Marriott's Aruba Surf Club Review
634 family reviews
Families will love:
- Floating rafts down the lazy river pool
- Quick access to the beautiful white-sand Palm Beach
- Spacious suites with kitchens, balconies and large living areas
About Marriott's Aruba Surf Club
As guests cross a bridge atop a small lagoon, they're welcomed into Aruba Surf Club, a timeshare property in Marriot's Vacation Club International group. It's hard to imagine a tropical resort better designed for family entertainment. Built between 2004 and 2007 and renovated as recently as 2012, all of the sprawling upscale high-rise's 450 rooms are suites, ranging from one- to three-bedrooms in size, and providing kitchens, washers and dryers to make life as easy as possible for families with children.
Down below, the resort's garden courtyard is a veritable amusement park for kids, with a lazy river pool that winds itself more than 100 yards through lush plant-filled gardens, past waterfalls and eddies and around pool bars and Jacuzzis. Kids can grab a raft and spend all day exploring its nooks and crannies, while parents can relax with a Pina Colada and lounge chair, safe in the knowledge that their children are both contained and entertained. Indeed, with three restaurants and a kids club, it would be easy to spend an entire vacation on the resort.
That is, if it weren't for the Surf Club's location on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. Palm Beach is Aruba's high-rise tourist district, and it bustles with activity. The resort has an expedition desk to help guests arrange tours and activities, such as parasailing. As a bonus, the resort is attached to the Marriott Aruba and Stellaris Casino, so guests can take advantage of the many restaurants, bars and casino gambling options.
The only downside to this resort is its size and popularity, which makes it somewhat crowded, and sometimes extremely so. Unless you are an early riser, it can be a hassle to find a chair at the pool or reserve a palapa (thatched beach umbrella) on the beach. Sometimes the lazy river is more lazy than desirable, due to the jam of raft traffic. If you are looking for a quiet experience, check out one of the more laid-back resorts in the low-rise hotel district farther down the beach. If you are looking for an action-packed vacation full of water fun, however, the Surf Club is hard to beat.
Marriott's Aruba Surf Club Reviews
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