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    Addicted to planning for Aruba/Ren question?

    My husband just accused me of being addicted to planning for Aruba. He's so right :-) We've had a weekend of not so great weather here in the DC area so I have spent some time researching our next trip and I think I have decided that I would like to try 2-3 nights at one of the Renaissance hotels, and then move to the Radisson. We know we love Palm Beach, but I'm a little nervous about staying downtown. BUT I really want to check out the Ren Island - from what I read they do not offer day passes - is that correct? Is there plenty of shade on the island?

    I'm thinking since we don't rent a car, this opens the door to more restaurants without cab fares too. We don't mind the cab fares, I am just trying to sell my husband on the idea. Our first trip we spent 2 nights on Eagle Beach and then moved to Palm Beach, so we know we don't mind the moving experience.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    the day passes for renaissance island are about $80 pp and those are sold based on availability.

    i say try out 2 or 3 nights downtown.
    we love it.

    MUCHO shade on the island.
    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    My husband just accused me of being addicted to planning for Aruba. He's so right :-) We've had a weekend of not so great weather here in the DC area so I have spent some time researching our next trip and I think I have decided that I would like to try 2-3 nights at one of the Renaissance hotels, and then move to the Radisson. We know we love Palm Beach, but I'm a little nervous about staying downtown. BUT I really want to check out the Ren Island - from what I read they do not offer day passes - is that correct? Is there plenty of shade on the island?

    I'm thinking since we don't rent a car, this opens the door to more restaurants without cab fares too. We don't mind the cab fares, I am just trying to sell my husband on the idea. Our first trip we spent 2 nights on Eagle Beach and then moved to Palm Beach, so we know we don't mind the moving experience.

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    Thanks Andrea - your last trip report planted the seed in my mind :-)
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    see if priceline has any good deals.

    if you have no children with you and do not want a timeshare suite, go with the renaissance marina hotel.

    the renaissance ocean suites has larger units, some with kitchenettes (in the timeshare sections) but the marina tower is much "spiffier" than the ocean suites. the ocean suites are a bit tired and awaiting renovations.

    disclosure........we stay at ocean suites using timeshare exchange and it suits our needs.
    we do not need spiffy, just clean.

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    No children here, but don't mind them. We aren't picky about our rooms, don't spend much time in them. Looking at picutres, is there a small beachy area right there at the Ocean Suites? Is it busy there? I read one review on trip advisor that it has a funny smell. What are the hours of the water taxi that goes to the island?
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    no funny smell that i ever noticed.
    it is a manmade beach, with a seawall and the water flows in and out. it is clean.

    water taxi hours are 8 am and sometimes there are weddings on the island and that requires folks to leave the island by 5 or 6 pm. i think the regular hours require folks to be off at 7 pm.

    the water taxi runs every 15 to 20 minutes.



    QUOTE=Traceyd14;229888]No children here, but don't mind them. We aren't picky about our rooms, don't spend much time in them. Looking at picutres, is there a small beachy area right there at the Ocean Suites? Is it busy there? I read one review on trip advisor that it has a funny smell. What are the hours of the water taxi that goes to the island?[/QUOTE]

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    No smell, plenty of shade, nice restaurant with shade, very safe, plenty of chaise lounge chairs, no big waves, protected coves, waitress service on beach, towels, red sail sports store, limited access, health club, tennis court, message area, relaxing and beautiful.

    Water taxis normally 7am to 7pm from two locations, marina tower and suites dock near seaport casino.
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    If you stay at the Marina Hotel, do you have access to the pool, swim up bar, and lagoon at Ocean Suites?
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    yes amenities are reciprocal

    we like the pool at ocean suites but LOVE the infinity pool on the terrace at marina.

    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    If you stay at the Marina Hotel, do you have access to the pool, swim up bar, and lagoon at Ocean Suites?

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    Just be aware that the private island is right next to the airport so you will hear planes landing every so often. I know that it might bother some people, but it didn't bother me when my wife and I were there last year. A couple of times i would go and watch the planes land and take pics.

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