Everyone is hesitant their 1st time staying in a new place but i must say it was well worth it, i gave it 4 stars for one reason, which is my check-in...
**Check-in was easy, but the bellman screwed up and took us to the wrong room, then got to the right room, then the keys didn't work so after an hour of waiting for it to be fixed, went to the Sandpiper Bar and got food, came back and it was fixed, but the door was sticking when u closed it, they fixed it 2 days later without saying they were coming to fix it and come back to the room with the door off....They also give you a key-card like card for getting beach towels...Don't use the one from your rooms
**Food...Most people bash the food part from what i have been reading, the buffet is "Good" a variety during lunch and dinner but breakfast is always the same foods, the Restaurants were "Excellent", but you need to make reservations right near the reception desk, times open are usually 530-6, 8 or 9pm, never saw a 7pm-730 opening...RED PARROT was great, the staff were always on top filling water glasses, asking you for drinks...Oh and if you have never eaten "Escargot" try it (lots of garlic butter so you don't really taste what you think your going to taste lol)....I had it 4 nights in a row at different restaurants...GINGER was awesome too, if you have a big appetite order a lot, the staff wasn't on their game like the Parrot but the food was awesome!! PAPARRAZI was just as good as the others, the wait staff was the same at Ginger..
Remember you can eat all you want but usually after eating the appetizer, salad, main meal you really don't have room for much more :) I tipped the wait staff for their service everytime, though its Inclusive it really helps them out too...
**Bars...The 3 bars at Divi are good, 2 have food, 1 is pizza and panini sandwiches (pizza dough is pre-made so it lacks in that aspect, i give it 4-10 but i always ate there, the Sandpiper bar had Hot Dogs, Burgers, Pasta (very good) and a better Panini Sandwich than the pizza bar had, they use Ciabatta bread (ham, gouda cheese, slice of pineapple)...They only have 3 types of beer, Miller Lite, Heineken and Balashi (Aruba's beer, very good!), hard liquor they have a variety but have a lot of Name Brand ones, the only Tequila i saw was Jose Cuervo Silver..If you order a mixed drink and want a lot of booze ASK THEM they will do it, I had a bartender serve me a weak one, i asked the other bartender, he came over took the pour spout off the Capt. Morgan and filled it up, needless to say i only had 2 more after that lol...A lot of people ask if they should leave a tip for the bartenders, my answer is "Yes" but not all the time, don't feel obligated, i took care of my bartenders and they took care of me, i walked up to the bar they were already pouring my drink...I tipped for more than 2 drinks served...If you order a Daquiri or Colada, ask them to put more Alcohol in there, they usually pre-mix pitchers cause a lot of people order them and they are weak, and they also have 2 daily drink specials..
**Beach...Always a bed to lay on but sometimes never really a hut-umbrella to sit under...Another BIG QUESTION a lot of people wonder is if the wind is always blowing....YES it is and trust me if it didn't it would be even hotter, its not as bad as you would think it might be, just takes the edge off the scorching sun and an occasional sand blast...The water is warm and very blue but the water is always choppy so snorkeling there you may not see a lot underwater at times, also there are Pelicans that will, DIVE for fish right near you but won't bother you...TAKE PLENTY OF SUNSCREEN YOU WILL NEED IT
**Other Activities...When you get there they give you a canvas bag with brochures in them with discounts, most activities can be booked right there in the resort near reception and most have you picked up at the Resort rather than getting a taxi and paying extra to go somewhere...I will recommend 3 things to do while u are there..1st do the UTV's, NOT the ATV's, this tour cost me like $159 for 2 people and it was worth it 3-4 hours, they give you water and granola bars and you drive off road going to many spots on a guided tour, trust me you will have fun, its like a miniature dune buggy...The 2nd thing to do is the SUNSET SAIL, a huge CATAMARAN takes you out on the water and your out for 2 hours under wind power, they have a small snack and open bar...The 3rd is the jeep safari with 4 other jeeps, usually 8 people per jeep but the only thing is they drive like a new york taxi driver, so there are a lot of quick turns, bumps and if you have a bad back this isn't for you, this is a full day tour with lunch served and snorkeling!
Last thing to try is Windows on Aruba, get your reservation through the same place u get everything else, its $35 per person, trust me its worth it, they have the best food! What would've totaled over $110 easily was only $70 cause i didn't order drinks, this is the only place you would have to dress a bit casual....Try the TENDERLOIN..OMG SO GOOD!!
This is very long but i know 1st timers want to know the experience in a little more detail...Have a question feel free to ask me!!
Ask the bartender Mario for a "Sex on the Beach" and see what he says!
- 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