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Flamingo78
01-16-2010, 12:01 PM
Hi all! We planned a very last-minute trip to our favorite island, and leave tomorrow at 8am and arrive in Aruba at 2pm! We'll be at the Renaissance - can't wait!! It has been 6 months since our last visit (and that was a BIG one; for our wedding). Hope the news about rain and big waves has passed, but I think we'll be happy with whatever the week has in store for us! Bon dia & happy long weekend to all!!!


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2577/3870774249_63687bf128.jpg

cindyo
01-16-2010, 01:36 PM
Enjoy....great picture by the way...cindyo

sunworshipperII
01-16-2010, 04:46 PM
Have fun...two weeks from right now I will be there too..

BethfromLINY
01-16-2010, 06:38 PM
What a beautiful picture! Have a safe and wonderful trip!

KATH2ME
01-17-2010, 11:36 PM
Have a great trip
Love that Picture

tracey
01-17-2010, 11:47 PM
have an awesome time, wish i were leaving in the a.m.....

aruba here I come
01-18-2010, 08:06 AM
have a great trip... I also wish I was leaving in the morning!

sunworshipperII
01-18-2010, 11:12 AM
Wish I were leaving too seeing as its snowing,sleeting and whatever else today in Boston.......

dividiviprincess
01-18-2010, 05:19 PM
I hear ya ! It's freezing here in NH too. My trips 99 days away !!

luckylady30
01-18-2010, 08:09 PM
we are all wiht you in spirit! 12 inches of snow today and a 2 hour drive to work....

Flamingo78
01-26-2010, 12:06 PM
Here’s my trip report…


Sunday January 17, 2010: arrived in beautiful Aruba around 1:30pm. Checked into the Renaissance Ocean suites (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/auabr-renaissance-aruba-resort-and-casino/) and happy to have a fantastic room facing the ocean (thanks Annie!!). Headed to the mini beach to soak in some sun and relax. Saw an extraordinary sunset. As we are used to going to Aruba in June/July, we noted that the sunsets are far more clear and vibrant in January (less hazy?). That night we went to Blossoms (http://www.westinaruba.com/BlossomsAruba) at the Westin for sushi. (Have been before, and really enjoy this place). After dinner, wandered around a bit stopping at some bars along the way. We also really like CafĂ© Rembrandt (http://rembrandtaruba.com/). Stopped by Sopranos (http://www.sopranospianobar.com/aruba/) but didn’t care for the entertainment on this night so moved on to a few other stops. Something possessed us to pop into Hooters (http://www.hootersaruba.com/) and order fried pickles, which was funny but I don’t recommend!


Monday January 18: breakfast at the Dutch Pancake house (http://www.shoprenaissancearuba.com/marketplace/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=142:the-dutch-pancake-house&catid=6:restaurants-a-cafes&Itemid=16)(awesome!) & lazy day on Ren island… loved seeing old friends like George (boat driver)… saw them set up for a wedding on the island & took pictures to share with brides-to-be here (coming soon)... another fabulous sunset, followed by dinner at El Gaucho (http://www.elgaucho-aruba.com/)~ one of our favorite restaurants on the planet. My husband loves the Argentine Grill (5 different meats), and I got the tenderloin steak for the first time and it was delicious. The chimichurri sauce is incredible, truly the best!


Tuesday January 19: another great day on Ren Island. Very happy to see our dear friend Jorge again too (waiter/bartender). For those that know Jorge, I can happily report that he got a promotion after 18 years w/ the Ren and is excited to be working at Papagayo and no longer walking the beaches as a server. Yay for Jorge (and his birthday was Saturday too)! We decided to go to The Old Man and The Sea (http://www.theoldmanandthesearestaurant.com/TOMATS/Welcome.html) for a sunset dinner, which proved to be a horrible choice and I detailed on another thread on the forum. While the ambiance is fantastic, we won’t ever return to this restaurant and won’t recommend it to anyone else.


Wednesday January 20: completely wasted/bad day, due to previous night…


Thursday January 21: very low key day, stayed close to Ren property and only had a club sandwich for dinner. Nice to see more Ren friends (hi Tino!).


Friday January 22: back to Dutch Pancake House and did some shopping downtown before heading off to the island for the day… my husband was still not feeling well from Tuesday night... went to Gianni's (http://giannisaruba.com/default.aspx) for a pasta dinner to be on the safe side... thought that the food was really good but very very slow. Service was good too.


Saturday January 23: breakfast at Aquarius (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/restaurant/auabr-renaissance-aruba-resort-and-casino) at the Renaissance Marina hotel, had fun watching all the cruise ship folks wandering the Ren. Mall… off to Ren Island for the day… Amazonia (http://www.amazonia-aruba.com/cms/) for dinner that night. (We have gone to Texas de Brazil (http://www.texasdebrazil.com/)before, and decided to try Amazonia at the recommendation of our cab driver). My husband said he didn't want to even look at a menu with seafood on it! We thought Amazonia was good, although salad bar was better at TdB, but the service was better at Amazonia. Later, we went to Mr. Jazz (http://www.mrjazzaruba.com/)– really fun place and got to watch some incredible dancers and hear live music. Hit the Seaport Casino before returning to our suite.


Sunday… sad day, headed home… :(

Arubalisa
01-26-2010, 01:22 PM
Tuesday January 19: another great day on Ren Island. Very happy to see our dear friend Jorge again too (waiter/bartender). We decided to go to The Old Man and The Sea for a sunset dinner, which proved to be a horrible choice and I detailed on another thread on the forum.
Here is the link to the thread
http://www.aruba.com/forum/f12/sadly-what-has-happened-old-man-sea-43227/#post163390 (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f12/sadly-what-has-happened-old-man-sea-43227/#post163390)
for anyone wishing to see it.

I am so sorry that this happened to you. It seems like only yesterday that you left for Aruba. :(

MarthaC
01-26-2010, 01:58 PM
we will be leaving this Sunday from Boston for 2 weeks of Aruba heaven-I can't wait!!!!

cindyo
01-26-2010, 01:59 PM
Here is the link to the thread
http://www.aruba.com/forum/f12/sadly-what-has-happened-old-man-sea-43227/#post163390 (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f12/sadly-what-has-happened-old-man-sea-43227/#post163390)
for anyone wishing to see it.

I am so sorry that this happened to you. It seems like only yesterday that you left for Aruba. :(


All I have to say is OMG.
I will be watching very closely, as I know others will, to hear how OMATS takes care of this.
I am also sorry to hear you lost almost 2 good vacation days.

sunworshipperII
01-26-2010, 07:33 PM
So sorry to hear you guys got sick,, how did you enjoy Cafe Rembrandt we were thinking of trying it this trip...and Zekezoec I am so jealous you are there for 2 weeks... maybe next year...where are you staying??

Flamingo78
01-27-2010, 09:07 AM
So sorry to hear you guys got sick,, how did you enjoy Cafe Rembrandt we were thinking of trying it this trip...and Zekezoec I am so jealous you are there for 2 weeks... maybe next year...where are you staying??

* I realized I forgot a few things so I updated my report... :o Thanks to all for your kind words and support!
sunworshipperII, we really like Rembrandt & have been before. The staff is very friendly, the drinks are good, and some nights there is live music. We went last summer several times - first before our wedding, then again after - and on the 'after' trip, they presented us with a dessert with a big sparkling candle in it that said congratulations! It was sweet. I would definitely stop in for a drink or bite to eat on your trip.

Tico
02-04-2010, 01:06 PM
Next trip for us will be 6 more days and a wakeup
Tico & Miss Judy
Feb 11th- 21st:behappy:

Edronenburg
02-06-2010, 10:35 AM
Add my best wishes for a wonderful vacation.

Ed