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just_imagine
11-22-2009, 06:27 PM
Anyone from the Vancouver area been to/go regularly to Aruba? How do you fly?

My fiance and I would love to go to Aruba for our honeymoon next summer, but I'm seeing next to nothing in terms of getting there! Am I looking just way too far in advance? This would be for the last week of June/first week of July 2010.

Also, it's looking like it's double the price of leaving from other Canadian cities...yikes.

We love all-inclusives and love the RIU chain, but my god it's expensive in Aruba (plus, I haven't seen RIU offered as an option from Vancouver yet anyway).

Any advice or ideas? I'm open to staying at other places on Palm beach...

Thank you all! :D

Randi
11-22-2009, 07:14 PM
Hello my fellow Canadian and congratulations:

Here are my suggestions on flights, first Air Canada is the most expensive way to fly to Aruba. Trust me, we do not live in Toronto so we have to fly to Toronto and then onto Aruba. Since we can not go direct, we looked elsewhere for flights and the price difference is unbelievable. This Xmas the flight differential between Air Canada and US Air was approx. $700! Check the US carriers and you may be surprised at what you will find.

Next topic... I would not recommend the Rui. If you check around this BB, it is highly discouraged to go to an all inclusive in Aruba. Way to many good restaurants in Aruba to be limited. Aruba is small and easy to get around. Its your honeymoon so splurge and get away from the AI. A suggestion would be to investigate a timeshare (which is a small apartment) and get your food (great grocery stores in Aruba) and look after your breakfasts, lunches and alcholol your self. Save the extra money for the fabulous restaurants.
IMO, Rui isn't my favourite. Read up on it. If you want a hotel experience and your finances could accomodate it, go to the Hyatt. If not, consider the Radisson (next door to the Rui but a lot nicer) and take the package that includes breakfast only.

Let us know what airlines you find. Good luck!:)

Andrea J.
11-22-2009, 08:10 PM
with the respect to the all inclusive comment referring to this forum discouraging folks to go AI.:confused::confused::confused:
i cannot more strongly disagree with that comment.
this forum has many many folks that are quite happy with AI.
this forum has folks that soley do AI, solely do not and some that stay at all inclusinve and dine out a few times at offf site restaurants.
all inclusive is a fit for MANY.

andrea


Hello my fellow Canadian and congratulations:

Here are my suggestions on flights, first Air Canada is the most expensive way to fly to Aruba. Trust me, we do not live in Toronto so we have to fly to Toronto and then onto Aruba. Since we can not go direct, we looked elsewhere for flights and the price difference is unbelievable. This Xmas the flight differential between Air Canada and US Air was approx. $700! Check the US carriers and you may be surprised at what you will find.

Next topic... I would not recommend the Rui. If you check around this BB, it is highly discouraged to go to an all inclusive in Aruba. Way to many good restaurants in Aruba to be limited. Aruba is small and easy to get around. Its your honeymoon so splurge and get away from the AI. A suggestion would be to investigate a timeshare (which is a small apartment) and get your food (great grocery stores in Aruba) and look after your breakfasts, lunches and alcholol your self. Save the extra money for the fabulous restaurants.
IMO, Rui isn't my favourite. Read up on it. If you want a hotel experience and your finances could accomodate it, go to the Hyatt. If not, consider the Radisson (next door to the Rui but a lot nicer) and take the package that includes breakfast only.

Let us know what airlines you find. Good luck!:)

Andrea J.
11-22-2009, 08:19 PM
here are some suggestions

palm beach.........look into the westin or the radisson.
look into renting a time share unit at playa linda or occidental or marriott ocean or surf (although the beach up at the marriott is more congested than down at the westin, radisson, riu area.
and fwiw the riu has an OUTSTANDING reputation for their food and their facilities although their pool area has little shade and the place is quite expensive.

eagle beach....all inclusive at divi ai, (the tamarijn has more kids/families, but its sister resort the divi ai is excellent for couples) . then there is my number #1 suggestion the BUCUTI. it is a lovely resort on eagle beach and every aspect of the place is screaming HONEYMOON and class and decorum and caribbean. love that place!

SO, you have tons of homework indeed.


Hello my fellow Canadian and congratulations:

Here are my suggestions on flights, first Air Canada is the most expensive way to fly to Aruba. Trust me, we do not live in Toronto so we have to fly to Toronto and then onto Aruba. Since we can not go direct, we looked elsewhere for flights and the price difference is unbelievable. This Xmas the flight differential between Air Canada and US Air was approx. $700! Check the US carriers and you may be surprised at what you will find.

Next topic... I would not recommend the Rui. If you check around this BB, it is highly discouraged to go to an all inclusive in Aruba. Way to many good restaurants in Aruba to be limited. Aruba is small and easy to get around. Its your honeymoon so splurge and get away from the AI. A suggestion would be to investigate a timeshare (which is a small apartment) and get your food (great grocery stores in Aruba) and look after your breakfasts, lunches and alcholol your self. Save the extra money for the fabulous restaurants.
IMO, Rui isn't my favourite. Read up on it. If you want a hotel experience and your finances could accomodate it, go to the Hyatt. If not, consider the Radisson (next door to the Rui but a lot nicer) and take the package that includes breakfast only.

Let us know what airlines you find. Good luck!:)

Andrea J.
11-22-2009, 09:02 PM
in regard to your question about flights from BC

click the link and see what kayak has

you can enter your dates and other preferences and see the choices right there on the list




http://www.kayak.com/flights?kw=kayak&brand=kayak&product=air&ci=656-292-0439&gclid=CPWCorWBoJ4CFchW2godezorlw

Randi
11-22-2009, 09:10 PM
Good suggestion Andrea, I forgot about Bucuti.:doh:

Rui, we had a number of friends stay there and they didn't love the food and found the whole "reservation" process for dinner frustrating. I guess its personal opinon. Pool, we found it rather sterile and many found that the shade issues problematic too.

You are also right that many do like the AI, but many who come to Aruba for the first time can be disappointed with the AI "atmosphere" as compared to other Carribean islands. By that I mean, (compare to Jamaica as an example) other places one must really stick to the resort in the evenings so the whole complex is set up different than we have in Aruba as people just don't venture off the resort. Due to the fact that Aruba is so safe you can safely travel all over. The resorts in Aruba are perhaps not as lavish because of this. Many resorts in Mexico and Jamaica are more luxurious as they do cater to the fact that their customers must stay on site at night. Many do recommend not the AI when discussing Aruba as it is unique to go to a Carribean island and be able to go anywhere. Although many on this forum do enjoy the AI (generally speaking they are not on their honeymoon). I did not mean to offend.

just_imagine
11-22-2009, 10:05 PM
Wow, thank you all for your informative and quick replies! This forum is amazing!!

Yes, we are very much AI people, hence why I'm seeking out places like RIU...that's just the kind of vacationers we are, I don't like to worry about anything when I'm in a sunny destination and I spend almost all my time sun bathing and going in the ocean :) I've done a few AIs before and I'm not picky about buffets and food in general, so I don't think that'll be a problem. I've stayed in way lower class AIs than RIUs, trust me!

I see what you mean though about Aruba and it being safer to venture out and the AIs being different.

To be totally honest, after looking through prices I am really not sure we can afford anything in Aruba anyway :( I will check out the kayak link though, thanks so much!

Andrea J.
11-22-2009, 11:18 PM
call MCM TOurs
Ask for Amy 1.800.642.7822

if anyone can figure a plan for you, it would be amy.
she deals only with aruba vacations

tell her that you were referred by this site the ata community forum

andrea

Sunny Beaches
11-22-2009, 11:34 PM
Also check Cont. to Houston on a Fri. spend the night, and fly out Sat. morning(Houston to Aruba out of Houston,at this time only on Sat., & Sun.) We like the Tam. look at buildings 1300 & 1400, all ocean front, We are on the west coast also , and this is what we prefer instead of going from Phoenix to Newark, to Aruba. We usually spend less than $100. for a room in Houston, fly in for dinner, drinks good night sleep, early flight out!

Sunny Beaches
11-23-2009, 12:04 AM
I hope you can afford going to Aruba for your Honeymoon,( look at the Divi/Tamarijn) sister resorts, you can use both, only a golf cart ride away. It would be a Fantastic place to start your new life together. Best Wishes and many Happy Years together. :D

Randi
11-23-2009, 08:49 AM
Aruba would be an amazing honeymoon! The resorts tend to be a little less expensive in the summer as compared to the winter with some of the resorts having specials like stay for 4 days and get the 5th free. You need to investigate fully.

I just realized Air Canada does not fly to Aruba in the summer. Check US Air, United, Continental, American Airlines, and Delta. Not sure if Jet Blue is an option for you as it does tend to fly out of the Eastern US, which doesn't make much sense to go that way from Vancouver.

We are here to help, we can suggest ways to make your trip special and cost effective too.

Arubalisa
11-23-2009, 09:41 AM
Rui, we had a number of friends stay there and they didn't love the food and found the whole "reservation" process for dinner frustrating.
As far as I am aware, this is not a "Riu thing". We have stayed all incluisve in Jamaica and Aruba and no matter which AI, you were always required to make reservations for ala carte restaurants. At Divi/Tamarijn you can take your chances and see if there is anything available late afternoon but the restaurants do not take "walk ins".

Chadd
11-23-2009, 10:38 AM
I wouldn't suggest doing all inclusive in Aruba, despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that we've done it a number of times. The only reason we did it the last time was so we were close to where my in-laws were staying.

The only benefits for us were that we love the beach at the divi and we tend to spend more time relaxing when we have a room right on the beach.

As for the price of the flight, you can save $400-$500 on the flight by leaving from Seattle. Depending on where you live in the Vancouver area, that may or may not be an option for you.

Sunny Beaches
11-23-2009, 11:16 AM
AI in Aruba are just fine, it does not mean you can't eat off site(pop,tea,etc. cost money) Do what you can afford and enjoy!

Randi
11-24-2009, 08:45 AM
Chadd, as usual good suggestion to go to Seattle.

What my friends told me about the Rui dinner reservations was that you had to line up at 8:30am to get your dinner reservations for the non buffet restaurants for that day. People started lining up early. Also, you had only two options for dinner times. One was early and one was late. They commented that the space at the restaurants were small vs. the number of rooms and people at the resort.

AI does have its benefits but personally, we enjoy the timeshare experience of having our own kitchen. We tend not to overeat and drink during the day and save our best meal for going out for dinner. We buy soft drinks, bottles of water, alcohol and a Styrofoam cooler all at the grocery store and bring down what we need to the beach.