Hi..we are going to celebrate our 25 th in Aruba...trying to decide between occidental and renaissance.....any tips? Thanks
Occidental is directly on the beach on Palm Beach and Renaissance is downtown w/no beach. They boat you to a private island. I haven't stayed at either one, but RUI is more upscale as far as A/I are concerned. Not sure if that is in your budget. RUI is also on Palm Beach. Occidental doesn't get good reviews as far as food is concerned.
Aruba is not a destination that I would recommend A/I. Too many great restaurants and very easy/safe to get around. I'm sure others will chime in and give you better feedback on these two properties. Good Luck!
We went to Aruba for our 25th also. Stayed at the Radisson and had a great vacation. I've stayed at the Ren and since it's downtown, hard to compare to the Occidental. As mentioned, AI is not what most people recommend here. If cost is the deciding factor, look at renting a timeshare and eat breakfast and lunch in.
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