We stayed at the Playa Linda in Aruba. This was our first time to Aruba and without a doubt one of our top picks.
Weather was hot but breezy daily. Playa Linda was in a great location with a very clean room. It was a time share rental and what they call a studio, which is exactly like a typical Hotel room, but having a small kitchen fully stocked. The only disappointment was the Halls leading to rooms, they were very dated. but rooms were modern and very clean. Bathrooms granite and good size. elevator wasn't the greatest and again halls seemed like a disapointment for first visions leading to room. However while we were there you could witness updating in the main hotel area taking place and one floor getting all new beds so I'm sure it's a work in progress. The rest of resort was gorgeous. Lobby was open and pretty, everyone extreamly helpful and pleasent. Pool amazing and clean workers took pride on a daily basis. We also noticed the beach was swept clean of shells and twigs everyday, where as other facilities had nasty sand to walk on. Prices in Aruba were moderate to high but not as expensive as Bahamas or other various islands. The views from the balconies in the resort were also spectac!!!!
Sunsets each night were totally breathtaking. There was every type of water sport one could imagine at your feet to either side of the resort. Also a mile up the beach was quiet and nearly empty, if you took a walk. Playa Linda area seemed like the most low keyed and clean beach of all the area resorts yet just enough family oriented spot too. A must dining Resturant was right next door called the Pelican which jetted out on a pier near the boats. Very casual or could be even semi dressy if you chose. Walk in's were welcome but we made reservations and asked for an ocean view. We got exactly that. Brought to a table practically sitting over the fish, with nothing but a nautical rope separating us from the water and the edge of dock side tables where you saw many docked boats hovering out in ocean. While eating we could see the fish and sunset all in one. Just a Gorgoeus view along with excellent food!
If you are a beef eater, Aruba is for you. I am not and I had very little trouble finding seafood or chicken to eat. However, my husband is a huge beef fan and was in pure heaven with the taste of Steak and filet mignon to die for. He claimed it was second to none. All Argentinian beef and always cooked to perfection. No matter where we ate, he got his fill for the next ten years. Daniels was one of his favorites which also served italian dishes, I ate that and was pleasently surprised.
Other top choices were the Texas de Brazil which was all you can eat, various steaks, filet, lamb, ribs and chicken wrapped in bacon. came with a huge salad bar. It was 44.95 for all you could eat just amazing & worth every penny. We ate at a french place in front of Playa Linda, Le something??? they served your meal on a hot stone at night. all I can say is, AMAZING TASTE & I wish I could remember the name but again it's a small place in front of Playa Linda Resort. We ate breakfast and lunch there as well. Never to disappoint, plus moderate cost in comparison to some places. Tony Romas is also a choice for dinner that is near the marriot next door to our resort and Ruth Chris was in the marriot. Of course you also have Senior Frogs, Hooters, TGI Fridays and many other choices if you don't want to dine large. We recommend heading to the Local grocery stores when you first arrive and stock up on water, snacks, Waffels, eggs, lunch items etc. to save a boat load in cash, and then dine out at night.
Also a must know... I am a advid sunbather across many an island but this one is not to be understated. 30 block to 50 is a must till you get a solid base and even then think twice about the amount of sun time!! The sun is very intense. Bottom line, you will fry. We got up at 5am each morning to get ourselves a Hut or (chickie as they are called) we placed a tote bag under one and sat with coffee relaxing, snoozing and chilling till the sun came up! Then headed in by noon to shower and head out for various excurtions. Way to hot to lie still baking all day. We came back at 4:00pm and stayed out or under the chickie till sunset! OMG it was pure heaven. Water is clean and clear and swinmming mild, nothing for waves to take you under. We could stay out in the ocean all day.
Gotta say, Our favorite part of the trip was Renting Quads / ATV's in order to see a good portion of the island. Yes, Guys, they are street legal and very fun! I'm in my mid forties, a woman and had no problems at all. They were automatic so no shifting like a motorcycle They had decent pickup, we went upwards of 80Kil. which was about 50 and good enough for major terrain. If you are a wossy type girl, rent one and take the more breezy lighter tour to the light house but you will miss out of great sights. If adventuous and want spectac pics than take the Natural bridge and Natual pool, Wind mills and cave tour, Ask to see Baby Beach too!!!! The heavier terrain can be done and worth it! I say it was one way to get over to the other end of island aside from a boring jeep rental and breath taking views. We rented them from a guy named Pat that set up a booth on the sidewalk across the street from the resort ( playa Linda) in front of the Out door mall. He was pleasent and trust worthy. Worth the 100.00 a person for the day and we got a great tour guide named Lou. We also lucked out and were the only ones out with him so it seemed private. We saw allot and had a fantastic experiance. I'd give that experiance a top 10 rating from every trip I ever took, including seeing Kilowea semi erupt in Hawaii.
Get to Aruba if even only once in your life. I'd go back again and stay at same resort or at least another one very close by.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Playa Linda Beach Resort offers you all of the unspoiled pleasures of tropical island vacationing at it's best. Situated directly on World renowned white sand Palm Beach one of Aruba's finest and overlooking six miles of breathtaking Caribbean coastline. You'll especially enjoy the resort's swimming pool featuring a lovely waterfall and lush, tropical landscaping. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Playa Linda Beach Hotel Palm/Eagle Beach
- Hotel Playa Linda Beach
- Playa Linda Aruba
- Playa Linda Beach Resort Aruba/Palm - Eagle Beach