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    Randi's trip report

    Well getting some time on the computer is an issue so posting is sparse as the whole family has arrived.

    Two oldest just made it here on Saturday and were so lucky to get out just prior to the closer of many airports, including the one they were flying out of. Only 2 1/2 hour delay, so not too bad and at least they made it.

    The Surf Club beach (as in the ocean floor) is the best it has been ever. Sea Solutions were here (how lucky can I be to have them here at the beginning of my last three visits) and their continued presence has been working wonderfully. The new rule of no Bimini's past the third row of huts is also working very well. Not as many flying chairs and more space along the front. Weather has been amazing, although right now I am sitting on the balcony with overcast skies.

    Overall, the island seems quieter than in previous years and if you speak with local people they do say that their economy is taking a hit too. A few stores closed up. The new mall that just opened on Friday looks like it is going to be gorgeous. Most of the stores are not open but the lay out and building is amazing. I am sure when I return in March they will all be open.

    A few nights ago, there was a terrible accident on the "highway" near La Cabana. Two cars were drag racing in the wee hours of the morning and crashed. Two people went to their aid and were struck by a motorcycle. Four people were killed. Of course, this is not going to be reported in Aruba Today but I spoke with some of our local friends who all knew about this. Yesterday, there were police checking speeding on the highway in the evening.

    Now for the restaurants, our most outstanding meal to date was Marandi's where we ate last night. Unbelievable service and food! Love it!! We have gone to (so far) Yemanja Woodfired Grill (excellent as usaul), Que Pasa (also very good but still find Yemanja better), Casa Tua ( always good and very reasonably priced), Ruth's Chris (good but much prefer the other local steak house in Aruba especially for the price point), Azzurro (didn't love the food,it was ok and felt it is far too pricey but very good service), Tony Romas was garbage and we will never bother going back (too bad it was renovated nicely but no one was in there).
    Two places of mention: Went to Windows at the Divi for the first time and it was fantastic!! Lovely restaurant and excellent food and service. We will definately be back there. The other mention was OMAS, which was disappointing. I had read some of the reviews but being a regular of that restuarant we went back. The atmosphere is probably one of the best on the island. I am not sure if the management or manager has changed but the quality of the staff is very different and so was the food. I had the same meal as on prior visits and it just wasn't the same. I emailed the restaurant and they were going to check things out and get back to me. We love it there so hopefully, it was just an off night.

    Still to come are some of the old stand byes like Madame Jeanette, etc. Tonight we are trying Passions for the first time.

    One of trip highlights was meeting the O family as previously mentioned. We had the pleasure of having dinner and a breakfast together and it was like old friends meeting up. Hopefully, our paths may cross again in Aruba.

    We also went for a visit to the private island. It was very lovely and peaceful. A nice change from the constant activity on Palm Beach. We enjoyed our visit and were glad we took the opportunity to go. This place is great if you have young children as the swimming area is shallow and the entry is gentle.

    Well, not much else to report as of today. Still looking at clouds but can't complain too much as we haven't seen much of that nor rain since we arrived on the 12th.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randi View Post


    Now for the restaurants, our most outstanding meal to date was Marandi's where we ate last night. Unbelievable service and food! Love it!! We have gone to (so far) Yemanja Woodfired Grill (excellent as usaul), Casa Tua ( always good and very reasonably priced), Tony Romas was garbage and we will never bother going back (too bad it was renovated nicely but no one was in there).
    The other mention was OMAS, which was disappointing. I had read some of the reviews but being a regular of that restuarant we went back.
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    Good to know about Marandi....we'll try it again in April.

    We agree with you on Yemanja and Casa Tua....and (sadly) Tony Roma's too. Unfortunately, OMATS is what our family told us at Thanksgiving.


    Quote Originally Posted by Randi View Post
    One of trip highlights was meeting the O family as previously mentioned. We had the pleasure of having dinner and a breakfast together and it was like old friends meeting up. Hopefully, our paths may cross again in Aruba.

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    Meeting the "S" family was a big highlight for the "O" family too. Maybe we'll see you in NewEngland, if not Aruba!


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    We also went for a visit to the private island. It was very lovely and peaceful. A nice change from the constant activity on Palm Beach. We enjoyed our visit and were glad we took the opportunity to go. This place is great if you have young children as the swimming area is shallow and the entry is gentle.

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    Randi how long are you guys there for?

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    Well I have a few minutes to post. It is 8 am (Aruba time) and we just had our first down pour of rain since my arrival on Dec. 12th! The weather has been the best in years during this time period. We had a number of days with very little wind where the temperatures reached 100!

    Yesterday the tide was very high and reaching the the first row of Palapas and it appears to be the same today. Lovely for being in the ocean and enjoying some waves but not having the wind to pull you out while lounging in the ocean.

    A new issue has evolved at the Surf club beach, that is one of people bringing their own large tents type coverings. I have seen more of those this year and they are creating a problem, IMO. They usually are attached to a tree and stay up permanently for the duration of the person's trip. They take up a lot of space and do not allow others to enjoy areas near their palapas or allow people the opportunity to go and get chairs and use those space. Sort of an illegal way of permanently holding your space for your trip. Can't see how the SC will allow that to continue.
    This week the beach is very busy but so are some of the other hotel beaches.

    Restaurants: Had FANTASTIC meals at Madame Jeanettes and Marandi's (this is our second time at Marandi's this trip). El Gaucho was great as well.
    Went to Passions for the first time and this is my opinion. In terms of ambiance, I think OMAS has this place beat hands down! I don't mean to be disparaging but it is used as a beach during the day and must be quickly transformed into a restuarant at night. Same deal with Simply Fish at the Marriott. OMAS is a restaurant, set up beautifully because it is permanently a restaurant and doesn'nt double as a beach. If someone is looking for a beautiful, romantic place, this is the nicest on the island, IMO!!!
    Food wise at Passions, Dh and myself and one DS had fish, which was very good. The other two DS do not eat fish so they had meat which was not great and too ezpensive (my letter doesn't work so I had to fill in with a z). I also didn't love my watermelon salad. The watermelon was cut in massive pieces with all the seeds still in and being dark you couldn't see them to cut them out. So, again IMO, I wouldn't make a special trip to Passions unless I was staying near the resort as there are so many good fish places to eat at. Thought Amsterdam Manor was lovely as I had never been there before.

    That's it for now as it is time to hit the beach as I am on my countdown to leaving.
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    It has rained here since the 12th - it was just overnight so you missed it!

    OMAS is the prettiest restaurant I ever visited but the food was average at best.

    Those tents should be cut down and abolshied if people are leaving them overnight.

    Yesterdays tide was nuts - the Northern coast looked like the North Shore of Oahu yesterday. There were some HUGE waves.
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    Yes, it has rained during the night but I don't count that as it doesn't interfer with beach time!

    OMAS food was disappointing this year but in previous years it has been wonderful. I am awaiting an email back from the manager before I say too much on this matter.

    We have always found that Eagle Beach is a little rougher water than Palm Beach. Yesterday the waves were not crazy at the SC but we did see that they were higher at some of the other resort beaches along the strip.

    Still raining on and off and it is 9am....
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    i too never count the rain at night as rain.
    whatever happens between 11 p and 5 am is of no concern to me as i am getting my beauty rest.

    and good thinking about waiting to hear from OMATS manager before your review.
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    I too am curious about the reponse from OM&TS. The owner told us after our poor experience that they were working on straightening everything out. I took them at their word.

    Sorry you did not enjoy Passions. We had dinner there for the 3rd time on Monday night and for us, each time just gets better. The servers could not do enough to please us. We ordered a bottle of wine and our glasses were never empty. Drinking white wine in Aruba, this was Pinot Grigio, it gets warm quick. Refills from the bottle on ice were perfect.

    I had the filet mignon and thought it was very very good. Dh announced today it is his new favorite and our new family Aruba tradition will be first and last night's dinners there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randi View Post

    (my letter ("x") doesn't work so I had to fill in with a z)..
    Gee Randi, I hate to sound like this is "Wheel of Fortune" but, buy an "x"!
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