Tara side with KIDS – which was pretty annoying since we paid so much to stay in an adult only resort - It would be nice if they had a flag or something to let Costa Linda know where there beach ends and Bucuti’s begins. This is a small resort, so if you want the real island relaxation feeling this is your resort!!! The high-rise and downtown area and hotels are a quick and cheap taxi/bus ride away so you can really have the best of both worlds – we would hang out during day at Bucuti and some nights take a ride out to the high-rise/downtown hotels to eat and walk around. Notes on flights – we had an early flight so we had almost a whole day but we had to be at JFK at like 5am which made it a LONG day – when we arrived our room wasn’t ready for almost 2 hrs so that was a little frustrating. Our departure flight was at 4:45pm but check-out is at 12 noon – we asked if we could check out a 1pm which was great b/c we didn’t have to leave for airport until 1:30pm. A little advice – don’t go crazy trying to get an early flight in and late flight out b/c it makes for longer days and an extra hour or 2 is not worth it! We will be taking flights now that leave NYC at around 9am or even later and flights that leave Aruba at around 3pm or earlier. Positives: small resort, nice rooms, great food, great staff, amazing beach, Madeline at Concierge Desk. Negatives: Costa Linda Guests migrating on beach, our room wasn’t ready upon arrival. We LOVE Bucuti – we are already planning our next trip with our friends in May!! we love Aruba we love Bucuti and cannot wait to go back – it is paradise and we recommend staying at Bucuti to EVERYONE everywhere for any type of vacation especially Honeymooners!! No resorts on Aruba compare to Bucuti - We ALL had an amazing trip and cannot say enough good things about Bucuti!!!!!!!!

Posted by , from Long Island, NY on Sep 1, 2013

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5 out of 5

Had the Best Time at Bucuti & Tara Resort!

My husband and I just got back from a wonderful trip to Aruba.  We stayed at the Bucuti and Tara Resort while we were there and we have nothing but great things to say about the place.  The customer services is off the chart and whatever shortcoming they had with respect to our room or service, they made up for it tenfold.   I would highly recommend this resort to anyone considering a trip to Aruba.  I loved the pool, the beachfront, the restaurants, the gym and especially, Carte Blanche.  This trip was a very memorable 40th birthday celebration indeed.  Thank you for the bottle of vino and cake to commemorate my 40th!

Posted by , from San Diego, CA on Aug 26, 2013

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4 out of 5

10 year anniversary - best trip yet

We had no idea where we wanted to go for our anniversary trip. This location in Aruba was suggested by family that had stayed there a few years ago. It hit all the features we were looking for--couples only, no one under 18, limited rooms, beach front, best beach, and some meals includes. Upon arrival we were greeted warmly by Jean Pierre who guided our entrance and provided the keys to our vacation by following three rules. If you go you will learn them!  At check in we were given champagne and helpful guides for our stay.  We were lucky to get a first floor room in the Tara suites--just like I wanted! The walk out patio leads right out to the beach and chairs--no fussing with elevators or other people direct access to our room. Ok to the point: My pros list * chairs are enough for each guest * chairs are The Best in the beach * the beach is the best and most quiet * guests were respectful at all hours * food options are plentiful - local store and familiar eateries are nearby * staff is helpful, courteous, and attentive * very clean - staff was constantly cleaning My observations (not cons) * cameras are everywhere - I say this because some people may be put off by it. We were fine and considering the beaches are public it's a safety precaution we appreciated. * badges are required for entrances to areas of the hotel. Again safety so no complaints here. * dehumidifies required at all hours. Just a result of the environment - kind of loud but necessary. Mold is an issue with the humidity.  * breakfast included - got a bit repetitive after a couple days. There are other options within walking distance.

Posted by , from Michigan on Aug 6, 2013

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5 out of 5

Great place to stay!

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet
My wife and I toured all the resorts while we were there and somehow we managed to pick the top place to stay. If you are looking for a romantic quiet place to stay with plenty of room on the beach. This is the resort. We are going back and Buciti is the resort for us

Posted by , from Canada on Dec 7, 2012

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5 out of 5

Very nice place to relax with a beautiful view.

Pros: Free Internet, Quiet, Free breakfast
We just returned from a very relaxing vacation. The beach is beautiful, clean, and very quiet. The staff at Bucuti are very welcoming and eager to help with your needs. We had a very enjoyable stay and would recommend this resort highly.

Posted by , from WV on Aug 14, 2012

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5 out of 5

Just totally awesome

Pros: Free breakfast, Free Internet, Quiet, staff
Nothing negative to say. From the facilities to the service, it could not have been more pleasant. From check-in to check-out just one great experience!!! (And of course, the weather was terrific and their beach was beautiful, as well)

Posted by , from Stafford, VA, USA on Nov 16, 2011

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5 out of 5

This hotel is amazing!

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet, amazing beach, friendly and helpful staff
Such an amazing place! The hotel has the best beach on the island. The location is perfect distance between the airport and high rise district. If you want a picture perfect beach without a bunch of noisy kids, this is the place to be. My wife and I came for our honeymoon and it was everything we imagined and more. The staff is friendly, the hotel is beautiful, the restaurant is delicious, what else could you want? I highl recommend this place to anyone looking to visit Aruba.

Posted by , from Philadelphia, PA on Nov 15, 2011

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4 out of 5

Great Hotel

Pros: Quiet
This hotel gave us a great vacation! I really recomend it to all of you!

Posted by on Jun 20, 2011

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5 out of 5

We were very pleased

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants, Quiet
We selected the Bucuti hoping we would get what was advertised. I am happy to say it was better than advertised. The beach was excellent, plenty of chairs and more palapas per room than most places. The water was excellent and the wind kept the temperature tolerable all day. The service personnel were quite friendly and we were helped each time we had questions. The room we rented was good. Frankly, we did not spend much time in the room. Therefore, it was not important to us. However, the bed was very comfortable, the bathroom was large and modern, and the room was very clean! The air conditioning worked well. No complaints. Best of all...we really enjoyed the quiet and relaxing atmosphere. No loud music pounded through one's head and no unhappy/ uncomfortable children expressing themselves. Yes this is for a crowd who does not bring their young children along. Most guests were young-newly married or older 50s plus. Lots of good restaurants available in Aruba. Especially Cubas Cooking and El Guacho. It was an excellent beach vacation! The best we have had (we travel alot).

Posted by , from Annapolis, Maryland on May 28, 2011

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About the Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort - Adults Only

Location L G Smith Boulevard 55B, Oranjestad,

Property Features

Spend the day at the beach and work on your tan with sun loungers (chaise longues) or relax in the shade with umbrellas. Pamper yourself with a treatment at the full-service spa and enjoy amenities at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort - Adults Only like an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. Free breakfast is served daily. There are 2 restaurants on site. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include a beach bar and a bar/lounge. A computer station is on site, and both WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. This Beaux Arts resort also offers a spa tub, a garden, and a terrace. Free self parking is available. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 4-star Oranjestad resort.

  • 104 guestrooms or units
  • 5 levels
  • 3 buildings
  • 2 dining venues
  • Built in 1987
  • Full breakfast (free)
  • Bar on the beach
  • Bar or lounge
  • Beach lounge chairs
  • Towels for the beach
  • Umbrellas for the beach
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-in
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Computer for guest use
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • Smoking in designated areas

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Parking

Free self parking

Transport

  • Airport: Oranjestad (AUA-Queen Beatrix Intl.) (8.1 km / 5 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort - Adults Only offers 104 air-conditioned accommodations with iPads and iPod docking stations. Rooms open to furnished balconies. Beds feature pillowtop mattresses. Televisions come with cable channels. Refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee/tea makers are provided. Bathrooms include bathrobes, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. This Oranjestad resort provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include safes along with free local calls (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include minibars and irons/ironing boards. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily.

  • Private balcony (furnished)
  • Pillowtop beds
  • Minibar
  • iPad
  • IPod dock
  • Cable channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

Guests are served free full breakfast daily.

Elements - This beachfront restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting).

Carte Blanche - This restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves dinner only. Reservations are required.

Entertainment

Daily Happy Hour in SandBar between 4 PM and 6 PM. Live steel band music on the beach from 5-7 PM and 9-10 PM.

Nearby Activities

This Aruba resort's beach frontage measures 200 yards wide and 150 yards deep and features 71 widely spaced thatched-roof shades. Swimming is available in a 50-by-25-foot infinity pool, with a surrounding sundeck furnished with lounges, umbrella tables, and a spa tub. Beach towels and sun loungers/chaise lounges are also available. Motorized water sports are barred from the section of Eagle Beach fronting the resort, but other water sports, including snorkeling and scuba diving, are available from independent operators farther north on Eagle Beach, which stretches about 1.5 miles. The recreational activities listed below are available on site or near the resort; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Water skiing nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Golf lessons available nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby

Spa Services

  • Hot stone massage
  • Sports massage
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body wraps
  • Body treatments
  • Facial treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Massages

Accessibility

If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Check-out

  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children 18 and younger are not allowed at this adults-only property. All guests older than 18 are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pets

  • No pets allowed

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
  • Minimum guest age is
  • Caters to adults only

Hotel Names

  • Bucuti
  • Bucuti Tara Beach Resorts
  • Bucuti Beach
  • Bucuti Tara
  • Bucuti Tara Beach
  • Bucuti Tara Beach Resorts
  • Bucuti Tara Resorts
  • Bucuti Tara Resorts Hotel
  • Bucuti Tara Resorts Hotel Beach
  • Tara Bucuti
  • Bucuti Tara Beach Resort Adults Oranjestad
  • Bucuti Tara Beach Resort Adults
  • Bucuti Tara Beach Adults Oranjestad
  • Bucuti Tara Beach Adults

You should know

  • This is an adults-only property and guests under 18 years old aren't allowed.

Awards & Affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Globe, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

  • Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort - Adults Only is listed in the 2013 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List of the world's best places to stay.
  • This property is affiliated with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) and welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) guests.