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    Booked Next Years Trip!!

    Saw a price of $318 pp on Continental out of Newark and grabbed it. Time to start my next countdown!!!
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    great price
    enjoy
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    Going back to the Hyatt?

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    Wow!! That's a really good price. I don't blame you for grabbing it. I'm originally from NJ, now I live in GA. Can't lose the Jersey accent after 15 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    Going back to the Hyatt?
    Probably not going to the Hyatt - have friends coming with us and are debating some more economical options, and really want to check out life in the low rises. Still very interested in trying the Divi All Inclusive - hesitant about the food - Arubalisa I know you are formerly from NJ and seem to be more of a "foodie" as my husband and I are. We do not need fancy food - can be perfectly happy eating burgers - but have pretty high standards even for burgers. Do not mind buffets for breakfast, but do not want lunch or dinner buffets. Will we be happy with the food available? Do not want to sound like a snob, but we are both from families with mothers who are amazing cooks and have been spoiled our whole lives. Also are spoiled with all the restaurants we are used to eating at in Jersey and Manhattan. Also want to know what level of alcohol is available - mainly scotch for the husband!!
    Do not need the fanciest rooms - we know it is not the Hyatt and are fine with that. We just love our food and drinks!!!

    Also considering Amsterdam Manor - just love the way it looks. Does anyone know if they have a baby pool - I know the Divi does not ,which is a slight concern, but not critical. I kind of just feel if we are going to stay in the low rise area, maybe all inclusive is the way to go since there is not as much in walking distance. We don't really want to worry about rental cars, so would then only need a taxi or bus for the few nights we may eat off property. Any info appreciated. thanks!!!
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    It's never too early to plan a trip to Aruba

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    katherine,

    wowo 318.00 pp, great price, i paid 378.00 plus tax in december and thought i was getting a great price, enjoy, have a great trip

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    Katherine, you suspicions are correct ..."foodies", former New Jerseyians, dh working and "dined" in the city. . . guilty to all of the above.

    From 1995 to 2007 we had stayed seemingly everywhere on Palm Beach-- Divi Phoenix, Playa Linda, Westin when it was the Wyndham, Occidental when it was Allegro (non all inclusive), Radisson and Hyatt. Throw in a stay at the Caribbean Palm Village for variety. We were hooked on Palm Beach and never needed to look elsewhere.

    A trip over Christmas, including extended family, including teenagers who are also "foodies", made an all inclusive mandatory. Only the Holiday Inn or Tamarijn were affordable. Kids 17 and under stay free so with 3 kids in that age range, it was a "no brainer".

    Switching to the Tamarijn in 2007 was honestly culture shock. For the first three days at the Tamarijn dh and I looked at one another and shrugged our shoulders. We felt like fish out of water thinking, "this is not us".

    Admittedly there was doubt in our minds. I cannot speak for the rooms at the Divi, but the rooms at the Tamarijn are small and the bathrooms are outdated. I have someone close to me who would never stay there and I would never dream of suggesting it. The place is clean but to her it would just never seem that way because it is not new, glitzy and sparkling. No marble baths and no fancy toiletries. Just your basic all in one shampoo conditioner.

    Others complain the rooms are way too small. These are people who have never been on cruise. Spend 16 days in a 179 sq. ft box with 3 people, a bathroom smaller than your linen closet and the Tam's rooms are NOT small. The rooms are basic AND a great value.

    There were a few more waves after the calmness of Palm Beach, it was not as "plush" as the Radisson or Hyatt, and there were no activities within walking distance outside of the resort (with the exception of the Alhambra Casino). Heck this was like one of those Jamaican vacations where you never even need to leave the compound!

    Then about the fourth day it dawned on us. Hey, this place we wake up in the a.m. and throw on our bathing suits and walk out our slider onto the beach. No elevator no long walk across the lobby. We are already there.


    Run back in the room, throw a cover up on over the suit and a pair of flip flops and we were good to go to breakfast.

    Later we'd come back and sit on a chaise outside our room. Oops, finished the book you were reading, just slip into the room only steps away to get something fresh to read. Same thing for "potty breaks". This was vacationing in a much more relaxed atmosphere. VERY laid back. The beach was our living room from nearly sunrise to sundown. We have stayed there so far a total of 24 nights and never once touched the TV. The ocean outside our door is our entertainment and our "picture".

    Our family usually ate dinner late 7:45 p.m. at the earliest and 9 p.m. at the latest. Finally I guess on one of the earlier nights we noticed that this resort had LIVE entertainment! Sure enough the next night when we went to dinner at the Red Parrot at the Divi, they had LIVE entertainment as well. And both resorts did this every night! Wow.

    I am presently writing a blog entry about the Tamarijn/Divi food options and hope to get it posted tomorrow. I have read many descriptions for the food at these resorts. One even included a comparison to Olive Garden. I don't know, dh is Italian and does not care for O.G. but he has no trouble with the Italian restaruant at the Divi/Tamarijn. Sure it is not true Italian, it is Aruban Italian. I have yet to find a true "gravy" on the island.

    True to say that we have always found the food to be very good and delicious. You will not walk away hungry and portions are generous. The Red Parrot for dinner at the Divi is the most popular and imo, a lovely spot, dining beachside or indoor if one prefers. There is a wide variety of choices on the menu and imo, something to please everyone.

    There is a lot more I could say. I hope you have read my review of our first stay at the Tamarijn. It is as detailed as possible and would hopefully give you a good idea of what to expect out of the resorts.

    I will be the first to admit that the Divi/Tam is definitely not for everyone. If you want Katherine, send me an email about your specific questions, such as the Scotch and I will keep it in my inbox as a reminder to ask the question(s) while we are there.

    P.S. Did I mention the kids club is FREE! Our dd loves the staff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katherine View Post
    Also considering Amsterdam Manor - just love the way it looks. Does anyone know if they have a baby pool - I know the Divi does not ,which is a slight concern, but not critical.
    We stay at Amsterdam Manor twice a year. Yes, they have a baby pool which is located right next to the big pool. It's very small and shallow - not sure if it's what you're looking for but...it does exist. Any other questions about Amsterdam Manor, just let me know.
    ~Amy~ - 35th trip to Aruba: New Years Eve 2017/2018 -- Zihuatanejo, MX: March 2018 -- Ireland: June/July 2018 --
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    Thanks for all the information again Lisa. It is definitely sounding more and more as if the Divi will be the place for us. We will have 5 children ranging in ages from 2 - 10 and it looks like there will be plenty of activities for them - And since we are traveling with another family it will be nice not to worry about who is paying for what especially if the older girls go off on their own to grab food or drinks. I think you have answered my main questions other than the scotch question - given first choice DH would pick a single malt which I am sure would not be part of all inclusive - but Johnny Walker Black is must then. This is about as low on the scotch chain he is willing to go.

    I am guessing that you cannot reserve dinners until you get there which is why it sounds as if the a la carte restaurants are hard to get reservations for in your first few days - I figure that the nights we cannot get ala carte reservations would be good nights to go out to some of our favorite restaurants.

    The only thing i still have to navigate through is Easter - Did not exactly mention to DH that we will be spending Easter in Aruba - Easter is his favorite holiday and he will be upset missing Easter with the family. Figure i will bring this up when it is close to the time we leave. The kids may be disappointed too. Does the Easter Bunny visit Aruba??
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