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colinreese
05-03-2012, 08:40 AM
What is the best hotel for families - I am traveling w two kids ages 4 and 7?

Andrea J.
05-03-2012, 09:13 AM
Many to choose from

All inclusive Tamarijn would be ideal and good rate for kids.

Non all inclusive..... Radisson, Westin, Hyatt, Marriott


You might want to consider renting a timeshare?

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Andrea J.
05-03-2012, 09:16 AM
I think the manchebo and Amsterdam manor may not be as
"kid oriented" as the ones I suggested

Arubalisa
05-03-2012, 10:05 AM
Welcome to the forum :)

FREE "One Cool Family Vacation" (http://www.aruba.com/sigma/pdf/One_Cool_Family_2012.pdf)
Any of these places would be great with kids, though Tierra del Sol is a bit off the beaten path, it is very upscale.

There is not much mention of it here, but if you are looking for a resort with a kids club, you need to dig into the fine print to see if there is an extra charge.

The Holiday Inn http://www.holidayarubaresort.com/services_and_leisure/kids_stay_play_and_eat_free.html and Tamarijn http://www.tamarijnaruba.com/packages/family/index.php do not charge extra.

The larger resorts such as Radisson, Marriott, Hyatt and Westin all do charge for their clubs.

http://www.radisson.com/palm-beach-hotel-aw/aruaruba/services/1 (http://www.westinaruba.com/Westin-Kids-Club-aruba)
http://www.aruba.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-aruba/activities/kids/schedule.jsp
http://www.westinaruba.com/Westin-Kids-Club-aruba
(http://www.westinaruba.com/Westin-Kids-Club-aruba)
Timeshare resorts offer activities for kids as well, though I do not know if or what they charge.

The Tamarijn is great for kids of any age. A huge advantage to staying at the Tamarijn or sister resort Divi is that children 11 years or younger stay free and all inclusive.

Our first stay there was with 4 kids. That review is here (http://www.arubabound.com/trip_reports/report1207_tamarijn.htm).

Our second and third stays were over the summer and we traveled with friends who also had two girls. One of which was 8 yo at the time.

Our fourth stay was with 5 kids, ages 17, 16, 15, 13 and 10 years old. That review is here (http://www.arubabound.com/trip_reports/report1209_tamarijn.htm).

Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive June 17 - 29, 2009 (Long) (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f18/tamarijn-aruba-all-inclusive-june-17-29-2009-long-39922/)

Which AI to stay with children? (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f22/ai-stay-children-48923/?highlight=family)

Westin? (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f22/westin-41658/)

http://www.aruba.com/forum/f18/griswold-family-vacation-trip-report-52256/
Two kids but a bit older
http://www.aruba.com/forum/f22/message-tam-expert-arubalisa-38637/#post138134
A post I had written in reply to someone inquiring about the Tamarijn with a 5 yo and new born.

http://www.aruba.com/forum/f22/ai-stay-children-48923/

Having said this, our dd was 11 yo the first time she stayed at the Radisson and she loves it as much as the Radisson but for different reasons.

Also, depending upon what type of swimmer your younger child is, many people like zero entry swimming pools with children.
http://www.aruba.com/forum/f22/question-regarding-resort-pools-51298/

AndyM
05-03-2012, 10:07 AM
...You might want to consider renting a timeshare?

Welcome to the aruba.com community forum

Don't know your preferences but I agree a timeshare might work well with two youngsters. With a full kitchen, you have some flexibility for breakfasts and lunches. Dinner too if you want to stay in and cook.

rainmakr
05-03-2012, 06:59 PM
I stayed at the Radisson last summer with my 4 year-old son and 7 year-old daughter. Everyone had a great time. So much so that our once-in-a-lifetime trip is being repeated this summer and we're headed back to the Radisson.

cindyo
05-03-2012, 07:04 PM
What is the best hotel for families - I am traveling w two kids ages 4 and 7?

Check out the Rennaissance Suites
Private Island you take a boat to
Plenty of fun for little kids, safe also as its a private beach and water is shallow in family area
Walk to lots of restaurants
check it out

RocksMom
06-17-2012, 08:54 PM
Hi...my wife and I have traveled extensively. However, on May 29th of this year things changed a bit as we were blessed with a new daughter! We want to continue to travel. We also want to bring along our ten year old. We have decided on Aruba for the summer of 2013. I will be picking everyones' brains on this board as the time gets closer. I am looking forward to (and appreciate) your advice.

I have been to Aruba before, but it was in 2000. Thanks in advance for your advice!

Arubalisa
06-17-2012, 09:10 PM
Congratulation RocksMom and welcome to the forum :)

There is a lot of good info for hopefully daytime :) and not late night :( reading at
www.aruba.com/forum/tags/hotel%20with%20kids.html (http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/hotel%20with%20kids.html)