*The official Aruba Brides CHAT thread*
Posted 09 August 2009 - 11:37 PM
Posted 10 August 2009 - 01:19 PM
Posted 12 August 2009 - 07:06 PM
So far they seem the most reasonable for our guests and the wedding coordinator Lorriane has been very responsive to my hundreds of questions daily.
I've looked at other resorts but our guests really want an all inclusive package.
Posted 12 August 2009 - 09:17 PM
Soxgirl, maybe you can try www.tripadvisor.com to see if there are any pictures of the renovations.
Posted 12 August 2009 - 09:19 PM
| Originally Posted by cjaruba |
Congratulations Aruba brides! I'm getting married in Aruba too and don't remember seeing this thread before. Our wedding is in less than 12 weeks now - yikes! I'm getting pretty excited and am finally checking some things off the list. After a site visit in May we chose the Aruba Marriott but also liked the Hyatt, Westin and Manchebo Pavillion. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or find any great resources you'd like to share!
Posted 14 August 2009 - 08:54 AM
| Originally Posted by Sheree10 |
Don't you wonder where all the time went? I hope things have been getting a little easier with your planning.
Posted 15 August 2009 - 01:06 PM
I thought ARUBA might have been left out. My fiance and I are getting married in ARUBA 8/2010. I was wondering does anyone have opinions, reviews or photos of the Occidental or the RIU Palace Resorts.
My Fiance and I have narrowed it down to these two locations based on the All Inclusive offer.
Posted 15 August 2009 - 02:00 PM
The place to check out will be the aruba.com forum:
Official Aruba Community Forum
Its been my best resource. There have been a couple of people on there that bug me but overall its really helpful. My next best resource has been TripAdvisor.com.
We didn't like the fact that RIU is a monstrosity that doesn't seem to fit in with the rest of the hotels but we did drop in one night. (We were in Aruba for a site visit in May.) It looked pretty good. Huge pool! Looked like people were having fun and I could totally see myself bellied up to the pool bar. We stopped in around 10pm and people were still mingling around the pool.
I've heard the 'included' food is 'ok' but there is some a-la-carte food that's really good. We had been considering the Occidental but ruled it out early on because of expense. We don't have enough people that party that would make good use of the All-Inclusive. Occidental seems to have a great location. RIU is down by the Westin near the end of the Palm Beach strip. There really isn't a bad location though. You can walk one end of the beach to the other in less than 20 minutes. Its only about a mile of resort after resort. There is an outdoor shopping center that the Occidental may be closer to, but really, I don't think either are more than a 10 minute walk.
Posted 23 August 2009 - 12:05 AM
I keep being told to just do a low rise like the Divi Divi and save my guest some cash. Any feedback on this I do not want to trade quality for a few bucks savings?
Posted 23 August 2009 - 12:48 PM
We decided to spend the money in other places (reception, activities for our guests, honeymoon).
When is your wedding? We're booked for May 7th.
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