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    Trip Report Surf Club 9/29 - 10/3

    DH and I spent 4 glorious child free days at the Surf Club last week. Flew in on Continental out of Newark on Thursday, arrived at the surf club around 2:30 pm. In our room around 3 pm and on the beach by 3:30 pm. We were there for the timeshare tour offer of 4 nights in a studio for $400. ( In exchange we just had to attend a 90 minute tour and sales pitch.) The room was clean and fairly comfortable. The only problem we had room wise during the stay was with sound. We were in a lock off room and the noise that came from the room next door was quite loud. They obviously need better sound proofing. The people in the next room were not overly loud, we could just hear them as if they were right in the room with us. Unfortunately they went to bed quite late and we were awoken by them a few times in the middle of the night.
    The resort seemed pretty quiet, as it was off season, but the beach was crowded. It was definitely necessary to reserve a palapa in advance. We opted to pay the $10 a day fee to avoid waiting in line in the afternoon or early am hours. Every palapa was used. The pool was not as crowded. There was no need to reserve chairs. Even at peak times there were open chairs available. I could just imagine how crowded it must be there during peak season and felt that this resort would probably not be the best for our family during that time. We like a quieter and more laid back scene when vacationing. Due to the size of the property, there was a lot of walking just to get from the room to the beach, and a simple trip to use the restroom could be a long adventure.
    Not sure if the clientele is the same all year long, or if it was just this time of year, but most of the people were there in very large groups and partied all day long. I never saw so many people with coolers of alcohol on the beach at one time. By late afternoon some groups seemed fairly intoxicated and became quite loud and raucous. DH and I were definitely in the minority in just trying to enjoy some quiet time alone. I would not recommend this place for a romantic trip/honeymoon.
    We basically did the same thing every day. A walk to Dushi Bagels in the morning for breakfast, great bagels and coffee everyday. Spent the rest of the day on the beach swimming and reading. Took a lunch break in the afternoon. One day we walked to Hooters, wings and burgers were great. My favorite lunch of the trip. Hard Rock cafe the second day, was pretty good and on our last day we ate lunch at the resort - DH had the fish tacos and proclaimed them his favorite meal of the trip. After lunch back to the beach until sunset and back to the room for showers and out to dinner. The first night we ate at Smokey Joe's - ribs and grandmas lemonades for both of us. Everything was delicious. Our second night we went to Amuse Bistro. I was very much looking forward to this meal and it turned out to be disappointing. After the reviews I read I expected better. The service was excellent, but most of the dishes fell short on flavor. The only dish we really enjoyed was the escargot, cooked perfectly and yummy in butter and garlic. The lobster salad that was chef recommended tasted like potato salad you buy at the grocery store. We could not even taste the lobster or the papaya that was advertised. We both ordered a pasta dish. The dishes were very similar - linguini overcooked in heavy cream sauce - again not seasoned very well and the seafood in my pasta was overcooked. We then had a steak dish and scallop dish - the steak was cooked as ordered but was under seasoned as were the side dishes that came with it. The scallops were not good at all - poor quality and cooked with no flavor. We opted not to have dessert. Maybe it was just an off night there, but I would not go back. We had our third dinner at Aqua Grill - had a great bottle of wine, peel and eat shrimp and oysters all yummy - My scallop dish was decent, not the best scallops I ever had, but better than Amuse. My husband had triple tail with polenta and it was delish!! Our last dinner we ate at Tango - steaks were very good - not quite the quality of El Gaucho, but we definitely enjoyed the meal and service was very good. Dessert at the ice cream shop in front of Playa Linda most nights - Ice cream there was superb - I had the Choco nutella every time! After dinner we would hit the casino for a couple of hours for blackjack. Ended up a couple hundred dollars down by the end of the trip, but it was fun!
    I was dreading the sales presentation on the last day, but it was actually pretty fun. The woman who gave us the tour, Astrid, was great and very knowledgeable. It was tempting to buy in after hearing about all the benefits, but in the end we really can not see ourselves returning to the Surf Club. I suspected going in that it would be too big and hectic for us, and I was right. Glad I gave it the chance though. I could see myself perhaps trying the Ocean Club - it seemed much smaller and quieter there. We also stopped by the Divi Phoenix one day and checked out the rooms. The penthouse 2 and 3 bedroom villas were beautiful and I could see us at that resort much more easily. It had the benefit of being near the high rise action, but seemed much quieter and more laid back. We may re visit a trip there in the future.
    Weather wise it was HOT. Not what i am used to since we are usually there in March and April. The first couple of days the breeze was pretty much non existent and even the water was too warm and unrefreshing. The last 2 days was breezier and more comfortable, even the water seemed a little cooler. The sun was shining every day though, only had about 20 minutes of rain on our last day.
    All in all it was a successful trip - Have to admit it was the first time I was mostlylooking forward to going home - I was definitely missing the kids after 5 days! Just 177 days until we go again for 2 weeks!
    katherine




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    thanks for posting.
    your take on the surf club......"hectic and busy" are terms that many, even owners say.
    with the millions of $$ invested in the surf club, i too would have expected better soundproofing.
    your amuse bistro review is also similar to what i have heard.
    september weather heat/no wind does happen from time to time due to storms hundreds of miles away, sucking away the wonderful tradewinds. when we were there in august, we found the ocean warmer than we expected. the ocean every day was in 86 or 87 degrees which is pretty warm. we still loved the warm water though!

    thanks for posting!

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    Thanks for posting on the surf club.

    I was recently in Aruba 9/24 to 10/1. At the airport there were representatives from the surf club offering the 4 night package for $400 or 6 nights for $649.00 for a studio. I told them that I would prefer at least a 1 bedroom because I figured a studio was probably a lock off and i like peace and quiet. They told me that once I got there I would be able to upgrade to the 1 bedroom for another $300.00.

    They said I had to put $99 down for this offer but I didn't go for it. I'm glad I didn't because I am used to a more quiet resort. I like being in the low rise hotel areas. On the bus I passed the Aruba Phoenix a few times and it does seem like a quiet resort.

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    the phoenix has the best of both worlds
    being considered a high rise and pretty close to all the action of the palm beach hi rise area

    being considered still part of the low rise with the more quiet laid back action of eagle beach area.

    the best of both worlds.

    the phoenix is considered part of hi rise (depending on who you ask)

    either way it is a nice spot, recently revamped and quite lovely!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by ace2063 View Post
    Thanks for posting on the surf club.

    I was recently in Aruba 9/24 to 10/1. At the airport there were representatives from the surf club offering the 4 night package for $400 or 6 nights for $649.00 for a studio. I told them that I would prefer at least a 1 bedroom because I figured a studio was probably a lock off and i like peace and quiet. They told me that once I got there I would be able to upgrade to the 1 bedroom for another $300.00.

    They said I had to put $99 down for this offer but I didn't go for it. I'm glad I didn't because I am used to a more quiet resort. I like being in the low rise hotel areas. On the bus I passed the Aruba Phoenix a few times and it does seem like a quiet resort.

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    We have stayed at SC many times and we never hear anything. The reason is we leave 2 box fans over there and at night we run it on high just for noise. My wife started that up 28 years ago so we can't sleep unless we here a fan going on high. That way we never hear anything. Its sort of scary because several years ago are neighbors shed burned down in the middle of the night and my brother-in-law lives 1 mile away and he heard it and came over but we slept thru the whole thing. He said the firetrucks were right outside our bedroom window. Thats how good you can sleep with a box fan running.

    Everyone is different but we really like the Surf Club. Kent
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    We've stayed at the Surf twice and the Ocean Club once. Of the two, we prefer the Ocean, because it's half (or less) the size of the Surf and therefore the beach and pool is much less crowded and noisy.

    That said, we're going back in April and staying a week at each. They're both still nice properties, with great staff and very well-maintained. Someday we'll stay in the low-rise area, just for the contrast.

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    We own ocean view weeks in both the Surf club and Ocean Club. Both have pluses and minuses as listed in the preceeding posts. Our surf Club unit has the lock off option and we have typically taken advantage of getting an extra week out of the unit. Noise has never been a problem. We find the Marriott staff always friendly and the grounds and rooms well maintained.
    The Ocean Club has a more relaxed feel this time of year. We have given a week at the Surf club to my sister and brother-in-law...they will be on island tomorrow. We will be there at the Ocean Club the following week with my other sister-in-law and brother-inlaw...can't wait to get away from work and relax!!

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