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    The first eight years we were loyal to the Hyatt. As our family grew to 5 the economics of an AI seemed appropriate. we tried the Divi AI and enjoyed several years there. I am not a fan of the food but really fell in love with what I call the "slow and low" atmosphere around eagle beach.

    while walking the waters edge one visit I became intrigued with Costa Linda. On a whim we rented a Time Share for two-weeks and that was it. We love the CL and it has become our go to spot.

    The mix of low rise chillin', apartment like living with the ability to stock your fridge with drinks and eats and save for night life dining has the best of all worlds for our family.

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    stayed once at the marriott ocean club and 26 times at the renaissance both at the marina and the ocean suites..love the people there, being in town but most of all the renaissance private island is the best beach in aruba second to none in my opinion..it's private, secluded and the staff on the island is very friendly..i'm told the marina rooms are getting a complete makeover this year and the ocean suites in 2014..i can't wait..i've seen a sample room and it's beautiful..the renaissance is constantly updating the hotel to make it as nice as possible..my wife and I wouldn't stay anywhere else..
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    The end of this month, I will make my 19th visit to Aruba, the last 18 of which I have stayed at Playa Linda -- the best location on the island! My first trip (in 1989), I stayed at the Holiday Inn.

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    22 years, 4 times year, have always stayed at the now occidental, the year of renovation lacabana. as like many others at their favorite the employees are key....

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    We stayed our first time at the Westin and fell in love with Aruba. The other resorts are LaCabana, the Renaissance, Marriott Surf Club, and the Caribbean Palm. We love our timeshare at Caribbean Palm which we got for free from someone who just wanted to unload some of their timeshares. It is quiet and we like that. Marriott Surf was just too much for us with the crowds and the struggle to tag a chair or palpala. We like the walking proximity to things there but prefer to stay on Eagle Beach. We liked the Ren (private island) and it is nice to break up the stay with a few nights there. LaCabana is our fall back spot since we have access to timeshares there but it is a bit big and noisy for our taste. On my bucket list is a stay at Costa Linda, and Aruba Beach Club or Casa del Mar.

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    After 7 trips to the Divi we will be staying at the Radisson on our next trip. I've always said I prefer the low rise but in truth we've never stayed in the high rise area. So if we like the Radisson I can see us alternating between the two. I absolutely love the beach at the Divi and I do feel a little guilty, like cheating on my friends there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    Sometimes our family requires an all inclusive package and sometimes we do not. Where we stay is also highly dependent upon our budget.

    Our next trip we will be traveling with my father who insisted on an all inclusive package. In light of the poor food and a few other "issues" which I will detail in my trip report, he will NOT return to the Tamarijn. I have waited a considerable amount of time before writing my review hoping that some distance from the situation would have given some clarity but it just did not happen. I am almost finished with it and hope to post it soon.

    We had actually seriously considered an alternative Caribbean island, but all inclusive choices there were limited and the island overall more expensive.

    Traveling over Christmas and New Years the crowds on Palm Beach were a huge negative for us. The only resorts we would have considered there would be the Radisson or Westin. The Westin's all inclusive price was sky high and the Radisson does not offer any meal plan at that time of year.

    After the process of elimination for other all inclusive optional resorts on the island, for our upcoming trip, we will be staying at the Amsterdam Manor through their all inclusive package. It offers us the best option for what our family requires. Staying in a 2 bedroom suite also makes it less expensive than two hotel rooms. Knowing how much we love the food and service at Passions and the Amsterdam Manor's high rating on tripadvisor we are confident that this will be the right fit for us.
    Hi ArubaLisa,
    Anxious to hear what made your stay so bad at the Tam. This September we will celebrate our 10th year in a row there and have never had any dissappointments with food, service or the like. The Tam may not be a 4 or 5 star hotel, but I love the familiar surroundings each year I go back. The staff at both the Tam and Divi always welcome us home each year we arrive. The fact that the Tam is ocean view right outside your door is tops in my book. There are so many places to grab something to eat there, has there been an off night at the buffet? Perhaps..but the overall experience is pure R&R for us.
    I hope you were not referring to any incidents with safety? I have always felt safe walking back and forth from the Divi to the Tam unescorted. So that would give me pause if that is the case.

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    Our 5th Stay at the Tamarijn Was a Disappointment
    here is the link to lisa's aruba story.
    if you click on the TAMARIJN in the report, it will bring you to Lisa's site and give her report.

    paul and i are considering the Tam or Divi for a 10 day stay in May 2014.
    we are hoping they have their "black friday" or "cyber monday" sale in November.

    Quote Originally Posted by peapod View Post
    Hi ArubaLisa,
    Anxious to hear what made your stay so bad at the Tam. This September we will celebrate our 10th year in a row there and have never had any dissappointments with food, service or the like. The Tam may not be a 4 or 5 star hotel, but I love the familiar surroundings each year I go back. The staff at both the Tam and Divi always welcome us home each year we arrive. The fact that the Tam is ocean view right outside your door is tops in my book. There are so many places to grab something to eat there, has there been an off night at the buffet? Perhaps..but the overall experience is pure R&R for us.
    I hope you were not referring to any incidents with safety? I have always felt safe walking back and forth from the Divi to the Tam unescorted. So that would give me pause if that is the case.

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    Andrea, we're hoping for that same cyber Monday sale. It was such a good deal for our trip this year. We really enjoy the Divi even though the food is just okay. November is booked for the Radisson and I'm praying we don't have to cancel. DH is having a health issue and we are waiting to hear what next steps are. The November trip is something positive to focus on.

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    good wishes and prayers for your husband's good health to return!
    maybe we can get similar dates in May
    Quote Originally Posted by Pegmeister View Post
    Andrea, we're hoping for that same cyber Monday sale. It was such a good deal for our trip this year. We really enjoy the Divi even though the food is just okay. November is booked for the Radisson and I'm praying we don't have to cancel. DH is having a health issue and we are waiting to hear what next steps are. The November trip is something positive to focus on.

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