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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
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“A great value right on the beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

My husband and I spent our 6 day honeymoon at the Tamarijn and loved it. We stayed in the last building on the property, but we enjoyed the walks to the restaurants and shops from there. The room was modest in size, but had everything we needed since we didn't spend much time in the room. I liked the walk-in shower, but water does indeed pool on the floor. It was relaxing to wake up every morning looking at the ocean, or spending the early evening on the balcony.

As for the on-site restaurants, we particularly liked our honeymoon meal at Windows, Paparazzi, and surprisingly, the Palm Grill. It was a fun, first-night meal to cook up our own stir-fry on the table cooktop! The buffet was the best at breakfast at both resorts, but you can find enough to tide you over until dinner at the lunch buffet. I liked the atmosphere at both buffets, especially the iguanas trying to wriggle their way into through the nets!

The proximity to the beach is what really made the Tamarijn great for us. It was easy to find an umbrella near our room all but one part of one day. Towel exchange and float rentals were easy, and the people in the shops were very friendly and proud of their beautiful island. The service at the front desk was warm, but the activities desk staff (where you book restaurants reservations, etc) were pretty chilly across the board.

We thought the Tamarijn provided a nice honeymoon package for the value, and we would definitely return for a future anniversary trip!

  • Stayed September 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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Lebanon, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We loved loved loved the Tamarijn! There were 33 friends and family in Aruba for our wedding. We chose the Tamarijn for the beach side location and because all inclusive was definitely a plus with so many people. Guests stayed from 3 to 7 days and everyone raved about the hotel.

Bars and food are decent but not stellar. Red Parrot definitely the best option after a Bunker bar sunset drink with Edwin the bartender.

The entertainment was great some nights and laughable others. They set up a local market for souvenirs that happens on Friday night was perfect if you don't want to leave the resort.

Supermarket in walking distance if you need anything.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

I just can not believe they've ever received positive feedback.
We travel as a family to many all inclusive island "resort" properties and feel that this has been by far the worst experience one could have. From the moment we checked in, to the day we left, the only fun moments we had were when we left the resort. The island of Aruba has much to offer and yet we felt like we were prisoners as we paid for all inclusive but were forced to eat outsde the resort 5 of the seven nights*. (*the restaurants, although quite expensive were all very good) If we were ever to go back we would not stay at an all inclusive.
The rooms were dank, and run down with ants and exposed rusted pipes. The water had been turned of twice in the resort for hours without warning for "maintenance". The food was not fresh, or prepared in with any care, and the "inclusive" activities were far and few between. What was available were broken bikes, and shabby water crafts I wouldn't put my family in.
But the worst part of it all was the staff. No one seemed to want to be there. Never a smile, never a "How is your trip" or "May I help you with....(fill in the blank)". It was such a depressing place, we chose to spend a lot of money to go on excursions every day to "escape" the hotel. We found plenty of fun activities and places to tour, but were saddened to know we had to come back to the Tamarijn.
I've waited almost 7 months (and a family trip to Jamaica later) to write this post as I didn't want to write out of anger. Having said that, the disappointment and resentment obviously still lingers. Fact of the matter is that the resort has become the butt of many a joke. When something goes wrong, or someone has been slighted, we say, "they've been Tamarijned".

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Great place, amazing views. Walk ot of your room (if on the first floor), try not to step on any iguanas, and 50 ft to the water! This is a rarity in the islands. Pretty good snorkeling, great excursions nearby. Rent a bike and hit the whole island easily. Bike to the best snorkle spots.

  • Stayed December 2011, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

I went to Aruba for a week and loved it!we went in a group of 4 .there is something for everyone in the family fun kids club amazing trips and so much fun! I definetly recommend !waking up to a beautiful view of the beach every morning was amazing!!the food wasent great though only some nights but others were great !breakfast was the best everyday amazing food ! It was just so beautiful fun ! Staff was great! Pool was good !the bar beside the pool was great you can get food from there anytime you want and it was soo YUMMY.lobby very elegant nice.rooms were good nothing wrong with them ! Some people are concerned with some of the lizards ...they will not hurt you .There are some small ones near plants . I only saw 2 large ones ,one has on some one balcony but no one cared they were just taking pictures and one near the pool but he was so harmless there is nothing to worry about.Overall amazing trip.I go on vacations 3 times a year this one was my favorite by far!!!!!

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

My husband and I previously stayed at the Tamarijn in 2005 for our honeymoon. Loved it then for the 'beach' location. We returned beginning of November 2012 for the hotels location on the beach and length of the low rise property along the beach, all rooms being oceanfront which cannot be beaten.

Our room this time was at the far end of the property (Oranjestad/Bushiri beach end) in room block 25xx. Though a lengthy walk to the main resort area it was actually appreciated as we always walked along the beach or boardwalk, a beautiful walk in itself.
Rooms are average but the views of the beach/ocean/sunset are amazing. Most rooms have been refurbished...complete overhaul in bathrooms, new paint in bedrooms, new air conditioners. Bathrooms have large dispensers of Aruba Aloe soap, shampoo and body wash. Shower design is not great as the water pools onto the bathroom floor. Like others have said the supply of towels is good so always a spare towel for mopping up! New air conditioners are effective though quite loud, they have low, medium and high settings. After several nights trying to sleep with the AC on we turned it off and slept with the ceiling fan on. The fan was all that we needed as we had cranked up the AC before turning it off to sleep.

We didn't notice any mosquitoes the first 5 days, but we sure noticed them on days 6 and 7 just after sunset but were only out for an hour or so.

You do have to be up early to get your choice of Palapa! By 9am there are usually only a few available. Crazy as it may be I did count up all the Palapas along the beach at the Tamarijn, there were about 100. With so many for a 236 room property you are never on top of others and to be honest often feel like you have the entire beach to yourselves.

We recommend the Red Parrot and Italian a la carte restaurants. Both had fantastic service and very good food. Upon request of some meal modifications the staff were only too happy to help and my request was attended to without trouble. The buffet restaurant choices for lunch and dinner were limited.

Ocean is a little rougher on Druif beach (by the Tamarijn) when compared to Eagle and Palm beach and it gets deep pretty quickly. Ocean is warm. Hotel provides floats and noodles for guest use, you just have to check them out/in with your room number.
Sunsets by the hotel are stunning. The boat sunset trips view the sunset from the Tam/Divi area which is a better viewing location than anywhere else on the island.

My husband and I went off property a few times. Cab fares are set, minimum fare is $7 and this will get you anywhere in the low rise hotel area. To get to the lighthouse the fare is $16.

Food and drinks on the island are not cheap. Had dinner at 'Carambola' (seafood) restaurant. Food was cooked to perfection, though pricey. At 'Waves' bar by the Sheraton drinks range from $8.50 (beer) to $11 (frozen cocktails). Lunch food ranged up to $20.

Do not attempt to walk to the lighthouse from the end of the high rise area. The locals thought it would be 20 minutes, it turned out to be 1.5 hours! We were rewarded however with fantastic views of the island and a wonderful restaurant, 'La Trattoria El Faro Blanco'. The restaurant is very popular for sunset and we could see why. We were there late lunch/mid afternoon and were the only ones eating. A few tourists were wondering the property taking pictures. Food here was on the higher end of average but certainly worth it for the ambience and views.

Parasailing is available from the water sports center between the Tam and Divi. It is $60 cash per person (+5% if paying by cc). They take you by minibus to the main low rise hotel area. From there you get on a small boat which collects people from other hotels and then transfers you onto the parasail boat. Tip: if you want to be dropped off anywhere along the Palm/Eagle beach they can accommodate this. We asked to be dropped off by the Marriott (currently the northern most high rise hotel).

There is a go-kart track located very close to the Tamarijn, a 12 minute walk from the end of the hotel. Bushiri Karting Speedway. Outdoor track about a mile long. Adult karts go up to 50mph. Nice track. $18 for about 10 minutes. If you go out again the price is $15. Great group of guys that run the track.

There is a large supermarket (Ling & Sons, IGA supercenter) just round the corner from the Tamarijn.

Took the De Palm Island trip. Originally booked to go by catamaran but the boat was cancelled the night before. Went via bus instead. Island very busy with cruise ship passengers (there were 2 ships in port), it was a Wednesday. Snorkeling was fantastic. I was a first time snorkeler and appreciated the initial waist deep water to get comfortable. My husband snorkeled here on our previous trip 7 years ago and commented that the reef is certainly not as live as it was. It has certainly degraded with the constant influx of tourists. I saw several people stepping on the coral. Though you are not supposed to feed the fish, we saw one guy who had filled his pocket with french fries. The fish went crazy for them and it was an amazing view of so many fish in one area.

There is a snorkeling spot which some of the boat trips visit at the northern end of Palm beach (on the way to the lighthouse). You could take a local bus or cab to this area and snorkel right from the beach. No cost other than getting there.

Our trip was booked with tour operator Sunquest. Rosita our rep is a very happy, bubbly and charming lady who totally takes care of you right from your arrival at the airport to your departure lining up at the airport check-in desks. Though we didn't require Rosita's services during our stay she made our vacation even more memorable just from the brief encounter we had with her during our arrival and departure.

Would recommend this hotel to others. It is well worth it for its location and closeness to the beach.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

My wife and I spent a week at the Tamarijn for our 1 year anniversary. Our building (22) had been renovated somewhat recently, because it was very clean and up-to-date and not anything like what some of the others have posted. We saw the beach being raked several times over the course of the week, not just once, but even when they didn't, these beaches are NOT dirty and full of debris and seaweed. The white, soft sand was awesome, and the beach was never crowded at all. The restaurants were all very good, and the buffet exceeded our expectations. We ate at the Red Parrot twice, the Paparazzi and Ginger once, as well as tried the pizza bar, the buffet for daily breakfast and also lunch and dinner a few times. We had no complaints about anything at the Tamarijn with exception of the wifi service being pretty useless inside our room. Otherwise it worked fine, but for $50 a week, and only limited to 1 device, we would probably think twice about getting it next time. The safe in the room worked just perfectly, storing our valuables (including an iPad) nicely. $2/day well spent. We borrowed bicycles a couple times and rode the short distance to downtown and were glad those were available for free use. We also borrowed a kayak once and snorkeling gear a couple times. All in all we loved the Tamarijn, and this was confirmed each time we visited other parts of the island (including the high-rise "uptown" area). Less crowded and more relaxing, yet provided everything we needed for a wonderful stay. Having free use of the Divi was also a plus, but even though it seemed a little "nicer", we actually were glad to be right on the beach at the Tamarijn, away from some of the commotion of the main areas. We would definitely go back and we will choose the Tamarijn when we do.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 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 Top resorts Hotel in Oranjestad
#1 Family Hotel in Oranjestad
#1 Romantic Hotel in Oranjestad
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Oranjestad
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Hotel Class:3 star — Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive 3*
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