By Alexander Britell
The Radisson Aruba is now a Hilton.
The iconic Morris Lapidus-designed resort on Aruba’s Palm Beach has officially debuted as a Hilton.
The 355-room property is now the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort and Casino, located on a 15-acre beachfront site.
It opened in its new iteration on Wednesday.
Above: the opening ceremony on Wednesday
“Aruba is the quintessential Caribbean island with its strong European influence, long stretches of white beach and eclectic culinary scene,” said Rob Palleschi, global head of full service brands at Hilton Worldwide. “As one of the most revisited destinations in the region, this opening marks an important milestone as we continue to expand our global presence and deliver on our commitment to providing diverse experiences for our guests.”
Hilton has been steadily expanding its Caribbean portfolio, with debuts at both new-build and existing resorts, from Resorts World Bimini to Jamaica’s Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort, which opened as a new Hilton brand called Curio.
“The opening of Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino is celebrated with pride,” said Tom Potter, senior vice president for the Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America at Hilton Worldwide. “This project is a magnificent addition to our Caribbean portfolio with its remarkable connection to the island’s past and exceptional team members who bring traditional Aruban hospitality to life. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this hospitable community, and extend Hilton’s warm welcome to the island’s residents and visitors.”
The former Radisson had been acquired by the Aruba Growth Fund earlier this summer.
Hilton was then tapped to manage the property.