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    Love Aruba and the Westin

    We spent 9 days at the Westin the end of July and had a great time. Yes, the palapas are a little close together and wish they were a little more spread out, but that is our only complaint. Love the beach there, the restaurants, the pool, activities like Aqua Zumba and the convenient location on Palm Beach. The rooms are clean, and any housekeeping needs were addressed immediately with a phone call. They always followed up with us to make sure we received whatever we needed (extra towels, etc.) We love being able to walk along the walkway between the beach and the hotels all along Palm Beach. You can visit different shops, restaurants and casinos along the way in addition to the ones that are behind the hotels. This is our fourth time staying here, but decided to check out other resorts this time. Yes, the beach is very nice on Eagle Beach and some resorts have palapas a little more spread out, particulary Bucuti which is quiet and adults only. But, we found most to be very similar to the Westin beach. I can’t say enough about the staff at the Westin – everyone is so friendly and professional, particularly the staff at the Terrace Restaurant where we had lunch several times (everything was delicious), the bartenders and Dennis and Jonathan on the beach. We have stayed at many resorts on different islands in the Caribbean and elsewhere, and my husband travels quite a bit on business, and the Westin staff is some of the finest we have encountered. We rent a car, but you don't need it since the Westin is convenient to all the shops and restaurants in the Palm Beach area. You can take a cab or the bus to other locations and restaurants. We tried some new restaurants there which I will review under restaurants. Bugaloe Beach Bar is a short walk down the beach from the Westin with good, cheap drinks and food and live bands several nights a week. Fun place with a great ocean view. The Terrace restaurant at the Westin had a steel band a couple of nights and the bar has live entertainment most nights as well. We bring our own snorkel equipment and snorkel on our own but did one excursion this trip, primarily since it is such fun to sail on a catamaran out to snorkel. We went with Roberto who is between the Holiday Inn and the Marriott. His son was the captain, and we stopped at Arashi and the German shipwreck. They had an open bar and light lunch, and it was only $35pp for the afternoon.

    by clairbee, 9/10/12

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