will there be enough for the kids to do?
is there a children's program at this resort?
is there an interesting-enough pool and grounds to keep the kids occupied for an afternoon?
is this resort geared towards families or is it mostly honeymooners and couples?
will our room be big enough for our family? Do we need a resort with full suites?
La Cabana is the most often recommended resort for kids. They usually have a lot of children there at any one time.
It's an active, lively resort for kids and offers large suites. La Cabana
offers the "Club Cabana Nana" program for children ages 5 - 12. Activities
are varied each day. The program cost is $80 U.S. per child per week, arranged
and paid on day of arrival.
Sonesta Suites has a "Just Us Kids" program - an example day they list is "Dune sliding out on the island (their own private island) followed by a pizza party"
Marriott's Bon Bini Kids program:
for kids ages 5 to 12, provides cartoons, movies, arts & crafts, games, etc.
Sunday to Friday: 8:30 - 4 p.m. $45 lunch included
Minimum registration fee $15 (2 hrs.)
Additional hour $6
Evening Session: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. $25 dinner included
(all sessions are room charge only)
(suggested dress is t-shirts with shorts, tennis shoes recommended)
Some thoughts from others:
"I would highly recommend the Costa Linda over La Cabana:
Reason #1 the Costa Linda is a much smaller resort than the La Cabana you can usually find your kids really easy, the La Cabana is so large you could look for hours to find them.
Reason #2 80% of the rooms have a view of the pool which will allow you to keep an eye on them while they are swimming.
Reason #3 You do not have to cross the street to go to the beach.
Reason #4 The Costa Linda is just a better-run resort and you will be happy with all aspects of the resort."
(Aruba Bulletin Board contributer)
Something else to consider: you have a small toddler you might want to
look into if your hotel has carpeted floors, many have hard tile floors -
not good for baby's knees (or head if baby takes a spill).
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