sure which Aruba accommodation to choose?
Seriously consider the Marriott Aruba Surf Club
View from our room
When I began my Aruba accommodation research it made me realize how many choices I had. Not knowing what to expect, I heard the island of Aruba can be an expensive island to visit, but I was determined to not let that discourage me.
There are plenty of places to stay to meet any budget, from the very high-end hotels like the Ritz Carlton to a community of elegantly furnished homes offering a full kitchen, living/dining rooms, and private pools with patio furniture over at the Tierra del Sol. I finally decided to stay at the Marriott Aruba Surf Club, and here are a few reasons why.
It's one of three huge beach side Marriott Aruba accommodation resorts that sit side-by-side in Aruba’s popular beachfront High-Rise District.
It's an easy $25-drive from the airport. Since the island is not that big, the taxi ride would not take long.
On our ride to the hotel, our driver shared with us what the secret to loving the island is. He told us just to eat, drink, and relax. If you follow those rules, we would enjoy Aruba.
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The Marriott Surf Club is an Aruba accommodation right on Palm Beach and is about a 5-minute walk to the Palm Plaza Mall, which
has tons of shopping and restaurants. Besides two pools there is a
lazy river. How cool is that?
From the quick and easy
check-in, I knew I had made the right decision. At the Marriott Aruba Surf
Club, the rooms are clean (with kitchenettes), and apartments that are spotless
It was recommended to me to
ask for a high floor. This is a bonus as these rooms are the closest to the
beach. Depending on the type of vacation you are looking for, you can have it
either way at this resort.
The amenities are perfect for
families. There are 2 infinity pools, a lazy river, water slide, and lots of
activities for families, including a Nintendo Wii Lounge exclusively for teens.
The beach is just steps away from the hotel
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It also can be a perfect
getaway without the kids with a serenity pool for adults and a party pool.
There is a huge state-of-the-art fitness center and spa. Everyday, there are
classes, such as yoga, to get you back in touch with your mind and your body.
Excellent romantic restaurants right on the beach and a casino next door.
But no matter your age,
nothing beats floating down the Surf Club's lazy river.
It's nice to float
through, as opposed to just sitting in one spot at a pool.
You can float through without
a tube or noodle, but you may need to doggy paddle a little. Tubes and noodles are not
included. You have to buy at the gift shop.
My tip is to bring one from home
and inflate it there. They have free pumps to blow up the floats. You honestly
can float in the lazy river all day.
There are also several
iguanas and lizards that hang out by the pool and lazy river.
This Marriott is a timeshare
property so expect to be invited to a presentation. They aren't pushy about it.
If you are not interested, it’s not a problem to decline. All of the hotel
staff we interacted with were very friendly.
7 things to do when staying
at the Marriott Aruba Surf Club
- Go to Super Foods, which is close by
car, to get food to save money on meals, especially breakfast. Be sure to bring
along your own shopping bags. Better yet, be sure to keep the ones you get free
at the airport.
- Grab a taxi or bus outside
the hotel for quick drives into downtown where there are numerous restaurants
- Rent a Jeep or an economy car
at the hotel and visit the rest of the island like the California lighthouse,
the Butterfly farm, Aloe Factory, Baby and
- There's a great shopping area within
walking distance just south of the hotel with higher end shops and lots of
vendors with tons of Aruba souvenirs.
- Have dinner on the beach.
- Take a cruise with the Jolly
Pirates! There is a 4-hour morning excursion.
You can snorkel at 3 different stops, jump off the
boat with a rope swing, eat a great BBQ lunch, and enjoy an open bar the entire
time. There is also a sunset cruise where it turns into quite the party.
- Sit on the beach with your favorite cocktail and just watch the sunset.
With all of the Aruba accommodation
choices available to us, we were very happy and satisfied to have spent seven
days at the Marriott Aruba Surf Club.
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