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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
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“What a fabulous stretch of beach!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

We stayed for 11 nights at the Tamarijn from Dec. 2 – 13, 2012. I tend to write long reviews, so I’ll start with a short summary for those of you who prefer not to read all the details. This resort is a bit tired, but the relaxed, un-crowded atmosphere, view from the room, ability to also use the Divi facilities and great location on a fabulous stretch of beach more than make up for the few down falls of this resort.
Trip from airport & check-in – It took us maybe 15 minutes by taxi from the airport to the resort. The friendly bellman grabbed our bags and check-in was quick and easy. They gave us a whole package of info. and went through the amenities on the map. As the bellman loaded our bags into one of the golf carts to take us to our room, the De Palm bus pulled up. So glad we took a cab and beat the transfer bus.
The room – We stayed in 1116 on the top floor in building 11 which is closest to the Divi end of the resort. It was exactly where we requested to be. It was as close as possible to the Divi and the wide beach between, yet still close to the main area of the Tam. We also had parking right there for our car (for a week in the middle). So glad we weren’t at the far end. It’s so far from everything. We wanted top floor so we could choose to leave our door open a crack at night to hear the waves, and to be able to leave our dive gear out to dry. The balcony is set back and is twice the size. We didn’t spend much time at the room, but when we did, the view was amazing. It’s a reno’d room with king bed, but still quite basic and simple. Just don’t expect 5 star furnishings - lots of clothes storage though. Housekeeping was ok, but didn’t do a super thorough cleaning. Don’t expect towel animals here. The first morning we had issues closing our door. It wouldn’t latch shut. A friendly guy from maintenance came, but it didn’t really get fixed. We had to slam it to shut it for the rest of our stay. We did have water issues. It took about 10 minutes to warm up, and then the pressure would fluctuate and then drop to nothing. If you can avoid taking showers just after sunset (when everyone does) it’s a little better. We had some water leakage when it rained heavily, but not as bad as some rooms on the ground floor.
Weather – It was very hot and mostly sunny with some clouds rolling through. This was often a relief. About half way through we heard it rain in the early morning. One morning when we went touring we had some rain, but then it cleared up and dried up quickly. On our last full day it was cloudy and rained but this time it didn’t really clear. We could see the rain coming in the black clouds and ran for cover at the main Divi bar. It bucketed and started to flood the common areas. Staff came out with mops ans squeegees. It rained long enough for us to have lunch and a couple drinks, then stopped, but didn’t really clear and we had a few more showers. We gave up on the beach and checked out the shops at the resorts. The last morning we had hoped to sit out for a bit, but it rained torrential pretty much non-stop most of the morning. It made it a little easier to leave.
Beach – In front on the Tam the beach is narrower and has some large rocks in spots, but this makes handy for those who like to sit in front of their room. We didn’t. There aren’t nearly enough palapas, and those on the ground floor take them before sunrise. Yes, I was up and saw the towels already out. I also walked to the far end and most were taken by 7:00. We love the sun, but it is so hot and intense here you really need a palapa to escape it. So we found ourselves at a palapa near the Sandpiper beach bar at the Divi the first day, and that area became our beach spot. We never had trouble getting a palapa there, and even after lunch (on days we toured or dove the morning) we could still get one a row back. The beach is so wide here. It’s not at all crowded (after the first day when they packed up from the volley ball tournament in the piece between the 2 resorts).They rake it every morning with the tractor so it’s soft and fluffy. The entrance to the water was easy and the bottom sandy. It drops off fairly quick, so it’s great for floating and swimming. The water is quite warm – in the low-mid 80’s. The first 2 days the water was dead calm, but then it did get a little rougher with small waves. Our only complaint is that since it is a public beach, locals bring their dogs and let them run free to do their business wherever. We even saw a woman bury it. Of course no reflection on the resort, and likely someone from the resort cleaned up the one the dog did under the palapa while we were there, as the dog owner sure didn’t despite us pointing it out. Gross and inconsiderate!
Pools – We didn’t really use the pools since the ocean is so nice. They were usually somewhat busy with small kids, but we did find the quiet pool at the Divi sometimes child free and relaxing to just float. There are also 3 pools at the Dutch village which the desk told us we could use, but signs say for Dutch village guests.
Bars – We mostly got drinks from Curtis at the Sandpiper during the day. Drinks and service were good. We went to the Bunker bar a couple times at sunset. Great view but it was so hot in there. Bar service was generally a bit better in the evenings at the Divi than at the Tam.
Shuttles - We only used them at night to and sometimes from dinner. Usually they were handy, but one afternoon/early evening they must have been short staffed and we gave up and walked. So do leave time.
Entertainment – It seemed a bit better at the Tam. We enjoyed the Dream Awake show. The music other nights was good. Forget karaoke though.
Food & dining – The breakfast buffet was just ok at the Tam and slightly better at the Divi. The scrambled eggs were blah and bacon sometimes under cooked. Fruit was ok, but not so fresh. We were spoiled by amazing fresh fruit selection we had in Costa Rica. For lunch we ate at the Divi buffet; lots of selection, but mainly we made salad with the taco toppings. The pizza was good at both the Divi and Tam, with more selection at Per Tutti for other things (fries, chicken nuggets). The Sandpiper had good burgers. We only had buffet dinner 1 night (Tam) – so so. We ate 3 times at Paparazzi. The tenderloin and ravioli dish was our fav. – very good. The seafood pasta just ok, but lasagna was good. Inside was chilly. Outside you could hear music, but warm of course. We also dined 4 times at Ginger. We really enjoyed the food here and tried many things off the menu. It’s more Thai and not at all American Chinese (don’t expect chicken balls etc.) which is why we liked it. Thai beef salad and Green Chicken Curry very good. We ate 3 times at Red Parrot - twice outside and once inside. Again, it’s warm outside but you can enjoy the entertainment (we usually ate around 8:00 pm). The food here was good, especially the tenderloin and the fish I can’t recall name – not grouper, although Yaldo brought us that to try too. Service was very good at all 3 but I think Yaldo was the best for his personality.
Service (front Desk, concierge etc) – The ladies at the front desk weren’t overly friendly, but when we had trouble with our Wifi they seemed defensive, like it was our fault it stopped working on my Playbook, but managed to get it on Kev’s. We paid $50 for a week and it was very slow at times. We went to use the internet lounge last day and they were out of cheaper cards. Then it didn’t work on some computers. Other than the front desk most staff were friendly, just not overly so. I guess we are just so spoiled by the personal treatment we get in Jamaica at Couples. Nothing compares service wise.
Off resort – We had a car for a week and did some touring, which was great. We also checked out Palm Beach. It was not our thing. It’s much more busy and crowded than at the Tam/Divi.
We really did love Aruba, the great beach at the Tam/Divi, and the ease and savings of all-inclusive. We’d go back to Aruba for sure, and quite possibly back to the Tamarijn, especially as long as we can also use the Divi.

Room Tip: 1116 is an end room so it's a bit larger and has a bigger, set back balcony. Great central locat...
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  • Stayed December 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

The rooms on the beach were a 2.5 star, but you won't spend much time in the room! The pool area and lounge chairs were being updated while we were there, which was good to see because they really needed updating. The restaurants were great, Ginger for Asian, the Italian was great also. Other viewers commented on the steak at the Red Parrot, we were not impressed as it tasted very salty, I ordered the coconut shrimp which was good.
The service desk employees were very helpful going above and beyond to ensure that you are satisfied with your stay.
We were surprised that it was not crowded, often times we felt like we were the only ones on the beautiful beach, pulling our lounge chairs closer to the water on the smooth sand beach.
We took the public bus ride to town and felt very safe. You can walk one block to the grocery store if you need more sunblock! One disappointment, no body lotion or hair conditioner in the room. Be sure to bring your own, you will need it. Went to the casino at night for more fun, broke even! If you are looking for activities this is not the place, it was more laid back and relaxing. There we only 2 sail boards and 2 kayaks so each day you would have to be there to reserve one......only a few could enjoy them each day...wish they would have had more. Overall good vacation, great views and plenty of food and drinks!

Room Tip: We stayed at the ocean front which was very awesome! No privacy on the balcony as all the balconies...
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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

We were recommended to the resort last year and stayed again this year. The bathrooms have been remodeled and are very nice. The food and service was again excellent and you cannot beat the value for being able to walk out of the room and in 20 paces are on the beach. It is not overcrowded and has many returning guests so it is like seeing old friends. We met 2 other couples we met last year and had a fabulous time. The rooms may not be the most modern howevedr they are clean and it is a great value!

Room Tip: Any room is great however the first floor on the end is the best as you can walk right out to the be...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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 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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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.

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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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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 Romantic Hotel in Oranjestad
#2 Spa Hotel in Oranjestad
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Oranjestad
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Hotel Class:3 star — Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive 3*
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