By Danielle Sisson-Jones
I had the pleasure of visiting Aruba this past week for my Honeymoon at the Aruba Marriott. Being the daughter of Angeline Frame, the publisher of Virginia Bride, I have seen photos and advertisements for places like this my whole life. Believe me when I say you will want to see this place for yourself!
The Aruba Marriott Resort & Casino
The first thing that will amaze you when you enter the resort is the size and splendor of the lobby. The hotel has its own full-size Starbucks with immaculate design and attention to detail, so if you are a coffee lover, you have come to the right place. Hungry? Thirsty? Grab a bite and a nice cool drink at the full-sized bar in the lobby or sit in one of the papasan chairs and get a bite to eat here as well. After you have relaxed, head over to Gelato & Co, a Gelato company that makes fresh, homemade gelato all day—housed for convince in the lobby of the resort.
The rest of the resort will not disappoint any traveler, especially if upgraded to the Tradewinds exclusive club. In Tradewinds, guests have access to Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, and unlimited Beer, Wine, Water, Juice, and Sodas all day. Dinner each night Additionally, there is an open bar in the evenings, where guests get to be their own bartender! Tradewinds guests also have exclusive access to a Tradewinds only portion of the beach and an Adults only pool. Being in the Tradewinds definitely upgraded our honeymoon experience, and I would certainly recommend it to anyone.
The pools and beaches at the Aruba Marriott are like no other. The pool was always fun, and the swim-up-bar was a highlight. Additionally, the beaches are well-kept, not crowded, and offer palapas, chairs, and towels at no extra charge. It is a perfect place to relax, grab a drink, and read a book!
And to just enjoy the beautiful water with your love!
Many of my college friends who are already married recommended the small island of Aruba to me for my honeymoon. What sets this island apart from other tropical destinations is the size and the safety of the island. Unlike many other popular honeymoon locations, tourists can visit the island virtually risk-free. Everyone on the island is very friendly, respectful of personal space, and speaks English. You will not be confined to the resort while staying in Aruba—it is safe and small enough to rent a car and explore the island.
While we were on our honeymoon, we took advantage of several activities. DePalm Tours Aruba is located right in the lobby of the Aruba Marriott and hosts a variety of island activities. We did a catamaran snorkeling trip and a UTV Tour. I have been on many excursions like these for Virginia Bride in the past, but DePalm Tours hosted some of the best activities I have ever been on.
The snorkeling trip was by far my favorite because I am in love with the ocean! The tour was very safe and all of the guides were funny and personable. We visited three snorkeling sites: two reefs and a shipwreck. The shipwreck snorkel was the most interesting snorkel I have ever experienced. Before diving, the guides tell you all about the history of the S.S. Antilla, a WWII shipwreck. Then, you head into the 60 foot plus water and see the massive size of this wreck in the water. It was truly and unforgettable experience.
The UTV tours with DePalm were just as amazing. Aruba is unlike other Caribbean islands as it is not only tropical, there is a desert side as well. When on the UTV tour, one really gets a glimpse of the unique desert terrain, while traveling the coastline. Our tour guide Matt, was phenomenal and had a great sense of humor. He will tell you of all the island history while making sure that you “get your money’s worth.” After riding a UTV in the desert, Matt will take you to a local natural pool which have you mystified and never wanting to leave this one happy island.
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