This is my second time at Aruba - and the first time trying the all inclusive. The good of Tamarijn:
1) Right on the beach. I mean, that can't be beat. You go out the back of your patio door and there is the beach. Amazing. Snorkeling is not so bad either!
2) Papparazzi restaurant and Parrot Bay restuarant. Both with wonderful food.
3) Breakfast buffet at Cunucu - Excellent with many many choices.
4) Drinks - not watered down at all and very delicious and strong (GOOD)
Now for the bad:
1) Rudeness by many employees working there. Grounds people were pruning the palm trees right over people lying on the beach in their huts. No assistance at all in the buffet on getting a drink. Waiters in the restaurants at Tamarijn with little to no personality. Go over to the restaurants included in the (Red Parrot). Paparazzi was ok too. And people on the golf carts would not slow down on the walkways they approached pedestrians. I nearly saw several people get hit.
2) SLOW service, EVERYWHERE. Get used to spending much of your vacation standing in line. Checking in, getting sat down at restaurants, concierge service, bar service, getting anything is just a slow slow slow process.
3) Huts. Not nearly enough for everyone. All of them are reserved by 8 00 with beach towels (even though they may not even start using them until the afternoon). Many of the huts were also in terrible shape.
4) Overall the place is in need of upgrading. The refrigerator doesnt keep things very cold and the room AC has a very difficult time keeping the room cold. The walkways are full of dangerous areas where one can break an ankle.
5) Dont plan on using the gym. Most of the equipment in there is out of order.
6) In order to secure your valuables you have to pay extra money to use the room lock box.
7) You can only reserve a table at a restaurant two days in advance. (Why I do not know)
8) Nightly entertainment was a joke at best.
9) You have to wear a cloth bracelet that stays wet most of the week. You have no option to take it off the whole time.
Review of restaurants:
Red Parrot: Delicious food. Great service highly recommended.
Pizza Per Tutti: Decent bar food just extremely slow service plan to wait 30 -45 min to get a sandwich or pizza.
Cunucu buffet: only eat there for breakfast. Dinner is AWFUL. Lunch so-so.
Palm Grill: I walked out of here still hungry. They give you hardly any food and the cook table doesnt cook evenly. They also sit you with others which is fine so long as you arent looking for a romantic night out.
Ginger: B-. Nice touch they had sake which was delicious.
Paparrazi - B+. Good food, good service
Bar over at the Divi (forgot its name) - Food tastes like horse crap. Good drinks though.
You also have endless ice cream in both areas.
In summary, I will not be staying here again. Your best best is to get a larger room and cook your own food for some meals (yes the groceries are cheap and are very safe to eat) and go out to eat dinner at Passions on the Beach, Gasparitos, and Texas De Brazil. Do not stay here if any of the above details are a deal breaker. Luckily Im a beach bum and love snorkeling so I could overlook all the negatives and still have a good time. I found a sand dollar, tons of beautiful shells, and a few gigantic starfish not to mention witnessing beautiful sea life right outside my room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All oceanfront rooms on the mile-long beach make this lively resort the perfect choice for beach lovers. The Tamarijn Aruba is Aruba's hot spot on the beach where the fun never stops. There's plenty of activity day and night. Learn to windsurf, ride a bike on the boardwalk or climb the 30-foot rock climbing wall right on the sand. Kayaking and snorkeling are just steps from the rooms. When the sun goes down, the fun begins with lively music around the pool and theme shows. Or try your luck at the Alhambra Casino nearby. All Inclusive Amenities: • 10 Restaurants and grills • 8 Bars with daily drink specials • 4 Freshwater pools • Non-motorized water sports • Divi Winds Sports Center with fitness center • Bikes, beach volleyball, tennis clinic • Weekly water aerobics, yoga and Zumba classes • Lighted tennis courts • Nightly entertainment with theme nights • 30ft Rock climbing wall on the beach • Daily activities • Kids Fun Club for ages 5 - 12 • Free Wi-Fi throughout property ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Hotel Oranjestad
- Hotel Tamarijn
- Aruba Tamarijn
- Tamarijn Aruba Beach Resort
- Tamarijn Aruba Beach Hotel