This was our first time to Aruba and decided to go for our 25 Wedding Anniversary. We booked the Tradewinds Club which turned out to be perfect. We had asked for a King Size bed, but upon arrival were informed that we could only get two queens. Of course we both said “NO” this will not due, but they informed us that the hotel was booked and that they had given us the best room on the 8th floor. When we went to the room it was perfect, it over looked the Caribbean and the room was clean, big, a walk in closet with lots of hangers, in room safe, and plenty of drawers for both of us. The bathroom was very nice and spacious.
The balcony was just as nice with two chairs, table and a lounge chair. That evening when we returned from dinner the Tradewinds Staff had left us a note congratulating us, along with a bottle of champagne and a variety of chocolates. Nice touch.
The Tradewinds Club has its own separate level located on the 8th floor with a lounge where they provide food and drinks along with several tables and chairs to sit at. 3 Big Flat Screen TV’s along with two computers (with free internet access) and a printer. It also has two balconies which you could sit outside and eat or have a drink. The breakfast and lunch was a full menu. They served coffee, espresso, cappuccino, tea, hot chocolate, etc. The evening cocktails at night had plenty of food (almost like a dinner). The bar was a serve yourself. It consisted of several wines, local and U.S. beer, champagne, gin, vodka, scotch, baileys, pop, water, etc, but no Crown Royal which is my husband’s first choice of drink. I have a feeling if we had asked for it they might have gotten it for us. I do know the Tradewinds changed its policy and kids are not allowed on this level unless they are over 12 years old.
We ate dinner at several restaurants around the area and they were all okay. LaVista has the best Sea Bass and Simply Fish was a unique dinning experience, but we really didn’t care for the food.
The staff is friendly. The Tradewinds has its own area of beach with 10 Palapas that you can get on a first come bases. If they do not have any left they have several lounge chairs with covers on them. I really admired the Tradewinds Hut women who would drag the chairs down to the water’s edge, lay out the towels and would make sure that no one takes them if you are not around. She was priceless! They also provided each of the Tradewinds guest a floater for you to use on the water at no extra charge. The pool chairs covers were worn and do need replacing, but there were many new chairs without the covers that were just as nice.
I heard many stories on how windy this island is, but we never really experienced any strong winds the whole time we were there (9 days) except when we played golf at Tierra da Sol. We had 2 tee times, but ended up cancelling one of them, way too hot to play golf in Aruba! Thank goodness we didn’t bring our clubs.
I did the spa at the Marriott (hot rocks) and it was very nice.
We had looked at booking at other resorts which were located further down the beach and thank goodness we didn’t. Their beach was not as nice as ours and not much area to swim in as most of the water was roped off.
I felt very safe walking around at night and we both agreed that we would return. The Marriott is the last resort on the Palm Beach, but they are now building a Ritz Carlton right next to the Marriott. They started breaking ground 2 days after we arrived.
Make sure you do the sunset sail. Remember you are at a family resort, so expect some kids. I would recommend this hotel to my family and friends, but would recommend the Tradewinds Level.
- 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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