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    First timer....HELP! Suggestions needed.

    My Boyfriend and I are planning to visit Aruba in April for 7 nights. I have so many questions. Unfortunately, I have been left with the task of deciding where to stay. His only request is that it is an all-inclsive location with a casino. I am wondering which is the best all inclusive resort. We both enjoy a great bar scene(if that makes any sense), and good nightlife. I have been searching for deals on websites, and am not sure which site is best for booking, OR what a good price is for our trip. We are from NYC, but are able to travel from Jersey. I just want it to be clean, have good food, and not boring. Considering Occidental, and Renaissance. Can anyone help. Please?!

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    welcome to the aruba.com community forum.

    your considerations are good

    occidental is nice, has good food and a casino and is ON palm beach at the very busy hi rise location. there is never a dull moment and plenty to do in the hi rise area.

    the rensaissance is downtown across from the marina.it too, is lovely, has good restaurants and has a casino. sadly, there is not as much to do downtown as there used to be. lots of the clubs, and bars are now at the hi rise section.

    i am going throw in another suggestion
    Divi All inclusive Has a casino, although not abutting the resort, more like adjacent to the resort. Is in the lo rise area and the beach is Druif Beach ( i spelled it correctly this time ) the food at the resort is good and there are about 6 restaurants between the divi ai and the tamarijn ai (sister properties) that are shared. there are golf cart like shuttle trams between the 2 resorts and also to the casino should you not want to walk..(it is about a 3 minute walk)

    there are other all inclusives too on aruba
    but those 3 Occidental, Renaissance and Divi AI are ones that are a good representative of each location downtown, lo rise and hi rise.

    you may want to contact MCM tours.

    http://www.aruba4u.com/

    they handle only aruba, get rave reviews and are very helpful.


    Quote Originally Posted by alexis4u View Post
    My Boyfriend and I are planning to visit Aruba in April for 7 nights. I have so many questions. Unfortunately, I have been left with the task of deciding where to stay. His only request is that it is an all-inclsive location with a casino. I am wondering which is the best all inclusive resort. We both enjoy a great bar scene(if that makes any sense), and good nightlife. I have been searching for deals on websites, and am not sure which site is best for booking, OR what a good price is for our trip. We are from NYC, but are able to travel from Jersey. I just want it to be clean, have good food, and not boring. Considering Occidental, and Renaissance. Can anyone help. Please?!
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 02-26-2012 at 07:38 PM.

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    Junior Member alexis4u's Avatar
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    Thank you so much Andrea for responding so quickly. You are very knowledgable!

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    thank you
    no, not really knowledgeable, just somewhat experienced.

    i have friends that stay at the OCCIDENTAL and do the AI package and they LOVE IT.

    i have friends that do the Tamarijn/DIVI AI and they love it.

    I have done the AI at the Tamarijn and Divi, yrs ago......and loved it too. It has been a while though since i have done AI on aruba.


    If you are looking for a very active nightlife/bars and dancing and casinos, then being up a the hi rise might be just the ticket.

    Quote Originally Posted by alexis4u View Post
    Thank you so much Andrea for responding so quickly. You are very knowledgable!

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    If nightlife is an important factor, you might not be as happy at the Divi or Tamarijn as you would at some of the other high rise hotels. Having stayed at each a few times over the years, I found them to be very laid back and not what most people would call "nightlife". I prefer that, but not everyone does.

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    If you are considering the Occidental, look at the Riu as well. They are both on Palm Beach separated from one another by only the Radisson. There should be enough nightlife in the bars across the street to keep you occupied during your trip.

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    Maybe the Radisson with the breakfast/lunch plan and venture out for dinner. Lots of choices for dinner and casinos! Enjoy your stay wherever you stay!

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