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Divi Aruba
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Oranjestad
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 4, 2013

My husband, son and I went to the Divi Aruba All Inclusive from December 18- 25, 2012. This was our 2nd visit to the Divi and it did not disappoint! The resort is the same as it was from the last time we visited 4 years ago - there have been some improvements to the pool and main area when you enter the hotel - there is still room for more improvement. The food was great at all the restaurants (the buffet could be hit or miss for dinner but was always good for breakfast and lunch) and the speciality restaurants were great (we ate at the Red Parrot twice, Paparazzi, and at the Asian Fusion Restaurant - all were very good but our preference was the Red Parrot) and our room was just what we expected- nothing fancy but practical and really how much time do you spend in your room when you are in beautiful Aruba. If you are looking for a 5 Star hotel this is not the place and if you are bothered by the old decor, and maybe a loud fan in the bathroom and leaky AC then this is not the place for you. All those things can be fixed, but the one thing that cannot be fixed is the location - the beach is just breathtaking, the layout of the resort is great with easy access to the beach and to the sister resort a 10 min walk or shuttle bus ride away what more could you want! We did not return to this resort for the rooms - we returned to enjoy a wonderful location and have fun in the sun! The staff we found to be very helpful and basically nice folks.

Because this was our 2nd trip to Aruba we did not do as many activities outside the resort - we just opted to try the Natural Pool 1/2 day Jeep Tour by DePalm Tours (our 17 year old son really enjoyed this). It was fantastic! Our tour guide Giovanni was wonderful! Lots of energy - always kept us on our toes, and made the day an adventurous one. Don't let the laid back attitude of the team worry you - they are very professional and do their job very well and keep you on a roller coster ride for 4 1/2 hours in the outer parts of Aruba - great job Giovanni and jeep tour team!

During our stay we met folks from Boston and Sweden and Canada - lots of people return each year or every couple of years and you can see why - the location is wonderful, the food is good, the entertainment is nice, the resort is relaxing, and Aruba is a very safe island and we always felt safe at the resort. If you are looking for a party atmosphere and a 5 start resort then this is not the place for you, but if you want a great relaxing vacation on a picturesque beach - then I would suggest you give the Divi Aruba All inclusive a try - we are happy we did and hope to return again some day!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

Went to Divi Tamarijn for 5 days, Dec 20-Dec 25, 2012 with my boyfriend. It was nice to be there right before Christmas, right before the big rush, and cheaper, too. The rate for 2 people was $480 per night which includes a room with a balcony right on the beach and overlooking the beach (if you open the patio door you can sleep while hearing the waves). It also includes all meals, alcoholic drinks, entertainment, non-motorized water sports and towel service. There is no waiter service on the beach but it doesn't matter, everything is just steps away.
The beach is serene and after visiting the strip of hotels where the high rises were, we realized that this was the best beach. It is about a mile long and very relaxed, spacious, with palm trees and a great view. We stayed on the Tamarijn side but you can go from and to the Divi with your wrist band and you can be at their beach, pool, restaurants, etc..
The plus sides:
- Beautiful, turquoise water, white sand that's not hot, huts on the beach for shade
- Good restaurants
- unlimited cocktails
- oceanfront quiet rooms with cable, very comfortable
- non-motorized water sports (wind surfing, kayaking)
- gym overlooking the beach
- relaxed setting, a true vacation
- beautiful island
- you get a lot for your money
- 7 different bars
downsides:
- the pools aren't too terrific, but we didn't go there for the pools.
- if it's too windy, they cancel windsurfing for the day, so i recommend doing it the very first day to get it over with.
- a lot of kids (but honestly, there is enough room on the beach and at the resort
- not much variety in the breakfast and lunch buffets form day to day. While they are big buffets, they get old by the 3rd or 4th day since it's the same selection. And of course there is the danger of eating too much just because you paid for it already

I would highly recommend this all-inclusive resort as a relaxing, stress-free vacation. Watch for deals and it's definitely worth $250 per night per person, or less. If it's any more, then I'd do some comparison with other deals in Aruba or the Caribbean to be sure you're getting the most for your money.

Room Tip: Be sure to get a balcony room on the 2nd floor (highest floor). The ocean-front balcony rooms at the...
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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14  Thank Cooper617
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

The water is amazingly beautiful. The nature of this place seemed surreal at times. Great and awesome island to visit. Planning on coming back again in October 2013.

-Please take advantage of the other Divi hotel, where they have live shows and more
dininng options.The food overal was pretty good, Maybe a 3.9 out of 5. Nothing too fancy.
extra perks was the brick oven pizza until 2am.
-You can take a cab at night to the local clubs and bars, is about a 10 mins drive for like $20
bucks. The night life was full of excitement and great places to go dancing. Boys arent so
good looking, so dont expect to see hot boyz...LOL
-Take the bus during the day to go shopping in downtown Aruba. Very easy commute and
cheap way to get around.
-The hotel pool was small and decent. The vicinity at night looked beautiful. Nice and quite
after 1am, we went skinny dipping every night with the locals. The room itself was decent and
beds were very comfy. Didn't appreciate we had to pay for wifi and the room safe.

Overall I give it a 4.0 The beach and the people were the best in Aruba. I would give a 5.0 if their drinks were better and if they would of had more dinning options

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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11  Thank jboogey32
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Visited the Divi the week before Christmas. Things didn't start so well. I found out the day before we left that our room was not available, due to renovations. We were not told this by the Divi directly. I noticed a credit to my bank account. By the time I found out why, no one was available to talk to me. We arrived on Saturday and of course the reservation manager, off til Monday. Our week stay, no one ever came to check and see if we were satisfied.
Our first afternoon there was a wedding right off our room. We were told not to walk down the path to the beach and the music man was set up right out our patio door. The other negative in this area was we were at the end of the resort with a public street right next to us. Locals came and went from this area onto the beach and grass area right off our room and patio. They would stretch out their stuff all over and even change clothes in the massage hut located again, right off our patio. You do have to go out at 5:30-6am to reserve shade spot. The buffet food, horrible. The activites like the rock climbing wall were at the Tamarjn and only open limited hours. Staff was not so personable. Hats off to the great cleaning staff. Our room was always very clean.
The room was decent, the beach and water amazing. Would consider returning.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank Chris G
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

We were in the 'Terrace' part of the resort, on the third floor, with no complaints. Our view was of the ocean and a small quiet pool below us as well as the gardens of the resort with little one story Casitas. We could see the expanse of Eagle Beach and the shade huts, so if we got the right one reserved for our family, we could check from our room when all were there.
The housekeeping was more than friendly, and very eager to greet us. Our room was perfect with two little couches next to our balcony. The choices of places to eat in our all inclusive was more than enough to satisfy any type of food wants.
Privacy wasn't an issue, and easy walks between the two resorts along with the beautiful white sandy beach and bright sunshine make every day a wonderful day with Balashi (local beer) or not.

Room Tip: Ask for the Terrace as opposed to the 'garden view' which is less money, but not worth the r...
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank nannerjammer
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

Beach,staff excellent. Rooms need to be,updated, especially bathrooms in the Vista II building. Hotel food and rooms don't warrant high per room daily cost. Beach and staff exceptional and keep us going back every year

  • Stayed: February 2012
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5  Thank PalmTreeMaria
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

Do not pay attention to the negative reviews on this resort! My fiance and I stayed at the Divi in March 2011, which I think is still during peak time. From the moment we checked-in, we were treated as part of the family. You're given wristbands that are to be worn throughout your stay indicating that everything you wish to eat or drink is already paid for. Obviously there were other people staying at the resort, but I wouldn't say it was overly crowded. We stayed in a second floor room with a balcony that overlooked the ocean. Be sure to make reservations for the restaurants as soon as possible once you arrive as they book up quickly. That being said, remember that you are also considered a guest at their sister resort, the Tamarijn, just a short walk down the beach. The Tamarijn also has some great restaurants and bars that are worth checking out. As other reviewers have said, the sunset viewing in Aruba is incredible, and the Divi is in the perfection location to view it.

The bars on the beach and at the resorts opened at 11am and closed around midnight from what I can remember. Try the brick oven pizza at the bar near the lobby at the Divi. Special thanks to Gilbert and the rest of the crew at the bars for a memorable vacation!

Tip: If you're a family with kids, stay at the Tamarijn, which is more kid friendly. If you're a couple, choose the Divi.

Room Tip: This is common sense, but ask for a room overlooking the ocean!
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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10  Thank Brian O
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Additional Information about Divi Aruba

Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd #45 | Druif Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba
Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Oranjestad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Oranjestad
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Oranjestad
#3 Spa Hotel in Oranjestad
#4 Family Hotel in Oranjestad
Price Range: $379 - $701 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Divi Aruba 3.5*
Number of rooms: 265
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The mile-long beach is just the start. Enjoy breezy, sunny days strolling along the shore or relaxing pool side with a cocktail. The Divi Aruba is a refuge of relaxation, do as little or as much as you like. The atmosphere is laid-back both day and night. There are activities ranging from pool volleyball, to snorkeling to sunfish sailing. The nights heat up with theme shows including carnival, limbo and salsa dance lessons. Select from a variety of restaurants, bars and lounges, most right by the water's edge. All Inclusive Amenities: • All meals and snacks throughout the day at your choice of 10 dining options • Unlimited beverages at 8 bars • Guest accommodations just steps from the sand • Accommodations with a patio or balcony • Four freshwater pools • Non-motorized water sports • Complimentary Wi-Fi • Bikes (child, youth and adult sizes) • Lit tennis courts for night play • Divi Winds Sports Center with 30-foot rock climbing wall and fitness center • Taxes and service charges ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Divi Aruba All Inclusive Hotel Oranjestad
Aruba All Inclusive Resort
Aruba Divi Divi
Divi Aruba Beach Resort
Divi Aruba Oranjestad

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