We traveled to Aruba in May 2009 for our Honeymoon and had a Blast! Our flight arrived late so after the rental car and locating the hotel, we didn't arrive to the surf club until after 11. Don't know if it was the late arrival or the fact that we are owners at a different Marriott location (I think it's the latter) but we had a really, really poor room location. It was the second floor directly above the BBQs and wasn't very private (which was all we really wanted!). The rooms - we had a 1 BR - are absolutely Gorgeous. They're huge with a full size bath and kitchen; we felt right at home. The folks at the front desk were great when we asked for a room transfer; the resort was at capacity but they offerred to transfer us on Monday as soon as rooms were available.
We went to Ling and Sons for groceries and stocked the Fridge. We saved lots of money on Breakfast, Lunch and pool drinks so we could splurge on our Dinners out. Highly recommend Aruba's Palmera Rum and fruit punch for Lazy river cocktails.
The Lazy river is a blast; it's the perfect place to hang with other couples. We gathered a group of lazy river friends together for KuKuKunuku, and had a great time. Also, make sure you bring your own rafts! The Marriott sells tubes but they're small and I think they're pricey.
The Stellaris Casino was fun; low minimums at the Blackjack table and decent rules. We gambled there until the wee hours of the morning after our KuKuKunuku tour.
The beach by the Marriott was only so-so. But just down the beach from the Marriott are all of the Kite Boarding companies; which is handy for the adventurer.
Some other tips: Rent a car in Aruba. The other beaches around the island are amazing and there are many awesome restaurants in and around Orangestad. But don't rent a Jeep for offroading to the natural pool and bridge, take an ATV tour or jeep tour.
Oh, by the way, it's WINDY. On our first morning, we thought a storm was coming in so we stayed away from the beach and the pool but it's like that all the time. Leave it to Southern Californians to be intimidated by 25 MPH tradewinds (with sunshine!).
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