Aruba Beach
Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Help / Advice

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    3

    Help / Advice

    So I'm sure there's a million posts like this, but I figured if I gave my specifics you guys would be able to help me better. I'm looking to go to Aruba in July with my boyfriend, it will be our one year anniversary. I'm in my mid 20's. We're looking to stay somewhere all inclusive, somewhat child free ( or as close as possible, we obviously want this to be a romantic trip ). A nice room would be great. I've done some research and so far Riu seems like the way to go for us, but many of you seem to be frequent visitors, and have more experience/knowledge and would be able to tell me if I'm missing something. The only negatives I've read on Riu seem to be the pool (which I don't plan on frequenting often since there's a beautiful beach to enjoy) , and reserving an umbrella on the beach, which is not life or death for us either. Any advice / suggestions? Thank you all!

  2. #2
    Senior Member purpleangel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Age
    61
    Posts
    772
    Hi, there! I stayed at the Riu two years ago around the time you are going and didn't have a problem getting a palapa on the beach. The pool is not very shady, but I'm a beach person and the only time I was near the pool was when I went to the pool bar. There weren't a lot of kids. Hope that helps!

  3. #3
    Senior Member Shnyda's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    The pool @ Gold Coast Aruba, Holiday Inn Casino, Arashi Beach, Sunset @ California Lighthouse, Baby Beach, Our friends hotels/timeshares when they are on the Island at the same time as us
    Age
    39
    Posts
    978
    Quote Originally Posted by nich0le1 View Post
    So I'm sure there's a million posts like this, but I figured if I gave my specifics you guys would be able to help me better. I'm looking to go to Aruba in July with my boyfriend, it will be our one year anniversary. I'm in my mid 20's. We're looking to stay somewhere all inclusive, somewhat child free ( or as close as possible, we obviously want this to be a romantic trip ). A nice room would be great. I've done some research and so far Riu seems like the way to go for us, but many of you seem to be frequent visitors, and have more experience/knowledge and would be able to tell me if I'm missing something. The only negatives I've read on Riu seem to be the pool (which I don't plan on frequenting often since there's a beautiful beach to enjoy) , and reserving an umbrella on the beach, which is not life or death for us either. Any advice / suggestions? Thank you all!

    Hey there -

    Just my advice... Aruba is more fun if you don't go AI. AI is great for Islands where you don't always want to leave the resorts (Jamaica, Domincan Rep.) Aruba is so much fun for getting out there and exploring.

    If you are set on the AI - the RIU is really nice looking and the Occidental is gorgeous.

    Either way - make sure you get out there and enjoy all the Island has to offer.
    -Eric, Karen and Mia-
    Aruba New Years 2017-18 12/28/17 - 1/3/18 (18th Trip)


  4. #4
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    20
    We enjoy the other end. It is so laid back The AI keeps you on the beach longer you are not traveling around wasting time to eat. I would agree that the food is different but I have only had one meal I did not like in 9 trips to Aruba, and then all I did was go around the corner and get a pizza. We purchased a time share Divi Village and still use the AI at the Divi and Tam it works for us. We also agree either way get out and see the island and meet the people.

  5. #5
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    3
    Hey guys, thanks for all your input, keep it coming please! We definitely plan on leaving the resort and exploring, however I still feel all inclusive (even if in terms of drinks only) is worth it, we are young, like to kick back and have a drink (especially on vacation!), and do plan on spending a portion of the days on the beach, so that's the primary reason we're leaning toward ai. However , Bucuti seems really appealing , so I'm not really 100% sure wether or not it will be worth it to pay the same for a not ai, I know people don't go to Aruba to stay in their hotel room, but it will be "home" for a week, I would like to enjoy the room as well. Again, any advice is welcome! Thank you all again

  6. #6
    Aruba since 1979
    Moderator
    Andrea J.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    29,906
    my 2 cents
    go with the AI
    and i recommend DIVI all inclusive.
    the divi is the sister property to the Tamarijn.
    more adults at DIVI, more kids at Tamarijn

    way less hussle and bussle at the Divi than at the RIU
    Riu is not laid back at all, Divi is laid back and relaxed.

    Bucuti is magnificent, do they offer AI?

    My guess is DIVI would be about 1/3 to 1/2 price of RIU and if Bucuti has all inclusive , then I bet that would be almost as pricey as RIU.

    wherever you choose, it will be spectacular.



    Quote Originally Posted by nich0le1 View Post
    Hey guys, thanks for all your input, keep it coming please! We definitely plan on leaving the resort and exploring, however I still feel all inclusive (even if in terms of drinks only) is worth it, we are young, like to kick back and have a drink (especially on vacation!), and do plan on spending a portion of the days on the beach, so that's the primary reason we're leaning toward ai. However , Bucuti seems really appealing , so I'm not really 100% sure wether or not it will be worth it to pay the same for a not ai, I know people don't go to Aruba to stay in their hotel room, but it will be "home" for a week, I would like to enjoy the room as well. Again, any advice is welcome! Thank you all again

  7. #7
    Senior Member Arubalisa's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Any Aruba beach...
    Posts
    13,177
    After your explanation of "why" all inclusive, it sounds as if it would be your best option.

    The Riu is a four star class resort and the most expensive. If you were looking to save some money to stay some extra nights or plan more excursions or dinners "off property", then the Divi, a three star resort, is your best bet. No matter where you chose to stay you are getting what you pay for.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    675
    We stay at the Occidental AI. The food there is great IMO. This year we are going to explore the island more, but I love the AI. For me it is worth it for the drinks. LOL LOL No really the food is great, people are great--all in all it is a great place to stay. At least that is how we feel. Where ever you choose, the main thing is that you will be in Aruba and that is the BEST part! Have a wonderful time.
    We can't wait to get back!
    Pat

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO