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Divi Aruba All Inclusive
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Oranjestad
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 February 2013

My husband and I returned from our 37th trip to Aruba on Jan.31,2013,36 of these trips we stayed at the Divi. Although food was never their strong point once they became an all-inclusive it truly deteriorated.
The breakfast buffet is particularly unappetizing. The bananas were either totally green or rotting,the melons unripe,the omelet overcooked and the baked goods vile tasting.
Except for Ginger,the other restaurants were quite bad. The food at Paparazzi was awful to look at and tasted worse.No Italian restaurant we have ever been to would ever serve food like that. The Red Parrot is not much better.
Fortunately, the pizza at the bar near the main pool is excellent as is the pasta at the Sandpiper bar. The sandwiches are also good. However, one cannot eat pizza and pasta every day.
If the Divi went back to being just a regular resort we could eat wwherever we wanted. But to pay for an all-inclusive and then have to eat somewhere else becomes exhorbitant. But we do so 2 or 3times during our stay
We keep coming back to the Divi because of the beautiful beach and the ability to walk out of our casita right on to the beach.
The staff is really friendly and we are always greeted with smiles and great warmth..
We do hope the management will do something to improve the dining experiencce.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

My family and I had a wonderful week’s stay over Thanksgiving, and are making plans to go back. It started off with a dissatisfaction which was remedied quickly. We had booked a beach-side (casita) room but were not happy with it. The top of the dressers and nightstands were worn, the bathroom was in disrepair, and there was a gap in the room door that let in light and even some rain. We spent one night there and were moved the next day to a Veranda room on the first floor. It was a little ‘further from the action’, but still very close to the restaurants and beach, and the room was much, much better. The staff told us it had been renovated within the past year.

The buffet restaurant at the Divi was pretty decent. Our child is a picky eater, and she always managed to find something. The breakfast juices were out of a machine, rather than fresh. There could be a wait if you wanted coffee or soda for breakfast, as sometimes the wait staff would be slow to stop over to see if you needed anything. At lunch and dinner, though, wait staff would take your drink order and bring it pretty quickly. There were several options for entrees which changed daily, and there was fresh fruit available at every meal.

For the a la carte restaurants, we ate at The Red Parrot several times. We enjoyed the menu (a small sampling includes escargot and shrimp appetizers, a couple varieties of salad and soup, and beef, pork, seafood and pasta entrees) and found the staff to be wonderful there. We also tried The Palm, where you cook your own meat and veggies at a grill built into your table. We can’t comment on the Italian and Asian restaurants on the property. You can only make reservations for the a la carte restaurants two days in advance. However, were able to eat at one the evening after we arrived since there was availability and we weren’t particular about the time we got in.

At 11 am, the bars opened up. We thought the liquors and variety of drinks available were very good. One of the bars served delicious small pizzas, thin or thick-crust, which quickly became a daily treat for us. I believe the sister resort, the Tamarijn, has a bar that serves other food such as burgers and fries. We saw the menu, but didn’t order anything there (other than drinks!).

The beach was absolutely gorgeous. It was soft white sand, there were no shells or rocks—perfect to walk on barefoot. It was not crowded at all. The water was excellent, too. Gentle waves, nice temperature, it got gradually deeper without any sudden drops, and it was a nice sandy bottom.

We paid $2 per day to access the safe in our room. It doesn’t fit a laptop, but we managed to cram in our cells phones, camera, iPad (angled, it’s too large to lay flat), billfold/wallet, passports, etc. The drawback is that it uses a key rather than a code, so you are given a lanyard to carry the key around.

Another negative is some of the resort amenities have extremely limited hours. For example, there is a rock wall. However, you must sign up in advance to use it, and it’s only open for two hours in the morning two or three days per week. Also, if you need an ATM, there is only one at the Tam, not at the Divi.

We found the staff to be helpful and kind, particularly Gilbert, Robertico and Lorenzo. Overall, though, despite a few negatives, we had a wonderful time and would recommend the resort. As long as people know what to expect (it’s not what I would consider upscale), it’s a lovely place for a relaxing vacation.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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6  Thank wink123
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

My wife and I spent 7 nights at the Divi Aruba and we are glad we chose this wonderful resort.
I have broken down the review by subject and hope you find it helpful.

Getting a taxi was easy. Just go outside and there is a man outside directing everyone exiting the airport along with taxis and destination fees. If I am not mistaken it was $22 and you pay by vehicle not people. On the way back the driver charged me a couple extra bucks but it was not worth bringing up.

Once you get dropped off the concierge offers you a wet clean face cloth and drink. They take your info and quickly get you and your bags to your room. I had a small problem here but was resolved quickly. I was told I would have to change rooms the next day as they were booked up. They told me they thought I canceled due to my unexpected 24 hour layover in Atlanta. I was not very please as I paid for the entire week 60 days prior. Once in my temporary room for 2 minutes they called me to tell me my permanent room was ready and someone would be there to get my bags. Like I said small problem but fixed ASAP.

It was very clean and everything in working order and fairly new. Nothing special, good or bad.

Nice large pool mostly filled with young children and the parents. It is a roman style pool with a kiddy pool attached. There are plenty of places to sit or lie down. We never used it so I do not know how comfortable the lounges are.

The beach was right out of a post card. The sand was like sugar and the water was blue and not to turbulent. No rocks under the water. There were plenty of lounges and shade tables to place a lounge under. No biting insects, all in all very nice.

Clothing worn:
During the day everyone was in swimwear. At night the custom was casual attire for the evening meals, a collar shirt with shorts for men and a dress for the ladies although some did wear a collar shirt and shorts also.

Food at all the restaurants was tasty. These are the restaurants you make a reservation for. Everything ells was buffet style and mediocre at best.

The staff for the most part were professional, friendly and helpful. No issues or attitudes.

Everyone was friendly and respectful of each other. Most of the guests were European and most of them from Sweden followed by Germany and Britton. Next were Americans however Sweden clearly had more folks than anyone. There must have been a big sales push for European family vacations as almost all of them brought their children unlike Americans were mostly couples save for a few families.

Will we go again? Probably not, we are still exploring the Caribbean and there are many more places that are closer and less expensive to fly to.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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33  Thank Steve_n_KarenJ
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

If your wish is to totally relax this is the place to go.

The beach is unbelievable, the service is great, the location fantastic.

Breakfast was excellent. A buffet with something for every taste. From french toast to cereals, english breakfast to croissants. For lunch and dinner you could choose from one of the many restaurants on the resort. Dinner was not haute cuisine but good. The idea for all inclusive is that you do not need to do or arrange anything and do not need to go anywhere. This is the place for that. With kids it is no problem to eat in any of the restaurants.

Cocktails and drinks are also included. Cocktails are delicious especially in the heat of mid day.

Staff at divi are very helpful and nice. They speak every language you can imagine and are very fond of kids.

We will go again.

Room Tip: Ocean view is unbeatable.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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5  Thank Carlos_xyz
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Reviewed 4 January 2013

My husband, son and I went to the Divi Aruba All Inclusive from December 18- 25, 2012. This was our 2nd visit to the Divi and it did not disappoint! The resort is the same as it was from the last time we visited 4 years ago - there have been some improvements to the pool and main area when you enter the hotel - there is still room for more improvement. The food was great at all the restaurants (the buffet could be hit or miss for dinner but was always good for breakfast and lunch) and the speciality restaurants were great (we ate at the Red Parrot twice, Paparazzi, and at the Asian Fusion Restaurant - all were very good but our preference was the Red Parrot) and our room was just what we expected- nothing fancy but practical and really how much time do you spend in your room when you are in beautiful Aruba. If you are looking for a 5 Star hotel this is not the place and if you are bothered by the old decor, and maybe a loud fan in the bathroom and leaky AC then this is not the place for you. All those things can be fixed, but the one thing that cannot be fixed is the location - the beach is just breathtaking, the layout of the resort is great with easy access to the beach and to the sister resort a 10 min walk or shuttle bus ride away what more could you want! We did not return to this resort for the rooms - we returned to enjoy a wonderful location and have fun in the sun! The staff we found to be very helpful and basically nice folks.

Because this was our 2nd trip to Aruba we did not do as many activities outside the resort - we just opted to try the Natural Pool 1/2 day Jeep Tour by DePalm Tours (our 17 year old son really enjoyed this). It was fantastic! Our tour guide Giovanni was wonderful! Lots of energy - always kept us on our toes, and made the day an adventurous one. Don't let the laid back attitude of the team worry you - they are very professional and do their job very well and keep you on a roller coster ride for 4 1/2 hours in the outer parts of Aruba - great job Giovanni and jeep tour team!

During our stay we met folks from Boston and Sweden and Canada - lots of people return each year or every couple of years and you can see why - the location is wonderful, the food is good, the entertainment is nice, the resort is relaxing, and Aruba is a very safe island and we always felt safe at the resort. If you are looking for a party atmosphere and a 5 start resort then this is not the place for you, but if you want a great relaxing vacation on a picturesque beach - then I would suggest you give the Divi Aruba All inclusive a try - we are happy we did and hope to return again some day!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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6  Thank aruba3
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Reviewed 4 January 2013

Went to Divi Tamarijn for 5 days, Dec 20-Dec 25, 2012 with my boyfriend. It was nice to be there right before Christmas, right before the big rush, and cheaper, too. The rate for 2 people was $480 per night which includes a room with a balcony right on the beach and overlooking the beach (if you open the patio door you can sleep while hearing the waves). It also includes all meals, alcoholic drinks, entertainment, non-motorized water sports and towel service. There is no waiter service on the beach but it doesn't matter, everything is just steps away.
The beach is serene and after visiting the strip of hotels where the high rises were, we realized that this was the best beach. It is about a mile long and very relaxed, spacious, with palm trees and a great view. We stayed on the Tamarijn side but you can go from and to the Divi with your wrist band and you can be at their beach, pool, restaurants, etc..
The plus sides:
- Beautiful, turquoise water, white sand that's not hot, huts on the beach for shade
- Good restaurants
- unlimited cocktails
- oceanfront quiet rooms with cable, very comfortable
- non-motorized water sports (wind surfing, kayaking)
- gym overlooking the beach
- relaxed setting, a true vacation
- beautiful island
- you get a lot for your money
- 7 different bars
- the pools aren't too terrific, but we didn't go there for the pools.
- if it's too windy, they cancel windsurfing for the day, so i recommend doing it the very first day to get it over with.
- a lot of kids (but honestly, there is enough room on the beach and at the resort
- not much variety in the breakfast and lunch buffets form day to day. While they are big buffets, they get old by the 3rd or 4th day since it's the same selection. And of course there is the danger of eating too much just because you paid for it already

I would highly recommend this all-inclusive resort as a relaxing, stress-free vacation. Watch for deals and it's definitely worth $250 per night per person, or less. If it's any more, then I'd do some comparison with other deals in Aruba or the Caribbean to be sure you're getting the most for your money.

Room Tip: Be sure to get a balcony room on the 2nd floor (highest floor). The ocean-front balcony rooms at the...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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14  Thank Cooper617
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Reviewed 3 January 2013

The water is amazingly beautiful. The nature of this place seemed surreal at times. Great and awesome island to visit. Planning on coming back again in October 2013.

-Please take advantage of the other Divi hotel, where they have live shows and more
dininng options.The food overal was pretty good, Maybe a 3.9 out of 5. Nothing too fancy.
extra perks was the brick oven pizza until 2am.
-You can take a cab at night to the local clubs and bars, is about a 10 mins drive for like $20
bucks. The night life was full of excitement and great places to go dancing. Boys arent so
good looking, so dont expect to see hot boyz...LOL
-Take the bus during the day to go shopping in downtown Aruba. Very easy commute and
cheap way to get around.
-The hotel pool was small and decent. The vicinity at night looked beautiful. Nice and quite
after 1am, we went skinny dipping every night with the locals. The room itself was decent and
beds were very comfy. Didn't appreciate we had to pay for wifi and the room safe.

Overall I give it a 4.0 The beach and the people were the best in Aruba. I would give a 5.0 if their drinks were better and if they would of had more dinning options

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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11  Thank jboogey32
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Additional Information about Divi Aruba All Inclusive

Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd #45 | Druif Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba
Region: Caribbean > Aruba > Oranjestad
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Oranjestad
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Oranjestad
#3 Spa Hotel in Oranjestad
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Oranjestad
#4 Family Hotel in Oranjestad
Price Range: £308 - £587 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Divi Aruba All Inclusive 3.5*
Number of rooms: 265
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The mile-long beach is just the start. Enjoy breezy, sunny days strolling along the shore or relaxing pool side with a cocktail. The Divi Aruba is a refuge of relaxation, do as little or as much as you like. The atmosphere is laid-back both day and night. There are activities ranging from pool volleyball, to snorkeling to sunfish sailing. The nights heat up with theme shows including carnival, limbo and salsa dance lessons. Select from a variety of restaurants, bars and lounges, most right by the water's edge. All Inclusive Amenities: • All meals and snacks throughout the day at your choice of 10 dining options • Unlimited beverages at 8 bars • Guest accommodations just steps from the sand • Accommodations with a patio or balcony • Four freshwater pools • Non-motorized water sports • Complimentary Wi-Fi • Bikes (child, youth and adult sizes) • Lit tennis courts for night play • Divi Winds Sports Center with 30-foot rock climbing wall and fitness center • Taxes and service charges ... more   less 
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