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Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Oranjestad
Certificate of Excellence
Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
“Quick and simple for relaxation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2010

I was looking for a quick getaway somewhere in the caribbean. I traveled alone from DC. I booked the Divi for it's low price. I didn't know what to expect based on the reviews but was pleasantly surprised after checking in.
They place a $300 hold on your credit card upon check in for incidentals. The room had a strong moldy smell when I went in but I opened the front and back doors and let it air out a while which helped. The room i was assigned had a very large kitchen, washer/dryer, sleeper sofa with two chairs and a very large balcony overlooking the golf course. If you like a stiff bed, then you will love the bed in the room. I slept like a baby every night. My room was way in the back of the resort in the B5 bldg which was nice since they were remodeling the front section of the resort and it was a bit noisy in that area. The grounds are kept immaculate and there was always somebody cleaning, trimming, maintaining the grounds which was nice to see.
Food choices on the resort are limited. I had Mahi Mahi almost every night while in Aruba. One night was the Mahi entree at the Sea Breeze bar on the resort which was delicious. One note, if the Sea Breeze if having buffet dinner, then you cannot order off the menu. The breakfast at the Sea Breeze is a bit pricey so I would order coffee and a bagel and take advantage of the only free WiFi spot. Across the street from the Golf village is the Divi Tamarijin which has the Ocean View bar and happy hour every day from 4 to 6. Jimmy is the bartender is a blast! The view is spectacular from that bar. The Tamarijin is all inclusive which made it difficult for me to order a drink from the pool bar. You have to buy some kind of voucher from the front desk if you are not a guest there. So the Ocean View bar was my hangout for drinks since no voucher was required!
The Tamarijin has bikes that you can rent for ten bucks a day. I rode down to where the cruise ships park and enjoyed a Starbucks in the morning then rode down to the High Rise area for lunch at one of numerous restaurants. The Golf Village has a desk where you can reserve many tours such as snorkeling, scuba, sailing, Jeep tours, deep sea fishing, etc...I went on the kayak/snorkeling tour which was great. As prevoius reviewers have said, go to the desk in the early afternoon to reserve for the next day as it gets busy in the morning and they are only open until 4:30.
My trip was enjoyable and the best part of Aruba is the people. The locals are extremely nice and you will see no peddlers on the beach. I never saw anyone haggling even at the souvenir stands near the cruise ships. If you need to relax and get some sun, check out Aruba. The beach resort area is a quick 15 min cab ride, $22USD from the airport.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2010

Stayed at Divi Village from 10/10-/10/17, a little disappointed upon check-in as our room was not ready at 4pm, and we were on the top floor of a building with no elevator. We went back to the lobby, not to complain, as things happen, but to enjoy another rum punch while we waited for the room to be cleaned. The maid had indicated she would clean the room right away, and she was done fairly quickly. Once we got into our clean room and looked around, we were fine with it. We were in a studio that has yet to be renovated, but the room was clean, the linens fresh, the bed comfortable, and the kitchen supplies adequate. I understand the resort is undergoing renovations, and I can only imagine things will be even better. On property we ate at the sea breeze cafe for breakfast, nothing special, but not bad. Mulligans for lunch - fantastic pizza and views...and sandwiches from the infinity pool bar, great for pool food! The shuttle drivers were very nice and brought us right to our building on several trips home from the casino! The walk to the beach was just a few minutes, and though it was across a road, there was never an issue crossing. All in all, we had a good stay!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2010

I think that I must have stayed at a different place to many who have reviewed this resort. Divi village is part of three/four Divi properties that share a beach (Druif beach) in Aruba. Admittedly Divi village is not directly on the beach unlike the others (Tamarif and Divi) but it is only a short walk away and if you are really lazy then there are buggies that are constantly circulating the resort who will drop you off at the beach. One word of advice would be, don't use the chairs and parasols by the road, just walk towards the Divi, its more secluded there. You will probably need to put a towel on a chair early if you want a parasol on the beach down there though.
Our accomodation was excellent, we had a lovely one bed apartment with a fantastic kitchen, 2 bathrooms, lounge/dining area and would have been fantastic if we had been self catering. It was all modern and probably only recently completed. Definetly the best of the the three properties.
We were staying all inclusive, which I would recommmend financially, unless you intend to eat at different restaurants around the island, since prices are on the high side, since they import all their food. Staying where we did we had a choice of all the restaurants in the group, which included Mulligans, which in my opinion was the best for lunch and breakfast. I think that if you stayed at the other 2 properties you couldn't eat here if you were all inclusive (well you had to pay extra, I think!). The food was fine, but didn't get any sense of what the local cuisine was, the food was international cuisine, you could have been anywhere in the world. This really was the only thing that I could critise about this place. All the staff that we met were lovely, really helpful and friendly, the resorts greatest assets!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Plainsboro, New Jersey
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2010

Good:
• The value for money was quite good (I did a Priceline for my room).
• The rooms are fairly nice and big.
• There was lots of water pressure and hot water.
• The beach is almost at your door step.
• There are a bunch of pools and they were fairly nice.
• There’s a bus stop right in front of the hotel which will bring you to the main tourist area for $1.25 US.

Bad:
• Check-in was a mess. The staff was basically incompetent. The Reception area was trashy.
• The Divi Hotel complex (of which the Divi Dutch is a part of) is humongous and getting around is a nightmare – it’s too big.
• The on-call golf cart service they have is horrible. It takes forever to get a golf cart to the room, and you need to wait forever for a pick-up from the room.
• The grounds were dumpy. It’s got the quality of a trailer park.
• Lots of misquotes around. You could tell how long people stayed there by the number of bites they had on their body.
• The hotel has inadequate drainage. The sewer system backed up near the tennis courts (which you pass by to & from your room). It was downright disgusting.
• No WIFI in the rooms – only in a restaurant in the main area (it’s free though).

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
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Florida
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2010

Do not stay at this hotel unless you would like to sleep on a bed that bruises you it is so hard, shower in a bathroom covered in mildew, and you like to get bit by 20 mosquitoes at a time!! There is also an additional charge if you would like to have your room cleaned every day. The Links restaurant had horrible food quality and when I sat down there was bird poop on my seat. Did I mention they are under "renovation" which really means they are demolishing buildings all around you and they like to start at 7am am. There is no beach view, only a view of trucks that are emptying building trash into dumpsters then jack-hammering concrete. We gave it a few days, then begged customer service to change our accommodations. They had the audacity to try to sell us a timeshare for $15,000!!!! Feeling like our honeymoon was ruined and we had no choice we accepted their offer to move to another hotel at $500/night after we had already pre-paid for a whole week. Please do not stay here unless you want the worst experience of your life.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Frederick, Maryland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2010

We found the service to be lacking almost everywhere. We paid for the all-inclusive option, but the wait times at bars were unacceptable. Many bars weren't staffed until 45 minutes after the advertised opening times at the golf village. We waited over 15 minutes for a drink at a bar at the Tamarijn, and eventually just walked away. We called the concierge to make dinner reservations and were told they would check it out and call back - that call back never happened. Overall, we were disappointed.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Philadelphia, PA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2010

We stayed at the Divi Dutch Village as part of the Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive. We booked with Cheap Caribbean and upgraded the Tamarijn Aruba to a suite and stayed at the Divi Dutch. The rooms were excellent and there was a very quiet pool right outside our room. We were within walking distance to the Tamarijn and have no complaints. This was the best vacation I had so far! The shows at night were a little corny and were over by around 10pm - nothing much else to do after that. There is a casino next to the hotel, nothing great but we did spend a few nights there. Overall it was a very relaxing vacation. We rented a jeep for the entire time we were there- well worth it we ended up driving everywhere! Feel free to ask any questions, I'd be happy to answer

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort
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 Spa Hotel in Oranjestad
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Oranjestad
#4 Romantic 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 Golf And Beach Hotel Oranjestad
Divi Village Hotel And Beach
Divi Village Resort And Beach
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