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Bucuti vs. Renaissance

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Bucuti vs. Renaissance

1st timers (20-something couple) looking for an awesome, relaxing trip. I'm really not sure which hotel is better, because they both seem great. I really like the Bucuti's penthouse also no kids (huge perk in our book)! The Ren looks great as well, I want to visit the private island. We're looking for a somewhat upscale hotel, that offers great ocean views, that aren't too far away from the action of Aruba. Will 1 full day be enough to explore the island by car, as we want to spend most of our time laying around on the beach?

-Bucuti: I'm concerned that we will be bored at night, because it seems there is so little going on at night. I'm also worried about finding great restaurants (we both LOVE food).

-Renaissance: I'm worried that there will be tons of screaming children. Also, is there really a smell from the Marina?

We're planning to go in March, so any and all info is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Bucuti vs. Renaissance

This question has been coming up a lot lately.

From what I've seen - Tara Suites at Bucuti is gorgeous. And, you can always pay to spend a day on Ren Island.

For Bucuti - with the peace and quiet and tranquility of that beach, you give up a few of the perks of the hotels on Palm Beach (or the Ren) with the amenities, concierge, etc.

It all depends on what you're most interested in.

I, personally, would prefer Palm Beach over the Ren. I like being right on the beach and not hearing road noise when I'm at the pool, etc., etc. Just something else to consider.

The stuff 'to do' is easy to get to by bus or cab - so don't feel like if you stay at one place, you're trapped too far away. All of the great restaurants are just a short cab ride away.

I don't know if this is helping....

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2. Re: Bucuti vs. Renaissance

We went July 06, stayed at Bucuti( check out the website--web cam), very quiet , relaxing.Eagle beach. We went downtown where the Ren is, very upscale , great pool, fitness center, lobby has boat dock to private island, but it was on the corner of downtown- noisy , marina, crowds, but where the " action is", it is connected to a shopping "mall" walk to restaurants, casinos, movie theater, stores.

on the other side of Bucuti ( approx 3 miles) is palm beach -families, water action, casinos ,all the high rise hotels. You will be happy wherever you stay, Aruba is for everyone, check out each location and go from there.Our favorite restaurant--Madam Janettes. Party bus and Carlos and Charlies was all the night life action we saw.

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3. Re: Bucuti vs. Renaissance

Every comment is considered help. Thanks. I think I'm leaning toward the Bucuti, because it seems peaceful. I don't mind taking a cab to restaurants, but I want to enjoy my room and be able to go to the beach whenever I want, not take a 3 minute hike. LOL...

Are there any MUST SEE or MUST DO's in Aruba?

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4. Re: Bucuti vs. Renaissance

I love the Renaissance (marina is adult only now) but the Bucuti and it's beach are in a league of its own. They have a great pirate's nest bar and restaurants right on the beach there which offers beachfront private dining and 5 course meals. They have a steel drummer that plays during happy hour 6 nights a week (Lee Connor) he's great. They have Pizza Bobs in the parking lot area of Bucuti that is great

Cheap cab fare to and from Bucuti to clubs and down town....only minutes away ( Aruba is a small island)

One day is enough to drive and explore the island rent a jeep wrangler you need 4x4 to get to the natural pool...

If you can go to the Marina tower and at the reception desk you can pay $50 per person for access to their private island for a day and that includes lunch and a drink.. It's a wonderful place to visit also....It's my favorite place to be in the world....I am surprised of all the varying opinions of the island but mine is that it's peaceful and there is wonderful snorkeling there

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5. Re: Bucuti vs. Renaissance

We stayed at the Bucuti in December and spent the days by the beach and the nights in the high rise area or downtown. We had a car so drove everywhere. It is all very close so you are driving for about 10 min max between the Bucuti and each of the areas. You can definitely seen the island in a day or break it up into two half days. The natural bridge was neat. The Bucuti Tara suites are very nice and re probably the nicest rooms on the island.

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6. Re: Bucuti vs. Renaissance

If you want to hit the beach when you feel like it, Ren probably wouldn't be for you. While most say it's not a substantial inconvenience - you will have to wait for the boat to come and take you to the island. Chances are, when you see the beaches by Bucuti (have you checked the 'candid traveler photos' under the'hotels' tab or looked at their website yet? SO gorgeous!) you might not even care to go to Ren Island.

As far as "MUST SEEs" - that depends on you.

Be prepared, though, even with the best of intentions - there's this "I wanted to go sightseeing today, but - for some reason - I can NOT get off of my beach chair and out from under this palapa" DISEASE that runs rampant on the tourists. Sigh.

I don't love shopping in Aruba, but it's worth it to go and check it out anyway. (Just for lunch at Iguana Joe's - love it.) Snorkeling is great. We went horseback riding on the beach one morning (paid extra for a 'private' ride) and really enjoyed that. There are ATV rentals and all types of excursions and water sports. I've recently been hearing that the helicopter tour (Amy sent me a link - I'll try and find it for you) is not to be missed. So, we're going to try and fit it in this time. (depends on how bad disease gets - see paragraph above) I'm like a broken record with my raves about the KuKoo Kunuku excursion. Over on Palm Beach there's Moomba's (by Marriott & Holiday Inn) for happy hour on Sunday. The Hyatt and Marriott have really nice casinos. There are sunset sails and dinner cruises. (If you page Amy separately - she's the Link Master - and will provide you with anything and everything you desire!) ;-) We've never felt it necessary, but many people enjoy renting a Jeep for a day or two to go off exploring the island on their own. (Up to the lighthouse - Baby Beach - it's a good night to have your reservations if you're going to Flying Fishbones, etc., etc.)

Not to mention all of the great restaurants I'm sure you've been hearing about.

Happy planning and I hope this helps!

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7. Re: Bucuti vs. Renaissance

OK, so now I am all booked at the Ren and The Marriott for the week of 3/10-3/17. Splitting the week. I am driving myself crazy [and husband] because after reading all these post, I feel I absolutely must stay at the Bucuti on Eagle Beach. I have tried e-mailing them without success. I have tried calling the #, is there a country number or something? I have not gotten through. I am trying to stay just two nights any time during that week. On-line tells me there is no availability. I am specifically requesting the Tara Suites. I originally booked the Marriott properties to use points. Because I am obsessing, my hubby says,"blank it, just book some nights at that other place!" I am sure the place is booked because you all keep raving about it!![kidding] Anyway, I am sure it will work out. If I don;t get to stay on Eagle Beach, I sure as heck gonna visit alot.

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8. Re: Bucuti vs. Renaissance

1-888-4bucuti is their #. Call early, I don't think anyone will answer after 6:00pm.

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9. Re: Bucuti vs. Renaissance

We just booked booked two nights at the Ren and 5 at the Bucuti. They only reserve 5 nights or more. Email Jill Blase from the website and she will get back to you in a matter of hours.

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10. Re: Bucuti vs. Renaissance

mmkathnp - You can always save Bucuti for your next visit back to Aruba! ;-)