On the flight home from Aruba seems like a good as place as any to compose my review of the Bucuti. My new wife and I just spent 8 nights in the Tara Suites for our Honeymoon. After a week plus in Aruba you come to understand that Trip Advisor is a very important part of the tourism industry there. Many of our waiters asked us to make our reviews online in order to help destinguish between the 500 plus restaurants. I'm happy to do so but I must start with the place we spent the majority of our time.
As you have probably already gathered from almost every other review the Bucuti is a couples retreat. If you are looking for an active local on-site bar with loads of people looking to schmooze with than don't pick this place. However, of all the reviews I've read about the Bucuti nobody has mentioned meeting any other guests or making any type of friendships. This actually made me nervous, as I am very social and the thought of spending 9 days with no interaction outside my own relationship seemed a bit peculiar to me. Fortunately this was not the case. We were fortunate to meet a number of couples and by the time we left we know that these relationships will last beyond our time in Aruba.
Of course, that isn't the point of this review. You want to know what makes this resort the one that you and your gal\guy need to book. So here we go…
First and foremost is the visual you get amongst the grounds of the resort. Second to none. Each area you visit is perfectly manicured and extremely pleasant on the senses. The beach is amazing, and the location of the Bucuti on Eagle Beach, based on my exploration of the island, will not be bested. The infinity pool is awesome to jump into to cool off after spending your time lounging in the warm sum. We liked to alternate between the turquoise ocean water and the pool.
Speaking of lounging… not a problem at Bucuti. There are the plentiful lounge chairs all over the beach. The lounge chairs are paired around umbrellas and are spaced throughout the beach with plenty of room in between so that the conversations between the other guests have no impact on your relaxation. The views of the ocean are perfect from all over the beach so there is no need to get up early on your vacation just to grab a seat. Plenty of spots always available for whenever you choose to come out. Plenty of padded couches, lounge chairs and even beds are available around the pool. Of course the Sand Bar offers covered and additional uncovered seating options that all offer the ocean views as well.
As the beach was our primary home for the daylight it is important to understand the red flags. These 4 foot wooden posts with red flags are stationed at all beach chairs. When you have decided to order a drink, or even lunch, all you do is jab the flag into the sand. Within a very short time one of Bucuti's very personable staff members will be right there to grab your order. Fun and easy. Towel service is also a very easy part of your day. Just bring your towel card to the attendant and you are provided with 4 beach towels. At the end of your beach day just return the towels and get your card. Now you are ready for the next day.
As the accommodations were convened we had a Tara Suite and didn't see any of the other rooms. Ours was perfect. We were also located on the southern side of the building which meant our balcony had additional uninstructed views of the pool and southern beach as well as the beach directly in front of us. From this location we toasted the sunset almost every night. Large closet, easy and secure safe, 3 HD televisions (including the one built into the bathroom mirror), wet bar with very cold fridge, and a king bed were the other pieces that made the room great. And we must not forget that the free Wi-Fi reaches all the way to the beach.
Food. The included breakfast was the best I've ever seen at a hotel. Plenty of healthy options for people that were not indulging as I was. Scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, breads, bagels, bacon, sausage, cold cuts, cheeses, and smoked salmon were available every day with a different special each day. I never ran out of energy sleeping on lounge chairs in the sun. The breakfast was available inside at one location and also outside at the restaurant as well. We did the romantic dinner on the beach as part of our honeymoon package, which was a five-course meal that left us wanting for nothing. A hidden gem was the burgers available at the Sand Bar at lunch. I had one delivered to me on the beach and concluded I had missed having passed through the Pearly Gates.
Bucuti's environmentally conscious environment in no way effected my stay.
The gym also didn't effect my stay as I only saw it from afar, which was close enough.
With all that being said, where Bucuti takes itself to the next level is in the staff that they employ. From housekeeping to management they all make you feel like they are so happy you chose their resort. Here I have to mention something else that was unexpected. It feels like every staff member is given lessons in photography. Any time my wife and I are looking to take an awkward self portrait there was sure to be a staff member there to offer to take the photo. From our regular camera to my iPhone they never missed a beat.
In discussing the staff it is apparent that the guests all seemed to make special bonds with the various members of Bucuti's crew, and we were no exception. I want to take this time to acknowledge those individuals that made our trip that much more special and will not be forgotten.
Jamal, although new to Bucuti, was fantastic. I think he was the first I met on day 1 and was there to send me off on day 9. (Also responsible for bringing the drinks and burgers to the beach)
Leonard! All he really did for us was show us how to turn on the lights in the room, but from that point on I felt like he was an old buddy of mine and we had been busting each others' chops for years.
Beverly, for providing more smiles and good cheer than she did towels. Which is saying a lot considering the amount of towels going around. Always a great experience to start the beach day and to end it.
Anki and Madeline were on everyone's friend list so long as you leaned on them at the Concierge desk. We stopped by daily for recommendations and reservations for dinner.
It is partly their fault that my bathing suit barely fit by the end of our trip due to making sure we were hitting the best restaurants. We were mentioning to one of our cab drivers the places we had been and he referred to us as the "poster board for doing Aruba right." Obviously we were doing something right.
Angelo, for fixing our AC quickly and with a smile.
The crowning moment of Bucuti's 5-Star Customer Service came midway through our visit. My wife had only one book downloaded to her Nook (similar to a Kindle). At the time she finished it (and at this point do I even need to mention it was the 50 Shades of Grey) she was looking to download a new one. The problem was that the iPads and such redirect you to the Internet to complete the Wi-Fi connection, but the Nook doesn't have that ability. We took the problem to Madeline, who immediately got the IT guy, Carlo, to discuss with us. When we told him the issue he appeared to be very concerned that we were stuck. He took our room number and said he would research the issue and get back to us. At that time it didn't look good. However, 20 minutes later, as we were at the beach she just gave it a try. He already had fixed the problem... Honeymoon + 50 Shades of Grey = Happy Wife = Happy Life!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This adults-only, romantic resort, located on Aruba's spacious and beautiful Eagle Beach, is award-winning and owner-operated. The 4-star and 4-diamond resort receives high satisfaction ratings and recognition that includes #1 Hotel for Romance in the Caribbean 2017, Top 3 Beach Destinations in the World, Conde Nast Gold List, and Green Globe High Achievement Award. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is eco-friendly and offers a tranquil boutique experience with friendly service. The intimate atmosphere is exclusive and relaxing to couples seeking tranquility and romantic experiences. No groups and no all-inclusive packages available. Two top restaurants available on property and romantic beach dining. Breakfast is free daily.Resort's website offers you the Best Available Rate including all taxes and fees, free breakfast and free WiFi. (Not all-inclusive) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bucuti And Tara Beach Resorts Aruba
- Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Aruba Hotel Palm/Eagle Beach
- Bucuti Beach Hotel
- Golden Tulip Palm Eagle Beach
- Golden Tulip Oranjestad
- Aruba Bucuti Resort
- Bucuti Beach Resort Aruba
- Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba Palm - Eagle Beach