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jaxjack
07-30-2008, 08:46 PM
Hi. I am about to make my first Aruba visit and have a ton of questions. FIrst off I am going to propose and was wondering a good place to do it or a good restaurant for the occasion.

Secondly I was wondering how much money is necessary for a week. I spent alittle too much on the ring and need to budget the trip but also want to make it a very memorable one.

Thanks in advance for any help. I will be arriving next friday!!!

Jax

cindyo
07-30-2008, 09:01 PM
Jax, We are a family of 4 and spend on average 200-225.00 a day on food. That is Dunkin donuts or breakfast out, Subway or sandwhiches out, and a nice dinner.
A nice place to propose is a restuarant called Flying Fishbone. Very romantic and if you let them know in advance they can probably help you out. Others might suggest Passions on the beach. Goggle these and you can see pics of them. Flying Fishbone is in the water, bare feet, nice sunset at 5:30 ish. Reservations !!!!
GOod luck, you will love it.

arubaness
07-30-2008, 09:07 PM
i'm not that familiar with the island's intracies to give advice on proposal locations but i can tell you about the cost. for a one week stay, you're looking at least 1000 - that should cover food and a few activities - snorkeling, jeep tours. but in all honesty, you'll probably spend more. besides, it's your proposal! from what i can tell, ladies remember the proposal details more than the wedding itself and the ring of course.

best of luck and great choice in locale!!!

Arubalisa
07-30-2008, 09:24 PM
There are a lot of ideas for proposals at these threads:
Please help with proposal (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f13/please-help-proposal-31631/?highlight=proposal)
Proposal ideas (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f13/proposal-ideas-31469/?highlight=proposal)

For money info:
How much $$ should we bring? (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f7/how-much-should-we-bring-32360/?highlight=spending+money)
money question (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f7/money-question-32041/?highlight=spending+money)
How Much Money To Take (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f7/how-much-money-take-27777/?highlight=spending+money)

arubaness
07-30-2008, 10:34 PM
someone on this board had mentioned this....it's expensive but seems perfect for a proposal.

http://aruba.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/entertainment/restaurants/index.jsp

Pampered in Paradise
Imagine dining in your own private paradise, with the sea at your feet, tiki torches creating a glow on the sand and a private butler to see to your every need. Often imitated, but never quite the same, this incomparable romantic event will charm you from the moment you are escorted to your private tent on the beach. The name truly says it all - there is no other dining extravaganza to compare to our own Pampered in Paradise. Relish the flavors of your perfectly prepared four-course meal, served in a leisurely, unobtrusive manner that allows you to relax, enjoy each bite, and create memories to cherish for a lifetime.


Click here (http://www.hyatt.com/hyatt/images/hotels/aruba/PamperedParadiseMenu_2%2007.pdf) to view our Pampered in Paradise Menu.

Due to the ever-increasing popularity of this ultimate, casually elegant dining experience, we suggest you make reservations as far in advance as possible. For additional information or to make a reservation, please contact Marcia Jones-Vrolijk:

Phone: 297-523-42032w3
Fax: 97 586 5349.
Email: mjonesv@hyatt.com

Rainbow Villa
07-31-2008, 01:19 AM
You couldn't have picked a better Island to 'pop the question'...that whole beach and sunset ambience is so romantic it will bold her over. As far as 'how much cash to bring', I must say I'm surprise how much its costing some folks to 'dine' out every day...ouch! But then again, one can get spoiled dinning 'IN'....you can't penny pinch on the proposal day as it got to be special and memoriable for both of you, but equally you won't have to 'break the bank' for the rest of your hols....Enjoy!

jaxjack
07-31-2008, 08:47 AM
Thanks for the advice. I actually emailed the hyatt already but I figure its probably too short of notice. We will see.

As far as money i think I will be ok. I plan on raising about 1500 if I work everyday at my 2nd job until i go.

Few other questions....
1) Best excursions?? (wanna do a couple)
2) Best beaches??

arubaness
07-31-2008, 09:17 AM
on my honeymoon 3 years ago, the conceirge desk had a special from de palm tours for 250 or so. it included:

a) 1/2 day snorkel
b) 1/2 day jeep tour + de palm island (more snorkeling)
c) sunset sail
d) sunset dinner/boat party afterward.

i believe the cost was about 40% discount to having booked them separately. although other options are available and may be better (i.e. jolly pirates for snorkeling is supposedly more youth oriented and exciting, abc jeep tours is cheaper than depalm, and converesely you can do it all yourself by renting a jeep, etc.....) the peace of mind of having book most of what there is to do on the island in one package was worth it. it helped free up our time for r&r.

Arubalisa
07-31-2008, 10:33 AM
Check out Jolly Pirates sail (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f10/jolly-pirates-sail-32301/?highlight=tranquilo) and The Jolly Pirate (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f10/jolly-pirate-29249/?highlight=tranquilo) see if you get a better feel for JP's or Tranquilo.

For snorkeling on your own, rent a car for the day and go.
The website shorediving.com (http://www.shorediving.com/Earth/ABC/Aruba/index.htm)does just a fantastic job of describing and mapping out the different spots you are able to snorkel from. The title says "diving" but if you read the reviews of each "dive" spot, though the website is for "shore dives" there are many many comments about snorkeling these sites as well.

Some of my personal favs which you can get to via bus or car:
Catalina Cove (just north of Boca Catalina)
Boca Catalina (shade palapas)
Malmok Beach (rocky)

Another idea Horseback Riding On The Coast (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f10/horseback-riding-coast-30666/?highlight=snorkeling)

We just had an excellent ATV tour with Kini Kini. I wrote all about it at http://www.aruba.com/forum/f7/advice-taking-atv-tours-32108/#post114691 (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f7/advice-taking-atv-tours-32108/#post114691) If you have any questions, just let me know.

Your budget is strapped right now, but I also recommend the helicopter tour. From my trip report:
"Thursday morning was our helicopter tour of the island. There is only one operator on the island, Aruba Heli Tours (http://www.arubahelitours.com/). We decided to reserve the first tour of the day at 10 a.m. in order to have the rest of the day at the beach.

Christian was our pilot and tour guide. We felt it was well worth the extra money for the island tour versus the beach tour. The island tour begins at the helipad at the marina in Oranjestad. We headed north and saw Druif, Eagle, Palm Beach, Malmok, Arashi and beyond. We out over the wreck of the Antilla for a very unique view. From there it was on around the lighthouse and Tierra del Sol Country Club with all of it's palatial homes, flying along the northeast coast all the way up to the Aruba Drag Raceway Park.

Christian then took us back towards the west coast with a view of the refinery, heading back northward over the barrier islands towards to Oranjestad over Savaneta and past the airport, finally land back in Oranjestad. The color of the water during this portion of the flight was just as breathtaking as it is over Palm Beach.

Through 17 visits to Aruba, this ranks in the top 3 excursions we have taken. The other 2 being Tranquilo and the Kini Kini ATV tour."

Below is a photo taken during the helicopter tour. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge.
http://www.aruba.com/vbgallery/files/12953-palm_beachb_thumb.jpg (http://www.aruba.com/vbgallery/showimage.php?i=347&c=3&userid=12953)

jaxjack
07-31-2008, 01:08 PM
Thanks to all. I was able to book the Hyatts private dining on the first night!!! So now I have the proposal dinner taken care of!!!!

i am going to look at some of those trips as well. thanks guys you are the best. I really wanna make this trip special for my girlfriend, hopefully by next week, fiance!!!

SanNic44
07-31-2008, 05:17 PM
jaxjack,

Please let us know how that Hyatt Private dinner goes. I have other people asking me about it. I used to stay there years ago but back then they did not have this option, at least not that I was aware of.

Thanks,

44

And check out my blog for photos of some of the sights, restaurants and things around the island.

jaxjack
08-01-2008, 09:35 AM
jaxjack,

Please let us know how that Hyatt Private dinner goes. I have other people asking me about it. I used to stay there years ago but back then they did not have this option, at least not that I was aware of.

Thanks,

44

And check out my blog for photos of some of the sights, restaurants and things around the island.

I defintiely will.

Opinion Question....Which option do yall think is better:

1. Propose during dinner sitting at the table??
2. Have waiter bring ring and a single flower to table after desseert is served??
3. Take a walk after dinner and have "will you marry me?" written close by in the sand. Lert her walk ahead a step or two and when she sees it and turns (I assume she will be like that is so sweet that someone did that) and I will be the one down on one knee with the ring??

Jacki
08-01-2008, 10:05 AM
#3 is perfect!! So very well thought out and romantic it will mean the world to her :)

Arubalisa
08-01-2008, 10:12 AM
3. Take a walk after dinner and have "will you marry me?" written close by in the sand. Lert her walk ahead a step or two and when she sees it and turns (I assume she will be like that is so sweet that someone did that) and I will be the one down on one knee with the ring??
Good idea in theory, but even with some torches, unless the Hyatt has flood lights, the beach is going to be on the dark side and it may be difficult to see written in the sand.

I like the idea of sitting down to dinner, having the waiter bring the ring and a rose or tropical flower (all flowers are imported),
you say your bit,
she says yes and gushes,
as you call the waiter over with the bottle of champagne.

The dinner is not only romantic, but becomes a celebration of your future together.

;)...Speaking from experience... my dh proposed at the end of the meal (dh proposed at the Bahamian Club :D on PI)...

Sittin'UnderAPalmTree
08-08-2008, 03:10 PM
Trust me, any way you choose to propose in Aruba will be fabulous and memorable! My DH popped the question almost 4 years ago on our balcony at the Tamarijn right after the sun went down. I will never, ever forget that moment! Best wishes for a wonderful future together!

maryann
08-09-2008, 11:03 PM
Best Wishes! You couldn't have picked a better island to propose.