Anyway we'll be booking when 2014 holidays become available in April but we want to be completely sure we're going with the right resort/hotel so I have a few questions to help make our minds up.
1. The resort looks quite big and we encountered this on a previous holiday in Mexico, this is not an issue but it would obviously be better if the pool/bars/restaurants are spaced quite close together? We don't mind if there is a walk from our room to the main areas but we don't like bars/restaurants/facilities spaced too far apart.
2. I have read up on the beers available and I'm sure my husband will be more than happy with the local beer as will I for a refreshing daytime tipple but I in the evenings I mainly drink wine, champagne and cocktails. Are there Mojitos and Strawberry Daiquiris available at all bars? Is champagne available by the glass at all bars? Is there champagne at breakfast so I can make a cheeky mimosa?
3. We're coming from the UK so need to change our spending money anyway, are we better using US dollars or Aruban Florin? We do prefer to use the currency of the country we are visiting and normally do this as we also find we get a better exchange rate, but we found in Mexico all prices were in US dollars so we had to carry out 2 currency conversions all the time when we wanted to pay for things in Mexican Pesos and this was just annoying. Are products and services priced in US dollars or Aruban Florin as this will help determine what currency we bring?
4. I have read that Aruban water is very clean and safe to drink but for convenience we like to be able to get a large bottle of water from the bars in the morning to take on a walk along the beach. Are there bottles of water available from the bars or restaurants or is the water just provided in jugs or from the soft drinks tap/gun at the bar? Are there self-service drinks dispensers at the beach bars? We bring bubba-kegs for our drinks at all inc resorts as we hate the tiny plastic glasses!
5. What is the dress code for the buffet restaurants? Do men need to wear long trousers, shoes and a shirt? I understand the a la carte restaurants would have a more strict dress code but we found Mexico to also be strict with the buffet restaurants whereas we'd never had a problem with this in Cuba and Maldives.
6. What are the bars and entertainment like in the evenings is it all very laid back and quiet or can we find some music and entertainment if we feel like it? We found Mexico to be very quiet in the evenings and we were in bed by 10:30pm most nights! We don't like mad partying all the time but it would be nice to have 1-2 late nights on holiday.
7. Lastly are there a lot of kids around the Divi? From what I've read the Tamarijn seems to be aimed more at families and slightly livlier whereas we get the feeling the Divi is more laid back and more suitable for couples?
Sorry to bombard you with all these questions we just want to be completely sure we're choosing the right hotel and holiday as it is going to be a special holiday for us and we want to make the right decision for us.
Thank you so much in advance!