I've been here on two separate occasions now. The first experience rated this a 3 for me. We stayed in a room that was dated and had not yet been renovated. It was on the first floor (noisy) and had a view of the fairway. It was sort of dirty and really needed help.
This time around we stayed in what appears to be a newly renovated unit in a building facing the sea. It's beautiful (for the most part), clean, and spacious. But if I owned it I would be a bit peeved with the construction as it's sort of haphazard. This is a dumb example, but there is a painting in the bathroom that is mounted in such a way that it's not only not centered but it hangs over the receding wall that opens to the shower. It's just dumb and was pure laziness/stupidity. Tiles in the shower are loose, calking isn't done properly in the other bathroom, etc. none of this stuff is a deal breaker for me. I don't own it and it looks very nice from a high level. But if I owned it, there are some clues to some pretty shoddy work.
Beyond that, the location for me can't be beat. Druif beach is easily the best on the island and it's right across the street. Unlike Palm or Eagle which are absolute zoos and have those horrible people who wake up at 5 and 6 am on vacation to put their towels and claim "their" spot on the beach, Druif is usually pretty quiet and is beautiful. On a side note, the world would be a better place without those towel people. I loathe their existence.
It's about a 15 min drive to downtown. There are two supermarkets down the street within walking distance. The resort is quiet and I've for the most part found the staff friendly and accommodating. Though some are a bit gruff.
There is one thing that irks the hell out of me tho; the pools close at 9. What's the point of a hot tub in Aruba if you can't use it after dark? Why is there a pool curfew? Am I child who can't handle swimming after dark? It's annoying and if I paid a lot of money to own a place here it would infuriate me, this the 3.5 if I owned it. I get the pools need to be "treated" as a gruff security guard told me. But as far as I know, they don't need to be every night and it would make a helluva lot more sense to rotate and keep at least 1 pool open until 11 or so on a nightly basis.
Can't comment on the restaurants. I have a steep aversion to eating on a resort. I force myself to go out and explore other options. The sea breeze bar has a happy hoe everyday, 2 for 1. It not what I'm in to. the drinks are sugary boxed fruit juice well drinks in lunch room plastic cups. Some people don't mind or even like that sort of thing, I'm not one of them.
I'll always come back here tho. Love the location, the new rooms are very nice, and Druif beach is my favorite spot. If you're smart enough to avoid the high rises, this is your choice.
- 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