the best all inclusive aruba?

Old Nov 15th, 2002, 01:17 PM
Karan Gwin
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the best all inclusive aruba?

does anyone know where the best all inclusive resort to stay in aruba is? I am trying to find a place for my honeymoon.
Old Nov 15th, 2002, 07:48 PM
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Congrats! You will love Aruba!

In my opinion, there are too many good restaurants on Aruba to go all inclusive. You would miss out on a lot of the local flavor by limiting yourself to having all meals at the resort. Also, there aren't very many all inclusive resorts on the island. I believe that the Divi and the Tamarijn are all-inclusive, but I've read several negative reviews about both of them. The hotels themselves appear to be somewhat basic.

We stayed at the Bucuti Beach Resort in September. It has an incredible beach and fantastic service. They cater to couples and do not provide any watersports or activites for children, so it is very quiet. Search on this board and for additional reviews. We couldn't have been happier with the Bucuti.

They do offer a "Dine Around" plan at the Bucuti that allows you to pre pay for meals at certain restaurants. But, the menu selections that you are able to chose from are limited. You may want to check into that option if you are really determined to go all-inclusive.

Have a great trip!
Old Nov 16th, 2002, 04:32 AM
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I agree with Jane that all-inclusive is not needed in Aruba as there are no safety issues, getting around is easy and they have some great restaurants to choose from. But, if you want to know what the majority of your costs will be up front and also like to drink than all-inclusive may be the right choice for you.

Divi and Tam are totally all-inclusive and Occidental (formerly Allegro) Holiday Inn and Wyndam do have all-inclusive options (depending on time of year the Marriott also offers all-inclusive). Most of the hotel packages come with buffet breakfast inluded.

I suggest you contact Travel Unlimited as they specialize in Aruba and can steer you in the right direction not to mention that we got the best rates and very good service when we used them for our honeymoon.
Old Nov 16th, 2002, 05:12 AM
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Do NOT stay at the Holiday Inn for your honeymoon you will be terribly disappointed!

With that being said you need to to think about about what kind of experience you are looking for. Aruba hotels are kind of put into 2 categories, the "low rise"area and the "high rise" hotels. The Tam/ Divi have rooms that are just steps from the beach and some people really enjoy that, keep in mind they are not luxury hotels. The Bucuti seems to be a favorite for people who like a low key vacation.

The hotels on Palm beach are considered the high rises. Some people dont like it here because the area has more of a "busy" atmosphere. I personally did not fimd that at all. Stayed at the Hyatt and absolutley loved it!!!(not A/I though) the (former) Allegro had a lot of Honeymooners, although I think the Wyndham was prettier.

There is a debate about people going A/I in Aruba. That is a personal opinion, just do your research. If you decide not to go A/I then I highly reccomend the Hyatt (otheres love the Radisson) for your Honeymoon. These resorts are by far the most luxurious on the Island.

Email me if I can help you further. Also has Tons of great informationRuby
Old Dec 15th, 2002, 07:00 PM
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To Ruby, why not stay at the holiday inn? Whats wrong with it? We go back every year and are perfectly happy. Just want to know why....
Old Dec 16th, 2002, 09:07 AM
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Stayed at the Allegro last month and loved it.

Ignore the people that tell you not to do all inclusive. We did it for the booze, breakfast, and lunch. We went out to dinner about 5 nights and had a great time.

I think the Eagle Beach at the Divi/Tam is a little nicer that Palm Beach where the Allegro is but there isn't that much difference. Have fun!
Old Dec 16th, 2002, 09:28 AM
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We stayed at the La Cabana and it was great. Beach access was wonderful, the rooms were great and the service was incredibly friendly. We ate most times intown, but the whole island is easily accessible. Rent a jeep and go for it!
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