I want to do Caribbean this summer. Been to St Thomas Morning Star several times and want to try another Marriott. Any suggestions? Love the more 'private' feel - and want on the beach like Morning Star rooms are. Thanks!
We made our first trip to Aruba last week. We began our stay at the Stellaris where we were offered an upgrade to the Tradewinds which included five food presentations per day plus a private beach area. It really has that "private feel" and everything was excellent! We then moved to the Renaissance Marina (adults only) which is in town. This property is not on the beach, but this hotel offers a short boat ride to a private island. The adult side of the island has flamingoes and iguanas, palapas, and plenty of shade. The two hotels offered very different experiences, but we enjoyed both.
I am in aruba now. I own at the surf club. This is my 7th time to aruba since 2004. There should be some great deals at the marriott hotel now. If your bringing a family with kids the surf club is a better choice. They have a great pool area geared towards kids. Lazy river and a slide. Plenty to do here. I was thinking of trying the st Croix one out in the fall.
Aruba has 3 great hotel resorts, the two mentioned previously, and the 3rd is an ocean front Suites property that shares the private island with the Renaissance. Although it is not "adults only" we have never seen many kids there, and it IS ocean front. The rooms are also much larger than the Ren, so if that is important to you, it may be a property to consider. It also does NOT have a casino on property - but there is one next store and the Ren Casino is across the street and easily walkable - so you have the best of both worlds. It is a great island, the people are friendly, and you can have some delicious dinners for far less than other resort islands. We loved it, and look forward to a return visit!
Thanks so much! I have never even thought about Aruba! This sounds great!! Now what Marriott is the one you were recommending? The one that you said was ocean front suite property's. This sounds like what I want. Thanks everyone so much for the recommendations!!
The surf club will be your best bet if you have kids. If you do not have kids stay at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. They both have better beaches and nicer rooms. I stayed at the Renaissance last October for 1 night.. The private island is nice but its kind of a pain to take a boat to the beach every day. The rooms are out dated. It was a timeshare before marriott took over. when where you thinking of going? any questions please ask me
Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa there are mixed reviews about it. It just opened up last year with marriott taking over. There is good snorkeling off the beach. I was thinking of going there in the fall myself
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino - Right? I'm checking rates now. Thanks for all your help. You all directed me well. I almost booked St Kitts before I found this forum. Aruba looks better thanks again
Yes. Look through the marriott vacation section. they usually have the best rates and you will have a better chance of getting an upgraded room when you check in out of philly for a week is 2700 for september or october ask for this room you will not get a better room than this. #767 or any of the rooms that are under it on the lower floors. 1200 a night.
I think Aruba is over rated. I've been there four times in the past 12 years and it has lost its appeal to me. The island itself is nothing to write home about, there are no mountains, no forests - no nothing other than desert and rocks. Topographically speaking, St Thomas and St Kitts have Aruba beat by a mile, lush vegetation and mountains. I'm not even impressed by Aruba's beaches compared to other islands (or go to Baby Beach and look at the refinery). They are narrow, thin strips of sand trying to accommodate tens of thousands of people. There aren't even a lot of beaches to choose from. One thing that Aruba does have going for it are great restaurants, but they have become so expensive since my first trip there. My favorite is Cuba's Cooking and the menu items have more than doubled over the past seven years. On my last trip to Aruba in 2009 I couldn't get out of a decent restaurant for my family of four for less than $140. Even Friday's was over $100. Just my two cents.