"The suspension of the integration agreement has become a highlighted subject for Owners, Exchange and Rental guests at both properties. As we move forward the idea for a non-integration of properties during platinum season is suggested and this seems to be the mostly likely and reasonable answer. The non-integration is currently under review for the other seasons. Corey Guest, the new General Manager at Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club and I will continue to work towards this common goal"
The Ocean Clubs newsletter seems to indicate that the facilities would be sharing again. This statement above seems to indicate that they will not.
The thing that I saw that I was happy about, since I'll be there in 53 days, is beginning in early Dec, they are dredging the ocean in front of the Surf Club to help with the smell from the rotting seaweed. Hopefully that resolves that problem.
Joe- I like that too. You don't sound too anxious . When are you going?
Kelly&Sean- Many owners at both properties have not been happy with sharing facilities. The Ocean Club has more palapa availability and the pool at the Surf Club is considered superior by many (although some OC owners prefer the quieter pool atmosphere at the OC; this is not meant as a "which resort is better" controversy, just answering a question). For a long while the pool facilities were shared, but the number of OC owners using the SC pool exceeded the number of SC owners wanting to use the OC pool and, since OC owners did not want to share their beach facilities, the arrangement was considered inequitable and, in order to control capacities and keep all owners/guests happy, the decision was made not to share facilities during peak periods and likely to keep them as two separate entities permanently.
Keep in mind that the original deal gave the OC full use of all SC facilities on a non-recipical basis. This deal smoothed over the OC owners when they decided to built the 600 additional rooms next door.