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Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Oranjestad
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 4, 2013

Just returned from a 10 day stay at the Tamarijn resort on our first visit to Aruba with another couple. When we checked in, we were assigned to the 2400 block and requested a move to a more centrally located block. They were able to move us to the 1400 block on our 5th day so we got to experience both. The 2400 block was more secluded and private but was pretty far from everything, whereas the 1400 block was more convenient but was more noisy and more difficult to get an umbrella hut for the day. The food was not great but was consistently good at all of the restaurants. The facilities at the Divi were a little more modern than the Tamarijn and we found that we spent most of our time at the Divi restaurants and bars. The Sandpiper bar and grill on the Divi beach was our favorite hangout. The burgers and sandwiches were good and Curtis was the best bartender at the resort.

We rented a 4x4 jeep from Hertz at the Tamarijn and spend a whole day driving around the entire island rather than taking any of the bus or jeep tours. This was the highlight of our trip. It was quite an adventure since the roads were barely recognizable and the terrain is extremely rugged on the North side of the island but the scenery was beautiful.

My biggest complaint was that the resort didn't provide WiFi internet access for the guests. They claimed to offer it in the lobby area for $15/day, but I was never able to locate any WiFi on my phone or iPad. The resort was running Ethernet (cat6) cable to all of the blocks while we were there, so perhaps they are in the process of making internet available at all of the buildings in the near future (probably at a cost).

The location of the resort is excellent and the beach was beautiful. The shuttle service between the Divi sister resorts and the Casino were fairly reliable. Overall, we liked the resort and would stay there again but would consider staying at the Divi All Inclusive on the next visit. The trade off is that the rooms are not on the beach like the Tamarijn.

We loved Aruba and the culture there and plan to return in the future.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

Our vacation at the Tamarijn was wonderful. It was great getting up every morning and being right on the beach. Water was a little rough and rocky. We have stayed in the high rise area last time and the water and beach was calm and rock free. Rooms were small, but were kept in excellent clean condition, Bathroom quite small and the safe under the sink should be moved to a better place. We were in block 1200, which was right near everything, perfect for us. Pool greatly needs to be updated. We used the pool across the street with the swim up bar and water slide. We are giving the Tamarijn an excellent review because of the staff went over and above to make our stay perfect. A very special thank you to Iris Veen. Iris is a wonderful asset to your staff, she is so kind and accommodating to our dining needs. Made all our arrangement and helped us every day. She was a wonderful person to speak to and very friendly. Thank you Iris, you are greatly appreciated. And another special thank you goes out to Camalia for all her help too. Our dinners at each restaurants were wonderful and the food was very good. We would only like if they change the menu every day at each restaurant so incase you dined more than once you would have more choices. Excellent Wonderful Getaway
JoAnn & Mike, NJ

Room Tip: 1200 rooms close to everything, perfect location
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

While coming to aruba for the first time it was a great experience the people were welcoming and very friendly and are very good with communicating your language. It was awesome to wakeup every morning to the sunshine, heat, beach, being able to go to get food and drinks when you want. Me and 15 other people i went with all had a great time we were lucky enough to all get rooms right next to each other. In my opinion we had the best block on the beach which was 1101-1109 there no rocks to climb over before getting to the beach and we were close to the bars, buffet, lobby, resturants, actiities center, and the rock wall with about a 5 min walk over to the divi hotel that you have full use of also. Beig a girl i would recomend just bringing hair ties and moose if u are able to scrunch your hair because it is very windy pointless to really do anything with the wind and the heat. The only down side to the rooms is the only one door showers so just a tip ask for extra towels when room service comes around. Other than that the rooms are a perfect size and greatly air conditione. Also another note the water pressure is not to great in the shower and there areno fans in the bathroom so its very foggy. But other than that food is great and also are the drinks i would suggest a hurricane, neptune, blue monday, pink panther and if u happen to find a guy named felix at the bar ask for a felix special. My family had a great vacation and would deffinatly go back all inclusive is deffinatly the best way to vacation!!!!

Room Tip: request bottom rooms on the blocks between 1101-1400
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

The resort it self is wonderful. You can not beat the views just right out the front door of your room. The staff as many have stated were not friendly. They talked amongst themselves and when you asked them for a drink or food or activity equipment, it was like you were bothering them. They didn’t even look at you when you spoke to them. No social interactions accept between them selves. This resort def had a much much older crowd and my friend staying at another resort said the same so maybe it’s the time of year at this island. The food was ok maybe even less than ok. Breakfast was the same every day, lunch was the best thing to eat, dinner was ehh nothing special. The best restaurant was the one we cooked the food ourselves and were seated with another couple who also had the same comments about the resort. The beach is very rocky by block 1600 to 1800 ( I believe), right side of the bunker bar seemed to have hardly no sand just big rocks. They do have a good liquor selection, but again the service makes you not want to order. If you want good service make sure you have a lot of singles each time you go to bar. This place would be 5 star if they would make the service better, the bathroom glass a bit longer, the food much better and make the Tiki Tiki bar part of the all inclusive for people staying in blocks 2100 or higher, because if you are in these blocks you are going to do a lot of walking back and forth to relax in front of your room. I suggest if you want to relax by the pool go to the Divi the lounge area is very nice. The activities offered are good and the entertainment not bad at all actually enjoyed the steel drum band and live music. I also suggest renting a jeep and exploring the island. Baby Beach is a joy. Overall ok.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

3 weeks of pure heaven, golden sandy beaches included in top 10 worldwide
first class accomodation, slide open your door and 30 yards to the crystal clear blue waters.
Made up of two resorts with 14 restaurants to choose from. Staff excellent, efficient & friendly.

Room Tip: Ask for beach view, Tamirijn has better accomodation and beaches than its partner the Divi hotel. R...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

Stayed at the Tamarijn Oct.20-27th. Were surprised how great it was, after reviews. We requested 1200-1300 block, but got 1400 block, which was perfect. Had 4 rooms. 1401 & 1402 right next to buffet area and entertainment, so loud noise, but stopped by midnite. Room 1409 on ground floor and only one that had complete shower door, but still leaked out onto the floor. Maintenance was there in a minute, as had trouble with lock on patio door. Resort area clean and beach and pool kept clean. Some staff not too friendly. Servers & cooks behind buffet didn't smile and had to always patiently wait at carving station, even though no one in line ahead of you and there were 4 people working behind the counter. They ignored you. They had a carving station at lunch & dinner, and it happened every day. The resort was not crowded at all, so didn't have to wait in line for food or drinks. Even with the breeze, it was very hot & humid in the restaurant. Love this island and the sea, but too too hot for me. Very safe island and security is excellent. Airport experience was horrible. Total chaos, even though got there 3 hrs. early. Heard one man as airline check in desk say his flight was in an hr. and did they think he'd make it and they told he "no", so he was trying to get another flight. But how many flights a day could there be to his destination? Had to go through Aruba and US customs and 2 screenings. Anyway, if you can stand the heat, it is a beautiful place. I have been there before, but don't remember it being that hot. (Of course, I was a lot younger.) Top shelf booze - even Gran Marnier, Drambuie, etc.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

Spent 7 nights at the Tamarijn in April of this year. Went with my parents who are both in their 70s. No problem getting a taxi at the airport - much cheaper than the shuttles offered by DePalm - approximately $20 each way. Check in was easy, bellman took our bags to the cart and brought us to our room. Bellman carried bags up to the second floor room. This was our one complaint - had asked for a ground floor room, but none were available at that time.We did get a room fairly close to the lobby, which meant not having to walk too far. Room was comfortable, roomy enough and had a great view of the beach. The biggest issue, as others have stated, is the shower. There is no door on the shower, so the bathroom floor gets wet very easily.
The beach was fantastic, spent most of the day lying on the beach. A great place to just relax!!! Some areas of the beach can be rocky, but nearer the lobby area the beach is perfect.
Food was great, ate a few meals at the Red Parrot. The staff at the Parrot were terrific, always refilling glasses, and checking if we were satisfied. The buffets were wonderful. Loved the breakfast buffet, as you could get eggs made to order. After the first day, the woman cooking knew exactly what we wanted when we stopped at her station. Staff was friendly, always willing to talk with us about the island and their lives. Staff was always willing to get us anything we needed that wasn't readily available, always making sure we had enough to drink.
The week didn't seem long enough. The trip went by too quickly. Can't wait to go back.

Room Tip: Rooms in the 1400-1600 are a short walk to the lobby. Call ahead to reserve a specific room location...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd #41 | 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 Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Oranjestad
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Oranjestad
#2 Family Hotel in Oranjestad
#2 Spa Hotel in Oranjestad
#3 Romantic Hotel in Oranjestad
Price Range: $412 - $716 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive 3*
Number of rooms: 236
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All oceanfront rooms on the mile-long beach make this lively resort the perfect choice for beach lovers. The Tamarijn Aruba is Aruba's hot spot on the beach where the fun never stops. There's plenty of activity day and night. Learn to windsurf, ride a bike on the boardwalk or climb the 30-foot rock climbing wall right on the sand. Kayaking and snorkeling are just steps from the rooms. When the sun goes down, the fun begins with lively music around the pool and theme shows. Or try your luck at the Alhambra Casino nearby. All Inclusive Amenities: • 10 Restaurants and grills • 8 Bars with daily drink specials • 4 Freshwater pools • Non-motorized water sports • Divi Winds Sports Center with fitness center • Bikes, beach volleyball, tennis clinic • Weekly water aerobics, yoga and Zumba classes • Lighted tennis courts • Nightly entertainment with theme nights • 30ft Rock climbing wall on the beach • Daily activities • Kids Fun Club for ages 5 - 12 • Free Wi-Fi throughout property ... more   less 
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