We bought a garden view at the Surf Club because we don't spend that much time in the room. By maintaining my Rewards status with Marriott, we have always had at least a partial ocean view when we checked in. Only once was the view less than perfect (we could see the water, but also the dumpsters at Ocean Club). Not a terrible view, but better than a second floor view of the palm trees..
As far as resale goes, you can sell anything if priced properly. My friend sold her garden view at the Surf club (Platinum) for $9500. It was online for 2 days before she found a buyer. If you buy smart, you can resell it without any problems regardless of view.
I bought an E unit at Lacabana. It is an oceanfront unit. Every morning I wake up before everyone else, make coffee and relax on the lounge chair read and admire the view. At sunset, my whole family is out on the balcony looking at the view while sipping on a drink or having a beer. Worth every penny I paid.
Many different opinions on this topic. Here is a suggestion...if you are planning on using your TS every year and are not buying it for re-sale (barring an extreme necessity), are planning on using it till you are "old and gray" then you may want to save the money on a view and buy cheaper. If you fore see yourself selling it or renting it out occasionally, then consider a "view".
I have only exchanged my TS once and that was the first year I bought it...went to Hawaii and had a blast, but I didn't buy it to trade it or rent it out. I bought it to use it. I have switched weeks and have upgraded my studio for a larger unit when I have had more people to accommodate but that's about it.
So take time to decide why you really want the unit and what you are planning to do with it.....that should make the decision easier......just keep in mind >>>>ARUBA !!!!!
For us, the view is really important. We stayed at the Divi Phoenix in 2013, using the bonus week from a friend's timeshare. We were in the "Tower" on the 12th floor on the California Lighthouse side. The view - morning, noon, and night - was spectacular. A few months later we purchased a timeshare there (through a re-seller), and got the same unit but on the 10th floor. View is spectacular still. We have breakfast and lunch out there, totaling maybe 1-1/2 hours, and then have a drink out there before we go out at night. Maybe 2 hours total out there for a day. Even though we don't sit out there for an extended period of time, we would not have it any other way. Plus - and here's a tip someone clued us in to - if we were on the other side of the tower, we probably could not sit out there after noontime because that's the side facing the setting sun, pretty darn hot.
I own at the Renaissance and for me the view is important. I sit out on the balcony every morning to eat my breakfast and I so enjoy looking at the ocean. I can't see it at home, so when on vacation I want to get as much of it as I can.
However, if you plan to buy the timeshare and NOT exclusively use it in Aruba, then go for the deal.