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    Stayed at Hyatt 10/7 to 10/12

    Loved Aruba!

    The truth is, I had fairly low expectations and agreed to Aruba only because my darling wife really wanted to go. We arrived midday and the drive from the ariport to the Hyatt didn't do much to impress me. The buildings, at least to me, all looked fairly shabby. Over the next few days I would learn that residents of Aruba simply don't put their money into shining up the exterior of their buildings.

    Once we got to the Hyatt, my opinion started changing *immediately*. Those folks at the Hyatt know how to treat ya. God bless Grace Pornoy at the front desk and Coral and Arianne at the concierge desk. The staff was great and made everything wonderful. I honestly couldn't have asked for better treatment from the staff.

    We mostly stayed on the beach during our visit. We were pleasantly surprised to find that half to 2/3 of the palapas were first come-first served and there was no fee. From what we'd read there was going to be a daily rental fee, but perhaps that is waived during non-peak periods. Every day we were able to have a very nice free palapa very close to the water.

    I highly recommend a visit to Nafanny Spa. Fanny will pick you up and take you to her location and then return you to your hotel, at no charge. Her rates are half the rates at the hotel spas and the service is truly personal. What I liked about the spa was the location in an average neighborhood. It is good to get away from the high rise section and see the residential areas of average working Aruban families.

    I will also give my highest possible recommendation to the Screaming Eagle restaurant. Food on the island, by and large, is pretty good but Screaming Eagle is a clear and definitive step above everything else. We also visited Aqua Grille, Pinchos, Anna Marias and Madame Jeanettes. Of these, I would say that Anna Maria's was not really special and we wished we'd spent the evening somewhere else.

    All in all, I loved it. We had such a relaxing time, reconnecting with each other in a way that is impossible without getting away from the everyday ratrace of normal life. I get emotional just thinking of it. We will always cherish the memories of this trip and anyone who ever asks me about Aruba will get my spirited encouragement to go and spend some time there.

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    Thanks for sharing your experience. The Hyatt is surely a beautiful resort.

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    thanks for posting.
    your opinion re: anna maria's is one of which i have been hearing lots!!

    so, would you consider going back to aruba?
    Quote Originally Posted by MIKEC View Post
    Loved Aruba!

    The truth is, I had fairly low expectations and agreed to Aruba only because my darling wife really wanted to go. We arrived midday and the drive from the ariport to the Hyatt didn't do much to impress me. The buildings, at least to me, all looked fairly shabby. Over the next few days I would learn that residents of Aruba simply don't put their money into shining up the exterior of their buildings.

    Once we got to the Hyatt, my opinion started changing *immediately*. Those folks at the Hyatt know how to treat ya. God bless Grace Pornoy at the front desk and Coral and Arianne at the concierge desk. The staff was great and made everything wonderful. I honestly couldn't have asked for better treatment from the staff.

    We mostly stayed on the beach during our visit. We were pleasantly surprised to find that half to 2/3 of the palapas were first come-first served and there was no fee. From what we'd read there was going to be a daily rental fee, but perhaps that is waived during non-peak periods. Every day we were able to have a very nice free palapa very close to the water.

    I highly recommend a visit to Nafanny Spa. Fanny will pick you up and take you to her location and then return you to your hotel, at no charge. Her rates are half the rates at the hotel spas and the service is truly personal. What I liked about the spa was the location in an average neighborhood. It is good to get away from the high rise section and see the residential areas of average working Aruban families.

    I will also give my highest possible recommendation to the Screaming Eagle restaurant. Food on the island, by and large, is pretty good but Screaming Eagle is a clear and definitive step above everything else. We also visited Aqua Grille, Pinchos, Anna Marias and Madame Jeanettes. Of these, I would say that Anna Maria's was not really special and we wished we'd spent the evening somewhere else.

    All in all, I loved it. We had such a relaxing time, reconnecting with each other in a way that is impossible without getting away from the everyday ratrace of normal life. I get emotional just thinking of it. We will always cherish the memories of this trip and anyone who ever asks me about Aruba will get my spirited encouragement to go and spend some time there.

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    Sounds like your wife made the right decision about Aruba!! So glad you enjoyed your vacation and especially the Hyatt. Nice property and great staff. Thanks for taking the time to share your report.

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    So great you had a relaxing time. Thanks for the trip report.

    Sean and Susan

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    in previous post mike, you had mentioned that you had booked the trikes tour......how was it and how difficult was learning the shifting?

    Quote Originally Posted by MIKEC View Post
    Loved Aruba!

    The truth is, I had fairly low expectations and agreed to Aruba only because my darling wife really wanted to go. We arrived midday and the drive from the ariport to the Hyatt didn't do much to impress me. The buildings, at least to me, all looked fairly shabby. Over the next few days I would learn that residents of Aruba simply don't put their money into shining up the exterior of their buildings.

    Once we got to the Hyatt, my opinion started changing *immediately*. Those folks at the Hyatt know how to treat ya. God bless Grace Pornoy at the front desk and Coral and Arianne at the concierge desk. The staff was great and made everything wonderful. I honestly couldn't have asked for better treatment from the staff.

    We mostly stayed on the beach during our visit. We were pleasantly surprised to find that half to 2/3 of the palapas were first come-first served and there was no fee. From what we'd read there was going to be a daily rental fee, but perhaps that is waived during non-peak periods. Every day we were able to have a very nice free palapa very close to the water.

    I highly recommend a visit to Nafanny Spa. Fanny will pick you up and take you to her location and then return you to your hotel, at no charge. Her rates are half the rates at the hotel spas and the service is truly personal. What I liked about the spa was the location in an average neighborhood. It is good to get away from the high rise section and see the residential areas of average working Aruban families.

    I will also give my highest possible recommendation to the Screaming Eagle restaurant. Food on the island, by and large, is pretty good but Screaming Eagle is a clear and definitive step above everything else. We also visited Aqua Grille, Pinchos, Anna Marias and Madame Jeanettes. Of these, I would say that Anna Maria's was not really special and we wished we'd spent the evening somewhere else.

    All in all, I loved it. We had such a relaxing time, reconnecting with each other in a way that is impossible without getting away from the everyday ratrace of normal life. I get emotional just thinking of it. We will always cherish the memories of this trip and anyone who ever asks me about Aruba will get my spirited encouragement to go and spend some time there.

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    Happy to hear you had a beautiful time with your wife and that you like all of us fell in love with the island of Aruba....

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    No Andrea is not hard to shift they show you before in the parking lot. they bike are good condition .I recommand the tour is alsome .ginette

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    in previous post mike, you had mentioned that you had booked the trikes tour......how was it and how difficult was learning the shifting?

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    thanks ginette!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by ginette View Post
    No Andrea is not hard to shift they show you before in the parking lot. they bike are good condition .I recommand the tour is alsome .ginette

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    sound like another one hooked!
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