| Originally Posted by jmastr05 |
I'm new to this forum. Obviously, I, too, am considering a wedding in Aruba! I've done a lot of research, and will hopefully be able to take a trip down there Novemeber 2009.
It looks like you're all considering a variety of resorts. My top choice is/are the Divi/Tamarijn All-Inclusive. I have seen some bad pictures of the rooms and bathrooms on the internet, but I believe there have also been rennovations since then. Has anyone been there to be able to confirm this?
I also really like the Manchebo and Amerstadam Manor. Amsterdam Manor is actually my personal favorite, but the more offerings of the Divi/Tam seem to work better for the varied tastes of my guests.
All opinions/information is welcome! I'm excited to have this forum to share experiences!
Divi/Tam is AI so this will be great for your guest, it is a very young resort, referring to the crowd. Yes they've since renovated so the rooms are nothing like you've seen on Trip Advisor. For a wedding the beach is also great and the wedding planner's certainly know how to make your day stress free.
Manchebo is on a vast piece of beach the best on the island for weddings to my opinion. Very little crowd. It's been a while that I've been in a room there. However the Bucuti next door is what I would call a boutique of hotels, small, private, adult only thus romantic and it is Manchebo's neighbour. The wedding planner is the envy of the business. It's awesome for your wedding. It will not be appropriate however for your guests to stay there.
Amsterdam Manor, I would say would probably come closest to Bucuti in style but Bucuti's beach is still much better for the privacy for your honeymoon as well as your ceremony.
This reference is not done with pricing in mind, I don't have a clue what will be most economical as I haven't studied that and besides I'm not that type, If I like it I'll go for it even if I have to save harder. I really prefer to save hard and get what I want than to settle for less.
There are a few other options that are great also RIU is AI and you have the superb for a ceremony and reception, the Renaissance Island.
If you have any questions feel free and ask away either open on the forum or by PM.
BTW, congratulations and welcome to the forum.