Posted Sep 27, 2016
The resort is beautiful and the beach is amazing! If you are looking for a wild time, this is not the place for you. The beach is peaceful and quiet. Some music may have been nice but I just brought my Bluetooth speaker. Make sure you get your chairs by 7am or you are out of luck. The palapas and little tables are great and there are plenty rafts daily. Take a catamaran ride for free with your all-inclusive package! Jared, our guide, was amazing! We were able to book dinner reservations same day and the food was AMAZING! Even the buffet was above what we expected. Fresh fish and so much to choose from! It would have been nice to have a restaurant open for lunch (all of them are just dinner outside of the buffet) but we didn't mind. We visited all of the restaurants during our stay and I have zero complaints! The bar on the beach had Jack Daniels, which made my husband happy, but I would have liked to see Bacardi and a top shelf tequila. Even still, the drinks were good and not watered down. Some of the bartenders could have been a little more excited about their job, but they we were always able to get a drink in a timely manner. The room was nice, always clean and stocked daily. The only complaint I have about this entire vacation was the entertainment and wifi. The shows were not much more than what you would see at a high-school. The free wifi you get in the lobby is one hour, every 24 hours. We will go again!
Comment from Hotel Management
Sep 28, 2016 by Aurelia Croes, Quality Manager, Hotel Management
Dear Tracy M.
First of all we would like to thank you for taking your time to write such an extensive review. It is a true delight and a real motivator to read that you had such a wonderful time.
As you stated in your reviews the beach chairs and palapas are on a first come first serve basis therefor it is important to get your chairs and spot early in the morning.
We are thrilled to read that you also enjoyed all our 7 restaurants and that you loved both our buffets as well as our bars.
There is nightly entertainment varying from night shows in the ballroom featuring the remake of Grease, 1001 nights, Acrobatic Show Circaribe as well as the new Broadway show.
Besides that Occidental also offers live performers in the Lobby Lounge so there is something for every one.
The Wifi service is from a third party company and therefor we offer free Wifi in the Lobby Lounge for the convenience of our guests. Once moer thank you for your review.
We look forward to hosting you again in the near future.
Occidental Grand Aruba Management