There already exist so many reviews about Bucuti, so not sure whether this will add any value, but will mention a few things, which might be worth knowing if staying at Bucuti.
The hotel and beach is very clean, they provide very good service, and repeatedly ask how you are enjoying your stay. The resort manager greets the guests both upon arrival as well as on departure, which is rather rare in larger hotels.
The gym comes in handy, if you want to exercise inside in a cooled environment, rather than running on the beach in the warmth.
When waking up early, you could see (as many reviewers have written) people going to reserve sun loungers seven o’clock in the morning, although not using them until much later. However, during our stay in late March there did seem at all times to be sun loungers available throughout the day. A solution during more busy periods might be to stay in the penthouse, as you have your own palapa reserved for you the whole day – no matter at what time you decide to hit the beach. However, the penthouse can be strongly recommended at all times :)
The beach is stunning, and well kept. When we were there, it was quite windy, so if you are not too comfortable with the waves, you can walk down Eagle Beach towards Palm Beach, and you will most likely find more calm waters to enjoy a dip in. I was happy we stayed in Bucuti rather than in one of the high-rise area hotels, as those beaches were much more crowded, and also less well maintained. Eagle Beach was simply more beautiful!
We took the Romantic Dinner package one of the evenings, and the food was excellent. To improve the package further, they could offer a wine package, where the kitchen would have wine recommendations with the various dishes, where you would not have to choose one bottle to fit all the different courses (we did not go for the one-bottle option, but ordered separate wines for separate dishes). Moreover, the personnel were not too knowledgeable about wine recommendations, and e.g. the red wine was served after we had received the steak – and it was served very cold. Well, these are just small things, as there is not much that I come to think of that would need improving :)
Except for one thing actually. The air-conditioning and humidifier equipment in the rooms were very loud (there were six of them in total in room #343)! If you are a light sleeper you will need to shut them down for the night, and even then, you could hear noises from possibly a technical room next door or the corridor machines (?), although sleeping with ear plugs. These seemed rather old, as newer equipment is not that loud nowadays.
Other than the noise from the air-con, we loved our stay. If staying in the Tara wing, you have a separate breakfast area inside, which is cool and has a much fresher “feel” than eating outside in the warmth accompanied by birds. The views from the balcony were amazing, and the beach was very beautiful, with a lot of privacy, being very quiet.
If you are travelling from Europe, I would recommend you exchange your Euros to Dollars, rather than to Florin, as we noticed already during our taxi trip to Bucuti that the prices were in Dollars, and the driver did not even have Florins to give back, when paying in their local currency! Taxi fares are flat, which is good. E.g. to/from the airport is 25$, and to /from Oranjestad or the high-rise area is 9$.
In addition to eating at Bucuti, we ate downtown; opposite to Bucuti at Bob’s pizza (quite an experience); and very good, but over-priced sushi at Blossoms (high-rise area). We also took the Oyster Dinner Sail with Morning Star, which was ok. I would not rate it excellent though, as the actual sailing lasted only for an hour of the total four hours, and the remaining time it was at anchor, so is it worth 600$...? The drinks they kept on bringing though, and food was also ok, so that they had covered.
We were told that of the customers coming to Bucuti, majority are Americans, about 30% Europeans, and 5% from other parts of the world. In general, Aruba seems very touristic. We combined our trip with Curacao though, which was interesting, as the two islands are very different in culture – both its own experience!
We got a very good feeling about the islands, and have already planned our next trip to visit more of the Caribbean islands. If the hotel keeps up as-is, we will definitely also return to Bucuti.
Enjoy your stay!
- Also Known As:
- Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Aruba Hotel Palm/Eagle Beach
- Bucuti And Tara Beach Resorts Aruba
- Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Aruba Hotel
- Bucuti Beach Hotel
- Golden Tulip Palm Eagle Beach
- Golden Tulip Oranjestad
- Aruba Bucuti Resort
- Bucuti Beach Resort
- Bucuti Beach Resort Aruba
- Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Aruba Palm - Eagle Beach
- 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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