Hi all, I have booked a stay using points with my family (wife + 2 kids, 12 and 14) at the Renaissance Aruba, but also noted good comments about other hotels/locations throughout the Caribbean in this forum. Did I make the right choice, or are there better options? We like to eat and sightsee. Thanks in advance....
The Renaissance Aruba is a very nice location. I don't know what type of room you booked, but when we stayed there for one night before going to our Marriott Surf Club timeshare, it was pretty small room. If you have 4 in one room, that might be difficult, but I'd suggest calling to find out the room dimensions, etc. There are timeshare units at the Renaissance, so I guess it's possible you booked one of those, but not sure.
As mentioned by the other response, the Surf Club (or the Ocean Club) would be a better solution for a family. But, it is really difficult to get in there on a points stay.
As far as good food and siteseeing, I think you will like Aruba. There are all kinds of great restaurants and plenty to explore if you are adventurous. Aruba is by far our favorite Caribbean island because of the locals. Great people who don't try to force you to buy their nik-naks.
Just thought of this: I believe the Renaissance Aruba became a NO KIDS location last year. You may want to check on the age limits.
I have been here 4 times in the past few years. Going again during Thanksgiving with my parents and kids (21 and 15). LOVE IT. Adult only sections for me and my wife to hit, lots for kids.
Would suggest the all inclusive - it is pricey (last year was $115 per person per day) but worth it. Nice Italian place on the water within walking distance (as they all are). LG Smiths is the steak house and very good (you go as often as you like). Must be there 5 nights to do all inclusive.
Boat over to private island - food and drinks included with the all inclusive - also water sports. Again an adult side for you and your wife if desired. Lazy daytime activity.