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    All Inclusives???

    Hello All,
    I have a family member wanting to go to aruba , they are wanting to stay at an all inclusive resort with their daughters ages 22 and 18, wondering anyones opinions on this subject

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    Read this thread...

    Best All Inclusive

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    We all have opinions on this subject..... With that being said.... I think there are too many wonderful dining options to go all inclusive. Others like all inclusive and there are some great options with the Rui, Occidental, and Divi. Whatever your family member does.... they'll love Aruba!

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    Friends stayed at the Riu Grand Palace this past February and They LOVED it. We had dinner at Gostoso's with the entire family and another family they came down with (who also raved). They said the food is great (multiple restaurants on-site) and the Riu serves top-shelf liquor as part of the all-inclusive package. They love the easy access to the beach and the strip. Good gym. They're in the tower that's painted white and said the room is very mordern and chic. I picked them up in the lobby which was very bright, spacious and modern. They're pretty well-travelled so I trust their opinion. They did a package deal with SunWing. About $2800 CDN per person for seven days (including flight).

    The impression I got from them was that all-inclusive is definitely worth it for a week when you don't want to lift a finger. The only slight criticism they had was that there aren't enough lounges by the pool (ie you have to get out there early and stake a claim).

    Sounds very much like a high-end cruise line.

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    You may want to check redweek and see if there are any rentals at Riu. The timeshares there have an all-inclusive option that is very reasonable. You could get all inclusive and still go out to enjoy meals without feeling too bad about double paying. Occidental also has timeshare rentals, many are all inclusive mandatory but it would still be a savings over booking with the hotel in many cases.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    When we go all inclusive we always stay at the Divi. Coming up on our 10th stay in May. The Divi also runs frequent sales so we don't hesitate to go off resort for some dinners as the cost is manageable. Right now they're advertising 35% off, just check the specials page on their website.

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    We have gone AI to a few different places but not Aruba. The food at some of the AIs we went to was not very good. One was great. Guess it depends on where you stay. I have always had the feeling with AI that they don't really care if the food is good or not because they already have your money. That being said, Aruba is a safe island to walk or drive on and has literally dozens of great restaurants, many with great views or ambiance. We would just get bored at an AI on Aruba but that's us. We also are not big drinkers so AI usually doesn't compute for us. We have checked prices for AIs on Aruba and have never found one that would be cheaper for us than getting a time share unit and eating breakfast in and dinner out.

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    check out this older thread too

    All inclusive hotels

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    Whatever you do, do not go with the all inclusive option at Holiday Inn. It was not worth it. You will have lim it ed food and drink options.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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