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    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.
    Good luck with your guy!

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    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.
    Hopefully you will have time to read the review. We had stayed at the Tamarijn 4 times in the past 5 years so fully knew what to expect.

    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    good wishes and prayers for your husband's good health to return!
    maybe we can get similar dates in May
    Peg, I too hope all is well.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    We stay at the Surf Club two weeks at a time because we own there. Our first trip we stayed at Ren Marina and lately we've been adding a day or two at the HI. I too travel for work and stay at either Marriott or IHG properties. I use the Marriott points here in the States and IHG points in Aruba.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WaltVB View Post
    We stay at the Surf Club two weeks at a time because we own there. Our first trip we stayed at Ren Marina and lately we've been adding a day or two at the HI. I too travel for work and stay at either Marriott or IHG properties. I use the Marriott points here in the States and IHG points in Aruba.
    Walt, do you know what level you have to be in the rewards program at HI to get the palapa reserved for your stay? That perk right there is enough to consider being loyal to them!
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    Walt, do you know what level you have to be in the rewards program at HI to get the palapa reserved for your stay? That perk right there is enough to consider being loyal to them!
    Tracey, I'm currently Platinum, but I was Gold when I booked the RSVP back in March. Here's a little known tip: If you are a loyalty member with one program like Marriott, and you are a Platinum member, most other hotel groups will give you a complimentary upgrade to that level in their program. Example: I had to go to Italy two years ago and although there was a Marriott on the outskirts of town, there was a Best Western that was much closer to my job site. I contacted Best Western and told them I was Platinum with Marriott and they upgraded me to Platinum in their program, so I booked with them and got all of the highest tier perks. Tracey my advice to you. and everyone else out there, is to join as many loyalty programs as you can. It's free and most give you a few points just for signing up. For many you can keep those points active just by visiting their website from time to time and maybe signing up for an occasional email. Every time you fly or stay you gain more points of course, and eventually you attain a higher level in the program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WaltVB View Post
    Tracey, I'm currently Platinum, but I was Gold when I booked the RSVP back in March. Here's a little known tip: If you are a loyalty member with one program like Marriott, and you are a Platinum member, most other hotel groups will give you a complimentary upgrade to that level in their program. Example: I had to go to Italy two years ago and although there was a Marriott on the outskirts of town, there was a Best Western that was much closer to my job site. I contacted Best Western and told them I was Platinum with Marriott and they upgraded me to Platinum in their program, so I booked with them and got all of the highest tier perks. Tracey my advice to you. and everyone else out there, is to join as many loyalty programs as you can. It's free and most give you a few points just for signing up. For many you can keep those points active just by visiting their website from time to time and maybe signing up for an occasional email. Every time you fly or stay you gain more points of course, and eventually you attain a higher level in the program.
    Good advice! This is why we always fly Delta - to stay Gold in their Medallion program (double/bonus miles, free Comfort seats, free upgrades to first/business class when available, etc.)

    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.
    ~Amy~ - Playa del Carmen, MX: March 2017 - 34th trip to Aruba: May 2017 - Munich, Salzburg, Prague: June/July 2017 - Santa Barbara, CA wine country: Nov. 2017 - Seattle: Nov. 2017 - 35th trip to Aruba: New Years Eve 2017/2018




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