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    Newbies to aruba

    My husband and I will be celebrating our ten year anniversary in aruba in May. We are staying at the Riu Antillas. I have read mixed reviews on the resort, but we are going into it open minded with no expectations. We need a beach, booze, bed and food. I can't wait to experience the island, as we have only been to Jamaica.

    -Kari

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    welcome to the aruba.com community forum

    the riu is a locely property.
    you will not be disappointed.

    for the price that you are paying you MUST have expectations.

    aruba vs jamica : neiman marcus vs walmart

    or apples vs oranges

    make sure that you take a tour and see some of the island.
    it is beautiful and safe and the people are cordial and kind and APPRECIATIVE.
    Quote Originally Posted by Lakeh2o View Post
    My husband and I will be celebrating our ten year anniversary in aruba in May. We are staying at the Riu Antillas. I have read mixed reviews on the resort, but we are going into it open minded with no expectations. We need a beach, booze, bed and food. I can't wait to experience the island, as we have only been to Jamaica.

    -Kari

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    Ha ha...I suppose I do have some expectations. Some of the reviews are just ridiculous and nit pick everything, so we are going open minded to make our own opinion on the resort. We do plan on doing one of the jeep tours. We haven't determined how long of a tour to take. I'm leaning towards the day trip..I want to see as much as I can. I have been enjoying all of the information that everyone has already posted. Thanks in advance for the information!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lakeh2o View Post
    Ha ha...I suppose I do have some expectations. Some of the reviews are just ridiculous and nit pick everything, so we are going open minded to make our own opinion on the resort. We do plan on doing one of the jeep tours. We haven't determined how long of a tour to take. I'm leaning towards the day trip..I want to see as much as I can. I have been enjoying all of the information that everyone has already posted. Thanks in advance for the information!!!
    We did a full day Jeep tour with ABC tours and at the end of the day I wish that we would have done a shorter tour. Our guide was great, and we got to see so many sites, but it was a long, hot, and dirty day riding in the jeeps. I wouldn't do a full day tour again, even if it meant missing out on a few things, or saving them for your next visit.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    We did a full day Jeep tour with ABC tours and at the end of the day I wish that we would have done a shorter tour. Our guide was great, and we got to see so many sites, but it was a long, hot, and dirty day riding in the jeeps. I wouldn't do a full day tour again, even if it meant missing out on a few things, or saving them for your next visit.
    Thanks for the tip! My husband wasn't sure he wanted to do a full day. Will definitely take this into consideration.

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    Every place ace is good in Aruba!! You will be an Aruba Lover soooooon!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lakeh2o View Post
    My husband and I will be celebrating our ten year anniversary in aruba in May. We are staying at the Riu Antillas. I have read mixed reviews on the resort, but we are going into it open minded with no expectations. We need a beach, booze, bed and food. I can't wait to experience the island, as we have only been to Jamaica.

    -Kari

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    I have talked to a lot of people staying at the riu and the only complaint I have heard is that the beds were hard and that was at the riu Palace. You are staying at the Antillas Bld and I have only heard good things about that place. Enjoy!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kent View Post
    I have talked to a lot of people staying at the riu and the only complaint I have heard is that the beds were hard and that was at the riu Palace. You are staying at the Antillas Bld and I have only heard good things about that place. Enjoy!!!!
    Thanks for the info!!!

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    Congrats on booking a great island vacation! I'm sure you will fall in love like the rest of us have
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lakeh2o View Post
    My husband and I will be celebrating our ten year anniversary in aruba in May. We are staying at the Riu Antillas. I have read mixed reviews on the resort, but we are going into it open minded with no expectations. We need a beach, booze, bed and food. I can't wait to experience the island, as we have only been to Jamaica. Kari
    You will have a great beach, plenty of food and booze and a bed. Don't know exactly what has been done to the building but we stayed there several times when it was the Wyndham and the Westin. They had a great pool and beach bar then. Nice casino too. Will have to check it out when we get to Aruba in May. RIU is pretty snotty about people coming there that are not staying there though.

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