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“You Will Love the Room Renovation at Divi Golf and Beach Resort”

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Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Oranjestad
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Reviewed April 24, 2011

My husband and I are timeshare owners at the Divi Golf and Beach Resort. We spent the month of March in our newly renovated studio unit. The units in Buildings A and B have been completely redone. The renovation includes all new appliances, new furniture and soft goods, remodeled bathroom with walk in shower, new balcony furniture and a new paint and tile job. There is a flat screen television with DVD player in the unit.

We were thrilled with the renovation and enjoyed our stay very much. The staff is very considerate and we had excellent service from the housekeeping and maintenance departments. There was a problem with the electrical plug in the kitchen of our unit and it was repaired within 2 hours of our report to the office. When we returned to our unit, we found a note on the counter signed by the employee who had made the repair.

The restaurants on property provide a variety of dining options and we enjoyed meals at most of them. Mulligan's is a great place for sandwiches and pizza after golf or a day at the beach. Windows on Aruba is a fine dining experience and we enjoyed several wonderful meals there.

We were at the beach every day and did not have any problems finding a hut. Towels are readily available at the pool and we exchanged them on a daily basis. The beach is beautiful and never crowded. There are 2 pools on property as a change of pace from the beach. The infinity pool near the golf club house is wonderful and has a swim up bar.

The other original Divi Village buildings will be remodeled during the spring and fall of 2011. With the new pool, golf course, pool side bars, on site restaurants and newly renovated units, I do not believe that you could find a better location for an Aruba vacation.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 18, 2011

Stayed in rejuvinated rooms (studio) and not only was it the best location, near the beach, pool, shopping, etc., the employees of the 'Divi' were the best people we have dealt with in recent trips.

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Reviewed April 18, 2011

Date of stay: April 10-16 2011 (6 Nights)
Divi Village Golf & Beach Villas - All Inclusive

First, let me say as an employee in the travel industry I've been to many destinations and resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico. Personally, I find Aruba to be one the best destinations for a tropical vacation. The island is very clean, natives are very friendly, there is very little crime, almost everyone speaks English, they use US currency, you can drink the water, the ocean water is crystal clear, the sand is powdery white and being out of the hurricane belt the weather us almost always perfect. Now to the Divi Resort.....

The entire Divi property consists of 4 individual resorts (5 if you include the Divi Phoenix located 2 miles away) and is somewhat confusing at first. But once you get to know the lay of the land it is pretty simple. The 4 resorts are the Divi Aruba (formerly the Divi Divi), the Tamarijn, the Divi Dutch Villiage and the Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort. The Divi Village G&B is divided into two sections; the Beach Villas and the Golf Villas. Even though we are not golfers we stayed in the golf villas and had a great time. My wife and two boys stayed in a 1 bedroom villa and my in-laws stayed in an adjoining studio villa on the first floor next to the infinity pool which had swim up bar and a great water slide for the kids. The golf villas are only about 2-4 years old and are very nice, spacious, clean and well kept. They have a Full kitchen, granite counters, tiled shower, juzzi bath tub, flat screen tv's, washer and dryer, comfy beds.....very nicely appointed. The one bedroom villas have a king bed, two bathrooms and a pull out sleeper sofa in the living room where our two boys slept. The studios have one bathroom, a king bed and a pull out. Both have nice outdoor balcony sitting areas and there are common gas bbq grills to use. There are no elevators to the upper floors. Some villas also have a private hot tub on the roof top. There are also lots of huge iguanas running around the entire complex which thrilled our boys.

Our family did the all inclusive package. The AI room rates were $400 night for the studio and $430 for the 1 BR based on 2 adults and kids were free. The break down for 6 nights in the studio villa was $1500 for the room and $900 for the AI (6 nights x $400 per night). We were entitled to eat and drink at all restaurants and bars on all of the Divi resorts and use all pools, beaches and non motorized water sports equipment too. Even if you don't do all inclusive you can still use the other resorts pools and beaches. There are 9 restaurants (3 buffets, 6 ala cart) 8 bars and 2 snack bars with pizzas, sandwiches, popcorn and ice cream machines which the kids loved. Our favorite restaurants were Mulligans and the Red Parrot. The bars also served Stoli Vodka, Captain Morgan, Bacardi and other name brand liquors. For beer they had Miller Lite and Balashi (Aruban Beer). On the golf side they had other super premium liquors and beers that were $1.50 extra. There were quite a few non all inclusive guests staying at the Divi Village as all villas have full kitchens. At the restaurants you had to sign the final bill even though it was AI. The bill showed the total for what a non AI would have paid. Our bill at Mulligans was about $350 for 4 adults and two kids but it was all included and we indulged in drinks, apps, salads, soups, dinner, desserts and bottles of wine. Mulligans also has a drink cooler with waters and Gatorade that we took back to our rooms. Taking food to go from the restaurants was generally frowned upon for the AI guests.

Even though we ate and drank like kings I think we will forgo the AI package in the future. There is a grocery store close by (5 min walk) and I think we will cook breakfast and lunch in the room and eat dinner out next time around so we can experience some of the other local restaurants for dinner. Plus, I'm getting too old to get my money's worth at the bars. :)

To get from the golf villas to the beach or restaurants call the front desk and request a golf cart to come get you. It's a little too far to walk except to Mulligans. There are also trams or glorified golf carts running all day between the resorts as well as the Alhambra Casino. Simply flag one down or wait at the covered shelter. Average wait time for a shuttle was about 5-7 minutes. We also rented a van for a few days and drove ourselves from the golf villas to the beach, restaurants, and casino for the days we had our own wheels. Unless you want to tour the island on your own a car is really not necessary but it is more convenient than taking the trams. A Toyota Corrolla will cost about $40 day or $200 week.

Guests staying at the Tamarijn and Divi Aruba can use each other's resorts but can't use the Divi Village or the Divi Duch Village. The Divi Aruba's pools and restaurants were much nicer than the Tamarinj's which were a little run down. There is free Wi-Fi at the Sea Breeze Restaurant located within the Divi Village Beach Villas. In room Wi-Fi was $50 for a week and was well worth it to me. Things we'd bring in the future would be some ziplock bags for food storage and a soft sided cooler for drinks for excursions to Baby Beach, Natural Pool and other attractions. We look forward to going back in the future and had a great family vacation!

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 11, 2011

Stayed for one week with husband and 11 yr old daughter. I checked the reviews for this resort every week prior to our stay and I can honestly say it was more than I expected. We checked in on a Saturday and although there were quite a few people checking in we didn't have very long to wait. Our room was a studio on the 3rd floor and there is quite a few stairs but the beautiful view of the golf course from our balcony was worth it. There was a welcome basket in our room with a bottle of wine, a couple of Balashi beers and some coke/sprite. Very nice! The room was spacious with a kitchenette, King size bed, pull out sofa bed, jetted bath, washer/dryer and flat screen TV with surround sound. The studio has adjoining doors to the rooms on either side and if your neighbour is noisy you can hear them through the doors. The kitchen was well equipped, microwave/convection oven combo, blender for those slushy drinks, EVERYTHING! There was even BBQ utensils to use the BBQ on the roof beside the hot tub! (The coffee mugs were a little too small).
After unpacking we set off to find the grocery store. The shuttle drove us to the end of the Tamarjin property and the grocery store was right across the street (don't forget to take a cooler bag!). On the way back we waited for a shuttle but decided to keep walking until we saw one. I'm sure it wouldn't have been too long before one showed up. There is no set schedule of how often a shuttle arrives at a shuttle stop. After a couple of days we found that it wasn't very far to walk around the resort to the pool, the lobby, the seabreeze area or the beach.
There was construction going on for the new lobby and upgrades to the Seabreeze area but it did not detract from the beauty of the rest of the property.
Druif beach is spectacular, not overcrowded and we never had a problem getting a palapas to sit under.
The public bus system is great. The bus stops are right out front of the resort (on one side to go to the capital and the other side to go to the High Rise area). We took the bus into Oranjestad and back for $1.25 each way. Taxis are available at the front lobby and cost $9.00 one way to the High Rise area.
The infinity pool is fantastic. Pool bar staff a little slow, more accomodating to resort "regulars". We encountered a couple of days where there were no chairs available (towels on every chair) but no people around! We found 1 chair for the 3 of us and were at the pool for 2 hours and still no one at the already "claimed" chairs. It was a little annoying.
The maid service was exceptional! They even washed any dishes left in the sink (a big plus for me). The grounds are impeccable! A very well looked after resort.
We enjoyed the Seabreeze breakfast buffet, made to order omelets, wonderful french toast. We had dinner at Mulligans one night and found it ok.
Smokey Joes is a must!
We settled our bill on Friday night and our Saturday check-out was a breeze.
If we ever return to Aruba I would not hesitate to book this resort again.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 6, 2011

We recently stayed a week at the Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort. FOund the suite in the golf villa to be much larger and comfortable than expected. Room had a deck over looking the golf course. We located next to the "Infinity pool" a large swimming pool. But the best water is on the sandy beach accross from the entrance to the resort.

Wide soft white sand beach, warm blue water. We used one of the palm roof huts for shade to read and rest when not in the water.

There are many great resturants on the island of Aruba. No need to rent a car, the local buss runs to either end of the island for $2.30 per pereswon round trip. There is a casino within walking distance. Most of the people of Aruba speak English and are friendly to tourists.

This is the best vacatrion destination in the Carribean. We will be back there this fall.

Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 5, 2011

Me & my boyfriend just came back from Aruba and stayed at the Divi Dutch Village and it was wonderful!! We got our package for almost pennies when compared to other couples we met who stayed at other hotels and resorts on the island and even people that stayed in the other Divi properties. Our room was neat, clean, and very cozy. Our room seemed more like a small apt since it had a refrigerator, stove, and all the kitchen appliances and utensils one would need. Plus, the local supermarkets are conveniently across the street within walking distance. We did not want to go with an all-inclusive package since we knew many times we wanted to sightsee and leave the resort. There are a lot of great restaurants on the island and are just a taxi or bus ride away from the resort, but a word from the wise, dining can be pretty expensive in Aruba so cooking breakfast in the morning and eating 1 or 2 dinners from our own room, made staying at the Divi even more of a jewel. Me & my honey also liked Divi Dutch bc we are somewhat low-key ppl and the beach, which is literally 5 yards from your room (the pools are just across your balcony) is calm, and peaceful, and very clean. I found the beach behind the big name hotels were very crowded, noisy, and filled with sea shell chippings. Divi Dutch gives you a somewhat secluded feeling although you are still next 2 everything. I had a wonderful, fabulous trip, i will definitely be going back to not only Aruba but specifically to Divi Dutch Village! I read many of the bad or mixed reviews before going and really was taking a chance and expecting the worse, but i actually ended up experiencing one of the best! Enjoy

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 2, 2011

This was our third and last trip to Aruba. Very disappointed in the Divi experience. Our friends had stayed at the Divi Golf Resort last year and we visited them. We decided to stay there this year because they had a gorgeous suite. We did not know there is a difference between the "old" resort and the "new" resort. If you don't ask to stay at the "new" it will be determined for you once you get there and you may end up where we did. It was aweful!!! Accomodations were appalling! Torn couches, rattling ac unit, mildew odor, rusting hardware everywhere, ovens did not work, closets did not function properly, clogged toilets, loose light fixtures, could not open sliders to patio, misquitoes in our room..my husband was bitten very bad, no elevator to 3rd floor, cockaroaches in hallways, entranceway was disgusting, old mattresses...on and on. Be sure your travel agent knows the difference. There is a huge difference between the old and new. When we complained we where told you get what you pay for! I also called the corporated Divi and they were thankful for the information but not apologetic. We booked 4 couples in advance and could not be in the same building. We all ended up in the old section.

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  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with friends
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Address: Juancho E. Irausquin Blvd 93, Oranjestad, Aruba
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Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Oranjestad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Oranjestad
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Oranjestad
#4 Romantic Hotel in Oranjestad
#4 Spa Hotel in Oranjestad
Price Range: $183 - $445 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 348
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This beautiful all-suite resort offers guests over-sized studio, one- and two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens perfect for both couples and families. Amenities include 9-hole golf course and clubhouse, 3 freshwater swimming pools, tennis courts, water sports center, 3 restaurants, fitness center, and complimentary transportation to the Alhambra Casino. A wide, white sand beach is just steps across the street. An all inclusive program is available sharing amenities with the neighboring Divi Resorts. ... more   less 
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