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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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New York City, New York
1 review
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Best place on earth!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Bucuti for our honeymoon last October and it was absolute paradise!!! We highly recommend the hotel, its clean beautiful and fun! We can't wait to go back for our anniversary!

Room Tip: Highly recommend the Bungalow rooms, simply amazing that you're right on the beach!
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  • Stayed October 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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  • Rooms
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Media, Pennsylvania
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

We arrived in Aruba on March 1, staying at the Manchebo Beach Hotel. The Bucuti restaurant was as close to our room as the Manchebo's and while walking on the beach, we stopped to ask for a menu. We were greeted by Mirna who convinced us to try their romantic dinner for 2 for that evening. We returned that evening for a 7 course meal with a prix fix of $125/couple which included a bottle of wine (we chose the champagne, although red, white and rose were also offered) delicious seared tuna tartare and mushroom soup appetizers. For entrees, my wife had the best snapper she had tasted and I enjoyed a perfect steak in a private cabana with waves lapping 10 feet from us. The food and service could not have been better. Upon discovering the next day was our 25th wedding anniversary, Mirna, our server gave us her homemade cookies which we have been enjoying for the remainder of our trip. We returned to the restaurant twice, once for lunch and again for a light supper and were equally pleased with the encore.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

Jennifer Doncsecz of VIP Vacations recommended the Bucuti to my wife and I for our 2009 honeymoon and we've been recommending VIP Vacations AND the Bucuti to people ever since! Perfect place for couples to vacation/honeymoon/relax away from the highrises of Aruba. We loved the Tara Beach Suites, the beach, the staff, the pool, the food...everything! the concierge desk did a great job setting up excursions, dinner reservations, rental cars, you name it...they were courteous, efficient, and happy to help us. The Bucuti was a perfect place for our honeymoon!!

  • Stayed July 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013 via mobile

Great service as all the employees go out of their way, they made our trip. We stayed in the Tara suites, great view, great beach never a issues getting a seat on the beach or pool any time of the day. Dinner on the beach was worth the price. Can wait till February 2014 we will be back.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

A very nice place to discover.Very clean quiet and peacefull.All the staff is very nice and patient (Some more efficient like Daniella) A beach whit enought chairs for everyone is great.We dont often say that but we would go again. Mario who's everywhere and Janice at the restaurant are the greatest !

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Monroe, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

We have been to Aruba 7 times, and this year is the first year we stayed at Bucuti and Tara Suites. We will never stay anyplace else! Perfect resort size, not too large, and everyone is willing to assist you with anything you need. Madeleine, one of the concierges, was wonderful. She recommended and booked several restaurants for us, asked what we had already booked prior to arrival, and incorporated both sets of bookings so we had one itinerary to follow. Beach is beautiful with plenty of space between umbrellas (unlike resorts on either side of the Bucuti). No skimping on amenities; thick towels, lounge chair covers, air purifier and dehumidifer in rooms, and top shelf spirits at the bar. Additional cost to stay in Tara is well worth it; the view is absolutely stunning and you can watch the sun set from your balcony. Not impressed with my spa experience; received better massages at Okenos downtown Orangestad.

Room Tip: Additional cost for Tara Suites is worth it.
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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ewaldbiemans, Owner at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Aruba, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Our Reply to "it Has All Been Said....Location"

thank you for you comments and providing us with the opportunity to correct our mistake......

We do apologize for the wrong post on you room bill, the subsequent adjustment and then a corrected post once again, on you bill. We sincerely apologize for this error- apparently our front desk manager assumed she was correcting a wrong correction by one of her subalterns. A full refund of the entire charge is on your way as we speak. Manager Deborah will contact you by email with a copy of the refund.

As to the service aspects for breakfast - we were doing some cross training during the last weeks and our evening restaurant manager was running breakfast and vice versa - leading to the famous
" the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing..." . This issue has been resolved and we all look forward to our new restaurant to commence operations/ service on August 11 2013.

We are sorry you had to deal with these "faux pas" and want to assure you of their corrections.

We do hope that these issues will not deter you from visiting us again in the near future - we would love to serve you again soon

we thank you also for you other positive comments on staff and facilities.

respectfully yours,

Ewald Biemans
Owner
Biemans@bucuti.com
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

I won't repeat most of what has been said - it is all good at The Bucuti: friendly staff, good location etc etc. The biggest asset Bucuti has is the property itself and the amount of space there is on the beach for guests to relax without crowding each other. Unfortunately, some days we had people who were NOT hotel guests "camping out" on hotel chaises and lounges near us even up by the pool area! Luckily, once mention was made to a staff member they came and tactfully asked the parties to move along.
No one person seems to be in charge at breakfast, so there were often conflicting "rules" or instructions about the buffet offerings.
Hopefully the atmosphere in the indoor part of the Pirate's Nest will improve once the planned renovation is complete.
Review your bill upon check out; we had been advised that a simple error from our first day would be corrected but it never was (even though we asked during our stay) and then we had to ask again while checking out. They "fixed it", and then it was reversed again to it's original INCORRECT amount on my CC bill after I got home!

Room Tip: We had a ground floor room (which we initially thought we would not like) and it was really convenie...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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ewaldbiemans, Owner at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Aruba, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
March 5, 2013
Our Reply to "It Has All Been Said....Location"

thank you for you comments and providing us with the opportunity to correct our mistake......

We do apologize for the wrong post on you room bill, the subsequent adjustment and then a corrected post once again, on you bill. We sincerely apologize for this error- apparently our front desk manager assumed she was correcting a wrong correction by one of her subalterns. A full refund of the entire charge is on your way as we speak. Manager Deborah will contact you by email with a copy of the refund.

As to the service aspects for breakfast - we were doing some cross training during the last weeks and our evening restaurant manager was running breakfast and vice versa - leading to the famous
" the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing..." . This issue has been resolved and we all look forward to our new restaurant to commence operations/ service on August 11 2013.

We are sorry you had to deal with these "faux pas" and want to assure you of their corrections.

We do hope that these issues will not deter you from visiting us again in the near future - we would love to serve you again soon

We thank you also for you other positive comments on staff and facilities.

Respectfully yours,

Ewald Biemans
Owner
Biemans@bucuti.com
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Additional Information about Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Aruba

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 On the Beach Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#1 Romantic Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#1 Luxury Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#3 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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