We love Aruba and our time there so much that we overlook a lot of things that might annoy us normally. I've read reviews about screaming kids and stressed families and while I did see some of that, it didn't bother me because I expect that on vacation. I also go to Aruba to swim, snorkel, and hike so hanging out at the pool or beach is not something I will really comment on. I do agree with one review that the "Jersey Shore-type" has overtaken the place. These family or couple groups were loud and obnoxious and the two times we did get a palapa on the beach, this type of couple/family was inevitably beside us with their sound dock blaring (and the women would be doing makeup on the beach! Really! I don't care but it was funny to watch). I do wish listening to music should be reserved to ear buds on the beach and I hope the Surf Club will make some kind of rule about individual sound docks on the beach.
The staff made our stay wonderful. Kay at check-in was very helpful and even helpful us with our iPhone settings since I had neglected to update my roaming capability before leaving the US (be sure to *228 your phone right before leaving . . . or you may not be able to use both phone and email while in Aruba). Meldrick helped us to our room and gave us lots of tips on things to do and see. There was a ton or early morning sun in the Lighthouse Tower and we enjoy sitting outside with coffee so we requested a move to the Spyglass. Jane helped us with that and ensured that the move was quick and efficient.
Our room was spacious and comfortable, although we spent most of our time exploring and swimming and generally being active. My big complaint is the lack of wifi in the rooms. I brought my iPad to stay connected and to do some journaling. I was shocked that we could not access the Internet (except by a hard connection modem available in the kitchen) in our guest rooms. I have not carried a laptop in several years so there was no way to connect with the iPad since my cellular data option also did not work (and would have been exorbitantly expensive). I called Verizon while in Aruba and they were unable to help with that problem.
The other issue I had was the bed. It was incredibly hard and interfered with quality sleep. If you don't mind hard beds, this won't be an issue.
We enjoyed snorkeling at Baby Beach, the Donkey Sanctuary, stand-up paddling with the place in front of the Ritz-Carlton (horrible service, separate review), and SkyDive Aruba (completely wonderful experience -- separate review). We rented our Jeep from More4Less -- great Jeep, low miles, super clean. The Marriott Aruba Surf Club provided us with a relatively central location for what we wanted to do. We'll be back!
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