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Thread: Hi everyone, first time poster here with a question about the Renaissance Island

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    Super Moderator WaltVB's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by David0526 View Post
    I did not realize the cabana's were THAT expensive! I was thinking the price would be somewhere around $100 base and maybe a higher price for extra's, I think my wife and I will skip it and maybe play an extra round of golf instead.
    Sounds like a great idea. Let us know what you shoot...

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    Glad you could join us.... welcome! And it looks like your cabana question was answered!
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    Hi David,
    In my opinion, ANY SPOT on Renaissance Island feels like a luxury cabana! My husband and I will schedule a 1 night stay at the Renaissance either at the start or end of our trip, just so we can spend a day at the island. We have never rented a cabana but I will share this tip. We typically take one of the first shuttles from the hotel out to the island when it opens (we ride the boat with a cup of Starbucks coffee in our hands). When you arrive early on the island - no one else is there! At that time of the morning - you can select a beach chair anywhere on the island (you can have a hammock, you can have front row in front of the flamingos on the adult side, you can have a Palapa or you can select beach chairs in more private/secluded areas surrounding the water. So as long as you go to the island early - you can have your pick of spots.
    During that first hour the island is open, you can wander about the island with no interference from staff about where you can and cannot go, so we will walk over to the Cabanas and look at them. There is a wooden deck that runs alongside them so you can easily peak in (from the wooden deck) and see what they look like. At that time of the morning, the cabanas are already staged for whoever rented them. There are coolers filled with ice and beverage, there is snorkel gear staged for the guests, and the last name of the guest is "stamped" in the sand along with the "R" logo of Renaissance. As long as you respect the rule to NOT step into any of the Cabanas and simply take a quick peak in, without leaving the wooden deck, you can quickly snap a few photos on your phone. It is important to remember that a Renaissance attendant spent lots of thoughtful time to create the name/artwork on the sandy floor of the cabana - so no one should ever step into a cabana except the party who reserved and paid for it.
    So as you take your quick early morning glance into the cabana, you can feel like a “million bucks” and then return to the other absolutely beautiful spot you selected on the island (for no extra cost) and enjoy a wonderful and unforgettable day on Renaissance island.
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    Great advice SkiChris!

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    Thanks, great info!
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    We was at Renaissance a few months ago and I would jump on the first boat over and I would walk along side of the Adult side. I went to the clear end and got chairs, table and a palapa. We asked the price for the cabanas and it was crazy high priced. We were in Heaven with the free spots. But like they say: different strokes for different folks!
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