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Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

I just returned from my week stay at this resort. I can honestly say i have nothing to complain about. Where do i begin...

Lets start with the beach: Absolutely amazing. We never had a problem getting a lounge chair on the beach even when we went at 2PM one day. The lounge chairs are cushioned and not cheap like other resorts. You are very spaced out from other lounge chairs and not on top of each other at all. They give you a towel and a chair cover. The views even if you are more far back from the ocean are breathtaking. Service on the beach was amazing. They bring around cold towels in the late morning too cool you off, complimentary fruit on the beach and we also got two complimentary drinks one day.

The Room: We got a standard room which was perfect. Great size room with a couch, king bed, and private balcony. It wasn't direct ocean view but if you looked to the side you can see the ocean. Flat screen tv, and also a tv in the bathroom mirror (which i thought was really cool). The shower is a waterfall shower head which was great. Aruba aloe lotion dispenser and Shampoo/Conditioner combo. If you can splurge for one of the Suites then i would say go for it, but if you can't, the standard room is MORE then enough. Just a short walk to the beach...And you are in Aruba...how much time are you spending in your room anyway??

The Staff: This is what really sets apart this resort i feel from others. You feel like you are at home. Everybody was sooooo friendly. They truly appreciated you coming to their island since it relies on tourism to survive. One of the cab drivers even told us that he heard the owner of Bucuti runs a tight ship at this resort. And you can tell he does with the service that was provided. Twice we saw the owner walking the grounds of the hotel dressed in regular worker clothes, you would never think he was the owner. He stopped and asked us how our stay was and if there was anything he can do to let him know. I was shocked since i have never seen an owner of a hotel walking around greeting guests.
Location: Although this resort is located in the "low rise" section, it is maybe a 10 minute drive ($9.00 cab ride) to downtown and high rise where all of the stores and shopping is. If you are looking to just relax and have a quiet peaceful vacation, this is def. the place for you.
We went to the Hyatt for brunch one day, and although the hotel was beautiful, i kept saying i am glad we chose our resort. The beaches in the high rise are small and everybody is on top of each other, not like the Bucuti where you are spaced out on the beach.
As for the security cameras i saw some people complaining about, i did not mind them at all. Why wouldn't you want to know there is security in a resort you are staying in?? It made me feel very safe.
As for the wind...BE GRATEFUL FOR IT. Without the constant trade wind you would not be able to sit out on the beach all day. It feels great while you are laying on the beach.

The people in aruba are so friendly and grateful for you coming to there island. i would come back to Aruba and stay at this resort in a heartbeat...
After reading the handful of negative reviews of this resort, i am convince these people are miserable and just have to complain about something. DO NOT BELIEVE THEM!!!! This place is simply paradise.

Room Tip: Go shopping at the local supermarket to pick up a cooler and some snacks and beverages to bring on the beach everyday.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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ewaldbiemans, Owner at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2014

The beach, the room, the wind, the staff and the people of Aruba made you happy and that makes us happy too...
Thank you for your wonderful review, we could not have asked for more. We do appreciate your compliments and hope to be able to serve you again soon.
Masha danki,
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

You forget about New York customer service in a blink of an eye. First, you could not believe that this kindness from the service people could be real (is there a candid camera somewhere, you wonder). They make you feel at ease within the first five minutes (which includes sipping freshly opened bubbly). Facilities of the hotel are really nice. We loved the set up of the bar deck, where we spent few nice sunsets, we enjoyed so much our romantic dinner on the beach (a must!), as well as lounges and umbrellas situated giving some privacy. The pool was refreshing, as well as its setting. The hotel is encompassed by a tranquil and relaxed atmosphere, which is exactly what we were looking for when returned from our daily adventures. Breakfasts awesome and one more time: really nice and friendly staff.
We drove throughout Aruba (made 270 miles in 3 days!) and if we return, we will not stay in any other hotel than Bucuti & Tara. I highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank MA_Fox2001
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ewaldbiemans, Owner at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2014

Thank you for these compliments - I guess that while we are a bit slower in our service pace, compared to NY service, this allows us to be a bit kinder and gentler in our approach with our visitors.
We love the fact that you enjoyed the pace, the location and the facilities of the resort and enjoyed visiting the Island and hope to be able to serve you again soon.
Masha Danki....
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

My wife & stayed at the Bucuti & Tara resort the week of May 24 - 31, 2014, and couldn't have been more pleased with the resort. From check-in (included champagne & refreshing cold wash cloths) to the check-out everything was top notch. The staff couldn't have been friendlier or more accommodating, starting with Frank the doorman. The resort never seemed crowded, the breakfast buffets were excellent, the pool was sparkling clean (as were the room and the grounds), and the beach was beautiful. We are definitely hoping for a return visit to this wonderful resort!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Stevnshe
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ewaldbiemans, Owner at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2014

Thank you, thank you and one more masha danki. We are so happy you loved our resort and all of the associates that served you during your stay.
We do hope to serve you again sometime soon.
Ewald Biemans
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

This was our 4th trip to Aruba but our first one to Bucuti and Tara. We've always stayed in the high rise area and enjoyed it but staying at Bucuti surpassed any of the other hotels. From the minute you check in you feel the difference. You're offered a small towel to clean your hands as well as a champagne drink. The staff is genuinely happy to welcome you. There was not one person who didn't say good morning/hello when I passed them by. Despite a mix up with our room, Arnold, the manager, was very apologetic and did his best to accommodate us. We stayed one night in the Tara before our room had to be changed to the Bucuti. We had an amazing view from the Tara over looking the ocean. The Bucuti room overlooked the hotel next door and we had a partial view of the ocean. It was fine for us. The rooms are exceptionally clean with turndown service every night. The breakfast buffet was very good. They had almost everything you would want to eat for breakfast...fruit, cereal, eggs/omelettes, pancakes, French toast, bagels, toast, sausage, bacon, as well as all kinds of juices. It was my husbands birthday while we were there so we planned the romantic dinner on the beach. It was amazing. The food was excellent and our waiter Ricardo couldn't have been nicer. He also acted as our photographer taking pictures of us as the sun set. We ate at Elements restaurant one night and the food was excellent with a beautiful view of the ocean. If you want to eat light one night, Pizza Bobs is just across the street and the food was really good. I must mention Karen at the Sand bar. I wasn't feeling well one day. When I saw her the next day she remembered me and asked me how I felt. It really left a good impression on me. The workers go out of their way to make you feel special. We loved Frank at the door. Always welcoming with a big smile. After the mix up with our room, we weren't sure we were going to come back, but the way the staff treated us, we knew we would return. We booked our trip for next year already and can't wait to return.

Room Tip: Definitely would recommend the Tara if money is not an issue but if it is, the Bucuti was very nice. Room 241 was our room and we liked it.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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ewaldbiemans, Owner at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2014

Ricardo, your server at the Elements restaurant and all of us here appreciate your wonderful comments on everything including your first visit to our resort. The fact that you experienced Aruba and returned so many times makes us happy and we hope to serve you again the next time .
Masha Danki di nos tur.....

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

The Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort is an upscale hotel that thinks of nearly everything! Maintenance of the hotel is excellent, food is fantastic, and most importantly the staff creates an amazing experience. The area is safe, the beach is perfect (and quiet), the suite (Tara) was awesome, the room cleaning perfect, all greatly exceeding our expectations. Of particular note was Frank, Karen, Toine, and Robert. The staff learned our names quickly and what we desired, then thought ahead without being asked!

We knew this experience was going to be good before our trip due to the high communication level the hotel had with us prior to our arrival. The best way to sum this up is that the place is run with professional management and clearly customer care is at the top of their list.

A great example of our care was when we asked for a recommendation beyond the hotels excellent food of an outdoor restaurant. it was the best meal on the Island, and we've visited now for two years in a row. I'm booking winter and spring stays at this hotel given our experience here.

If you force a critical statement out of me at this hotel, the SPA is small and the staff is adequate to the task, but doesn't match the 5 star experience of the rest of the hotel.

Room Tip: Tara Building, get a suite, any room!
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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ewaldbiemans, Owner at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2014

Frank, Karen, Toine, and Robert and the rest of your crew here thank you- I do too.
We really appreciate being appreciated and complimented.
We do hope to see you soon again for more of the TLC we offered during your stay.
Masha danki
Ewald Biemans
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