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please help, Im so confused!!

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please help, Im so confused!!

Hi all,

Ive read so many threads on here Im now going round in circles,

Hubby and I will be coming over in first week of October, thats the first decision made!

However, I cant make a decision on where to stay - I nearly booked Rui palace and then noticed for the same price I could book the Tamarijn and use the facitilites at the Divi...so two resorts for the price of one, that seemed like a no brainer for me...but then I read mixed reviews and cant decide.

Location wise, is one more accessible than the other - we walk everywhere and are really active so the worst location for us would be a really secluded beach with nothing around for miles....can we walk into "town" from either of these hotels, does one have more to do in the evening than the other?

Any opinions or advice would really be appreciated!


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1. Re: please help, Im so confused!!

Hi we stayed at the divi last year, and this year we are going back to the tam, when i was first looking at aruba i looked at the riu and the tam/divi, we are glad we booked the divi, we went down to the hi-rise one day and did not like it at all, but each to there own, you can walk down town from the tam/divi we did several times, and you can walk miles on the lovely beach, there is not much to do in the evenings at the divi, but we just enjoy chilling out at the bar and people watching we did go the casino which we have never done before, and enjoyed that as well, we tend to eat late about 8.30 9oclock, and then go to the bar, any more questions please ask

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If I returned to Aruba I would stay at the Tam/Divi again because of the beach. It was uncrowded and you could walk for miles. We literally opened our sliding glass door of our room and stepped right on the beach. It was a relaxing vacation, which is why we went to the Caribbean.. The resort has several bars and restaurants and we ate most meals there and spent evenings at the hotel since we had our young children with us.. We went to Palm Beach and Oranjestad and neither were so interesting to me that I wanted to go back. However, from the Tam it is very easy to take the bus or a taxi to either place. I thought the beach at Palm Beach was way too crowded. If I did stay in Palm Beach, I don't think I would do an all inclusive since there are so many restaurants there. If the beach is not your main reason for visiting and you want to be closer to a town, then go with the Riu.

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3. Re: please help, Im so confused!!

I think many of the mixed reviews garnered by the Divi/Tam is from people who may have expected more luxury than they got. For a lot of Brits, Aruba is a crazy-expensive destination and when you splash out on a two-week holiday, you want all the bells and whistles. If you are looking for clean and comfortable--with an unparalleled beach, you won't be disappointed by the Divi/Tam option.

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From you description of wanting to walk to activities, sounds like a high rise hotel - riu etc is what you want.

Just know you are trading that for a busier more bustling beach and area. I wouldn't trade the low key relaxing vibe of the divi/tam for that in a million years, but then again i dont care to go to clubs or shop, etc.

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I would opt for the better beach and if you want action hop on the bus, right in front of Divi, and it is a 10 min ride to the hussel and bussel. But just for the beach alone I would stay at the Divi.

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If you stay at the Tam you can walk across the street to the Super markets and stores. Going into town I would take the bus. I think it's $2.50 round trip.

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7. Re: please help, Im so confused!!

To me this is comparing apples to oranges, and is a matter of personal preference. Riu is a huge, newly built resort on bustling Palm beach and is more "luxurious". Tam/Divi are older, low key resorts on a wide open quiet beach area. The rooms are clean and comfortable, but not newly upgraded with granite and marble etc. We have stayed at the Hyatt on Palm Beach and the Divi AI, and have loved both for different reasons. I agree with a lot of people here in saying that the beach at Tam/Divi cannot be beat, but it is sounding to me that Palm Beach is more of what you are looking for. Much more activity by the Riu with Shops, restaurants, bars and restaurants not to mention watersports, all within walking distance. Tam/Divi is closer to downtown where there is also shopping, restaurants etc and is walking distance for some...but it is probably close to 2 miles and it is VERY hot in Aruba first week of October.

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We have stayed at the Riu, in addition to 6 other properties in the high rise area. We chose the area because we like the option of being able to step out the front door and being 10-15 min. walk from MANY restaurants, bars, some entertainment, etc. The other side of the resorts all open up to the beach, but not exactly like the Tam/Divi. The beach is not as wide in the high rise area, and is quite a bit busier.

We were going to try the Divi Divi one year but our "guaranteed" room was not available; so we ended up going to the Occidental as it was an all inclusive also. The Riu is more upscale than the Tam/Divi, and usually is very busy.

You can not/don't want to walk to town from the high rise area; it is too far. As was previously mentioned you can take a bus or a taxi into town, if that's where you want to go.

Keep in mind that Aruba has "gazillion" restaurants, and they are all over the place. Most people do not do the all inclusive plan because of that. The one time we stayed at the Riu we had the AI plan, and we were happy with it as we ate all our meals at the buffet restaurant. But on all our other trips (18) we have always chosen our own restaurant for dinner, while having breakfast and lunch at our hotel.

It is really a personal preference. We had to make 2 or 3 trips before we decided to stay in the high rise area whenever we return; which will be in Aug. and Dec.

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The Rui is in an area about as lively as Llandudno the beaches are not packed like the costas but do have more on them than the beach by the TAM, down to the fact there are bigger hotels here.( but still loads of room )

I loved it there very safe a little bit to walk around at night time and there is nothing stopping you walking or getting the bus up to the beach by the Tam or Div.

where ever you end up its fantastic, enjoy.

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10. Re: please help, Im so confused!!

Do you want to do AI? Thais what the RIU has. You might want to try all the great restaurants Aruba has. You will not be sorry if you decide to stay at the RIU.

The tam is another experience. It is older. Not AI. Right on the. Each, I have not stayed at either place.

Just decide if you want AI or not. Maybe get an Aruba travel book and read more about the island. Happy planning.