My husband and I stayed at the Divi Links/Golf Village Condo 43 for two weeks in September 2015, renting via Prestige Realty Aruba. From check-in to check-out, Prestige was punctual, professional, and we had no problems using this company whatsoever. We look forward to using Prestige for all of our Aruban vacations in the future. We worked with Michelle via email, and Raquel on the island, and both were very helpful in assisting us in deciding which condo to rent at which property, and with questions we had a check-in and check-out. We did not require their assistance during our stay.
The Divi Golf Village is a large condo/timeshare only property, all buildings well-maintained, and grounds immaculate. We saw many stages of renovations and upkeep throughout the property which prove it's well-kept. Looks like there are a lot of new spas going in, so if you're deciding between a 2-story condo with a spa, I would grab it!
There are 3 pool areas; one large pool with a swim-up bar, infinity edge, waterslide, rock fountain, and many chairs, showers, towel huts, etc. There are two smaller pools also located on the property, somewhat set back into the condo complex; one near the road, and the other at the far end of the property. The main pool is loud with the waterslide, and children all day, so we opted for one of the smaller, quieter pools. The beach/road front pool also had a snack bar/restaurant and bar, as well. The small pool in the rear of the complex did not offer beverages or food, yet was private. Out of all the pool days we spent there, more than half of them were spent just the two of us in the pool.
The shuttles run throughout the Divi and Tamarijn properties, to the Alhambra casino, and we even saw them take people as close as they could get to the supermarkets (Ling & Son's and Kong Hing are both VERY close); and we used them throughout our stay. Remember to tip the drivers; we saw so many people not tipping. It's not required, but I can imagine, it's well appreciated, and we truly appreciated their service, so why not tip? Certainly cheaper than a cab to get from here to there.
Since we were there 2 weeks, we did have housekeeping service included once during our trip. She was wonderful. There is an option to purchase housekeeping service daily, we did not do this, therefore I can't comment on it. They provide one beach/pool towel per guest, and you can trade them as you need for fresh towels.
The bed was comfortable, the air conditioner worked wonderfully, and the kitchen is well-stocked; we just had to pick up napkins and paper towels at the grocery store, and we brought Tide pods from home for the stackable washer/dryer. The refrigerator/freezer is full-size, and the ice maker made plenty of ice to keep our collapsible cooler well-stocked for beers and cocktails at the pool/beach. Make note that anything you buy in Aruba will likely be more expensive than it is back home. We bought some kitchen cleaner spray for $7 to help keep the kitchen area clean and ant-free. Just like at home, ants find food on vacation, too. The wifi did not work for some reason. Not sure why. It had full signal on all of our devices, yet would never download emails, apps, etc. We found that we could connect easily to the Divi Lobby wifi, however, and used that instead of the condo's router/wifi. All you need to do is go to the desk in the lobby and they'll give it to you.
We found that not renting a car was just fine. We used taxis to get home from the supermarkets (we went 3 times), get up and back from the high rises, and to downtown Oranjestad. That was just our preference. We didn't want to have to be delegating DD's each night we went out. Taxis are safe, reliable, and relatively inexpensive, and we didn't need to worry about anything. I don't think we missed out on anything by not renting a car. If you would like to rent one, however, there is a Hertz representative on site, and we saw numerous rental cars readily available every day we were there. There is also a DePalm Tours representative on site as well for other tours and fun.
The only downside we encountered was the beach at the Divi near the watersports complex. It was very dirty, and we found trash, cigarette butts, straws, and countless metal beer caps in the sand each and every day we were there. It boggles my mind that people are that lazy and irresponsible to not clean up after themselves, but I'm also surprised that the Divi doesn't employ anyone to rake the beach. All the beaches in Aruba are public, and there are warnings not to leave valuables, etc, but I never felt like we weren't safe leaving our cooler or bag unattended. We also didn't leave anything of value in plain sight. Just be smart.
Definitely bring a collapsible/soft-sided cooler and insulated mugs. Best decision we ever made. We also brought floaties for the pool/beach. Also a great decision.
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