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|Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino – Palm Beach ~ Reviews Posted – 2|
|Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino||Jocelyn|
My husband and I have been to Aruba four times and always have a wonderful time. I would definitely recommend the Radisson Aruba Resort. The staff is wonderful! I think the beach area between the Radisson and the Hyatt is the best. I noticed Vickie liked the Marriott and the Holiday Inn. The beach area has several docks for fishing boats to depart. There is a fishy smell and the sand is not as nice in this area. The Holiday Inn is a MODERATE resort. If you want luxury, stay at the Radisson or the Hyatt (some rooms do not have balconies) but has a little more nightlife.
The Radisson is one of the newest hotels in Aruba and it shows. The rooms are beautifully decorated in a West Indies style. There are two lagoon type pools which are zero entry and are steps away from the beach. Gilligan’s is a great place for lunch and is right next to the beach. They also have a very nice restaraunt for dinner called Sunset Grill for steaks and seafood. The resort has a fitness center as well as a beauty salon.
I would not recommend an all inclusive resort in Aruba. While drink prices are high, all of the restaurants are EXCELLENT and you will definitely miss out on some unique cuisine! If you stay at a resort in the Palm Beach area, you are within walking distance of many great restaurants. Aruba is a safe island to walk around at night. My husband and I would take the bus if we wanted to go downtown. It is very easy to use and costs $1.00 per person. Shops close at 6pm downtown.
As far as activities, I would take a snorkeling trip and rent a Jeep to tour the island. We spend most of our time relaxing on the beach! The constant breeze makes it difficult to stay awake! The water is very calm, which is nice if you are taking children. Be very careful with sunscreen as the sun is intense. I would take SPF 30 and apply often!
Here are a few of my favorite restaurants: El Gaucho (Argentine Steakhouse), Paparrazi (Italian), Le Petite Cafe (Steaks and Seafood cooked at your table on a hot stone), Flying Fishbone (Seafood on the beach), Iguana Joes’s (Caribbean Excellent Fajitas), Papiamento (Caribbean Steaks and Seafood).
|Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino||Chris And Lori||New Jersey|
What a great week at the Aruba Radisson. Many people have recommended that Aruba was a great Caribbean destination, and we are certainly in agreement with that. We booked an 8 day trip to the Aruba Radisson and were excited to hear that it had undergone a $50 million dollar renovation within the last 2 years. We flew out of Newark on Continental non stop to Aruba. No problem with the direct 4 hour flight to the fairly new and clean airport. So far…. so good. Somebody had told us to rent a car for the week because it was fairly inexpensive and it was very easy to navigate the island. We got a Suzuki Baleno 4 door with A/C and automatic for $175 for the week. What a deal!! Only a 15 minute ride to the resort from the airport and it was easy to check in and get our room keys etc. So far the people have been friendly and helpful, and they spoke English!! Off to the room and we see that the room is very nice and evidence of the renovation is clear. Nice new furniture, nice new bathroom fixtures, and a nice view of a palm tree that had a mother bird nesting on 2 eggs. We also enjoyed the countless iguanas we saw all over the property. All different colors and sizes…. very cool!! After we unpacked we headed to "Gilligans" the pool bar-restaurant and had a pretty good lunch and discovered they had Miller Lite! So now I am a happy camper!! We went to the concierge and made reservations for dinners around the island. Every place we went to for dinner we enjoyed and we got recommendations for many of these restaurants. We enjoyed El gaucho the steak house, Chalet Suisse (continental), Iguana Joes (casual and downtown),Tony Romas (ribs),Sunset Grille (inside our hotel and pricey) and the California Lighthouse (which was so-so Italian) We really enjoyed the gorgeous beach and super calm water that was a beautiful shade of blue. Even more enjoyable was the beautiful pool area with the most comfortable beach chairs that you could actually put in the pool. How relaxing!! I also loved the fact that there were no rules concerning drinking beers in glass bottles in and around the pool. Amazing!! Usually there are rules concerning the time and what is allowed at the pool, but not here. You could swim anytime and drink too! Anyway we walked the beach and were not hassled or bothered by any vendors or anybody else trying to hawk a timeshare or something else. There is also a very nice sidewalk that runs the length of the hotel area in the Palm Beach section of the island…. what a great idea. I just read one of the other reviews and they mentioned feeling safe and not worrying about venturing out and exploring the island, and we felt the same way. One day we drove to "baby beach" which had really good snorkeling and we just enjoyed the beautiful water and relaxing atmosphere. Driving around in our rented Suzuki was no problem and renting a car is definitely the way to go! We also stopped at a supermarket that was as nice as one in the states, we stocked up on beer and soda and snacks and were once again impressed at how clean,neat and organized everything was. We had been to the Dominican last year and were not impressed. Aruba was a little more money, but well worth it. We will definitely return to this great little island where they speak English, take US dollars and seem genuine and friendly. If anybody has any questions don’t hesitate to e-mail us… Thanks again Debbie, this is a great site.
Chris And Lori
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