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I enjoyed the Marriott complex for 2 reasons: the lazy river and a full kitchen.
Aruba is an expensive island, a kitchen came in very handy. At the very least I recommend finding a room with a mini fridge so you can stock some milk for cereal and beer for later.
I went to Ling & Sons grocery on the first day of my trip and stocked up for the week on groceries for breakfast, lunch, and most dinners. We also bought beer and wine. This totalled $150. I estimate that this saved my mother and I hundreds of dollars especially considering the price of drinks and dinner at Aruba's many restaurants. Dinner can easily run you $50 p/p p/night.
So take it from me, take a bus to the grocery store, take a cab back, and save yourself some money. Consider the Divi Dutch Village or The Divi Aruba Phoenix when looking for hotels. Both have rooms with kitchens and are relatively inexpensive.
Marriott Surf Club
The Marriott resort complex is a sprawling are consisting of the Marriott hotel, the Ocean Club, and the Surf Club. Each resort area has it's own pool and supposedly only Ocean Club members can use the Ocean Club pool, the Marriott hotel guests use only the Marriott pool, etc, though this rule seems to be broken. The Ocean Club and Surf Club are part of Marriott's Vacation Club properties, namely Time-shares. The Surf Club pool is the largest and includes two pools, a lazy river, and a swim up bar. The Surf Club is also closest too the action. It's a quick walk to J.E. Irausquin Blvd on which the other high-rise hotels lie and is also the home to many of the areas restaurants. The beach area the hotel sits on is very nice, like the rest of Palm Beach. Currently, the Surf Club sits directly behind the fisherman's piers but plans are to move these piers futher down the beach. There is a casino on property and is one of the nicest I saw in Aruba. It is off the lobby of the Marriott hotel and includes numerous slot machines and several table games including Craps, Roulette, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud, and more. The pool area at the Surf Club is very nice, although poor planning on Marriott's part seems to be creating a wind tunnel effect at one end of the pool. The Surf Club currently has one 14 story tower and a second is being created in an L-shape off the first to create an almost U-shape around the pool. The problem is they've left a gap between the two buildings and seems to greatly intensify the wind in this one area of the pool complex. Rafts can be rented by the day at a stand on the beach or you can bring your own. They are very useful in the lazy river although the current isn't strong enough to keep you moving without some help from you. Pool-side chairs can be reserved by securing your towel on a chair. There are rules about how long you can reserve a chair without using it, but they aren't enforced leading to some unhappy guests and occasional arguments.
Surf Club is Tops With Us!
My husband and I stayed at the Marriott Surf Club 9/18 - 9/25/05. We rented the lock-off portion of a two-bedroom unit from an owner.
The lock-off unit is very similar to one of the resort's hotel rooms; large balcony, queen-size bed, pull-out sofa bed, small kitchenette with microwave, toaster, sink and small fridge, and a table w/two chairs. Very comfortable for just the two of us.
We stayed on the 14th floor (very top) with a view of the ocean and most of the island. Really beautiful!
Check-in was next door at the Ocean Club's lobby, which went pretty smoothly. Everything you need is in the Marriott 'complex:' the casino is located in the resort's lobby, as is a breakfast and dessert kiosk, which is to die for! There are several gift shops located in both the Ocean Club and resort lobbies. For lunch, you can dine at any of the three pool bars, La Vista at the resort, or Champion's at the Ocean Club. Dinner choices are Simply Fish, Tuscany or La Vista, again all located at the resort. There is also a sushi bar in the resort lobby.
As far as the Surf Club goes, construction is moving right along. The lighthouse Tower is just about complete, with ground broken for the second building. Lazy river is still a work in progress and the boat dock is still in front of the beach at the Surf Club. The dock should be moved by mid-2006, which will create a much nicer view from that particular stretch of beach. The main pool and pool bar are open. We didn't find an issue with too many people around the pool, since it was low-season. Also, no issue with construction noise or debris floating in the pool, as some have previously reported.
Recommended off-property restaurants: Madam Janette, Marandi, and Sunset Grille (at the Radisson Hotel). Great meals at all three.
We liked the Surf Club so much, we are considering a purchase. It is a great place for families! Enjoy!
Had a great time at the Surf Club
My wife and I just returned from a week at the Marriott Surf Club. I had read most of the reviews and want to address some of the issues brought up in other reviews. The hotel is about 20-30% complete as far as I can tell. The Surf Club is, by far, the largest on the island and probably the nicest.
Noise: During daytime hours, there is minimal noise from construction. Usually no more than the beeping of a truck in reverse. At night, the place is like a tomb. Almost too quiet. (if that's possible).
Pool: Just like everyone says, when it is finished it will be very nice. Right now it is slightly too small for the size of hotel. It was very clean. Didn't see anything "floating in the pool." Swim up bar is awesome!
Palapas: Never a problem. We woke up from 8:30 to as late as 11 and was able to get a palapa (granted some were better than others.) On one day, we were in the front row by the pier.
Beach: Not the best. The beach in front on the Surf Club was somewhat dirty and there is a boat pier that takes up 50% of the ocean front area. Anytime I wanted to get in the water, I would walk to the beach in front of the Ocean Club or the Holiday Inn (100 yards each). Drink service in the palapas was nonexistent (2 waitress sightings in 7 days), but it's a short walk to the bar.
Restaurants: Moomba next door is very casual. Right on the beach. Ate there late on the night of arrival. One nice thing about Moomba is that they have music playing during the day which can be heard on the beach. I liked that, some people might not. Tuscany is an Italian restaurant at the Marriott hotel. Very nice, expensive. Food 6-7/10. Would probably not go back there. Sushi place at Marriott was very good. Coffee bar/dessert bar at Marriott was awesome. We went there almost every night. Italian deli across the street from Playa Linda also with very good desserts. Texas de Brazil, fun, filling. Best restaurant all week was Aqua Grill. Highly recommended.
All in all, surf club was very nice and will be spectacular (but maybe too crowded) when it is all done.
Had an Awesome Trip
The Marriott Surf Club is an excellent choice for your stay in Aruba. We had a 2bdr unit in the Surf Club Lighthouse Tower, which faced the Iguana garden. The view was fairly good, could of been better if we were up higher, we had a third floor unit. The rooms are nicely decorated and had all the luxuries of home. Not a far walk to the pool or beach, although we were at the Ocean pool every day. We tried to get a palapa, there were many open, but didn't know how to reserve one. We just went down to occupy one that had no reservation slip on it and were approached by the staff. Said we had to use the palapas at the Surf, we tried closer to the Ocean Club, and they had to be reserved. We were all ready, with towels in hand, for a day outside, so we just went to the pool. The Surf pool is still not completed, but when it is, it will be awesome. Right now, it was small and the deck was crammed with chairs, so everyone was on top of each other. The swim-up pool bar is open and a favorite at happy hour, 4-5pm. We found ourselves over at the Ocean pool for the majority of our stay. We met a lot of great people and had a blast. Parking is an issue and you can end up parking a bit of a distance away from your rooms. All the Marriotts are connected by walkways, so they are easily accessible. The restarants are a bit pricey, Simply Fish is a must though...your table is out on the beach, very romantic. Get there for the sunset, 6pm, when it opens. Champions is a sports bar that has moderately priced food, good selection of sandwiches, salads and appetizers. The only complaint we had was the front desk only had 2 staff assisting people for check-in and that took forever...and there was a cloud in the sky one day, but it didn't stick around long...It was a beautiful day, every day and I can hardly wait to go back...
We stayed at the Surf Club July 17-28. We loved it so much we extended our stay. There is something for everyone in Aruba and the same at the Surf Club. I read the previous reviews regarding the construction- yes there is a little noise during the daytime but it is very minimal. We ate at the Tuscanny at the Marriott and at various restaurants on the island. You have use of any of the pools at the 3 Marriott resorts. The Pavillion Grill at the Ocean club is a bit pricey ($10 for a burger and fries) but the food is delicious and they have alot to choose from. We can't wait to go back to Aruba!
great time at the surf club
we stayed at the surf club during the first week in August, the 2 bedroom villa was excellent, lots of room, good a/c, 3 tv's, comfortable beds and two balconys. the construction was not a problem and we used the pools at all three facilities. had lunch on the weekend at the hut on the beach in front of the surf club, great grilled fresh fish. simply fish was not worth it, high prices and small portions, the fajitas at moomba's next door were good and texas de brazil and madam jeanettes were outstanding. did scuba diving thru red sail and service was very good. cant wait until we can go back.
Best vacation Ive had in years!
My wife, daughter and son in law with grandchildren 5 and 7 had a terrific time. We love to sit in the sun and the little guys were in the pool all day, except when they went to kids activities. It is a very good place for a family vacation. We ate in a couple of the hotel restaurants and found them to be acceptable but less then terrific, and quite overpriced. We ended up cooking breakfast and lunch in the suite and eating off premises. Im admittedly picky about food and while most of the restaurants we ate in on the island were good I didnt find any superb places. After dinner the casino was fine.
Not a tremendous lot to do on the island. But you cant beat it for sun and swim.
Surf Club is the way to go!
We stayed at the Surf club for one week. This was our first time in Aruba but not our last. The Surf Club is so well run. Staying on this Marriott property you have everything at your fingertips. If you choose to do a watersport that is not located directly on your section of beach they drive you by speed boat to make it convenient. I have a 5 year old and a 9 year old and they tried all different things. Tubing was a blast, snorkeling at Baby Beach is amazing. Parasailing was breathtaking and jet skiing was awesome. They have childrens activities like t-shirt painting, free tennis lessons for adults and kids. face painting, ping pong and more. The pools at all 3 properties are beautiful. Swim up bars, hot tubs, waterfalls and more. Drinks are reasonably priced $5-$6 dollars. That is what I expect at a resort. Prices for food is not as bad as everyone writes. If you really go to high end restaurants, the entrees are $30 and up. We have restaurants like that here where we live and we go eat there when it is a special occasion. If you choose to eat like that for lunch and dinner for a whole week, it will certainly add up. For breakfast we ate quite a bit at The Marriotts La Vista. We would go for brunch, approx $18.00 pp.It was so good..delicious eggs benedict. For dinner we loved Le Petit Cafe(walking distance) they bring out a hot stone and you cook your entree according to your own taste, price there for filet mignon wrapped in bacon w/baked potatoe and a salad was approx $25.00. we also tried Texas de Brazil..also walking distance for $40.00 you get an amazing Rodizio and a wonderful salad bar w/40 items!. The Trattoria by the lighthouse had horrible pasta..stick to seafood or meat. We also tried a new place called Le Fondue de Aruba. It was unique to eat you appetizer, main entree and dessert all fondue style..this meal took almost 3 hours from start to finish. I would reccomend only trying it for dessert. The Flying Fishbone was so delicious, tables are literally in the water, bring your flip-flops!
The shade huts had all sorts of weird rules so ask someone to clarify. The sand on the beach is like baby powder. Renting a raft is a must, they run approx $5 a day and can be used in the pools as well as the ocean.
Just a note..the Natural Bridge..one of Aruba's most famous sights actually collapsed 1 day after we visited this landmark. It is still interesting to take the trip to see what is left. Try renting a jeep and just explore this beautiful island. We went off-roading and had a blast. enjoy! Security is all around the Marriott property so if you stroll in late you feel safe. I have nothing negative to say. Everything.. plus the weather was picture perfect.
A great time.
We have just returned from a week's stay at the Surf Club with 2 other couples. The weather, beaches, activities, and food were excellent!!!!!!!! We had a great time and did find the reviews to be very helpful in preparing for what to expect. The hotel is clean, "very Americanized", all the amenities for a water resort, and considered one of the better hotel properties on the island. Our group all experienced a few little "blimps" in our stay, but it can be expected for a hotel property still under major construction. Lack of communication among the property staff and with the guests/vacation owners appeared to be one of the more serious problems. Yes, the prices for food, drink, activities, and shopping throughout the island can be "pricey" but the return is well worth it. You can expect beautiful beaches, great snorkeling in a few areas, beautiful sunsets, and adventurous areas to visit especially in a Jeep or ATV. The island is unique to visit, not your typical beach resort. A must to see: Alto Vista chapel, California Lighthouse, what used to be the Natural Bridge, the caves, the "natural pool", the Arikok Natural Park, Bushiribana Ruins of Gold, and of course all the beaches. There was just not enough time to do all that there is to do---next time we plan to spend a longer time.
young adults in a Aruba
We are planning a trip in August to go to Aruba, and we are taking our 18 yr. old daughter, and 19 yr old son. Are there a lot of people their age. and what about things for them to do while visiting. Also I was planning to stay at the Marriott surf club. I know it is brand new. I was wondering if any one knows anything about the surf club or the marriott.
Re: young adults in a Aruba
I am very new here. We are planning to go to Aruba this june.... actually, it is definite. I was wondering, how was your trip there? What was it like for your daughter and son? Did they have fun? See, I am 16 myself, so I am really curious?!
I hope to get an reply!!!
RE: RE: young adults in a Aruba
I went there when i was 17 and I had a blast.Its safe and there are a bunch of rich kids from the East coast that go there for Holiday.You can pretty much gamble and drink at the bars and clubs without getting carded if thats your thing.It's safe too.