A March 2005 trip
to Aruba by kinglobjaw
Quote: The tourist island of Aruba, of the ABC's (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao), is at its best with its Dutch charm, and it’s located just 15 miles north of Venezuela and about 800 miles north of the equator.
Hotel | "Wyndham Aruba Resort Spa & Casino"
After check-in, we went up into our room, which was on the 12th floor. It was a nice guest room with a magnificent view from the balcony. Every room has an ocean-view balcony. The room was very clean and the bathroom was marble. The room has an in-room safe complimentary to all guests, as well as a mini bar, which, beware, is very expensive! Also, the mini bar has tons of sensors inside of it, so if you touch anything or try to store your own drinks, this will not work, because the sensors will send info down into computer system will charge you a lot! Since we are Wyndham ByRequest, we received a welcome snack free of charge, which was some candy, beer, and soda.
**A note aside from this** I suggest that you sign up for the free Wyndham ByRequest program. It gives you benefits at any Wyndham Property. Benefits, very briefly, include: express check-in/out, a welcome snack, preferred rooms, a late check-out, and 500 miles added to your Frequent Flyer account! See www.wyndham.com or call them at 800/WYNDHAM. Okay! Back to review!
The pool is very big and consists of a shallow area and deeper area. It has fountains in the middle that kids love! There are three hot tubs as well. The pool area has a music playing all day, which is very enjoyable. The best part, I believe, is the beach of this hotel. First of all, the whole beach has huts with numbers all over. There is a desk where you reserve the booth for yourselves, and no fear, no one will take it through the remainder of the day. This makes the hotel wonderful and shows how well organized it is.
There are a couple of restaurants in the hotel. There is an all-around buffet, a Japanese specialty restaurant, a beach bistro-style restaurant, and a couple of bars. There are two types of plans, the EP, European Plan, and AI, All Inclusive. We took, and I recommend, the EP, as you should outside the hotel and try a variety of foods. In addition, AI at this hotel is very expensive, and in my opinion, definitely not worth the money.
The landscaping was quite nice but not beautiful, with some palm trees and cactus-type bushes. Also, there are live birds in cages that love to sing and scream and are so, so cute. There are macaws, cockatoos, and even a toucan!
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 2, 2005