Aruba - fantastic place - beach was the best I've ever seen. great taking a dip in the company of pelicans.
Sun - I know people tell you its strong, but it really is - even if your a sun worshiper take some high factors and work your way down.
If your visiting the island, my first recommendation would be to hire a car. The roads are good and allowances are made for tourist, it will give you much more freedom and a break from sunbathing.
Accommodation-we had a one bedroom apartment, it was large but dated. Bathroom etc a bit worn and tired,, wires hanging from the ceiling as it work had be left half completed. Slight gap under the door mean we got the occasional lizard visitor.
Food - we were all inclusive -everyone likes different things - so some nights we really enjoyed it, others we didn't really fancy anything. We did go to the Divi but felt it wasn't much different. My partner loved the tepanyaki, however I wasn't so sure when I saw the food on trolleys being brush past and catching on clothes etc. We ate out a few times in the high rise area and enjoyed it.
The one thing that spoiled our stay in the apartments was...... the Americans, some were lovely, others saw you as an intruder. They camped out around the pools, moaning about kids using the pools when they weren't eligible too. Most of this group talked about how they had been coming for many years and had good deals on the timeshare with management wanted them out, due to great out of date contracts. The down side as I've said is they have built up a community and you are definitely seen as an outsider. We gave an iguana a banana one day and left some bread our for two beautiful love birds that visited our patio, only to receive a visit from security as out American neighbours had made a complaint.
If your staying here its not worth paying the extra for the apartment, go for the hotel rooms and get the fabulous see view. The Divi is a lot more plush but also more expensive.I think if we went again we would probably go to the Riu as there is a bit more going on.
I'm not anti American, far from it I havelots of American friends, but there were a lot of load brash americans in the bars getting very drunk (most of the day) - at the Divi it tended to be a bit more refined.
Given that this holiday costs us £4500 for two people I did have a slightly higher expectation of the accommodation.
Aruba - an amazing place and worth a visit - hotel great but don't bother with an apartment.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Divi Village Golf And Beach Hotel Oranjestad
- Divi Village Hotel And Beach
- Divi Village Resort And Beach
- Divi Village Aruba
- Divi Village Golf And Beach Resort Aruba/Oranjestad