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Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Oranjestad
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 January 2014

Enjoyed my stay there. The rooms are beachfront just steps from the sand and have either a patio or balcony facing the water. Buffet was sufficient for most meals. Had dinner at their Italian restaurant and couldn't get a reservation until 9:30pm. We arrived and the restaurant was over half empty! Because they share facilities with Divi we ate 2 nights at the Divi and really enjoyed it. There is no nightlife to speak of.

There is a bus stop in front of hotel and for a small amount you can travel into Oranjestad.

This is a great place for just relaxing and enjoying the peace and quiet.

Room Tip: Try to stay in the middle of the property. The beach bar will be nearby and the restaurants and pool...
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

11 of us (3 families--adults and kids) spent time here Dec 27-Jan 3, 2014. As we requested, the resort arranged for our 3 rooms to be close together (building 16 is a great location). AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: rooms are relatively small, entry doors to rooms are not well sealed, showers are not well designed, bartenders are not consistent at making mixed drinks, and game tables in lobby area all need replaced. POSITIVES: clean rooms and resort, great food options, friendly staff, perfect location, top shelf liquors are used at bars and the Balashi beer is great! More of a Latin feel to the island and we were surprised to learn that about 20% of island is a national park area. And the kids (and adults, too) liked seeing close up the lizards and iquanas that were not afraid to get close to you--keep your doors and windows closed so you don't get a visit from one of these adventurous creatures! Being in Aruba for New Year's Eve was a cool experience...it's a really big national holiday there. Great 1st trip to this beautiful island and resort.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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4  Thank Irvin L
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

If you want an awesome beach experience, this is the place for you. If you want a huge Pool with water features, not so much. We stayed over the Christmas/New Years timeframe. It was completely full, so take that under consideration. The beach still was totally empty at times, with lots and lots of space to occupy if so inclined. The pool was not very crowded most of the time.
If you planned your dinners 2 days in advance, you were able to get good times at the restaurants (7pm-7:30pm). The pool area bars were either very filled (usually Pizza per Tutti) or empty (Coconuts). Bunker bar was pretty "uncrowded" the times I went it or walked by it.
The problem comes, when you want service... This being an all-inclusive, the workers are mostly nice, and do a decent job, but you can tell the difference between an all-inclusive and a regular hotel. To start, our room request was not granted, even though we emailed the resort 45 days before arrival and got a a receipt email, it was not noted on the reservation. So instead of being near the pool on a lower floor, we were in bldg 19 on the 2nd floor. We also had the airline lose a piece of luggage and when I asked the front desk if they had a courtesy phone to make a local call to the airport the next day, she said they didnt. Local calls are .85 cents a minute. No thanks!
The bartenders mostly have a blank stare on their faces and barely speak to you once they are ready. They take their time doing other tasks slowly and then finally look up. Just enough to say they are doing their job, but not going above and beyond. We usually tipped the bartenders, this made little difference.
The other ppl with little personality are the concierge people, they also just look at you and you make your reservations for dinner there (or excursions, which we didnt do). No emotion, just I have the time or I dont.
Housekeeping service was very good. The 8:30am knock on New Years Day to clean the room was a little nutty, but we understood.
The restaurants were all pretty good. Ginger the asian restaurant was good with decent service (again, when you pre-pay, and there's generally no tipping, dont expect a lot of service). My daughter has a nut allergy, and the chef came out and he made something not on the menu for her which was indeed going above and beyond!
Paparzzi was a nice Italian restaurant, I ordered the Chicken Parm and it came out with Rigatoni with Alfredo sauce as the side. Sorry, that doesnt go with red sauce! Grabbed a waiter (because they didnt come back once served) and they brought me pasta with red sauce. The desserts were disappointing here. I had the Cannoli, probably the worst cannoli i've ever had.
Red Parrot at The Divi was very good. We ate their 2x, service was good to slow both times.
The blemish of the week was definitely Windows on Aruba. They have a $35 price fix menu for guests of the Tam and Divi all inclusive. My opinion, its not worth it. Its a nice venue, but just wasnt worth the $$. My kids split a virgin mudslide drink, they charged us $9.50US for it ($9.50 for what amounted to a chocolate shake!). This is our 5th time in Aruba and we've eaten at many excellent restaurants here (Madame Janette's, Chalet Suisse, Flying Fishbone, etc) and Windows doesnt compare.
The Dinner buffet at the Tam was surprisingly good. We ate their the first night since we were up so early travelling. The breakfast was pretty good there as well, Made to order Omelets were tasty.
As most people mention, the bathroom is the strange part of the rooms. Water goes everywhere and after 4 ppl take showers before dinner, you usually have about 3 towels on the floor totally soaked. Also, just because of the semi open glass design, it also makes it difficult to have 2 ppl get ready at the same time. If you go here with 2 kids you will see what i mean.
We did have a great time, but there are some things they could improve. After the trip, most family and friends asked if we would go back. I would, if we wanted a pure beach vacation and didnt care for the lack of service. If I wanted a large pool complex and top notch, attentive service, then I would not.

Room Tip: Building 19 is near the bunker bar if you want to run out and grab a drink or a coffee in the mornin...
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank MikeCtravel
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Reviewed 31 December 2013

We stayed at the Tam the beginning of December, 2013, and had an excellent time. The food was absolutely delicious, staff was wonderful - couldn't do enough to make our stay more comfortable, the rooms were very nice and clean, the cleaning service was more than accommodating and friendly, and the beach was gorgeous and absolutely breathtaking -- 2 steps from your room. We thought all the restaurants had excellent food - we ate at the buffet, which had a large variety of wonderful food, the Red Parrot was excellent, the Asian restaurant was OK,and the Italian restaurant was very good.. Overall, the food was delicious and drinks were top shelf at all the restaurants and the bars that we went to. We will definitely be returning next December, and would highly recommend this all inclusive hotel in Aruba.

Room Tip: stay on the bottom floor, between buildings 14-18 - closest to restaurants and bars.
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Denise F
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

If you want to enjoy an all inclusive hotel and have good relaxing time PLEASE choose any other Caribbean, Mexican or Jamaican destination where you can find reasonable to excellent luxurious all inclusive resorts in which all inclusive really means ALL INCLUSIVE. If you WANT to go to aruba , then you do not have much choice with all inclusive properties. In aruba everything is very expensive because 99 % of all goods are imported in that island. So food is expensive and so are resorts etc.
here, in tamarjin, all inclusive looks like a typical bed and breakfast type accommodation. First the reception...it had mechanical, staff, without any smile... Just saying those rehearsed words. Rooms are on the beach but most of the rooms have double beds. And since they have very few queen bed rooms meant for couples, those rooms are in demand. We had to wait for 4 days during our 6 day trip to get one of those rooms . Meanwhile we had to change 2 rooms because of the defective door lock and clogged drain+ tv problems. So finally in 6 days we stayed in 3 rooms.
Food ...you can only find partially dried oranges, and canned fruit. Dining area is very small. Very limited breakfast , lunch and dinners. Fresh fruit is hard to find there as everything should come from somewhere else. But the restaurants are much better with nice staff and good choices. You can use their sister resort next door but those restaurants have same menus.
They have a nice gym.
The resort has 90 % of the rooms right on the beach , so beach lovers who do not care much for the rooms or food can enjoy this resort.
We do not drink, so I cannot comment on drinks.
The bottom line is for the same amount (about $350 a night) I can get a luxurious resort in cancun ,Dom.republic , Jamaica or any Caribbean island.

Room Tip: Choose a room closer to the main lobby if you want to be closer to food, drinks and entertainment.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank RADVENI
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Reviewed 28 December 2013

I apologize for the lengthy review, but there is a lot to this resort, and prior to visiting, I wasn't able to determine exactly what this is like. Hopefully this will help others.

We stayed at the Tamarijn (referred to as the “Tam”). The Divi is about a ½ mile away and golf-cart-type shuttles will take you between them, or you can walk (a very nice walk). These resorts are like going on a “land cruise” – unlimited food and drink.

The Tam appears to have more families, although both properties were very family-friendly. Most families appear to come from Sweden. We were told that from October-May, they get a lot of guests from Sweden, and from May to October, they get a lot of guests from the UK. They get guests from the US and Canada year round. The Divi is a bit more upscale, with a more upscale clientele. Other than that, the amenities and environment is almost identical at both resorts (although the rooms at the Divi aren’t on the beach the way they are at the Tam).

Rooms: Some people complain about the rooms being small, but frankly they were fine for us with 2 double beds, a 3-drawer dresser and three “closets” for hanging clothes (about 18 hangers). And every room at the Tam has a patio with 2 chairs and a small table that faces the beach and ocean. Rooms also have a shoe-box-sized safe that you can rent for $2 per day. The bathroom is a decent size.

Internet: The fact that you have to pay ($50 for 7 days) isn’t that bad, but the fact that the speed is pathetically slow, is inexcusable. At times it was OK, but at others, it was completely unusable (at least for me). I’m quite experienced with bad Internet at hotels, but this was particularly bad (I require faster speeds than most people, as I run my business on the Internet, so YMMV).

Maid service: Very good – the fact that we left a daily tip of $5 didn’t hurt – upon checkout, the maid, who we’d not met before, thanked us personally.

Beach: Perfection! The beach is right at the door of every room at the Tam. On the beach there’s a limited # of thatched kiosks that provide shade with chaise lounges. Both hotels have a drop-dead gorgeous beach. Fine sand, crystal-aqua water and small waves. The beach is sparsely populated – it’s almost like your own private beach (although all beaches in Aruba are public). The beach is the PRIMARY reason for staying here! We visited some of the beaches in front of the high-rise hotels, and they were PACKED with people – a real horror show after experiencing the beach at the Tam and Divi.

Bars: There was a distinct difference between the bars at Tamarijn and Divi, even though they look almost identical. About half the bartenders we encountered at the Tam were rather indifferent, and seemed annoyed to have to serve you. We never saw this at the Divi. The bars at the Divi (as was everything at Divi) were a little more upscale and friendly. The beverage selection at both were the same, with a fairly high-end selection.

Water sports/Activities: There are a lot of activities and “free” rentals available, but we didn’t partake in a lot of the offerings, although we did rent “flippers” one day. You get one beach towel per person, and can replace it whenever you want.

Restaurants: There were a variety of restaurants at both properties and both properties had a buffet. All of the restaurants at both properties served OK food – nothing to rave about. The dining “experience” (service, ambiance etc.) varied slightly between restaurants, and was generally good. At the Tam, there are 3 restaurants and one buffet. These are all adjacent to each other. The Italian restaurant served barely passable food – the “fruits of the sea” was actually shrimp, mussels and pasta in the same “lobster” sauce you might expect to find in your corner Chinese restaurant. The best restaurant by far was “Ginger”, the Asian restaurant at the Tam. We had 3 appetizers and 2 entrees, and all were excellent. This is NOT a Chinese restaurant, but an Asian restaurant, with very good noodle dishes, tempura and mussels.

The buffets at the Tam and Divi were similar, with the Divi having a bit more upscale ambiance. The one night we ate at the Divi buffet, however, there was only one vegetable offered (green beans that looked like they came out of a can) – but they did have a carving station with a whole turkey and numerous protein offerings. The “best” restaurant we ate in at the Divi was the Red Parrot – not because the food was special, but because the ambiance was very nice. You shouldn’t come here for spectacular food – just a lot of it with decent service. Dinner at the Tam buffet was very good – maybe some of the best food we ate.

Breakfast and lunch were served in the buffets. Breakfasts were excellent with a large choice – omelets, eggs any style, pancakes, French toast, crepes, yogurt, cereals, fruits, breakfast meats – virtually anything you could want. Lunches also had an excellent choice.

Aside from the buffets, you need to make reservations at the restaurants – generally at least one day in advance.

Both properties have a bar that serves pizza and other snacks.

Notes on Aruba: Aruba is almost like being in the US – US dollars are accepted everywhere, small change is “sometimes” given in Florin, but usually in USD. English is spoken everywhere (Arubans are required to lean Papiamento, English, Spanish and Dutch in school). Driving is on the right and electricity is the same as in the US. Other than going thru immigration and customs, and the prevalence of other foreign visitors, it almost feels like a very sunny part of the US. The motto of this island is “One Happy Island”, and for the most part, it is this attitude that separates Aruba from many other Caribbean islands. Most people on the island appear to be genuinely friendly to tourists. Out of the hurricane belt, weather is rarely “bad” in Aruba. We were told that November and December are the “bad” months, because it sometimes rains at night! Every day was sunny during our stay in December.

As soon as you exit the secure area in the airport, there is a SETAR kiosk where you can purchase a SIM card for an unlocked phone. I purchased a SIM card for my Android phone that had both voice and data (1gb) for $42.

We rented a 4-wheel drive Jeep for 4 days and toured the island. Roads in Aruba aren’t the best – there are no “highways”, and secondary roads are usually dirt and/or gravel. Driving in parts of Arikok NP can be downright difficult, even with a Jeep. We visited Dos Playas in the park, and it was truly amazing. There is no swimming here, but the ocean is spectacularly powerful.


Conclusion: We would definitely return to the Tam, and probably will. The “all inclusive” aspect is the last reason to stay here. If you don’t eat and drink a LOT, it’s probably more expensive than staying at a traditional resort. But, without question, the beach makes it worth it!

Room Tip: Don't get a room too close to the center, as it can be noisy.
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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22  Thank Bert S
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Reviewed 28 December 2013

This was our first trip to Aruba and it won't be our last. My wife, two older son's and I decided last year on The Tamarijn for our Christmas Vacation. This was a great decision. From the minute we got to the resort we were taken care of by the hotel staff. The rooms were clean,food was great and so were the drinks. A special Thank You to Roland and Andrea at Tutti's for really making us feel at home. They gave us a lot of good advice about things to do on the Island. If your going to stay at The Tamarijn, Pizza per Tutti's is the hang out.
A few things to skip if I were you when going to Aruba. Don't fly AirTran.(They SUCK!) Don't hang out at the high rise hotels.(Thats were the trash is.) Don't try to extend your stay thru the front desk because they have know idea what is going on and I would pass on Ginger for Dinner. Make reservations at The Red Parrot twice. BonBini!

Room Tip: Request Bldg. 11. Its just been renovated.
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Tom S
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Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd #41 | Druif Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba
Region: Caribbean > Aruba > Oranjestad
Amenities:
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 Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Oranjestad
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Oranjestad
#2 Family Hotel in Oranjestad
#3 Romantic Hotel in Oranjestad
Price Range: £236 - £495 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive 3*
Number of rooms: 236
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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