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.
- 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