Well, now that we'll be in Aruba in less than 6 months, time to select where to have dinner!
you may ask if I shouldn't be more worried about the wedding than about the honeymoon. Well, let's put it this way -- my fiancée took upon her the task of planning the wedding, because 1. we live in different towns (230 km apart) and the wedding will be in her city, so she's the only one who can deal with wedding issues during the week; 2. her father is a musician and he plays at weddings, so he knows everyone in this field, from florists to party halls. My part in wedding planning is giving occasional advice (especially on the wedding Mass since I'm the liturgy expert of the couple) and saying "yes, darling, that's perfect"
So, my task is planning the honeymoon. I'm good at planning trips and my fiancée knows it, having travelled with me to Europe last year and Argentina last April. So she pretty much trusts whatever I choose for us (except for the glacier walk in Argentina, she still wants me killed for that).
(end of interruption)
After reading lots of threads in this forum and other Brazilian travel websites, looks like I've found 9 places, for our 9 evenings there (not including the evening of the return flight, where we'll need to have dinner at the airport). Consider we'll be staying at the Radisson.
Other than these, my choices:
- Arrival evening (a Thursday) - Papiamento (would you advise walking from the Radisson to the restaurant and back, or is it too far/not safe?)
- 1st full day in the island (Friday) - torchlight dinner at the Radisson's La Playa
- Saturday evening - Laguna (you'll notice there aren't Brazilian steakhouses in our list, since we have plenty of good ones here; but my fiancée loves American-style ribs, and the Radisson website says Saturdays are ribs' evenings at the Laguna)
Of course comments and advices will be welcome!
- Gianni's (we love risotto and Brazilian visitors use to love this restaurant)
- Madame Janette
- Passions (probably for our last evening before the return flight)
- Driftwood (considering the location, it would be an obvious choice for a Tuesday evening after the Bon Bini Festival, but it closes on Tuesdays, so we may go there right after we return from our day trip to Curaçao, on Monday or Wednesday)
- One of the Savaneta restaurants, The Old Man and the Sea, or Flying Fishbone.
And now the questions
1. How early should I book all these dinners? We'll be there in mid-May.
2. What's the dress code for the restaurants? Any differences from the beachside places (Passions, Barefoot) to the inland ones (Papiamento, Driftwood, MJ)?
Once again, thanks for the advices (and the patience of going through all this)!
All the best from Brazil