My wife and I just returned from 5 nights...happy that we were able to get out of Boston without storm delays to enjoy the break. This was our second Aruba visit, having stayed at Bucuti 3 years ago. For us, we found staying in Palm Beach area was more convenient, as so many off-site food/drink options are walking distance. Hotel itself is nicely situated, rooms very spacious, double-vanity baths, good-size balconies and walk-in closet. Housekeeping did a nice job, as well.
A common complaint (probably for most hotels there) is the palapa policy, which I probably don't need to repeat here. Most people need some shade due to the hot sun, but my view is it's a bit demanding to expect a hotel with over 400 rooms to provide palapas for all. My reco is to pay for 1 or 2 days (small price in context of total trip); but also look at either of the pools as options. Splitting the day also worked for us...pool for a bit in am, then found open palapa late afternoon. Now as you may have read, people are reserving their pool lounge chairs with towels early each morning (a bit annoying), but there are plenty of lounge chairs on beach where you can set up any time of day (just without the shade protection of a palapa). And the beach isn't quite as crowded as some places on Palm Beach.
Beach staff was reasonably available for service and food/drinks were excellent. 2 happy hrs (12-1 and 3-4pm).We found breakfast most days at the Lobby Cafe, which offered good quality, though pricing is high. Service staff were excellent, very friendly and helpful. Nora (I think) at Lobby Cafe was especially nice as well as Robert on the beach.
Overall, there weren't many things for hotel to really improve upon, but a couple of minor suggestions for hotel management...not sure if true in all rooms, but our room safe was in the floor, requiring us to get down on knees to see clearly and access. Also the balcony had 2 chairs and a table...a lounge chair would be nice and would fit. We did see them on some other balconies. And re the palapas, one thought that might be worth testing is half-day palapa reservations (8-1 and 1-6). There's a lot of non-use time in those 9 hrs at beach. It might require more staffing at towel hut, but it's a testable idea. Just reduce pricing for pre-reserved ones to reflect change.
You won't go wrong at this property...highly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on Palm Beach, our Aruba getaway is essential to your alluring Aruba vacation. Enjoy comfort and relaxing Aruba accommodations featuring the resort, adult exclusive pool, and the exclusive Tradewinds Club - an upscale hotel-within-a-hotel concept on the top floor of this Aruba resort. Savor in the upgraded amenities, five daily dining presentations in the private lounge, a member-only beach area, and full access to the Tradewinds Concierge Service ... more less
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