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Reviewed 4 October 2015

Other reviews have said most of what we want to say. But the pro's and cons of our trip are.....

As we booked via a tour operator, check in was done on the bus during the airport transfer. As soon as you arrive, you go straight to your room and your bags follow in a few minutes. Great idea, why don't other hotels do this?

Between the Divi and the Tamarijn (sister hotel which you have full access to) there are 4 very good a la carte restaurants. Unlike some other all inclusive hotels, you can book these restaurants as many times as you like during your stay. If you plan ahead, you'd never need to eat in the buffet restaurant during your entire stay. All the restaurants were very good, excellent food and very attentive staff. The best in our opinion was The Red Parrot.

The beach was not hectic (unlike the beaches in the "High Rise" area which we experienced when visiting). Sunbeds are free and not once were we hassled by people selling stuff. The hotel employees on-site security who are visible and reassuring, although at no time did we feel unsafe anywhere on the island.

The hotel is kept clean and tidy. Drinks in the all inclusive bars were branded spirits and I'm not sure why people thought their drinks had been watered down? Just watch them pour your drink - they put at least two doubles in it! Perhaps these negative reviewers have let the ice melt!

We had gone to Aruba with the intention of hiring a car for a few days, but didn't need to in the end. We took a full day island tour with ABC tours (where a hire car wouldn't have reached half of in any case). Other than that, everywhere else we wanted to go to was reachable by Arubus. There is a bus stop on the main road outside the hotel and they pass every 20 minutes. Bus fares are $2.30 for one trip (whether you get off at the next stop or the last stop). Shops sell bus tickets for a reduced price ($2 or $4 for a return). The capital city Oranjestad is only two miles away and walkable within 25 minutes.

The only issues we would have with this hotel are probably quite trivial and that's the room we were allocated (in the Castilla area) was a little dated and had a few maintenance issues which were quickly addressed by staff.

Also, I don't think you should be expected to pay for the use of a room safe. This should be included as part of the room. It was $2 each day, unless they use that money to pay for the on-site security guards.

Finally, the hotel Wi-Fi was broken. Normally, they would charge $50 per week per device (which is quite frankly extortionate). But because it was broken, they provided temporary free Wi-Fi in the reception area. Unfortunately this was very unreliable and slow and made reception an extremely busy place day and night. I would have thought hotels these days would provide free Wi-Fi (or incorporate it in the charge of the holiday where we probably wouldn't notice!). Imagine the free publicity the hotel would get with everyone posting pictures of this lovely resort onto social media, like facebook, raising its profile, sharing it with all their friends who might just book it for their holiday.

We'd definitely recommend the Divi, and whilst the Tamarijn was nice to visit and use some of their facilities, the Divi in our opinion was far superior. Everyone we met from the Tamarijn also said the same. As for the resort as a whole, having visited the "High Rise", we are glad we weren't staying there. It was very busy and too commercialised.

  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank roscotrain
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Reviewed 1 October 2015

My wife and I went here for our honeymoon. Everything was perfect! The diamond store connected to the resort gave us free champagne and flutes, as well as a free beachside candlelight dinner. It was hard to return to normal life after staying here. Everyone was so friendly and our view from the room was ridiculous. We will definitely return here again.

Room Tip: We had a third floor balcony which had an amazingly beautiful view
  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Dan J
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Reviewed 28 September 2015

Divi Aruba All Inclusive is Heaven on earth! My husband and I enjoyed every minute of our stay. The people are so friendly, the rooms are very nicely renovated and close to the beach, and the beach is spectacular. The staff goes out of their way to accommodate you, there are so many restaurants and bars to indulge in (all-inclusive), and the beautiful scenery is second to none. I recommend Divi Aruba hands down...we will surely be back!!!

Stayed: September 2015, travelled as a couple
4  Thank Rosita O
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Reviewed 27 September 2015

This time we stayed two weeks and it was well worth it. We requested the same beachside room, #321, that we had before. It's 50 steps to the sand and 130 steps to the restaurant and bar. Who could ask for anything more? Convenience, good meals, friendly staff and the most beautiful water on earth. If you want to relax you can do it here.
We rotated between the restaurants at both the Divi and Tamarijn. Our favorite was the Red Parrot and Carlos was the "perfect" waiter. We'll be back!

Room Tip: Beachside rooms 326, 336, 346, 356 all have windows with direct ocean view.
  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Nancy K
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Reviewed 27 September 2015 via mobile

Best spot in Aruba for the beach! Your room is just steps away from the ocean. The food is just ok, but the value for the all inclusive is worth it. Get the oceanfront rooms and you can walk right out to the beach. The poolside pizzas and ice cream were great for the kids. We'll be going back this December.

Stayed: December 2014, travelled with family
7  Thank Mom2girls165
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