After one week at the Divi Golf we spent our second week at the Phoenix. We stopped in Wednesday prior to our arrival on Saturday and requested a room on a higher floor so we would have a view of the ocean. On Saturday we checked out of the Divi Golf and took the kids to the Airport and we arrived around noon but could not check in til round 2:00. They gave us a room on the 6Th floor, room 860. No problems waiting for elevators. All I can say is marvelous. Awesome view of the ocean, 2 huge bathrooms, one with a jacuzzi tub. The kitchen was updated with granite counter tops and Stainless steel appliances. It was stocked with blender, coffee maker and dishes and utensils. Also had dish soap and dishwasher. Washer/Dryer combo, not a fan. had a hard time with the dryer. We could lay in bed and see a view of the ocean. In the evening the pool lite up with different colors. The balconies are somewhat small, fine for 2 people. Nice beach, probably the best location on Palm As a lot of people have pointed out there is that issue with people saving there place on the beach and not showing up to use it til later in the day. It has a very nice pool with a swim up bar. This hotel is in walking distance of many restaurants, shopping and casinos. They also have a complimentary water taxi that will take you to other areas on Palm beach too.
We had a rental car so we could drive to restaurants, our first meal was at Aqua Grill. After coming to Aruba 5 times, this was our first disappointing dinning experience that was like eating in a cafeteria, loud, food was bland and we felt rushed.
Chalet Suisse, This was a much better experience. Good ambiance and very good food.
Barney's, Excellent and they have WIFI that we used
El Gacho, I would have to say this was our best meal of the week. Excellent steak and Grouper. For desert we had the White chocolate and Chocolate mouse cake. After our meal we went across the street to the bar on the corner. Garufa Cigar and Cocktail Lounge. They had a entertainer playing a Saxophone and you could request songs. It doesn't get better than Martinis, Cuban Cigars and good music.
Rembrandts, This was always a repeat for us. Meals always good but the raised there prices on the Balashi's. Almost doubled from what they used to be.
The other nights we ate at 5 Burgers, good and cheap. We ate at the Crepe stand also, across from the Holiday Inn. You don't have to spend a fortune on every meal. We go the the grocery store and I pack a lunch and a cooler of Balashi for the beach during the day. There is also Scott's Brats by the PlayaLinda that serves food for Breakfast and Lunch for a reasonable price. We also drive to JJ'S Snack Shack on the road from the Light house to Noord. 2 Cheeseburgers and Balashi's $10. another tip is if your hanging around the palm beach area and your thirsty the gift shops all sell beer by the bottle for a lot less then the bars and restaurants, also there is a convenient store in the Hacienda shopping mall that sells bottles of beer for around $1.50 and they will open them for you. We also found a bakery just outside of Santa Cruise that offers fresh pastries and other baked goods. They had rolled pinwheels with meat and cheeses too. The nice lady asked me what i wanted and I told her everything it all looked so good.
We walked to Linda's Pancakes, Delicious
We found a new snorkeling spot, Mangel Halto Beach, very shallow. My husband snorkeled out quit ways and saw many fish and Baby Beach. We went on The Black Pearl for a sunset cruise. Very nice, we stopped at one place to snorkel. They served us drinks and Grilled Cheese sandwiches.
If you walk along the beach there is a board walk which runs almost the entire length of palm beach there are a lot of bars with a lot of happy hours! at the Divi Phoenix they have happy hour from 4 to 6 just about everyday, we also liked the happy hours at Bugaloos 4 to 5 which is a very cool bar on a pair in front of the riu, also another cool place with a great atmosphere is moombas which is located between the holiday inn and Marriott there happy hour is from 5 to 6.
but our favorite is at a bar in front of the Playa Linda next to scotts brats, not sure of the name, but their happy hour runs from 12 to 4 then again from 6 to 9 awesome! they also have WIFI . over all we enjoyed are stay at the Phoenix, me and my husband agreed we like the low rise area and staying at Divi golf better, but that's just a personal preference either one you can"t go wrong I think our next trip to Aruba we will do the same one week at each then we get the best of both worlds. this being our 5th trip to Aruba you would think maybe we would start getting sick of it, but its just the opposite the more you go the more you know, it really lives up to its billing as [ one happy island] it truly is especially if you take sometime and explore what it has to offer outside the tourist areas!
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