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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 #1 of 9 hotels in Oranjestad
Philadelphia
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“good location in Aruba”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

I spent a wk., here, with my sister. (we are both "young" 50's). Basically, we knew what to expect, ..but, hoped to maybe, find, more "single" people. Didn't happen. Lots of couple's (all ages), newlyweds, and, few kids. Our beach front room had it's ups and downs. We were too close to the bar/pool...that we never had "quiet", until 11:30pm. Someone?? even stole my bathing suit bottoms off my patio. (it was clipped on a drying line) . Our room (possible section) ran out of water, one night (12am to 3am)..the night I was "sick"!!!!! Yuck. No one at the front desk had any explanation, of course. I would have loved a small broom in the room, to sweep up the sand, we kept dragging in on our feet. Otherwise, the beds were amazingly comfy!!!! The ac and ceiling fan were good, and, being so close to the main area...we could easily run back and forth. (I'd be happier running further!!) We really enjoyed the choice of restaurants, great food at all, ...but, we prefered the Red Parrot at the Divi, for the island ambience overlooking the beach/ocean. We loved eating outside, there. We were told the "outside" is mostly for smokers, and, they moved us to another table one night, when the smoke blew our way. (we are non-smokers)...and, it amazes me that people still eat and smoke. We took the bus into the high rise area, 3 evenings, just to walk around, shop, and try to find a dancing place(???). The bus is $1.25 each way to this area. Taxi is $9.00. We decided, maybe, we'd like to be in the high rise area, for the ease of evening acivities; but, we liked the idea of no elevators, at the low rise, and, the all inclusive. We borrowed the bikes, twice...and, joined the bike snorkel tour , which turned into a 20 mile bike ride in a thunderstorm!! (our choice, to continue to the lighthouse in the storm)
We booked a half day tour with Tiger Safari, got rained out in am, but, we changed to the afternoon departure...lots of fun and laughs. Rough ride over terrain in hummer style jeeps!
Our weather was iffy by the end of the week...later to be called Hurricane Sandy !!!!
I felt the ladies at the reservation desk were fabulous, and, most of the waiters at the restaurants, and the bartenders. The main desk, and, kayak people need a pep talk.
(we inadvertently had to stay an extra night in Aruba, due to our planes engine problem, and, were "put up" at the Renaissance. We decided we were delighted with our Tamarijn choice, after this night.)

Room Tip: we were in 1300 block?? ...too close to main area....maybe, try closer to the Bunker Bar. We enjoyed...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Milford
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

We also started our vacay at the Tam - we then headed to the Renaissance downtown bc of hurricane Sandy. The pros for us was the ocean front location was great. The all inclusive for drinks and food was good too. The Red Parrot was the best dining and they had the best server too. Most of the waitstaff there was not overly friendly. It seemed like they were just going thru the motions. That was the con for me but overall great experience. The bikes were good to grab bc the Divi location was a hike and in the heat - not so fun walk. They do have carts going back and forth which they said run every 15 mins but there was def no set schedule for them and even the cart drivers wouldn't go out of their way to assist you, I think it was 2 times that we were told by someone in an empty cart someone else was coming by in 10. But other than that the amenities were great, the food was good and the atmosphere was nice. Not much to do at night if you like to eat a little later like 8 pm. Most events were held at that early time so by the time dinner was over we were only able to enjoy the tail end of the music.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

We started our vacation in Tamarijn but due to Hurricane Sandy we continued our prolonged stay at the Holiday Inn, so this review will be pretty well rounded. The pros: the hotel is located at druiff beach so it's not as crowded and as rocky as palm beach where holiday inn is located. The hotel offers free bikes and shuttles to and from the Divi. The Divi has the fantastic Red Parrot with delicious grouper and ice cream. The cons: the other restaurants were just OK. My bf and are both Asian so Ginger was disappointing. It was a fusion of thai, chinese, japanese and korean but it was bland and muddled. Compared to the holiday inn, the Tam employees seemed not as friendly or as helpful. We were so upset at the reception for giving us the run-around with the gift certificates from travelocity and it seemed fishy that they gave us some person's gcs because he didn't claim them. Room service and a mini bar is not included in the all inclusive unlike those in the Dominican Republic.

Room Tip: Pick a room close to the divi for better access to their restaurants.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Wolverhampton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

Just got back in the house after returning from a two week stay at the Tam. We went with First Choice and everything went smooth. Our room number was 1108 and to us this was the perfect location, there was plenty of unspoilt beach litterally on our doorstep, not crowded at all, plenty of sun loungers available any time of the day, at little more scarce if you wanted one under the shade though but this didn't concern us. As commented before, the room was slightly tired looking, but it was kept spotless and had everything we needed, a great shower and comfortable beds, we did notice that further down the blocks some rooms were being refurbished, so maybe they were working their way up to our block. The food in the buffet restaurant was adequate, plus you had all the a la carte restaurants which were all very good and could be booked as many times as you wanted during your stay, our favourite was the Red Parrot. The nightly entertainment was mainly live bands and singers and not all shows as we have had previously in other all inclusive resorts, but we enjoyed this type of entertainment more. There is a short distance between the Tam and the Divi wich is easy enough to walk or use the shuttle bus, all the facilities of both hotels can be used and they are both as good as one another.
One day I decided to walk the length of the beach from the Tam all the way up past the high rise area it was a good walk and by far the best part of the beach is down at the Tam and Divi, (Druif Beach), that is unless you don't mind being packed in tight next to other people on the beaches in the high rise areas.
Getting around the area is easy by bus taxi or walking, at no time did I feel unsafe. Oranjestad is 20 minutes walk from the Tam and is a nice place to visit.
All in all we had a great holiday and would definately consider going back again, to the same hotel and area.

Room Tip: Rooms in blocks 11 to 13 have a quieter and larger area of beach right outside your patio door.
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  • Stayed October 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

We stayed,forn two weeks,from the 29th Sept, travelled with first choice, and could'nt fault them. The cheak in on the coach is just perfect why other resorts don't do this is beyond me. On arrival we were given the room that i requested prior to arrival, we had room1113 which was a ground floor, opening our patio doors straight onto the most amazing beach we have ever seen. The room is a little tied , but spotless clean, and had everything you needed (apart from coffee making facilaties) but having read other reviews we came prepared, with our own. The rooms are cleaned daily with fresh bedding and towels,every day, we put one of our towels by patio door to wipe our feet on after coming in from beach, it just helped from bringing in the sand.
We tried all the resturants, our favourite was Gingers and the Red Parrot, we had no problem booking them, and only ate in the buffet 3 times. The breakfast, and lunch are really good you certainly wont go hungry here. We also tried the Windows Resturant which is well worth a visit.
We did a trip to Palm Island which we really enjoyed, the boat trip ther is great, we went with some friends we met there and had such a laugh going on the bannana boat ride (well done Tracey ).We went to the high rise area, lots of nice shops and bars, well worth a visit.
We met some great people while we were there, Tracey and Frank especially.
Entertainment at night is quite low key, the bars serve all branded drinks and are very very genorous with there measures, mud slide was my favourite!!
We would go back there in a flash, one little negative , they could do with more parasols especially down between blocks 13 to 11, fingers crossed were be going back in the next few years,

  • Stayed October 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Stayed for a week in Oct - too short but all work commitments would allow!
Room - top floor king bed great air con. Only grumble would be the position and size of the safe, too small and under the sink? I don't understand why they didn't change this when they upgraded the rooms. Always lots of towels and room cleaned daily.
Food - this is where I feel the resort could do a bit better, the Divi buffet was better both in terms of food offered and the actual physical layout of the restaurant itself. That said we never went hungry and we tried 3 of the a la carte restaurants, Ginger, Palm Grill and Red Parrot. They were all fine.
The beach was fabulous, so much better than the high rise area. The only problem is getting a sunbed under shade, people were up at 6am reserving them so be warned!
We booked through First Choice and have to say that the service from start to finish was excellent, We attended the welcome meeting and Jackie was full of great info about the island and the resort and there was no hard sell for trips, she even came to the airport and spent time saying good bye to everyone and making sure we were all checked in and happy before leaving us. She is a great rep who well deserves all the good press she gets.
This hotel is exactly what it says it is, a great beach holiday which never pretends to be a 5star resort. We had a fab holiday and would recommend it.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

This was our first trip to Aruba. We traveled out on 13th Oct from Gatwick for just one week to surprise friends who had booked in for the Divi. Wish we had booked for the 2 weeks. It was a fantastic week. Staff generally happy and helpful ( always the odd exception ), rooms with great views over a perfect beach. Food, drink, resort, people, weather all great - what else can you say? Would be nice if all restaurants were non smoking, because even outside on a still evening the smoke lingered. Great checking in on the coach. Loved the Pelicans on the beach and the Iguanas around the pool and other areas. Had room 1214 - upstairs but central and not noisy. The friends we surprised said that this is the best hotel/beach they have been to and they have been to a lot of the Caribbean. Would we go back - yes please - no problem

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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 Spa Hotel in Oranjestad
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Oranjestad
#1 Family Hotel in Oranjestad
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Oranjestad
#2 Romantic Hotel in Oranjestad
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Hotel Class:3 star — Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive 3*
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