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Hotel/Resort Help-1st Time to Aruba

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Hotel/Resort Help-1st Time to Aruba

Hi All,

This may be a very broad question but I am thinking of going to Aruba and have never been. Need some suggestions on resorts/hotels.

Young couple-no kids. Looking for relaxing place with nice beach/pool area. We typically stay at AI's so we stay on site the whole vaca just relaxing. Like nice, updated resorts with spa's, gym's, big rooms with balcony's and nice ocean view or walk out options.

I am open to non AI's as I am not sure it saves us money because we are not big drinkers...It just always seems like it saves us $ but not sure.

Seems like the Radison, Marroit and Hyatt are popular on this forum?

Thank you for all suggestions :0)

Tara

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1. Re: Hotel/Resort Help-1st Time to Aruba

I would say those are your best choices. I would strongly recommend that you check this out carefully though since the resorts in Aruba are probably not like other places you've stayed. We've stayed at some very large very beautiful AI resorts-that's not what Aruba is like. Do some reading here and look at pics online so you can choose the best for you.

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2. Re: Hotel/Resort Help-1st Time to Aruba

The resorts in Aruba are not the mega-resorts that you'll find on many other islands. The hotels you mentioned are a great place to start. AI is not common in Aruba, I would advise against it. There are so many fabulous restaurants to eat at.

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3. Re: Hotel/Resort Help-1st Time to Aruba

But since you like AI, I would recommend the Divi. It's a low rise, quiet area. Great beach and plenty restaurants coupled with the Tam. We prefer the Vista rooms, great views close to beach and the new pool lounge area. The option to go out at night is away there too.

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This will be our 5th trip in a row to the Bucuti. We love the fact that there is no children, rooms (Tara Suites) are large and it is also facing the beach. Balcony's are large and the service at the resort is second to none. Also, breakfast is included with resort. Their is several choices of places to eat within walking distance and a casino half/block away. But the very best part of Bucuti is the BEACH! They have plenty of palapa's and they are not on top of each other so it is very private.

We rent a car for the week so we do not have to deal with cabs. But cabs are all over and the high rise area is about 10-15 mins away.

IMO if you are going for the beach than this is the area you would want to stay. The beach in the high rise area is very crouded and you are right on top of each other. The resort is not a mega resort but the service at the Bucuti is spot on. The only thing that you mentioned that could use an up-date is their gym hut. It is a hut, lol, outside with a few workout things, but no air conditioning. But they do have that great beach to run on every morning.

Sharon

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5. Re: Hotel/Resort Help-1st Time to Aruba

Sharon, I considered suggesting Bucuti to the OP as well - glad you did. My only hesitation in not doing so is that it doesn't have a great gym or spa. But for spa services, Manchebo is right next door. I totally agree that for a beautiful beach, Bucuti is the place!!

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6. Re: Hotel/Resort Help-1st Time to Aruba

jl, are you going to Bucuti this year? We wil be there in the beginning of Sept.

Sharon

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7. Re: Hotel/Resort Help-1st Time to Aruba

No, I wish we were. Too expensive during high season. :(

We are staying at Amsterdam Manor, very excited!!!

Edited: 12 March 2011, 14:08
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8. Re: Hotel/Resort Help-1st Time to Aruba

Tara Suites are beachfront. Adult only. Large balconies. Expensive (IMO).

Radisson is centrally located on Palm Beach. Nice pool. Beautiful landscaping. Balconies . Oceanview or oceanfront rooms are available.

One of the best beaxhes on Palm Beach.

Hyatt does not have balconies large enough to sit down. Other than that, it is a beautiful resort. Centrally located on Palm Beach.

Marriott. Large balconies. Marriott quality. Lots of kids. Located at the far end of Palm Beach.

My choice is between Tara Suites and Radisson. A compromise may be Bucuti Beach Hotel Superior Room. Good value for a partial oceanview room. Great beach and adult only.

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