The surf club is a sprawling complex of buildings built surrounding a series of pools, bars, chairs, and a kid's zone. In reality, the majority of the property is a kids zone. They have a "dry" playground and several kids pool areas, a great waterslide, and a few zero entry pools that are great for little kids. There is an adult only area, but I prefer the beach.
Out on the beach things are a bit tight. The Palapa policy seems to be a moving target (along with the other 100000000000 rules at this place) but if you're looking to have a relaxing day at the beach its worth it. As of this writing the rules seem to be that you may reserve a palapa two days during your trip, but those days may not be consecutive. It does not matter if you have a two bedroom unit (which have 2 room numbers), you may only have 2 days. The fee was $10/day for the reserved palapas and the "good ones" were several days out. On your "reservation prohibited" days you can get a free one just for showing up and asking for whats available. If you cant reserve one closer than the third row its probably not worth it, just take the free one. You really need a place to get out of the sun, leave your towels (see below), and store your stuff. Its quite a hike back to the room.
You will be issued chair tags. Guard them with your life and bring a sharpee to write your name on them. Beware if you dare venture to the pool bar during a football game and leave your stuff for more than 2 hours (watching the football game) because security circles like buzzards looking to free up the chairs. This is important because you will also be issued 4 towels that you can exchange when they are wet but woe unto those that lose their towels. If you're going to watch a game, let security know you are IN the pool and they'll leave your stuff alone.
In the room you may have a unit with a bedroom, deep tub, full kitchen with dining room table and living room or a "regular" hotel room with a mini fridge, microwave, and coffee machine - depending on your reservation. You may also have both of those rooms. Both have balconies with chairs and a table, perfect for awesome sunset views. In the "small" room it claims to have a queen bed, but its more like a full. Everything is very clean and comfortable they seem to keep up with maintenance. If you are going with kids, get the bigger room. It comes with a washer/dryer in the room (so bring some extra detergent pods).
There is a major supermarket about a $10 cab drive away, perfect for stocking your kitchen. They have an incredible meat and cheese section, perfect for stocking your kitchen for in room breakfast and lunch. You can also buy drinks and avoid paying hotel prices. Bring a wireless router and you wont have to worry about the lack of wifi in the rooms.
You will need floats! I'd recommend a "lay down" and a "donut." Both are available in the gift shop but many people hand theirs off as they leave. If you have a baby, bring one that they can sit in. The ocean has no waves and they can bop around safely in the 84 degree water.
If you spoke to someone in advance about what building/floor/side etc room you have --- ignore it. They will completely disregard anything and everything they previously told you. If you want something specific, be prepared to argue with them at check in. It may take an hour, but its worth it to have a relaxing vacation for the rest of your stay. Be advised that this place has more rules and policies than the traffic code. Its better to know that going in.
The hotel is walking distance to just about everywhere in the "highrise" part of the island. Everything takes US currency (like everywhere in aruba) and everyone speaks english. The beach is beautiful and the sunsets cant be missed. Bring a bottle of wine, some cheese, and sit out on the beach for a spectacular evening. You cant beat aruba for a vacation and this hotel is very nice and comfortable, its their own policies that are the only negative. This place is definitely an "excellent" but for dealing with Marriott's staff.
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott`s Aruba Surf Club Hotel Palm/Eagle Beach
- Marriotts Palm Eagle Beach
- Marriotts Aruba Surf Hotel
- Marriott Aruba Surf Club
- Marriotts Aruba Surf Club
- Aruba Surf Club
- Marriott Palm/Eagle Beach
- Marriott Surf Club Aruba
- Marriott's Aruba Surf Club Palm - Eagle Beach