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Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by undathesea, Nov 18, 2015.

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  1. undathesea

    undathesea Grandissimo

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    Anyone been? Hitting the Ritz in December for a few days.

    Is there a player's club at the casinos? And if so, do they do tier matching?
    Looks like the Ritz and Marriott both have casinos and are next to each other.

    Any reports on VP paytables? Any STP down there?

    How are the rules on BJ?
    Do you get free drinks while playing? Do they comp off anything on your stay if you're playing?

    Don't know what to expect down there but I'm not expecting much.

    That said, I probably won't take much to gamble with as I expect a high house advantage.

    Anything recommended to do in Aruba in the Northern area would be appreciated as well.
     
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    breanna61 Super Moderator

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    I've owned timeshare in Aruba for 25 years. In the early years, we used to hit the casinos nightly but now we usually only go once or twice a week. We go the last two weeks of January. Drinks are comped in the casino. I'm not aware of any tier matching.

    Ritz is on Palm Beach....the hub for restaurants, activities and shopping. I own two timeshares on Palm Beach, Playa Linda and Divi Phoenix. What kind of activities are you interested in and I can make some recommendations. Dining on the island is fabulous!!
     
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    The dining options I found looked great but it seems there are no reservations for any of the better options so the only reservation I currently have is at the Ritz on 12/8 at Solanio.

    We looked at the Kukoo Kunuku bus and truthfully, it looked pretty lame from some of the descriptions, though it gets great reviews. It sounds like the fun part is being on the bus (and the guides are great) but the stops are tourist shakedowns with watered-down shots and expensive cash drinks in empty, albeit loud, bars.

    I think we'd like to go to a local bar and experience some good nightlife. I don't mind if it's a touristy as long as the drinks aren't watered down and it's good time. Bar for me and dancing for her.

    If you can recommend places for her to shop that would be great.
     
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    There are two malls right at Palm Beach across from Playa Linda, Holiday Inn area. You can also take the bus that stops in front of every hotel into Oranjestad for shopping. Hands down the BEST place for fish is Wacky Wahoo, sadly it is lacking in atmosphere but the food is delicious. Don't limit yourself to Ritz Restaurants as there is a multitude of great restaurants in the Palm Beach area and around the island.

    There is a sidewalk on the beach from Holiday Inn down to Divi Phoenix....you'll have to walk in sand from Ritz past Marriott though. I recommend a Happy Hour Palm Beach Pub Crawl (we do it every year with a group) with stops at MooMba, Carlitos @ Playa Linda, PelicanPier, Gillgans and Bugaloe. Bugaloe is a great sunset bar and had a band and dancing in the evenings. A local band Joyride performs at Bugaloe Beach Bar and at Pure Beach at Divi Phoenix on Sundays. We always catch them on Sundays at Pure Beach. The Hard Rock at Palm Beach has dancing. A number of the Palm Beach Hotels have entertainment and dancing.

    Kukoo Kanuku isn't worth doing imo but there are some fun sunset sails with unlimited drinks and rope swing....my favourite is on Mi Dushi.
     
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    You're speaking my language.

    I'm definitely up for the small pub crawl you mentioned. I'm assuming they're pretty much all walkable along the beach. The Mi Dushi sunset sail sounds great too... especially the unlimited drinks. Is that the one I google'd on midushi.com?

    You also wouldn't happen to know if the Ritz has guest shuttles to get to these things, would you? Or do I need to call a taxi to come get us.

    Great info, btw... thanks!
     
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    I don't know much about the Ritz; it's the newcomer to Palm Beach but most everything is a walkable distance. The Ritz is the hotel furthest from the Palm Beach action but still walkable distances. Yes Mi Dushi is midushi.com.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I've already sent the old lady all the info. I want to do the sunset mi dushi cruise but it looks like the day we want to do it, it's a snorkeling/sunset cruise.

    I'm just waiting for her to approve before booking it.
     
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    Enjoy......Aruba is my happy place!
     
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    It sounds great. We're definitely doing the Mi Dushi mid-afternoon/sunset snorkel.

    Thanks for the advice!
     
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    Dinners at El Gaucho and Madame Janettes. Both are top notch. Well worth the cab fares.

    Nick:beer:
     
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    Bad news. Mi Dushi just cancelled our outing. Damn. We were both looking forward to it too.

    Any other suggestions like snorkel and a sunset cruise besides that one?
     
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    Oh no! What reason did they give? Pelican catamaran sunset cruise is nice. For snorkel/sunset, drinks are watered down, but Jolly Pirates is fun if you don't mind the weak drinks.
     
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    We've done Pelican Catamaran snorkel trips during cruises, always a good time.
    Love Aruba, can't wait to do a designated trip there (without cruise)
     
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    Weird, I was just looking at flights to Aruba today. Do y'all recommend staying in a fancy hotel or renting a condo? It would be just 2 of us and would be there for 4 or 5 days. Also I haven't had time to look up visa info, are they apart of the waiver program where you can just show up with your passport?
     
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    U guys still going to Aruba?..Bengal, just need a passport...I think hotels are best(Marriott, ritz, Hyatt) don't do all inclusive. Way to many terrific restaurants to go to...undathesea, the ritz is great! Less than 2 years old. Marriott is great too and a bit cheaper. Both have very good casinos(don't expect Caesars or bellagio tho) they have good rewards cards that are pretty easy to accumulate points to redeem. Each have sports book kiosks too if your a sports bettor. Not sure I have a bad thing to say about the whole island..pretty much can't go wrong w any of the snorkel or sunsets cruises there..there is a pirate themed 1 that's fun w a rope swing
     
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