L G Smith Boulevard #35, Aruba
This is an all-inclusive low-rise beachfront resort (formerly known as the Bushiri Bounty), and is the last resort before downtown Orangestad. The Bushiri recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation. The rooms near the hottubs (ex. 165) are in the newer section.
Resort area includes 150 rooms in 2 low-rise buildings, a large secluded white sand beach, pool/beach and jacuzzi bars, freshwater and kiddie pool, 2 lit tennis courts, fitness center with exercise equipment, as well as a guest services desk and shopping arcade (with 5 shops) on premises.
All 150 spacious rooms have air-conditioning and satelite TV.
Standard rooms have 2 double beds and a garden view.
Superior rooms have 2 double beds and pool or ocean view.
Deluxe rooms have 2 queen size beds, oceanfront, and a balcony or patio.
- This is a training resort, although it is said that trainees do not work directly at the Bushiri.
- Hotel lobby and halls are open-air, not air conditioned - the guest rooms and restaurant are air conditioned.
- The beach has a lot of rock mixed in with the sand at the water's edge, so you may wish to take swim shoes with you.
- Beach walking is somewhat limited as the resort is situated between a fenced in cargo containment yard on the resort's downtown side, and a vacant, rocky lot between Bushiri and the Tamarijn. It, however, is the closest resort (other than Sonesta) to downtown businesses and activities, so it is the most convenient if you will be downtown a lot.
- There is no indoor bar at the Bushiri.
- The Bushiri (along with the Tamarijn and La Cabana) is the type of resort that generates love-it-or-leave-it feelings. Those who love it praise the wonderful staff and economical all-inclusive property. Those who dislike it classify it as a low-budget motel. Regardless, it seems the staff is very personable here, and you will most likely get to know them on a first-name basis.
- Snorkeling gear is free and you can snorkel right there (there's a rock jetty that sort of separates the property from the empty lot next to it and if you go on the outside of this the snorkeling is pretty good).
- Scuba Diving pool training is included in the all-inclusive price, if you decide to dive after the training it is $55 and you leave right from the Bushiri.
- There are 3 hot tubs (varying temp. in each one) - one is a large 6-person type, the other two are your standard 2-4 person tubs; there's also a bar located at the jacuzzis.
- Approx. 2 yrs. ago they did a major renovation of the pool/bar area, so photos may not be up-to-date.
- Vincent the famous limbo artist appears at the Bushiri on Monday nights.
- There is a Thursday Crazy Beach party, which starts at 8 or 9 pm, after the buffet and Carnival show.
- Rooms 491 - 494 all face the ocean.
- The oceanfront rooms are a little larger and usually have a fridge.
Restaurants on site:
The Steak Ranch - open 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Alfresco Terrace - open 6 am - 10 pm
Flamboyant Restaurant - open 6 pm - 10:30 pm
Bars on site:
Beach/pool area bar is open 11 am - 1 am
Jacuzzi area bar is open 5 pm - 10 pm
- Breakfast is buffet, served from 7 am - 10:30 am, but it has a grill where you can order eggs, omelettes made to your specs, etc.
- Lunch (sit down) 12 pm - 2:30 pm
- BBQ (on beach) 12 pm - 5/5:30 pm - hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, ribs, ice cream, popcorn
- Dinner (sit down) 6 pm - 10/10:30 pm - the menu has approx. 38 items on it (seafood, beef, lamb, chicken, pasta). You get salad bar (lunch & dinner), an appetizer (escargot, etc.), soup and your entree. They also put out a dessert table (lunch and dinner).
- Midnight snacks
- Monday night they have Mexican and Thursday night is an outdoor buffet (this night is often recommended as a night to skip and eat at one of Aruba's great restaurants).
Included In Your Stay:
Three meals daily, all drinks (soft drinks and non-top-shelf liquor), Children's Club (a supervised children's program for ages 4 - 12), hors d'oevres/midnight snacks and all-day barbecues, nightly entertainment, day/night tennis, nonmotorized watersports including snorkeling and beginner windsurfing, scuba diving, kayaking, paddleboats and floats, tennis and windsurfing cinics, indoor/outdoor games, classes in aerobics, Papiamento (native language) and arts and crafts, games and entertainment, weekly tournaments, parties and theme nights, a nightly casino tour, sightseeing tours, glass bottom boat trip, airport transfers, room tax, and all gratuities are included.
The sightseeing tour that is included is a 3 hour tour of the island (doesn't go to all the attractions but a great introduction to the island, especially if you want to rent a jeep after taking the tour). The tour brings you to Hooiberg, the Natural Bridge, St. Anna's church, Casabiri (rock formation). Also included is the glass bottom boat ride over the Antilla wreck (pick up at Playa Linda/Holiday Inn area)
Ensure that you go to the orientation to find out exactly what is or is not included in your package. The orientation will only take about 1/2 hour of your time and they have drawings for prizes (trip for 2 on the Mi Dushi for example).
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