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    New Years in Aruba Trip Live Report-

    Hello All,

    We booked a last minute trip to Aruba right before Xmas and I am so glad we did. We are on day 2 and its been perfect so far, outside of our flight being delayed about an hour out of Boston. We landed, got our bags quickly and we were at our hotel with an hour of landing, despite the CRAZY traffic. Our driver was great because he avoided downtown and made what could have been a painful drive not bad at all.

    This is our 14 or 15th time to the island, I am losing count but our first for New Years. The island is full but I will be honest, besides the heavier traffic and the full casino last night it does not seem to be "to packed" Our last couple of trips have been at the Ritz Carlton, this trip we are at the Hyatt because the Ritz was booked full, minus a 5200 a night suite that was available, lol. We started our trips to Aruba at the Hyatt 20 years ago so its somewhat fitting that we are back here. My son LOVES the water slide, we went up and down the slide about 50 times this morning, he is getting ready to nap now because he is so tired, he never naps anymore. I love many things about this hotel. First of all it is easily has the nicest grounds of any hotel on the island, it is really nice. What I don't like about the Hyatt is the VERY small rooms and the lack of a full balcony, but I still rather be here in a smaller room than most places on the island- if we return to the Hyatt in the future it will be in a suite only, they have full balconies.

    We ate our first dinner at Casa Tua last night. I had a the chicken parm, my wife had a pasta with broc dish that she really enjoyed, and my son got pizza but ate ALL of my chicken, lol. The service was very good.

    We had lunch by the pool today and it was good as well, nothing fancy but still decent. We made dinner reservations at Ruinas Del Mar and at Solanio for tonight but after looking at the limited menu at Ruinas we are going to pass on that, and will also pass on Solanio at the Ritz because they are doing a buffet as well- Instead we are going to eat with one of our good friends at the Divi @ the Ritz Carlton, it wont be a fancy meal but we will enjoy seeing our friend just the same.

    The weather has been great so far, I hope the sky is nice and clear for some GREAT fireworks later on.

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    Last minute trips are great and being there for New Years is a bonus! Enjoy the fireworks!

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    Awesome! Loving the excitement in your words!

    I see from some facebook posts that the firecrackers have started!

    Have fun & Happy New Year!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    They started early this morning, they are going off right next to the Hyatt....my wife just returned from a walk and she said the "remains" of the firecrackers are everywhere....should be an interesting night. I am now going for my walk along the beach as my wife watches our twerp sleep, lol.

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    enjoy AND Happy New Year

    thanks for taking the time to share your story.

    time to wake up the young'un and go back to the slide!

    Quote Originally Posted by Aruba4ever View Post
    Hello All,

    We booked a last minute trip to Aruba right before Xmas and I am so glad we did. We are on day 2 and its been perfect so far, outside of our flight being delayed about an hour out of Boston. We landed, got our bags quickly and we were at our hotel with an hour of landing, despite the CRAZY traffic. Our driver was great because he avoided downtown and made what could have been a painful drive not bad at all.

    This is our 14 or 15th time to the island, I am losing count but our first for New Years. The island is full but I will be honest, besides the heavier traffic and the full casino last night it does not seem to be "to packed" Our last couple of trips have been at the Ritz Carlton, this trip we are at the Hyatt because the Ritz was booked full, minus a 5200 a night suite that was available, lol. We started our trips to Aruba at the Hyatt 20 years ago so its somewhat fitting that we are back here. My son LOVES the water slide, we went up and down the slide about 50 times this morning, he is getting ready to nap now because he is so tired, he never naps anymore. I love many things about this hotel. First of all it is easily has the nicest grounds of any hotel on the island, it is really nice. What I don't like about the Hyatt is the VERY small rooms and the lack of a full balcony, but I still rather be here in a smaller room than most places on the island- if we return to the Hyatt in the future it will be in a suite only, they have full balconies.

    We ate our first dinner at Casa Tua last night. I had a the chicken parm, my wife had a pasta with broc dish that she really enjoyed, and my son got pizza but ate ALL of my chicken, lol. The service was very good.

    We had lunch by the pool today and it was good as well, nothing fancy but still decent. We made dinner reservations at Ruinas Del Mar and at Solanio for tonight but after looking at the limited menu at Ruinas we are going to pass on that, and will also pass on Solanio at the Ritz because they are doing a buffet as well- Instead we are going to eat with one of our good friends at the Divi @ the Ritz Carlton, it wont be a fancy meal but we will enjoy seeing our friend just the same.

    The weather has been great so far, I hope the sky is nice and clear for some GREAT fireworks later on.

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    Loving your report, sounds so fun. I agree the Hyatt is a beautiful property. New Years sounds like such a fun time to be in Aruba. Can't wait to hear how tonight goes
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    WOW is the island going nuts! Everything is shut down waiting on the fireworks that should begin in another 28 min or so. I am making another drink, lol. My family is passed out exausted from the day at the pool...I am tired as well but can't go to sleep and miss the events. The Hyatt is jumping like I have never seen before, the lobby is jam packed and everyone is happy. I will either pot after the fireworks or tomorrow, I am leaning more towards tomorrow, lol. Be well and enjoy New Years wherever you are.

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    Wow is my only thought. The fireworks were like nothing I have seen before. The entire island was light up...the interior had the best views IMO. Happy New Year to all! Be well in 2016.

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    Happy new year!! Here on the island as well. Enjoy!!!

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    Happy New Year!! that sounds amazing

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