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“Great Time at Divi Tamarijn!” 4 of 5 stars
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3.5 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   J.E. Irausquin Blvd #45 | Druif Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba   |  
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Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Oranjestad
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“Great Time at Divi Tamarijn!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

The number one best thing at the Divi Tamarijn is that you are steps from the beach once you open your patio doors!
Great sun, great beach, great staff and guests! Our 20 mo. daughter made many friends from far-away places! And none of the kids were annoying.
Restaurants had great food and once you figured out the buffet, you could find good eats. The pool was small (compared too huge) but very enjoyable and not crowded. AC in room worked perfectly and our daughter really enjoyed her Divi-provided crib. Only downside on the room was the shower was open style and water got everywhere-although I was not sure our room was for Wheelchair-accessible or not). That being said, Housekeeping cleaned and provided enough towels to manage the situation.
Drinks were very good and wisely got stronger as the day / night went on. Special orders did not upset drink staff. Good Entertainment / Djs too.(not shows)
Great housekeeping too!
Bottom line: Great place to go for couples AND families! Hit downtown and hi-rise and enjoy.

Room Tip: Room in Block 12-13 are best. Close but within walking distance to main areas. But not too close so...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

OVERALL
We chose to go to Aruba as all recommendations on Trip Advisor were very good. However, as soon as we arrived we were very disappointed, we were given our room key on the transfer bus to the hotel and on arrival to our room we were totally shocked at what we were expected to stay in – all I can say is filth (pedestal of the toilet had urine/hairs and I hate to think what else it was, the bath was disgusting – no mastic around the bath edge and grout missing from the tiles, my husband went to reception and explained that we wanted to be moved and to their credit they said that they could move us but not until the following day (hence we lost a day and a half of our holiday) as we were in limbo as we could not unpack etc.
The accommodation at the Divi is very tired and dilapidated and not a 4* plus Hotel but in our opinion a 3* and charging 5* prices.
To make a reservation for dinner at any of the restaurants other than the buffet you can only reserve two days . At check-in, if you want a safe for your personal possession there is a charge of $2 per day. If you want to use the non-motorised water sports facility you have to provide a credit card and fill out an additional waiver to use these items.
STAFF
One the whole mainly polite, especially at reception, but there are a few members of staff that are quite rude.
ACTIVITIES / ENTERTAINMENT
If you are there for one week you have seen it all. Trying to get a seat in the evening by the bar is ridiculous unless you eat at 6 pm, otherwise you had to sit on sun loungers.
FOOD
The buffet restaurant is the only option for meals on the first two days after arrival, since the reservations for the sit-down dinner restaurants must be made two days in advance. In our opinion the Red Parrot is the best restaurant on the resort. The only restaurant with consistently good food and service was Ginger, the Asian-themed restaurant as at all the others the meat and fish are typically overcooked and not the type of food I would expect at a "luxury" Platinum Resort. We also dined at the Paparazzi-Italian, the first week and I thought I had been presented with a plate of vomit, it was disgusting and we left the restaurant promptly, but we did try the second week and that was even worse, I ordered the pork dish, it was as if I had put a spoon into a bowl of salt, had I not been in a restaurant I would have been able to dispose of it – hence for the second time we walked out.
ACCOMMODATION
Our room after we moved was ok for a 3* hotel but not 4* plus. The air-conditioning unit was very noisy, the room was average. The room have a fridge but are not stocked, not even water, you either have to buy your water at the shop or use the water fountain near reception. The bathrooms was definitely below standard, the fittings loose and tiles dirty and in places without grout and mouldy. overall the room was sub-standard the only consultation was the beautiful view of the beach.
CONCLUSION
We will never book a Divi Resort holiday again and would not recommend it, we only booked the Divi simply because we read the reviews and were very impressed with what people were saying, obviously some people are afraid to tell the truth

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

We stayed here in May/June 2012.
Firstly the Cons , of which there are very few. Aruba airport is a nightmare on arrival.Two large American planes and our Thomson one arrive within minutes of each other. The immigration hall was far to small to cope with the number of passengers arriving and people were stuck on the stairway/corridor from the plane. There seemed to be little in the way of air conditioning. Luckily we were in Thomson Premier class and got of our plane early, but we could hear lots of miserable little children in the background- not surprising after a 9 hour flight.
The Divi is definately not the place for anyone phobic about reptiles ( luckily we aren't and found them facinating). They appear all over the place from mid morning till late afternoon, and in spite of the restaurant's precautions a few little ones and the occasional iguana find their way in there at lunch time!
Though the beach and the sea are wonderful I wouldn't recommend the sea for very small children.Depending on the tide , there can be quite a current and the beach can shelve quite quickly.
Our only other "con" is the lack of privacy on our balcony. We were in Block Vista 2 -room 505, on the first floor. We loved the room and the view from it , but there are only 3ft high metal railings with glass inserts between the balconies (there are solid ones on the ground floor).Not good for security , though the area around the block was regularly patrolled by security. As we were close to the sea , we would have like to leave our balcony doors open at night to hear the waves.
The Pros. There are just so many. The staff are so friendly and helpful especially if you treat them as hard working individuals and show them your appreciation.Some guests were unbelievely rude to them and wondered why they didn't get the service they expected..The food in the restaurants that we visited, was excellent. We particularly like the Red Parrot and went there several times (must be booked in advance). We had a couple of meals in the Ginger Asian Restaurant at the Tamarijn. Again the food was excellent. We were a little disappointed with the Palm Grill there. We were inside and it was very hot. We shared our "cooking table " with a delightful local couple but unfortunately the wife didn't speak English so we felt she must have felt a liitle out of things as her husband spoke fluent English.We took most of our meals at the Pelican Terrace. There was a good variety of food at all meals and some excellent "live cooking"- the chefs often cooking something especially for you. Unlike many AI hotels we have stayed at , there was a choice of named wines,both red and white, in both the restaurants and the bar.
The bar at the Pelican Terrace was a wonderful place to sit for a "sundowner", right beside the beach. The bar staff were great fun and introduced us to "Brown Lady" cocktails -defenitely worth a try! The bar staff got to know what our "tipple" was at various times of day and often had it rea, if they weren't too busy.dy for us as they saw us approaching
As many people have said the hotel could do with a face lift in places. Our room had been refurbished and we had no complaints about it and it was always kept very clean. The chambermaids were always very friendly and cheery and couldn't do enough for us. We had a lovely side sea view from our room in Vista 2 across the grass and through the palm trees to the beach .The view from rooms 509 onwards would have had a better view.
There are not a lot of loungers around the pool (as usual people booking them from early morning and not using tham till lunchtime!), but as we like to be on the beach, this was not a problem - lots of loungers there and plent of palappas, though a few more would be useful.
The evening entertainment is low key, which suited us.Some excellent musicians on the liitle stage at the pelican bar- nice thlisten to while we are at the Red parrot or The Pelican terrace. The entertainment at the Tamarijn seemed livlier as they have more space.
There is a bus stop at the entrance to the complex -great for trips to the livlier and more frenetic Palm Beach and Oranjestad.
Would we go again-Definately. Great for getting away from the rat race and just chilling out

Room Tip: Block Vista 2 sea view 1st floor Rooms 509 onwards. Block Vista 1 has nice sea views but as the side...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

After reading several reviews on Trip advisor, and friends recommendations, we booked the Divi for 9 nights for our honeymoon. As a frequent traveler, this was my first all inclusive, and I dare say my last. Maybe I had too high of expectations and didn't know what I was getting into-

I was told the rooms were a bit dated, but the beach and feel of the establishment would make up for it. Not quite. If you are looking for super low key, cigarettes (and butts) everywhere, no fanfare, pizza, paninis, and buffet, total go at your own speed with little help from staff, this is your place. Although the beach itself was lovely.
From the moment we arrived, on our honeymoon no less, and booking the honeymoon package, there was nothing other than a warm greeting. The room we had requested far forward "oceanfront" back in February when I booked, instead was far back and "ocean view" ... if you leaned out and looked left. BEWARE if you book- if seeing the ocean is important, make sure they put it in writing that’s its OCEANFRONT not VIEW. After being moved to a better room, from the furniture to the view actually, after a long time at the front desk involving tears, saying that we would pay more, and a request to speak to someone in management (someone came out, turned their shoulder to me and discussed with the reservationist in their language without once addressing me) we could at least see the ocean. They did not have a room OCEANFRONT to accommodate us. The rooms are basic, with little privacy as each patio is only separated by a short iron fence. We did try to eat at a few of the restaurants on property beginning the second night, however we were told, even with the restaurant being empty at time of inquiry, that we needed to make reservations two nights out. That left us with the options of a pizza and sandwich bar, or buffet with your basics. Shout out to Helen for making great pizzas! Most of the bartenders, Robert & Rafael specifically at the outdoor bars, were very nice and the bright point of the property. We did overhear several complaints at the bar from different parties of guests that had been returning customers for years and this trip had been lackluster from the shape of the property to air conditioning issues. Although the front desk staff was friendly and did all that they could do without help from management, we left after 3 nights, which only happened because they would not let us out of our 3 night minimum, and moved to the Marriott where we felt like the honeymoon began.

Room Tip: Vista One or Two, Ocean FRONT. Ocean VIEW could mean back of the building overlooking an empty parki...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

My husband and I celebrated our honeymoon together at the Divi and it was just perfect. We had an oceanfront room and spent four days swimming in the crystal clear water, drinking Aruba Arribas, and eating dinner at great restaurants. It's a fantastic resort, the staff is incredibly friendly, and the all-inclusive makes it a no brainer. The restaurants are fantastic for dinner - the Red Parrot and Ginger are delicious! The two things we believe could be improved at the resort are (1) the buffet: breakfast is okay, but lunch was very difficult since I'm a vegetarian. There are pizza and sandwich lunch options at the bars. In general, it would be nice for the Divi to update the buffet and improve the quality of the food. (2) the oceanfront room was great for its proximity to and view of the ocean, however, the room is outdated and could definitely use renovation. The bathroom is very outdated. Despite these two things, we had an absolutely incredible time and are already planning a return trip. Best week of our lives!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

When I first saw our room I was a little disappointed, the paintwork was a bit grubby and the wardrobe doors were hard to open. We also had a leak through the floor in the wardrobe! But as our stay went on I started to love the Divi! The grounds, pool, bars and beach area were lovely and made up for my earlier disappointment. We ate in all the various restaurants and we never had a bad meal. We also ate at Windows (at the golf course over the road) and this was exceptional. We met so many nice staff and fellow holiday makers from all over the world. It is disappointing that First Choice are not flying to Aruba from Manchester in 2013, we're hoping this will change and we will visit the island and this same hotel again in 2014!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

We had a fabulous week staying @ the Divi end of September. I don't need to re-write previous views as fairly stated. We wouldn't hesitate returning. Yes, would upgrade to a sea view next time as simply stunning. Also have another half-day on a Catamaran, perhaps self book as great offers available at the High Rise beach area. Talking about High Rise areas :( ugly! So grateful to drive back to the stunning Low Rise! Hire car nice for exploring alone but to be honest the island is so tiny taxi rides would probably work out a cheaper option. Hired a car through Thomson's and found it a drag being picked up to collect the car, not far but having to queue :( probably took an hour and half in all. Would suggest walking the short walk to sister hotel Tamarin where they have numerous car hire desks. Oh talking on the lines of Tamarin, do catch the Golf Buggies back and forth between hotels, we had some hilarious speedy returns! Probably induced by alcohol but we still laugh about it now. Disliked the sun lounger hogging but even though we took our early morning walk (towels on beds at 6am) didn't succumb to rather pathetic behaviour! All said you just need shade for midday when the sun's intense! I have never been so grateful for windy bad hair days :) lol. We have looked into booking independently as Thomson's reduced 2013 flights and might fly into Miami or Amsterdam for connecting flights. You bet we are going back x

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd #45 | Druif Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba
Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Oranjestad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Oranjestad
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Oranjestad
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Oranjestad
#3 Spa Hotel in Oranjestad
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Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Divi Aruba All Inclusive 3.5*
Number of rooms: 203
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