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“All rooms are ocean view!” 4 of 5 stars
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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
Virginia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“All rooms are ocean view!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

This is a sister resort to The Divi AI. The Tam is more casual, more family oriented. Not super modern but very comfortable. Several bars. Several restaurants. All right near the edge of the beach. And you have use of the sister resort's amenities, about 7 minutes's walk away via beach or sidewalk. Sometimes hard to get a chaise at the pool unless you reserve one with your towel early. Good snack food at the pizza bar. Decent gift shops on site. Shuttle runs to the Divi too if you don't want to walk. (This is in the low rise section, so not much to walk to, but also not a lot of crowds.)

Room Tip: All rooms face the ocean. Ask for ground level if you don't want stairs. Some buildings are cl...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Grand Rapids MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

We just got back from the Tamarijn. It was our best all-inclusive trip ever! We have been to 10+ all-inclusives in Riviera Maya, Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco, and Punta Cana (we also visit Hawaii once a year). The thing we loved the most were that all of the rooms were oceanfront. To find an ocenfront room in this price range was a major bonus for us. Amazing to Open your slider in the morning and be right on the beach! The Beaches and Water in Aruba were the most beautiful we've seen anywhere! The food was really great. We enjoyed being able to go between the Divi and Tam. The Red Parrot was amazing and the Pizza per Tutti snack bar was sooo good! Craving one of those little Pizza's now! The other thing we really liked was renting the bikes. Aruba was very safe and clean in comparison to other Caribbean destinations we've been to. We had fun taking the bikes up to the high-rise district (3 miles) or the other way into town (1 mile). The bikes are very old-so if I had a suggestion it would be to get some new bikes! The room itself is nothing fancy-but again, Oceanfront-can't go wrong there. The bed was comfortable and the Air Conditioner was amazing! The high rise district looked like it would be fun. However, if i went back to Aruba I would save my money and stay at the Tam to get my oceanfront room, great food and alcohol included. Things were pretty pricey outside the resort. We took a cab to the Holiday Inn two days and went wakeboarding with the beach service out front. They also took us snorkeling. Aruba has the most beautiful water I've ever seen. We snorkeled at a WW2 sunken ship-very cool. I would definitely choose Aruba over other Caribbean destinations and the Tam was really a great little resort. Can't go wrong here for the price.

Room Tip: If you don't like walking, choose a room closer to the Lobby.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Albany, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Once again had a wonderful time at the Tamarijn in Aruba. Weather was great. We did get some bug bites this year. I would advise bringing some type of bug spray. You don't want to buy it in Aruba because everything is very expensive. As just about everyone has stated, the rooms are basic but clean and comfortable. All of the staff was great. Our favorite restaurant is the Red Parrot. Food is great and Vince and Edgar always make dining there a pleasure. We were disappointed in the Paparazzi Restaurant. None of us (ALL 4 of us) enjoyed our meal. We only ate there once in the 12 days we were at the Tam. Every room is oceanview. Will be back again next year. This is about 15 trips in a row for us. Can't wait for the next on.

Room Tip: We stay in 1300 block of rooms. Close to lobby and eating and bar. Can be noisy during the nights...
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  • Stayed November 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Fairfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

This place is amazing. I am a pretty discerning guest, and frankly I like to complain. But at this place, I had nothing to complain about. The bars are great, the restaurants on campus were very good, even the buffet had different food everyday that was solid. The service is superb. Nothing we asked for was met with a problem. The bartenders particularly at the Bunker Bar, remembered your name, your drink, etc, and the service was top notch. Booze was good quality. As long as you asked for a name brand, you got it, and they had almost everything. I was skeptical about staying at an all inclusive, and that was quickly put to rest. The beach is the best part obviously, and there is nothing like opening your front door, and being able to throw a rock and hit the ocean. No other resort on the island has THAT. If casino's and high priced drinks are your thing...do yourself a favor. STAY at the Tamarijn, and take a cab to the Hyatt or Renny for the day.

  • Stayed November 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pembroke, Mass
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

I almost hate to say how beautiful this part of Aruba is for fear that the secret will be out. But this resort ranks with some of the best places my wife and I have stayed at. The oceanfront here is so beautiful, that the only comparison I have is Maui. We just came back from 8 nights the last week of November, and probably were in the ocean at least 5 hours a day. We brought our own air mattress to lie on in the calm warm waters. The biggest decisions of the day were deciding which one, of three bars to walk up to for the drink of the day. All-inclusive really means everything, including bicycles for a short ride into town. The rooms were modern with nice tiled walls in the bathroom. The view from our second floor room was better than when expected, and on some days at the break of dawn, the ocean liners passed close to shore making an impressive sight on their way to the nearby port. Our room was no further than 100 feet from the ocean. For those who want to do nothing but play in the water, eat, drink and be merry, this is the place. We visited the high-rise section where all the hotels are bunched together, and were happy we stayed at the Tamarijn. The beach was so crowded and disturbing with the cluster of people, that the high-rise area reminded me of assisted-living on a beach. The food was diverse at the Tamarijn, ranging from fresh omelets for breakfast, to shrimp and steak stir-fry for dinner. The bartenders made the best drinks, were attentive and funny. And if you really needed an afternoon break from floating in the ocean, the 3 o'clock bingo games on certain days earned winners points to get free hats and t-shirts, played at one of the bars that has a great pizza oven. Go to the Tamarijin because there are no rules, plenty of beach chairs, peace and tranquility, great staff, and plenty of space to be alone.

Room Tip: second floor has the nice balcony
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  • Stayed November 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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Madison, WI
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
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Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

We stayed and loved the Tamarijn in Nov/Dec 2012. Quite possibly the best value I've ever experienced at a resort. I agree with many of the other reviews, but will add a few things not covered in the other reviews:

Pros: Great value. The food is good. The Red Parrot is awesome. We ate there 4 times; there's no limit on the number of times you can attend any one restaurant. The beach is great - IMO, better than any other beach we saw. There are tons of things to do - kayaking, more swimming pools than you can find, lots of beach time, borrowing bikes. The food in the buffets is good, but not awesome. A little too "Americanized" for my taste (hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, waffles, pancakes, etc.) Every room is on the beach, and the views are amazing.

Cons: The rooms are very small. If you have two queen beds, you have about 2 feet on three sides of each bed, and that's it. It didn't matter too much, though, because you're there to be outside! I also wish they had a non-smoking section of the restaurants, and I wish they served more local dishes.

Tips:
* If you stay at the Tam, you can eat at the Tam or the Divi, but you can use facilities at the Divi Dutch Village as well. You can walk to all of it, but there are (electric) shuttles to take you there as well. If you like pools, check out the infinity pool at Divi Village. It's awesome for adults as well as kids - on the opposite end of an enormous pool is a zero-depth beach-like setup. They also have a small water slide.
* Look at the map posted at every shuttle station. You'll see pools all over the place on the property. Most of them have something unique about them - a stone waterfall in the center, an elevated sitting area, a hot tub, etc. If you get sick of the main pool area, try out one of the other pools!
* It's about a 1.5 mile walk to downtown, and it's basically a straight shot. You can see all the shopping and carts associated with the cruise ships; good for an afternoon away.
* If you do a timeshare tour, you get a credit toward other restaurants, a 2 day car rental, or a 4X4 rental. The tour is fairly short and not too high pressure, and the timeshare prices aren't too bad. We did not purchase one, but did enjoy a car rental.
* The best snorkeling is in front of Bunker's Bar. Most of the rest of the resort is white sand bottom.
* The bikes come in adult and kid sizes. They also have adult bikes with baby seats. One day they lead a tour where they lead a bike ride 6 miles up to coast to a snorkeling area. They haul the equipment for you, you snorkel, and you're back home for lunch. Need to be 14 years old to go.
* If you walk to the end of the property nearest to downtown (or take a shuttle), the grocery store is practically across the street.
* If you have small kids, you might want to bring along sand toys. They are $8-10 for a small pack of toys in the gift stores.
* Some activities (like bike tour above, sunfish rental, rock climbing, etc.) are only offered on certain days. If there's something you want to do, then check early on in the week to see when it's offered.
* The tips are pooled, not given to an individual. While I do think this shows in the fact the service isn't as friendly as other resorts we've stayed, you also don't have that awkward last day when every service person you've encountered is trying to talk to you to get a tip. I like the more laid-back approach, but I can see how others might not appreciate that.
* Some people complained about being too far away. It's true; if you're in the 2000+ block of rooms, you have a long hike. However, I did meet some people that were able to request room changes, so if your room location really bothers you, ask to change!

Overall, we loved it. It's the perfect mix of relaxation, yet still having stuff to do. The value is great, especially when you see how expensive food is in Aruba. Our family generally likes to try other places with each vacation, but we were certainly return to the Tam. We met some people that have come every year for 15 years!

Room Tip: If you don't get one you like, ask to transfer!
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  • Stayed December 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Fitchburg, Massachusetts, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

I was a little skeptical, but the beach the resort was everything I was looking for. The beach is the best part, less commercialized and more space to relax. The staff was really great and friendly. Even though the rooms are on the smaller side, you walk out your back sliding door to a beach. Cant get better then that. I even bought a timeshare with the Divi properties! If you go here you will def not regret it. The food was ok, but not complaining. Even meet some great couples who me and my boyfriend partied with!

Room Tip: Get a bottom floor room in the 1800 block or farther.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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 Spa Hotel in Oranjestad
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Oranjestad
#2 Romantic 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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