Spent five nights at the Surf Club in a one bedroom villa with garden view. If you are on a higher floor (5 and up) you can catch a glimpse of the ocean from your balcony. The lower floors are obstructed by palm trees and vegetation. The place was almost filled to capacity with lots of families with young children. Both the pool areas and the beach were crowded. There are simply too many apartments in three different towers to share too little recreational space. The pools and lazy river are very nice, however, you had to get up early in the morning and put a chair tag on your lounge if you wanted a good location. To float in the lazy river you have to buy a tube for $7.00. The serenity pool (adults only) filled up quickly with tagged chairs and was packed by mid morning. If you want a beach palapa you have to reserve it the day before for $10.00 or take your chances and get up at 7:00 am to get a free one if one is left. There are plenty of beach lounges (some with attached sun shades), however, space is limited so they are lined up very closed together. Again, if you want a lounge in one of the first couple of rows by the ocean you have to get up early and tag it. Who wants to do that on their vacation? There are staff people that walk around and supposedly remove tags from lounges that haven't been used in two hours, but it didn't seem to make much of a difference.
The apartment was clean, well laid out and featured a full kitchen with all appliances, including a washer and dryer. The bed was very comfortable; a bathtub and vanity area are part of the bedroom, the attached bathroom has a shower, toilet and another vanity. There were some stains and nicks and scratches on the furniture, but everything worked. There is a public bus stop right outside the building at the far end of the parking lot. Take the bus to one of the local supermarkets and stock up on food and drink, it'll safe you some money. The elevators were fast, never waited longer than a few seconds. The exercise room on the ground floor was surprisingly large and featured lots of different equipment. If you want wi-fi you have to go to the lobby, none in the rooms. There is a National Car Rental desk, you can rent a car for about $50 a day plus insurance. Be prepared to wait in line, there is only one agent who does all the paperwork and then shows customers to their cars.
The Surf Club is connected via walkways to the Ocean Club next door and then on to the Stellaris Hotel and Casino. The casino is about a five minute walk away. Overall, the Surf Club is a well maintained facility and a good fit for families and if you travel there during the off season it will probably be less congested. For us, it was a so-so experience and we will probably pick a different property next time we return to Aruba.
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- Marriotts Palm Eagle Beach
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- Marriott Palm/Eagle Beach
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