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“A Great Week” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort

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Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Oranjestad
Certificate of Excellence
San Juan Capistrano, California
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25 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“A Great Week”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Amenities that we used were great....we are not golfers so didn't take full advantage. Most employees very friendly, helpful and welcoming. Maid service great. Room very nice and seemed to have been updated recently. Furniture typical, not wonderful but not bad either. Food and service at Mulligans above average, but food and service at Seabreeze, not so much. Overall a wonderful experience.

Room Tip: We had 2255 which overlooked the 9th hole of the golf course and had a slight ocean view as well as...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Wendy S
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West Milford, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

We stayed at Divi Village Beach & Golf 4/13/13 – 4/20/13, and our first time in Aruba. We purchased this week as an Extra Vacation through RCI. This is a very nice resort, however I have a couple minor complaints which prevents me to rate it 4-5 stars.

We were in Eagle 2 building – 2309, on the third floor. Our unit was a one bedroom. The bedroom was rather dark but conducive to sleeping , and the unit had two full bathrooms, which was convenient. My boyfriend could get up and shower early, and not disturb me while I slept in. This unit was spacious enough for the two of us, with plenty of drawer and closet space for our clothes. The washer and dryer are definitely a plus, however be sure to bring your own detergent and fabric softener. The balcony overlooked the pool, which we liked. It was enjoyable to watch the activity at the pool, in lieu of having an ocean view. It was large enough for a table and four chairs, plus a lounger without feeling cramped. My boyfriend smokes, and unfortunately there were no ashtrays provided, so he had to use my used Balashi cans. At least they were “recycled”. The kitchen area was sufficiently equipped, but not with good quality kitchen tools. Coffee pot didn’t fit the coffee maker, the toaster didn’t toast amongst other things. Instead of a roll of towels, they supplied us with those thin brown paper towels you find in public restrooms stacked on a shelf. It seemed as if they were really cutting corners to save a few dollars. The maid came in every day to take out the garbage; but never replaced the used towel with new, except for the Wednesday cleaning. There were no musty odors in our unit that others have complained about. However I did not feel the floor was cleaned properly; it had a grimy feel when you walked around barefoot. In fact, I washed my slippers during our stay, because they were getting dark both on the outside sole and inside the slipper. :>( Also, there was a thick layer of dust on the artificial plants in the room. Because of this I am giving the resort three stars (which I am torn – this is a beautiful resort); but there is no reason not to wash the floors thoroughly between guests.

As I mentioned, we were on the third floor which provided a nice view. But two things come in mind which may prove to be a disadvantage to having the nicer view. One is there was no elevator that we could see. Not a problem with everyday walking (I need the exercise), however when you are trying to drag 50 pound suitcases along with the week’s groceries up 3 flights of stairs, it can be a bit of a workout. And especially after lugging those suitcases up, the key doesn’t work and you have to go back down to the Lobby to have them reprogram it! Frustrating. Also, being on the third floor, you may be directly under the Jacuzzi as we were. Which would be fine if you are the only ones using it. However, one night our next door neighbors decided to use it at 2:00 in the morning. We heard the jets going (sounded like the washer machine was running in our kitchen - thank goodness the Jacuzzi wasn’t directly over our bed) and the neighbors were so talking so loudly, we couldn’t get to sleep. It was a remote incident, and thankfully they appeared to have left the next day.

The pool here is really, really nice; one of the best I’ve seen at a timeshare resort. There is also a good size separate Jacuzzi. Towels were plentiful, and we changed out the wet for dry several times during the day with no problem. I’m not sure when the resort is fully booked whether there would be a problem finding a lounge chair; I arrived at the pool rather late one afternoon, and was only able to find one lounger off in a corner. The towel chair markers came out rather early in the mornings, saving the loungers under the palapas. Aruba was very windy (breezy isn’t the right word) during our stay. I would recommend bringing clips to attach the towel to the chair, because by the time you turn around to lie down on it, the towel will be blown off!

The grounds were very pretty since it is situated around the golf course, and very nicely maintained. There was always someone working on the landscape. From what we could see, there were plenty of golf carts transporting guests to their destinations, and plenty of parking spaces for those of us with rental cars. Everyone we encountered was polite and friendly. We did not use the golf course or the restaurants on site. I noticed during our stay the guests were either 50 years on up, or families with young children. This may not be the resort for honeymooners, or young couples looking to party.

If asked if I would go back to this resort, I would say probably. Would I buy a timeshare here? No. All in all, I really liked the resort, and even though it was not on the beach, the short walk was not a problem for us and the beach was great. Not crowded and plenty of chairs and palapas. I gave the mediocre rating in the hope that management checks Trip Advisor reviews and will supervise the cleanliness of the rooms more closely.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Vamonos-LetsGo
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Newburyport, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

We booked the Divi Dutch Village because it was affordable and NOT all inclusive which allowed us to dine at anywhere on the island and not be forced to eat mainly at Divi restaurants. This turned out to be a great move because we found food undesirable at the Divi Tamarijn next door. The full course meal at the Red Parrott was especially disappointing with cafeteria quality food. The beef tenderloin was served with brown gravy, are you kidding me? Caesar salad with given with obviously bottled dressing served in a dish.

We’d read some negative reviews of Divi Dutch unfortunately not until after booking vacation reporting hotel dated and lack of maintenance. We found this to be true. We were expecting to be disappointed and resigned ourselves to make the best of our stay. However, we found our room very clean and were very pleased with the accommodations. Room was small studio with comfortable king bed, couch, and small kitchen with medium refrigerator, gas stove, convection microwave oven and small kitchen table. We were thrilled with the location being on the third floor with balcony facing the beach. We had view of the water over the 2 floor Tamarijn buildings in front of us on the beach. We were only a short walk, about 70 yards, to the beach, right next to pool and small bar which served breakfast and lunch. If you decide to stay here, I’d recommend room #138 where we stayed or other close to it. The only drawback to our room was that it was in building at end of Divi Village furthest away from activities at the Tamirijn. Any other rooms at Divi Village either do not have water view from third floor because the building does not face the beach. We saw some other Divi Dutch buildings that did face the beach but were a bit further away from the beach so not sure you would have a water view even from the third floor. Another advantage to our room at Divi Village with the small kitchen and refrigerator was there was small supermarket within walking distance across the street we could buy alcohol and food so we didn’t always have to eat out or buy drinks from the bar.

Do not confuse the negative comments about hotel being dated and lack of maintenance to mean the hotel being run down. It definitely is not. The hotel, rooms, and grounds are in good shape but not great shape like that of a 5 star hotel. If you are someone who may be bothered by something that may need maintenance or occasional area that looks like it could use coat of paint, then you should not stay here. For example, one of the wooden tables to a palatta by our pool was drooping because it simply needed a hammer and nail to reinforce. This was eventually taken care of a few days during our stay.

Other items to mention: there is no lobby for the Divi Village. You must check in/out at the Divi Golf resort. We did not find this to be a problem since there is always a cart shuttle to there or any other Divi resort. However, if you have any need to interact with the lobby you must call by phone or take shuttle there. Also, no elevators at Divi Village, so you must climb stairs if on upper floors. Wasn’t a problem for us though. There are no activities specifically at the Divi Village. However, you can use activities and any amenities like pools at any of the other Divi resorts a short shuttle or even a walk away. If you need towels for the beach or pool, ask anyone where to get the “green towels”.

In summary, Divi Dutch gives you best bang for your buck and you should enjoy your stay. We would stay here again ourselves.

Some restaurants to recommend if you’ve never been to Aruba:
Windows on Aruba at Divi Golf resort. Great food and view of golf course.
Chalet Suisse. Great German food.
Gianni’s Ristorante Italiano. Italian food was the best.
Aqua Grill. Great seafood, but a bit expensive.

Other tips: Great shopping downtown Oranjestad but recommend going in the morning or later in the day when cooler. High rise area great for restaurants, shopping, casinos, and bars.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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5 Thank Fryebago
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Notre-Dame-du-Nord, Quebec, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

This was an amazing Resort and was also our First trip ever! and now we have been to other place I'm having a hard time to TOP this one! We didnt care if we were not directly on the beach as the staff with the golf carts brought us to where we needed to go all the time. our room was clean and was over our expectations with full kitchen and awsher and dryer. Love the food all the buffets were wonderful The Red Parrot was great! Love that you can change it up and use the 3 connecting resorts :) close to the casino
Beach was AMAZING!!! beatuful waters and quiet area.
LOVED IT!!! and will go back
this was FEB 2012

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Clyde W
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Caracas, Distrito Federal, Venezuela
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17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

In this trip to Aruba we used a timeshare trade. Divi Golf is a nice place to stay in the low rise area. Very nice looking, equiped with full kitchen (well stocked with pots and pans), fridge, dishwasher, washer and dryer --- but no all inclusive.

Very near to the beach, with two amazing pools (the infinity pool it's the best, but the main building one has restaurants around so it's practical)

However, Divi is a complex that includes other hotels and resorts with restaurants, gym, spa, tennis court, etc. You can move from one Divi to another using free shuttles from the complex. Also, you can go to Alhambra's casino using the shuttles, wich has a mini mall with convenient stores and restaurants like Fussion, Ginger, Subway, Little Ceasar Pizza, Dunkin Donuts, etc.

If you want to go to high rise or Paseo Herencia, you can take a cab for just $9 each way.

The room was clean and we were provided with fresh towels each day (some timeshares don't do this), and the staff is friendly and helpful.

The only down note it's the pricey wifi... we had to pay $35 for just 4 days! And was not the fastest in the world, may I say :(

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank superdharma
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Cleveland, Ohio
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46 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013 via mobile

The suite we were assigned was not up to par. Refrigerator and dishwasher were corroded. Tile floors needed deep cleaning throughout. Bathrooms were very small with moldy shower tile. Furniture was badly scuffed. Staff Was FABULOUS! Especially Vanessa at the concierge desk.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank ShiBear
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windham
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15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

I had read much about this property and yes I was a bit leary. Check in was a breeze, cab from airport knew just where to take us. After a very short check in we were taken to our ready room within 20 minutes, by shuttle. The room was large, cool and equiped with a full kitchen. The market was only a short walk away so shopping for our breakfast and lunch supplies was easy!
The beach was a 2 minute walk from our door and we never had a problem finding a palatta to spend our day at the beach. We had no problem at all with Divi having a taxi at our door within 10 mins. and the courtesy shuttle was just as prompt. Housekeeping was daily and perfect. This was our ninth visit to this beautiful island and we have stayed at other places, but this, I think, will be our home away for years to come! If you are looking for a 5 star hotel that would be the place to stay in your room while in Aruba, this is not it. If you come to this wonderful island to enjoy and the time in your room is for sleeping and a shower, you can't go wrong with the Divi Dutch. Not enough space here to tell you all the good about this resort and what restaurants are the best but just be sure that if you want the most bang for your buck... you can't go wrong here.

Room Tip: We stayed in bldg 13 and were closest walk to market. ( no paying for a cab!)
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank jim e
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Property: Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort
Address: Juancho E. Irausquin Blvd 93, Oranjestad, Aruba
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 Romantic Hotel in Oranjestad
#4 Spa Hotel in Oranjestad
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Oranjestad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort 3.5*
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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Divi Village Hotel And Beach
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