I cannot answer your question with respect to the Tradewinds Club but I can share my opinion about Aruba - - we have been going to Aruba for the past 7 years and love it a lot. We do not go to Palm Beach as, in my opinion, it is over crowed and very touristy. Granted, that is the place to be for the action but I also find the beaches too small. Watersports are in that area, plenty of chain restaurants, along with top of the line ones, many casinos. BUT if you really want a true aruba experience, I suggest trying to stay near Eagle Beach....much nicer, cleaner, and less people. What aruba is all about.
Enjoy and use plenty of sun screen.
I visited the Marriott in Aruba in the Fall last year and was pleased that we had upgraded to the Tradewinds Club. The 3 full meals and snacks served every day were good quality and plentiful. Much better than what is normally served in conceirge lounges. There is no additional cost for all beverages and the choices were adequate including champagne. Depending on the season, you may find the space crowded, but there is a constant turn over so the wait,.if any, will not be long. It appears that some people were offered a discounted rate for the Tradewinds Club as their arrival date became closer. That was our experience. It has also been indicated that some people upgraded when they checked-in for a price that they were able to negotiate. The private beach area is very nice although it is small. The hostess is very pleasant and takes a personal interest in all of her people. She brings you chilled towels which adds to your comfort on the hot sunny days. You are close to the rental area for the water sports which adds to the entertainment. I would consider upgrading again when I visit this resort, however, the price will always be a consideration.