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“For the price paid - average hotel but Aruba is great” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort

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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 8 Hotels in Oranjestad
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“For the price paid - average hotel but Aruba is great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

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they had been coming for many years and had good deals on the timeshare with management wanted them out, due to great out of date contracts.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.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Syracuse, NY
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23 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

My husband and I spent a week here in a one-bedroom corner unit. The balcony, because it was a corner unit, was spacious and private. The unit we were in could use some updating and some serious re-grouting in the bedroom and bathroom. The unit was kept very clean, however, and had daily towel and trash service--something not offered at many condo resorts. On Wednesday, a full cleaning service was offered with a change of bed linens--again, something not always customary at other condo resorts. The grounds were kept very well groomed and the pool and hot tub were maintained each day. The staff was consistently friendly and always willing to help. The check-in for this resort is located in the Divi Golf Resort on the other side of the road. There was no signage to indicate this so we ended up needing to consult a security worker on the premises. Our frustration at finding the check-in was tempered when we were offered a glass of rum punch in the lobby. We also experienced some confusion during our stay since some of the resorts are all-inclusive and some, like the Divi Dutch, are not. It is not at all clear which restaurants are part of the all-inclusive plan and which are open to anyone. We discovered, by trial and error, which restaurants were available to us. In typical Caribbean fashion, there were many rules to follow but nowhere were the rules indicated. We ended up having many good laughs over these rules throughout the week and just learned to roll with the punches. The next time around, we will know how to navigate ourselves through the system--if the rules don't change! The beaches are beautiful here and well worth the minor inconveniences that we experienced.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
4 Thank mek99
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North Haledon, New Jersey, United States
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8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

After all the hype was over on the evening of December 25th, we packed our bags and slipped out the door at 3:30 am to hop a flight to Aruba. We welcomed the 90 degree days, the hotel however has changed. We had the worst drinks possible at the pool bar, don't waste your money drinking there, bring your own and mix them in your room!! We went to the Tamarjin across the street thinking the drinks might be better - it was the same, lousy drinks and no Jack Daniels, no Seagrams 7. Went to Mulligans thinking it must be better there, no, same lousy drinks! And it was $8.00 per drink, way too much for soda!! Oh well, drinking was not the sole purpose of this trip - on to the hotel. Beautiful, everything about our room was perfect, clean, friendly staff, awesome!!! We went to the light house on New Years Eve to watch the fireworks that the whole island sets off at 12:00 - can't describe how incredible it was, however, I don't recommend doing this, people parked everywhere, everyone was blocked in, after the two plus hours of watching fireworks, we couldn't move our car for another 40 minutes. Lots of traffic, apparently a very hot spot to be on New Years Eve. Do go to the Divi, but go to Paddocks (downtown) if you want a good drink. Very friendly staff, awesome drinks and beautiful view of the water!!

Room Tip: don't shower in the late afternoon, no hot water left!!!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
5 Thank Diane V
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Marcel N, Manager at Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort, responded to this review, January 12, 2013
Dear Diane,

I am glad you enjoyed Aruba, the Beach, and of course the awesome Fireworks on New Years Eve.
But we definitely do stock Jack Daniel's and Seagram's 7 at all the bars at Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort! Including the Infininity pool bar.
The Mulligan's restaurant and Windows on Aruba also have these premium spirits available.
The serving size is 10 oz. and all liquor bottles have a auto-pour top serving 1 1/4 oz. of alcohol.
The price for the premium drinks is US $ 7.00, and sodas are US $ 2.00
Our house-brands are only US$ 5.50, and during our many Two-For-One Happy Hours you pay only that amount for 2 drinks, resulting in a cost of only US$ 2.75 per drink !

I do hope to welcome you in any of our bars on your next trip to Aruba.

Feel free to contact me if you need any assistance.

Best regards,

Marcel Nahr
Food & Beverage Manager
Divi & Dutch Village
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chicago il
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3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013 via mobile

Divi has the best beach but not the best service. When we checked in they couldn't find a reservation. They were welcoming. The staff doesn't speak a lot of English. It's expensive for what you get. Our sheets were ripped. I can post a picture of that. then we didn't have hot water for 2 days. That was really hard with a 10 year old daughter loved riding the surf.they did give us a cheap bottle of wine and a consideration for our inconvenience. I would never give this hotel 4 stars.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, Canada
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18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

We exchanged our Florida timeshare for 2 wonderful weeks at the Divi Golf Resort in Aruba. We couldn't get a two bedroom, two bath, so settled on 2 studios, one above the other. We're 4 adults so the space was great. The units are well equipped with gas stoves, micro waves, table for 4 etc. and very spacious. We found the furniture and linens fine and the king size bed really comfortable. The towel exchange every day was appreciated. The balconies were on the small side but adequate for the 4 of us to sit and have a drink etc..
The beach is beautiful and not crowded. The road that you cross to get to it is not a problem. The pools and grounds were well kept and we thoroughly enjoyed them for 2 weeks. There are bar-b-q's around the property that guests can make use of.
We made use of the restaurant at the pool for lunch some days and found it reasonable and good. Mulligans makes a great breakfast, and delicious wraps for lunch. We splurged at Windows on Aruba for Christmas Eve and it more than lived up to expectations. We also went to the new Fusion Restaurant and Ginger at the Alahambra Casino & Shops Plaza and really enjoyed both. The shuttle was a great way to get around the very spread out Divi Resorts. It was also an easy walk which we did often. There is also a Subway, Pizza, coffee shop, Icecream & Dunkin Doughnut shop and a market with prepared food that was very good at this plaza along with some shops.

The highrise section of the island is completely different and not where I'd want to stay. It's very congested and busy.

Jimmy's Bar on the Beach has Happy Hour twice a day and wonderful sunsets. On Thursday nights, Jimmy sings. Don't miss it. A really fun time.

Vanessa at the front desk who works very hard to book any tours, reservations etc. for you is excellent. She booked an all day jeep tour for us through DePalm Tours and it was one of the highlights of our stay. It was the Baby Beach Jeep Safari and our guide was James and our driver Ewald. They couldn't have been better. We saw the island from end to end.

We weren't ready for our two weeks to end. All four of us would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Cambridge, Canada
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20 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

This review is actually for the Divi Dutch Village, not any of the sister resorts, as some other reviews have mistakenly posted here instead.

Travelled here the last week of November 2012, with 4 adults.

Rooms are tired and dated, but are kept very clean by staff. Compared to the other Divi properties on Aruba, this one is the oldest and least “pretty”. We stayed in a two bedroom unit, which has the two bedrooms each with ensuite bathrooms upstairs, and the living room, kitchen, and third bathroom downstairs on the main floor. A town-house style of accommodation, which was a really nice layout. The balcony door was broken and hard to slide, but it still worked. The fact that the 12 ft+ balcony door slid all the way open was awesome, it opened up the entire room. It rained quite a bit while we were in Aruba, but not to ruin our vacation. Due to the rain, we had a leak in the ceiling, right beside a light fixture. The water was literally dripping out of the fixture itself. All they did was fold a towel and put it on the floor underneath the drip. Overall, the rooms are nothing to get excited about, but they did the trick.

Very well kept grounds. Pools are nice. There are a ton of iguanas and other lizards around the pools. Some of them are quite friendly and will let you scratch their heads. They love lettuce and cabbage.

Good location, with an amazing beach. You can walk for miles on the white sand beach, from one hotel to another. Never a shortage of chairs while we were there. No need to “save” your chair with a towel at 7am. OK snorkeling off the beach, but nothing spectacular. The hotel is within walking distance to a grocery store, or a short drive to the bigger brand new grocery store which makes it easier for stocking up for the week. The bus stop is right outside the hotel too, so if you don’t rent a car, this is an easy way to get around the island.

Aruba is very “Americanized”. Not as quaint and unique as other islands we’ve been to, but it’s still a lovely island.

Since we stayed here as a time share, we were not All Inclusive. We ate at the buffet restaurant at the Divi Tamarijn next door one evening (paying $30 per person), and it was a severe disappointment. We specifically picked the night to go based on the pre-determined menu, and when we arrived to eat, half the things that were supposed to be on the menu were not. The host blamed it on the chef calling in sick. It was a really gross dinner. The pizza / snack bar also at the Tamarijn was nothing special either. I wouldn’t recommend the food at the Divi properties, based on what we tried while we were here. 

The absolute best meal of the week was at Aqua Grill seafood restaurant. It was amazing. We’re still talking about it. Highly recommended. http://www.aqua-grill.com/

Busters Garage Sports Bar was a good spot for watching sports, and the casino inside was small but we actually won big here.

Casa Tua - A little Italian place in Palm Beach and Oranjestad had amazing pizzas, risotta, pasta, you name it. It’s a chain with restaurants around the island. Also highly recommended.

Friendly, but not overtly so. No one went above and beyond, but really no complaints either.

Absolutely no night entertainment, or daily activities. It's a fairly quiet resort, which was just fine with us. Next door at the Tamarijn was a little more lively, but not huge either. Down the beach a ways more was the Divi Aruba, and they had a nice live band and what seemed to be some really nice restaurants.

Rent a car; you won't be disappointed. This island has so much to offer.

Arikok National Park; make sure you wear good footwear. There’s tons of little cacti which are like razor blades in the park. There are some amazing caves on the far side of the park. Either rent a Jeep or get ATV/4x4 vehicles for this trip. Not for small vehicles. Oh, and there are no bathrooms.
Arashi Beach (north west tip); a great snorkeling spot
Palm Beach; shopping, restaurants, casinos
Oranjestad; shopping, restaurants

The Riu was amazing. Go check it out, even just to look around or check out their casino.

The Divi Aruba Phoenix was also really nice with amazing pools. We tried to book here in the first place, but it was completely booked up.

I wouldn’t stay at the Divi Dutch Village again, but I would definitely go back to Aruba. An amazing island.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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14 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Having been to Aruba before, we knew that we wanted to stay in the Eagle Beach area this time. Why? Because ugly high-rise hotels strung along Palm Beach just don't fit our image of the Caribbean ( and one of them really is ugly. What were they thinking?) We knew that Eagle, Manchebo and Druif beaches were not only spectacular, but the low-rise hotels were unobtrusive and would never fill with people. We studied the Trip Advisor reviews and concluded that Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort would be one of our top choices if we could get a timeshare exchange. Having secured the exchange, we found we could only get a flight on the day before the start of our week, so I booked an extra night at Divi online and then called the resort to make them aware of the two concurrent bookings and to ask for the same unit for both.

We had read the reviews and were concerned about being put in an unrenovated suite, so I made a point of asking for a renovated one. I have to admit that the polite non-answer did not inspire me with confidence.

So when we arrived, it was no surprise to learn that we had to stay in one unit for the first night and move to another for our week. A nuisance, but not a huge issue until our second fear came true - we found our first night studio suite in a dark damp corner on the first floor looking out onto tennis court screens and netting. And yes, if you've read many other reviews of this resort, you've guessed right - it was a smelly, mouldy 1990s tired unit. OK, it's just for one night, but now we were spooked and concerned about what we might be allocated for the next seven nights. So back to the desk and we start the long process of battling for a renovated unit overlooking the golf course. We're not golfers, but we like the views and the wildlife that can be seen from the balcony.

I must emphasize that at all times the staff were courteous and respectful, but it was just a tiresome and time-wasting exercise negotiating for an acceptable studio. In the end we got a large, renovated studio suite overlooking the golf course and we thoroughly enjoyed our week at this resort. If we had been and given that suite in the first place ( and never been aware of the unrenovated ones), we would have given this resort five stars.

With regard to the resort itself, it was spotlessly clean, like Aruba in general, and we found it well located. It really was no distance from the furthest units on the golf course to the resort centre and the beach. We were surprised to see so many young people using the golf cart shuttle just to go a couple of hundred yards, but we were happy strolling to the resort centre and the extra 100 yards or so along the drive and across the road to the huge, white, beautiful beach.

Our only other comment would be on Mulligans, one of the on-site restaurants. It was OK and convenient, but nothing special. If you like food and regard dining as part of your vacation experience, read the reviews of restaurants and make your choices. There are some truly excellent and memorable restaurants and food to be enjoyed in Aruba.

We like to be mobile, so we rented a car for the week, but there are plenty of taxis and public transport to take you to those great restaurants just minutes away.

We would be happy to return to this Divi, but only with a guarantee of a renovated room with a view.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Juancho E. Irausquin Blvd 93, Oranjestad, Aruba
Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Oranjestad
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
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#3 Spa Hotel in Oranjestad
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Oranjestad
#3 Family Hotel in Oranjestad
#4 Romantic Hotel in Oranjestad
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 348
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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