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    that is a genuine concern.
    the good news is that there has been no further news on the resort being sold.
    the last that was discussed was it was to be sold to a local Aruba investment group and would operate as a franchise.
    some have suggested the Hilton.
    the other good news is, in the past 3 or 4 years the radisson has undergone an extensive renovation and to me it would see redundant to redo.

    i do not know if any of the sale talk is true.

    the best case scenario is that the sale does take place and all that would be done would be signage changes.
    worst case would be that they'd relocate you to next door at the hyatt?

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    Thanks everyone for the information and helpful suggestions. I have read that the Radisson is being bought, is this true? If we select Radisson, would the sale effect any reservations? Plus, I worry that the new owner ( if being sold) will be doing renovation work during our out time there.

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    Thanks Andrea. That makes me feel better. Going to do more research on which property and then we can sit with our friends and pick. I update you all when that happens. thanks again

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    We stayed at the Radisson in December. I had some of the same concerns as you because there had been rumors for months about a sale. We decided to just go with the flow figuring the worst that could happen is they relocate you. Think of it as an adventure I told myself. We had no issues. The Radisson is a beautiful property in an ideal location, walking distance to restaurants. My only negative is we had noisy neighbors and we found sleeping was difficult a few nights.

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    Welcome to the forum.
    I would not recommend an all inclusive as there are MANY great restaurants on the island and you don't want to limit yourself in any way.
    You sound like the active type that would like to hang out on the Palm Beach side of the island vs. the quieter side.
    I would recommend the Hyatt. I have a timeshare at the Renaissance, but that is on the other side of the island away from the activity. While I would never try to pursuade someone from staying at the Renaissance, it may not be what you're looking for.

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    I'll give you the flip side of the coin. I'm in the minority as I prefer to stay at the Divi AI. It's primarily because I don't feel the beaches in the Palm Beach area can compare. That said when we were in Aruba in Nov/Dec we paid $331 per night AI, later in the trip we moved to the Radisson where we paid over $400 per night with no meals included. So, my feeling is if you can get a good special at an AI and pay less or the same per night then even if you went off resort every night for dinner you're spending the same. We were at the Divi just a few weeks ago and did go off resort for dinner most nights. I'm really not trying to sell the Divi although I know it sounds that way! Just trying to say if you're staying at an AI it doesn't mean you're stuck at the resort or you will miss out on trying restaurants.
    Last edited by Pegmeister; 05-24-2015 at 12:55 PM.

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    Visiting Aruba for the first time we were thinking about AI; end up not getting one and was happy with our decisions.
    We went to different places to eat... so yummy. Happy Hour has the greatest prices. BOGO.
    My husband & I would order different drinks so we can try them... three drinks a piece only cost $24.00 that's really six drinks total.
    Then another one or two later.. Still didn't drink near the amount of a AI
    Met somebody who did have an AI and they wished they didn't cause they felt "stuck" to the list of places unless paying extra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pegmeister View Post
    I'll give you the flip side of the coin. I'm in the minority as I prefer to stay at the Divi AI. It's primarily because I don't feel the beaches in the Palm Beach area can compare. That said when we were in Aruba in Nov/Dec we paid $331 per night AI, later in the trip we moved to the Radisson where we paid over $400 per night with no meals included. So, my feeling is if you can get a good special at an AI and pay less or the same per night then even if you went off resort every night for dinner you're spending the same. We were at the Divi just a few weeks ago and did go off resort for dinner most nights. I'm really not trying to sell the Divi although I know it sounds that way! Just trying to say if you're staying at an AI it doesn't mean you're stuck at the resort or you will miss out on trying restaurants.
    This is an excellent point, Peg. We did the same thing on our first trip, Holiday Inn AI was less than Radisson with no meals so we went that route since we didn't know what to expect. That being said, I wouldn't do Holiday Inn all inclusive, and I would not recommend it to anyone. The drink choices were all very sweet, the only beer was balashi draft, and they only have a few restaurant choices. Another note, when we did AI, we really didn't leave the resort much at night to explore. Once we started venturing out for dinners we really saw more of the life of Palm Beach at night, other than just the casinos. So even if you pick AI, be sure to get out and walk around! Riu seems to being having lots of sales on the big travel sites lately.

    Holiday Inn itself is a great value and was recently renovated, just wouldn't do AI there. One thing I want to point out with Hyatt is that they do not have full balconies in all rooms, just the step out "french balconies".
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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