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    Wink All Inclusive?? Which one?

    Hey guys,

    My honeymoon is next May and we are going back to the little island we got engaged at, Aruba!! I cannot wait. Last time we stayed at the Marriott Stellaris and Casino. We absolutely loved it. This time we would like to go all inclusive. I have visited a few websites and found the Occidental, Renaissance, and Tamarijn are all, all inclusive. So, which one should we choose???

    Any info on food, accomodations, and stuff to do would be most helpful!!

    Thanks guys!

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    I would decide whether you prefer Palm Beach or Druif Beach (where the Divi and Tamarijn are located).

    You already are familiar with Palm Beach. If you have to have a glitzy resort and your pocketbook can afford it, the choices would be the Riu Palace and the Occiidental. 3 star would be the Holiday Inn. The Westin has an all inclusive option, but imho, too much fine print.

    Below are from our stay at the Tamarijn in December. We were there again last month and enjoyed it just as well. Still working on photos and a review.

    Our Tamarijn Aruba Trip Report Christmas & New Years 2007
    Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Beach Resort Photos

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    Cool I would prefer an AI hotel in the High Rise Area

    Personally, I prefer the Palm Beach location (there is more to do in the area in my opinion), hence, I would choose an AI in the high rise area. As for a specific AI, it really depends on what you want to spend. The Riu/Occidental/Holdiday Inn are all good hotels in the area, however they cater to people with different budgets. Indeed, the Holiday Inn is less expensive than the Riu, however, it is not as lavish as the Riu in terms of accomodations/dining options.


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    I would recommend the tamarijn. all rooms right on the water steps away from the sand. you get to use the divi aruba resort next door also. gives you 8 restaurants and 6 beach bars, free nightly entertainment, free non-motorized sports like snorkel, scuba lesson, kayaks, climbing wall, windsurfers, fitness center, free golf cart ride to and from divi, tamarijn and alhambra casino. can use 9 pools between all the divi complexes including on other side of road. see thweir website at www.megaresorts.com for pix, menus, prices etc. I would not book through them directly but get a vacation package from aavacations.com or www.expedia.com for a cheaper price. kids under 18 stay and eat for free.

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    Since it is your honeymoon - i would recommend the high rise palm beach area. Much more to do and much nicer accomodations.

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    Like others have posted, it depends upon what YOU are looking for and like as far as a resort. We stayed at the Occidental (then the Allegro) 3x. We loved it there. We haven't been there since it was renovated but have heard mixed reviews. The Riu to me is TOO over done if you really want an Island feel. We stayed at the Divi last year and we like it better because it has more of an island feel and does not ever seem to be as crowded as the hi-rise area.
    Also you have to consider your budget. At night there is more available as far as casinos. The low rise only has the Alambro Casino. You can always take a taxi or bus no matter where you stay. Just go with what you like. Remember it's your honeymoon!
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    Hi,

    I stayed at the RIU last February and although it is beautiful, it is much too big and seems more like Las Vegas than Aruba. Also, we had a problem communicating with many of the staff since they were from the DR and did not speak much English. That is very unusual for Aruba staff.

    My choice would be Occidental. I own several timeshares there and love being there. It is big enough to have all the amenities of a hotel but still give you the tropical island feel.

    If you would llike to save some money, I can help you get a suite instead of a hotel room(through my timeshare) and you can add the all inclusive at a members rate. Get your price from your travel agent and then get in touch with me. The sooner you do it, the better Suite I can get. macalh@aol.com

    Whatever you do, enjoy!

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    All inclusive suggestions

    Need some opinions.... A friend is planning her honeymoon and is considering Arubabut she wants to go all inclusive which is something we know nothing about. Does anyone have any suggestions on the best all inclusive in Aruba? She is a teacher and is looking at going as soon as school is out, which her would be mid to late June!!!!!

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    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/all%20inclusive.html
    here are some tagged all inclusive threads.

    my opinion for AI is it is good for an Aruba Newbie.
    Some suggestions are
    DIVI AI lo rise druif beach
    OCCIDENTAL hi rise palm beach

    if it were my decision and i was in this woman's shoes......i would chose DIVI.

    and more....... http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/divi.html
    Quote Originally Posted by dipeblnd View Post
    Need some opinions.... A friend is planning her honeymoon and is considering Arubabut she wants to go all inclusive which is something we know nothing about. Does anyone have any suggestions on the best all inclusive in Aruba? She is a teacher and is looking at going as soon as school is out, which her would be mid to late June!!!!!

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