Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino
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Great Honeymoon Spot Nov 05, 2008
My husband and I just got back from our honeymoon at the Hyatt Regency. We stayed from 6/4/07 - 6/13/07. Overall we had a great trip and the resort was wonderful. We would return in the future.
For starters, before you book your stay with a third party seller like Expedia check out the prices with the hotel durectly. I found a better deal throught the Hyatt directly through one of their promotions. Also, check the hotel web site periodically for new deals. If there are any you should call and they will give you that deal even if you booked your stay already. I got one night free when I booked and then right before we went away I got $100 credit to be used anywhere on the resort.
Now for my review:
The property is newly renovated (almost completely) and very nice. We especially liked the lobby. The employees were all very helpful and nice as well. Coral, the concierge, is great. If you want to make reservations etc.. prior to your visit you can contact the concierge desk at ---. They will send you a list of restaurants and activities etc... and help you with whatever you need.
There is still work going on on floors 5 - 7 and in the Palms restaurant. The work is done from 9-5 M-F. The noise is bothersome during that time but really only when your in the room. The renovations were not a big deal for us.
We stayed in room 449 and had a straight view out to the ocean. The floors 6-8 do not have these views unless you stay in a suite.
The 3 nice restaurants at the hotel are good. Worth trying. The Palms restaurant, pool bar and Piets pier are fair. Not a big selection of food but good for mid day lunching.
The Hyatt offers a special package to honeymooners so remember to mention that.
They will give you a refrigerator and microwave for free in the room if you ask. That came in handy for us.
Note that a 15% service/tip charge is added to all bills. This is true for most of the island as well.
While our overall experience was great, there were some small negatives:
- There is a window on the wall of the bathroom that allows for viewing and light to pass through. If you are shy or a light sleeper it may be awkward for you.
- The shower floods.
- The balcony is not actually a balcony. It's only about a foot deep.
- They don't offer outdoor/beachside massages.
We walked up and down the beach (thats very nice to do either at during the day or night) and checked out the other hotels. Hyatt has the best beach.
Remember the towel hut closes at 6:30ish and if you don't return your towels by then they will charge you a fee.
Don't touch the ropes around the water. they have soem fire coral onthem.
We never had a problem getting a palapa to sit under even on the weekend when they filled up quicker, and we are not early risers.
The sun is strong in Aruba so wear your sunscreen. I didn't and got burnt. I figured if I didn't need it in Hawaii I was fine, but I was wrong.
Very nice pool. Always a nice temperature. The slide is fun. They have daily activities by the pool so check the board each day if interested. The jacuzzis are fair.
Things to take note of:
- There are markets across from the Hyatt and in town but after we checked them out liquor was the only thing we could stand to buy as nothing looked well kept.
- The internet usage prices are expensive at the hotel so go across the street or in town to the internet shops or phone company instead. We went to the place next to Sbarros ($3 - 15min., $4.50- 30min. and $6 - hour). In town was a bit cheaper.
- The hotel suggest that you go to the airport 3 hours before your flight. You do not need more than an hour.
- There are cheaper places to eat next to and across from the hotel. We did that for breakfast and some lunches. Salt & Pepper was not good but the Bagel shop at the front of the Playa Linda was good.
- Snorkeling on Aruba is not a must. If you've never snorkeled it's worth it but if you have and have doen it in premier snorkeling places you probably won't be impressed. We did see a ship wreck which was diffrent. It was also cool because it was on a "pirae ship" and they allowed you to rope swing off of it.
- Restaurants on the island that are a must are El Gaucho, Flying Fishbone, Aqua Grill & Le Dome.
- I don't eat beef or much fish but I had the chicken at El Gaucho and it was great. 10 min. taxi drive, $12 each way.
- The atmosphere at The Flying Fishbone (pricey) is great. Food as well. If you want to sit at one of the tables that are in the water (feet only) you must make 5:30pm reservations or you won't get one. The sunset is to the right of the restaurant when sitting at the table. If it is important for you to have a perfect view of the sunset and not be close to or in the water then ask to sit on the lower deck. Also, it is a 35-40 min. taxi drive,$26 ecah way.
- At Le Dome (pricey) the ice-cream is really good. The surprise lover's dessert is just a cute ice-cream holder that says love. The dessert sampler is much more worth itm and good for two to share.
- We snorkeled on the Mi Dushi but think that the Jolly Pirates ship would have been better. Both pirate ships but Jolly was cheaper and food seemed better.
- We also did an ATV tour ATV Extravaganza. This was great but we should have done it with the other company Four Wheelin'. Our trip was more expensive, had older vehicles that kept breaking down, didn't offer water (just soda) and didn't go to all the places it advertised. It did go to the Natural Bride and Pool which was a must see and fun.
- The Natural Bridge collapsed in 05 but it was still a sight and very nice to see the North Shore.
- The Natural Pool was an experience. If you are afraid to climb slippery rocks full of algae then you may not want to swim in this pool. I am squemish but put that aside and did it anyway. It was worth it. Just wear water shoes. Again it's on the north shore and worth seeing.
- Aruba has alot of honeymooners around. There were a bunch at our hotel alone. If you don't want to be around many other honeymooners this is not the palce for you.
Well, that's it. Enjoy your trip. I hope this review helped.
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Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino Overview
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Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino is pleased to announce that planned upgrades to the resort are now
The upgrades are an extension of the multi-million dollar renovations completed in 2008, providing a fresh new look as the resort provides full service and amenities to current guests. The upgrades include the
Tennis Courts - COMPLETED
The tennis facility will be completed transformed to include new clay courts, updated privacy fencing and improved lighting for night play. During the renovation, guests may enjoy the tennis facility of the Playa Linda
resort next door. The Spa staff will be delighted to set up reservations for play.
Casino air conditioning - October 19th - January 31, 2012
Guests will enjoy the fast pace of the casino in renewed comfort, as an energy-efficient air conditioner is put into play in September. During the installation, a portion of the ceiling will be temporarily exposed to install
new lines, but the casino will remain fully open throughout the planned upgrade.
Shocco Market - COMPLETED
A fresh new look is planned for our ice cream and coffee shop. Guests will be delighted in the new dcor and improvements to the operation, including the addition of made-to-order sandwiches, pizza and additional seating. During the planned upgrades, coffee, ice cream and other items will be available at the Kadushi Bar
from 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Spa Renovation - September 26 - February 13, 2012
A brand new spa will soon provide rejuvenating treatments to deserving guests. Consisting of eight treatment rooms, two expansive spa suites, a hair salon and nail bar, the new spa will deliver unparalleled service and
treatments. During the spa renovation, the existing Health Club and Camp Hyatt room will also be upgraded and relocated to the ground floor.
During the upgrade process, the resort will continue to offer the services of the Health Club and a limited spa menu of services. Alternate arrangements for additional spa services may be arranged through the conci
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