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    Thanks for the detail! We are vodka and sprite drinkers too! At home if you ever see cranberry sprite, give it a try.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    When you talk about a grill out by the beach, I walked by last winter on a weekend and at the Riu Antillas they had about 6 grills on the cement patio by the ocean and they were doing a Bar-B-Q. You might want to check on that because its possible that they do that a certain day of the week. It really looked and smelled great!!!
    Snorkel Mangel Halto, day or night with a waterscooter. Check out our website. E-mail Stuart at arubabob@live.com or call Stuart local: 745-7459 Or visit: www.arubabobsnorkeling.com 50th trip Dec 11, 2017

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    We are back....sorry I didn't have much time while we were gone to update more. I'm patiently waiting for my laptop to get back to me. We dropped it off at a friend before we left to do some updating/cleaning out. Im dying to download my pictures and be able to type out my review of the Riu and tell our story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lakeh2o View Post
    We are back....sorry I didn't have much time while we were gone to update more. I'm patiently waiting for my laptop to get back to me. We dropped it off at a friend before we left to do some updating/cleaning out. Im dying to download my pictures and be able to type out my review of the Riu and tell our story.
    You just take your time.... the rest of us will sit here patiently and wait to read your stories and reviews. Really, we don't mind when someone teases us who are not fortunate enough to have visited recently with the promise of telling us about "our" island and how much you enjoyed it. We'll just sit right here and you let us know when you're ready.... I'm just kidding. We really do want to hear everything about your trip, but the waiting is killing me!!

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    I have my laptop back unfortunately it is toast. Damn virus! I did get one typed up here on my laptop. Until my new laptop is purchased, I will have to hold off on posting some pictures. I wanted to put some stuff on Flickr that have restaurant menus, foodie pics, etc. I tried to cover as much as I could.

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    Review of stay 5/8/15 a 5/15/15

    Customs at the airport was a breeze. Everything took maybe 10 minutes. It actually took longer to get our luggage. Check in at the hotel seemed chaotic and it wasn't even busy. I think it was the pre cursor to how the stay would be. I already posted on getting checked into a room with trash from the previous guest in the room. I was just floored by the front desk asking me if the bed was made in the room. I kept it to myself but honestly...the room is still dirty bed made or not. It made me wonder if the sheets were even changed, and yes we did check.

    The next day getting into the new room as the front desk offered was a cluster. None of the telephones in the rooms have the extensions on them. After 20 minutes trying to reach the bellman after the operator sent us to a dead line we took the stuff down there ourselves. The not so helpful bellman just left our luggage in the lobby. He didn't ask a name a room number or if we were staying or going. I was beyond livid at this point. Our friend who is the travel agent came by while this was going on and asked him to put something on our bags. He did after we stood there for awhile like it was a bother to him or something. I knew at this point we made a mistake staying here. Later on that day around 4pm we went back by the front desk to see if this new room was ready, mind you we have been without a room since noon, and we were told it still wasn't ready. I asked if they knew when because we had dinner reservations at the driftwood that evening and needed to shower. Miraculously it was ready. New room was clean with no trash. My faith in their custom service was drastically lost in my first two days on the island.

    FoodAtlantis- the buffet. We ate breakfast here every morning. It had a good variety of items. I'm allergic to egg so I was happy that there were other options. Fruit was the biggest disappointment here. All of the fruit tasted rotten....on more than one occasion. I tried again thinking maybe it was a fluke then just avoided all together. Staff there was always friendly. We ate dinner there two different times. The first night I had prime rib and sushi. The prime rib was the best beef I have had traveling out of the U.S.

    Palm beach- the steakhouse. I had lobster and my husband had a filet. The food was good. The meal was served with a Caesar salad and an appetizer trio to share which included scallops ceviche, spicy prawns and marinated octopus. I didn't try the octopus. This had a dessert platter to share that came out, most of them were good.

    Krystal- the French restaurant. I could have eaten here every night. The starter plate that came out had smoked salmon, foie gras and cheese stuffed olives. All were tasty. I ordered the osso bucco cannelloni appetizer and sea bass for my main course. By far the best that the resort offered. Nothing was left on my plate. Husband had same appetizer and another filet. We both got the chocolate dessert and it was just okay.

    Rimini- the Italian restaurant. At this location you just ordered your main course and dessert. After you ordered there was a salad bar set with various things plus there was minestrone soup. I ordered the osso bucco for my entree in hopes of being like appetizer. My husband ordered the portobello lasagna. Both of us ordered the Crunchy tiramisu. Salad bar was good as was the soup. My osso bucco was very fatty. Didn't eat too much of that. Lasagna was good. Dessert was not. It was more like coffee flavored jello with fried won ton wrappers...it was different.

    Malmok-the Mexican restaurant we did not eat at for dinner.

    Palm beach, Rimini and Malmok were open for lunch. We ate at Palm Beach and Malmok each day. Palm beach would have burgers and fries, nachos, jerk chicken or ribs and one other hot entree. Malmok would have a salad bar, a build your own Caesars salad, pizza, soups, pasta, fish, desserts.

    Lounge 24- 24 hour snack area. In here they had sandwiches, fruit, nachos, small appetizers. In the morning they offered a quick breakfast with limited items similar to. Continental breakfast. We would usually grab afternoon or late night nachos there.

    Capuchino-the coffee bar. You could get milkshakes, different coffee drinks or ls all desserts here.

    Bars- all good. Drinks of the day were good. The bartenders always seemed like they were having fun while working.

    Entertainment
    We received a paper copy of the entertainment events at check in but the resort didn't do a good job of promoting any of it. In the evening they would only have a few performers out in the lobby to promote the nightly show, but nothing else. We did go to Pacha, the disco one night, but there were maybe 5 people in there. There was one day where there was a water balloon fight at the pool and that was the only thing we actually heard them announce.

    Beach/pool
    The wind made this very difficult. We knew the island was windy, however we had no protection from the sandstorm that happened with every gust. It didn't matter if you were on the beach or in the pool you were constantly getting blasted. The palapas were usually free because no one wanted to be sand blasted. Most days the pool bar was empty because of the proximity to the beach. The beach itself was a mess for the first 3-4 feet off the sidewalk. It was a combination of rock, broken shells, glass and sand. We spent most of the time in the pool, which that isn't how we planned on spending our vacation as we love the beach. There was a significant break in the sand blasting if we went up the beach past the DePalm pier. It was almost like our resort was a wind tunnel. The riu had no "watersports" area per se although they were to offer paddle boards, kayaks, etc. it's not even listed on the resort map. The pool area was nice but pool had to be vacuumed daily because of the sand issue. Chairs weren't usually an issue to find as long as you got down there before noon.

    Off resort

    Our best times happened when we were away from the Riu. Driftwood was out first dinner outing. Absolutely fantastic food. I ordered the fresh catch of the day Wahoo with the garlic sauce. I could have licked my plate clean. We walked thru some of the outdoor shopping in front of the high rises and hung out at seņor frogs one night. We booked a DePalm jeep tour to Baby beach. Although it was the longer tour, it was the best day we had. Our guide Roland, who was also our jeep driver, was great. The island is gorgeous. I took so many pictures along the way and loved every minute of it. We ate lunch at the B55 and food was also great. We had an hour at baby beach to swim and snorkel before heading back to the resorts. I would recommend this tour to anyone. Our last evening on the resort the group made reservations to go to the flying fishbone. We hired a bus driver, Howard, that picked all 14 of us up. We got his name from the flying fishbone as a contact for transportation. The atmosphere at the restaurant was breathtaking. The food was amazing. Again, I ordered the catch of the day which was mahi mahi. We saw one of the only sunsets of our trip while there. A couple two tables behind us got engaged while we were there. Our actual anniversary was this day. They brought out a small dessert with a sparkler in it for us. It was a nice end to the trip.

    Overall, I would say there trip was good. I will not ever stay at a Riu property and wouldn't recommend it. If we come back to the island, we would definitely stay further up the beach from where we were.
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 05-21-2015 at 12:19 AM.

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    Sorry I have tried to edit it to look cleaner but it says I don't have access to perform that task

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    Lake...if you want i can edit out the many [COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961)]



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    Good report... sorry you had so much trouble with your laptop. I always remember that part of Palm Beach as being more windy than the rest.... at least some of the sand blasting let up for some time. You said you wouldn't stay at the Rui again.... don't let that turn you off to Aruba. Go further down the beach to the Radisson. It's got the biggest stretch of beach and less wind (IMO).... also short walking distance to some great restaurants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    Lake...if you want i can edit out the many [COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961)]


    that would be fabulous!

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