Ritz-Carlton, Aruba (July progress report)

Progress continues on the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Aruba. It appears much of the building’s main structure is in place. Now they’re filling in the walls, building the portico, and probably working on the interior systems. Here’s a look from the south:

Ritz Carlton, Aruba. Looking from the south.

Here’s another photo looking straight at what I would expect is going to be the main entrance on the inland side.

Ritz Carlton, Aruba, main entrance under construction.

Here’s one more photo, this time looking at the corner least finished.

Ritz Carlton, Aruba, construction work underway.

Sorry, but I couldn’t get a photo from the beach side. They have the area blocked with temporary walls. This will probably be the most expensive hotel on the island. Not in my budget, but you may enjoy your stay here. Remember, don’t forget the sunscreen.

Progress at the Ritz, Aruba

The Ritz-Carlton in Aruba has been moving along. I drove by there yesterday and snapped a photo of the construction site. It doesn’t look like much, but the foundation is apparently finished and the framework has begun to rise. Take a look.

This hotel is supposed to be the last one built on Palm Beach. We’ll see. The traffic circle nearby is complete with the exception of the landscaping in the middle. This was an improvement for traffic flow along the main highway as well as to the immediate inland neighborhoods. Aruba has grown by leaps and bounds since my first visit many years ago. It makes you wonder, how far will it go?

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Coming soon… adult pool.

The Marriott Hotel in Aruba is building an adults only pool. This sign showed up on the promenade connecting the hotel with the Ocean Club.

Just in case you’re confused as to how to dress and enjoy this kind of thing, they also posted this photo.

Anyone who has the pleasure of staying at the Marriott, let me know how this project turns out so I can update the blog here at The Bent Page.

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Club Arias, Aruba

In Savaneta, Aruba, you’ll find a bed and breakfast type of establishment called Club Arias. It’s easy to find. If you’re headed south from the airport, continue on the main road until you see this faux stone wall.

There’s room to park there. Then, after passing into the compound you’ll come upon a pleasant recreation area with a pool table as seen here.

While a game of billiards with your friends may be fun. May I suggest a dip in the pool? There are two. A large, deeper one…

…and a shallow one…

That’s a float up bar at the far end. Don’t want to be thirsty out there in the Aruban sunshine. The rooms are arranged around these pools giving you direct and immediate access to the water. A typical room features a nice bedroom like this…

…and a sitting area with micro-kitchenette like this…

The kitchenette area is off to the right, out of the frame. Then, Chef Gabby will be making you breakfast and snacks, served in the dining area. Around those pools you’ll find coolers dispensing lemonade and iced-tea at no extra charge, which is a nice bonus.

There’s a lending library here with books and games. Also available are various all terrain vehicles for exploring remote parts of the island, and there are a few worth finding. Club Arias provides an alternative to the big hotels. It is a place away from the bustle of the main tourist center. Here you can kick back in a casual fashion, do your own thing, and not have to worry about the crowds or the exorbitant prices that can sting your budget. Check it out.

Published in: on July 17, 2010 at 9:57 am  Leave a Comment  
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