My boyfriend and I visited Aruba for the first time in April 2013 and stayed at this resort, and we loved our stay. The room being right on the beach was great, and offered us a beautiful view from our balcony. Plus, since all rooms at this resort are oceanfront, the beach wasn't crowded. The shuttle service was great when were were at the main building of the resort.
The location of the resort was perfect. On the South side of the island, it was much less crowded than the high-rise section on the West side of the island, which allowed us to enjoy the island. The resort is about 2 miles from Oranjestad, and about 10 minutes from the high rise section. There is a bus stop right outside the resort, and this was a much more economical option than taxis.
The All-Inclusive aspect of the resort was wonderful, and all of the staff were extremely helpful. There were a variety of restaurants for dinner between the Tam and the Divi, though in order to get a good reservation time you need to book right when the concierge opens for the day. Breakfast and lunch were basic buffets, but with plenty of choices. There were several bars, and the drinks were fabulous. Definitely try a Miami Vice and/or an Aruba Ariba!
Non-motorized water sports were included with the cost of the resort. We used the rafts, noodles, and sea kayaks. However, we were unable to go windsurfing. There were days that the activity wasn't available even though the schedule stated it was. My only disappointment with the water sports and towel rental, was that there was only a central location to pick up and drop off. Since the Tam's buildings are spread out so that all ~25 are on the beach, it was inconvenient if your room was in an end building (which ours was). It would be appreciated if the resort had additional locations to pick things up/drop them off.
The room was nice. It wasn't large, but it had everything we needed including a balcony looking out to the ocean. It's not like you're really in the room that much anyway, so it didn't bother me that it wasn't fancy. The one odd thing about the room was that the shower didn't have a door, nor was there a lip between the shower and main bathroom. We had to place towels on the floor so that the tile wouldn't get wet and slippery. Other than that the room was fine.
We would definitely stay at this resort again, it was a good value and in a great location!
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- Also Known As:
- Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Hotel Oranjestad
- Tamarijn Aruba Beach Hotel
- Tamarijn Aruba Beach Resort
- Hotel Tamarijn
- Aruba Tamarijn
- Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Oranjestad