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Honeymoon in Aruba

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Honeymoon in Aruba

Hi everyone

My finance and I are booking Aruba for June 2014. We are so undecided about where to stay!

Thomson who we are booking through are selling the Riu palace to us and said its out of this world.

We want relaxation, good food and drinks, beautiful room to stay in and 4/5* accommodation.

If anyone can let is know about their experience of this place and if it would be good for a honeymoon, or recommend other places instead it would be very appreciated

Thankyou :)


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1. Re: Honeymoon in Aruba

When my husband and I honeymooned in Aruba, we stayed at Bucuti. It is adults only. Bucuti is located on beautiful Eagle beach. If you are into a lot of night life then I would book on Palm beach. Check out the Radisson on Palm beach as another option to the Rui. It is suppose to have the better beach front area on Palm beach.

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3. Re: Honeymoon in Aruba

If you prefer all inclusive, then Riu is probably the best choice. If you would prefer to experience the wonderful dining options, the Radisson is a very nice hotel and located on the best part of Palm Beach. The Bucuti is adults only and is located on Eagle Beach. Beautiful beach, but very quiet at night. It depends on what you prefer. So, I would check out the web sites for Riu, Radisson and Bucuti. JMO. I strongly suggest that you ignore any posts that list just one choice, because they are created by persons who are not acting in the best interests of visitors to the island. Just remembered Amsterdam Manor on Eagle beach. Very nice property, beautiful beach and you may choose AI or not AI.

Edited: 19 May 2013, 17:22
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4. Re: Honeymoon in Aruba

Thanks for your replies :) very helpful. We were thinking of Riu because of budget, but I was a little concerned about some negative reviews I've seen. I've actually never been anywhere all inclusive before so not sure what to expect!

I shall check out suggested hotels so far and compare. I imagine we will have the option to venture out and eat out a few times if we go all inclusive!


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5. Re: Honeymoon in Aruba

Katieee24, felicitations on your upcoming marriage.

I think Aruba is a wonderful spot for a honeymoon but I've noticed that Thomson's tends to recommend all-inclusive resorts for its customers. You would be spoiled for choice with restaurant options in Aruba, however; if you like to venture out, you should consider NON-all-inclusive, or perhaps a resort with other options, such as the Radisson.

If I were honeymooning, I think I would go either to the Rad or to Amsterdam Manor (the latter has an AI option, but the rooms also have kitchenettes if you were interested in self-catering for breakfast, lunch and snacks).

Best wishes and happy planning!

Edited: 19 May 2013, 18:34
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6. Re: Honeymoon in Aruba

My husband and I have stayed at the Riu twice and really thought it was lovely. We had a partial oceanview suite both times, but could see the ocean well. The food was great and the AI handy.

We have also stayed at Amsterdam Manor and loved it. It was perfect as far as we were concerned. Lots of restaurants to try, as we didn't do AI. This was great too.

I don't think you can go wrong if you pick any of the resorts the other posters have mentioned. Congratulations and enjoy!

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7. Re: Honeymoon in Aruba

Choosing all inclusive could depend on how much you and your Fiancé prefer to drink alcohol during a day. If you like many drinks during the day all inclusive could be less expensive. There is nothing in all inclusive that says you must stay and eat on site for every meal.

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The Riu is a great place and their food is excellent and it is within walking distance of a lot of things and a real safe place. We always stayed there but the big draw back is that it's almost impossible to get a beach hut and they are so crowded and close together. We just stayed at the Bucuti in April. The beach is beautiful and there is a hut for every room and the beach is not crowded at all. The management was very friendly. It's not all inclusive and you would have to rent a car or take a cab to the restaurants.

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Hand down I would choose Bucuti, mostly all honeymooners and no children. Breakfast is included and the Tara Suites are right on the beach. No crowds on the beach and it is a 10 min ride to high rise area. Also, they do have choices around Bucuti for dinner that you can walk to. Casino is across the street and they have a nice wine bar.

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10. Re: Honeymoon in Aruba

Agree with the above post :)

Beautiful quiet beach front setting......

Adult only......

Couldn't think of a nicer place to go to ;)