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by UC Bearcat
Ft. Wright, Kentucky
June 24, 2004
Our unit was oceanfront and had a spectacular view of the ocean.Resort Experience:We took the kids to Aruba for our 15th wedding anniversary; we wanted something more spectacular than our normal beach vacation this year.
I have to admit, we got really lucky to get an Ocean Front unit (1523 see layout on their website). Most units overlooked the pool with upper units having a partial view of the ocean. I probably would have been happy with one of these, but you should get an oceanfront if possible. You can't beat the proximity to---and the view of---the ocean.
My first impression of the ocean was a lot like Destin Florida. White sand and Emerald Blue/Green Ocean. Then I realized, they don't really get seaweed and the weather is always the same. I mean 87 - 92 degrees with no rain and a constant 15+ MPH wind, 24/7/365. It's out of the hurricane belt too. Where else can you go and be guaranteed good weather?
We rented a car and explored the high-rise hotel area, the lighthouse, baby beach and took a cruise on the Jolly Pirate Ship.
The Low-rise area where we stayed was much more laid back with fewer activities. A few kids, mostly older crowed. High Rise area seemed to be nicer for kids with lots of activity. The Marriott looked really nice for kids.
The lighthouse at the south end of the island had a nice view of Aruba. Great photo opportunities here.
Baby Beach was great! A long trip to the north of the island so you need to rent a car but definitely worth it. A large cove with water only about 2-3 feet deep. Bring your snorkel gear or rent a pair of fins. Big colorful fish can be seen. My whole family loved it, especially my 9 year old.
The Jolly Pirate ship was the best! It took you snorkeling at a couple of places including an old shipwreck. The final stop was a rope swing off the ship. A must for everyone!! The crew kept things fun and entertaining and were great.
The food in Aruba... Gosh, it was very good. But very pricey! Even the grocery store was expensive (about 30-60% higher than the States). Alcohol was the worst. A 10 oz can of beer was $2.25. No discounts for quantity either. But visit the Duty Free store at the airport. Great buys here!! Buy some good rum there and the tropical drink mix in the freezer at the grocery store. Wow, those were much better that the bar drinks. Fix them virgin style for the kids. Sit back and watch the sunset.
Aruba will not disappoint you!
From journal Aruba, Baby
by Vern's Travels
Peekskill, New York
March 17, 2004
From journal Aruba - nothing but wind!!
June 27, 2003
The location of this resort makes it convenient to everything. There are good sized rolling waves at the beach in front of the resort. This is about the only resort that has waves. If smooth water is more your style, a short walk down the beach is all that is needed.
The pool bar has 2-for-1 happy hour all day every day. The restaurant is being remodeled. There are so many restaurants on the island, that this does not pose any problem.
Our unit was an end unit farthest from the beach. My first thought was that it would be the worse room in the house. But it turned out to be great -- close to the elevator, extra brightness since it was on the end and had an extra window, and quiet. We still had a view of the water and beautifully kept grounds. The accommodations were outstanding. The master bath included a huge soaker tub (sorry, no whirlpool though). There was easily plenty of room for six people to enjoy themselves.
From journal Destination: Aruba
January 21, 2003
It is adjacent to its sister resort, the Aruba Beach Club, and next door to the Divi Divi. Casa Del Mar (CDM) is newer and more elegant than Aruba Beach Club (ABC). But both have nice pools, and you can use either one.
The suites at CDM were large and nicely furnished. Our two-bedroom suite had a king bed in the master, while the second bedroom had twin beds. The living room couch opened to a queen-size bed. There were TVs in the living room, master bedroom, and second bedroom. They had cable TV.
The living space was open concept, with separate living, dining, and kitchen areas. The kitchen was larger than most timeshares and had a stove, microwave, full-sized refrigerator, and all the comforts of home. Our third-floor unit had a balcony with table and chairs, overlooking the pool and out to the sea.
The resort has a small but adequate fitness center, hair salon, beach shop, members' lounge, and general store. CDM and ABC share a minimarket.
The two sister resorts are located on an absolutely beautiful white sandy beach. The past few years, there have been problems with beach erosion in front of the resorts, bringing the water closer to the seaside restaurant. But they fill in the beach, and Mother Nature takes care of filling it back in from time to time. You can walk the whole stretch of beach up to the end where they hold the windsurfing competitions in early June. It's just gorgeous.
There aren't water sports available right at the resort, but you can make arrangements for them and for sailing and catamaran cruises at the desk. There is also a car-rental facility in the lobby.
From journal AHHHHH..........ARUBA!!!!!!