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Forum: Aruba in General Monday, December 1st, 2014, 12:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,873
Posted By rdharles
Re: Equator Band

Sunday for sure at Bugaloe, sometimes Friday at Bugaloe. They occasionally play at Divi Phoenix, not sure where else though as I've never seen them anywhere but Bugaloe.

Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, November 13th, 2012, 12:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,530
Posted By rdharles
Re: Bringing Cigars INTO Aruba.

Bring my own to Aruba every year, no problem. Also enjoy Aruba's Aruhiba cigars.
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, November 13th, 2012, 12:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,635
Posted By rdharles
Re: Restaurant Tipping Ettiquette & The "Service Charge"

To me, it really makes no difference whether they there's a 15% service charge on there or not. I leave 20% unless it is a complete disaster. If there's no service charge, I leave 20%, if there is...
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Wednesday, March 21st, 2012, 09:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,689
Posted By rdharles
Re: For Sale: week.9 room.170

Timeshare is sold, thanks for looking.
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Wednesday, October 5th, 2011, 11:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,689
Posted By rdharles
Re: For Sale: week.9 room.170

*** PRICE REDUCED to $12,000 ***

For Sale:
RIU / (Aruba Grand Royal Palm Club)
1st floor beachfront unit - walk out directly onto beach.
Week 9 (1st week in March)
Unit 170
One bedroom...
Forum: Aruba Timeshare for Sale Wednesday, April 6th, 2011, 10:45 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,230
Posted By rdharles
RIU - week.9 room.170

For Sale:
RIU / (Aruba Grand Royal Palm Club)
1st floor beachfront unit - private patio that leads directly onto beach.
Week 9 (1st week in March)
Unit 170
One bedroom
$13,800 (or reasonable...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, April 5th, 2011, 08:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,011
Posted By rdharles
Re: First trip to the island!

I find it hard to tell whether the diet coke is better or worse than back home because mine is always swimming in a glass full of Rum!:wink_smil

Aren't the "Hut Wars" fun. Every day (1st week of...
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Sunday, April 3rd, 2011, 10:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,689
Posted By rdharles
Re: For Sale: week.9 room.170

Hi,
You got there right after we left. We were down this year Mar 4th through the 11th.
Here are some pictures of the unit. Let me know if you want any other information.
...
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Sunday, March 27th, 2011, 08:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,689
Posted By rdharles
For Sale: week.9 room.170

For Sale:
RIU / (Aruba Grand Royal Palm Club)
1st floor beachfront unit - walk out directly onto beach.
Week 9 (1st week in March)
Unit 170
One bedroom
$13,800 (or reasonable offer)
28 weeks...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, March 16th, 2011, 08:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,011
Posted By rdharles
Re: First trip to the island!

Yup, you can get free wifi in the lobby and just outside the lobby facing the ocean (but you don't get quite as good a connection and will lose it at times). You have to pay anywhere else on the...
Forum: Divi Phoenix Resort Saturday, March 12th, 2011, 11:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,768
Posted By rdharles
Re: New towers - room numbering scheme

Of course, right to left (standing in the pool) starting with a zero, I'm sure that's it!
Forum: Divi Phoenix Resort Saturday, March 12th, 2011, 11:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,768
Posted By rdharles
Re: New towers - room numbering scheme

OK, it's coming together now. Thanks for that information. The building number (first number) and the floor number (second number) makes sense now. But there are 5 units across each building and I...
Forum: Divi Phoenix Resort Saturday, March 12th, 2011, 03:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,768
Posted By rdharles
New towers - room numbering scheme

Hi,

Just returned from Aruba yesterday and currently own at the Aruba Grand / RIU. Considering purchasing one of the units in the new buildings (Suites). If I remember correctly, the buildings...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, January 19th, 2011, 09:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,413
Posted By rdharles
Re: Just curious....

Have a timeshare at the RIU. Almost always walk over to Salt & Pepper the first night. Easy, casual, relaxing, great food!
Forum: Aruba in General Friday, October 29th, 2010, 08:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,530
Posted By rdharles
Re: Aruban people's hospitality

On the last day of our second trip to Aruba, we didn't feel like going out and decided to eat the leftovers in our hotel room fridge from the night before. I went downstairs to see if I could find...
Forum: Aruba in General Friday, April 30th, 2010, 08:29 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 37,415
Posted By rdharles
Re: what do we like about aruba?

In order:
#1) The local people
#2) No hurricanes (the weather)
#3) I feel safe
#4) The restaurants
#5) The beaches
#6) Aruba is nowhere near Wisconsin
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Sunday, March 28th, 2010, 11:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,079
Posted By rdharles
Re: Honeymoon at the RIU

Just the opposite. You need to get out to the beach by around 7:00am or before. After 7:00 it gets pretty thin. I always see empty chairs at the pool all day long.
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Sunday, March 7th, 2010, 05:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,459
Posted By rdharles
Re: Just back form RIU

Hi Lynn,
Thanks for the welcome!
We were told the RIU was 93% full and has been steadily busy. It's hard to tell how many timeshare folks were there but it looked like there was someone in all but...
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Sunday, March 7th, 2010, 01:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,459
Posted By rdharles
Re: Just back form RIU

Hi everyone,

Just returned myself last night. Had a great, relaxing week on the beach.
Hit a lot of my favorite restaurants and a couple nice new ones.

This is the fourth time I've stayed in...
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Friday, January 29th, 2010, 10:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,241
Posted By rdharles
Re: Leaving this Friday

Thanks for posting the pictures.

Those are great!

I only owned 2-3? years before "the construction" but I have some great memories.
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Wednesday, November 18th, 2009, 12:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,759
Posted By rdharles
Re: Just back 10/31-11-13

Thanks for the update, Linda. Glad things were better for you this year and you had a good time!
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Tuesday, November 17th, 2009, 12:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,747
Posted By rdharles
Re: Jelishka

Hi Lynn,
So what's the word? Did Richard scare her away or drive her out? Did she leave on her own? I haven't heard anything other than she is gone now.
R.D.
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Monday, October 26th, 2009, 09:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,109
Posted By rdharles
Re: Just a few photo's...

Great pictures, thanks for sharing!
R.D.
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009, 10:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,437
Posted By rdharles
Re: yearly fees

Hey Lynn,
I heard the beds had been replaced too. I never noticed during my stay in March. I never really had a problem with the bed before, so if it was replaced, it really didn't stick out to me...
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009, 08:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,437
Posted By rdharles
Re: yearly fees

I assume because management is doing little or no maintenance to the units, that they couldn't possibly get away with RAISING our "maintenance fees".
It just shows that management knows they are "in...
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Thursday, June 11th, 2009, 10:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,652
Posted By rdharles
Re: Riu Just Keeps Getting Worse

It's absolutely horrific what is happening to us. I've been to Aruba 12 times and have never met a single person that has had anything positive to say about Richard (employee or guest). He has a...
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Tuesday, April 14th, 2009, 08:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,098
Posted By rdharles
Re: emails to Jelishka

Like Lynn said, Richard Velasco (rvelasco@riu.com) is the hotel manager so he'd be the one to contact. The only problem is that many timeshare owners have tried that and have gotten nowhere. Having...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, April 13th, 2009, 02:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,484
Posted By rdharles
Re: Do Taxi's wait?

Everything you ever wanted to know about taxis in Aruba:
http://taxiaruba.com/new/policy.html

I'd recommend Hong King instead of Lings if you're in a big hurry. You can get in and out of there...
Forum: Aruba in General Friday, April 3rd, 2009, 03:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 11,739
Posted By rdharles
Re: Arrival-Bringing Alcohol Through Aruba Customs

Ahhh, I see. You're talking about multiple bottles being brought in and taxed.
Forum: Aruba in General Friday, April 3rd, 2009, 01:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 11,739
Posted By rdharles
Re: Arrival-Bringing Alcohol Through Aruba Customs

I'm confused. What's this issue? You can (legally) bring a bottle of booze into Aruba from the States in your checked luggage.
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Monday, March 23rd, 2009, 08:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,098
Posted By rdharles
Re: emails to Jelishka

I haven't emailed her lately but your right, she always responds right away. Are you using this email: Jelishka Giel <ts.aru@riu.com>
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Thursday, March 12th, 2009, 08:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,491
Posted By rdharles
Re: Recent E-Mail

Alright, I'll throw out a positive.
I've been very impressed with RIU's general staff. They've been nothing but helpful and friendly from the beginning. When the RIU first opened, my unit was a...
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Tuesday, March 10th, 2009, 10:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,491
Posted By rdharles
Re: Recent E-Mail

Hi Lynn, how's it going?!

Had a great time. Good weather for the most part, huge waves the last two days and rain the day we left. Other than that, sunny as usual.

Little if any change with...
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Monday, March 9th, 2009, 09:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,491
Posted By rdharles
Re: Recent E-Mail

GoldenTulip,
If you are referring to an email sent by Jon Kirshner, trust me, he's only trying to help. "Aruba Grand" timeshare owners deserve better unit conditions and better treatment all around...
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Tuesday, February 10th, 2009, 09:45 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,399
Posted By rdharles
Re: Riu-AI for timeshare owners

Hey Lynn, how's it going!
I heard about that change. Here's the information I just received in more detail:

If you buy the All-Inclusive for the whole week, the price is $60. per person per day ...
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Tuesday, September 30th, 2008, 09:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,981
Posted By rdharles
Re: Yearly fees

Hi Lynn,

Haven't seen anything in the mail yet.

The whole "maintenance" thing is a mystery to me. What qualifies as something needing maintenance versus something needing replacement?

From...
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Monday, June 9th, 2008, 07:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 12,352
Posted By rdharles
Re: Aruba Grand - RUI, Timeshare Owners Happy?

nonamelady, very interesting perspective from a timeshare owner not associated with the RIU.

I'm stunned that management would even entertain the idea of you purchasing one. I'm sure they knew...
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Tuesday, April 29th, 2008, 08:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 8,554
Posted By rdharles
Re: Riu...April 2008(timeshare)

Thanks for the review, arubanut. No question furniture, etc. very outdated and in need of an upgrade. Our room (#170) was practically identical to how I left it before the construction stated. ...
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Saturday, March 8th, 2008, 07:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,472
Posted By rdharles
Re: Giving It Another Go...

MSELLERS033,

Things have somewhat changed since you were there last summer. Just returned last night. Timeshare owners are now issued a purple wristband. It allows you 2 things: (1.) you can...
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Thursday, February 21st, 2008, 01:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 8,730
Posted By rdharles
Re: Aruba Grand Timeshare Network

Thanks Lynn, I will, and I'll be gathering as much new info as I can...

R.D.
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Tuesday, February 19th, 2008, 12:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 8,730
Posted By rdharles
Re: Aruba Grand Timeshare Network

The biggest difference with the beach is that there are tons of people that pull up chairs between the front row of the palapas and the water. Not the same quiet, clear view you use to have. It's...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, November 12th, 2007, 04:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,677
Posted By rdharles
Re: Rookie in Aruba

Yes, Champions is always hoppin' during football season.

Also, at night especially when you can see the screens better, I really like watching games outdoors on the deck at Hooters (high rise...
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Friday, November 9th, 2007, 03:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 12,049
Posted By rdharles
Re: Just returned

Had a car the whole week and the parking lot was never even close to being full.

The casino is decent. Not huge but nice. If I recall correctly, it had 1 craps table, 2 roulette, and maybe 3-5...
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Saturday, November 3rd, 2007, 12:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 12,049
Posted By rdharles
Re: Just returned

Hey John, how's it going?
I just sent this same report to the Timeshare Network Group but I'll post it here too in case there are some who aren't on his (Jon K.) email list.
R.D.


10/12/07 –...
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Sunday, October 28th, 2007, 11:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 12,049
Posted By rdharles
Re: Just returned

There's no staff on the beach at all. Everyone is on their own to secure a hut for the day. We got up anywhere from 5:30 to 7:00 to put our towels (from the day before) on chairs or hung them from...
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Thursday, September 20th, 2007, 04:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,764
Posted By rdharles
Re: Aruba Grand - TS

It's too bad we're hearing less than desirable reports from the timeshare owners. It seems the general public staying at the RIU lately have been giving the RIU really good reviews. It seems all...
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Wednesday, September 19th, 2007, 10:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,764
Posted By rdharles
Re: Aruba Grand - TS

Will be there Oct 12th - 19th. Will give a full report upon return. Not sure what unit I'll be staying in as I'm accelerating that week. I'm sure they won't assign a room until I arrive. Can't...
Forum: Aruba Restaurant Reviews Monday, September 17th, 2007, 10:53 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 10,216
Posted By rdharles
Re: Salt & Pepper

TomR,
Glad to see you gave it a second chance. Salt & Pepper has been one of favorite overall restaurants for years now. Breakfast, lunch & dinner (yes, dinner!) have always been very solid.
R.D.
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Friday, June 22nd, 2007, 10:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,032
Posted By rdharles
Re: Has anyone received the May letter?

Unfortunately, everything we've heard is that they are NOT going to be updating the timeshare rooms.
Forum: Aruba Grand/Riu Monday, May 21st, 2007, 04:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,729
Posted By rdharles
Re: Riu treated us great

Good to know. You're the first I've heard from that went to one of their resorts in exchange for one of your weeks. Thanks for the info.
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