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Rooms/Bathrooms/Beach at the Divi Aruba compared to Riu

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Rooms/Bathrooms/Beach at the Divi Aruba compared to Riu

Hi! We are just trying to decide between the Riu Aruba and Divi Aruba. WE really like the low rise section, but are worried about the complaints of the rooms not being updated. Is there anyone who has been to either who can offer any advice on which to book? The Riu looks great because it is new, but by being in the "high-rise" section is it really worth it? We've stayed at 4-5 star Caribbean resorts previously, so we don't know how much of a downgrade it will be and if it will be a let-down at the Divi. We're really concerned about the bathrooms (if really outdated and dirty appearing), and if the balconies are private. If staying at the Divi, we would upgrade to an ocean view room. Any advice? Also, how far apart is Eagle and Palm Beach? Are they within walking distance? Thanks . . .

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1. Re: Rooms/Bathrooms/Beach at the Divi Aruba compared to Riu

Divi and RIU properties are two different worlds. I've visited over by Divi/Tam and they are not updated accommodations, but they are clean and the beach is beautiful.

You can walk from Eagle to Palm - if you really wanted to. (And not all on the beach.) I would recommend the bus.

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2. Re: Rooms/Bathrooms/Beach at the Divi Aruba compared to Riu

My initial thought is that you certainly don't want to be disappointed when paying for a vacation, so if you're really afraid of the rooms/bathrooms not being up to your standards, maybe you should consider the Riu. The 2 resorts are really VERY different from one another, and it all depends on what is more important to you - a wider expanse of beach and less crowds, or a brand spanking new resort.

Good luck!

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3. Re: Rooms/Bathrooms/Beach at the Divi Aruba compared to Riu

Actually, I shouldn't have written that they're not updated - some are...

Coffee first - think second - type third....

Sorry :-(

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4. Re: Rooms/Bathrooms/Beach at the Divi Aruba compared to Riu

If more glitz, brass, and a larger resort are more important to you, go with the Riu. Divi is not glitzy and is a smaller resort and a more personal experience. Beach in front of Divi is excellent. Nice, clean accommodations. Many rooms have been renovated and updated. All depends as others have said is what is important to you. Good luck!

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5. Re: Rooms/Bathrooms/Beach at the Divi Aruba compared to Riu

One of the nice things about staying at the Riu is that you don't have to worry about learning about Aruba and its culture nor its cuisine. Wtih AI food service, swim up bars, on site casino, and even a little beach...

You can spend an entire week there and not know if you are in Cancun, Amfang, Negril, Bulgaria or Croatia.

But I hear they have really spiffy bathrooms!

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6. Re: Rooms/Bathrooms/Beach at the Divi Aruba compared to Riu

We stayed at the Divi recently and our bathroom was excellent. If you like a crowded beach go to the Riu , if you like a quiet and beautiful beach go to the Divi .

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7. Re: Rooms/Bathrooms/Beach at the Divi Aruba compared to Riu

BeachBum,

Are you adults only or with kids? If you are adults only you might want to look at Bucuti...very nice rooms AND a quiet beach in the low rise area, but they tend strongly toward adults-only. IMO this resort has the top beach of them all, and I believe all the rooms are newly renovated.

Have fun!

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8. Re: Rooms/Bathrooms/Beach at the Divi Aruba compared to Riu

Igerbz -

thanks for the suggestion! It would be adults-only, and i did look up that resort after you recommended it. It looks really nice, but it is sold out for the dates that we are going.

Does anyone have any photos of the Divi rooms/ bathrooms? I've noticed that there are different rooms to stay in throughout the resort. Which section is the most updated? We really would like a nice updated room, with a private balcony. Does the Divi have anything like that? It doesn't have to be right on the beach . . .

Thanks . . .

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9. Re: Rooms/Bathrooms/Beach at the Divi Aruba compared to Riu

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