It’s obvious that growing numbers of travelers like to go to resorts with casinos attached to them, just witness the explosive growth of Las Vegas in the past couple of decades. But for those who also like a relaxing beach setting and an all-inclusive pricing plan, you only have a few options in the Caribbean. Fortunately, right now you can get 30% off the normal rate at the super luxurious Occidental Grand Aruba all-inclusive resort.
A Deluxe room for only US$489 per couple per night with everything included at the Occidental Grand Aruba Resort.
This rate is 30% off the normal $627 per night only through our booking partner, Expedia. The rate is good for select dates in the coming months subject to availability, but it does not require a long stay so you could get this rate for a long weekend if you like.
Beautiful beach steps from the casino
The Occidental Grand Aruba is an adult-oriented resort so it’s obviously a poor choice for families. This makes it a great choice for couples who’d rather not listen to loud Marco Polo games while relaxing by the pool with a complimentary beer or glass of wine.
The casino is one of the finest in the Caribbean, and everything is first-class at this large and popular 4-star beach resort. The cheaper rooms include a garden view, and for only $31 more per night per couple you can get a Deluxe Oceanview room. All rooms come with a kingsize or two double beds and a marble floor, a balcony or terrace, and a small refrigerator.
The all-inclusive plan here is even better than it seems because it includes many things that aren’t part of the price at similar resorts. All food and alcohol (except for only a few special items) are included, including a room-service breakfast in bed.
You also get complimentary dance lessons and a scuba lesson in the pool, in addition to the more standard tennis, sailing, pedal boats, snorkeling gear and kayaks. In fact, all non-motorized water sports except for scuba certifications are included in the price. In other words, if you are looking for an active holiday where you spend your days doing water sports and activities and your evenings at the included nightclub or the casino, the Occidental Grand Aruba is a really good deal. The drinks alone at a 4-star beach resort could easily add up to $100 per person per day (at US$12 each) so if you like to party this resort is a perfect way to keep your costs reasonable while you have all the fun you like.
Aruba is in a safe zone
I know some of you are thinking about the hurricane season coming up, but the good news is that Aruba is in a corner just north of South America that almost never gets hurricanes. Even when they do come (every 40 years or so) they know about it 5 or 6 days in advance and if it looks like it is coming there is plenty of time to move on.
Basically, the fear of hurricane season is extremely overblown so resorts have to cut their rates to fill rooms, even though it’s perfectly safe. The smart travelers take advantage of this to get the best deals.