First time to Aruba
Posted Sep 19, 2016
My Husband and I wanted to celebrate our 1st year wedding anniversary and we have heard many good things about Aruba. First of all Aruba itself was beautiful. White sand with clear blue water and barely any waves. There was a lot of wind but was nice since it was so warm. We have never stayed at a Riu and we are sorry but we must have been spoiled staying at a Sandals for our Honeymoon. I would give the hotel a 3 out of 5. Our ocean view room was half looking at the outside of the building and seeing the ocean from a distance. We could barely find seats at the pool or the beach because people must go down at 6am to "save" their seat. The bars didn't open until 10am for drinks and the pool bar closed about 6pm when you had to be out of the pool. At sandals the pool was always open, there was more than enough chairs for all, and you could have unlimited towels, which Riu you needed a towel card and if you lost it you were charged. The night entertainment was not for adults but more children when it was an adult resort. Once the show was over at about 945pm there was nothing else the rest of the night unless you wanted to go to the disco at 11pm. Most of the workers were pleasant but a few you could tell did not enjoy their job. All in all Sandals is definitely worth the higher prices.