Renaissance Aruba Ocean Suite. We arrived there at around 1:30pm and there was one room that was ready, since it is partially ocean view, I opted to wait for a full ocean view. We waited until the room was cleaned at exactly 4pm. There were also people waiting to be checked in. They appeared to be upset for waiting for so long. We had to ask several times if the room was ready. I have heard that checking- in was a problem. They offered us drinks while waiting for the room to clean which was nice. From our balcony, we can see the pool, lagoon and the ocean. I would say- It was worth the wait. The private island is good, there are plenty of hammocks. No offense but the clear ocean water in Boracay, Philippines is better than/ compared to private island in Renaissance. Some bugs in the island because it has mangroves beside it. The Ocean villa needs to be updated, TV’s are not flat screens - most channels are blurry, some water leaks under the sink but it got fixed temporarily. Location is a plus, if you want to eat some comfort foods, they are only walking distance from this place, they have pizza hut, KFC, Dunkin Donuts, Subway, Wendy’s and Cinnabon. Wendy’s is a quite far to walk. There is daily charge of $10++ per day to stay in Renaissance Ocean Suite.
Atlantis Submarine- We rode this submarine and will not ever do it again. I don’t think it is worth to pay that much. We have to re-book our first ride because the a/c of the submarine was not working. If you want to “feel” the submarine, it is okay. It went down to as deep of 140 feet based on the digital screen in front of the submarine. Don’t ride on submarine if it has a strong ocean waves. We felt dizzy getting in and coming out of the submarine because at that time ocean waves were quite strong. On both sides of submarine have glass round windows. We did not have much luck in seeing more marine animals on our sides.
De Palm Island- Great place to go. We went snorkeling which was really good. We fed the fishes. Fish food was around $10.30. Be careful feeding the fishes because they can get excited when you feed them. Don’t put the food under water because they will attack the food. I was bitten by a fish on my forearm when put the fish food underwater. Don’t buy Kodak disposable waterproof camera to take pictures of the fishes because it will come out blurry. I wasted my time and money on 2 kodak disposable waterproof cameras. My favorite thing in De Palm Island was Sea Trek – You will be able to touch the fishes-awesome!!! People wearing eyeglasses?- no problem because the diving helmet has enough space to fit the head with eyeglasses. I was wearing one because I forgot my contacts. We also did the banana boat-it was fun. The waterpark was good too. I was not impressed by the food that they served for breakfast and lunch. The breakfast omelet was sooo thin that I was afraid it might get blown away by the wind (forgot to take pictures). You stack 10 omelets from this restaurant and that is what you will get an omelet from Bon Bini restaurant. Aside from buffet breakfast and lunch, they also have an open bar. They have hotdogs, hamburgers and etc. Well the whole day in the island still not enough for us.
Tips: Free wi-fi in lobby and on restaurant in the private island, Bring bug spray AND anti-itch cream once you get bitten by mosquito. I got several mosquito bites when we left Aruba.
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