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Marriott's Aruba Surf Club
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

Just got back from the Surf Club on March 25th, 2012 and it was a very nice experience. Rooms were spacious, very clean (although I brought my Buggybeds traps just in case, but found no bed bugs). Nice balcony off of the rooms, wi-fi worked perfect for my Kindle at the pool and since we had rooms right above the pool (2nd floor), wi-fi worked in our rooms rather than connecting to an Ethernet cable.

Had a 5 minute downpours a few days but within minutes, the sun was out. Very breezy, never felt the heat (80 degrees every day), which was not good for detecting sunburn. Bring sunscreen.

Restaurants are plentiful within walking distance, i.e. Captain’s Galley, Ruth’s Chris, Hadicuari, some place a little more expensive than others.

Pool area requires wristbands now so that Ocean Club residents don’t overcrowd the Surf Club which made it very easy to find chairs at the pool. We received pool tags so that we could go down to the pool area in the morning (7am) to select/reserve our chairs, we tagged them and were down at the pool within the 2 hour time limit (although I didn’t see anyone checking to see if anyone abused the “chair tagging”)….The wristbands also keep the Lazy River pool less crowded.

Staff could not have been more helpful. They made dinner reservations for us when we went offsite. Daily activities for kids (and adults), bingo, karaoke, beauticians for cornrows, watermelon eating contest, things like that. Mini-market inside the hotel was great for getting coffee, morning bagels, cheese/crackers, snacks, liquors and other items required for relaxing. They us American dollars….Grocery stores are a little expensive.

The Jolly Roger boat for snorkeling is just off the beach. We rented a car although we really didn’t need one. Taxis would have been adequate. It took us a little over 2 hours from the time we left the hotel, got to the airport, returned our car, and got through security, so plan accordingly. The line for the initial checking in (if you have bags to check) is quite long, about 45 minutes.

Room Tip: If you have more than one computer, ask for a room by the pool, wi-fi works great in the rooms rather than connecting to the ethernet cables.
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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3  Thank linda75643
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

We've owned at Marriott's Aruba Surf Club since 2005 and travel there one or two times per year. Our unit is a spacious three bedroom/three bath...it can be "locked off" into a two bedroom and a studio unit. Most years, we opt to lock off and either spend two consecutive weeks or divide our weeks into a family trip and a "mommy and daddy only" getaway. The Resort is great for either experience. Through Interval International, for a fee ($119), we've been fortunate to trade our locked off studio for a full two bedroom...a great perk for traveling families.

The Surf Club is located at the far end of Palm Beach, Aruba and is part of what is commonly referred to as "marriottville" which include the new Ritz Carlton (still under construction), the Marriott Hotel and the other timeshare Marriott's Ocean Club. The complex boasts several restaurants (including a Ruths Chris), shops, a popular casino, car rental desks and a red sail sports. The Surf Club consists of three high-rise buildings surrounding three large pools and a lazy river. The largest pool has a zero entry area, a water fountain and a slide, making it a favorite for families. The smallest (and newest pool) is for adults only and boasts a view of the beach. The middle pool offers a volleyball net and swim up pool bar complete with tv featuring sporting events and a fun happy hour from 3p-5p daily. The lazy river is a blast for everyone including the occasional iguana that you're sure to spot swimming across the current. There are two large hot tubs, as well. In addition to the swim up bar, food and drinks may be purchased onsight in the Marketplace. There is also a game pavillion and on sight fitness center, as well as twice weekly craft fair.

The beach, while crowded, is deep and offers plenty of palapas and chairs. The palapa issue is really only an issue if you require front row seating. Otherwise, most days, you can arrive at the beach anytime of day and get a shady spot to sit...just rarely in a "prime" location. Play the line up game only if a front row palapa is a must.

Palm Beach is long and lined with several high rise resorts. It is terrific for a family that requires activity and dining options. Not so great if you are looking for tranquility (try Eagle Beach Aruba if that is your ideal.) Most days we walk the length of the beach to the Divi Phoenix where we enjoy a dip in the calm sea and a drink. Sometimes we stop at Bugaloe for lunch on our return trip...a great little bar on a pier about midway down Palm Beach. We also enjoy windsurfing and always find the people at Vela, located near the Marriott, very helpful and accomodating. Highly recommend them for beginners through experts.

The Palm Beach area also offers many great evening activities. There are two malls with shopping, dining and movie theater options...as well as a modern (and clean!) bowling alley, flow rider experience, several casinos and bar options. All are within walking distance from the Surf Club, but taxi's are readily available, as well.

The units themselves at the Surf Club are fantastic. Each is equipped with washer/dryers, balconies, flat panel tv's, comfortable furniture and nautical decor. They are bright and clean and maintained nicely. A truly great location to relax after a day of exploring...or floating on the lazy river. Enjoy!

Room Tip: Ask for a high floor facing the pool for the best view.
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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6  Thank Lisa H
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

Spent a week there from March 16 thru 23 2012. Had a 2 br unit and a 1 br unit. My daughter, son in law and two grandsons stayed in the 2br. Very clean, everyone was extremely friendly and the swimming pools---zero entrance, lazy river and slide were ideeeeaaallllllll fro kids. It was simply great. Walking distance to restaurants---about 1/4 mile. The restaurant on the premises (outdoor dining) was adequate but our only complaint was that the food was sub par and the menu choices lacked healthy offerings. Do not ever order the pizza rolls----fried junk. But, eat off site or in your time share. This did not detract from the overall great management of the property. Well taken care of, clean, clean, clean and a very pleasant staff. The beach is very nice and the water perfect. It is spoiled only by the commercial activities that take place there (very noisy at times) that are not owned by nor part of the Surf Club. Beaches are open to all of the public in Aruba. Overall, my wife and I rate this property a class act. Great for the whole family.

Room Tip: Ask for the higher rooms. The lower rooms are subject to the beach activity noise and other traffic---but they are also very nice---depends on what you like. The elevators work like magic--never wait more than a few seconds so a high floor is nice. Almost all garden views overlook the pool area and from most you can see the ocean from your balcony(all rooms have them).
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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4  Thank Mike W
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Reviewed 28 March 2012

A friend owns a time-share at the Surf Club in the Lighthouse Building, and I went March 9 - 16. We had a high floor and a view of the ocean and the California Lighthouse. This was my first time-share experience and I was very impressed by the quality of the room accommodations - we had a large one-bedroom with a "lockout", and it was more than enough space for 2 people. Could have easily accommodated 4 or 6 people. The fitness facilities were well-kept, as was pretty much the entire resort. It is a big place, so expect to get up early to get a palapa or a spot by the pool. Seems to be an ideal location for families, since you can cook and eat in your room to save money. There are activities every day for kids, and there is a lazy river and a water slide. If you're a grown up like me, you'll enjoy lazing by the beach during the day, and heading out to great meals in the evening. I didn't have one bad meal the entire week! Ate at: Papillon, Barefoot on the Beach, Moomba, Amsterdam Cafe, and BurgerBurger. : ) Heard that Two Fools and a Bull was great, but couldn't get a reservation. Also heard great things about Salt and Pepper, but didn't make it there either...guess I'll have to return next year. : ) It was veryyyy windy when we were there, so be mindful of that if you plan to dine alfresco.

Room Tip: try to get in the Lighthouse building, on a high floor, facing the Lighthouse.
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank FairNew
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

This is a great resort. Of course, just being in Aruba is a good start. But the Surf Club has wonderful facilities that are kept spotless all the time. There are plenty of pools including one for adults only. And the beach is amazing. Lots of new paloppa's (who knows how to spell this?, basically thatched umbrellas to get out of the sun) and plenty of Bimini chairs. The beach is gorgeous, no waves because of the prevailing winds and you can walk for miles.

They say that Aruba is the last island that you visit because once you go there you keep going back. The Surf Club is a great place to go back to.

Room Tip: South facing in the Spyglass or Compass buildings above the 4th floor will give you ocean views and pool views.
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank D053004
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