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Better In Aruba: Five More Things My Kids Loved

By Amy Corbett Storch |

This morning, over Cheerios, Ezra gave me the puppy-dog eyes and asked, “Can we go to Aruba today?”

Sadly, no. We cannot go to Aruba today. I asked him if he could name his favorite thing that we did there (you know, for RESEARCH PURPOSES), and he sighed a heavy sigh and said, “Breakfast.”

True dat. I wish I’d taken more pictures of the food, but that was somewhat challenging because the second the plates hit the table, my kids would immediately start stuffing everything into their faceholes. The kids’ menu was available at every restaurant (and for room service), so meals were simple and drama-free. You want to eat peanut butter and jelly for five meals in a row? Knock yourself out, kid. It’s your vacation. Mama’s getting the mushroom risotto.

Breakfast, however, was an amazing all-you-can-eat buffet affair and lo, my kids proved that they can eat A LOT. I’m not a huge breakfast eater myself (particularly while wearing a BATHING SUIT, GAH), so I was happy to see that there were a lot of lighter options: I was pretty darn content with coffee and cottage cheese loaded up with superfruits like papaya and blueberries. The kids ate (no lie, every morning) plates full of fruit, yogurt, pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs, muffins, cereal, oatmeal, sliced cheese, smoked turkey, all topped off with a special treat of chocolate milk.

It kinda put our usual at-home breakfast of Cheerios and toaster pancakes to shame. No hunger-related meltdowns for us on vacation, at least.

Okay, time to stop yapping and show y’all some pretty pictures. I have a preschooler’s crushing no-Aruba-today-related disappointment to soothe.

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Kid-Friendly Dining & Activities at the Westin Aruba

Breakfast buffet!

You know how some hotel "buffets" are like, a tray of gummy bagels and horrible scrambled eggs? Not so at the Westin Aruba. I think Ike has at least five different food items in his cheeks in this picture.

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15 thoughts on “Better In Aruba: Five More Things My Kids Loved

  1. -k- says:

    That sounds about right. The Westin Bayshore in Vancouver had a restaurant that was truly awful for lunch or dinner, but their breakfast buffet was stellar. Really good stuff.

    I feel like if you really want to sell the Westin, you have to tell the people about the beds. THE BEDS. I told my husband I was leaving him for the Westin bed.

  2. Rach says:

    Baby Zumba?! THAT EXISTS??? Thank you Lord. This may just be the cutest thing ever for my kid.

  3. Casey Mullins says:

    I have a dirty love affair with hotel scrambled eggs and breakfast buffets.
    It is, after all, the most important meal of the day.

  4. Sherry says:

    Heavenly Beds. ZOMG! Love them. Did you know you can buy one for your own home? If money were no object… but sadly, it is.

  5. Amy Anderson says:

    Not so very long ago I had a rubber-y breakfast at a subpar hotel chain. NEVER again. If a hotel can serve delicious breakfasts, count me in. And ditto on baby Zumba being the cutest thing ever.

  6. Amy Corbett Storch says:

    Re: The Heavenly Beds. ALSO TRUE TO DAT. We actually splurged on a reeeeeallly amazing mattress right after Ez was born, and ever since I’m actually accustomed to being utterly disappointed in hotel beds because they’re never as good and I miss mine the whole time. That totally didn’t happen this trip. Indescribably comfortable. And yes, even the cribs have similar mattresses and bedding! (As opposed to a super-thin mattress in a glorified pack-n-play, which we’ve encountered before and ended up co-sleeping because our baby couldn’t/wouldn’t sleep in it.)

  7. julianne12 says:

    Oh my gosh, Ike with his mouth full like a chipmunk is precious AND hilarious! All these posts about Aruba are seriously giving me the travel bug.

  8. designhermomma says:

    I’m totally with ya. Finding a vacation spot that has plenty for the whole family to enjoy is KEY. And that place looks like it has a rockin’ pool!

  9. Diana Stone says:

    Loving the butterfly farm. How amazing is that?

    I’ve liked hearing about how kid friendly Westin is – I had no idea they offered all this for families.

  10. ML@My3LittleBirds says:

    I love these pictures…especially the one of the boys tuckered out. In my experience sleep is hard to come by when we’re all in a hotel but it looks like that was no problem for your family. It sounds like such a great vacation for you guys.

  11. Mommyfriend says:

    Buffet, butterfly farm, baby Zumba? WOW! It’s been so great to hear about how family-friendly Westin is and how special they’ve made your stay. Westin’s been our preferred vacation hotel for many years before we had kids. Now that my kids are getting a little older, we’re back to taking family vacations and I know my kids would love all that Westin has to offer.

  12. DadCAMP says:

    How many times have you played Kokomo for the kids? Aruba .. Jamaica ..
    On second hand, don’t. He’ll be Aruba-ing you even more, but that’s when you know you have a hit. The boss/kids want to go back.

  13. laurenjimeson says:

    My daughter is in such a butterfly stage, so I am sure she would have LOVED the butterfly garden. And baby zumba?! ZOMG SO cute!

  14. Just Heather says:

    “Can we go to Aruba today?” How stinking cute is that?!

  15. Selena M.B. says:

    The cuteness! WE recently went on vacation to Mexico and my toddler asks the same thing occasionally, ‘Can we go to Mexico?’ So effing cute these littles are.

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