Randi I too have purchased a time share at the Marriott Surf Club. We've always stayed at the Westin and have gone all inclusive. We'll be going in March. So you really don't need anything other than your groceries. Where do you suggest shopping?? Friends of ours pick up a few things at the Marriott store what type of groceries does the Marriott store have?? I am looking so foward to being back in Aruba. Is the Surf Club mostly youg families?? We're in our late mid to late 50's will we find relaxation?? Tell me all how everything works.
There are lots of families but plenty of people that go without families. On my last trip I met a lot of fantastic people who were 50+. We go in Feb/March without the kids are we are in our late 40's.
I like to drop my bags and run to the grocery store. I pick up all the food I want for the week and then don't worry again. Much cheaper and better than the place in the lobby. We get soft drinks, alcholol, fruit, vegis, breakfast and lunch stuff, snacks...everything. Makes the trip more economical and allows us more $$ to spend on going out for dinner.
This will be our 1st time staying at the Marriott Surf Club arriving this Sunday 6/28. Randi/Kent are the food stoes closed on Sunday's? I have shopped at Ling's how does the price of the market at the Marriott compare? How do you get the the Surf Club from the airport? Do you take a cab or does Marriott have tranporation that we can pay to use? We bought our week at the Marriot Surf Club at the airport in Feb. when we were leaving! I believe we only have a hotel type room! Do you recommend that we upgrade for a small fee to a 1 bedroom? My husband & I are so looking forward to this vacation.
Sharon, I will be gone on the 20th so we won't meet. Firstly, I am confused at what you bought...I thought you could only buy a 2 bdrm at the Surf Club or did you actually only buy a week vacation?
The studio, which is what I think you are referring has a small fridge, micorwave, toaster and coffee maker. Enough for a few things. The room has a queen bed plus a sofa and small table and chairs and a balcony. Very nice size. Upgrading to a one bdrm if $$ allows would give you a lot more room. For us, we eat breakfast and lunch every day in our room (or beachside) and we like the larger kitchen which is full size. We don't want to be running to Ling's all the time.
The grocery store is open until 1pm on Sunday. If you are arriving on Sunday afternoon, my recommendation is get up early, get your chairs and then hit the grocery store first thing! The food is cheaper and you have lots of variety, just like home. The Surf Club store has basics and are more expensive.
Arriving in Aruba it will cost you approx. $20 to take a cab to the Surf Club. The taxi to the grocery store is about $8.
Randi We'll be there either march 16-26 or March 23-April 2. Which are both Tuesday check ins. Can you check in on other days like Wednesday?? Where do you grocery shop. We fly US Air and usually arrive in Aruba around 3:30 in the afternoon, what time does the store close?? We will probably grocery shop the next morning like you a lite breakfast and lunch in room. Dinner out... I can't wait for March how pathetic am I. Summer here in up state NY has been rainy and cool. Haven't even been in pool to stinking cold. Any other information you can give on how the check in process works. How hard is it to get a spot by the pool or on the beach. When we stayed at the Westin we never had a problem... Thanks Randi...
We shop at Lings. You can check in on any days but Mon-Thursday are faster and easier check in days. Grocery store, if memory serves me, is open until 7 or 8pm. Getting a pool chair is not terrible in March but I do strongly recommend that you go down at 7:30am and get your "spot" and then go back up for breakfast, etc. Make sure you do not leave your lounge chair unattended past the two hour mark. What we usually do is go into town for shopping in the late afternoon. We get our chair and then spend most of the day at the beach and then leave in the afternoon for shopping or whatever.
Depending on your check in etc. You may just decide to go and get the food over with asap and then the full next day you can relax!
RANDI - i too bought a timeshare at the surf club and will be staying there for the first time this oct. i have a few questions - if i may:
a) when you say the maid comes in 2x/week - does that mean you can't get fresh towels in the room until they come around?
b) parking - are there enough spots to park? considering the amount of rooms in the resorts, i'm thinking it may be pretty tough to find a spot? where do you park for the ocean front units? i remember seeing cars parked under the units.
c) can you swim on the ocean club beach? they wouldn't know, would they?
Does anyone know if you can have room service set up in your room prior to arrival for a special occassion ie honeymoon, anniversary? I would like to have flowers and some chocolate covered strawberries and maybe some wine or something waiting in our room to surprise my fiance. I looked on the website and was unable to find anything like that. Any help? O yea I am talking about the surf club.