My wife and I along with possibly a few other couples for my 40th and seeking a true beach / all inclusive vacation and our first visit to Aruba the week of Oct. 20th, 2013. We're going to take this opportunity to celebrate our 10th year anniversary two years later.
We are looking for the best valued all inclusive resort that is suited for adults and/or couples as our preference is to stay at a resort without many small children. We have 3 small ones that will not be travelling with us and my wife would prefer not to see too many small kids as this will be our first week-long getaway without them.
We've stayed at AI resorts throughout Canun, Mayan Riviera, Puerto Vallarta, Cuba, MB Jamaica as well as Punta Cana - Dominican and have picked Aruba for October travel due to what we've been told is almost guaranteed warm and dry weather.
We are beach oriented and enjoy basking in the sun and relaxing so pools are secondary to our needs and not the pickiest eaters. A beach bar would be preferred.
Any assistance that can be provided would be greatly appreciated as we have researched a few hotels and have shortlisted them as follows in random order (please feel free to rank or recommend any):
Holiday Inn (great beach - not sure about food)
Riu Palace (familiar with Riu brand)
Occidental Grand (looks good)
Divi Beach & Golf (located across the street from beach)
Thanking you in advance,
Mario & Helen from Toronto