I have never written a review before but felt obliged to after reading the last review on this website “Never Again”.
Firstly let me tell you about me and why I choose this hotel/Aruba. . .
I am a 22 year old English male with a 20 year old English girlfriend (who I though I best let tag along! Lol). We chose Aruba after seeing the pictures in The Sun newspaper one Saturday afternoon, the particular picture was that off the Dutch style colonial buildings in the countries capital of Oranjestad which my girlfriend quickly labelled “Noddy Town”! Before that, like most people, I had never heard of the island! So cue purchasing a Frommers travel guide (Very good purchase).
The guide is a very good way of finding your hotel before confronting the sales hungry travel agent. The choice was narrowed down between the Divi Aruba All Inclusive Hotel and the Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive. Staying at either of these hotels gives you access to all the facilities at both. So now the choice? Which to Pick? Well simple really… if your going as a couple pick the Divi if your going as a family pick the Tamarijn! Why? Divi is a quieter hotel (from my experience) whereas the Tamarijn is livelier (in terms of people activity).
Before going to the travel agent find out the agents price on the internet as its much cheaper then phone the travel agents main sales office and tell them the internet price and they will beat that price for you. You then take this price into the shop and the travel agent will match it. Note – if the travel agent has many different companies i.e. Thomas Cook, First Choice and Portland then the price sometimes varies depending on company.
Now to ARUBA and the HOTEL!!!
Flight to Aruba is approximately 9 Hours.
Transfer Time to DIVI is max of 20 minutes.
Aruba’s drinking water is the purest in the world and therefore safe to drink – although due to the heat the cold water comes out lukewarm. However the DIVI has ice machines on the end of most blocks of rooms and provide an ice bucket and fridge in the room.
Aruba has a constant breeze such that it doesn’t always feel as hot as it is AND means lots of people underestimate the sun and end up RED!!!
On arrival to the hotel you are greeted with a cool flannel each and a bottle of water each. Your bags are removed from the coach and put to one side. Here the concierge labels bags with your room number and you are directive to the left-hand side to check-in.
You are provide with a card each for beach towels and two room keys and have the option to a safety deposit box (this is charged on checkout at $2.00 USD per day of stay, you are also asked if you would like to make a donation, I said no because I’m tight!! This is $1.00 USD per day of stay and completely optional).
The main reception/welcome area has a desk for making dinner reservations at one of the four A la Carte restaurants, three shops, a desk for golf reservations and a car higher desk. There is also seating with large flat screen televisions.
The reception area leads directly onto a pool centrally, a snack bar to the left and the Vista rooms to the left.
The Vista rooms are two blocks of two storey rooms located at a 50 degree angle to the beach. This is the accommodation that we stayed in. The 2nd floor rooms all have a balcony with a table and two chairs. The lower floor has a patio with the same. All of these rooms will offer a beach/sea view from the balcony. The end rooms on each block are on the beach and have complete beach/sea view. There is approximately 20 rooms on each level.
Our room had a super king-sized bed, a large flat screen television, safe, fridge (although you do not receive a stocked mini bar), iron and ironing board, well stocked coat-hangar wardrobe, table, chair, sofa and has paintings on the wall and flours on the table and finally a plant in the corner. Double patio doors open onto the balcony.
The bathroom is a good size with two sinks (so no arguments on who spits in who’s! lol) There is also a bath/shower combo.
The cleaners spend a good 30 - 45 minutes cleaning each room! They have the chairs and sofas out and everything!
The rooms are fully air-conditioned and operated manually. A fan is also included.
The rooms were very clean and tidy and very much Caribbean in style. You can also hear the sea in bed at night :D!
The other rooms at the DIVI are located to the far side of the pool. These rooms are all single stories and staggered in blocks of approximately 8 rooms. The furthest of these rooms is probably 20m from the beach. As for trees blocking sea view I think people are having tunnel vision!!!
Behind these rooms there is a block of suits which have a swimming pool and Jacuzzi combo. I think these rooms can be found by looking at the DIVI suites on the internet and believe these rooms have a kitchenette and other facilities (hence little bit pricier) although they are still all inclusive rooms! This is a three story block but is well hidden by various foliage although it appears that all 2nd and 3rd story rooms have a clear sea view. The swimming pool hear is often quieter during the holidaymaker change-around as people seem to miss it. Be warned though it does get busy once people realise its there!!
The main pool located by reception is surrounded by sun beds and can get rather busy poolside, however have not seen the pool itself over packed.
There is a bar between the pool and beach which again provides local and international drinks.
There is a snack bar to the left of this pool. It is open from 11am till 1am. It serves snacks such as made to order pizzas and baguettes etc. It also has a pop corn maker!!! It is a fully locally and internationally stocked bar which provides all drinks and snacks as part of the all inclusive program. Behind this bar is a self-service ice cream machine with three different flavours! It is delicious and also very much an art (you will see what I mean when you see it!!!
Ahead of the snack bar is the main buffet restaurant. This is located beachside. This provides fruit/salad/sauces station, 6 buffet choices, and then approximately 12 freshly cooked (mostly to order) food stations. There are also chips/soup/bread etc.
The food provided here is the best I have eaten so far in the Caribbean and Mediterranean (previous holiday locations). The choice is very good, the taste is excellent and the quality of produced can easily be tasted. It wont disappoint! Ignore the “terrible food” reviews from Americans who’s pallets have been ruined and abused on years of junk food and cola.
The breakfast choice is the same every day but this choice is wide and again a lot of the food will be cooked fresh for you.
Lunch is more varied than breakfast (although the ever-present choice of burger/hot dog and chips) and is of a very good quality.
Dinner is themed every night and is excellent with multiple choices of varied cuisine.
Tables are waiter serviced for drinks.
The DIVI has one a la carte restaurant on site – The Red Parrot this serves Caribbean food and is of a very high standard. You would quiet happily pay for your meal even though your on an all inclusive package!
You are required to make a reservation for the a la carte restaurants. HOWEVER A RESERVATION CAN ONLY BE MADE ON THE CURRENT OR NEXT DAY, hence ignore American exaggerations in the previous post as its utter [--]! We did not leave our room until 10am every morning and managed to make reservation for a total of 6 nights in a thirteen night stay (ignoring the first night) and I we only tried to book 8 times so were happy. Especially seeming the quality of the buffet restaurant was so high.
Now the beach…
It is gorgeous.
Arguably the best bit of beach (I saw) on the island.
The beach is narrower towards the Vista rooms but opens up in the area between the two hotels. Although the width by the vista rooms is plenty.
The sea can be fairly rough at times with some sharp breaking waves but is good fun! Be warned its colder than other Caribbean destinations I have been!! And fish (2 foot long) will swim past you occasionally at waist height!
Staying at the DIVI you get full use of the Tamarijn hotel facilities. I will quickly summarise these as your probably getting bored by now!
3 Pools – they may be one more although I’m not sure.
3 a la carte restaurants’ –
Ginger an oriental experience (good if you like fish which I don’t so was limited to a couple of choices and sods law trumped as I discovered I don’t like satay sauce but the beef starter was to die for!!!)
Paparazzi an Italian restaurant which was very good.
And finally my favourite … Palm Grill. Here you have to cook the food on the centre of the table yourself. By far the best I had during our stay. The marinades used on the meats were exquisite and mouth-wateringly amazing.
A snack bar – which has a larger menu and does succulently coated chicken nuggets which is more like chicken pieces in breadcrumbs. Don’t worry you wont mind the kids having these as you will defiantly steal a fair few.
There are also a couple more bars at the Tamarijn.
Several shops, an arcade, wedding shop ;), internet lounge, tennis courts, fitness centre, rock-climbing wall and a water sports centre …. Plus more I’ve probably missed!!
Transport is provided between the two hotels and nearby casino all day and until 1am I think. Although your on holiday so theres no rush seeming it only takes 5-10 mins to walk between them plus you will burn off all the great food that’s seemingly clinging to your ever expanding ever tanning waist band!
All in the entire hotel is very good and I would defiantly go again! There is so much more I could write but I would be here all day and night and I would be straight down the travel agents tomorrow re-booking!!!
I strongly recommend getting out and about in Aruba either on a tour or rent a car. Its very safe and I ensure you will be amazed at what the north and east side of the island offers! You will be amazed!!
Oh and the only snag being that there are too many of a certain nationality who are abrupt and damn rite rude but not even they can ruin ARUBA!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Divi Aruba All Inclusive Hotel Oranjestad
- Aruba All Inclusive Resort
- Aruba Divi Divi
- Divi Aruba Beach Resort