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“Another good vacation.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba

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Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Another good vacation.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Recently returned from our 5th trip to Bucuti just in time for this past weekend blizzard in MA!
As usual we had a wonderful stay.

The Bucuti is a beautiful property but once again it is the staff here that really makes it a great experience.
We ordered lunches on the beach many days which were served to us by Orville. We have come to look forward to his great attitude, service and conversation.
We returned to Bucuti often in the evening or after dinner drinks at the Sand Bar. Donald’s cocktails, cheerful friendliness and sense of humor were a great way to end our day.
This visit we also had the pleasure of meeting Sali, a new addition to the staff, who is just a ray of sunshine herself with the warmest personality.
Sali was wonderful and made it a point to greet us and spend time checking in on us whenever we saw here on property. Great addition to an already excellent Bucuti staff.
Everyone was great but these are a few of those we interacted with the most and were outstanding on this vacation.

We’ve always stayed in the Tara suites and find them perfect for our needs. We were able to find an umbrella on the beach each day no matter how late we came out.
It was great taking in the Super Bowl on the big screen they setup on the beach (helped take our mind off the fact the Patriots weren’t in it a little).
The new Gym and Carte Blanche restaurant building is very nice. Can’t wait to go back this August to check out the soon to be rebuilt restaurant.

My husband is going to add the restaurant reviews but we saw great improvement in the Pirates Nest.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

My girlfriend and I had a great time chilling at Bucuti. The beach seems less busy than the high-rise area and the water is super clear and beach nice, with great chairs/umbrellas each with a lot of space. The staff is super friendly and we got some free wine as the trip was my gal's bday present. The concierge was awesome at helping us pick and resv activities and dinner. The food at free breakfast and lunch was yummy and plentiful. The rooms had great climate control with powerful AC, a dehumidifier and an air cleaner.

Room Tip: Don't sweat a sea view as you'll be on the beach the whole time.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Just returned from nine days at Bocuti and can't say enough wonderful things about this resort and the staff. Everything was perfect. We just enjoyed every day. The beach is lovely and there are beach chairs and umbrellas for everyone. Staff is friendly and extremely helpful.
We were so comfortable and happy and didn't want to leave.

Room Tip: We had a suite on the beach but I would think that al the rooms there would be nice. We were on the...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Potomac, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

This place earns its stripes because it has a long, wide beach but only a hundred rooms. They also place the chairs and umbrellas down to the water's edge which the other hotels don't. So there are plenty to go around, all with great views and perhaps thirty feet between the chairs, many of which are empty even when the hotel is full.There are no vendors or piers etc like at the high rise section which mar the view there. It is mainly filled with older couples, mostly American, some younger people and Europeans. Breakfast is ok, nothing special, baked goods are really third rate. However the restaurant is a great value with good food and right on the beach. The service is all five star and very friendly. We had an ocean view deluxe room which was nice but not great. Our first room was on the ground floor but we moved the next day to the top floor and it was a completely different experience with a great balcony at the same price. Happy hour also is an amazing value. The drinks are about $4! There is a man playing a steel drum before and after dinner. We have stayed at the Hyatt and there was no comparison--we liked being on the beach here a lot more. If you're looking for glitz and excitement, this is not the place, however. We booked the eco-green package for $135 for two people which was a crazy good deal. I think the booking agent might have made a mistake-I wouldn't get it if it was a lot more.

Room Tip: upper level ocean front
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank david999
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

I have stayed at the Bucuti several times over the past years. I own a timeshare in Aruba and often stay at the Bucuti on the front end or back end of my trip to add a few extra days. If it was not so expensive, I would not have bought a timeshare in Aruba. The hotel is awesome and gets better every year. The rooms are clean and have been renovated. The rooms are great and I like the "no kids policy" which is enforced. The beach is rated one of the best ever and you can always find plenty of chairs. The staff is awesome. This is one of the best places I have ever stayed and for sure the best beach and hotel in Aruba.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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4 Thank JohnC1819
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Abbeville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Second trip to Aruba, first time at the Bucuti & Tara. Our first trip was ten years ago and we stayed in the high rise area when was the reason it took us so long to go back. My husband encouraged me to try Aruba again after reading about the Bucuti & Tara. Awesome trip, the resort is so nice and clean with excellent helpful staff. The beach area was top notch with more than adequate spacing between lounge chair/umbrella set ups. I loved the red flag for beach service idea. We enjoyed the beach bar and the fact that you could eat from the resturant menu at the beach bar in your swimsuits at night. Some people in previous reviews found fault with the pool which they said was too small. The pool is not large by no means but was never crowded and I love the loungers that surrounded it. We ate dinner several nights at the resturant onsite and loved the outdoor dining. Loved the fact that it is all adult, quiet and uncrowded. Made reservations for Jan 2014 before we checked out.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Midlothian, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

My wife and I just returned this week from a great vacation at the Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort. I hesitate to post this review because I would like to keep this place a closely held secret. My wife was celebrating a mile-stone birthday and I decided to surprise her with a winter get-away for her birthday. Our stay at the Bucuti & Tara could not have been more perfect. All the staff were helpful and friendly. Tamara and Toine the Concierge were very helpful in arranging reservations for us at the restaurants we wanted to try. They also booked us on a sail and snorkel excursion and arranged a jeep rental for us. The breakfasts were great with a VERY friendly staff. It was interesting that a lot of the visitors were repeat customers more than 50% which should tell you something. It was one of the most relaxing vacations we have had in a long time! We rebooked for next year before leaving.

Room Tip: Rooms in the Tara are full ocean view
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba
Address: L.G. Smith Boulevard 55 B | Eagle Beach Aruba, Palm - Eagle Beach 00000, Aruba
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Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Palm - Eagle Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#1 Romantic Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#2 Family Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#4 Business Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba 4*
Number of rooms: 104
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 World, #1 Hotel in Caribbean 2016, 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. Two top restaurants available on property and romantic beach dining. Breakfast is free daily. No all-inclusive packages available, because the resort encourages guests to explore the island and its many great restaurants. Resort's website offers you the Best Available Rate including all taxes and fees, breakfast and WiFi. ... more   less 
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Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Aruba Hotel Palm/Eagle Beach
Bucuti And Tara Beach Resorts Aruba
Bucuti Beach Hotel
Golden Tulip Palm Eagle Beach
Golden Tulip Oranjestad
Aruba Bucuti Resort
Bucuti Beach Resort Aruba
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