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    We have stayed at Manchebo three or four times for short stays, usually before or after a week in a timeshare. We love it. The beach at Manchebo is huge and beautiful. They have a lot of palapas, and we have never had to get up at the crack of dawn to get one, even in high season. The rooms have recently been renovated, and are very nice, but on the small side. They have a wonderful staff. We like staying in timeshares for longer stays because we like to have a separate living area and a place to fix breakfast and lunch. We've rented from redweek.com, owner's boards, and from a rental company in Canada. We've stayed at Divi Golf Villas, Divi Residences, Paradise Beach Villas, and Costa Linda. Costa Linda is our favorite and we booked two weeks for next year through an owner as soon as we returned from there on our last trip. Costa Linda has a beach front restaurant that serves three meals a day, and a coffee shop with pastries and sandwiches. We've tried them all and they are very good. You never have to prepare any meal, if you would prefer not to. We don't stay in AI because I'm not a big drinker, and it would be a waste of money for us.

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    Life was much simpler when we just automatically went to the Divi. After going round and round we still haven't decided on a resort. I think I'm just comparing too much instead of opening up to someplace different. Manchebo is still on the list, Bucuti is out and now I'm thinking about the Radisson as it would be nice to be able to walk to a variety of restaurants and I like their casino. My concern is the beach as I feel spoiled by beach at the Divi. Guess I could just go to the pool as it looks beautiful. Any advice?

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    I was initially shell shocked the first time that we stayed on Druif Beach as opposed to 10+ previous stays on Palm Beach. Comparing the two is comparing apples and oranges.

    For further comparison I will use the Radisson because it is my favorite.

    The Radisson is a 4 star resort and the Divi is a 3 star resort. The rooms at the Radisson are by far more upscale than the plainness of the the Divi. All Radisson rooms were renovated last year. The Divi does get a small edge having the sofa in the Vista king bed rooms. Instead of dispensers with all in one shampoo and conditioner like the Divi, the Radisson offers a long list of toiletries from body wash to soap to body lotion

    to in room coffee/tea-maker.



    The grounds and resort as a whole are more upscale than the Divi.

    The pool area at the Divi is much improved since the renovation and addition, however, there really is no comparison to the two free form zero entry swimming pools at the Radisson.

    There is more activity along Palm Beach as opposed to Druif Beach. There are many many restaurants and bars, some beachside, on Palm Beach as well as an abundance of watersports. All are within walking distance.

    The Radisson has the longest stretch of beach out of all resorts on Palm Beach, but it is half the length of the Divi's Beach. Having said that, the Radisson property is more spread out than the Divi's and is about 1/3 larger than the Divi. A big difference between the Radisson and Divi is if you require a palapa, they are much easier to get at the Radisson. At the Radisson you reserve a palapa the day before beginning at 4 pm. You then have until 10 am the following morning to claim your palapa.

    If you like to gamble, then Palm Beach is where you want to be with so many casinos in adjacent hotels.

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    Another question about the Radisson; does the seating around the Pool have to be reserved? TheIr palapa system sounds simple enough but I have to say I never had an issue getting a palapa at the Divi. This last trip some palapas sat empty until midday. It was off season though.

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    The Radisson has plenty of chaises around the pool which are free and first come first served.

    There are chaises with free standing umbrellas as well, but of course, they are the first to be claimed in the mornings.

    For $25 you can reserve a "cabana" in advance which is yours to use throughout the day. It will be supplied with bottled water and a cooler.

    If they are not rented then they too are free for anyone to use.
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    Thanks Lisa. You helped me make my decision. Just booked with the Radisson for Thanksgiving week. I booked a room in the Aruba tower. I was feeling a bit torn about not staying at the Divi but now I'm looking forward to the change. We generally get to Aruba twice a year so maybe one trip will be low rise and one in the high rise. Now I just have to make a new ticker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pegmeister View Post
    Thanks Lisa. You helped me make my decision. Just booked with the Radisson for Thanksgiving week. I booked a room in the Aruba tower. I was feeling a bit torn about not staying at the Divi but now I'm looking forward to the change. We generally get to Aruba twice a year so maybe one trip will be low rise and one in the high rise. Now I just have to make a new ticker.
    Since you know what to expect, I think you will find it a pleasant change. I hope you booked through MCM Tours so you have a beverage credit as well as your breakfast and lunch included with your package

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    We booked through Expedia. I'm not familiar with MCM tours but will check it out for future trips. Thanks again!!!

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    http://www.aruba4u.com/

    check out their website and or give them a call for your next aruba vacation

    QUOTE=Pegmeister;245024]We booked through Expedia. I'm not familiar with MCM tours but will check it out for future trips. Thanks again!!![/QUOTE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pegmeister View Post
    We booked through Expedia. I'm not familiar with MCM tours but will check it out for future trips. Thanks again!!!
    Good choice for the Radisson.... I personally guarantee it (whatever that means!) .... do keep in mind MCM/Player's Choice for your next reservation.... you'll be quite pleased!!!

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