Stayed from Saturday to Saturday October 6 to the 13. Travelled with 75 year old parents, plus wife and 4 year old son. Had a great two bedroom suite on the top floor with an "oceanside" view. The levels are ocean front, ocean side, ocean view (which might better be called ocean glimpse in many cases) and garden view. I expected and got Ocean side since I'm a timeshare owner still nice to have it happen. Aso close to the elevator which made for a shorter walk for my parents. There are some very long corridors at the Sur Club!
We were in the building closest to the beach which I believe is the Lighthouse building. The resort and room were immaculate, and having a ktchen and washer/drier saved us a lot and was very convenient.
Basic plan was to stock up on groceries and enjoy breakfast and lunch in while dining out each night. Plan worked well. Everyone got up when they wanted and then spent the day in and around the various pools, the beach, or on a couple of day trips all of which we enjoyed immensely. Brought some staples and pool floats from home though I could have gotten all at the resort or in close proximity. Place is big, but didn't feel too crowded. I imagine other times of the year it might though.
Its important to remember the place is a timeshare not a standard hotel. This means, in our case, a full kitchen but it also meant we got one cleaning per week unless we paid extra. Didn't need it as we're adults and kept the place reasonably tidy with minimal effort.
I'm from New York so the prices didn't shock me at all. And seriously, aren't things always more expensive in resort towns? Since I'd stocked up on food and potent potables at the super market and had brought a small folding cooler my costs for drinks and meals were minimal. Restaurants were all nice - El Gaucho, Trattoria Faro Blanco, Swiss Chalet, Aqua Grill and yes... McDonalds (the four year old couldn't go a week without a happy meal!) cost about what I thought they would.
It was a bit hard to find groups of chairs together as we didn't rush down to the pool every am. Didn't bother me though - we weren't there to sit around the pools. We were there to go IN the pools. Spent lots of time in all of them and met lots of friendly people doing the same. Same with the palapa system. No trouble reserving one when we wanted though we did have to plan ahead a bit. I don't like sitting around all day so I spent about half the day under the palapa (sort of a beach umbrella type structure) or in the ocean and then played golf at Tierra del Sol (decent course but pricey!)
I imagine checking in at or close to 3 would be hectic since that was when everyone was checking in so I didn't. We checked in at about 5 though we'd been at the resort since about 2. Took about ten minutes and was pretty straightforward. Fairly long walk from the lobby to our room but we did ask to be close to the beach and high up so can't blame Marriott for that. Being near the elevator mitigate that for the most part.
All the staff were very nice. Lots of hellos and good mornings. Lots of smiles. Plenty of security for no reason I could see. They didn't seem to be too worried about chair tags or bracelets. Probably because it was the low season.
I didn't eat on site except for one evening at "Champs" which is a sports bar next door at the Marriott Ocean Club time share. Predicitbly packed on Sunday due to abunadance of fans of both kinds of football but Monday night was easy to get a table and we had a good burger and chickem wing kind of meal at a reasonable price. Also had a couple of pizzas delivered the first night. A little expensive, and not up to NYC standards, but it worked for us.
Wife and mother went to the spa for massages. It was expensive, but hey.... its a spa at a resort. They seemed to enjoy themselves so it was worth it to me.
My father loved the TV - basically everything he got in NYC so he got to see all his standard shows and the news.. I got NY sports and there were several kids channels as well so everyone was happy.
One warning though, Its got nothing to do with the Surf Club but do plan to get to the airport early on the way out if you are leaving on a weekend. Everyone is leaving at once, and they have a unique system. You go through US Customs at the airport in Aruba NOT in the US so its a long, slow process. You check in then walk to Aruban customs then Aruban airport security then get on an amazingly long line to pick up your luggage and then go through US Customs and US airport secuirty. For an afternoon flight you better be there three hours ahead!
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