We decided to go to Aruba and the Divi Aruba All Inclusive for our 25th wedding anniversary. The heat hit us like a blast furnace getting off the plane, don't go below factor 15 you will burn here, its not far from the Equator. Very impressed with the staff right from the start, booked into the room whilst on the coach, issued with welcome pack, room key, towel cards and safety deposit box all before actually getting there ! On arrival given freshen up flannels and a drink (you will need one).
Stayed in the Casitas near to the Sandpiper Bar, room great, v.spacious, clean and comfy, bathroom needs updating but hey what do you do in a bathroom ? Wandered on to Eagle Beach.....wow pure white sand, clear blue warm sea, heaven. Very wide and loads of sunbeds. Fantastic.
Dining experience superb....as many al la cartes as you can handle. The best one being Ginger the Asian one. The others very good also. As good as anything you would pay for in the UK. The dining room was cool with air con but very hot on the patio areas. The birds are a nuisance so be advised. Staff very helpful.
You can use the sister hotel The Tamarind.....mostly young occupamts and familes. The Divi is geared up to the older set I found, loads of American holidaymakers. Met up with Mo, Joe and Jack from the East coast, great company. Also Judy from Cape Cod, a nice lady. The entertainment was on the whole very good, we were used to the drivel that you get used to in Egypt , Spain etc. The dancers were very good, the bands talented and good entertainers. There's a casino next door but its very smoky inside.
There's a decent gym about 500 yards up the road that you can use to burn off the pounds that you will put on here. Air conditioned and staffed.
The bars were excellent, staff nice and helpful. The Sandpiper Bar is open from 11.00-18.00, the bartender is Curtis.....he is brilliant, good conversation, funny, understanding and a class bar tender. Good food here as well.
Take a bus to Orenjestad the capital......10 minutes away. Take water and screen up though its unbearably hot and sweaty. The humidity factor in Aruba is high particualrly when the trade winds are'nt blowing. Nice place though....loads of designer shops, bars and nice buildings. V Good.
We've been to Cuba, Dom Rep, Egypt, all over Europe. This is the best by far and we will be booking to come here again at the Divi. Brilliant.
- 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