As to safety, again, I detailed an incident where security took over 40 minutes to respond when there were squatters on my grandmother's patio. She was in the room sleeping at the time. Security was useless.
Funny you mention the walk between the Divi and Tam because there was an issue with that. Probably trivial to most, but the poor attitude of the Tamarijn employee just made a bad situation much worse. Our family had 3 hotel rooms and our usual Tamarijn expectations. We left our Radisson expectations at home.
All in all, the trip was bad enough in my father's mind that he would not return. Instead he is giving his business to the Amsterdam Manor over Christmas and New Years. Booking a 2 bedroom suite and a studio for our family WITH the AM's all inclusive add on, was less expensive than 3 rooms at the Tamarijn for the same period.
We bought at the Marriott time sharing first year the Surf opened.Week three in Jan (bad idea week three)After three years rented at Costa Linda for a second week in Aruba.Sold and have bought four weeks at the Costa Linda.Love the low rise area.Looking forward to leaving Marblehead in Jan and enjoying our 15th year in Aruba.Paul
From Marblehead ma.Every Jan stay at Costa Linda.For last 20 years.
Love that this thread has resurfaced. Fun to see opinions that have changed or stayed the same as a few years ago.
We have stayed at the Aruba Beach Club, Casa Del Mar, Tropicana, La Cabana & Divi Dutch Village. LOVE La Cabana but hope to experience other resorts as well
Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ
We still go to the Divi AI. There is just something about the beach. It brings tears to my eyes every time we arrive. What is different for us is we have started extending our stay and moving to a different resort for 3 nights. It feels like we're having 2 different vacations. Last year we switched to the Radisson. This upcoming trip we'll move to the Rennaisance. Next trip we'll try either Bucuti or Manchego for a few nights.
At first I wanted to say we stay at the same place, but then I realized we really haven't (except for the fact that it's Palm Beach). Although we've spent quite a few years at the same place, Holiday Inn, we've also stayed at the Americana (way back), Marriott (when it was just one building) and Playa Linda.
For us, it's about cost (I'm a bargain shopper and it carries over to travel as well). DW travels for work and stays at IHG properties and gets points, so we usually have enough to stay at the Holiday Inn using points.
We've (I've) often said we need to check out other locations, downtown area, Eagle beach area, but it's hard to do when there is an option for a place to stay which costs almost nothing. It's not luxurious nor does it have every amenity, but we just want to chill on the beach, so it works for us.
Friends of ours who were in Aruba while we were there are Marriott Platinum members. They spent part of the trip at the Marriott and part at the Ritz (Marriott brand). Because of their status and the fact that the suite was empty....they were upgraded to the Presidential Suite at the Ritz which was absolutely amazing and included all sorts of freebies. They invited us over one night to share in their good fortune.
Loyalty programs can be extremely beneficial.
"The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts." - - Marcus Aurelius
33rd trip to Aruba - May 2016
San Fran/Napa Valley - Sept. 2016
Barcelona, Mallorca, and Andorra - Nov. 2016