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    Thanks Danadog.....
    There are 2 of us going. My thinking was getting food for breakfast and lunch for the room, and eating dinner out. We are not big lunch or breakfast eaters, or if we eat a big lunch then have a light dinner. We really don't like being on eating schedule! So, for now the decision is not to do the AI.
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    Thumbs up Good Choice!

    I agree with your choice not to go AI. Danadog is absolutely right! You will save a great deal of money and have more choices as to where to go and what to do.

    Aruba has many recession friendly places to dine. Enjoy your vacation and save all the extra money for your nest trip.

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    Susan

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    We are going to the Divi last week in July and are going to add the AI. I have planned only half day activities with the hope that we eat all our meals at the divi except for our night at MJ's I also don't want to worry about money with it being our first trip. I have no worries that my husband and son will eat and drink enough to make up the difference of my daughter and I lol.
    I am so excited about the comments given about the Divi. I have already packed my daughter and I we are just waiting for the limo to pick us up on the 24th of July.

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    I know that I am replying to an old post but I thought that I would thrown in my 2 cents.
    We own a timeshare at the Occidental and have been told that there is a partial all-inclusive plan and that's what we are interested in. It's not something that they publicize but it's breakfast - lunch w/drinks all day. So you wouldn't have dinner at the hotel you would subjected to finding dinner on your own each night. That's no chore, there are so many great restaurants that it would be a shame not to try them. Madam J's is still my favorite!

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    thanks trebor!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    I know that I am replying to an old post but I thought that I would thrown in my 2 cents.
    We own a timeshare at the Occidental and have been told that there is a partial all-inclusive plan and that's what we are interested in. It's not something that they publicize but it's breakfast - lunch w/drinks all day. So you wouldn't have dinner at the hotel you would subjected to finding dinner on your own each night. That's no chore, there are so many great restaurants that it would be a shame not to try them. Madam J's is still my favorite!

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    Player's Choice is presently offering a similar package at the Radisson:

    • accommodations
    • breakfast buffet
    • buffet or ala carte lunch
    • beverage credit
    • match play chips
    • spa credit

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    I was surprised at the price and number of places that are offering a 21.95 early bird special. We were walking from the Radisson the other night to try Amuse Bistro and the grilling smell from Tango lured us in for a 21.95 3-course. Salad, choice of entree and dessert. We both chose the Filet and it had to be a 12 oz piece of wonderful beef. There are low cost dining options available.

    I'm with Arubalisa on the Player's Choice package for the Radisson. Had more 'day drinks' than we normally would but still didn't use all of the beverage credit. Breakfast was fine with lots of options. A light or no lunch and dinner out. Felt that was the best way for us to go. The various resorts and hotels do offer plans that fit most everyone!

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    That's pretty funny, on our second trip to Aruba we went through Player's Choice and got a breakfast and drink package at the Allegro hotel which became the Occidental. I can't say enough about the people at Player's Choice they were awesome to deal with. It was at that point that we felt getting a package like that was the best of both worlds for us.
    We pretty much had a late breakfast and enjoyed drinks all day at the pool and then treated ourselves to the fine resturaunts on the island. It was through boards like this one that we got great suggestions for resturaunts. We have enjoyed quite a few, such as Madam J's, El Goucho, Pincho's, Sunset Grille, Old Man o'the sea, Screaming Eagle and Salt & Pepper just to name a few.

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    the occidental price is 55.00 per day, breakfast, lunch, and drink's. if you want to eat dinner in one of the hotel restaurants 50.00 pp. i think the 55.00 is a pretty good deal, but you have to be timeshare related, and your contract has to be all inclusive optional, the reason they offer this package is many owners from 2001 and 2002, have optional, they want some revenue from these owner's. from 2003, all pretty much are mandatory all inclusive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    I know that I am replying to an old post but I thought that I would thrown in my 2 cents.
    We own a timeshare at the Occidental and have been told that there is a partial all-inclusive plan and that's what we are interested in. It's not something that they publicize but it's breakfast - lunch w/drinks all day. So you wouldn't have dinner at the hotel you would subjected to finding dinner on your own each night. That's no chore, there are so many great restaurants that it would be a shame not to try them. Madam J's is still my favorite!

    I guess it depends on when you got your time share.

    When we got ours two years ago- AI is mandatory at 95.pp per day.
    I read some renters are offering a partial AI for breakfast and lunch for 55.00pp per day. (but more then likely I could eat and drink breakfast/lunch for cheaper then 110. per couple per day.

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