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Old 04-20-2013, 01:56 AM   #16
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^Of course! A good research is a must. Btw yeah the flights do the most of damage. It comes to around 5K for two people.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:47 AM   #17
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I was in Aruba in Oct. 2012. We stayed at the Riu and enjoyed it, we booked a junior suite and it was very well appointed. Weather was amazing, only rained once during the night and I loved the island. For us it was the best place in the Caribbean we've ever been too and one of the very few we want to go back to some day.

For us the food was much better than typical all-in resorts from Cuba/Mex/DR/Ja.
The only resort we've been to that tops the food is Sandals in the Bahamas.

I would say you can't go wrong with Aruba if you can afford it. We got it for around $1500pp, so it should be doable for you.
Also all the hotels are along a nice strip where there is a nice shopping area and lots of restaurants nearby, everything walking distance. Even fast food (Mc D's, KFC), if you wanted to reduce price for some people they can stay at a nearby hotel and eat fast food? The Sheraton didn't look too bad. I believe the Holiday Inn is decent also, my parents won a free trip and stayed at the holiday inn, they didn't have any complaints. IMO all-inclusive isn't needed because there is so much nearby and lots to do outside of the resort and it's a very safe island.

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Old 04-20-2013, 09:51 AM   #18
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^Of course! A good research is a must. Btw yeah the flights do the most of damage. It comes to around 5K for two people.
Yea, ours was about $4600, all interisland hops included.

Another tip - go during the first or second week of November. That's the start of their low season, the rainy season, but it's not like a light switch that nov 1st it starts down pouring. We saved a couple grand going the first week of nov.

Also - start looking 6-8 months in advance. Better deals are usually available further out. If you are using an agent, put them on notice that this is what you are looking for and to call you as soon as a deal comes up.

If you pick the intercontinental - there is a "trick" with a program called the "ambassador club". It's $200 for annual membership, but it includes ALOT of stuff like automatic room upgrade, free water in your room daily, fresh fruit when you arrive in your room - not to mention that they treat you like gold as an ambassador member.
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Old 04-20-2013, 03:30 PM   #19
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Paradisus Punta Cana, Royal Service...typing this from the pool bar right now.
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^^you still gonna be there on wed? lets grab a drink, i'll be across the street.
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Paradisus Punta Cana, Royal Service...typing this from the pool bar right now.
Cant go wrong with Paradisus, Punta Cana, food is great... great steak..
enjoy...
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^^you still gonna be there on wed? lets grab a drink, i'll be across the street.
Sorry Ivan, leaving tomorrow (tuesday)...too bad....
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Steak is awesome....went twice!
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