Woke up early (shocker). Got laundry going, met up with Kent to give him back his camera, packed up the room and went to the Islander Grill for our last Sunday buffet breakfast. Said goodbye to our La Cabana staff and checked out. Went over to Divi Dutch Village. Very odd little place. Couldn't find a front desk or any people around. Finally found a maintenance person who told us we had to go across the street. Still didn't know where, but eventually found a parking area and walked around the property till we stumbled upon the front desk. The place was empty. No guests, not much staff walking around. Very odd (remember we are used to La Cabana). Our rooms weren't ready yet which we figured since it was so early. We were given beepers (like a chain restaurant type thing) and were told to stay in the lobby till it buzzed. We assumed we would be able to use a pool or go on the beach till the rooms were ready. Of course not realizing we would need to stay at the main front desk at a different property than where we were staying. They were not very happy about us using the facilities there, but finally said ok and gave us towel cards. Again SO NOT La Cabana. We found a small pool with no one in sight. Very shallow (3ft was the deep area). It was our own private backyard pool for an hour or so. The kids found a ball and had fun playing monkey in the middle.
Marco wandered off to look for other pools or people. It was so odd not to see anyone at all for an hour! He came back to report on the two other pools he found and we went to one while my parents stayed back at the small one. Again we found it odd that there weren't many people around this BIG pool. There was a nice slide the kids loved, but kept hurting their backs on. My kids kept asking where security was because kids were doing things they shouldn't be doing like climbing rocks & jumping in the pool. Clearly not a rock formation where kids should be climbing & jumping from, but there was no one telling them not to - not even their parents. It was eerie. There were chalkboards around with activities listed like Bingo @ 3:30 by the infinity pool. We waited there till 4 before we asked the bartender & were told that was likely from Friday. He was right. There were 20 iguanas hanging out on the side of the infinity pool so my kids had a ball feeding them by hand.
We finally went over and collected my parents & the cooler from our car and caught a little shuttle back to have some left over MJ's food for lunch at the pool. Good times
At 4pm we back to the lobby to see if our rooms were ready (4 is check in time) and found that they were ready. We were given keys and told to have a great stay. Ok fine. I didn't think I had any questions so I didn't ask any. It seemed really quick - La Cabana check in is such a process with towel cards and room charge cards and they give you a map of the resort and explain where everything is even though you've been there a hundred times. Anyway, sorry I'm comparing so much, but LC is like my home! We went back across the street and could not find our rooms! The signage leaves A LOT to be desired. I had 101, my mom 118 - we assumed first floor because of the 100's. wrong. Mine was first floor, hers was 3rd - no elevator and she can not do stairs. Of course I didn't know this because I was moving our stuff into the room and checking it out once we finally found it. Very nice large room! Great little pool out back. Two sets of sliding glass doors. Nice patio with table & chairs & lounges.
We had 6:30 dinner reservations at the lighthouse. 5:30 there is pounding on our door - my father very unhappily telling me that they are on the 3rd floor and their keys don't work and it's taken them this long to find their room, then find our room! Not a happy camper. He called the front desk and they sent a shuttle to get him to bring him back to the lobby to change rooms while mom stayed and showered in our room to get ready for dinner.
He came back with a ground floor room and was a little calmer than when he left. This place really needs to take a few guest relations courses. I tried calling the front desk 3 different times by dialing "0" got no answer all 3 times. I don't know if "0" is the front desk because I was never told and there are no directions on the phone. I tried to go into a door that said "Guest Services" on it, but it was locked. Very strange place.
We made it to La Trattoria a bit late, but had a wonderful meal and made it just in time for sunset. Went back to Divi Dutch with the intention of going in the pool or finding the beach, but everyone was just exhausted and we had to get up at 5 to head to the airport!
Up very early, packed up and left. Tried dialing 0 again to get a front desk person, but no answer so we just left assuming they will know we chose an express check out.
Left the cars in the parking lot at the airport and went to check in for our 9:45 flights at 6:50. Very long lines with only 2 people working the American Airlines counter. Got through security pretty quickly, made it to the duty free shops with no one in site. It was 8:45 and boarding was going to start in 15 minutes. Hubby was nervous so we didn't get to shop I grabbed some cheese for the plane and a rum cake to bring home and that's it!
Picked up our luggage, used those new machines at US customs. They were very user friendly and easy. Of course I was rushing so the first one I picked up my son to fit him in the outline to take his picture - didn't realize you can adjust the camera! Duh... Got thru there fairly quickly, dropped bags, went thru security again and finally got up to the gate at 9. Fairly uneventful flights and we arrived home to the puppies at 8:20pm. So happy & sad to be home! Very long day and hope to never book multiple flights again
Thanks for letting me share my time in Aruba with you all
And yes, Andrea, I'm heading out the door to go in to the office now!