We have just spent one week @ Divi, and we think it is a solid 3.5* Aruba AI resort, a bit overpriced but perfect when it goes on sale. This was our second stay, and nothing really has changed in the last 2 years. The beach is still amazing and the ocean is nice, warm and friendly!
The rooms and the resort grounds are clean and well-maintained; the service is good, the food is well-prepared and of good quality -- though the selection is mostly repetitive and not as wide as it is at bigger resorts. However, a-la-carte restaurants compensate for that with really special and outstanding menus. Several times, I thought to myself that the fruit and veggie choices are quite limited for a tropical island (same applies to fresh-squeezed juices), but the home-made strawberry preserves and desserts help a lot to cope with this. Also, you have to ask for water or refills at the buffet, which is unusual.
Most of the time, you can find free beach-chairs and palapas on the beach, but the bad habits die hard, and at 8 AM the beach-chair wars start. Looks like people never learn - it's a pain to look at the reserved chairs being empty for hours.
The bars open only at 11 AM and drinks there are usually watered down and not strong enough, but the service is fast. They also serve pizza, ice-cream and popcorn, which is good when you have kids, but do not expect any milk shakes or low-sugar juices for children during the day – so the sugary frozen drinks or sodas are the only choice.
Water sports are almost non-existent at Divi. I’ve gotten the impression that they are trying to keep them in low profile in a hope that nobody will ask for them. Smells of laziness to me. They do not advertise any activity and nobody even knows what they have in stock unless you ask them. And even after that, the equipment they offer is outdated and limited.
A few words about night entertainment. We are not big fans of it because usually we are worn out by 8 PM; but a few times we observed performers with heavy speakers, amplifiers and instruments, playing pretty good ‘live’ music for several minutes and then they would become bored or want a drink or two from the bar – so they leave, and the music would still play on and on…
For those who are brave enough, I would recommend the Jeep Tour to Natural Pool/Bridge with De Palm Tours. Scuba divers should ask about Unique Sports of Aruba Dive shop.