We've owned at Marriott's Aruba Surf Club since 2005 and travel there one or two times per year. Our unit is a spacious three bedroom/three bath...it can be "locked off" into a two bedroom and a studio unit. Most years, we opt to lock off and either spend two consecutive weeks or divide our weeks into a family trip and a "mommy and daddy only" getaway. The Resort is great for either experience. Through Interval International, for a fee ($119), we've been fortunate to trade our locked off studio for a full two bedroom...a great perk for traveling families.
The Surf Club is located at the far end of Palm Beach, Aruba and is part of what is commonly referred to as "marriottville" which include the new Ritz Carlton (still under construction), the Marriott Hotel and the other timeshare Marriott's Ocean Club. The complex boasts several restaurants (including a Ruths Chris), shops, a popular casino, car rental desks and a red sail sports. The Surf Club consists of three high-rise buildings surrounding three large pools and a lazy river. The largest pool has a zero entry area, a water fountain and a slide, making it a favorite for families. The smallest (and newest pool) is for adults only and boasts a view of the beach. The middle pool offers a volleyball net and swim up pool bar complete with tv featuring sporting events and a fun happy hour from 3p-5p daily. The lazy river is a blast for everyone including the occasional iguana that you're sure to spot swimming across the current. There are two large hot tubs, as well. In addition to the swim up bar, food and drinks may be purchased onsight in the Marketplace. There is also a game pavillion and on sight fitness center, as well as twice weekly craft fair.
The beach, while crowded, is deep and offers plenty of palapas and chairs. The palapa issue is really only an issue if you require front row seating. Otherwise, most days, you can arrive at the beach anytime of day and get a shady spot to sit...just rarely in a "prime" location. Play the line up game only if a front row palapa is a must.
Palm Beach is long and lined with several high rise resorts. It is terrific for a family that requires activity and dining options. Not so great if you are looking for tranquility (try Eagle Beach Aruba if that is your ideal.) Most days we walk the length of the beach to the Divi Phoenix where we enjoy a dip in the calm sea and a drink. Sometimes we stop at Bugaloe for lunch on our return trip...a great little bar on a pier about midway down Palm Beach. We also enjoy windsurfing and always find the people at Vela, located near the Marriott, very helpful and accomodating. Highly recommend them for beginners through experts.
The Palm Beach area also offers many great evening activities. There are two malls with shopping, dining and movie theater options...as well as a modern (and clean!) bowling alley, flow rider experience, several casinos and bar options. All are within walking distance from the Surf Club, but taxi's are readily available, as well.
The units themselves at the Surf Club are fantastic. Each is equipped with washer/dryers, balconies, flat panel tv's, comfortable furniture and nautical decor. They are bright and clean and maintained nicely. A truly great location to relax after a day of exploring...or floating on the lazy river. Enjoy!
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott`s Aruba Surf Club Hotel Palm/Eagle Beach
- Marriotts Palm Eagle Beach
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- Marriott Aruba Surf Club
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- Aruba Surf Club
- Marriott Palm/Eagle Beach
- Marriott Surf Club Aruba