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Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive
3.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   J.E. Irausquin Blvd #41 | Druif Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba   |  
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Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Oranjestad
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Aruba All Inclusive Review”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

Our 2nd trip to Aruba. This time we stayed at the Tamarijn All Inclusive. Last year we stayed at the Divi All Inclusive. So we were familiar with the resort and process. The Tamarijn rooms are all beachfront. Need to claim your beach hut and chairs by 6:30 am. A few of the buildings have limited huts. And the travelers staying in the Dutch Village resort are right along side the Tamarijn and they also use the beachfront and huts. The room was fine. We had a 2nd floor king room with balcony. We had the privacy we wanted with great views. Had to out the front and down a flight of steps to the beach which was no problem at all. Very close access. We were located near the bunker bar so direct access to all drinks and coffee. Took just a few minutes to walk to the main restaurant area. Resort and rooms clean. Our bathroom was in need of renovations and the resort is doing full bath renovations this year along with air conditioning upgrade. Food and drink was just fine. We dined at Red Parrot, Ginger, Papparazzi, Palm Grill, and the buffet plus the pizza bar. Staff very welcoming and helpful. Resort charges for a room safe and for wifi access and Internet access. This is the only negative I can offer. We used 'bully the cab driver' for trip to/fro the airport. We could walk to food market from far end of resort. This trip we stayed on beach all day with breaks for food and drink. No sightseeing just r&r. Entertainment was offered every night. 5 nights Sunday to Friday. No traffic upon arrival Sunday. And we made it from hotel to airport gate in less than 30 minutes Friday. Will avoid Saturdays in any future trips as airport is too busy on Saturdays. Felt safe at all times on the resort grounds. Will stay at the Tamarijn again.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

We stayed here for 2 weeks in September 2011 and on the whole would agree with the majority of reviews that have gone before

Room:- Lovely, 2 extremely comfy beds with fabulous pillows, adequate wardrobe and drawer space, American plugs via an extension lead from the TV socket, safe and fridge in the wardrobe, ice bucket, very clean bathroom with shallow bath, shower and hairdryer, shampoo and shower gel dispensers on the bath wall. The hand towels here are big enough for drying long hair. Daily housekeeping kept it spotless. We were in the 1500 block, 2 down from the main area which was far enough to be away from any noise, but a stone's throw from the complex. We were on the 1st floor with balcony with table and chairs, and which had an outcrop in front for extra beach space. All rooms are on the beach so any would be fine, and none are more than a few minutes walk from the centre, but my choice would be those on the right side of the complex as you face from the sea (1400 - 2500s)

Grounds:- Not a huge pool, located in the centre of the complex, but fine for dipping in and out of. We didn't us it at all as we had that beautiful beach right in front of us. Not really much garden area, but do you really need that ? There are plenty of loungers for all on the beach, but as is the norm nearly everywhere, get out earlyish with your towel if you want to bag your favourite spot with an umbrella.

Bars/Restaurants:- The main complex surrounds the pool, so everything is together. The main buffet (Canucu Terrace) is open, 7-11, 12-3 and 6-9.30, and we found the food to be varied and excellent. The waiting staff were generally friendly and attentive with water and drinks refills. Next to that is Coconuts bar, and the other side of the pool, the Pizza Per Tutti Snack Bar, both which had small seating areas which seemed to be open all day and night ('til 1am) and serve an excellent range of cocktails (the Hurricane is a killer !) and snacks. There is an ice cream dispenser next to the snack bar which is very handy ! As a change from the buffet you can try the Ginger restaurant where they serve standard Asian fare which was very nice, and the Paparazzi is Italian, which we didn't try. There's the Palm Court Grill, which is just a separate area in the buffet where you can grill your own on the table but we didn't bother with that either. Book early in the day at reception for 2 days time to reserve places at these. You can also use the Red Parrot at the sister resort, the Divi, along the beach which has a mixture of food, some Caribbean and very nice. You can also book the classy Windows on Aruba restaurant at their posh hotel across the road, but you have to pay for that, although a special voucher gives you a set price for Tamarijn and Divi residents. If you want the lobster tails there was a $35 surcharge, but they forgot to charge us it .. so bargain ! We had a fantastic meal there.

Facilities:- There are all the usual small shops with souvenirs, an internet lounge which you can buy set amount of times for, which we did use, although some computers were out of action we found. There's a kids room, gym and tennis courts if you're energetic (So we obviously didn't use them !), and the towel hut and bicycle hire place were just behind our block. 6 of the blocks have an ice machine in the wall, luckily there was one on ours. There were things going on round the pool (bingo I think ?) during the day but we were too busy sunning ourselves on the beach. If coming from Britain, First Choice have a permanent office there and our rep (whose name I can't remember now) was very helpful booking trips etc. She also has a book library in there for swappsies.. They have a buggy cart service that will take you to either the Divi, or across the road to the Window restaurant

Entertainment:- Most nights there was some kind of band on next to the snack bar in the early evening and a dance or entertainment show in the buffet area c. 9pm. Even a synchronised swimming show in the pool one night. Then music from a DJ or a bit more band to follow, but generally not until very late. A couple of nights a week they have market stalls in selling their wares in the general concourse area

Service:- Excellent, from reception, bar and restaurant, to housekeeping, we found the majority of staff extremely polite, helpful and friendly. Tipping is discretionary, but obviously with so many Americans going there (it was mainly Brits, Americans, Canadians and Venezuelans), they are used to receiving extra remuneration. We tended to just tip at the bar at the end of the night

Picky niggles:- Just for the sake of some constructive criticism, we could have done with some sockets round the room instead of in just one place, and it would have been nice if they had let the bands they had on play a later set until the bars closed. The only problem we had was that our toilet didn't flush very well, we did report it but it didn't seem to improve, but we got used to it in the end.

Overall Experience:- We really loved this place, the weather was constant (in the 80s), a few evening storms, and the odd cloud during the day, and the real selling point is that all the rooms are on the beach, the reason we booked it in the first place. There isn't a huge amount of sightseeing to do in Aruba, but we did a day trip round the island, including a snorkelling stop, the sunset cruise with meal on the beach at De Palm Island, which was great, and we booked the submarine, but unfortunately the boat that takes you to it broke down that day and we didn't have time to rebook it. We got the bus to Oranjestad and looked round the shops and had lunch, but never did get around to doing the high rise area bars or restaurants at night. We will definitely be coming back to the Tamarijn, if not this year, then soon, and would absolutely recommend it if all you want from your holiday is to chill on the beach, eat and drink well.

Room Tip: They are all directly on the beach, so all good !
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  • Stayed September 2011, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Des Moines, Iowa
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012

We have stayed at Tam now twice, and on our 3rd, planning to visit! We fell in love with their island, rooms, all facing the ocean, just feet away, employees were awesome, food great, and kept very clean! The island is small, so renting a Jeep is a must!!! Very safe, even though they have gotten a bad rap! Never felt afraid one bit! Thank you for our place to daydream about, while we survive the cold midwestern winters Tam!!

Room Tip: Any room is a good room, as every room faces the ocean.
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Thunder Bay, Canada
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012

I've just got back from a 7 night stay at the Tamrijn in Aruba and it was superb! The food was delicious, the service was great, the people were friendly and the accomodations were comfortable and clean.
The rooms are right on the water which allowed for optimal sun time because it wasn't a chore to get packed and go. If you had 20 minutes to spare you just walk out your door and grab a lounger. No packing, planning or beach bag required.
There was no lack of nightly entertainment and I found all the shows to be enjoyable. There is also enough room to accomodate everyone so there is no fighting for a place to sit and you're not afraid of losing your seat if you get up to go to the washroom or for a drink.
Aside from the one dinner when we received poor service, I have absolutely no complaints about my stay at the Tamarijn and would go back in a heart beat.

Room Tip: our room was towards the far southwest end of the resort. it was far enough away from the main area...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

We stayed at the Tam and had a ground floor room at the 1200 bldg. This was much better than the 2100 room we had last year. The location was the best, very nice beach, not too far but far enough from the pool. Next time I will bring a brush to sweep my sandy feet when I enter my patio. The Tam is in the process of renovating the rooms and this year there was plenty of new bikes to ride so I can see improvements under way which is a good thing. We had a great stay but there are a few things the Tam can change to make us feel a little better about spending good money.

The positives are:
1. Location, you cannot beat the beaches-I have been told they are some of the best on Aruba. Plenty of room, you never feel crowded.

2. Staff, The busy bartenders were friendly enough but staff at Tutis were especially friendly and accommodating.

3. Food is very subjective so I will say average food but the Tuti(sp?) Bar has very good Pizza, Fries and sandwiches.

4. Lots of activities-wind surf(I tried), Snorkeling, Kyak, Vollyball, Bike riding and games like bingo.

The pains in the butt:

1. Safes-a charge of $2(I think) a day-cmon we paid very good money for this place.And could you put the safes in a place that you don't break your back every time you go in it. They are under the sink in the bathroom-Inside the closet at eye level would be nice.

2. Internet-Again we pay enough why nickel and dime us for the internet usage.

3. Towels do you really think we will try to rip off your towels. Just leave 2 towels a day in our room and pick up the old ones. Drop the towel key method.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2012

This was our second trip to the Tam so we knew what to expect although it has been 6 years and the property is showing its age. We did notice that they are working on renovating the rooms starting at one end of the property and moving along one building at a time. The air conditioner in our room started to give up on our 2nd night there and it was so noisy that it made it hard to sleep, but hey, things happen to mechanical equipment and when I let them know the next morning a new unit was installed within an hour so kudos to the staff for their quick response. On the last night of our trip we got torrential rain and it was pouring into the room at a pretty quick pace by the time we got up in the morning, not the end of the world, we threw some towels on it and started packing up for the flight home. None of this really affected our trip, the room location was fabulous and the beaches…..its Aruba, they are perfect and as with all vacations you can either have fun and enjoy it or let the little things ruin it so we never sweat the little things. As always the staff at the Tam was friendly and the overall service was good. The food is very good and there are plenty of choices. If you are going to try and compare this place to some of the luxury all inclusive (Sandals, Riu, etc.) then don’t bother going here, it’s not that kind of place, but for overall value, perfect location and good staff you will be happy enough here.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

Well I have been back home now for a week from Aruba and miss Aruba all ready. My husband and I stayed at the Tamarijn All Inclusive. I searched for weeks prior to making my decission on what hotel I was going to stay at. I'm glad I picked the Tamarijn. The staff were very friendly and the service was amazing. The property was extremely clean. The food was pretty good. I had blook 1100 on the second floor is was the prefect spot it was between the Tamarijn and the sister the Divi. The room was a good size and clean it had plenty of storage for clothes. The view was to die for. You open the patio door and see white sand and clear water just like in the commercials. I have been to alot of different countries and different hotels. I have to honesty say the Tamarijn was a geat choice. So if your thinking about going to Aruba and want the view of the most beautiful beach 24 hours a day, then stay at the Tamarijn. The sunsets are amazing to watch There are only 3 things I can say that can be inprove on #1 The food at the buffet can be hotter, #2 A coffee pot in the room, #3 There is a need for a couple of public washrooms that need to be renovated. I met people that have been going to the Tamarijn time and time again and we will be to. Iwill post photos later.

  • Stayed January 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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Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd #41 | Druif Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba
Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Oranjestad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Oranjestad
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Oranjestad
#2 Romantic Hotel in Oranjestad
#2 Spa Hotel in Oranjestad
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Oranjestad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive 3*
Number of rooms: 236
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