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First trip to Aruba

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Rochester, New York
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First trip to Aruba

We have never stayed at an all inclusive and are unsure of where to stay. A travel agent has suggested the Occidental Grande and has priced out a Royal Club, ocean view room. For the non inclusive; a deluxe ocean view room at the Radison Casino and Spa. We like a nice pool and beach, and a nice room is important, as I have to rest often if I am not feeling well. We are thinking of the first week in March, if still possible. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.

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1. Re: First trip to Aruba

Most people don't do all inclusive in Aruba [ too many nice restaurants ] I've never stayed at the Radison but have seen many good reviews , as far as location I think they are on the nicest beach , Palm Beach . You also would be in walking distance of many good restaurants and a couple of shopping malls . Early march is prime season so you should decide soon . Airfare may be a little high because of this too .

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reviews: 17
2. Re: First trip to Aruba

Just a suggestion for travel agents , I found M C M Tours . com to beat many prices in the past . This travel agency only deals in Aruba and the owners name is Guy , try giving them a call for prices .

Niskayuna, New York
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3. Re: First trip to Aruba

I've just booked a trip with MCM--can't beat their price on Radisson packages. Heidi, Guy or Ursula will spend time with you to sort out your best options. If you are frequently unwell, though, an AI might be a better choice if you don't want to move about a lot.

Good luck!

Falkirk, United...
posts: 132
reviews: 2
4. Re: First trip to Aruba

If you are looking for a quieter beach have a look at the properties on Eagle beach . though you have limited choice of AI you wont be fightin for a sun bed. Its also a nicer beach IMO .

I would also check out the restaurants as burtoffering suggested before booking AI superb selection types and cost .

Look at passions sunset dinner. toes in the sand cant be beaten .

Rochester, New York
posts: 4
5. Re: First trip to Aruba

Wonderful advice, thank you! Suggestions for hotels with good pools/ beach area? It doesn't have to be 5 star, but not a dump.

Many thanks!

North Cape May, Nj
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reviews: 9
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We all have our own idea of what is a nice hotel. Personally, I like the Radisson on Palm Beach. The pools are definitely better than any on Eagle Beach; however, I definitely like Eagle Beach better. Excluding AI and time shares, the best rated hotels are Bucuti Beach, Manchebo Beach and Amsterdam Manor. Bucuti is adults only. Are you travelling as a family or a couple? I suggest that you visit the hotel web pages and more information is always available on You Tube.

Rochester, New York
posts: 4
7. Re: First trip to Aruba

We are a m/f couple, age 55. Wild in our youth, but not so much of late. We do still love our music and going out! Thank you for the suggestion of Youtube.com. Brilliant. I do believe I have looked at every hotel website in existence. For some odd reason, they all look incredible!

Thanks again,


North Cape May, Nj
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They are incredible because they are in Aruba. Pick one and don't second guess yourself. It's pretty hard to make a mistake.

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For us staying in the high rise section works best...we like to be able to walk from hotel/casino to another...as well as the restaurants...seems to be more stuff to do in the high rise section....

It's all in what type of vacation you want...quite or a little more action...we have stayed at the Westin and the Radisson...we will be there next week...

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