We stayed at Divi Village Beach & Golf 4/13/13 – 4/20/13, and our first time in Aruba. We purchased this week as an Extra Vacation through RCI. This is a very nice resort, however I have a couple minor complaints which prevents me to rate it 4-5 stars.
We were in Eagle 2 building – 2309, on the third floor. Our unit was a one bedroom. The bedroom was rather dark but conducive to sleeping , and the unit had two full bathrooms, which was convenient. My boyfriend could get up and shower early, and not disturb me while I slept in. This unit was spacious enough for the two of us, with plenty of drawer and closet space for our clothes. The washer and dryer are definitely a plus, however be sure to bring your own detergent and fabric softener. The balcony overlooked the pool, which we liked. It was enjoyable to watch the activity at the pool, in lieu of having an ocean view. It was large enough for a table and four chairs, plus a lounger without feeling cramped. My boyfriend smokes, and unfortunately there were no ashtrays provided, so he had to use my used Balashi cans. At least they were “recycled”. The kitchen area was sufficiently equipped, but not with good quality kitchen tools. Coffee pot didn’t fit the coffee maker, the toaster didn’t toast amongst other things. Instead of a roll of towels, they supplied us with those thin brown paper towels you find in public restrooms stacked on a shelf. It seemed as if they were really cutting corners to save a few dollars. The maid came in every day to take out the garbage; but never replaced the used towel with new, except for the Wednesday cleaning. There were no musty odors in our unit that others have complained about. However I did not feel the floor was cleaned properly; it had a grimy feel when you walked around barefoot. In fact, I washed my slippers during our stay, because they were getting dark both on the outside sole and inside the slipper. :>( Also, there was a thick layer of dust on the artificial plants in the room. Because of this I am giving the resort three stars (which I am torn – this is a beautiful resort); but there is no reason not to wash the floors thoroughly between guests.
As I mentioned, we were on the third floor which provided a nice view. But two things come in mind which may prove to be a disadvantage to having the nicer view. One is there was no elevator that we could see. Not a problem with everyday walking (I need the exercise), however when you are trying to drag 50 pound suitcases along with the week’s groceries up 3 flights of stairs, it can be a bit of a workout. And especially after lugging those suitcases up, the key doesn’t work and you have to go back down to the Lobby to have them reprogram it! Frustrating. Also, being on the third floor, you may be directly under the Jacuzzi as we were. Which would be fine if you are the only ones using it. However, one night our next door neighbors decided to use it at 2:00 in the morning. We heard the jets going (sounded like the washer machine was running in our kitchen - thank goodness the Jacuzzi wasn’t directly over our bed) and the neighbors were so talking so loudly, we couldn’t get to sleep. It was a remote incident, and thankfully they appeared to have left the next day.
The pool here is really, really nice; one of the best I’ve seen at a timeshare resort. There is also a good size separate Jacuzzi. Towels were plentiful, and we changed out the wet for dry several times during the day with no problem. I’m not sure when the resort is fully booked whether there would be a problem finding a lounge chair; I arrived at the pool rather late one afternoon, and was only able to find one lounger off in a corner. The towel chair markers came out rather early in the mornings, saving the loungers under the palapas. Aruba was very windy (breezy isn’t the right word) during our stay. I would recommend bringing clips to attach the towel to the chair, because by the time you turn around to lie down on it, the towel will be blown off!
The grounds were very pretty since it is situated around the golf course, and very nicely maintained. There was always someone working on the landscape. From what we could see, there were plenty of golf carts transporting guests to their destinations, and plenty of parking spaces for those of us with rental cars. Everyone we encountered was polite and friendly. We did not use the golf course or the restaurants on site. I noticed during our stay the guests were either 50 years on up, or families with young children. This may not be the resort for honeymooners, or young couples looking to party.
If asked if I would go back to this resort, I would say probably. Would I buy a timeshare here? No. All in all, I really liked the resort, and even though it was not on the beach, the short walk was not a problem for us and the beach was great. Not crowded and plenty of chairs and palapas. I gave the mediocre rating in the hope that management checks Trip Advisor reviews and will supervise the cleanliness of the rooms more closely.
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