My husband and I spent a week at the Radisson Aruba Jan 12th through 19th. It was a wonderful vacation from start to finish! It started when we got off the bus...
Silvio, our bellhop, greeted us. He was very friendly and helpful. He showed us where to go to get checked in and took care of our luggage. Check in was a breeze. We arrived right at 4pm and were ready to go in no time at all. Silvio showed us to our room to get settled. Our room was exactly what we had hoped for. It was a 2nd floor Garden View – King, just as requested. It was very clean and well decorated with lots of storage space. We had an awesome view of the gardens from the balcony and even a little glimpse of the beautiful blue water through the trees. Our housekeeper, Carma, did a great job on our room all week. It was always cleaned and fresh when we got back from the beach each afternoon.
The property is lush and beautiful and very well maintained. The resort is quite large and spread out so you never feel crowded. No lines or waiting for tables at any of the bars, restaurants or vendors. The beach and pools are very clean and well organized. During the day they have the main concentration of people. There are well over 100 palapas on Radisson’s beach, yet it always seemed quiet and relaxing and there was plenty of room.
We spent everyday at the beach or pools reading, relaxing and soaking up the sun. Most days we picked up a quick breakfast sandwich and some caffeine at one of the many beach vendors. Dunkin Donut, The Bread Basket, and Scott’s Brats (Playa Linda) were our favorites. We tried out the breakfast buffet at Laguna on our last morning. It was great! If we felt like lunch we would hit one of the beach vendors or Mira Solo for a sandwich or salad. Patricia at Mira Solo was always very friendly. You’ve got the try Aruba’s beer – Balashi. I don’t drink beer, but my husband really enjoyed it. Drinks on the beach were always easy to come by with all the friendly beach waiters to get you anything you needed or you could just walk up to the Castaway Bar and get great and friendly service. Gabriel was our favorite bartender.
There are a lot of tropical birds on the resort. They talk and whistle as you walk by. They're in cages at night but they are let out at certain times during the day. Victor takes very good care of them and is very friendly and helpful. He will even let them perch on your arms for photo ops. They are beautiful.
Every evening we picked a different place for dinner. We started on our first night at Gilligan’s. We had only just arrived so were just looking for a quick bite while we were getting our bearings on the resort. Service was fast and friendly and we had a nice casual meal. We went out on the town for a couple of dinners. Gianni’s Ristorante Italiano – If you like good Italian food you will love this restaurant. Great food, service and atmosphere. Le Petit Café – This was totally unique experience. Your meal is cooked using an ancient cooking method and comes sizzling to your table on a hot stone and finishes cooking before your eyes. Awesome! Amazonia – This was a Brazilian steakhouse. They bring skewers of meat to your table and cut it right in front of you. If you are a carnivore, this is not to be missed! One night we made reservations at Sunset Grille - Superb! It was worth every penny. Our waiter, Orlando, was funny, friendly and very classy. He made our experience even better. On our last night we did dinner on the beach. Radisson’s La Playa Torchlight Dinner is the most romantic dinner I’ve ever had. We even had the beautiful sunset. We actually did a beach dinner offered by one of the other hotels. It was good, but La Playa was better by far. The setting was out of a photograph. The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. Jintiu and Carlos, our waiters, took very good care of us and, as with all the Radisson staff, were very friendly, helpful and appeared to love what they were doing.
Overall we couldn’t have asked for a better experience than what we got at the Radisson. I even had a little medical emergency during our stay. Mr. Frank Erasmus and Grace, at the front desk, were both on the phone calling all over the island to find an on-call doctor for me. They put us in a taxi and I was seen by a local doctor and was back at the resort in no time at all. This was our first time in Aruba and it definitely made an impression. We hope to visit again and would not think of staying anywhere but the Radisson.
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February 12, 2013
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Wow, what can I say. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such an extensive review of your vacation at our resort. It is great to read all the staff names, and to be able to share your thoughts with them directly. I am so pleased to see that we touched you in so many ways, and look forward to welcoming you back again to our beautiful beach.
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