Marriott's Aruba Surf Club
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I'm a girl and I love to shop...unfortunately, the shopping in Aruba was poor to say the least. I would have thought Oranjestad would have had great shopping - but it was very lacking. It has tons of touristy stores selling the key chains, magnets, etc. that you can get anywhere with just a different location slapped on the front. I'm more into …
that I totally forgot to plan the Honeymoon. I'm such a planner, especially when it comes to traveling. I normally know where I'm going, when I'm doing things and what not to miss. I was so busy planning a wedding that I kept forgetting that I was going on a honeymoon! Besides a flight and a hotel I had nothing else!
Upon our arrival my …
... day. We are the laziest by far...others had been sailing, swimming etc... Honestly I have just been enjoying the gorgeous scenery and relaxing in our super air-conditioned room and then venturing out late at night walking from one happy hour to the next. The temperature is about 90 degrees and very humid but there is usually a really nice wind that makes it really nice especially at night.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Marriott's Aruba Surf Club Palm/Eagle Beach
By far, the Marriot Aruba Surf Club was one of the finest hotels that I have ever stayed in, as far as quality, class, and service goes. My husband and I honeymooned in Aruba for about ten days, in late September. We just had a blast. The room was just beyond belief. It was just as beautiful as displayed in the photo gallery. We had a master bedroom, with one king sized bed, a huge kitchen along with a dining room, living room, and a balcony. It was just exhilarating.
After reading some of the reviews, I must say that some of the people just do not "Get It". Aruba at first was a desert island with many strip like malls, but after a day or two in Aruba, (and at the Marriott), my whole view changed.
I am an "owner" at the Marriott Aruba Surf. We stayed this past week (Dec 11-18) for the first time. All and all, we were very pleased with the experience. First of all, the staff was extremely courteous and helpful throughout our stay, and were prompt in honoring requests (ie: crib, highchair, room-type, and making a small adjustment on our phone bill.) We had terrific weather all week.
We went to Aruba with our 3-month old baby daughter and nurse. We stayed in a two bedroom oceanfront villa. At check-in, we had some problems with the front desk personnel who did not seem interested in accomodating our request for a high floor room with a good view. After alot of effort, they did finally change our room the next day -- and it was spectacular. After the initial problems, we found the rest of the staff to be very helpful. The rooms were very well equipped, particularly the kitchen. We quickly discovered that it was important to go and reserve the Beach Hut early in the morning, but this was a nice way to start the day. We also quickly discovered that Moomba Beach, next door to the Surf Club, was the best place to watch the sunset, practice some "beach surfing" over the sand, and enjoy a few happy hour pina coladas. We had a few laughs watching the passengers from the Jolly Pirate disembark every evening after enjoying the open bar aboard the ship. All in all, we had a terrific vacation and are looking forward to a return trip.
Let me start by telling you that it rained or at the very least was over cast everyday but the 1st full day of our trip! Our room (2bdrm) was wonderful for 4 adults. The cranes that everyone seems to be so obsessed with are really not so noticible if you dont insist on staring at them, and no they dont hang right over the pool. The pool is on the small side, but the ocean is huge. Also access to the beach and pools next door is easy and no one gives you difficult time. Everyone that we meet was friendly here and on the rest of the island. The only thing that I would not recommend is eating or drinking at the Marriott's, as yes this will cost you! We brought our cooler fully supplied down to both the pool and beach and not one word was said to us. Yes, when the pool is done there maybe no better Marriott then this!!! Also Texasdebrazil was great, try it.
My husband and I were at the Surfclub the first week in November. We had a very nice time. We were given the trip as a belated honeymoon. We stayed in an efficiency but that was plenty of room for us. We had a great view from our 9th floor room. We did not use the pool, we enjoy the beach more. We would get the palapas early in the morning from the staff. We usually were in front of the boat docks but could walk down to the marked swimming areas which was fine. We are from the south and most of the people were from up north or another country. We had a jeep all week and rode all over the island. You need to go to the other side and take that drive, just beautiful. The bar next to the surfclub at the Jolly Pirates was our favorite place. Drink specials from 6 to 7. Nice bartenders and good food. Texas de Brazil was another favorite close restaurant, be sure not to eat all day before going. The resort had very good security so we felt safe there, basically felt safe all over the island. We found the resort clean and full of amenities. They also cater fully to families.
Let me first tell you that we did not pay for this trip and were only responsible for food and drinks. Having traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean, I can say that Aruba is the least flattering Island in the area. If your idea of Tropical is having a McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell or Wendy's on every street corner, Aruba is your place. If your idea of relaxing is lying on the beach and having helicopter rides buzz overhead all day, Aruba is your place. Lastly, If you want to get away and enjoy great scenery, great food and have a nice quite and relaxing vacation, Aruba is not your spot.
The Surf Club is a GREAT place to stay. The one bedroom suite is roomy and very clean -very well appointed. The beds are the most comfortable I have ever found in a hotel. My two children (one a teen) had no problems sleeping on the pull out sofa. We were on the 12th floor and the view was pure magic-sunset was just beautiful. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly. No lines, no waiting for anything. The pool was the cleanest of any on the island. After visiting all the hotel on Palm Beach-this is by far the best!!!!
Stayed at the Surf Club July 15 through 21st in one of their guestrooms (which is really the lock-off room). It was a bit bigger than the average hotel room, had a queen bed, sleep sofa, coffee maker, toaster, microwave, small refrigerator and beach towels in the room. We received daily maid service, probably because we had no washer or dryer. Our room was considered oceanview, on the 8th floor and overlooked the pool and had a nice ocean view. My college-age daughter joined us for 4 days which made the room a bit crowded. We were barely in the room so it was no big deal. If we were to go again with more than two people, we would definitely reserve a larger room.
My husband, son & I just returned from the Marriott Surf Club in Aruba. The first tower of the Surf Club had only been open two weeks when we arrived and construction on the second tower was in progress. We had a one-bedroom suite and it was very nice. The unit came with a washer & dryer, fully-equipped kitchen, good-sized private balcony, a t.v. in the bedroom and the living room with cable. The resort employees were pleasant and accomodating. The pool was the best of the pools of the three Marrriott properties on Aruba to which we also had access (The Ocean Club and the Marriott Hotel). The Surf Club pool was clean and the temperature was always pleaseant, where as the other two pools seemed less clean and much cooler. Since the Surf Club is still under construction, the "lazy river" is not yet done.