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    Garden Girl's Trip!

    Hi, you might remember me as the one who planned that big long list of things to do with the times written down and everything. Well, in the end i decided NOT to even follow that, or bring it at all!!!! We just winged it I had some of the things in my mind still, but we just did things as we got there, and it was still amazing!

    OUR BIGGEST BLUNDER: my husband does not know how to read plane tickets apparently. we showed up at the airport and the lady said, "im sorry but your plane left yesterday!" WHAT?!?! for some reason, he had another date in his head for when vacation started. we had the plane and hotel reserved 2 months in advance, and i guess overtime he changed the date in his mind. anyway..... even worse we couldn't even fly out that night because the plane was all full. we had to go home from the airport, and come back the next day 10:00 at night for the flight to leave. so what i am saying is we LOST TWO DAYS of our vacation and also payed an extra 2 days at the resort for nothing!!! he will never make that mistake again.

    however even with 5 days in aruba......it was plenty of time. we had a blast!!!

    Hyatt: I loved this resort! when we arrived in the lobby, a lady offerered us some cool minty smelling washcloths for our hands/face. i already felt pampered it was great! our room was 7 floors up. we had a partial ocean view, which was really mosty an ocean view, i had no complaints with that the only thing about the room that i didnt like was how paper thin the walls were. we could hear everything. when people talked in the halls i felt like they were in our room. we had to double check that we locked the doors a couple times! but the shower was nice, there was a little string we could pull out to hang wet clothes on which was really useful. the mini bar was great!

    We never really went in the pool because we dont like swimming around in pools really, but the beach was great! we got 2 towels and chairs everyday and found a spot. if it is the end of the day, you can get a palapa thingy because people just leave and abandon them. but if it was early and crowded, we usually just found a spot under the big main palapa, or some shade from a palm tree. they have people around trying to help you set your stuff up, but be sure to tip them if they do! i brought my own floaty hammock and floated in the sea for a couple hours a day. i think that was actually my fav part of the trip. the water was perfect!

    Sunday Brunch at the Hyatt: awesome!!! it was a little pricey. 80 bucks for both of us. we sat out on the patio with all the swans. and i had all you can eat food and all you can drink mimosas! i had 5 of them! they make made to order omeletts. there is a carving station and that was yummy too. the waiters here were very polite.

    Blossoms Teppan Grill: i think this was at the Westin? this was our first dinner. we had a fabulous time watching the chef do his tricks on the table. blowing fire, throwing eggs, making jokes. we sat with some other people we didnt know, but it was fun! i had some sake

    Giannis Italian: we ended up going here twice, because the last day we were so lazy and didnt know where to go. the first time was soooo good we just decided to go back again. something i normally would not do. the first time was great! i had garlic shrimp linguini. we had a bottle of wine, and the waiter was fantastic. it had great ambiance and felt romantic. seating was outdoor, but under a canopy. oh and the minestrone soup was to die for! why you should never go back twice........ the second time was horrible well, the food was still good but the service was terrible something was wrong with our waitress, like she could not do her job. another table of people stormed out very angry without even recieving their food. they had been waiting for an hour probably. we had to refill our own wineglasses 3 times! we waited a long time for our food too. they put us at the worst table, at the very back end. i felt like i wasnt even in the restaurant. we were practically in the parking lot. they had not pulled the canopy out yet in that area and it was really windy my napkin was blowing away. the whole thing made me really irritable. BUT other than that, which i think was a not normal experience, i do recommend this place, the food IS great. like i said the first time we went was excellent!

    Sunset Sailboat Cruise: free bar! not a full bar, but they had punch stuff and balashi beer (local beer). also there were fingerfoods: meatballs and chicken wings. nothing fancy at all, but still fun. the boat cruised down the high and low rise sections of the beach. they played music the whole time, it felt very fun. i thought the sunset and the wind was very romantic, i would definately recommend this! it was mellow and nice.

    Salt and Pepper: ehhhhh everyone said to go here, but personally i didnt like it. for lunch: we ordered 3 appetizers and they were so SMALL. like 4 bites and it was done. plus they weren't very good at all. i payed 8 bucks for a salad that was terrible. i felt like i could have gotten the same thing at a school cafeteria. maybe i just had bad luck and they had better things i just didnt try? i did like all the salt and pepper shakers inside though, very neat. we walked by the place later in the evening and it was packed. seemed more like a nighttime/bar place.

    Ruths Chris: I know they have it here at home. but its my fav place here at home so i wanted it on vacation! i got all dressed up and we just seriously dined! we had martinis, wine, steak, crab legs, salad, bread, creme brulee, dessert wine, and sparkling water. not sure how i ate all that, but it was fantastic. the bartender was the best (while we were waiting for seats), and the rest of the staff was so-so. we walked from the marriott to the hyatt on the beach on the way home. i was running through the water, it was very romantic and fun

    Okeanos Spa Private Cove Massage: this was our biggest expense while we were there. i didnt really know what to expect, but i expected it to be great since it cost so much. the hotel was under construction (renassance) so it was a maze trying to find the spa desk when we got there. there was all this loud drilling noise going on i couldnt hear the lady who was trying to talk to me. anyway, finally we were directed to the dock where a general boat took people back and forth to and from the small island cove. when we got there, we wandered around and followed the signs to where it said "spa cove" we saw lots of people laying out on blu chairs and they had floatys in the water. obviously not the private part we had reserved, so we kept searching. there were no signs to help. finally we saw 2 doors on a pier at the end. i thought that might be it? but the no signs didnt help. there was no one around to ask either. and i was wondering "where are these people getting their towels!?" so i starting getting a little frustrated at the lack of information. but we soon went up to the building where the towels came from, and grabbed two, and also asked about the private area. they lady said, yes it was in those 2 doors. alright. so were went back there and looked around. it was....... nice. more like a tarzan treehouse with some mucky water around it. nothing i would want to get in. but there was some nice tiki furniture so it did feel a little bit special. however.... i had no drink in my hand, but i had a voucher for a bottle champagne (part of the package) and also a platter of fruit. so again i am sitting there getting a little frustrated. i dont feel pampered at all. i dont even know what is going on. my husband reminded me that we still had an hour before the actual massage, and i just needed to wait. so we walked to the bar and ordered a drink. and went back to the main area with everyone and floated in the water for a bit. then we napped in the hammock near the doors. finally 2 ladies showed up with the massage tables. they went in and set everything up and called us in. they had brought lots of towels too. so yea, we had our massage. it was pretty good. i've had better here at home. but it was nice to have an outdoor massage with the ocean sounds. when it was over, we asked them about the fruit and champagne, and they said someone would bring it to us. so they left and we waited. finally my husband went to go find this stuff, and he came back with another lady who set it out for us. the champagne was served in plastic dixie cups....eh. and the fruit was just ok. it was 5:00 and we had to be out of there by 6:30 to catch the boat back. we watched a little bit of sunset, and left. overall...... i dont know that i would suggest this. i think it was too pricey for what it was. oh and a couple of times, people kept coming into the doors out of curiosity i suppose. even during the massage, i heard some lady say "im sorry!". yea so the privacy was not all that private. they should really put some signs up. i wouldn't do it again, but i wont say i dont regret it. it was still a neat experience.

    Madame Janettes: we both ordered the "famous steak" and my husband says its the best steak he has ever had! i still prefer ruthies. but it was very good! it had a smokey flavor and mashed potatos and gravy on top. we liked the aruba feel to this place. it was outdoors. i definately recommend it!!!!!!!

    everything else we did was just lounging around, drinking, and staying on the resort mostly. we had a really good time! i would go back
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    at the hyatt









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    sunset sailboat:

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    glad you had a good time..............now tell us, are you in love with the island or what !!!!!
    ARUBA....HOME AWAY FROM HOME

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    oh yes! it was amazing ive never been on a vacation like it before. (i dont travel much at all really). but even after 5 days, i was like " what is there to do besides eat, drink, and nap?" as silly as it may sound, i am glad to be home, and have work to do hehe. vacations are very spoiling!

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    Isn't the hyatt the best!!! We stayed there in april and loved it so much.

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    Soooo... sorry you missed a coupla days. I really hope you didn't torture your husband over it! Glad you had a good time with the rest of the trip... Do you love Aruba, or what?

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    Your pictures are amazing. I love the colors in them. Thanks for the great report.
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    My FIRST Aruba trip in

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    Gardengirl....eat, drink nap...then...eat,drink nap....then...etc. etc...My husband is always ready to go home about 5 days after we get there, but I could stay the 14 and easily add on another week or 2. I am never ready to get back to work.....maybe my age is showing, but I'm ready to retire...now can anyone tell me how to get a fast untaxable million dollars !!!!!
    ARUBA....HOME AWAY FROM HOME

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    thank you about the pics i am a photographer, so trips like this are a great opportunity for my hobby

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