Aruba Journals

Honeymoon in Paradise

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A May 2003 trip to Aruba by Bzoom1

Hyatt Regency Photo, Aruba, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: Honeymoon in paradise is all that I can call this experience because Aruba was paradise. It can be total relaxation or total adventure. It's your choice.

Hyatt Regency

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Hotel

Hyatt Regency Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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The resort is located six miles from the airport. It is located on 12 acres on beautiful Palm Beach. The hotel contains 360 luxurious rooms. All rooms have either an ocean or island view and are exceptional. The standard amenities are alarm clock, bathroom amenities, cable movie channels, ceiling fan, air conditioning, coffe maker, hair dryer, iron, mini bar, mini safe, iron and ironing board, and voice mail. The resort contains four restaurants, a juice bar, room service (of course), TCBY, and a swim-up bar and grill. Don't miss Sunday Brunch at Ruinas Del Mar or Fajitas and Ritas on Friday nights at the Palms. My husband and I originally booked a ocean/pool view room and were very ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 7, 2003

Hyatt Regency
J E Irausquin Boulevard #85
Palm Beach, Aruba
+297 86 1234

El Gaucho (Argentine Grill)

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Restaurant

The Argentine Grill Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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"El Gaucho" is located in downtown Oranjestad. They are open dailt from 11:30am to 11pm. They are closed on Sundays. They accept Visa, Mastercard, and Amex. There is a standard service charge (gratuity) included on your check in the majority of the restaurants, so read the fine print before you tip too much or don't tip at all. The restaurants decor is a bit rustic with memorabilia of the Argentine cowboy. There is entertainment nightly in which guitarists stroll through the rooms of the reatuarant. El Gaucho is an Argentine Grill that serves Argentine Steaks, the famous 16 oz. Gaucho steak, Pincho Torro Caliente (the biggest shishkebob ever served), vealchop, chicken, shrimp, and other seafood. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 10, 2003

Le Dome

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Restaurant

Le dome Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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Le'Dome restuarant opened in 1997 and is now regarded as Aruba's top restaurant. It has four unique dining areas: "L'Orangerie" for Mediterranean ambiance; "La Galarie" for outdoor seaview terrace; "The Old World" filled with exquisite antiques, and "Salvador Dali Room". The service is impeccable. My husband and I were looking for a romantic and elegant night out and the concierge at the hotel reccomneded Le'Dome. We took her advice and have now found the restaurant we will return too every time we visit Aruba. I actually went to the concierge the next day to thank her for her great reccmendation. Their wine lists consists of over 250 wines. Their menu offers Belgian and French cui...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 10, 2003

Texas De Brazil

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Restaurant

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Texas de Brazil is based on the tradition of offering slow roasted meats over an open pit and seasonal vegetables and greens as well as rice and beans performed in Brazil. The restaurant is located in the high rise hotel area directly across from the Playa Linda resort. They are open seven days a week. Sunday - Thursday 5pm - 2am, Friday and Saturday 5pm - 4am. Kitchen open until 11pm every night. The restaurant offers a lounge which has nightly entertainment. The restaurant offers a pre fix menu including a forty item bar which contains appetizers, soups, salads, and side dishes. Your main course consists of "freshly" carved selections of beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and Brazilian sausage by the car...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 10, 2003

French Steakhouse

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Restaurant

The garden terrace Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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The French Steakhouse is located in the Manchebo Resort right by the Alhambra Casino. It is open seven days a week from 5:30pm to 11pm. The garden terrace in the steakhouse is open for breakfast from 7am to noon. The terrace is also available in the evening and the tables are setup surrounding one side of a pool, which is lit with different colored lighting. It was a wonderful atmosphere. They offer a special called the Ambassador's Five-Course Dinner and a free bottle of wine per couple for only $29.95 per person plus 15% service charge (gratuity). If you want to order from the menu there are plenty of choices. The appetizer choices ($3.95-8.95) are fruit cup, fried calamari, mushroom caps, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 10, 2003

Valentino's

Restaurant

VALENTINO'S Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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Valentino's Ristorante is located in the spanish styled Caribbean Palm Village resort. This 5 star restaurant has been in business for approximately twelve years. The service is impeccable and the cuisine is authentic. They are open for business Monday to Saturday 6:30pm to 11pm. The appetizer price range is from $3.95 to $13 and entrees are priced from $17.95 to $34.95. They accept Visa, Mastercard, Amex, and of course cash. I don't think they include gratuity either. The menu has a great selection offering appetizer, salad, soup, pasta, beef, veal, pork, fish, chicken, and vegetarian dishes. For an appteizer we had the Calamari Fritti. It was crispy and yet not greasy(even though it was fried...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 12, 2003

Kukoo Kunuku

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Attraction

Kukoo Kunuku Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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The Kukoo Kunuku is a trip to remember. It starts between 5 and 6pm when they pick you up at your hotel.The trip includes transportation, dinner, and one drink at each stop.You can hear the bus from blocks away with it's godfather theme horn. A wildly hand painted 1957 chevy bus with no windows pull up at the hotel with music blasting and the people on board screaming and shaking maracas. The bus was packed and everyone was very loud. It was great. Our first stop was at the California lighthouse for a sunset champagne toast to start the night off. We met another bus from the same company here. Everyone poured off the buses and had some champagne. The view is beautiful from the lighthouse...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 11, 2003

Let's Go Latin!

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Attraction

Male Performers Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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The Let's Go Latin show is performed in the Seaport Crystal Theatre located next to the Renaissance Hotel in Oranjestad. The show is performed Monday thru Saturday. The phone number is (297) 583-6000 or contact your concierge. The price for an adult ticket is $39 and children under 12 cost $19. The tickets include one welcome drink and a $5 match-and-play coupon in the Crystal Casino (but they gave us a hard time when we used it). They also offer two dinner show packages. The first is with "L'Escale" restaurant which offers a four course meal which includes soup or salad, fresh fruit sorbet, main course, dessert, and coffee. This restaurant is located right next to the theatre. This di...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 15, 2003