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Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Best Resort in Aruba!”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

We stayed at Bucuti from July 27- Aug 3- it was not long enough! This hotel surpassed all of our expectations!

Checkin: We were first greeted by Frank (the doorman) he has to be the friendliest doorman in Aruba. He was the first face we saw and gave the hotel a great first impression right from the start. We were then brought into the front desk area to checkin and were given cold towels and a glass of champagne- nice touch! The staff was friendly and very welcoming. Because we did advanced checkin from home we were brought straight to our room.

Room: We stayed in the Tara Suite/ocean view- what a beautiful view, it really takes your breath away. The person who brought us to our room also gave us a tour of the property and explained all the ins and outs of the resort and room (I wish I could remember his name)

The Beach: Beautiful beach and not crowded. We were always able to get a chair without a problem. The beach was very relaxing and quiet- having been to other beaches in Aruba this is plain and simple, the best beach on the island. As a bonus, we got to see turtles hatch on the beach and assist them into the ocean, what an amazing experience!

Beach Service: Hungry or thirsty? No problem! Just put up your flag and someone will come running to you within 1 minute to take your order. We loved this service! Angelo was one of the beach attendants who we absolutely loved, what an amazing person! Always so friendly and even remembered our names after us telling him 1 time. We stayed at Manchebo (next door to Bucuti) last year and they also provide the beach service but would never show up to take your order- complete opposite at Bucuti- this hotel understands what great service is all about

Breakfast- We always ate breakfast at Elements because of the view. You're right on the beach with the ocean in front of you. The breakfast is included and offers lots of options. Nancy, who works the omelet station was very nice.

The Sand Bar: We would go to the sand bar every day for lunch. The food is a little on the pricey side but everything we ordered was delicious. My husband loved their grilled snapper sandwich, he ordered it almost every day. Karen and Jessica were always there to assist, they were quick and efficient- always checked in on us to make sure we had every thing we needed. Both of these ladies were friendly and we enjoyed speaking to them everyday.

Paco and Jessie: Residents of the Bucuti (Paco- a very talkative and funny parrot and Jessie- I think she is a parakeet) we loved seeing them everyday and we thought was a nice touch.

Management: The hotel manager, Deborah, really impressed us. She is seen on the property every day talking to guests to make sure that their vacation is going well and if there is anything else that can be done. Deborah welcomes any and all feedback whether it be good or bad- she wants to know! The hotel is a reflection of the standards that Deborah maintains- you're doing a great job! She is an excellent GM who really does care about the guests.

Overall: This is a wonderful hotel and you will not regret the decision to go there. If you are looking for rest, relaxtion, and wonderful service then this is the place for you. Last year we stayed at Manchebo (only because Bucuti was already fully booked) and we were not wowed or impressed. The service there was subpar and the employees were not trained properly. Coming to the Bucuti we were amazed from the minute we stepped out of the taxi. We have already booked for next year and we can not wait to go back! Thank you for a wonderful vacation.

Eager to return,
Natalie and Carlos Jimenez

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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ewaldbiemans, Owner at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba, responded to this review, 17 August 2014
Frank our official greeter, Angelo, Nancy, Karen and Jessica, all directed by tireless Deborah the Manager, all thank you for your wonderful comments.

Paco our Yellowhead Amazon Parrot says "goodbye" and "hello" and Jessie fell in love with a visiting Aruban Parakeet (Prikichi) called James who joined her in the cage, assisted by Nakarid who opened the gate. Love is in the air! Bird Romance at B&T.
Thank you from all of us - we hope to serve you again soon...

Ewald Biemans
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2014

The staff was way to friendly, it felt uncomfortable, to artificial. The beach was like any other beach on the island. The room we were in was average but also strange, the was both a dehumidefier and air purify unit in each room. The food at the breakfast buffet was average. There a group of guest at the hotel when we were their there was group of guest who if you visited the pool before 3pm we're drinking beer. when I inquired about to the staff they stated that the guests had been spoken to before about their behavior which appears not to have worked since they continued to do so.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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ewaldbiemans, Owner at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba, responded to this review, 9 August 2014
Greetings, Lisa M from NY,

We are terribly sorry to read that you did not enjoy your stay with us because of our (overly)friendly staff. We will talk to our staff about this and make sure they are a bit more aware of guests who seek more privacy, but assure you that their friendliness is genuine.

For the sake of other readers in this forum I must qualify your comment about our beach: Our hotel’s beach has appeared in a number of publications and has been named a "dream beach of the world", Top Ten best beaches in the Caribbean, and in Top 3 in the world on TripAdvisor. Eagle Beach is world famous and specifically here at our property you find the widest, most pristine section. Guests who enjoy our beach area prefer the quieter atmosphere compared to other beach areas on the island. 2558 reviews here on TripAdvisor give our location / beach the highest possible rating.

We offer a Dehumidifier in every room to avoid high humidity and possibly mold or mildew and that traditional Caribbean musty odor so prevalent in most beach resorts . We are surrounded by an ocean and a very high ambient humidity.

The Air-cleaner is designed to help people with allergies and avoids dust , VOC’s and allergens . Both units are part of our Eco-Rooms certification and both can be switched off any time a guest wishes.

We pride ourselves for our ambiance of peace and tranquility and do not allow children on premises (as we are an adults only resort). We limit entertainment to happy hours and in general offer no activities. Occasionally we happen to have a few rooms /couples that become friends and perhaps gather around the pool or the beach or the bar and have a glass of wine or a beer together, as part of their enjoyment. In your particular case some met and gathered around the pool in the early afternoon and had a few beers. No incidents, no issues and frankly we would not want to stop our guests from socializing and meeting each other - as a matter of fact we feature our own sailing trip were we encourage our guests to meet. Many have made friends for life here at our resort and periodically visit.

Our complimentary breakfast buffets, both in the Tara Lounge and at the Elements Restaurant receive excellent remarks, but like so many things in life, it is a matter of taste and we are truly sorry you feel it was of average quality or content . Maybe you could be more specific, so we can use the feedback for improvement? We will certainly take another look at the buffet and address anything that may need remedy.

We hope that your less then pleasant experience at our resort does not detract you from visiting our Island in the future as I am sure there are a few resorts that will cater to your preferences.

Respectfully yours,

Ewald Biemans
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2014

Skip the big hotels and the crowed beaches. We stayed at Bucuti and Tara for our honeymoon in July. It was amazing! The staff is awesome, friendly, helpful, not in your face all the time. The beach is perfect, the best beach and hotel I have been to in the Caribbean . The sand is clean &soft , the waves are not rough , you can swim right of the beach. The Hotel is on Eagle beach which is by far the best beach. We went to Palm Beach for the day where the big hotels are and we couldn't wait to get back to our little piece of heaven! Palm beach is wall to wall people, the beaches are dirty and everyone wants you to take their tour. Whether you want just a relaxing weekend or a romantic vacation this is the place to stay. The breakfast every morning was delicious. They even have movie night on the beach they give you your own lounge chair and blanket and popcorn. The rooms are great, we stayed on the Tara side and the view of the beach and sea every morning was breathtaking. You can sit on the beach and watch the beautiful sunset every night, no need to go any where else. We would go back here anytime!
Thank you for an amazing honeymoon!!

Room Tip: We were on second floor of Tara side with sea view, very quiet !
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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ewaldbiemans, Owner at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba, responded to this review, 9 August 2014
“You must stay here!” Is what Karen's review said - we love it!
thank you for your kind word - we hope to serve you again soon.
Masha Danki
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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2014

My new husband and I spent our honeymoon and his birthday at Bucuti. We could not have had a better time. The resort is beautiful, and our ocean view from the Tara Suite was spectacular. Not only is the resort amazing, but the staff make it so much better. A special thanks to Margarita making the best breakfast, to Jessica's big smile with each drink she made. You ladies ROCK!!!! Also a big shout out to Frank, who greeted us daily with a "Welcome Home". We will most definitely be returning.
Thanks for everything!!!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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ewaldbiemans, Owner at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba, responded to this review, 9 August 2014
A happy honeymoon forever and a belated happy Birthday to your Husband - i hope we helped celebrate the occasions while you were here.
Jessica, Margarita, Frank and all of us here thank you for your wonderful words / compliments.
WE certainly hope to serve you again some time soon....
Masha Danki!
Ewald Biemans
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turtle25
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2014

By far one of my favorite places in Aruba! Great staff! We stayed here twice. Peaceful and beautiful! Walking right out to the beach was the best. Rooms were comfortable and cool. Enjoyed the live music during happy hour. Pool was nice but mostly used the beach.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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ewaldbiemans, Owner at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba, responded to this review, 9 August 2014
We truly appreciate your concise review - short and sweet. Masha Danki!
We hope to serve you again soon ....
Ewald Biemans
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2014

This is are 5th time back and the first time at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort. With Rochelle's help at the front desk she made it possible for us to stay here. We checked out many reviews and had to stay at Bucuti and we will return. I could go on and on but you come and stay here and you will return too. The beach is so big, peacefully and eagle beach has the best sand on the island no rocks on the beach or in the water. Having back problems this resort also has the best beds anywhere, with the help of Deborah Dintelman the resort manager I will be able to by one only 10 miles from my home back in Pa.

It's 5 star in my book. Book early this resort its always full.

Room Tip: Ask for ocean view on the 2nd or 3rd floor
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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ewaldbiemans, Owner at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba, responded to this review, 9 August 2014
Greetings
I thank you, Rochelle and Deborah for getting you to stay with us and enjoy our hospitality - we are so glad you gave us this opportunity and thank you for your wonderful review.
Masha Danki,
Ewald Biemans
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Exton, Pennsylvania, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2014

This is our 4th straight year at Bucuti and we will not stay anywhere else in Aruba. The staff is just the best and provide the highest level of service. We love that the resort is small and adults only. We love how the beach is not crowded and we get great service on the beach. Elements is an awesome addition with great food for lunch and dinner. It's just the best experience we have had in the Caribbean.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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ewaldbiemans, Owner at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba, responded to this review, 9 August 2014
“Best Resort in the Caribbean!” you said, top romantic resort Caribbean by Conde Nast Traveler readers and Number One Resort, here on TripAdvisor, for so many years makes us proud and we thank you - masha danki! We shall keep on trying .....
We hope to serve you again too.
Te Aworo - until later, as we say in Papiamento....
Ewald Biemans
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Property: Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba
Address: L.G. Smith Boulevard 55 B, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
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Region: Caribbean > Aruba > Palm - Eagle Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#1 Luxury Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#1 Romantic Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#2 Family Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#4 Business Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba 4*
Number of rooms: 104
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This adults-only, romantic resort, located on Aruba's spacious and beautiful Eagle Beach, is award-winning and owner-operated. The 4-star and 4-diamond resort receives high satisfaction ratings and recognition that includes #1 Hotel for Romance in the Caribbean 2017, Top 3 Beach Destinations in the World, Conde Nast Gold List, and Green Globe High Achievement Award. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is eco-friendly and offers a tranquil boutique experience with friendly service. The intimate atmosphere is exclusive and relaxing to couples seeking tranquility and romantic experiences. No groups and no all-inclusive packages available. Two top restaurants available on property and romantic beach dining. Breakfast is free daily.Resort's website offers you the Best Available Rate including all taxes and fees, free breakfast and free WiFi. (Not all-inclusive) ... more   less 
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