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aludwick
07-08-2008, 03:50 PM
Hey guys,

My honeymoon is next May and we are going back to the little island we got engaged at, Aruba!! I cannot wait. Last time we stayed at the Marriott Stellaris and Casino. We absolutely loved it. This time we would like to go all inclusive. I have visited a few websites and found the Occidental, Renaissance, and Tamarijn are all, all inclusive. So, which one should we choose???

Any info on food, accomodations, and stuff to do would be most helpful!!

Thanks guys!

Arubalisa
07-08-2008, 04:00 PM
I would decide whether you prefer Palm Beach or Druif Beach (where the Divi and Tamarijn are located).

You already are familiar with Palm Beach. If you have to have a glitzy resort and your pocketbook can afford it, the choices would be the Riu Palace and the Occiidental. 3 star would be the Holiday Inn. The Westin has an all inclusive option, but imho, too much fine print.

Below are from our stay at the Tamarijn in December. We were there again last month and enjoyed it just as well. Still working on photos and a review.

Our Tamarijn Aruba Trip Report Christmas & New Years 2007 (http://www.arubabound.com/trip_reports/report1207_tamarijn.htm)
Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Beach Resort Photos (http://www.arubabound.com/photos/htl/tam/tam.htm)

Graham Flanagan
07-09-2008, 03:36 PM
Personally, I prefer the Palm Beach location (there is more to do in the area in my opinion), hence, I would choose an AI in the high rise area. As for a specific AI, it really depends on what you want to spend. The Riu/Occidental/Holdiday Inn are all good hotels in the area, however they cater to people with different budgets. Indeed, the Holiday Inn is less expensive than the Riu, however, it is not as lavish as the Riu in terms of accomodations/dining options.

:cool:

bishop
07-10-2008, 11:54 AM
I would recommend the tamarijn. all rooms right on the water steps away from the sand. you get to use the divi aruba resort next door also. gives you 8 restaurants and 6 beach bars, free nightly entertainment, free non-motorized sports like snorkel, scuba lesson, kayaks, climbing wall, windsurfers, fitness center, free golf cart ride to and from divi, tamarijn and alhambra casino. can use 9 pools between all the divi complexes including on other side of road. see thweir website at www.megaresorts.com (http://www.megaresorts.com) for pix, menus, prices etc. I would not book through them directly but get a vacation package from aavacations.com or www.expedia.com (http://www.expedia.com) for a cheaper price. kids under 18 stay and eat for free.

JOANIE A
07-10-2008, 12:02 PM
Since it is your honeymoon - i would recommend the high rise palm beach area. Much more to do and much nicer accomodations.

Joanie a

RoseG
07-12-2008, 08:49 AM
Like others have posted, it depends upon what YOU are looking for and like as far as a resort. We stayed at the Occidental (then the Allegro) 3x. We loved it there. We haven't been there since it was renovated but have heard mixed reviews. The Riu to me is TOO over done if you really want an Island feel. We stayed at the Divi last year and we like it better because it has more of an island feel and does not ever seem to be as crowded as the hi-rise area.
Also you have to consider your budget. At night there is more available as far as casinos. The low rise only has the Alambro Casino. You can always take a taxi or bus no matter where you stay. Just go with what you like. Remember it's your honeymoon!
Good luck.
I'm ready to start packing :D
Rose

macalh
07-17-2008, 08:21 AM
Hi,

I stayed at the RIU last February and although it is beautiful, it is much too big and seems more like Las Vegas than Aruba. Also, we had a problem communicating with many of the staff since they were from the DR and did not speak much English. That is very unusual for Aruba staff.

My choice would be Occidental. I own several timeshares there and love being there. It is big enough to have all the amenities of a hotel but still give you the tropical island feel.

If you would llike to save some money, I can help you get a suite instead of a hotel room(through my timeshare) and you can add the all inclusive at a members rate. Get your price from your travel agent and then get in touch with me. The sooner you do it, the better Suite I can get. macalh@aol.com

Whatever you do, enjoy!

topazz11
07-28-2008, 09:26 PM
How much is the AI member rate?

dipeblnd
01-16-2012, 08:14 AM
Need some opinions.... A friend is planning her honeymoon and is considering Arubabut she wants to go all inclusive which is something we know nothing about. Does anyone have any suggestions on the best all inclusive in Aruba? She is a teacher and is looking at going as soon as school is out, which her would be mid to late June!!!!! :D

Andrea J.
01-16-2012, 08:34 AM
http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/all%20inclusive.html
here are some tagged all inclusive threads.

my opinion for AI is it is good for an Aruba Newbie.
Some suggestions are
DIVI AI lo rise druif beach
OCCIDENTAL hi rise palm beach

if it were my decision and i was in this woman's shoes......i would chose DIVI.

and more....... http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/divi.html

Need some opinions.... A friend is planning her honeymoon and is considering Arubabut she wants to go all inclusive which is something we know nothing about. Does anyone have any suggestions on the best all inclusive in Aruba? She is a teacher and is looking at going as soon as school is out, which her would be mid to late June!!!!! :D

Traceyd14
01-16-2012, 10:28 AM
It depends what kind of vacation your friend wants. Last year on our first trip to Aruba we stayed part of our visit in the low rise area and part in the high rise. For our style, the high rise was better. We don't rent a car, we prefer to walk. We like to have a lot of options in walking distance so the high rise works better for that. We also like the cheesy touristy places like Senor Frogs mixed in with the beach bars like Moomba.

Also you mentioned she is a teacher, so if budget is a concern, Holiday Inn is not a bad choice if you keep in mind that you are going to get what you pay for. I would suggest reading the reviews on Trip Advisor - they are mixed, but most of the points are right on, good and bad. The Occidental looks so nice and I would love to stay there, but for our budget Holiday Inn works better. They have an all-inclusive option but it doesn't not include top shelf liquors, and only Belashi beer. This yer we are skipping the All-inclusive option since we were so comfortable going off the resort.

Arubalisa
01-16-2012, 12:21 PM
If it turns out they are interested in the Holiday Inn All Inclusive, it is very difficult to find package pricing.

www.aruba.com/forum/f9/where-do-you-stay-53468/#post217106 (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f9/where-do-you-stay-53468/#post217106)


https://www.facebook.com/HolidayInnResortAruba?sk=info

Holiday Inn Resort Aruba
"We have available an all inclusive package for our guests. You can check availability here: http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/holidayinnresorts/hotels/us/en/aruba/auaan/hoteldetail?destination=J.+E.+IRAUSQUIN+BLVD+#230% 20ARUBA%20Aruba&hpIataNumber=%2099502222&_IATAno=%2099502222

ARUBA-BEACH RESORT & CASINO Hotel | Book Your ARUBA Hotel Today | Holiday Inn Resort Hotels & Resort (http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/holidayinnresorts/hotels/us/en/aruba/auaan/hoteldetail?destination=J.+E.+IRAUSQUIN+BLVD+#230% 20ARUBA%20Aruba&hpIataNumber=%2099502222&_IATAno=%2099502222)
www.ichotelsgroup.com (http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/)

Choose Holiday Inn Resort ARUBA-BEACH RESORT & CASINO Hotel & with our Lowest Internet Rate Guarantee, you get the best rates on our ARUBA Hotels every time.
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If you go to the above link and enter your travel dates, it will come up with MANY different types of packages. You must scroll ALL THE WAY down to the bottom for the last offering which is the all inclusive package.

"ALL INCLUSIVE PKG
all inclusive plan includes room and unlimited food and snacks and choice of restaurants offering an alternative a la carte and buffet selections. includes all alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages at bars and restaurants taxes and gratuities. some surcharges may apply to premium items and brands"

Children 11 yo and under are free of charge
Children 12 - 16 yo are $55 pp when sharing the room with parent(s)
Otherwise for a 4 star resort there is the Riu on Palm beach, for oceanfront rooms there is the Tamarijn which includes use of the facilities and amenities at the Divi. The Divi as mentioned, casual Caribbean all inclusive, but a tad more upscale than the Tamarijn.

The Occidental on Palm beach is pretty much middle of the road price wise as well as centrally located to tons of shopping and entertainment street side.

Traceyd14
01-16-2012, 04:47 PM
For Holiday Inn- we booked through hotels.com and got VERY lucky to find a rate in February for $120 per night for an oceanview superior room. I contacted the hotel directly to confirm my reservation (something I always do when booking thru a 3rd party. I asked the hotel about adding all-inclusive and was told that we could add it on for $84 per person per day - that quote was for 2 adults.

Pegmeister
01-17-2012, 09:50 AM
I'm headed back in March for my 5th trip to Aruba and once again staying at the Divi. My preference is the low-rise area as it's less crowded. The beach at the Divi is gorgeous and the layout of the resort works. We were, however, disappointed in the evening buffet last trip and ended up going off resort for dinner. We're going back to the Divi because the price was good enough that even if we do go off resort for dinner it is still less expensive then some of the other resorts. I just can't get enough of that beach, and the staff is wonderful as well.

dipeblnd
01-17-2012, 02:53 PM
Thank you all so much for the suggestions. I am passing this link on to her. I really think she would enjoy Aruba... others have given her advice for the same old "stuff" Jamaica and Mexico but she really wants somewhere relaxing not spring breakish:rolleyes:

Chadd
01-26-2012, 04:02 PM
Thank you all so much for the suggestions. I am passing this link on to her. I really think she would enjoy Aruba... others have given her advice for the same old "stuff" Jamaica and Mexico but she really wants somewhere relaxing not spring breakish:rolleyes:

Relaxing and quiet sounds a lot more like the low rise area than the high rise area to me.

hatteras
01-26-2012, 05:47 PM
If I were you, I'd also mention to your friend to check into Manchebo. It has my favorite beach on the island, and the staff there is wonderful. They have an all inclusive option, and the restaurants are very good. They just finished their remodel, and the new rooms are very nice. Also, Aruba has fantastic restaurants, and it is very easy to get around there by bus, taxi or car. She might want to reconsider the AI idea, or at least plan on eating a few dinners away from the resort.

Arubalisa
01-26-2012, 06:07 PM
If I were you, I'd also mention to your friend to check into Manchebo. It has my favorite beach on the island, and the staff there is wonderful.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-szbPTSdZnKI/ToTNlXMooHI/AAAAAAAACqE/ftGKzkcig0g/s128/Deluxe%20Garden%20View%20Room%20A%20-%20Manchebo%20Beach%20Resort%20%26%20Spa%20-%20Nov%202010.jpg (https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-szbPTSdZnKI/ToTNlXMooHI/AAAAAAAACqE/ftGKzkcig0g/s640/Deluxe%2520Garden%2520View%2520Room%2520A%2520-%2520Manchebo%2520Beach%2520Resort%2520%2526%2520S pa%2520-%2520Nov%25202010.jpg) https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-HJPRZLUPNZU/ToTN0Z3P7jI/AAAAAAAACqI/NAAiKECPggw/s128/Deluxe%20Bathroom%20-%20Manchebo%20Beach%20Resort%20%26%20Spa%20-%20Nov%202010.jpg (https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-HJPRZLUPNZU/ToTN0Z3P7jI/AAAAAAAACqI/NAAiKECPggw/s512/Deluxe%2520Bathroom%2520-%2520Manchebo%2520Beach%2520Resort%2520%2526%2520S pa%2520-%2520Nov%25202010.jpg)
Their new rooms and baths look beautiful. (http://www.bloggingtoaruba.com/2011/02/arubas-manchebo-beach-resort-spa.html)

lillion
02-01-2012, 08:27 PM
I would recommend the tamarijn. all rooms right on the water steps away from the sand. you get to use the divi aruba resort next door also. gives you 8 restaurants and 6 beach bars, free nightly entertainment, free non-motorized sports like snorkel, scuba lesson, kayaks, climbing wall, windsurfers, fitness center, free golf cart ride to and from divi, tamarijn and alhambra casino. can use 9 pools between all the divi complexes including on other side of road. see thweir website at www.megaresorts.com (http://www.megaresorts.com) for pix, menus, prices etc. I would not book through them directly but get a vacation package from aavacations.com or www.expedia.com (http://www.expedia.com) for a cheaper price. kids under 18 stay and eat for free.


Is this true that you can use all the pools on the complex??

Andrea J.
02-01-2012, 09:12 PM
nope
if at Divi AI or at Tam you can use the 3 pools on those 2 resorts.

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Is this true that you can use all the pools on the complex??

ladder4
02-02-2012, 03:19 PM
We stayed at the Divi a couple of times, have since switched to the Occidental,and stay there now. Like it was said before if your budget allow's go for the high rise.