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Aruba newbie... help required

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Aruba newbie... help required

Hi guys

Me and my girlfriend are looking to go to Aruba next June/July but are unsure where to stay (resort/hotlewise). We want a nice AI hotel which also has some nightlife nearby. We went to Cuba last year and felt a little stranded in the hotel for a full 2 weeks - we like to get out and sample a bit of life)

Which resorts can anyone advise?

Thanks in advance for any help or advice...


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1. Re: Aruba newbie... help required

You will probably want something in the high rise hotel area (Palm Beach) where there is alot to walk to as far as restaurants, bars, hotel casinos, etc.

If you want an AI hotel, I would look at either the Riu or the Occidental (both on Palm Beach.)

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2. Re: Aruba newbie... help required

IMO Aruba isn't an all inclusive destination,,,,there are some but I would look at doing a non inclusive like Manchebo, Bucuti, Oceania (VRBO)...etc.

But that is just me ...I'm not an all inclusive kinda guy...

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3. Re: Aruba newbie... help required

IMO Aruba is really not an AI vacation island. There is so much to do and places to visist that I would recommend not staying at AI but since you asked I have heard great things about the RIU and the Occidental.

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4. Re: Aruba newbie... help required

Do a little research and see what you like as Aruba is such an unique island. You might not want to do AI. You could also consider renting a car tho you do drive on the other side. go to www.aruba.com and check out all there is to see about the island or buy some travel books. you do not need to be stranded at the hotels. enjoy

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5. Re: Aruba newbie... help required

I've been going to Aruba for 24 years since 1985. There really isn't too much nightlife in Aruba. There are a few clubs - Cafe Bahia and Senior Frogs downtown; Confessions and Cafe Rembrandt (not a club but has live music 3x's a week). I would not do A.I. in Aruba as there are too many great restaurants. If I was young, had the $$$$, and really wanted to do A.I., I would stay at RIU Palace. It's a beautiful place. Lot's of young people stay there.

sylvania ohio
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6. Re: Aruba newbie... help required

We just got home from the Rui. We loved it. I loved the AI resort. We never had to worry about how much dinner and drinks are going to cost because it was all included. We definately got our moneys worth.

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7. Re: Aruba newbie... help required

Hey Nelson,

Aruba can certainly be an AI destination if you really want to do an AI. I do understand some people really like the fixed price and they can eat and drink as much as they want, when they want...

The Rui or Occidental seem to be your best choice because they are on Palm beach where there is more action.

I would choose the Rui out of the two choices. There is a decent amount of night life. Casinos, Sopranos bar-live music, lots of fun. Party bus... sunset cruise with drinks included.

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