Last Minute Timeshare Rentals
Aruba Beach Club J. You can rent a car at the Ocean Club next store for a very reasonable rate from Hertz. An assortment of included activities ensures that you'll never lack for things to do. I have some pictures available on my rental posting april 27th cant go because my wife is due that week. Melia Braco Village Jamaica. A little bit of everything can be enjoyed at Arabesque! With the new program this wil not be much an issue anymore.
Just time to keep up with the upgrades?? The Casa Del Mar Resort is of the highest quality that you will find anywhere in the hotel industry. Just got back from another wonderful 2 weeks in Aruba. The resort is one that you can stay put or walk to several other locations for water and land sports, restuarants, gambling, etc.
The resturant "Matthews" is top notch and the service is fantastic. After the winter we just had I enjoyed it even more this year. I loved the Casa del Mar. Very fortunate to have rented the 1st floor ocean front corner unit closest to Matthew's Beach bar. Really didn't leave resort except to gamble across the street and go to Dunkin Donuts next to the casino. Rented a car to travel the 2. Madame Janette's restaurant is a must must reserve well in advance.
For a little dining entertainment be sure to try the Teppanyaki style service at Blossom's Japanese cuisine located at the Westin. So far this visit has not had an auspicious beginning. My wife and I stayed here last June and simply loved it. The rooms were spacious and clean. This year the room we found through redweek for 2 weeks was on the 2nd floor Presidential, on the 'quiet 'side.
It 'reeked' of mold and had moldy spots on the ceiling. The front desk immediately offered to move us to another room and they were most accommodating.
So, tired though we were, we unpacked and repacked moving up to the 3rd floor, pool view. It seemed nicer so we decided to stay. This morning one toilet didn't flush and had to be fixed. Then my wife found ants crawling around the kitchen floor. The staff is wonderful and responded immediately even though it is Sunday.
Then there was the beech. Evidently this past November there was a big storm. The beech, which was always small to begin with, is covered with boulders, so that the huts are cut off from the water in many places.
In spots where there are no rocks,the sand ,in some spots, is three to four feet high with a severe drop off. In fairness the Aruba Beech club has the same problem with big rocks except there is one area on the right side of the beech that is still smooth all the way to the water.
I don't know what next to expect I am not too happy. Some pretty harsh critiques further down in this section. It's possible they had a bad visit for other reasons. My opinion, the resort is fantastic. Both the 2 bedroom and 1 bedroom units are very large and well equipped for all types of entertaining. The units can use a design change for better reviews, all the same, they are very clean and well maintained. The beach is spectacular. Very large and never over crowded. There is a casino across the street with shops nearby.
Overall, the resort is a great find. If you are a regular of Ian Schrager- type hotels, you may want to by pass Aruba all together. Beautiful view of Ocean. Great pool grill with chair side service. Never left the complex and had everything I needed.
What a great time. I really didn't have to leave there at all. There is a place called De Palm Island that is an all inclusive food , drinks inc alchohol snorkeling and some great colorful fish to see even from the stairs to the water. As always the water in the sea is amazing. Hot tubs were either too hot or too cold. Stayed in Presidential building. Thisone bedroom suite in locted what is known by RCI as the "overflow" building.
When Aruba resorts overbook - this building is used - its worse than a Ramada Inn. Way way way in the back with a lovely view of many many parking lots. The floor was so filthy that my feet turned black in a few minutes of walking into the condo. Manager came - put hands across floor - and said "I do not see any dirt". Well, I took a cloth with water and showed him a duhhh!!!
Well - it was not even close to clean to begin with. My recommendation - don't go unless you really don't have an alternative or don't care much about the room and location. We had the best view on the island. We loved that this was a small resort with only rooms. No problem getting a palapa on the beach. A lot of older people own in this resort. It is quiet at night. We preferred this to the high rise area where the Marriott is. We felt comfortable leaving our young teenagers in the room eating pizza while we went close by for a nice dinner.
This is a great family resort. We also liked the beach area here because it was much quieter than the high rise beach. I would definitely stay here again when I return to Aruba. We stayed at the CDM during the first week of June. The Casa Del Mar has two sections. The main building and the Ambassador Wing which is right across the street from the main building.
We stayed at the Ambassador wing and it was perfect. All of the Ambassador rooms overlook the pool. Nice Balcony two chairs and a table and if you are on the 4th floor you can see the ocean. We were on the 2nd floor and we had lovely Palm trees on each side and again the pool. The bathroom was larger the we expected with a full tub with the shower option.
Two chairs, tables, pull out sofa and Entertainment unit with another TV. The Kitchen had a table and four chairs and everything you would need. We only used the pots and pans once when we were there as the restaurants we great and many a very short walk across the street.
The Calypso is the restaurant on the CDM property which was great and all tables are steps from the beach, Calypso has such a great location is's one of the hidden secrets of aruba. You have to eat at the Calypso food is the best.
Watching people on the beach during lunch or watching the sunset during dinner. Just returned and already planning next year for another visit.
I am currently an owner at this resort. We had done the time share thing at most of the other resorts on the island while we were on our honeymoon before we made up our mind. Our friend had given us her unit as a wedding gift her parents have owned since they opened!
It is a smaller resort which makes us feel more comfortable. Everything is at our fingertips, we don't need to walk a half mile from our room to get to the beach or the pool.
It offers a small grocery store which is great to stock up on breakfast foods or for that quick snack. The maintenance fees are very reasonable, all of the Presidential rooms have been recently redone and the only way you can buy into the resort is through resale with very reasonable prices.
If you are looking to purchase a unit or just stay somewhere very nice for the week, Casa Del Mar is it. He will do card tricks for you, sing, play his guitar and if your lucky make you balloon animals. Although the staff isn't necessarily the friendliest in the world, the place itself makes up for it. The units are very clean, well-decorated, and our view was breathtaking.
The weather is always perfect and the local restaurants are excellent. This is an outstanding resort. Marriott is continually improving the facilities. Our family has been here 6 times and everyone loves this resort! Kids and grandkids all have loads not activities and all rave about these vacations. Read everyone's reviews and enjoy. My family and I have stayed in a 2 bedroom suite at the Surf Club for the past 6 years.
The room and common areas are always very well-kept and the location is great. It's a quick taxi ride from the airport, and you're within walking distance to an outdoor mall and restaurants.
Our favorite restaurant is Azurro which is beachside at the Playa Linda, just a short walk down the beach. Also, the Jolly Pirate dock is right next to the Marriott beach, and the sunset cruise is one of our favorite activities. All sorts of activities are available near the beach: We have stayed at other hotels along the same beach, but the things that stand out about the Marriott are the lazy river pool, swim-up bar, and the washer and dryer in the room.
Many other hotels in the area have inferior pools in our opinion. Our favorite timeshare spot in all of the world! The restaurants in Aruba are plenty and the best in the Caribbean. We go for a month at a time. Love the Marriott Surf Club!
We have been enjoying Aruba Surf Club accomodations for 9 years and still loven it! Consistent quality rooms and service associated with Marriott you can't go wrong. The one bedroom villa is nice expecially if you wish to cook your own meals in house. And for two to four guests. Whereas the guest room is great for those who wish to eat at local restaurants but also has a pull out couch. Both are well decorated and have all the amenities we look for: Puopa's on the beach for protection and first class restaurans and shops.
We returned to the Surf Club in Feb school vacation week. I found it to be much more crowded. This trip had to get up by 5 am to save chairs together 6 of us. They just need a better system.. I do love the resort even though the beach is not my favorite. I love the lazy river and the units are really nice. I also love walking the beach boardwalk and there is so much to do right there on Palm Beach.
The only issue I really have is having to get up so early.. I don't think Marriott has enough chairs for the number of people in the units. We are returning this January not school vacation week , so I'm really hoping it will be better and no one will have to rise at 5 am!
I'll let you know. The Three Bedroom Suites are fantastic! Very spacious and comfy. We did not have to use the pull out sofa's, but you could sleep 12 if you needed them.
After not knowing what to expect we were so VERY happy that we chose this resort. We hope to be back soon. Just got back from spending Presidents week at the Marriot. The lazy river was the best and the beach was beautiful. The location was also great, you can walk to all the town shops. We lucked out due to bad weather in the states so the Surf club was not as crowded as it normally is. Had no problem getting chairs at the beach or pool side.
Would love to go back. The Aruba Surf Club doesn't disappoint! A premier Marriott property, our early April week was just superb. From the pleasant check in greeters and bell captains, to the bar tenders, maids and beach hosts, our experience was memories in the making. Just wonderful and the club goes out of its way to accommodate in every fashion. The open, clean beach and water is spectacular as well. We'll definitely be going back! This resort is second to none in Aruba.
It has everything you could hope for in a Caribbean resort. Families will love the lazy river pool and the activities for kids. Taxi's are inexpensive to get around in the evening if you would like to venture out to one of the nearby superb restaurants.
The beach is gorgeous and there are plenty of water activities available right there in front of the resort. The villas are beautiful and finished in beautiful fabrics and colors. Marriott staff give their all in pleasing guests. We have been to Aruba 6 times and plan to go back again this winter. This year we were there in July and the weather was still fantastic. It's always sunny and 85 degrees with a light tradewind in Aruba. This resort is both of our kids favorite place of all!!!
Great property with lots to do either on-site or very close by. The lazy river pool is worth the stay alone. Bring your own inner tube or buy on in the gift shop. Walking distance to the Marriott hotel and Casino.
Plenty of shady areas around the pool with waterfalls. Special pool for the very little ones and a separate "adult pool" Serenity for a more quiet experience. Service is excellent, rooms are clean and large with Free Internet and amenities. Two bedroom suites are comfortable and not cramped with adjoining doors for larger families who want their privacy. Private balconies for each bedroom.
Aruba is one of the friendliest islands we've visited. The beach which is part of the hotel is very clean and expansive with plenty of places to sit. You can rent a car at the Ocean Club next store for a very reasonable rate from Hertz.
I would recommend this as taxis could get expensive. Nice downtown shopping area. Best to go when the ships are in as all store are open and ready to make a bargain. Plenty of restaurants to choose from Two large grocery stores to do your shopping to stock your kitchen if that is your thing. BBQs available for outdoor cooking. Most rooms have an ocean view. The Surf Club is within walking distance of the outdoor mall with more restaurants, shops, movie theatre, and outdoor shows.
The week flies by. One nice thing is that U. Check in is horrible. This is do to only having 2 or 3 at most front desk staff at any given time. This was evident even walking thru the lobby during the morning and evening.
The complex is in great shape though! Captain's Galley restaurant had two different buffet nights that had fantastic food and so reasonably priced! It is a definite must try!!!! Never had a bit of trouble getting a chair at the pool. Second year there and it was great.
Not as crowded this year as last so it was easy to reserve a chair or hut. Most people came down around 7 - 8AM. Pools, food, and weather were perfect. Nice resort, gets real crowded durning prime weeks. Palapas are tough to get and there is no control in the pool area. We own two weeks in Aruba at another resort and decided to exchange one of those weeks for a week at the Marriott Surf Club, so my friend, who loves to windsurf, could be closer to the windsurfing beach.
We almost were ready to check back out on the first day because it was such a different experience then our other resort.
The resort is absolutely lovely with all the typical Marriott amenities, however, staying there did not offer the quiet, restful, stress free experience we are used to in Aruba. I compare it to a cruise since it is very crowded, with lots of families and you have to get outside by 7 AM to reserve beach chairs, which are literally right on top of each other. There are many wonderful places nearby to walk to enjoy for dinner. Again an outstanding property with amazing pools and beautiful beach but if you want a less frantic vacation experience where you can sleep in and still find a beach chair, this is not the place.
Service is so committed, the amenities are fabulous, villas are large and comfy and so pretty. Love the pools and lazy river and the beach is right there! What more could anyone ask for? My wife and I along with three other couples and their grown children just spent two weeks at the Marriott Surf Club in Aruba. We have been going their now every year for two weeks in January and two or three weeks in March. We have found that it gets better every year. Check in is much faster than in the past.
People are all very friendly and helpful. The drinks are fantastic and prices are better at happy hour. They have replaced all the grills and they are well cleaned every night. The facility is very, very well maintained. The new serenity pool gives those that want to be away from the action a place to relax and be at peace. Hats off to hotel director Scott Derrickson for the outstanding job that the resort does.
We will go back year after year for sun and fun. Try it, you love it. Really nice property on the friendliest Island in the Caribbean. The Pools are spectacular and the beach is nice as well. The problem with the pool chairs is a bit overkill. There is no problem whatsoever getting a chair by the pool.
If you want a really good location or to be in the first row at the ocean, then that means getting up at 7am and tagging early. THe amenities like a hotel bar or rooms service are not here. But for the price, you can;t beat it. We come to Aruba often and have stayed here last minute 4 or 5 times. Great place for the kiddos for sure. We are owners and have stayed at this resort several times over the past 10 years.
We have also stayed at other resorts in Aruba but find that this resort really is exceptional. The location is superb, especially since they added the new shopping and restaurants nearby. The amenities are great and the resort is always immaculate.
The staff is always willing to accomodate even the smallest of requests and we enjoy the resort very much. It is great for adults as well as children. We just returned from a week in Aruba and stayed at the Surf club. The best way I can describe this is "Disney World in the Caribbean withouth the service". We initially got a room in the Spyglass Tower and it was fairly new, very clean and very pretty.
After 3 days they told us the air conditioning was broken due to a pipe break. It was supposed to be fixed by the next day but by the end of the first day our room was over 80 degrees and unbearable. The unit we got was disgusting. It was old, moldy smelling, the mattresses were horrible and many things were broken in the unit. Again the next day we tried to contact someone to come and fix a few things, but after over an hour of trying to contact the front desk, I had to go downstairs to get anything done.
They finally replaced one of the mattresses and fixed the doors and TRIED to get rid of the musty smell, but couldn't. At that point we weren't going to change rooms again, NOR did they offer.
This is a timeshare unit Customer Service was definitely lacking. IF you have kids and want a Disney World environment, then this is the place for you.
When I get away I want to relax. I will say the ratio was 3 to You couldn't have used it if you wanted to. They told me this was the quiet season last week in August. I would HATE to be there during peak season. My family had a unit next door at the Ocean Club. It was another world! If you want relaxation The beach was very nice and they enforce the Ocean Club using their beach and the Surf using theirs.
The beach on the Ocean Club was much roomier and the Surf was very congested. I just think there are too many people for the pool and beach to handle.
I loved Aruba but would never go back here. Check in is easy and never long. I am so surprised to hear what that one person wrote. It seems she must not vacation that much. While I do agree that getting a chair at the pool means getting up at 7am, I have vacationed at many other places including the Westin St. It is really like that at most resorts but the Marriott does have a policy that you can't leave towels on chairs for longer then 2 hours if you're are not sitting at the pool.
I not only own one, I am renting from another owner for an upcoming week in September. You can't sweat the small stuff or you will never be happy. It would never be that crowded all the time if people were unhappy with the services they receive there. The Surf Club was awesome! It was everything that envisioned and more. The location is perfect. The staff is very friendly and courteous. The villa that we had was clean and the view from the room was perfect.
My family myself, wife, two teenage sons, young adult daughter and her boyfriend couldnt have picked a better place to stay on our first visit to Aruba. We spent the days on the beach, in the pool or the lazy river. The nights were spent in the Stellaris Casino. Our dream vacation came true. We will be back again next year and the next and the next and the next Marriott is continuing to improve the processes and amenities at this wonderful resort.
I just returned from a week in paradise there. It was my seventh trip to Aruba and I am never disappointed. The Adults Only pool is currently under construction and the resort has continued to make additional space to ease the feeling of crowding. I had no problems finding space at the pool or at the beach.
There are new towels and the units are in the process of a "soft-goods refresh". There was a new 42" Plasma in my unit replacing an older standard TV in the main living room, new upholstery on the chairs and couches, new bedspreads and everything looks better than when the resort was brand new. This is definitely a family resort and I say it is the most beautiful on the island. The bands are for overcrowding of the lazy river and are for Owners strickly of the Surf Club. Security wil give you a ride to your resort from dinner or the casino.
Kids were kids when I was there and that is always fine by me. They have alot of energy and beautful smiling faces! They need a vacation too. With the new program this wil not be much an issue anymore. Owners need to sell and rent their weeks for money money. It is well worth it. Stayed at the Surf Club 2 weeks in Mar Wonderful facility, great staff, great beach, no problems encountered. Stayed again Jan Still fantastic facility, no problems getting beach hut, staff friendly, huge beach, least crowded resort on Palm Beach.
Facility second to none. Construction not a problem. I am writing this review from the Surf Club on 19 Jan I have been here for 3 weeks. The beach is beautiful. There is NO sludge on the beach. Pool area is busy but NOT over crowded. I have had NO difficulty finding a pool chair or beach lounge with shade. Only Surf Club guests are allowed to use the pool and lazy river relatively new policy.
The staff is very friendly. The villas are very well appointed and house keeping is very prompt if something is needed. The security and staff are courteous and friendly. I have never had to get up at 5: This resort is very popular and justifiably so. I am sorry other reviewers had some problems. This is a 5 star resort. Stayed at the Surf Club for 6 weeks Feb Apr 03 I had no problem getting a free palapa every day I was there.
Bimini shade chairs are readily available any time of the day. The lazy river is as always a fantastic place to cool off. The restaurants at the Marriott complex have been expanded and updated. The new shopping district adjacent to the Surf Club is great with at least 10 new restaurants. Still 5 stars for this great place to find guaranteed vacation weather and top notch accomadations and amenities. Much anticipated and much worth the visit!!
Just returned from Aruba Feb 6thth and this was our third year in a row at Surf Club. There is certainly a difference between visiting the week before and the week of President's Week. While the place was sold out the 6thth, there were far fewer families than the next week and it was definitely easier to get chairs around the pool. However, I was pleased to see how many chairs were added along with umbrellas and additional palapas. This was the first year that we could go downstairs at 7am and still find chairs around the pool.
Further, anyone tagging their chairs prior to 7am had to stay with their chairs as security actual did remove unattended chair tags - which was great to see! I witnessed the guards removing tags and belongings from chairs that had been abandoned for two hours - also a great thing. I especially enjoyed watching people who had gone to the beach, were in bed sleeping one person was actually away fishing complain to guards when they returned many hours later to find their stuff gone.
A big improvement overall. Travelling this week will be something of a challenge at most popular resorts and as I walked down Palm Beach in Aruba I found hotel guests at all of the other properties crammed together in such an uncomfortable fashion that I felt even more fortunate to be at Surf Club and there is just no comparison to the amenities. Some people were upset as they could not go over to Ocean Club during this week or vice versa - I was not one of them.
For whatever conditions exist with pool chairs, the pools are so large at Surf that none of us ever felt crowded and the breeze is just amazing. Having been to Ocean Club pools, I find the lack of breeze, the pool size and shadiness to be unappealing.
Perhaps that is one reason why you can always find chairs there! Certainly, I met many folks who were Ocean Club guests that crashed the Surf party because they had bracelets from family members staying at Surf Club. There is no system that will work perfectly so if you take the position that you are on vacation in the most amazing of climates and most beautiful of settings - you will have a great time! Just returned from Surf Club after a stay from Feb 11th to Feb 25th.
Having bought the timeshare over two years ago, this was our first opportunity to use it and it exceeded our expectations. The units were spectacular, clean and everything was in working order and new. We were part of a group of 32 people spread out over 8 two bedroom units.
The beach is beautiful and you can walk endlessly. We were able to secure Palapas for 6 of the 7 days of one of the busiest times of the year - President's Week. Go right to the beach hut after 10am and you can book two days per unit at a time. Where the pool is concerned, the first week was less crowded and pool chairs were easier to come by. During President's Week, you needed to put your belongings on your chairs by 7am if you wanted a preferred location.
Marriott claims that belongings will be removed from any chair prior to 7: Not a big deal though and between the pool and the beach there was always adequate chairs. The Lazy River pool is amazing.
The current takes you around the beautifully landscaped surroundings while Iguanas sun themselves and stare at you. For exercise, we walked against the current - what a workout! The kids enjoyed the water slide too at the other end of the pool where it is much more windy this time of year. However, the wind blows around what would otherwise be 85 degree air so this was not a problem for anyone unless they were concerned about their hairdo.
Dining on site and at the adjacent Marriott properties was terrific. There are restaurants right on the beach edge at both Surf and Marriott that serve terrific seafood as well as items like Steak and Veal. They ran out of their fabulous Osso Buco after the second night unfortunately. Ruth Christ's just opened a week prior to our arrival in the main hotel and the food and service was amazing. Try the Spinach au Gratin and Lyonaise potatos for sides! We ate many breakfasts and lunches in our units as we have small children and wanted to save a few bucks.
Don't be alarmed by the prices at Lings as they are listed in Florians, the local currency. Never saw a place where you can buy bananas, coffee and year old Gran Marnier in the same place. By your booze outside the resort and bring coolers to the beach or pool like everyone else. If you have children and need things like crayons or coloring books - bring them! Some things are easy to find like floats and tubes for the pool but others are scarce. We had no elevator issues at all other than during prime checkout hours on Sat and Sun when bellman are bringing luggage down to the curb or lobby.
Outside of that, the three elevators in the main building were very fast. Check-in is never a particularly pleasant experience. After long flights, immigration, baggage hauling The front desk folks were very pleasant but it did appear that they were not staffed appropriately at certain times. I am told that they are planning to move the check-in and check-out process to each of the separate buildings soon and that should alleviate that problem.
However, the front desk folks and manager were extremely accomodating to me as we tried to coordinate having many rooms near each other and in the same building.
If you are looking for wild night life, go somewhere else. We were very pleased that the evenings were peaceful and you could take a stroll through the property or down the beach without any craziness. A short walk down the beach you can cut through the Holiday Inn and be at a number of great dining spots like Gianni's Italian - better make a reservation or Texas di Brazil Argentine Steak House.
Both were fabulous and the expanded salad bar that included fish, soup and many other non-salad items was actually the best part for me. If you so desire, there is even a TGI Fridays right there as well. Car rental is available through National right in the hotel. Make reservations as they fill up fast. I believe they use another company at the Ocean Club next door. The concierge was extremely helpful as were the activities folks who helped us charter a Catamaran for all 32 of us for a two hour sunset cruise - the most memorable experience of the vacation.
Five Stars all around! You will have a wonderful vacation whether you are travelling as a couple or a family although this is not your destination if you are looking for singles during a week like President's Week. Stayed at Surf Club for first time, and this was my seventh trip to the happy island Check in took a long time on that Sunday.
Probably won't stay here again because I like the Ocean Club or the Tradewinds part of the hotel better. Am going back in February and am trying the Divi Phoenix out for a week. Have stayed at Divi's Tamarijin and now will try this high rise townhouse two-story 2 bedroom in the new tower This Caribbean island, outside the hurricane belt, is pure paradise!
The weather never really changes, so it doesn't matter when you go!! The restaurants are exceptional in food quality and service, and there are so many nice ones, you almost never want to go to the same one twice. There are no all inclusive plans. So, you can enjoy all these great restaurants guilt free!! Not to mention, all units come with a FULL kitchen, so if you want to be a little economical, that option is there for you.
Well we understand the problem of any crowded large resort when it comes to space at the pool or beach and the Surf Club, as beautiful as it is. It seems I have experienced this many places I have vacationed throughout the years. On the other hand you don't want to stay at a place, necessarily, that is kind of empty and boring.
I've been to those types of places too and, quite frankly, if we wanted to be alone, we could just stay closer to home and relax. We like to see people and meet people. It's all part of the vacation experience. However, we have had some solution to this problem because we own at the Ocean Club and the Surf Club. We rent the units for the same week and travel with our friends. So you see we occupy both units at the same time, so we can get a space on the beach or pool at the Ocean Club which is less hectic, and then go over to the Surf Club and use the Lazy River or anything else there whenever we want.
So look for 2 units for the same time period and invite some friends along to vacation with you. Sounds like a fun time? Returned from the Marriott Surf Club on August 23rd, we had a fabulous time. We used an II excbange to get into the resort. The unit was gorgeous, and the staff extremely friendly and helpful.
The Lazy River was relaxing and fun and we didn't expereince the saved beach chair problem. Going in August made a difference as far as crowding was concerned. We took advantage of the gas grills and met some awesome folks while grilling. ALl and all I will look forward to returning to the Surf Club. My husband and I came back for our five year anniversary. People complained about tagging their chairs to reserve them for the day but it was simple. You needed to get up at 7: The grounds are very pretty and the staff was very accomodating throughout our stay.
There were a lot of families with children but there were a limited amount of activities to do with younger children. The restaurants in the area were great. Not a big fan of Simply Fish. There were plenty of great places only a cheap cab ride away. We spent spring break week at the surf club. We had a great time. The people and the facilities were first class. The rooms were spacious, clean and very comfortable.
As many people have noted, Marriott likely overbuilt this property. There is not room for a single additional chair at either the beach or the pools. They have recently instituted a hang tag policy to reserve your pool or beach chairs.
You are issued a hang tag for each member of your party at check in. You use these to "hold" your chairs. The crowd starts arriving at the pool at first light--around 6: You must then wait until 7: I only saw tags removed once all week.
If someone in your party is not a morning person, this may not be the place for you. I personally enjoyed the quiet time in the morning watching all of this unfold. The resort was completely sold out during our week, other weeks may be less busy, but there are a lot of condos in a fairly small area, i.
If you think you can just stop down at the pool or beach late morning and grab a spot, you will be very disappointed. Having said all that, the place is fantastic. We have 7 and 8 year old sons. They made tons of friends--it was a great vacation for all.
Marriott knows how to keep families happy. The constant trade winds in Aruba make the high temperatures very comfortable. The weather cannot be beat. We have travelled fairly extensively in the caribbean and this was the consistently best weather we have ever had. The wind makes it perfect. The resort grounds and pools are perfect. The lazy river is a treat. We will certainly return. The economy seems to be hitting the restaurants more than the hotels and condos.
The place was packed, but many must have been eating in thier rooms, as restaurants were half full. A nice feature is that you actually clear US customs at the Aruba airport. This saves having to claim and recheck luggage if you have a connecting flight on your way home. I Love the location and the rooms are clean and functional. Aruba and this property are safe and well guarded there is security everwhere.
However, having to get up at 6: The property is beautifully manicured and the staff outside of the front desk area are very nice and helpful. But also note that as of last week when I was there, they are under construction beside the pool in building 6 and you hear jack hammers and drilling all day. The poor people who were booked into the rooms above the noise. I would not go back if I was looking for a quite restful vacation, but if you don't mind all the people on top of you and the towel and chair police taking your chair if you are gone longer than 1 hour not the 2 that they tell you, then enjoy I prefer less hustle and bustle.
We had a wonderful time at the Surf Club. We had 4 adults and 2 children and rented a 2 bedrooom villa from an owner. The space was quite nice although some of the applicances could hasve used some fine tuning. The pool complex and beach are wonderful and the hotel is in a nice location, within walking distance to numerous restaurants and shops.
Just came back from the Surf Club in Aruba and have read other reviews. Althought there were some negative reviews, I have found the Surf Club wonderful for a family vacation. The villas are very spacious, very clean and the staff is VERY friendly and helpful. Those complaining may try to treat the staff a little nicer and perhaps your experience would be better. The place is great, the beach is beautiful and the grounds are kept perfect.
Besides it made it lively and fun. Of course it is going to be crowded just as holiday weeks, college weeks off, and just because it is in the middle of winter and many people choose to get away from the elements.
Go in the summer if you want it less crowded!!! We have been going for the past 10 years to the Marriott in Aruba and we love it and we are already booked for If you dont like people or children and want to be secluded buy your own island!!!
For the person that complained about the restaurant closing for a group that comes down there were at least two other restaurants on the beach that Marriott offers. We came on a Sunday and it only took only about 20 minutes to get up to the room and the room was super clean and well supplied. If you had complaints about Aruba's Marriott than you certainly wont be happy in Heaven also. And you know the alternative of that. Cant wait to next Jan so I can get another piece of Heaven!!! The Surf Club is just great.
Is it over crowded during xmas and new years week? Yes, just like every other place, but you can't find the Surf Club pool and large beach area any place else. So, if you want the beautiful grounds, pool, and all the Marriott amenities, you can't beat this place. Just got back from two weeks and can't wait till next year.
The beach was crowded but there was room for all, and the back end of the pool area was almost empty. You can always get a palapus at the pool beach by building "C" with lots of shade.
This area is the best secret of all. Sat there, and was very happy. Not as windy as by the waterfall area. This was the best thing I ever bought.
The family memories we are creating is unbeatable. We go with our 2 sons and a girlfriend and we choose to look at the overwhelming positives rather than the few negatives. So take your kids and have a great time. We have been going to the Marriott Aruba Surf club for 5 yrs. We own 3 weeks and could not be happier with our investment. We travel with out 3 kids so we are a family of 5. The units are great because we all fit very comfortably.
The rooms are clean, roomy and beautiful. We have 2 sets of families that we travel with each year and let me tell you we are making the best family memories ever. Every year my kids love to go to Aruba. No matter what kind of year it has been when we arrive in Aruba this feeling of peace just comes over us and we just have the best time. We laugh and enjoy each others company. No cell phones, ipods, etc. Just plain old conversation and good times. Exactly what a family should do.
In this world today people do forget to slow down and make memories with your kids because soon enough they will be grown and off living there own lives. They are now 18, 15 and 13 and we can't wait until next year to hit the pool and just float in the lazy river or swim in the ocean. We are a busy family all year long and its great to relax and see my entire family smile. The resort grounds are kept amazingly clean and the staff is very friendly.
The lazy river is inviting and relaxing. The tradewinds are just so soothing they rock you to sleep on your lounge chair. The Ocean Club owners seem to have a problem with the Surf Club because I think they are jelous its so nice. They are so sour that it was built and that its all new. They are the only people who seem to complain in there reviews??? Go back to the Ocean Club. We have owned here since before it opened, pre-construction.
While I understand the comments about the property, Marriott did a great job with the location and the units here are top notch!! Washer and dryer in the units, granite kitchen, big spacious living quarters. Really amazing property, and the river pool is the best!!! You dont get the river pool at the ocean club. We will continue going here for years, cannot be beat- except for St.
Kitts which is also amazing. Just bought a timeshare at the St. Kitts Beach Club which is really nice as well, and no lines to wait in for huts, there are so many huts you can get them whenever you want any time of the day on the beach.
Another great Marriott property down there too! This coming January will be our third year at the Surf Club. We are owners and stay for ten days to two weeks at a time.