1st trip to Aruba and we are def. going back! I gave the Divi Village a 4 rating bc there is really no where to eat when you are out by the Divi Golf pool except a cold prepackaged sandwich even the bartender said not to get or a hotdog that was ok. If you want food you have to go up to Mulligan's and wait on their delayed service. However, the food at Mulligan's was very good, with the exception that the turkey club lacked a turkey. Divi Golf pool was great with a swim up bar, water slide and plenty of lounge chairs.
The first day we arrived we were put in a room that was close to the front desk but had a bad mildew odor. Went to the front desk and we were moved to a beautifully updated room a few buildings behind. Our room was on the top floor (3rd) with no elevator so you had to lug your luggage, not a big deal for us but can see the issue for elders.
Hotel compound is across the street from the beach but not a big deal. About a 10 minute walk to the grocery store only issue is if you buy too much then a taxi back is best.
Not really much around the Divi Village and Divi Golf (same resort) which is considered the low rise section but a 3 mile bus or taxi ride into the hi-rise section is nice. Bus is a lil over a $2 pp or $9 taxi ride. Taxi prices are regulated on the island so no surprises there. Hi-rise section is nice, plenty of little hut like shops, great restaurants and bars. Soprano's bar has a piano night. We ate at Gianni's Italian one night. Food was good except the fried calamari. Another night we ate at Daniel's steak house behind Gianni's, both outside which was really nice. Both expensive and gratuity is already included, pay attention to the bill as most restaurants on the island include it but suggest more as they share it amongst the entire staff.
Visited most hotels as its custom to walk through and check out the high-rise resorts. All seemed to be really nice, esp Riu and Hyatt. Radisson was our favorite casino (visited them all, even downtown where Renaissance is). Marriott was a bit of a disappointment from the location to the casino, however, inside hotel area seemed to be nice. Had a few drinks at Senior Frogs, nothing special expect $$$. Not impressed with the shopping on the island at all as it was the normal nick knack souvenirs and they would not negotiate. Jewelry stores were nice but not what we expected compared to other islands, save your $$$. Downtown area (where the cruise ships come in) was busy but closed on the earlier side around 6 except for a few restaurants and the casinos (there were 2). We had lunch at Iguana Joe's and the food was really good as were the drinks - i.e... Lazy Lizard. The Renaissance is located down here and is across from the pier, etc. Shopping is nice (Louis V., Coach, etc.) if you can afford it, but again no real deals that we noticed on the 'flea market' like huts.
Best part of the trip was the ATV attraction we went on. $120 for two ppl on the same quad from Patricio on the main strip area in front of the mall, $95 pp to ride single. We drove to the natural pool, natural bridge, Alto Vista chapel and the ruins. Got to spend time at each, swim in the natural pool if you like and there were refreshment carts at all of the locations, bathroom at the natural bridge for 50 cents.
Island seemed very friendly and safe. We will def. go back and when we do we will try and stay at the Divi Phoenix which is the first hotel at the high rise section.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Divi Village Golf And Beach Hotel Oranjestad
- Divi Village Hotel And Beach
- Divi Village Resort And Beach
- Divi Village Aruba
- Divi Village Golf And Beach Resort Aruba/Oranjestad