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Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   Juancho E. Irausquin Blvd 93, Oranjestad, Aruba   |  
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Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Oranjestad
Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts
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“Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Staying on the links is one fabulous place, the pool area is nice, view of golf course and the beach area is across street, easy to get to. Noise level is low, a very nice place to relax at. There is no bad spot, each has its own rewards based on location.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

My wife and I just returned from a week in Aruba at the Divi Village non all inclusive. My first impression at check in was the person behind the desk was not very informative or helpful acclimating us to the resort. We took our own bags and found our room ourselves as no one seemed available to do it for us. My first impression of the room w/kitchen is that it looked worn out and in some areas in disrepair. Now mind you we are Grand Mayan members in Mexico and used to newer facilities and bigger rooms and better service. We traded a week in to RCI and paid a booking fee to come here which amounted to more than a week at the Mayan is why I felt let down at the room quality. Many people we spoke to found it grand accomadations but they may not have stayed at better. My feeling is Divi puts there money into their all-inclusive properities
Now that we have settled in we go looking to eat siince we are starving and it is now 7pm since the airline got us in late. This is the part where normally we go buy groceries but in Aruba stores are either not open on Sunday or close at 1pm. Not we are stuck as a previous review said there are not many choices either pay at the over priced Mulligans dinner menu or pay
$ 25 a person for the all you can eat prime rib at the sea side. I was not very happy to spend
$60 off the bat ( 15% is added in for tip ) when a burger would of done that late at night.

The next day we went to the market they are in walking distance or the resort will shuttle you most of the way and you can walk across the street. There are 2 markets side by side go to hong king it has a larger selection they open at 8am. Later than morning we went to the resort orientation unlike other resorts they don,t jam down your throat a timeshare presentation. You do have the ability to book one later in the day or week but beware unlike other timeshare deals they don,t offer you money or excersions to attend and frankly the resort had nothing to offer me.
As for excersions we went on the see Aruba tour by bus because my wife won one free ticket at the resort ( $ 59 for the other ticket ). It takes you around town seeing the sights you get a lunch with that and spend an hour at baby beach to snorkel which the bus provides. It was OK but my feeling was thank god I didn,t have to pay for both tickets. I would suggest for the experience either do the jeep tour or the ATV tour.
Our third day we did the Depalm island $ 119 each for 8 hours or you do 4 hrs for $ 99 for us it was a no brainer $ 20 bucks more for 4 more hours. For that the bus gets you at your resort takes you to the ferry which takes you to the island you get all you can eat and drink all day long. They have several beaches with lounge chairs and speacial area to snorkel which they provide equipment for. They also have water slides and banana boat rides if you don,t think you would do all these things then you may not feel value for what you paid. For additional cost they offer snuba or helmet dives.
Our forth day we did the MI Dushi snorkel tour on an 80 foot sailing boat $ 55 each if you book online the best value excersion we did. I thought it was a better bang for the buck than Depalm tours offer for a similar tour. It is offered by Aruba adventours I found them online at aruba.com under activities and saved money booking it online before we left for vacation. The tour takes you to 3 different spots including a ship wreck and lasted about 5 hours we aslo got all you can drink and lunch they even had a rope swing going into the water. We aslo got lucky and there were only 18 people in the tour so people weren,t on top of each other all the
time.
As for shopping there are several choices and if you have your own car you can find more. We shopped in the high rise area first because our tour on the Mi Dushi was out of that area and although we didn,t buy anyhting there are several goods shops. If you want a better shopping experience go to Oranjestad there are a ton of shops and peddlers to choose from even Coach, Victoria secrets, jewlery to inexpensive items. One place I suggest is Monkey Joes not only do they have some great t-shirts and other items but you get a free beer and he lets you call home for free. Later we ate at Iguana Joes and had good food and drinks and were seated overlooking the water.There are also several casinos if that is your thing.

Although my initial impression was poor when we first got to the Divi Village I did fall in love with Aruba and can,t wait to return. I like the location where we stayed because we were in between the high rise areas and Oranjestad. Although the Divi has over 5 different resorts in Aruba only one is not all inclusive the Divi village the rest are. We don,t choose all inclusive because we don,t want to feel we have to eat and drink our moneys worth but if you get a good deal go for it.
Some things I did really like at the Divi village was that the resort section we were in low rise had just a coule of rooms around us and on top so you didn,t have to worry about many guests. We also had our own pool which hardly ever had anyone there plus the beach is just a 5 minute walk and it too was hardly crowded. At our pool you could also find several Iguanas lying around or under your chair or on the corner of the pool it was really cool and we even fed out of our hand they don,t bother anyone.
We go to Mexico alot but I found Aruba to feel much safer almost everyone speaks english along with other languages. Prices on cabs and other things are set no haggling like in Mexico and american money is all you need.Although people were nice on the island I wasn,t impressed with the customer service at the DIVI village We will be back to Aruba for sure !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

First time I stayed at Dutch Village. Condos are a little out dated. close to the beach. Seems like mostly older people there. No resurants or bar to get food or drinks, big downfall. Within walkin distance to the Tamarijn for the shops and Divi village for the resurant.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 November 20, 2012

Pleasantly surprised. Divi Dutch is on the end of the Divi Resorts, just behind the ocean view units. We had a pool just outside our unit. It's a couple of blocks to a fully stocked supermarket. Short ride to Oranjestad & Palm Beach. Easy to walk to Eagle beach along the water. Perfect location.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

This was our first trip to Aruba and we are not big drinkers so we chose to do the suite instead of the all inclusive. Large king sized bed with a pull out couch. Bathroom was kind of small but useful. Fixtures were a little old & dated. The bath did not drain completely because of the usage had bellied the bottom of the tub, so water would not drain out completely. Kitchen was very good with a full size fridge/freezer and a large micro/convection oven that worked great. The actual lobby of the dutch Divi is across the road at the Divi Village. kind of a pain for non-working key card or messages etc. You can use the Tamajrin for Concierge and bar services, so that works and there are shuttles that run all day that you can get a ride to any Divi and more for free. Dutch is not on the water, but very close & convenient.

Room Tip: Rooms 112-118 were a ways away from the lobby area but close to one pool & the Sea.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

1st trip to Aruba and we are def. going back! I gave the Divi Village a 4 rating bc there is really no where to eat when you are out by the Divi Golf pool except a cold prepackaged sandwich even the bartender said not to get or a hotdog that was ok. If you want food you have to go up to Mulligan's and wait on their delayed service. However, the food at Mulligan's was very good, with the exception that the turkey club lacked a turkey. Divi Golf pool was great with a swim up bar, water slide and plenty of lounge chairs.

The first day we arrived we were put in a room that was close to the front desk but had a bad mildew odor. Went to the front desk and we were moved to a beautifully updated room a few buildings behind. Our room was on the top floor (3rd) with no elevator so you had to lug your luggage, not a big deal for us but can see the issue for elders.

Hotel compound is across the street from the beach but not a big deal. About a 10 minute walk to the grocery store only issue is if you buy too much then a taxi back is best.

Not really much around the Divi Village and Divi Golf (same resort) which is considered the low rise section but a 3 mile bus or taxi ride into the hi-rise section is nice. Bus is a lil over a $2 pp or $9 taxi ride. Taxi prices are regulated on the island so no surprises there. Hi-rise section is nice, plenty of little hut like shops, great restaurants and bars. Soprano's bar has a piano night. We ate at Gianni's Italian one night. Food was good except the fried calamari. Another night we ate at Daniel's steak house behind Gianni's, both outside which was really nice. Both expensive and gratuity is already included, pay attention to the bill as most restaurants on the island include it but suggest more as they share it amongst the entire staff.

Visited most hotels as its custom to walk through and check out the high-rise resorts. All seemed to be really nice, esp Riu and Hyatt. Radisson was our favorite casino (visited them all, even downtown where Renaissance is). Marriott was a bit of a disappointment from the location to the casino, however, inside hotel area seemed to be nice. Had a few drinks at Senior Frogs, nothing special expect $$$. Not impressed with the shopping on the island at all as it was the normal nick knack souvenirs and they would not negotiate. Jewelry stores were nice but not what we expected compared to other islands, save your $$$. Downtown area (where the cruise ships come in) was busy but closed on the earlier side around 6 except for a few restaurants and the casinos (there were 2). We had lunch at Iguana Joe's and the food was really good as were the drinks - i.e... Lazy Lizard. The Renaissance is located down here and is across from the pier, etc. Shopping is nice (Louis V., Coach, etc.) if you can afford it, but again no real deals that we noticed on the 'flea market' like huts.

Best part of the trip was the ATV attraction we went on. $120 for two ppl on the same quad from Patricio on the main strip area in front of the mall, $95 pp to ride single. We drove to the natural pool, natural bridge, Alto Vista chapel and the ruins. Got to spend time at each, swim in the natural pool if you like and there were refreshment carts at all of the locations, bathroom at the natural bridge for 50 cents.

Island seemed very friendly and safe. We will def. go back and when we do we will try and stay at the Divi Phoenix which is the first hotel at the high rise section.

Room Tip: At Divi Village as for a newer room at Divi Golf, 3rd floor has a hot tub on the roof and a grill.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

A great place to stay at while in Aruba. Clean, renovated (most rooms), friendly, great service, golf, pools, wonderful big beach, a variety of great restaurants & bars, almost complete & new gym (dumbbells, not enough free weights). Great "kind of secluded" location. You would need a vehicle or taxi to go around the island to shop for food and stuff. The highrise hotel area has all the shopping, but each hotel has a little crowded beach in front. This resort has a huge private stretch of beach, yes across the little road, but private!
Beware!!! The larger studio and bedroom accommodations will have washer/dryer and dishwasher, but most have not been fully renovated. They tend to look and feel a bit dated inside, but very clean! The smaller studio ones, oceanfront, are renovated & updated to the fullest extend. They are absolutely beautiful, and that's what I got after I simply explained that I was not 100% happy with the dated studio they first offered me.
NOTICE! several upstairs studio units actually offer something very unique. Example: unit 5303 not only has everything I mentioned earlier, but it also has the completer upstairs/rooftop! There you'll have your own 4 person jacuzzi tub, gas grill, and outdoor seating area! Oh the unit has 2 balconies in addition to the rooftop. Mind you, the rooftop has no good view! Also, the noise from the gas golf cars running all day can be annoying! 5303 is next to the area where all the golf cars park.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Juancho E. Irausquin Blvd 93, Oranjestad, Aruba
Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Oranjestad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Oranjestad
#4 Romantic Hotel in Oranjestad
#4 Spa Hotel in Oranjestad
#5 Family Hotel in Oranjestad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This beautiful all-suite resort offers guests over-sized studio, one- and two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens perfect for both couples and families. Amenities include 9-hole golf course and clubhouse, 3 freshwater swimming pools, tennis courts, water sports center, 3 restaurants, fitness center, and complimentary transportation to the Alhambra Casino. A wide, white sand beach is just steps across the street. An all inclusive program is available sharing amenities with the neighboring Divi Resorts. ... more   less 
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