Travels in Aruba – part one

Spence and I have spent the most glorious vacation in Aruba for the last nine days.  It has been 30 years since I was last here and his first time.  Ever the world traveler, it was the only time since I met Spence that I’d been someplace first.

Arising at 2:45 a.m., we reached the airport by 4:30, dropped the car in the long-term lot and shuttled to the airport.  Checking our large bags, we silently prayed they’d make it safely after changing planes in Atlanta (they did!)

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In Atlanta, waiting for our flight. Though tired, we are excited.

We arrived, cleared the airport, picked up our rental car and headed for the Bucuti and Tara Beach Resorts.  Located in the low-rise hotel section, right on the ocean is a 14 acre paradise.  We were checked in by Sylvia, given cold, lavender scented towels to refresh with and offered pink champagne while she gave us an orientation. What a way to start.  After 2 glasses each and properly refreshed, Nicole brought us to our lovely room and gave us the tour of the features.  We found that because we were celebrating both Spence’s birthday and our anniversary that the resort had gifted us with a bottle of Chardonnay, on ice, a beautiful round of Gouda, Carrs Garlic Herb Water Crackers and a bar of chocolate from Holland.  Nicole also showed us a bottle of pink champagne chilling in the minibar that was a gift from the hotel as well as 2 engraved champagne flutes and 2 aluminum water bottles as gifts to use while here and take upon our departure.

Just a few of our gifts!
Just a few of our gifts!

We chose a standard room which was exquisite – perfect for us. We were beginning to understand why this resort is rated #1 on Trip Advisor.

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Yes, that’s a TV inside the bathroom mirror!
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The resort is “green” and instead of a ton of little plastic bottles, supply bath gel, conditioning shampoo and lotion made in Aruba. The products, Aruba Aloe, are first class!
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Love this chaise! All the comforts including an air purifier, dehumidifier and Sirius Love Channel on our huge flatscreen TV, which added to the romantic ambiance.
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Super comfy bed and pillows, we slept so well here.
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Real orchid in the bathroom
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Sweet view from our balcony…..
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Next year, we’ll add the tag “We’re glad to have you back” which we saw on many guest doors…..

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