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Divi Aruba All Inclusive
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Oranjestad
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 30, 2010

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.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 30, 2010

Well what can I say, from the moment we touched down we were looked after. We "checked in" on the bus on route and was handed all the info u needed in a lovely bag. Once at the hotel we were directed to our rooms and the bell boys followed with our luggage. We were on the beach within 5 minutes of our arrival no time to waste on unpacking. We had 2 rooms for our party, one of the rooms had 2 extra large kingsize beds. The beds were to die for so comfy with snug duvets and and both rooms had fridges and were very clean and airy with fantastic air con. Actually everywhere was clean including the washrooms for everyone. The only disappointment was the bathrooms but they were clean just needed some tlc - a lick of paint. The food was georgeous so much variety and drink on tap (proper branded drinks). I made a reservation and ordered a birthday cake for my mums 70th at very short notice for the red parrot and they made it a special night for her by singing and making a beautiful cake. We also tried the other a la carte restaurants and we werent dissappointed. If you want to purchase some liquers to take home. Stand in reception and ask the golf buggy drivers to take you to the supermarket they will take you and then come back for you. The local transport is cheap and easy to use so no excuse for not going out and about. We also did some excursions, the safari, submarine and the snorkelling adventure all were good value for money and worth seeing. You must get up early on a morning to grab a lounger under an umbrella but just leave your towel on it if you want to go for some breakfast. They also supply airbeds and noodles to float with in the warm bath (the sea) you just dont want to come out. There is plenty of wildlife to see iguanas, pelicans and different varieties of birds on the complex but they are harmless. Would we go back again ermmm!!! Of course we would we have been in the country all of 5 hours and I am trying to book already for next year.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 25, 2010

Due to bad reviews, we were skeptical. We enjoy all inclusive. Check in was easy but they did send us to a room that was not cleaned. We were in the 7000 block which has a constant "sewerage" smell outside. We could not smell it in the room. Room was fine, but needs updating. Bathroom was divided, tub and toilet in 1 room, double sinks in another. Bathroom needs too be totally done. Safe was UNDER the sinks so it was inconvenient. We never once "saw" the maid, but our room was cleaned fine daily with plenty of towels. Resv for restaurants went well, but the restaurants were not great. The PALM GRILL should be closed...cooking your own food was hot and strange! They seat you with other people so that was the fun part. We found the buffet to be basic but always good. The pizza and popcorn were exellent. My biggest complaint is the saving of the huts on the beach. I was up every day before sunrise to do my daily walk and put the towels out. Most of the huts were already taken. People were getting up at 3AM to put their stuff out. Because of the intense heat and sun, a hut is essential. Because so many people from the TAM use our beach, they DEFINITELY need to build more huts. We met lots of great people and had perfect weather....words cannot describe the beach...looking forward to returning...MAYBE to Divi. We heard there are new owners, saw lots of outdoor maintenance going on. Once they refurbish the rooms, this will be a great resort.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 22, 2010

My husband and I just returned from the Divi. We had gotten a lot of info from people who had been there, and we also read the reviews on tripadvisor. Okay, here goes. Loved it, loved it, loved it. We had requested an ocean view room and though not on the beach, our room did have a huge terrace with a nice ocean view. Check-in was a breeze, the room was large and nicely appointed. Was a bit suprised they did not furnish the bathroom with personal amenities,(lotion, shampoo and conditioner). There was a dispenser on the wall of the bathroom with these, but it was a little tacky. The buffet was actually good, we were quite suprised at the selection and quality of the food. We did go to the Red Parrot and Ginger at the Tam, both were good, but not great. We also went to Windows for dinner; I've read some people thought this was the best place ever. For me, it was a bit of a disappointment. It was okay, but if that's the best, then I don't know what caliber of restaurants they're used to. Awesome appetizer though, mesclun salad, goat cheese drizzled with honey, tomatoes and cashews. YUM!! We did take the 3hr tour of the island. Very nice and you learn alot.
And now for the beach!!!! One of the prettiest I've ever seen.. Crystal clear, warm waters; sand that felt like silk You do have to get up a bit early to lay claim to you palapa and chairs, but when we went to breakfast, we just put our beachbag on the lounges, had breakfast, got our towels and "noodle floats" and the water was waiting for us.
For those of you from NYC and beyond, they had channels 2,4 and 7. We didn't miss a thing!
So for those of you who are still undecided about the Divi, give it a chance, you won't be disappointed!!!!! I promise!!!!

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 18, 2010

My wife and I have never stayed in an all-inclusive resort before. We were a bit apprehensive prior to arriving. We were pleasantly surprised with quality and variety of food. We stayed in the Lanai Rooms and found them to be clean, updated and very comfortable. My wife and I are both very picky about bed comfort; we could not have been more happy with the nice mattress and comfy sheets/pillows.
As you will read in most reviews, the beaches are gorgeous. Soft, beautiful, spacious and nicely maintained. I do recommend getting a float early each day as they can become scarce by 10am. The pool area is really nicely done and conveniently located next to 2 bars. Cabanas and lounge chairs, couches have a great variety for those who like to change it up.
Make sure you visit all restaurants on both Divi and Tamarin. You must make reservations 2 days in advance!!! They are worth it. Especially, Paparazzi. Yum!!!
There is plenty to do if you plan ahead. There is tons of great scuba diving on the island. You can reserve free kayaks, bicycles and other cool ways to explore. You can play tennis, volleyball, etc. And there is live entertainment every night near the pool area. All the acts were very well done and enjoyable. Bottom line: if you don't have fun at this resort, then you really need to look in the mirror.
Note: there are iguanas, birds and other wildlife in the resort and in the area. Newsflash: this is Aruba. Not USA or England, etc. The culture, wildlife and environment are part of the reason to go to other parts of the world. If you want your vacation to be just like home, then stay home.
Honestly, my wife and I can be pretty picky people, but we can't recall things to complain about with this vacation. We spent 8 days here for our 1-year anniversary. All 8 days were relaxing, entertaining, fun, mostly sunny, pleasant and convenient.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 15, 2010

My husband and I traveled to the Divi for our honeymoon for a week in the beginning of October. The resort area itself is nice. The pool, bars, and lounging areas are in good condition and clean. The rooms, however, are not so nice. We upgraded to an Oceanview room, which was a mistake. We were just steps from the beach, but could only see a little bit of the water from the porch. Our room was small and musty. It felt damp in there all the time and every night we found more and more mosquitoes to kill, even though we never left the door open. The a/c didn't work that well...woke up sweating each night. The floor tiles were cracked and pieces were missing. The bed was quite comfortable, however, and the couch wasn't too bad, either. The worst is the bathroom. They have hand soap and shampoo/lotion dispensers that are really tacky and leak. I could see the glue on the back of the mirror that binds it to the wall. As such, half the mirror was unusable. The bathtub was really small and dingy. The lighting was terrible. Thankfully, we didn't spend much time in the room.
As for the rest of the resort, the bars were nice and always busy. For the most part, I found the bartenders to be very nice. The Pelican Terrace was also nice, but flies were everywhere inside and birds were everywhere outside. The food was pretty decent for a buffet, though it became painfully obvious they basically make the same thing every day but change up the sauces. Still, I was able to eat there without problem at least 7 times. We also went to the Ginger, located at the Tamarijn, and the service was awful. We waited about 15 minutes after receiving our drinks for someone to take our order, and the place was not busy. I don't recommend going there, as the food was just ok and the menu is quite limited.
Overall, I would probably recommend the Divi to someone who doesn't mind having a not-so-nice room. I also thought the Divi was much nicer than the Tamarijn; the Tamarijn just looks kind of tacky and the beach was not nearly as good as the Divi beach. The beach is beautiful, but if you have ever been to the Emerald Coast of Florida (e.g., Pensacola, Destin, Fort Walton) please know that the sand at the Divi is NOT white. It is very soft and the color of the water is beautiful, though. It's not the nicest beach I've ever been to but it's certainly one of the top 5.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2010

Worst package holiday hotel ever had the misfortune to visit despite being most expensive.Broken shower,rusty towel rail,mould everywhere & no hot Water until second week.
Disgusting damp mouldy rooms.ill fitting doors with gapsallowing mosquitos to enter & eat you alive. Faulty leaking air conditioning units,patio doors broken leading to a partial sea view patio which we paid extra for but never able to use whilst we endured our for 2 week stayas it was filthy.
Bed lined was stained & had holes in it. Any complaints raised were dismissed by rude unwelcoming staff & rep.
The drainage is a disgrace leading to the hotel areas & rooms all being constantly flooded and due to the mass tiled areas very slippy.
The Hotel bars and most restaurants do not serve fresh coffee & when requested staff advise to use the vending machines around the resort which along with the icecream machine and all the bottles in the bar areasare filthy due to the issue with birds and flies as the staff do not regulary clean & wipe surfaces & actually allow the birds to dip in the liquidisers whilst they make your drinks as they leave everything uncovered.
British Guests were made feel like second class citizens.Paid less to go to Kenya ,Bali ,Thailand,Egypt,Canada & European countries in clean welcoming hotels

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd #45 | Druif Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba
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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 Spa Hotel in Oranjestad
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Oranjestad
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Oranjestad
#4 Family Hotel in Oranjestad
Price Range: $373 - $779 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Divi Aruba All Inclusive 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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