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  1. #1
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    Sep 2012

    First trip!

    Hi, sorry it has taken me so long to post.
    I did attempt it last week. I typed out a very
    long report only to find I had been disconnected from the
    site and nothing was saved.
    I will break this up into sections rather than days.

    Hotel – Westin
    We were very happy with this facility. The degree of happiness
    is relative to what we paid. I feel we got good value.
    The facility is showing its age. The room was clean, everything
    worked well. There was only one robe in the closet, a minor x.
    Toiletries are adequate.
    We were offered and promptly received a small fridge.
    We had room 808, ocean view and close to the beach with an
    unobstructed view of the sunset. We enjoy having a glass of wine
    on the balcony so this was critical.
    The staff were all nice and when called upon extremely helpful.
    Our package included the breakfast buffet. This worked perfectly
    for us, we are late risers and enjoy a good breakfast that sees us
    through to dinner. The buffet is very nice, great omelette bar, fresh
    fruit, the all important stewed prunes and fresh baked goods. It has all
    the regular choices as well.
    We shared a small lunch one day at the outdoor restaurant, food was good.
    The beach was "Aruba" fine. We never booked a palapa, and only had an issue on one occasion.
    I still am ignorant to the etiquette for obtaining these. I was
    using the shade from one until the owner showed up (it was empty and
    no belongings were present) ,the beach guys came over and told me to
    move as the owner didn’t want me using it.
    I told him very nicely were he could shove it and to have the “owner”
    come tell me himself. Apparently if you don’t have a palapa you must
    make sure you are fully exposed to the sun!
    Drinks at the pool bar were excellent, we enjoyed happy hour 3-5 daily.
    We took advantage of a very overcast second day to use the anniversary
    present our sons had arranged for at the Spa. We enjoyed a couples
    Massage and facial, I had a mani and pedi as well. The services rendered
    were competent, my massage was excellent (deep tissue). The staff are
    very friendly. The facility itself is sub par, and does not stand up
    against the cost of the treatments. I would expect this should have a major
    upgrade in any renovation.
    We liked the location and size of this hotel. The elevators were only a nuisance on one occasion. We did not take advantage of the other restaurants or the Casino. We would be happy to stay at the Westin Aruba again.

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    Senior Member cpjones's Avatar
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    May 2007
    Eagle Beach, Glitz Casino, Manchebo Beach Resort
    Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. Did you try any restaurants that you thought were note worthy?

  3. #3
    Aruba since 1979
    Andrea J.'s Avatar
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    May 2007
    thanks for posting and yes please, tell us about your dining experiences.

  4. #4
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    Nov 2010
    Thanks for the trip report. Would love to hear if you did any activities for us to try too. like Andrea, we love to getting dining tips too.
    Sean and Susan

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    Sep 2012


    We had big plans for activities but got caught up relaxing.
    We did manage to get on the trikes. Michaelangelo was an
    excellent guide. I had a great time driving stick, and my wife
    loved her perch in back. I highly recommend this for a change of pace
    and a chance to just drive around and see a lot of the island.
    We didn't rent a car so it was something we wouldn't have seen otherwise.
    You can find the trikes under the windmill near Palm Beach. Carte Blanche
    is right next door, although i understand they are relocating.

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