We have just returned from a two week holiday to this beautiful paradise Island. Having read some previous negative reviews we were a bit apprehensive. WOW!! from start to finish it was amazing. We checked in on the coach so there was no queing at reception, Sandra the rep was brilliant, the room was ready and our luggage was delivered to our rooms within 5 minutes. The rooms were large, clean and cool, a welcome refuge from the heat if needed. The bathroom was fine, ok might need some updating but everything worked well, the plug got stuck, we reported it at reception and it was fixed within half an hour. The bed was very comfortable, there is a fridge to keep water cold, this is all we used it for, the balcony had a lovely sea view. The only downside of the room was there were no tea or coffee making facilities, we had to go to a machine outside which was often out of order. The housekeeping was good, the rooms were cleaned everyday. The Pelican Terrace restaraunt was brilliant, for breakfast there was everything you could think of, I have never been to a restaurant with so much choice, lunch was the same, dinner was themed most nights, but there was always something for everybody. There was a hot station where you could have your food cooked in front of you, all food if it was supposed to be hot then it was, which made a real change, we've been to plenty of places where hot food was supposed to be hot and it's lukewarm. The only downside of the meals was the lack of choice for desserts, it was just the same small cakes every day, considering the vast choice for everything else, this was disappointing. There was no queing, no waiting for tables, drinks were topped up without having to ask, never rushed to finish a meal, music was played while you ate, either live or DJ, very relaxing atmosphere. We never went to the Red Parrot as we were happy at the Pelican, so can't comment on that. The bar was good too, loads of cocktails and different drinks right on the beach, you could always walk up and get a drink without waiting long. There was a icecream machine which had some lovely flavours in it, could have been topped up a bit more often as this was very popular and often either run out of icecream or cones, Pool area was good, plenty of places to go if you wanted shade. Then we have the beach, this was the most fantastic beach I have ever seen, almost like talcom powder it was so soft and white, this was spoilt however by people throwing their disgusting cigarette ends down by the sun beds. Oh the sun beds! people actually got up at 3am to put towels on the umbrellas, my partner got up one night for a walk as he couldn't sleep, and saw them doing it, half the time no one came to them till the afternoon. Two days before we left they replaced all the sun beds with new ones and chained them all together at night, not unlocking them till 6am when most people got up, so that put a stop to that, not many places where you can start sunbathing that early in the morning, so people made the most of their day. This is a lovely quiet relaxing resort, a big beach just dotted with people. Water sports are futher down the beach if you want them, and the motorised ones are round the other side where they can't be seen from the Divi. The trips were good too, we went on the submarine140 ft down, saw some lovely fish all colours and sizes, all in their own environment. De Palm Island was good, the Blue Parrot fish were amazing, you could go snorkling, an underwater sea trek where you can walk under water with a helmet on 20 ft down. A jeep safari round the island was fun, the tour guide for that was funny, Ivo I think his name was, shake and bake he called it!! Baby Beach was ok but spoiled by the big oil refinery close by. We also went horseriding through the countryside, saw a different side to Aruba and they were very calm horses and friendly tour guides. The sunsets were amazing too, quite a few couples got married at sunset, very romantic place to get married. Aruba is just amazing, quiet if you want it at the Divi, and lively at the high rise ie Palm Beach if you want that too, something for everybody, hot every day with a warm wind, no sign of rain, white sand, turquoise sea, lovely hotel, what more could you ask for, we loved this place, looking forward to going back next year.
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- Aruba All Inclusive Resort
- Aruba Divi Divi
- Divi Aruba Beach Resort
- Divi Aruba All Inclusive Oranjestad