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    Question Honeymoon.. First time in Aruba

    My fiance and I will be spending our Honeymoon in Aruba Sept. 26-Oct 1,2010.

    I could really use some suggestions on where to stay as I have read so many reviews and now i'm just confused.

    It will be the very first time that we go on a vacation so I want it to be very special. We have been together 12 years almost 13 at the time we get married. So this is going to be a BIG trip for us....

    I'm not looking for over the top. But I want it to be Special and Romantic...

    Opinions on All inclusive vs Not are appreciated as I really don't know which way to go.

    Actually any suggestions and opinons will be GREATLY apprecaited.

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    An early "Congratulations" to both you and the bride. Welcome to the "Forum." You can't go wrong with the many suggestions of places to spend your honeymoon. Needless to say, you will get many suggestions and reason why from the "Forum" members.

    Best wishes and when it happens; many happy years to you both. Enjoy the Island, It definitely is "One Happy Island," and, also everyone's "Paradise on earth."

    Ed

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    Welcome and congrats, may you have many happy years together, along with Trips to Aruba! These 2 resorts are AI and 3 to 4 star, clean and on the beach, low rise area, so less people on the beach. The Tam all rooms on the beach, it's sister resort Divi Divi. And for a great sail & snorkel check out the Tranquilo.

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    Welcome,
    I am new to the forum as well. Congrats. I will be spending my 20th wedding anniversary in Aruba (our first time on the island). We chose the Tam (sister to the Divi) because of the quietness in the low rise area. I have read many posts and like yourself was confused. But, I had to stop and think about what I wanted. I wanted a value trip, a place where it was quiet, no fills, bells or whistles, and away from the city. This narrowed my search and from many members on this board, I think I made a wise choice.
    Good luck
    Lisa

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    i am going to leave this thread here for now, but advise konkretekid to check out the
    WHERE TO STAY threads.

    welcome to the forum kid!

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    If you can swing it, Bucuti Beach Resort is awesome! Not many kids, mostly couples, quiet, and private. Best beach, no problem ever getting a palapa for shade, wonderful swimming. The rooms are spotless, everyone working there is friendly and helpful. Our stay there was very special!

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    I know it can be overwhelming when trying to decide where to stay - IMO the first step when planning a trip to Aruba is to decide if you want to stay in the low rise or high rise area. So far I have only stayed high rise, but trying out the low rises this spring for the first time. The high rise area is more "action packed" - you can walk to all of the restaurants, casinos etc. Also more activities and water sports available. The beaches are more crowded due to the high volume of rooms. If you want a more "glitzy" and active environment you should go high rise. The low rises on the other hand are more peaceful. The beaches are wider and less crowded and therefore provide a more low key environment. At the low rises you will be a little more isolated - not much to walk to as far as restaurants and nightlife. If you want to go off of the resort you would definitely need to use taxi, bus or rent a car.

    I think once you decide what sort of vacation you are looking for, it will be much easier to decide on the hotel. We have stayed at the Hyatt 8 times and love it. It is a beautiful hotel and the service is great. The Radisson would be my 2nd choice if i were choosing. This year we will be venturing to the low rise and giving the Divi AI a try. As honeymooners it sounds as if the Bucuti may be the place for you if you choose to go low rise - i have only heard wonderful things, but have never tried since children cannot stay there. We have also been intrigued by the Amsterdam Manor - it looks very quaint, quiet and peaceful. Again we chose the Divi since it seemed better for a trip with children.

    As far as All inclusive goes this will be the first year we are trying it in Aruba. Given a choice I would prefer not to do AI - there are so many wonderful restaurants to choose from and since Aruba is a very safe island you can feel comfortable going out and about. Of course all of these things depend on your budget as well - if you will be drinking a fair amount and like to eat big breakfast and lunch it may be worth doing AI and spending a little more to go off property for a few dinners.

    Check out this forum under where to stay to get more details on various resorts. I am also a big fan of trip advisor. So many reviews for each resort and i like looking at the photos the reviewers post - more unbiased than the hotel photos.

    Good luck and congrats!!!
    katherine




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    Thank you for all the great responses... I have checked out tripadvisor.. I am now trying to decide if being in the High Rise section or the Low Rise section would fit us better... We like to walk to places BUT we also like not having a crowd especially during beach time.....

    I'm thinking that Low Rise might be better for us.... But that thought changes with each day...

    In the Low Rise section I'm looking into Butuci (sp), Manchebo, and Amsterdam..... From what i have read about these 3 they sound like they would be great... but of course I'm still very nervous

    Thank you for listening and helping....

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    If you do not want crowds, you would definitely want to stay in the low rise area. For romance in the low rise area, definitely consider the Bucuti.

    You can always rent a car to get around or take the bus or a taxi to the high rise area.

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    Thank you for teh quick replies.. Looking forward to our visit to aruba....

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