CJ 2018 – Caribbean Casino Review – ABC Islands
Previously known as the Netherland Antilles the countries of Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and St. Maarten have always been favoured by mainly North American and Latin American gamblers.
Although Bonaire has only two very small boutique like casinos there are major Vegas style casinos in Aruba (13), Curacao (13)
A franchised Hard Rock Resort & Casino Aruba at the former Bushiri Beach Hotel property has been shelved. The developers did not meet the Government's deadlines for starting the project. The area has now been designated as a public beach, once demolition and clean-up is complete.
The Bahia Principe project is still alive. The 1,000 rooms resort on Baby Beach would also include a casino.
The AM Resorts' Zoetry Isla di Oro project is scheduled to open in 2018. It is located in an area of dense mangroves. The rooms are being constructed on stilts. The 'wellness' resort is relatively small and
there has been no talk about a casino being part of the project.
The Barcelo Group bought all the Occidental hotels, but did not immediately change their name. In Aruba, however, the former Occidental is now a Barcelo Resort. The Aura Casino at the resort closed down rather suddenly and the owners fled the Island, leaving the casino employees up in the air. Liv Casino is the new casino lessee and has opened with a reduced number of the former employees due to the casino being downsized by the all-inclusive resort to accommodate an expanded lobby bar!
The Radisson hotel is now under new ownership; has changed to the Hilton brand and has undergone an extensive and tasteful renovation. The casino is unchanged.
The casino at the Tropicana Resort was working with a temporary license whilst the former Royal Cabana Casino building was being demolished, but there are no signs of a new casino despite the original temporary license having expired. The current casino has 5 table games and 120 slot machines. Similar in size to the Glitz Casino (La Cabana Resort) and Liv Casino, they are currently the smallest on the Island.
The Renaissance Resort & Casino in Aruba and Curacao have both been sold to a Native American casino group. The former ownership will continue to oversee the management of the properties in the short term.
The Casino Association, as part of the Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association (AHATA), has elected a new Board; with Ben Figaroa
(General Manager, Marriott's Stellaris Casino) taking over the President's role from Ricky Tromp (Director Casino Operations, Hyatt's Copacabana Casino) with Marc Charley (Owner, Liv Casino) also elected to the Board.
The Casino @ Ritz-Carlton
Stellaris Casino @ Marriott
Excelsior Casino @ Holiday Inn
Copacabana Casino @ Hyatt Regency
Liv Casino @ Bavaro
The Casino @ Hilton
Cool Casino @ RIU Palace Aruba
Orchid Casino @ RIU Palace Antillas
Glitz Casino @ La Cabana
Tropicana Casino @ Tropicana
Alhambra Casino @ Divi
Crystal Casino @ Renaissance
Seaport Casino @ Renaissance Marina
These are the 13 casinos currently operating.
Please note that RIU has two Palace hotels next to each other. The
spelling of Antillas is deliberate and is the Spanish version of
The Renaissance Marina is a separate building to the Renaissance.
Ritz-Carlton and Hilton both call their casinos The Casino.