We are owners at this timeshare location and return every year. During peak weeks, this is a crowded resort - no doubt. As a family oriented location, Spring Break is loaded with kids. So if you choose to stay here, be prepared for either “noise” or the “sound of fun” – depending on your outlook.
Although many complain about the need to tag pool chairs and about the process of claiming a palapa on the beach, local management have worked hard to make it a bit more accommodating. This past year they added 40 palapas. If you want a specific place by the pool or on the beach during a peak week like Spring Break, you will be up early. Frankly we observed many open spots well past 7:00 and even at the peak of the day you will find a spot somewhere to sit and take in the Aruban fine weather. As others have noted, off-peak weeks are far less crowded and availability of "spots" is not an issue.
Villa accommodations are spacious and a major multi-year renovation of the villas is planned starting with the Lighthouse building (first building constructed at this site) over the coming year. Upgrading of TVs and other “soft” amenities continues in other buildings – a process that is overdue. There is also a planned upgrade to Wi-Fi availability (currently only in the lobby). Lessons learned next door at the Ocean Club will hopefully expedite the process.
Beach views of the ocean are extremely limited as the beach front is taken by either local water sports businesses or the “umbrella rental guy”. Note that beach and pool privileges are not shared between the Marriott sites so it is a major disappointment that the Surf Club beach is the “poor sister” of the family.
The main attraction of the resort is the pool area. The kids love the Lazy River and we noted that the kids programs continue to expand.
As with all timeshare locations, you will be contacted upon arrival (if not before) about attending a presentation. Marriott is pushing their Destination Points program. If you do not want to disturb your vacation, simply say “no thank you”. If you succumb to the incentives offered, be prepared for your visit to the sales floor in the Ocean Club to be a minimum of 1 ½ hours. Remember, their job is to sell you points!
As for the personnel, we find them to be friendly and ready to help you. A ‘good morning” greeting is everywhere and the folks here work hard to keep the resort clean and secure.
In sum, we love Aruba and now with grandchildren, we will continue to enjoy our ownership.
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- Also Known As:
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