Divi is one of the first hotels along the big strip and is located beside the TAMARINJ. This is another all-inclusive resort. Access to the Tamarijn restaurants and facilities is also included as it appears that it is owned by the same company. This is really great as you can eat at a variety of places. I traveled here with my husband and 2 babies. Here are my impressions of the Divi.
Rooms: It is true that the rooms are dated but do you care? What are you there for? Staying in your room or enjoying the phenomenal beach? The rooms are comfortable in size. We were staying at the VISTA II and found no problems. If I need to complain about something it is the fact that the garden view over looks a construction site. But, if you turn your head to the left.......there is the ocean. We had 2 cribs in our room and those were awful. They were so low that you could not even put down the baby without dropping them in. One crib even was missing a wheel!!!!. We had a king bed and found it comfortable enough.
Beach: The beach is amazing. It is wide, long and not busy. Fantastic as it is quiet and very clean. There is a large beach truck that comes by and cleans the beach. However, there are few shady places to go as the big umbrellas are few. In order to get one you need to get up at 6:30 – 7 and put your beach towels down. That was horrible but at the same time I got to see amazing sunrises and what a beautiful breeze! Not at all bad.
Food: Eatable. The breakfast is typical North American fare….bacon, eggs (any which way you like them), coffee, cereals, juices, fresh fruit, pancakes, etc…. The lunches and dinners were also okay. There is variety and I challenge anyone to find better when going down South. There are black birds that will swarm down and pick at the food from the table as soon as you get up to leave so the staff try to get there first. It was quite comical for my sons. It did not bother us. The drinking water is very very safe in Aruba and the U.N claims it is one of the cleanest and safest. It is true. None of us, (including my 1.5 yr old son) did not get sick on the food or the water. Once again do you live to eat or eat to live? It is not gourmet fare but it is tasty although everything seemed to be too salty!!!! The restaurants book quickly so book asap. The Red Parrot was our favorite followed by the Asian fusion restaurant. Don’t bother with the Italian restaurant…..baddddddd Italian food. There is ample food on this resort, you won’t starve!!! The drinks are also good but the bar on the beach seems to have stronger drinks than the one nearer to the pool. There is no water or other drinks in the fridge in the rooms. Once again it is not a deal-breaker!
Service: The staff did their job. They did not serve you on hand and foot, so don’t expect that. They were pleasant and polite enough.
Location: One of the best. It is 15 min from the airport. Not on a busy stretch of beach unlike the Riu or the Holiday Inn Sunspree. Apparently the beaches there are packed like sardines! The sand here is like powder and the water was a bit rough when we were there. Not sure if that had to do with the earthquake in Haiti as we were there when it happened. The breeze makes the heat very tolerable but be careful as the sun is quite strong. It really is like a postcard! You are give one towel but I would recommend you bring one or two big ones from home.
Entertainment: Hmmmm…..not much of it but they do put on nightly shows which were ok. We found that there were a lot of older people (50+) and many young families. There were a few honeymooners and couples. Not sure if it had to do with the time when we traveled (Jan 10-17). We thought it was great as it was quiet!
Overall it was a very good hotel for the money. We were there for the sun, the sea and some great family time…….we got all three…….I would go back.
- 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 All Inclusive Oranjestad