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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Hotel Oranjestad
- Hotel Tamarijn
- Aruba Tamarijn
- Tamarijn Aruba Beach Resort
- Tamarijn Aruba Beach Hotel
- Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Oranjestad