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    Help selecting hotel

    Plan to visit Aruba for first time this year. I have been to many Caribbean islands but never Aruba. We will have 2 seniors (1 good food is important, 1 casino (BJ)), 2 adults (beach, beach, beach), 1 kid (7 y.o. girl, who love to swim)). Can someone suggest hotel to stay with good food, good casino (black jack), calm beach, kids pool (slide or/and cliff jump). ?

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    welcome to the aruba.com community forum

    i think that the hyatt meets all of the criteria that you require (the clincher was you were requesting a slide in pool) i know of 3...lacabana, tropicana, hyatt.
    are there more?

    trop and lacabana are not on the beach, but across from the beach.

    hyatt is on the beach

    5 of you total right?

    the food is good at the hyatt, but there are plenty of other off resort dining options in the palm beach area, all or most are easy walks from the hyatt.

    i would also suggest looking into timeshare rentals for the 5 of you ...a timeshare will allow you to spread out, have kitchen facility for lunch or breakfast.
    timeshare is usually considerably less than hotels.
    all/or most are within walking distance to casinos....and all of the casinos off black jack

    Quote Originally Posted by jjll View Post
    Plan to visit Aruba for first time this year. I have been to many Caribbean islands but never Aruba. We will have 2 seniors (1 good food is important, 1 casino (BJ)), 2 adults (beach, beach, beach), 1 kid (7 y.o. girl, who love to swim)). Can someone suggest hotel to stay with good food, good casino (black jack), calm beach, kids pool (slide or/and cliff jump). ?

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    thank for quick reply. hyatt #1 choice. what will be 2nd choice? also how is Tamarijn and how far is casino from Tamarijn? what is minimum bet at casino or Hyatt for black jack?

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    lots of the black jack table minimum bets are $5 and $10


    tamarijn is a nice laid back all inclusive property south of the hyatt on druif beach
    it is not at all high end and or glitzy when compared to the hyatt. we love the place.

    i love the tamarijn and it would be my choice for all inclusive as i like the slower paced, quieter section of aruba. the alhambra casino and marketplace are about 1/4 mile from the tamarijn. tamarijn is a divi property and there are shuttles that transport guest all around the area from divi resorts to alhambra and back.

    we have played $5 black jack at alhambra numerous times.

    have you contacted Players Club/MCM Tours? http://www.aruba4u.com/

    Quote Originally Posted by jjll View Post
    thank for quick reply. hyatt #1 choice. what will be 2nd choice? also how is Tamarijn and how far is casino from Tamarijn? what is minimum bet at casino or Hyatt for black jack?
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 02-28-2013 at 10:26 AM.

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    Tamarijn is right on the beach and the casino is across the street. The resort offers a golf cart shuttle to the casino and the Divi next door. As far as I know they do not have a slide in their pool. The beach, however, is gorgeous. Rooms are motel like and always clean as is the rest of the resort. We stay at the Divi twice a year and love it. The food is decent, read it wouldn't make a foodie swoon, however my feeling is you can always find something you like.

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    you are right peg
    the tamarijn's pool is without slide, that is one of the reasons i did not mention it in the first post.
    the tamarijn's pool itself is nothing terribly attractive
    it is a basic rectangular pool, again nothing terribly attractive .....very unlike the radisson or lacabana or hyatt or marriott.

    when we go to the tamarijn, it is for the beach.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pegmeister View Post
    Tamarijn is right on the beach and the casino is across the street. The resort offers a golf cart shuttle to the casino and the Divi next door. As far as I know they do not have a slide in their pool. The beach, however, is gorgeous. Rooms are motel like and always clean as is the rest of the resort. We stay at the Divi twice a year and love it. The food is decent, read it wouldn't make a foodie swoon, however my feeling is you can always find something you like.

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    Thank you for great info. look like tamarijn can be good for AI but inconvenient for other aspects. so is there any 2nd choice (just like to be able to compare to pick)? many in forum suggest Marriott...is this good 2nd choice for out situation or is there better?

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    pool slide?
    if we remove the pool slide from the mix...
    i would recommend the following in no particular order
    westin, radisson, hyatt, marriott ..........all have casinos on site. all are in the palm beach area

    downtown, i would recommend renaissance ocean suites the casinos (seaport and crystal) are across the street, a very easy and short walk.

    getting back to the slide.........hyatt, lacabana, tropicana are the only few that i can think of. lacabana and tropicana have casinos on site. they are timeshare resorts.




    Quote Originally Posted by jjll View Post
    Thank you for great info. look like tamarijn can be good for AI but inconvenient for other aspects. so is there any 2nd choice (just like to be able to compare to pick)? many in forum suggest Marriott...is this good 2nd choice for out situation or is there better?

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    If you require calm water, your chances of having that every day are better on Palm Beach rather than Eagle Beach or Druif Beach. We have stayed at the Tamarijn numerous times when one day was flat and the next day there were 3 foot waves.

    How about trading the water slide for a lazy river and go with the Marriott Surf Club? Since there are 5 of you, you could rent a 2 or 3 bedroom unit. Most all timeshares have sleep sofa's.

    IMO, if you are looking specifically for an all inclusive do consider the Divi/Tamarijn. The food though is not going to satisfy "1 good food is important" and the pool at both resorts would be a HUGE disappointment to "kids pool (slide or/and cliff jump)". Both resort's main pools are plain rectangles. The Divi is a bit more upscale than the Tamarijn, however all of the Tamarijn's rooms open directly onto the beach.



    If the child will compromise on the "slide", the Radisson has two beautiful zero entry free form swimming pools as well as an onsite casino, excellent food at their 3 restaurants as well as many within walking distance and the longest stretch of beach among all of the resorts on Palm beach. I have tons of photos of the resort here.

    MCM Tours is offering currently offering specials on the Radisson and Hyatt. You may want to give them a call and tell them what you are looking for. They sell only travel to Aruba and can help you decide what would work best for your family.
    Last edited by Arubalisa; 02-28-2013 at 12:06 PM.

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