I would like to THANK you ALL.... and especially Arubalisa for all the information and pictures/video links also Andrea J. for all your advise and help. This vacaton to the Tamarijn was exactly as you stated! It was wonderful! I must emphasize that... all of the employees/staff treated you with respect and love, as if you were family!!! So much so that I cried when we hugged and I said good bye to most all of them individually.
As I stated in my earlier threads, we won this trip through a benefit. My husband is a cancer surviver whom just went through his 3rd surgery in NYC last month. Stage 3 of 4 rectal cancer. We took your advise and mainly relaxed on the beach and around the pool.
On the day of our arrival I was so surprised to see such a clean and generous size room. Other's might have thought they were small...but if you have ever stayed in a hotel in NYC... these at the Tamarijn are 3x larger!!! We went right to the desk to make our dinner arrangements for 2 nights from then... as we were told to do... we ate at the buffet most of the time.. which was great!
The second day we toured around the Tamarijn and then the Divi... went to the Albambra Casino and played the penny slots .. only put in $5.00 and after 20 minutes...it got up as high as $53.15.. I cashed out... plus had enought points to get a deck of cards as a reward. (Memories of knowing when to quit...LOL)
The third day we took a time share walk/talk... to get the $150.00 they offered towards a tour,chips or restaurant... We took the $150.00 credit towards the Atlantis Submarine Tour of the bottom of the Ocean. So you can guess on our 4th day we took a bus down town... did some shopping and then the Sub tour.
The rest of our vacation. 4th & 5th day we relaxed...
The 6th day was really shot... having to go to the airport, customs etc....
A funny thing happened to us....we had our reservation at the Red Parrot Rest... we went for our reservation... and they had an electrical fire... so they told everyone...they'd be running 1-3 hrs late... trying to get a generator up and running.... so we waited across the way at the bar.... after going back 3 times... 1.5 hrs... we decided to go in to the buffet to eat... after we were almost done with our dinner... we noticed they re-opened the Red Parrot.. it was up and running again...my husband said... it's our last night... lets go over and eat there now... AFTER we had already eatten... so we did... 2 dinners!!!! Couldn't move the rest of the night... He wanted to make sure he got his last reservation dinner at the Red Parrot...no matter what.
We watched and learned the trick re: the palapa shade coverings on the beach.. most of the guests would set thier alarm clocks and go out and place thier towels on the chairs at 6:00 am...and then go back to thier rooms... The bad feature was that they didn't use the chairs for more than an hour or two at thier convenience..in the afternoon....but tied them up all day so other's could not use them. My husband got up at 5am and put the towels out BUT also slept the rest of the early morning..in the chair... I have to APPLAUD a gentleman that came down and moved some towels off a chair under a palapa that were there since 6am- 1pm with NO USE and put his on it.. when the people finally came back they started to argue but he stuck to his guns... "you put your towels out here and didn't use the area for over 6 hours... I've watched you all do this all week... You would take one Palapa for yourselves and another one for you children... so by not using it ... you forfeited" There was some bad language... etc... but I had to get up after they left... and go over and shake his hand for standing up to them. This is not right...but the only way they could correct this is to either have some sort of room card swiper at each palapa stand and have it like a parking meter... once the time (say 2 hrs) went by ...you would have to re swipe your card again....for more time.. IF NOT... it should be up for grabs.... I watched so so so many unhappy guests... sitting out in the hot sun.... looking back at all the un occupied palapa's.... OR....the resort should put up one for each unit... with thier room number marked on a small plaque on the pole.... I know either way would be an initial expense...but...it would make MORE PEACE with the guests!!!!
I hope to put $20.00 away each week in a special account...so that hopefully we'd have enough money saved in 2 years to go back.... The costly part is the air flights...
Thank you all again for all your help and knowledge... you made our vacation a success...knowing the ins and outs... etc....
The Atlantis Submarine was great... They took you out around the island by shuttle boat to the sub location... then you transferred over to the the top of the sub and then down the port hole into the sub... moments later...you went down 27 foot to see the fish and reefs... then they traveled further out.. and you dropped down to over 130 feet.. where there was an old ship wreck... an old war plane... and tons of fish... most were a blue color due to the lighting etc... It was very educational and a very nice comfortable experience! I thought you'd feel claustophobic...but NO... it felt like you were sitting and watching your own window TV. It is hard to explain in words...but... kind of like our air flight...when your up above the clouds... it looks like a different world... well underneathe the water feels the same...like a totally different world...peaceful and serene... I will get some picures up soon!
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What a nice trip report! So glad you had a great time, and I would have been right behind you and Andrea shaking that mans hand on the beach. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us, and good health to you both
Boca Prins, Mangel Halto & just about any spot with my little family.
sfarmer, I am SO glad you had a wonderful time!!!
I do have one question about the Atlantis Submarine though, did you feel seasick or anything? I watched a video about it on you tube a few days ago and thought I might get seasick upon descent & ascent.
my son and husband have done the ATLANTIS in Aruba numerous times.
i played nickels across the street, killing time.
Kevin LOVED IT.
Paul, was ok, nothing special. THen again, he is a SCUBA guy.
He said it was a little rocky riding out to the sub and back but not horrible.
Re: the Atlantis........many either LOVE it or are just mildly impressed, like my husband.
Kevin's first Atlantis trip was when he was about 5 (he is 25 now) and i think it was in the cayman's or someplace other than aruba.
When we got home, we "HAD" to visit the USS NAUTILUS in Groton Ct.
Kevin at age 5 announced I am going to be a submariner. We laughed.
Now, a married, college grad with a degree in "marine engineering and nuclear engineering", he is a nuclear system engineer for the DOD @ Portsmouth Naval Base in Kittery, Maine....................working on subs and is a LT in the Navy reserve. The kid never ever considered anything but submarines and their nuclear reactors.
So, take DYLAN on that sub and the Nautilus. You too can have a child that talks about reactor rods like i talk about "ahh what's for supper tonight"
Actually I was wondered about that before we went.. and NO it was not bad at all... the ride out was like being on a boat cutting through the water... actually people were walking from one end to the other to take pictures of that side of the island.... then the only rockiness was the little ramp/step over onto the sub's top.. the sub was a smooth as being on an airplane in good weather...smooth and slow. My husband was not really super impressed because it wasn't what he thought ...or I should say... what he thought he'd see.... sea turtles... sword fish...LARGE fish... and probably a mermaid...LOL... Though he did like it... once I told him.. you never know what you are going to see... it's not like a zoo where things are caged...etc... It's up to mother nature and all it's wonders to what is swimming around.