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“Third time here and will keep coming back” 5 of 5 stars
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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
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Third time here and will keep coming back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

The Best Place ever! Your treated like you own the place. Everyone is Extremely nice! They remember you from the previous year. The resort is constantly being upgraded, This year a new restaurant, The beach is incredible. No need to wake up early to put a towel to reserve a chair. Breakfast is included, and is SOOOO good!!! The gym is really great! I love this place. Its a small European Resort, no kids. Convient cab ride to the high rise craziness. You can walk to the casino. You don't need a car, The rooms are soooo nice!!!! We stayed in the Tara part.

Room Tip: We prefer the Tara Room on the beach not on level one.
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  • Stayed May 2014, 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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ewaldbiemans, Owner at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Aruba, responded to this review, May 14, 2014
Thank you for your kind comments - we are working on further improvements and enhancements and look forward to serving you again next year.
Masha danki
Ewald Biemans
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9 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

I have reviewed so many resorts after our vacations and its always the same old stuff.
This time its different. From the moment, you pull up to the resort, you get out of the taxi, Frank greets you and reminds you that you have arrived at your Caribbean Home. (I have a home in the Caribbean?, Oh yeah, now I remember). Then each staff member in no particular order, but ladies first, Nakarid, Sali, Jessica, Deb, Lisa, Paco, Greg and Ricardo, welcome you with open arms and can not do enough for you. Your Friends! This hotel is built on the personalities of the Hotel's Staff making the Guests feeling Welcomed, Special and Loved. You do not need to leave the property. We did visit other properties in Aruba and could not wait to get back,"Home", to Bucuti. They have the best beach. location, food, drinks and atmosphere in Aruba. Let's rename it, Paradise & Heaven Beach Resort.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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, May 14, 2014
Frank, Nakarid, Sali, Jessica, Deb, Lisa, Paco, Greg and Ricardo, and our Parrot Paco thank you for you wonderful words about your visit. To be singled out among all the destinations you have visited makes us very proud
Jessy the feisty little Aruban parakeet is a bit sad for being off the list but we assured her that this is a non-intended oversight and that she will get a special treat to make up.
Tank you - Masha Danki
Ewald Biemans
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

My wife and I just returned from our 3rd time at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts. If you look forward to vacations to relax and recharge at a quiet, tranquil resort with friendly staff on one of the nicest beaches in the world, than give Bucuti a strong look.

Elements Restaurant has great food and a laid back Caribbean vibe to it. Additionally, Carte Blanche Restaurant lives up to it's reputation as the place to eat for the most discerning foodie.

The only thing I would recommend improving is the spa. While it's not bad, it can use some updating when compared to the local competition. Maybe add beach front massages or in room couples massage options?

Another great aspect to this resort is that we never had trouble finding vacant beach umbrellas at anytime during the day. No need to play the "towel game" like at so many other resorts.

Overall we had another excellent experience and we're looking forward to returning for our 4th Bucuti vacation next year!

Room Tip: The Tara Beach Rooms are all Ocean Front with excellent views.
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  • Stayed May 2014, 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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ewaldbiemans, Owner at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Aruba, responded to this review, May 14, 2014
We thank you for your very nice comments on resort and associates! The Spa is on our "next " list. We do hope to serve you gain soon and in the meantime we will work on further enhancing the experience for our beloved visitors.
Masha Danki
Ewald Biemans
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Hutchinson Island, Florida
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

This was our fourth trip to Bucuti & Tara Beach Suites.While the level of service is already impeccable, the staff has elevated their service to a new level (they are now my extended family). The entire staff will go out of their way to make your stay perfect. I have to acknowledge Deborah, Patrick, Chef Kurt, Madelyn, Sali, Nakarid, Janice, Roberto, Rafael, Juan Carlos, Aldrick, Marina, Greg, Karen, Robert, Orville, Angelo and Beverly for making this trip outstanding! A very special thank you to Chef Kurt the Executive Chef at Elements restaurant who went out of his way to make me an excellent chicken parmigiana. We ate at Elements every day for lunch (excellent lunch salad bar) and three of seven nights for dinner, always excellent! I promise you won't be disappointed. Also, the gym with beautiful floor to ceiling windows has more new equiptment than last year. I consider this gym world class (for a resort) and even most pro's can get the job done in this gym.

The rooms are maintained very well and the daily cleaning was spotless. Our room was large and provided more than enough space. The beach is absolutely beautiful and the Elements Restaurant and Sand Bar (bar) are right on the beach and 50-60 feet from the water line. Don't miss the 4-6pm happy hour, excellent drinks and the bar is full of friendly people from all over the world. Everyone like to chat about their day and where they are going to dinner. It's a great place to make new friends.

For those US citizens who have not been Aruba, you clear US Customs and Immigration in Aruba so when you land at your US airport you don't have to stand in line to clear customs and immigration.A real time saver.

One last note, we love this resort so much we are booked for the next two years.

  • Stayed April 2014, 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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ewaldbiemans, Owner at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Aruba, responded to this review, May 14, 2014
Patrick, Chef Kurt, Madelyn, Sali, Nakarid, Janice, Roberto, Rafael, Juan Carlos, Aldrick, Marina, Greg, Karen, Robert, Orville, Angelo and Chef Kurt appreciate your accolades. We are very proud to have had you visit and look forward to serving you again soon.....
Sunny greetings and many regards from all of us!
Ewald Biemans
Biemans@bucuti.com
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Stuart, Florida
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

OMG! Bucuti is the absolute best! We have been there 4 times and here is why:

- You are in the low rise section which means no crowds - and Bucuti it is the BEST PROPERTY on Eagle Beach in Aruba. it is peaceful and quite all the time. No loud music or constant jet skis No one asking if you want you hair braided or to buy a t-shirt. No kids. Peace and quite all the time! Plenty of beach chairs with umbrellas too!

- As I am lying under our awesome palappa on the beach, I watch as others slowly walk by this property. They often stop and stare for a very good reason. You just know they are saying how beautiful it is and how they wish they were staying here.

- The staff is so amazing! They are incredibly attentive and always want to ensure you have everything you need to make sure your stay is perfect. The management team makes daily rounds to check in with the guests to make sure they are 100% happy!

- Totally safe beach. I take long walks on the beach in the morning and I can relax knowing that I am always safe because Aruba is certainly One Happy Island and has a very low crime rate.

- The accommodations are spectacular. We always stay in the Tara suites building because it is direction ocean front. The rooms are pristine and the view is breathtaking!

- I love the Complimentary Breakfast. A great selection. Chef Kurt always brings in Organic whenever it is available. Everything is so fresh and delicious. Perfect start to our day.

I could go on and on about how wonderful Bucuti is. We have traveled to many Caribbean locations. This is the BEST! If you are thinking about a spectacular vacation location, this is the place to be!

Room Tip: We always stay in the Tara suites building because it is direction ocean front. The rooms are prist...
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  • Stayed May 2014, 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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ewaldbiemans, Owner at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Aruba, responded to this review, May 14, 2014
We love your comments and are grateful for your wonderful writeup here! Kurt Hoffman our "F&B Everything Man" is proud and elated for having been singled out as your champion. Everyone else is more than pleased.
We look forward to serving you once again on your return.
Masha Danki.....
Ewald Biemans
Biemans@bucuti.com
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We just (sadly) returned from our second trip to the Bucuti. Why anyone would stay anywhere else in Aruba I'll never know! Since our first trip in 2009, we have recommended Bucuti to many friends and family. My parents have vacationed there twice, as have several other family members and our friends (who went on their honeymoon). They have all come back raving about the elegance of the resort, the amazing friendliness of the staff, and - of course - that beautiful, beautiful beach that is so quiet and so uncrowded that you sometimes feel as though you are the only ones vacationing there!

For this most recent trip, we brought two other couples with us and we all had a wonderful time. This is a beautiful, smaller resort that does not have some of the frills that the high rises may offer (there are no water sports or activities on the beach or elaborate lobby and shops you may find at the high rises - and the hotel definitely does not have a "party" atmosphere to it - a benefit to those seeking a quiet elegance and a relaxing vacation). And yet the staff at this resort still manage to spoil you with everything you need and more. The concierge staff is top notch and will make your dinner reservations before you arrive in Aruba (or after), as well as arrange for any excursions available at all the other larger hotels. There is a great happy hour each day with half priced drinks, live music and some complimentary appetizers. The grounds are beautiful and have a luxurious feel. All the lounge chairs around the property are very classy and elegant, especially the double bed loungers near the bar and pool! The beach-side drink service is wonderful if you are in the middle of a good book or just don't feel like getting out of that comfy beach chair! And although we love to go out at night and experience the amazing restaurants on this island, Bucuti now has probably two of the best restaurants in Aruba (Carte Blanche and Elements)- right there for its guests to enjoy.

We really can't say enough about the friendliness of the staff and their warm smiles, welcoming manner, and their attentiveness to your every need. Deborah, the manager is constantly stopping and talking to guests during breakfast to be sure that everything is ok, as does the owner of this property - not something you would probably ever see happen at a larger hotel. We really enjoyed the conversations we had with him and other staff. Everyone from Frank at the front door, who would always welcome us "home" at the end of a night out, to our wonderful cleaning and breakfast staff and the very friendly woman who gave out the towels each morning (too many names to remember - we're so sorry!). The Bucuti staff just has a very keen understanding of how precious vacations are to people and they do everything they can to make your vacation one to remember.

Perhaps the biggest statement of this hotel's success is just how many repeat guests they enjoy each year. Our hallway was lined with "We're so happy you are back" door tags (nice touch, Bucuti!) - and that speaks volumes in and of itself. We stayed in a Bucuti garden view room where the beds are amazingly comfortable and the decor elegant (they are remodeling again to give the furniture and decor and fresher look). Great, updated bathroom with a small TV built into the mirror (see photo). It was all we needed and more!

Our only suggestions are minor: (1) for the prices of the mixed drinks, there should probably be just a bit more alcohol in them - I had a few frozen ones that tasted more like smoothies and I don't drink all that much! (2) For non-smoking Americans who aren't used to smoking in public, it was hard to endure people smoking on the beach and in the bar area (even though it was just one or two people). But we hear Bucuti is coming up with a plan for this, and (3) My husband looked into a spa treatment and ended up booking the spa at the neighboring property because it was just a beautiful facility and very well done. I would like to see the Bucuti spa on the list of improvements somewhere down the road so guests can give them the business and not go to another hotel. No complaints because I have never used it, but the facility was not on par with the property next door. Otherwise, we were happy and well taken care of and just beyond sad to leave this wonderful place.

Bravo, Bucuti! We'll be back as soon as we can.

Room Tip: There are two buildings. Bucuti and Tara. Tara has full ocean view and slightly larger rooms with se...
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  • Stayed May 2014, 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, May 6, 2014
We love your wonderful review and suggestions and here is what we will do :
1. We will look at our service at the bar and make sure the measures are correct so that the liquor taste is more prominent.
2. we are presently assigning three designated smoking areas for smokers to use.
they will be clearly marked and made attractive yet removed from the areas that non-smokers frequent. The public beach part will remain a smoking area as we do not have jurisdiction over. All other areas of the hotel including the outdoor bar and restaurant will be off limits to smokers. This is in line with our soon to be LEED ( leadership in energy and environmental design) certification which advocates clean and healthy air among the many other benefits derived.
3. We will start serious conversations with the owners of the Spa and promise that we will take action and improve the services and appearance of this facility as the contract comes up for renewal.
thank you once again for your feedback !
masha danki and te aworo!
( thank you and see you soon)
Ewald Biemans
BIemans@bucuti.com
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Ohio, Illinois
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014 via mobile

Waw we stayed at the bacuti and tara resort and it was the best, staff is amazing greeting you with smiles everyday,
Also escorted to our room by Mara she was so nice and friendly explained in details everything about the room thankyou Mara we will be back soon,also helped us with our a/c problem on the 2nd night awesome girl!! Breakfast was good by the elements nice breeze,sand ocean & sun we had a blast on our vacation and will be back soon... thank you once again for our amazing stay at the resort.. Patty

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ewaldbiemans, Owner at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Aruba, responded to this review, May 6, 2014
All of us here await your return ! Thank you for your wonderful review here on TripAdvisor, we really appreciate the wonderful comments.
We look forward to you serving you and remain with sunny regards
Ewald Biemans
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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 On the Beach Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#1 Luxury Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#1 Romantic 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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