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    Well here's my honest opinion...Riu is huge, the pool area has like no shade, it looks like it doesn't belong where it is...not that that should sway you....I believe somewhat dressy
    Read lots about the places before you decide.

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    My wife is insistent on all-inclusive, and I guess I agree. I'm hearing on this forum that the more laid-back part of the island is where the "low-rise" AI's are to be found. So that's about as narrow as it is right now.

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    The wife is ALWAYS RIGHT.

    Low rise and all inclusive your choices are going to be

    Amsterdam Manor
    Manchebo Beach
    Tamarijn or Divi

    Any are great choices.

    Imo, go with whichever one best fits your budget. OR choose the least expensive and stay a couple of extra nights.

    We have stayed at the Tamarijn 4 times and it is terrific in just about every way. There is nothing in the world like waking up to


    and walking directly out of your room to





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    Quote Originally Posted by movieman View Post
    My wife is insistent on all-inclusive, and I guess I agree. I'm hearing on this forum that the more laid-back part of the island is where the "low-rise" AI's are to be found. So that's about as narrow as it is right now.

    Movieman...your wife has blown it on this one...there are FAR FAR FAR to many good/great/superb restaurants on the island to tie into a AI...
    The island is fabulous, I guess all I can say is to each his own, but you gona miss so much !!!! Enjoy the trip

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    Agree with Cindyo.... there are way too many FANTASTIC restaurants to lock into an all inclusive in Aruba..... strongly recommend a breakfast/lunch plan with evenings open to walk to some really neat places to eat! Whatever you end up doing... you'll love... please share it with us!

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    I have been to Aruba twice, so still a newbie on these boards. The first trip we went AI, and the second trip we decided not to. If your wife's concern is about money, I will say we acutally spent more on AI because we ended up paying for meals and drinks off the resort even though we had already paid for AI. An island tour and a snorkel trip we paid for also included lunch, so that was twice we paid for double for lunch. Also by the end of the week we were tired of the same buffet breakfast and pool bar lunch options and just decided to go off the resort for a change. We enjoy drinks and good food on vacation, and are always aware of our budget. I thought AI was a good deal, until I compared our spending on the two trips. If safety is her concern, Aruba is not like some of the other islands - going off the resort is safe. Taxis are regulated by the government and public busses are easy and convienent. I haven't stayed at either the Occidental or the Rui, but if you do go that route, they both look very nice from the outside and the locations are great.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    All inclusive

    We usually go to Aruba for several weeks a year. We stay in various places. We prefer not to have the all inclusive but if you're wife really insists, I would suggest the Occidental Grand.

    If you rent a timeshare from an 'owner' you will get larger accomodations and the opportunity to buy an all inclusive plan that is like nothing you can get from a travel agent. It is aprox $60 per person per night and it includes breakfast, lunch and unlimited drinks. This gives you the opportunity to enjoy all the wonderful restaurants on the island for dinner.

    Of course if you would prefer to have dinner at the resort too you can just buy the full plan.

    If you would like to discuss further, you can email me at macalh@aol.com.

    Mary Alice

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