My family and I had a wonderful week’s stay over Thanksgiving, and are making plans to go back. It started off with a dissatisfaction which was remedied quickly. We had booked a beach-side (casita) room but were not happy with it. The top of the dressers and nightstands were worn, the bathroom was in disrepair, and there was a gap in the room door that let in light and even some rain. We spent one night there and were moved the next day to a Veranda room on the first floor. It was a little ‘further from the action’, but still very close to the restaurants and beach, and the room was much, much better. The staff told us it had been renovated within the past year.
The buffet restaurant at the Divi was pretty decent. Our child is a picky eater, and she always managed to find something. The breakfast juices were out of a machine, rather than fresh. There could be a wait if you wanted coffee or soda for breakfast, as sometimes the wait staff would be slow to stop over to see if you needed anything. At lunch and dinner, though, wait staff would take your drink order and bring it pretty quickly. There were several options for entrees which changed daily, and there was fresh fruit available at every meal.
For the a la carte restaurants, we ate at The Red Parrot several times. We enjoyed the menu (a small sampling includes escargot and shrimp appetizers, a couple varieties of salad and soup, and beef, pork, seafood and pasta entrees) and found the staff to be wonderful there. We also tried The Palm, where you cook your own meat and veggies at a grill built into your table. We can’t comment on the Italian and Asian restaurants on the property. You can only make reservations for the a la carte restaurants two days in advance. However, were able to eat at one the evening after we arrived since there was availability and we weren’t particular about the time we got in.
At 11 am, the bars opened up. We thought the liquors and variety of drinks available were very good. One of the bars served delicious small pizzas, thin or thick-crust, which quickly became a daily treat for us. I believe the sister resort, the Tamarijn, has a bar that serves other food such as burgers and fries. We saw the menu, but didn’t order anything there (other than drinks!).
The beach was absolutely gorgeous. It was soft white sand, there were no shells or rocks—perfect to walk on barefoot. It was not crowded at all. The water was excellent, too. Gentle waves, nice temperature, it got gradually deeper without any sudden drops, and it was a nice sandy bottom.
We paid $2 per day to access the safe in our room. It doesn’t fit a laptop, but we managed to cram in our cells phones, camera, iPad (angled, it’s too large to lay flat), billfold/wallet, passports, etc. The drawback is that it uses a key rather than a code, so you are given a lanyard to carry the key around.
Another negative is some of the resort amenities have extremely limited hours. For example, there is a rock wall. However, you must sign up in advance to use it, and it’s only open for two hours in the morning two or three days per week. Also, if you need an ATM, there is only one at the Tam, not at the Divi.
We found the staff to be helpful and kind, particularly Gilbert, Robertico and Lorenzo. Overall, though, despite a few negatives, we had a wonderful time and would recommend the resort. As long as people know what to expect (it’s not what I would consider upscale), it’s a lovely place for a relaxing vacation.
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- Also Known As:
- Divi Aruba All Inclusive Hotel Oranjestad
- Aruba All Inclusive Resort
- Aruba Divi Divi
- Divi Aruba Beach Resort
- Divi Aruba All Inclusive Oranjestad