If you want an awesome beach experience, this is the place for you. If you want a huge Pool with water features, not so much. We stayed over the Christmas/New Years timeframe. It was completely full, so take that under consideration. The beach still was totally empty at times, with lots and lots of space to occupy if so inclined. The pool was not very crowded most of the time.
If you planned your dinners 2 days in advance, you were able to get good times at the restaurants (7pm-7:30pm). The pool area bars were either very filled (usually Pizza per Tutti) or empty (Coconuts). Bunker bar was pretty "uncrowded" the times I went it or walked by it.
The problem comes, when you want service... This being an all-inclusive, the workers are mostly nice, and do a decent job, but you can tell the difference between an all-inclusive and a regular hotel. To start, our room request was not granted, even though we emailed the resort 45 days before arrival and got a a receipt email, it was not noted on the reservation. So instead of being near the pool on a lower floor, we were in bldg 19 on the 2nd floor. We also had the airline lose a piece of luggage and when I asked the front desk if they had a courtesy phone to make a local call to the airport the next day, she said they didnt. Local calls are .85 cents a minute. No thanks!
The bartenders mostly have a blank stare on their faces and barely speak to you once they are ready. They take their time doing other tasks slowly and then finally look up. Just enough to say they are doing their job, but not going above and beyond. We usually tipped the bartenders, this made little difference.
The other ppl with little personality are the concierge people, they also just look at you and you make your reservations for dinner there (or excursions, which we didnt do). No emotion, just I have the time or I dont.
Housekeeping service was very good. The 8:30am knock on New Years Day to clean the room was a little nutty, but we understood.
The restaurants were all pretty good. Ginger the asian restaurant was good with decent service (again, when you pre-pay, and there's generally no tipping, dont expect a lot of service). My daughter has a nut allergy, and the chef came out and he made something not on the menu for her which was indeed going above and beyond!
Paparzzi was a nice Italian restaurant, I ordered the Chicken Parm and it came out with Rigatoni with Alfredo sauce as the side. Sorry, that doesnt go with red sauce! Grabbed a waiter (because they didnt come back once served) and they brought me pasta with red sauce. The desserts were disappointing here. I had the Cannoli, probably the worst cannoli i've ever had.
Red Parrot at The Divi was very good. We ate their 2x, service was good to slow both times.
The blemish of the week was definitely Windows on Aruba. They have a $35 price fix menu for guests of the Tam and Divi all inclusive. My opinion, its not worth it. Its a nice venue, but just wasnt worth the $$. My kids split a virgin mudslide drink, they charged us $9.50US for it ($9.50 for what amounted to a chocolate shake!). This is our 5th time in Aruba and we've eaten at many excellent restaurants here (Madame Janette's, Chalet Suisse, Flying Fishbone, etc) and Windows doesnt compare.
The Dinner buffet at the Tam was surprisingly good. We ate their the first night since we were up so early travelling. The breakfast was pretty good there as well, Made to order Omelets were tasty.
As most people mention, the bathroom is the strange part of the rooms. Water goes everywhere and after 4 ppl take showers before dinner, you usually have about 3 towels on the floor totally soaked. Also, just because of the semi open glass design, it also makes it difficult to have 2 ppl get ready at the same time. If you go here with 2 kids you will see what i mean.
We did have a great time, but there are some things they could improve. After the trip, most family and friends asked if we would go back. I would, if we wanted a pure beach vacation and didnt care for the lack of service. If I wanted a large pool complex and top notch, attentive service, then I would not.
- Also Known As:
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- Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Hotel
- Tamarijn Aruba Beach Hotel
- Tamarijn Aruba Beach Resort
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- Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Oranjestad
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