Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hyatt Aruba

Thank you to the Aruba Tourism Authority for sponsoring my trip to Aruba and this site inspection.

Hyatt Aruba is a family resort on Palm Beach in Aruba. It is not all-inclusive. 

A few things to know about this resort: 

Kids' Activities 
  • It has a water slide. 
  • Babysitting is available
  • Camp Hyatt has 3 sessions per day Pricing changes by season . Morning and afternoon sessions include lunch. the kids must be potty trained
  • Steam room is available in the men's or women's locker rooms 
  • You can reserve a beach palapa at hyattbeachservices.com. It is included if you reserve it for the next day or you pay in advance to secure the same chair for the whole stay. 
  • Swim Up Bar 
  • Live entertainment each evening starting at 5 pm. 
  • 2 courts. Racquets and tennis balls are included. 
  • Free Wifi 
These resort has a lot of stairs as the pool area is tiered as it heads down to the beach. King rooms have a walk in shower. Rooms with two queen beds have a bath tub. Suites have full oceanfront balconies. Island view rooms only have windows that open - no walk out balconies. Take a quick peek:

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tamarijn All Inclusive Resort Aruba

A big thank you to the Aruba Tourism Authority for sponsoring my visit to Aruba and this site tour. 

Tamarijn is an all inclusive family resort is located on Divi beach in Aruba. 

What makes this resort special: 
  • All oceanfront rooms 
  • Free bikes 
  • All inclusive 
  • Great value
  • Kids Club
  • Access to Divi Aruba 
A few things to know: 
  • No room service 
  • No waiter service at beach or pool 
  • Mini fridge in the room, but it's not stocked. 
To me, this is a great option for Aruba. You can have the benefit of an all-inclusive for breakfast, lunch and cocktails, but it's at a price point that makes it feasible to go out for dinner to some of Aruba's great restaurants. It's also great to have a beachfront rooms at this price point. Check out how close the rooms are to the beach. 

Join me on a walk around: 

Friday, December 1, 2017

What cruise ship is best for Alaska?

In the video below, I answered two frequently asked questions:
  • What's the best itinerary?
  • What's the difference between cruise ships?

This is a Facebook Live I did. If you want to join these types of presentations live, be sure to LIKE and FOLLOW the Trips with Angie Facebook page

Best Itinerary

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Ritz Carlton Aruba

A big thank you to the Aruba Tourism Authority for sponsoring my visit to Aruba and the site inspection at this resort. A big thank you to the Ritz Carlton for providing breakfast. 

The Ritz Carlton is located on Palm Beach in Aruba. It's a gorgeous property. The resort kept the mangroves and it's located near the end of Palm Beach so beach goers have a little more privacy than at other Palm beach resorts. This pet friendly resort has 321 rooms with 55 suites. 

Amenities include: 
  • Non motorized  water sports including Paddle boards
  • Spa wet areas included
  • Adult only pool
  • Family pool near Ritz kids club
  • Casino
  • You can go fishing and have it cooked by the chef. 
  • Beach service by Segway - This means your food is hot and your drinks are cold when delivered. 

For a more inclusive and special experience, consider reserving a room on the Club level. The lounge has  5 food presentations a day with beer and wine included. The lounge will also sponsor art and wine events.

Here's a quick peek. 

Email me for more information and pricing and availability. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino

A big thank you to the Aruba Tourism Authority for sponsoring my site inspection of this resort. 

Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino is located on Palm Beach in Aruba.

The resort has a lot of great amenities: 
  • Swim Up Bar 
  • All rooms have balconies and two sinks 
  • King rooms have a renovated walk in shower 
  • Adults Only pool 

Adults Only Pool

Wifi is free in the lobby. Otherwise, it is an additional fee unless you are Platinum or Gold Marriott member. Beach palapas are available for $30. Pool cabanas are available for $75, but you get a $50 resort credit. Here's a photo of the adult pool with pool cabanas.

If you are looking for a kid-free experience, the 8th floor is the club floor and it is adults only. Full breakfast, lunch and heavy appetizers are available in the lounger on the first floor. 

If you are traveling with your kids, the Atrium Tower has all connecting rooms. 

I can also work with the resort to put together an all-inclusive package if you have at least ten rooms traveling together. 

Join me on a tour: 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Hilton Aruba

A big thank you to the Aruba Tourism Authority for sponsoring my visit to Aruba and my stay at the Hilton Aruba. 

Aruba is known for beautiful beaches and great food. As you know, I usually review all inclusive resorts, but you'd be missing out if you didn't experience some of the country's great restaurants. To encourage this, the Aruba Gastronomic Association offers a Dine Around program. You pre-purchase vouchers to use for multi-course meals at participating restaurants. 

The Hilton is in a great location right by the De Palma pier used for excursions and across the street from shops and restaurants. 

The resort has three towers: Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. Aruba towers rooms are a little larger. The concierge level is the 8th floor in the Aruba tower. 

The resort has a more active pool by the pool bar and a quiet pool closer to the Bonaire and Curacao towers. Pool cabanas are available for $75 per day and include a $25 resort credit. Palapas are available on the beach and included in your stay. You can reserve them after 4 pm by going to the towel hut or using the online system. If you'd like the same palapa for the whole week, you can reserve it for a fee. 

Beach palapas are on the right 

For activities, the resort has a kids club for guests aged 4 - 12 years old. The first two hours are free. Bikes are also available for free. The beach is public with a boardwalk that goes along the length of the beach. Wifi is free. 

Join me on a tour: