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Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Aruba
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   L.G. Smith Boulavard 55 B, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba   |  
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Sayville, New York
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“Paradise found!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

I thoroughly checked out this remarkable resort before booking, and now that we are here I can honestly say it is everything you could ask for in a vacation spot. The grounds and sparkling ocean views are breathtaking. The rooms are clean and tastefully decorated. The staff has been well-trained to be welcoming, calming and very accommodating. The food is great. We ate breakfast at the Tara Lounge every morning and especially enjoyed the daily specials. Lunch at the bar or beach were fantastic and the choices were varied. Dinners were memorable as well and each night they had an available special for less than thirty dollars for a complete meal. We had planned to visit other places, but as my husband said, "Why would you want to go anywhere else? The food is great, and the setting is to die for!" he certainly was right. The bar drinks were creative, delicious, and pleasantly served and were a treat when delivered by our sand chairs. Chairs were always available and spaced apart giving privacy to the many Mhoneymooners and romantics on the beach. There were so many little touches that made our
stay exceptional--the warm welcoming of cool towels and champagne, the lighted menus and beautiful decorations to light up the night, cool water available in numerous places to fill your special Bucuti water bottle, the refreshing infinity pool, the clear ocean water and soft sandy
bottom that was never crowded, and more .
We will becoming back to the Bucuti without a doubt. This is a gem of a resort. Kudos to the owner for creating a warm, relaxing and classy refuge on the unforgettable island of Aruba!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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McCormick, SC
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

I have to agree with all of the prior positive reviews of the Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort. This is an absolutely wonderful place to vacation (we spent our 45th wedding anniversary there.) The resort manager, Deborah, and the entire staff are beyond compare - friendly, knowledgeable, and more than happy to help with any need you may have. Chantal, who facilitated our registration upon our arrival, gave us some good suggestions for dining and tours (including the use of the Arubus and taxis.) Our accommodations in the Tara Beach Suites were superb. There was a bottle of champagne, along with a round of brie cheese and crackers in our room to help us celebrate our anniversary. (Since neither of us like champagne, the staff exchanged it for a bottle of red wine!) The rooms were spotlessly clean every day. We enjoyed a great daily breakfast which included an endless buffet of good food and cooked to order omelets. On our anniversary we enjoyed their "romantic dining on the beach". Christian, our waiter, spent 2 hours serving us a several course meal (delicious) as we enjoyed the sunset on the beach. Happy hour at the Sand Bar was even more delightful thanks to a wonderful bartender/waiter by the name of Aldrich, who also speaks 4 languages! The beach is so beautiful here and the fact that the Bucuti is a smaller resort is a real plus in that the beach chairs and umbrellas are not right on top of one another. I could go on and on -- but the bottom line is that the staff really makes this place special. We can't wait to return!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Purmerend, The Netherlands
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Aruba is a nice island but sometimes very busy. A lot of people want to stay at the high-rise hotels on Palm beach. If you're searching for a quiet and wide beach search no further. Bucuti & Tara Suites is a real front beach hotel. The European atmosphere is much nicer than the Miami style high rise hotels. It is also a very romantic hotel with a perfect service and an owner who thinks about the environment. Ask for a romantic dinner on the beach and have a perfect romantic night with your lover.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

I'm honestly not sure I can add anything to prior reviews other than to commend Bucuti management. They have done a stellar job of empowering employees to care, make a difference, and do the right thing. This sounds obvious, but trust me, deserves huge applause since it can be very difficult to execute. Our stay was great. Did everything happen perfectly, each time, probably not. That being said, ANY TIME an issue, question, or concern was even suggested to a staff member, it was welcomed, addressed and resolved to our satisfaction. What more can you want. At every level of this organization, you get to deal with someone who listens, understands, cares, and follows up. That is what stood out to me, aside from the awesome beach, the comfortable facilities, the services, the nice touches, we LOVED staying in the bungalows even more than Tara Suites. I don't know what else to add. I read the complaints people have and cringe. You are dealing with a caliber of staff here that is worth any premium you pay, not to mention being on the best beach possible. This was a great experience and I hope to someday return. Recognizing that guest facing staff can make or break an experience, Bucuti management gets it. They obviously hire, train, and retain talented people. Well done!

Room Tip: we loved the bungalows.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Woolwich, Maine
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012 via mobile

My husband have been here at the Bucuti and Tara for a week and are set to leave in another day. We don't want to leave! We have been in a third story Tara suite and it is lovely. We have had quite a few dinners at the Pirates Nest restaurant along with one of their romantic dinners on the beach.

Other than it being free, I don't know what else to ask for. The level of service has been wonderful. The hotel manager greeted us upon check-in (with the champagne welcome) and every member of the staff has said hello to us. Our room is immaculate and very welcoming. The beach is definitely one of the best (this is our 3rd trip to Aruba).

Special thanks to Rodney for making our dinners special (and remembering our name!) and to Marina and Jessie at the bar. We would definitely come back here.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bakersfield, California
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

We stayed from May 4th to 12th. We decided to spend a few extra $$ and stay in their beach front suites. It was sooo worth it.. We had a very relaxing week, just laying on their beautiful beach, having our favorite drinks delivered in a cooled bucket! We meet some nice couples and really enjoyed our stay. This hotel was great, and so was the staff! We hope to come back soon! =)

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

It has been almost a year since we were at the Bucuti, so sorry for the late review. This was our 3rd trip and as usual, just fantastic. We were this close to going again in 2013, however, I was more than annoyed with their lounge chairs situation. We would get to the beach early enough (about 7:30) and I would say about 50% of the chairs were "saved". I am not kidding you, one day we sat behind a "saved" chair and it wasn't until about 11:45 when the chair was actually claimed. I really wish something could be done about this as it was enough of a concern, that we made other travel plans. This was the first time back since they had redone the Pirates Nest and though the decor was fabulous, as in previous times I found the food just mediocre (dinner). Per usual, the rooms were fantastic and staff were great. For some reason, with our last two visits to Bucuti the surf was pretty strong and the wind was wicked - sand everywhere! However, if you walk just a ways towards the high rise section, the wind becomes much calmer and the water is like glass. If I receive word that the practice of saving chairs is no longer acceptable, I will definitely be looking to go back in 2014.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: L.G. Smith Boulavard 55 B, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
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Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Palm - Eagle Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#1 Romantic Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#4 Family Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Aruba 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This adults-only, romantic resort is award-winning and owner-operated. Recognitions include Top 3 Beach Destinations in the World, Conde Nast Gold List, Top 10 Romantic Retreats in the Caribbean, Green Globe High Achievement Award, and TripAdvisor's 2013 Certificate of Excellence. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts is eco-friendly and offers a tranquil boutique experience with friendly service. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Bucuti And Tara Beach Resorts Aruba
Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Aruba Hotel Palm/Eagle Beach
Bucuti Beach Hotel
Golden Tulip Palm Eagle Beach
Golden Tulip Oranjestad
Aruba Bucuti Resort
Bucuti Beach Resort Aruba
Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Aruba Palm - Eagle Beach

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