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    July 1-9 Missing Aruba Already!

    We enjoyed another wonderful trip and we accomplished what we go to Aruba for. Simply relax and spend some serious ‘unwind’ time together on the beach.

    The trip from Boston to Aruba was totally uneventful with the plane boarding 30 minutes late. Most of that lost time was made up in the air. Bad news was that we landed at about the same time another flight landed so immigration was the longest wait we had ever experienced….but OK, we made it to Aruba! We grabbed our bags after the carousel jammed 2 times and made it to the taxi line! Longest we ever experienced…. But, OK…. We’re in Aruba! We made it to the front of the taxi line in about 10 minutes and we’re off to the Radisson. All in all, from touchdown to the Radisson was about 75 minutes. The room wasn’t quite ready so we went to Miro Solo and enjoyed our traditional Aruba Ariba while we waited for the room.

    We enjoyed a nice upgrade for our room with a beautiful view of the gardens. We’ve done the ocean view and all in years past, but DW is just as happy without the ‘big view’ and that frees up funds for dining and other stuff. We had booked with Player’s Choice again this year with the breakfast plan and added the lunch plan as well.

    Again, we go to Aruba to simply enjoy the beach and the turquois Caribbean waters…. And that’s all we did for 7 days! No trips, no tours, no activities…. Just the beach! We’d get to the beach by 9 with our favorite authors, read…. Get in the water… read…. Get in the water….. read…. Go to Gilligan’s….have an Amstel Bright…have another Amstel Bright….. get in the water… etc… etc… etc…. Oh, and don’t forget the AM and the PM nap that we enjoyed… the beach is tough work! We both took walks North and South each day with DW doing much more distance than I did. We’d end our beach day with happy hour at Gilligan’s. Our traditional happy hour bev of choice is, the Aruba Ariba when we’re at the beach!

    The days went quickly…. But not too quickly. We really savored every minute we had together on the beach.

    Our Aruba vacations have really fine tuned for us over the years and we know what’s most important to us! That’s simply together on the beach!

    More information on dining and some observations in a day or two….. I’m starting to suffer some withdrawal as I remember our time on the beach!
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    Glad to hear you had a wonderful time, I too love, love the beach and Amstel Brights as well...Sure could use one on this hot summer day but have to wait 4 more months :-) Look forward to your next report - good luck with adjusting to the real world until next trip, we all go thru it upon return from Aruba.

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    Hello… My name is ‘CP’ and I’m an….an….an…. Arubaholic! I’ve been 4 days without Aruba. My story continues for this year’s island vacation we loved!

    We limited our dining options for breakfast with us having the breakfast plan at the Radisson…. Great buffet every day in a wonderful atmosphere. With the location and setting, I can’t figure why Laguna has never been able to more than a breakfast buffet. Lunch and dinner have been tried from time to time, but with never any great degree of success. Back to breakfast….. excellent selection of everything always fresh and plentiful made available with a first class staff!

    We did take advantage of the lunch plan thru Player’s Choice this year and it was well worth it. Gilligan’s has a good lunch menu with a perfect view of the beach and some good people watching. We spend our days on the beach and want to get back to the palapa or into the water quickly. We did venture out a couple of times to our old favorite Salt and Pepper, but most days it was Gilligan’s. Lunch is not only an event…. It’s an opportunity to enjoy a couple of icy cold Amstel Brights!!!

    First night dinner was Texas de Brazil. We went armed with a 10% off coupon and my wife couldn’t understand why I stopped in Kay’s downstairs until I scored the 15% coupon that Andrea J had mentioned some time ago. DW, who eats very sparingly, loves the salad bar and the experience at TdB. DW had a glass of wine and I had the signature Caipirinha made with Brazilian rum. We enjoyed a leisurely dinner with plenty to eat and didn’t leave overly stuffed! The bill was 113 with a good tip. The experience at TdB rates a solid 9 with no weak areas! Took a nice walk through to Hyatt lobby and along the beach back to the Radisson. She went to bed and I went to the Casino!

    Mme J’s is always our plan for dinner after our first full day on the island. Everything was perfect and we ordered too much food! A couple of glasses of wine, bang bang shrimp and crab cakes. The shrimp was super! DW had her almond grouper and I enjoyed the rack of lamb…. WOW! The lamb was so rich. We finished with decafe coffee and DW watched me eat the coconut cream cake for dessert….. WOW again. This was the most we ever spent (or ordered and ate) at Mme J’s with a bill (with a great tip) of 160…. Ok so maybe I had another glass of wine!!! A good solid 10 for Mme J’s…. and it continues to be our favorite restaurant in Aruba.

    Ok so we took it a little easy for Tue, cancelled Pago Pago and decided to go to Fishes ‘n More across from the Radisson. We were seated around 7:45 with regular menus. I knew that the early bird for 22.95 was available all night on Tue and asked about it…. The waitress quickly brought the right menu and we ordered from there. Everything was good with good service and some entertainment. The bill was 75 with a good tip and a glass of wine for DW. Fishes rates an overall 8 with service a bit slow.

    Wed was the 4th and I couldn’t decide what to do for dinner that night. My wife suggested that we do the cookout menu at Laguna which we did! I was amazed at the lack of advertising around the resort for this special event. I was doubly amazed at how crowded it actually was when we got there a few minutes before 8. Everything was OK…. It’s tough to grill food and keep it on a hot table for as long as you need to for everyone to serve themselves. We had to eat inside and the noise was awful….. but the food was OK and the price good at 65 for dinner. Food a 6… atmosphere 6 (outside with less noise an 8) ….price 9…. Service 8… Yup!... we’d do it again!!!

    Thu night we enjoyed White Modern Cuisine. WOW what a great experience! Started with a glass of wine and a white mojito, apps were the kimshee salad and the corn chowder. DW had fried tofu and I had the filet basket. We had a great view of the plating area and I was able to watch the staff assemble all of the plates. My observation is that the length of time it takes to garnish and assemble the dishes does allow the food to cool somewhat before service. My filet was served on a cold carrot slaw and that did impact the food temperature. That aside, this is a first class restaurant with a keen eye toward top shelf everything!!! The bill was 120 incl a great tip and I rate it a good solid 9.5. I wish this place much success. They made a huge investment in this place and staffing is heavy. I want them to succeed!

    I’m getting the Aruba withdrawal shakes and have to continue later! God grant me the serenity ……… etc…….

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    Great post! We were there the same week as you. Other than a terrific snorkel trip with Aruba Bob, we too have learned to enjoy the beach, the pool, some books and looking forward to the great meals. Once in a while we get our sorry behinds up to go to Boca Catalina for snorkeling, but the days of having to drive an ATV, visit the caves, etc. are a pleasant memory. The more we go, the more we enjoy just chilling.

    We also totally agree about White Modern Cuisine. The care they take in the preparation should earn them a loyal following for a long time.

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    Sounds awesome can't wait....








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    Thanks for the trip reports, counting down the days until our 2nd trip.

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    Some more ramblings of an Arubaholic after surviving 5 days without Aruba.

    Last night I left off with White Modern. Again, a fabulous restaurant with top quality everything and more attention to detail than any restaurant we’ve been to in all these years.

    Fri we decided that we had to hit Smokey Joe’s. We arrived toward 8, had a short wait and were seated. Our drinks came quickly and we ordered dinner. Wife loves the mason jars for the drink service at SJ’s. DW had blackened red snapper and I had the tenderloin kabob, the island slaw and home fries are beyond good. SJ’s is always busy with good portions and a very casual atmosphere. Prices are very good and the drinks strong. Great location for people watching and close to shops for after dinner shopping. Dinner was about 75 and overall I rate our meal an 8 for a great casual outdoor meal. Food is dependable and service is ok.

    Couldn’t believe that DW wanted to do Smokey Joe again on Saturday night! So we did! My original ribs and her blackened mahi mahi and a couple of fruity drinks cost us about the same as the previous night. We were glad we ate here again! Walked back through the Hyatt lobby and grounds and then the beach back to the Radisson.

    Sun…. bummer, our last full day on Aruba so we stayed close all day with lunch at Gilligan’s, a long beach day and a massage for Patty in the late afternoon. We met at Gilligan’s for happy hour when she was done and somehow made it to the Sunset Grille for dinner. The Sunset Grille is our traditional last night meal and was fantastic as always. DW had a glass of pinot and I enjoyed a grey goose gimlet. I ordered crab cakes and surprised Patty with a vegetable stack which was no longer on the menu! Ten years ago she ordered this app during our first visit to SSG and always looked forward to it each year until it was no longer offered. I had emailed a request for this app when I made reservations and the chef was able to plan for it. She had the filet and I enjoyed the dry aged prime ribeye. Everything was perfect…. Except, the steak wasn’t cooked exactly as I ordered it. Still good and I ate all of it. Had coffee and cheese cake and relaxed. Everything was a good solid 10 for us…. I think the bill was about 170 with a great tip. A lot, but the quality is all there and we ordered a lot.

    A night cap at Miro Solo and I walked her to our room and I went to the Casino.

    More stuff on our trip later….. thanks for letting me ramble… It’s quite therapeutic and does help with my recovery……. it's tough being an Arubaholic..... most of you know that!

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    Love the reports! "beach is tough work".....my favorite quote...love that...Darn right Beach is hard work...Takes a lot to manage the Balashi's, the Sun and the Surf..!! I still need to post a food/meal summary. Thanks so much for your details, always good info when planning meals out. I am curious on your thoughts of the recent Radisson renovations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bradrobster View Post
    Love the reports! "beach is tough work".....my favorite quote...love that...Darn right Beach is hard work...Takes a lot to manage the Balashi's, the Sun and the Surf..!! I still need to post a food/meal summary. Thanks so much for your details, always good info when planning meals out. I am curious on your thoughts of the recent Radisson renovations.

    The renovations were really a preservation of the original charm of the Radisson when it was the only hotel on Palm Beach. The rooms were all refurnished with the same Caribbean charm. Beds are all sleep number and, of course, flat screens in all the rooms. The Sunset Grille was nicely modernized for the indoor dining room and Miro Solo now offers food from 5 am. The lobby was reconfigured a bit. The grounds are as nice as ever!

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    Thanks so much for all the thought you put into your trip report! So glad you have such an amazing time!

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