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Resort aerial photo Resort aerial photo 2 Resort map Resort map 2
Resort aerial photo 3 La Cabana & Amsterdam Manor aerial The main pool area The back pool at the Grand Suites section
The main pool area 2 The front resort area The waterslide in the main pool The waterslide in the back pool
Living room interior Living room interior bedroom interior Kitchen interior
The Royal Casino The view up Eagle Beach towards Palm Beach The main pool area 3 The pool at the Grand Suites
The swim-up bar


Resort Info

David Page - General Manager, e-mail: david@lacabana.com

Situated along Eagle Beach next to Amsterdam Manor. There are 803 suites. La Cabana has two separate resort sections. The section closest to the beach is the beach racquet club (or beach resort), and the section containing the newer villas (Grand Suites) are behind it.

The resort includes the largest casino in the Caribbean with its own restaurant complex featuring Italian cuisine, a steak house and a seafood restaurant. There are poolside restaurants and bars, as well as buffet theme nights (Mexican, Cabana Fiesta, Carnival and fashion and limbo barbecue party). There's a frozen yogurt and espresso shop and the 600-seat Tropicana Showroom features live entertainment nightly including Las Vegas-style revues.

Features in the resort include a shopping arcade, complete health & fitness center, boutiques, tennis courts, mini-market, a drug store, a children's playground, BBQ area, and 4 whirlpools.


Room Categories

Room categories include 441 studio, one, two & three bedroom suites with ocean views or garden views and 362 new, luxurious Grand Suites with courtyard views. All are fully equipped with kitchen, whirlpool, cable TV, hairdryer and balcony/terrace.

Grand Suite accommodations: Spacious, air-conditioned, ceiling fan, 1 king-size or two double beds, separate living area with queen-size sofa bed, satellite TV, telephone, safe, fully equipped kitchen with microwave and coffee maker, bathroom with whirlpool and hair-dryer.

Grand Suite
Spacious, 2 doubles or 1 king bed, separate living/ dining room, pull-out queen sofa bed. (Max. occ. 4 adults & 1 child.)

Two Bedroom Grand Suite
Same as above with a second bedroom with 2 twin beds & two bathrooms. (Max. occ. 6.)

Studio Garden View
Main Building, living area with queen-size Murphy bed, pull-out queen sofa bed. (Max. occ. 3.)

Studio Ocean View
Same as above with ocean view.

One Bedroom Garden View
Main Building, king bed, separate living area, pull-out queen sofa bed. (Max. occ. 4.)

One Bedroom Ocean View
Same as above, with ocean view.

If you go to the La Cabana web site at www.lacabana.com you can print out a floor plan of the room.


Notes/Hints/Tips/Opinions

  • A highway separates La Cabana from Eagle Beach but traffic is not heavy on this road and there is a crossing area.
  • The villas are a 3-5 minute walk away from the beach, through the front beach resort section.
  • The villas are somewhat larger, have a nicer layout and have two very large pools in the courtyard - one with a water slide and a swim-up bar, the other with a waterfall.
  • The villas are also closer to the casino (which is in a separate building further back) and some evening activities, but do not have ocean views.
  • The slightly older front section has superb ocean views, and there is also a very large pool and water-slide here too.
  • You don't need to bring beach towels - you'll get a paper card when you check in and you can use this to check out as many towels as you need each day at the towel hut down by the beach-side pool.
  • The fitness center/spa at La Cabana has massages.
  • If you want a really quiet vacation, then you may not want to stay at La Cabana, as it attracts a lot of families with children and tends to be one of the noiser, more active resorts. Think of it as the Orlando of Aruba.
  • Kitchens are better in the back villas than in the beach resort, as the beach resort rooms don't have ovens.
  • I suggest you go with the one-bedroom oceanview room or an oceanfront suite (which cost considerably more - but worth it) instead of the Grand Suite.
  • There is a shuttle that runs from the back of the beach resort section of La Cabana over to the Royal Casino, and from the resort to the beach every 20 minutes. The shuttle from La Cabana to The Royal Cabana Casino runs daily from 6 pm to 2 am. Pick up is just outside the lobby at La Cabana.
  • The public bus to downtown Oranjestad runs daily from 6 am through midnight. Pick up is next door in front of the Amsterdam Manor Resort. The bus runs Monday to Saturday, every half hour from 6 am to 6 pm, and every hour 6 pm to midnight; Sundays and holidays, every hour from 6 am to 6 pm, and every 2 hours 6 pm to midnight.
  • Children 12 years and under stay free.
  • Pelican Tours has an activities desk at La Cabana. Price listing: www.lacabana.com - Pelican price list
  • Optima Rent-A-Car has a location right outside the main lobby.
  • You can walk out from the ground floor rooms, but you should get a key for the patio door from the desk.
  • If you need an iron just call housekeeping and they bring iron and ironing board to your room.
  • The maid will do dishes for an extra charge, otherwise take your own dishwasher liquid. There is a liquid dish soap dispenser above the kitchen sink.
  • You will need to supply your own coffee and filters for the coffee pot in the room.


Children's Program

La Cabana is the most often recommended resort for kids. They usually have a lot of children there at any one time. It's an active, lively resort for kids. La Cabana offers the "Club Cabana Nana" program for children ages 5 - 12. Children can be enrolled in one or more weeks (minimum of 3 days) and you must register 24 hours in advance. The cost is US$80 per week, per child, or US$20 per day. Activities are varied each day, and include beach games, pool deck games, mini pool olympics, face painting, arts and crafts, mini golf, bowling, skits, table games, scavenger hunts, and more. The program includes a daily lunch, except Wednesdays when kids get dinner instead, plus a Nana t-shirt to wear during the week.

Program hours: 10:30 am to 3:30 pm Mon., Tues, Thurs., Fri., Sun. Wednesday hours 5 pm to 8:30 pm only. Not available Saturdays.

Guests may also arrange for babysitting services by contacting La Cabana Guest Services. Monday through Friday, rates are $8 per hour, after midnight $9. Saturday and Sunday rates are $9 per hour, and $10 after midnight. These rates are for one child, add $1 per hour for each additional child. Sitter charges slighly higher on holidays.

For teens aged 13 - 17, there is the Teen Cabana Culture Club. Activities include windsurfing, playing billiards, snorkeling, mini-golfing, and partying at special "socials" (minimum sign up of 10 required).


Restaurants/Bars/Lounges

Pool Grill
A La Carte Breakfast - 7:30 am - 10:30 am
Pool Side Lunch - 11:30 am - 4:45 pm
Pool Side Dinner - 6 pm - 10 pm, except theme nights

The Captain's Table
(located in the shopping arcade)
American Breakfast Buffet - 7:30 am - 10:45 am
Italian Pasta Lunch Buffet - 12:30 am - 2:45 pm
A La Carte International - 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm


La Cabana's 5 Bars
(Daily Happy Hours at Most Bars)
The Pool Bar - 10 am - 10 pm, with Live Music
Swim-up Bar - 11 am - 8 pm, at the Villas
The Galley Bar - 4 pm - midnight, in the Main Lobby
The Aquarius Bar - 10 am - 10 pm, at the Villas
Oasis Beach Bar - 9:30 am - 4 pm, along the Sea

Lobby Cafe
Open Daily 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Breakfast - Coffee,croissants, italian ice cream, etc.
Lunch - Sandwiches, snacks & salads
Dinner - Daily take-out specials

Outback Steakhouse
(Next door to the Villas)
Open 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Appetizers, including the Bloomin' Onion, Australian beers, seasoned steaks, ribs, chicken, seafood and pasta

The Arawak Hut
Fruit smoothies, hot dogs, ice cream, pizza, etc.
Open daily from 10:00 am till 8:00 pm

Theme Nights

Mondays' Captain's BBQ
THE BBQ: Includes everything a good BBQ needs
FIRE LIMBO SHOW: Steelband Music & Fire Limbo Show

Wednesdays' Beach Party
CARIBBEAN FOOD: Includes Caribbean Style Prepared Specialties
CARIBBEAN DANCE: Dazzling Caribbean Dance & Music Show

Fridays' Carnival Caribbean Royale
THE PARTY BUFFET: with Salads, Soup, Steak, Fish, Chicken, Rice...
THE CARNIVAL PARTY: with Authentic Costumes & Live Music

Activities & Events

Activities and events are too numerous to list here, but La Cabana offers a large daily schedule listing of all events at their website: www.lacabana.com - activities



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