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Old Friday, April 24th, 2009, 01:42 AM
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Default GREAT week at Riu-Apr.3-10

We had a Great week at Riu Apr.3-10.




Our family has owned since '91(Aruba Palm Beach Resort)My parents fell in love with Aruba and APB resort that they bought at the end of the week in '91.

They also go every september.

Yes,the rooms need to be updated, nothing has changed since the 90's!


Two bed unit

The rooms were CLEAN and were given plenty of clean towels daily,but it seems we cannot be trusted with face cloths or a bottle of shampoo(they do not supply).

The AI went up $10 a day from last year.
It's crazy not to do the AI as this is what the Riu is all about.
Great food and we had GREAT service from the staff all week.
Like last year they still never left you sitting with an empty glass at the bar.

Our second week we are at LaCabana and we go to our fav.restaurants on the island.


The kids also loved getting ther own drinks at the pool bar...




My wife and son tried one of the specialty restaurants...


They liked it, i prefer the main buffet.


A couple of times the kids got a head start to the buffet,
they wanted to sit at there own table.






Our first night in aruba was Apr.2nd and we spent a night at the Divi "Dutch" Village(older section) king bed lock off-What a hole that was.
If i owned there i would be pissed.

Our friends from the Divi Village(newer section,nice place) came to the Riu for the buffet dinner on apr.9,they won a free pass for two at the casino.
He told us again what he said last year "boy you guys made out".

Now if they only update our rooms.

All in all a very good week at the Riu.

We still miss our quiet little resort.
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Old Friday, September 11th, 2009, 02:07 PM
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We just returned from the RIU on Thursday, September 3. We had a wonderful time, because you make your own fun. I very much miss the small Aruba Grand and all of our American friends, though. Most guests are from South America, although there were some English speaking Canadians there. The rooms have not changed at all, however we did have good maid service, lots of towels, shampoo, lotion, conditioner, etc. We prefer eating at our various favorite restaurants, but we did purchase the breakfast each day, for 14.00. That is by far the best deal on the island: unlimited bloody mary's or momosas (or just plain champagne) and every imaginable breakfast item, plus some not so imaginable. We love the Bugalo pier for lunch, where you can get a fabulous grouper/salad for about 10.00. Unfortunately, since the hotel is now so huge, we had to get on the beach at 5:30 to secure a palapa....oh well. We have 5 weeks left there and while it seems that every owner has their weeks up for sale we will probably buy somewhere else when we are done here. The end of an era...The Mariott is building a Ritz Carleton just north of their hotel, so it looks like the Windsurfing beach will be taken over...Just like everywhere USA they built all these "suburban" shopping centers at Palm Beach and now downtown is empty...Oh well, we had fun; the weather was as perfect as ever and the people were just as friendly.
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We just returned from the RIU on Thursday, September 3. We had a wonderful time...
Glad to hear you had a GOOD time !!!
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Thanks for the report, glad you had a good time. 7 more weeks for us, can't wait!

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