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    1st time to Aruba

    My wife and I will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary in December and decided to make our first trip to Aruba. We'll be arriving December 12th and staying at the Marriott Ocean Club. I've been checking this forum every day for the last month and I'm so appreciative of all of the information I've gathered ahead of our first trip. We can't wait!!!

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    You did good! Perfect time of the year to go as it is not too busy. Read up on the restaurants and pick a bunch and make your reservations. The Ocean Club is fantastic. They just completed a major renovation and the rooms are beautiful.
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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    It is probably the best choice you have ever made since the one you made 25 years ago. You will enjoy the weather, the restraurants, the casinos...but you will love the people. Take some time to go downtown to Orangestadt and go to the small cafe's and shops.

    Aruba Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmaddox1 View Post
    My wife and I will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary in December and decided to make our first trip to Aruba. We'll be arriving December 12th and staying at the Marriott Ocean Club. I've been checking this forum every day for the last month and I'm so appreciative of all of the information I've gathered ahead of our first trip. We can't wait!!!
    I have been an owner at the Ocean Club for 10 years now and I'll offer this suggestion for your upcoming stay.

    1) Call 1 week prior to arrival and remind them of any room requests. If you have none at present I would recommend requesting a "inside, pool view" room on the 5th or 6th floor. The 2 highest floors at the Ocean Club are above the tops of the palm trees and you'll have a perfect view of the ocean.

    Enjoy your first trip to the island.
    Aruba where the toughest question each day is "where to dine tonight".



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    Aruba Jim,
    I hope my daughter thinks us having a baby ranks #2, but I get your drift. Ha.
    tmaddox1

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    Jdoll,
    Thanks for the insight. I'm suppose to be getting an e-mail soon that will ask me for my preferences, so your input will really help. I know owners get first choice, but since I'm a Marriott owner at another location, I'll get preference over any Interval exchangers or renters, so hopefully I'll be able to get a great room. Any suggestion on 2nd choice? Would it be better to get a high floor on the outside, or a lower floor on the inside? Much appreciated.
    tmaddox1

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmaddox1 View Post
    Jdoll,
    Thanks for the insight. I'm suppose to be getting an e-mail soon that will ask me for my preferences, so your input will really help. I know owners get first choice, but since I'm a Marriott owner at another location, I'll get preference over any Interval exchangers or renters, so hopefully I'll be able to get a great room. Any suggestion on 2nd choice? Would it be better to get a high floor on the outside, or a lower floor on the inside? Much appreciated.
    tmaddox1
    I learned the hard way Marriott owners trading into the Ocean Club get bunched in with the Interval Trades unless you make them aware you are part of the Marriott family. We traded our other Marriott property into Aruba one year and had a terrible room. Outside corner room the year they were building the 1st building at the Surf Club.

    Personally I would stay inside on a lower floor, but the outside rooms should be quite enough and also have a view.

    What size room? Lockoff, 1-bdrm or 2-bdrm?
    Aruba where the toughest question each day is "where to dine tonight".



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    Quote Originally Posted by jdoll View Post
    I learned the hard way Marriott owners trading into the Ocean Club get bunched in with the Interval Trades unless you make them aware you are part of the Marriott family. We traded our other Marriott property into Aruba one year and had a terrible room. Outside corner room the year they were building the 1st building at the Surf Club.

    Personally I would stay inside on a lower floor, but the outside rooms should be quite enough and also have a view.

    What size room? Lockoff, 1-bdrm or 2-bdrm?
    We will be in a 1 BR. I'll make sure they are aware. Thanks.

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