My husband and I stayed 5 nights at the Surf Club and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. It was our first trade with points as enrolled owners, and we were pleased. We were on the 7th floor in the Lighthouse Tower in an oceanview (not oceanfront) room facing the adjacent Ocean Club property but with good views of the island as well as the ocean. If we go back I will request the same building but a pool view. It was a convenient location to the pool, beach, and not too far from the main building and entrance. The 1BR suite was clean and nicely decorated. The tile floors make it a bit more noisy, and a couple of times from the kitchen I could hear the people in the lockoff unit nextdoor but it was never a problem. The beach and pool are wonderful. The process for reserving chairs and palapas seemed fair to us and was not bothersome with a little pre-planning. The food and drinks at the beach/pool are good but expensive, so if you're staying more than a few days or have a large group it would definitely be worth a trip to the grocery store. I took a few snacks and breakfast items and we ate all other meals out. There are many restaurants and shops within walking distance, and we enjoyed exploring. If you want to snorkel, there are boats that pick up right at the beach, but there didn't appear to be good snorkeling right at the beach. Parasailing and several other water sports activities were available. The beach was very relaxing, and so was the lazy river pool. I expected more splashing children but was pleasantly surprised. Don't forget to pack some inexpensive innertubes. It's easy and convenient to inflate them by the towel hut.
We took one island bus tour with DePalm - Explore Aruba. It was informative and enjoyable. Lunch was included as one of the stops, and it was nice.
We had several great dinners. Two Fools and a Bull was the highlight of our trip and the best meal of my life. I believe the cab ride was $7 each way. Look it up and reserve months ahead. We met people from all over the world and loved the experience. Simply Fish is the beachfront restaurant at the Marriott. It's very romantic with excellent food and service and beautiful sunset views. I made the reservation one day ahead. Scala was another wonderful meal. It's an upstairs balcony in the mall area down the street but an easy walk from the Surf Club. I was delighted to find a Starbucks in the same mall just below it. La Trattoria at the Lighthouse had good food but the lovely sunset view was what made it worthwhile. The cab ride there was about $12 each way.
I expected to spend some time in the casino, but after walking through Stellaris the first night, it was too smoky and cold for me to play. I could've put up with the smell if I'd had a heavier sweater and long pants, but we found plenty of other things to do instead. We didn't check out any of the other casinos.
Overall we had a great trip and would highly recommend this property for a couple or family.
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