Just got back from the "Tam" in Aruba, and l must admit it was a wonderful, relaxing time due to the hotel configuration. With all rooms facing the ocean, and great sandy beaches just outside your door, it truly is much different than most other hotels in Aruba. The large highrise hotels (which we visited most of them) are situated near a loud and busy "south beach" style strip.
They have fancy pools, smaller tighter beaches with compressed sand but lots of marble, casinos, elevators and restaurants if that's what your are looking for. The Tam is connected to the Divi by about a 10 min walk on the beach or a 3 min ride on the golf-cart shuttles running back and forth between them and also goes to one of the biggest casinos as well. Laid back kind of resort spread out over a mile of beach it, offers nothing fancy but the fab soft white beach and a nice walk-out room to it. Blue water and a great sunset are the calling cards. If you are lucky enough or get up early enough to get a palapa then you are set since there are not enough palm trees to get cover from the hot sun. Without cover you will fry.
Food is good but breakfast is same every day. Lunch should be tried at both buffets thru-out the week since the Divi can have some special dishes as it is a little fancier and larger.
All the restaurants we went to were good, although the service from the waiters was poor. It's all-inclusive so just drink more and those issues will bother you less. The Asian was the best, l felt, but all offered an nice change of pace from the buffet. If they could just learn to greet people at the door or even a rare smile it would make a world of difference, until then ...cheers.
Not much action at the Tam or the Divi either during the day or at night. Their shows are the obligatory dancers in colorful costumes dancing in the middle of the buffet, or near the front desk...so just head to the casino by free shuttle and there is a lounge/bar and cafe' in the adjoining plaza. Unfortunatley, there is no commercial areas to walk to but Aruba is safer then spanish speaking islands so don't be afraid to rent vehicles and go check out all the spots it has to offer. We grabbed a jeep and cruised the whole thing. We found a nice restaurant and returned later to have dinner on the sand right by the waters edge...best sea bass l have ever had. Check out the Flying Fisherman or the Old man on the Sea (right beside them) for a great sunset dining experience. Took our Jeep to the Natural pool, which was the toughest off-roading experience you can imagine, so bring extra water and a cell if you break down. The beatings those Jeeps take (and you inside) give me a new respect for Chrysler. You can just take tours if you don't like to drive around and explore.
We had a ton of rain during our week, so don't believe what they say about Aruba only having an inch of rain a year.....we witnessed an inch a minute for hours with never more than a few hours of sun. But that was all you needed because when the sun was out you burned quick.
This is why its good to be on the ground floor with a palapa just in front...you can just pop back into your patio or room till it blows over. It isn't that easy when a thousand people are running back past all the pools to the elevators like at the high rise hotels. If you want some action, just grab a cab to Signor Frogs and check out the eateries/bars or walk around from there and check out the highrise area. When you are fed up with the noise just come back to the Tam or Divi and relax. Final advice....bring dollars for tipping. You don't win awards for being cheap but the staff serve you much better through the week when they see you with a tip. If you are going to blow thousands on a holiday, what's a few dollars? ...bring your own thermo-jug for your drinks as it keeps them cool and they are bigger than the cups...90 or 100 degree weather heats up you're drink in 10 mins and cooks your skin too so use 50 or 60 spf when the suns blasting....book your restaurants right away so you can try them all during your stay...rent a jeep , bring your trunks and check out the island....get up early and grab a palapa in front of your room by 6 am or bring an umbrella...book your beachfront restaurants for the sunset early (5:30-6pm) as seafront is busy at that time for sunset happy-hours....internet is $50 a week or $15 a day, so just go online with device and register on the Tam/DIvi wifi site, no need to talk to front desk.
Overall, island is clean, pretty and windy so just enjoy it with your shades on and the sand won't be a nuisance. Enjoy.
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