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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post

    are you there now for a week until your condo is vacant ?
    Yes, we exchanged our early December week at the Ren for this. Once we leave here we have one night at the Tropicana before we can get into our condo. These two weeks are the previous owners weeks. Even though it will be empty(as of now) the night we are at the Trop, we were told we cannot go in a day early.




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    ahh yes,
    for X amount of years, as per the sale agreement, those previous owners get those 2 weeks right?

    they got a great deal.

    Quote Originally Posted by robin View Post
    Yes, we exchanged our early December week at the Ren for this. Once we leave here we have one night at the Tropicana before we can get into our condo. These two weeks are the previous owners weeks. Even though it will be empty(as of now) the night we are at the Trop, we were told we cannot go in a day early.

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    We got the deal-$100,000 off the asking price. Our plan was to come Jan.-March. We're here now because hubby saw it was available and grabbed it so we can be here for NYE.

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    ahh yes,
    for X amount of years, as per the sale agreement, those previous owners get those 2 weeks right?

    they got a great deal.




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    We slept and then went to Diana's for Dutch pancakes. The next stop was a very busy SuperFoods. Once we saw what the Riu was charging per person for breakfast($25) and lunch($35), we decided we need to pick up some breakfast and lunch items. We hung out in our own little "yard" until about 2 then headed to the pool(freezing cold water) area for a few hours. Dinner was at Moomba. We both had the pinchos-Stu had the beefand I had the chicken. We both enjoyed it and brought some home. It started to rain as he brought us the check, so our timing was great.

    Our dinner view.
    Trip Report Dec. 27-March 28-49072146_10213387308306016_4809835451319844864_n-jpg
    One thing I do have to say is we are both a bit disappointed in the Riu. We had heard that the Riu treats the timeshares as the "family they don't like, but has to put up with" and didn't know if it was true or not. We found that it is true. The hallway to our room is in bland, and beat up. Usually in timeshares, you get a sponge, paper towels, dish soap, etc. in the kitchen. We don't have any of that. There are only two mismatched dirty coffee cups, and random numbers of plates. The middle shelf in the dish cabinet was missing and nobody bother to move the top shelf to the middle and just stuck the large plates up there. There are two can openers, but no cork screw. There is a cooktop, but the microwave is so low, that I don't think you could get a pot on it and be able to stir what is in the pot.We had to ask for washcloths and more hand towels(only 2). There is a shampoo/conditioner dispenser in the shower, but it is almost empty. There is a bottle of conditioner on the sink, but no shampoo. The iron leaked water-went straight through to the floor. They gave us another and it leak rust onto hubby's shorts. The pillows would be large, firm or fluffy if you were the size of a hamster. You hear everything in the hallway.

    The positives are our little gated "yard" is really great-no fighting for chairs. We found that is easier and quicker to walk down the walkway to DePalm pier to get to our car rather than through the main building. The bed is comfortable and we can control the air in both the living room and bedroom. The TVs are goo, the room is spacious and we like the double bowl sinks. The grounds are very nice.




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    Maybe the Riu treats their timeshare people like the "weird creepy cousin".
    I had heard that they were originally trying to buy out the timeshare people, but now maybe they just ignore them?
    Any Riu owners here?

    when we stayed there (when it was the Grand) it was impeccable.
    we liked it then.
    we rented it in august late 1990s from a friend of a friend and were treated nicely.

    Have fun and thanks for sharing your stay with us.

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    Nice start to your stay. This is a good time of year to be away from the cold. I look forward to more reports. We all live being there through the great trip reports.
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    We met our neighbor today. They've owned here since the beginning and love it. They used to own this unit and said they know it has it's issues. They are here for 6 weeks with the all inclusive. They rarely leave the property. She said that some of the things we were surprised they didn't provide, such as dish soap and paper towels are things they never provided, which surprised us since every timeshare with a kitchen we have ever stayed at provided those items. We spent the day on the beach. It was perfect-partly cloudy and nice breeze. Dinner was at Casa Nonna and it did not disappoint. We both loved it-great food and great service. We each had a glass of wine, and a pasta course-I had the PANSOTTI DI ZUCCAButternut Squash Ravioli, Brown Butter, Sage, Walnut Pesto, Amaretti Cookie(I don't think I had the cookie though) and Stu had GNOCCHIHouse-Made Crumbled Lamb Sausage, Gaeta Olives, Eggplant, Ricotta Salata. Both were great. I ordered a tiramisu which was good, but different from what I am used to. We would surely go back, but next time add an appy to our meal if we just do the pasta course. We walked around the hotel for bit and hit the ATM in the casino since the one we stopped at the other day wasn't working. It was odd today too. The Aruba Bank would not allow him to take out money saying there was an issue, but the CMB ATM allowed him to take out even more than he wanted at the Aruba Bank ATM. Just hanging out and watching football tonight.

    We have been hearing fire crackers/fireworks and sometimes seeing fireworks almost every day. Some are coming from resorts, but most seem to be coming from the neighborhoods on the other side of the highway. I can't wait to see the fireworks tomorrow night.




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    Out of curiosity what is the palapa situation at Riu? The reason I'm asking is because when I was staying at Divi Phoenix I took a walk over to bugalu one morning for breakfast and all the palapa's were completely empty. It was around 8am too. Meanwhile at the Phoenix by 830am there were none available. The pool too at the Riu was completely empty like everybody there is a late sleeper or something.


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    The resort is full this week. People tag chairs early, but don't seem to spend much time there. Yesterday, I several palapas with towels, but nobody there a good part of the time.


    Quote Originally Posted by ArubaAce View Post
    Out of curiosity what is the palapa situation at Riu? The reason I'm asking is because when I was staying at Divi Phoenix I took a walk over to bugalu one morning for breakfast and all the palapa's were completely empty. It was around 8am too. Meanwhile at the Phoenix by 830am there were none available. The pool too at the Riu was completely empty like everybody there is a late sleeper or something.




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    Glad you loved one of my favorite spots in Casa Nonna. Do you remember who you had, they are all great! Wishing I was there right now, instead I am headed to a party at a neighbors and they are expecting 200 people

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