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help...divi aruba or occidental grand or something else

we have been invited to a wedding on 6/2 at the divi aruba. it's the wedding of a great young man (who grew up with our children - aged 22 and 25)) and his fiance. we are also looking at this as a family vacation because it's hard to get time together anymore with our schedules. to be honest the divi doesn't look to be that nice. we usually don't stay in 2-3 star resorts (seen various ratings) but i'm reading that it's a great beach. we plan on staying approx 4 or 5 nights and are paying for the kids as well. we are looking for all inclusive because well we do like to party when on vacation and our kids are of legal age so it can get expensive for drinks and dinners and such. while we will dine outside of the resort for the local flair we like the convenience of only needing tip money most of the time (we feel too guilty if the service is there not tipping). any suggestions or comments???? not sure how many of the kids friends will also be attending because aruba is expensive but want to make the most of our trip.

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1. Re: help...divi aruba or occidental grand or something else

The Divi is nice and they do a great job with AI.

If you're looking for something a bit more 'upscale' - maybe try Occidental. It's been recently renovated and the reviews have been mostly positive.

Hope this helps.

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2. Re: help...divi aruba or occidental grand or something else

thank you for the input. i guess i saw pictures on here of a very unhappy divi guest regarding the mold and condition of his bathroom (which is very important to me) and condition of the hotel that has me wary. i love the idea of low rise building right on the beach and actually prefer the smaller resorts but don't want to pay 400 plus a night for disrepair. any idea if renovations are being done or planned at the divi to improve the quality of rooms? like i said we'll eat out to sample the local flavors at dinner but also like the convenience of AI for drinks and the rest of our meals or in case our kids (young adults) want to say with their friends who are attending the wedding.

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3. Re: help...divi aruba or occidental grand or something else

Hi. We stayed at the Divi in early June and loved it. The rooms are just fine so no worries there. The bar by the beach is open at night with entertainment and it is really nice to sit outside rather than in a stuffy bar. The staff is great and there is a casino within a five minute walk. The beach is beautiful. I honestly don't think you can go wrong with the Divi...we are planning a return vacation very soon.

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4. Re: help...divi aruba or occidental grand or something else

of course hubby and i want oceanfront. don't care if the kids are in gardenview LOL can you recommend the type of room. i'm seeing different types of oceanfront rooms. i want the best room oceanfront they have available if we stay there. thank you so much for your input!

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5. Re: help...divi aruba or occidental grand or something else

Hi again. The room we stayed in was #311. That is in the first group of rooms beside the Red Parrot Restaurant. We loved the location because from the patio we were only steps to the beach. The patio is on a nice grassy area and you can see the ocean from the grassy area. We liked that it was close to everything but quiet. You may want to look into getting a lanai room. Hope this helps.

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