We are staying at the Marriott Aruba in March. I'm curious about seating at the pool. Last year we stayed at the JW Cancun. Great hotel but the problem we ran into was people would go to the pool at 4 and 5 in the morning and put towels and clothing etc on the seats so that when people showed up at 8 and after there was nothing left. One of the nights, security went around and removed towels at 6AM but for the most part the hotel did nothing. How do things work at Marriott Aruba? Also, are cabanas readily available and how much are they? Thanks in advance for any info.
(Based on stay August 2015)
There are 3 Marriotts adjacent to one another. They use different stripes on the towels to avoid having people from adjacent properties reserve seats so it's fairly well managed but yes you do have to get there by 8am to get what you want. The Surf Club is the most difficult to get a chair - families come down and use towels to book 6+ seats at a time. Ocean Club is less busy but if you come down late you can only find a chair maybe 3 deep in from the pool itself. Stellaris general pool the same. However, there is an adults-only pool at the Stellaris which is a lot quieter than the big pools at all three properties.
Surf Club guests can only use SC pools.
Ocean Club and Marriott Hotel Guests can use pools at either location EXCEPT you have to be staying at the Marriott to use their adult pool
You have to be staying at he Ritz to use the Ritz.
If you are at the Surf Club, you actually get chair tags because it can fill up so fast. We like Surf Club when the kids are with us. OC or Marriott when its us.
Cabanas can be reserved in advance up to 3 days. Pricing is $10/day-$15/day.
We own timeshares there and go every year. Info is up to date.