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Review of Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive

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Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Oranjestad
Toronto
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great Beach Vacation”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2012

We decided on the Tamarijn based on a friend's recommendation. This all-inclusive has a great location if you are interested in a very relaxed beach vacation but enjoy a close proximity to town (20 minute walk). All rooms are located on the beach and have a view that does not disappoint and we enjoyed watching the cruise ships come and go throughout the week. At the restaurants, service is efficient and the quality of the food is good (we do not go to all-inclusive for fine dining). A special note on the Palm Grill - the service was excellent and the set-up of grilling your own meal was fun (especially for our teenage son). Many positive reviews have been written about the Red Parrot (located at the adjacent Divi Resort), however, while we found our meal to look good on the plate it did disappoint on taste. We passed on the tours offered through our tour operator and booked a private island tour with HF Tours instead. The cost of the private tour was almost the same as if we have booked through the larger operator but the value was greater. Howard, our guide, created an itinerary that suited our interests ... we travelled to some of the key points of interest on the island but along the way visited a few neighbourhoods to get a greater sense of typical Aruban life. We definitely recommend Howard as a tour guide. Overall, if we were returning to Aruba for vacation, the Tamarijn would be our first choice.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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St. Catharines, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2012

I travelled here with my husband, son-11, and daughter-10. This was our first vacation on an island as a family and our stay at The Tamarijn was wonderful! We were there from March 3 till the 10th, but we would have loved to stay longer! Everything is right there. Once we got off the bus, there is the check-in lobby, 2 a-la-carte restaurants, gift shops, the pool, the buffet, then the beach! I had requested building 1400 with an unobstructed view of the ocean and that is what we got. Our room, 1406, next to the buffet, was on the upper floor, providing beautiful views of the sea, cruise ships and planes coming in regularly. Perfect! The first 4 nights, the night entertainment was great! The other nights were okay, no complaints. I'd read so many great reviews about The Red Parrot at The Divi, so that was the first a-la-carte we tried. we were not impressed. That was the only time we used any of The Divi's facilities...we really had all we wanted at the Tam. We like Ginger so much that we ate there twice. Paparazzi was okay too. Cunuca Terrace, the buffet restaurant had quite a variety of things to choose from, and it was all very good. Breakfast was the same, as others here noted, but that's fine...you're not supposed to eat everything at once! My son was disappointed that they don't have real milk though. I believe it was powdered milk. The food we actually loved the most was at the pool bar, Pizza per Tuttti. Absolutely delicious pizza, chicken fingers, fries, club sandwiches and garlic bread! We had something to eat there every day! Everyone who served us was friendly. Drinks were delicious! Unfortunately, the ice-cream machine at the bar broke down on our second day there and when it was fixed and returned on Friday, the chocolate didn't taste like chocolate. Oh well...
The staff kept the grounds and rooms very clean.
We signed out some bikes and went for a long bike ride, stopping at the Bushiri Go-Kart Track on the way back. Frank there was wonderful!
A must-do, if you don't mind driving over boulders, is renting a Jeep and driving to The Natural Pool. Quite an adventure, but well worth it! Also, the Gold Mine Ruins are quite interesting.
We never had a problem getting a lounge chair by the pool. Yes, people put their towels on them in the morning, but we were usually there in the afternoon and always found 4 for us. We were a bit surprised to find out (at 10:45) that the rock-climbing wall is only available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, from 9 till 11 am. Luckily, we hustled down there and made it in time!
Overall, our holiday at The Tamarijn was fantastic and we would return in a heartbeat!

Room Tip: Room 1406 on the upper floor had a beautiful, unobstructed view of the sea and surroundings! Not yet...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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83 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2012

I traveled here with my extended family President's week 2012.

On the one hand, the property is nice as compared to New York in the winter. You could do a lot worse.

Small things, which might not bother some, could be a real annoyance or downer on your vacation.

1. The staff always seems unhappy. This might not seem like a big deal now, but when you are being served breakfast day after day by grumpy people it could get to you.
2. If you like the beach, prepare to get up early. There are not enough palapas or shade, so people fight over them, move other people's stuff, or you just cant get a chair or shade.
3. They nickel and dime you. The safe deposit box is not included. Plus they try and tack on a YMCA donation to each bill.
4. On my trip last year, a bag of new clothing was stolen and after security took a report it was not followed up on.

Besides these items which may or may not bother you it is a good enough family place, but certainly not worth hundreds of dollars a night that they charge.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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9 Thank Jordan1971
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Kingston, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2012

This was our first experience flying or staying at a resort, we have drove to Flordia and Myrtle Beach and stayed in condo's. We picked Aruba because we thought it would be a safe place where there would be no worries, and we could explore, boy were we right, the people are so friendly and helpful. I researched all the resorts in Aruba, I had a hard time making up my mind, high rise or low rise??? Another couple travelled with us so I had to think of what they would like also. My review may not be a good one to read because I am a positive person who tends to see the good in most things, we are middle class people, who are not into big fancy places, we like comfy, cozy, friendly places, this is the TAM. Our main goal was to be as close to the beach as possible, at the Tam you are not dissappointed, the beach is only a step away, the water is calm and warm. The resort is very clean, the ladies are always cleaning something, the rooms are not fancy but are cozy, the beds are very comfortable (How much time are you in your room when you have a beautiful beach just outside your door?) We were able to get a Tiki hut easily, there are also some trees you can get under if need be, there are lots of lounge chairs.The beach is not as busy as the other resorts we saw, the whole resort seemed quiet, not too busy. The food was good, the restaraunts were fun to try, the pizza was delicious, the people very friendly, if you tip the bartenders they will treat you well, tipping is not necessary but it is fun to tip, if they work hard and have FUN then they deserve a tip. My only reccommendation was to stock the fridge with water and provide a coffee pot and supplies for the rooms (take a large insulated cup with a snap top ( in the morning fill with coffee at machines, get the bartender to fill it for the beach, fill with ice water at bedtime). The bunker bar is convenient, we were at the far end of the resort, room 2512, it was right in the middle, the atmosphere was upbeat and fun. We went to the flea market on Sunday, right across the road, you will get the best prices for souveniers here, we went shopping downtown at the cruise ship port, we went on a RedSail Catamaran and we did the ABC Full day jeep tour, it was well worth the money, it was awesome, I highly reccomend this to see the other side of the island, Natural Pools is something to see and swimming in the water with all the fish was so cool. Aruba is as they say "ONE HAPPY ISLAND", one that we will be going back to again and again and back to the TAM.

Room Tip: We stayed in 2512, it is a newly renovated room with a comfortable King size bed, it is near the roa...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Teal198
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Ontario
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78 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2012

We've just returned from a great week at the Tamarijn/Divi and felt that the resort provided good value and excellent access to the beach. Looking at some of the negative reviews, it seems that people's views are very much affected by the price they paid and whether they feel they got a bargain. I found nothing to justify the very negative reviews.
We have traveled to a number of islands and resorts, including the Bahamas, Cuba, Grenada, St. Lucia, Antigua, and now Aruba. While Aruba, being mostly desert, isn't the most scenic of the islands, we did have mostly wonderful weather and the beach is one of the nicest we've visited.
The rooms: We stayed at the Tamarijn in one of the renovated rooms in he 1100 block. My son, his wife, and their 10 month old stayed in one of the 3 story buildings back from the beach at the Divi. Their room was larger, had better furnishings and closets, and a more private balcony. it also had the advantage of being close to the swimming pools. Each morning, they would come to our room with its easy access to the beach. We never had trouble getting the palapa in front of our room and our porch also provided shade. When we wanted more room, we went to theirs. Our room would have felt more spacious if we'd had only one bed instead of two queens. I'm not sure if this is an option, but overall, between the two rooms we did prefer the one on the beach. Yes, the dressers are a little cheaply made, but this was really the only complaint we had with our room. Housekeeping was very pleasant and accommodating and our room was clean with a reasonably comfortable bed and bedding. The air conditioners were thermostat controlled with external compressors and are therefore very quiet and efficient.
The Food: We found the food to be as good or better than that at any all-inclusive we've visited. Breakfast offerings were always the same, but always included fresh fruit, yogurt, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, potatoes, waffles, pastries, French toast, etc. As well, you could have an omelet or eggs prepared to order. The buffet was varied and had some very good hot dishes. The salad selection was excellent. It was really nice to get truly ripe tomatoes. As well, you could get pasta to order at both lunch and dinner and you could usually select a serving from a roast or ham. I'm not a pizza person, but my wife enjoyed her freshly made pizza from the lunch bar.
We ate at 3 of the 4 a la carte restaurants. The food varied according to what you ordered. I would not recommend anything with tomato sauce at the Paparazzi restaurant. However, the mains we tried--the grouper and the steak--were excellent. We enjoyed the grouper and the steak at the Red Parrot, and the tempura at Ginger was very good, but the chicken mango dish was disappointing and bland with no fresh mango. Desserts anywhere at either resort were merely ok at best.
Overall, however, we found the food to be good--never awful--and no one in our party of five, including the baby, got sick. As well, I don't know if things have changed since earlier reviews complaining about birds, but the buffets at both the Tam and the Divi have netting to keep out birds, only the rare bird got in, and we never saw birds in the food.
Again, in contrast to some earlier reviews, we found all the staff to be very pleasant and helpful. We did not appreciate having to wait from noon until 3:30 to get into our rooms, but we understand why this happens. The desk staff was always pleasant and the concierge who booked trips and the a la cartes was always available and helpful. We went to the bars for only the occasional drink, but I was never kept waiting and the bartenders were accommodating. The entertainment and dinner and in the early evening was pleasant and presented by talented musicians. We didn't attend any shows.
A few negatives: many of the guests smoke and they leave cigarette butts in the sand. We had to comb the beach whenever we put the baby down. They do use a tractor and groomer to groom the beach. The waves can be quite rough at times. It rained on 3 occasions while we were there, but those who know the island commented on how rare this is. We didn't find any good snorkelling. We had a few mosquitoes in and around our room, probably due to the rare rain. Again, people commented on how rare this is. The resort is quite close to a busy roadway and some noise from it. The advantage of this is that it's easy to walk to shopping or catch a bus/taxi to town. We visited the week before March Break/St. Patrick's Day. We found the clientele very pleasant and quiet, but as we started to get into the break week, we could tell a younger/rowdier group was moving in.
Interesting note: The Divi is named for the Divi trees found in Aruba and the Tamarijn (pronounced like tamarind without the d) is named for the tamarind trees also found in the area.
Overall, we found this to be a wonderful place for a family holiday.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive
Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd #41 | Druif Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba
Region: Caribbean > Aruba > Oranjestad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Oranjestad
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Oranjestad
#3 Romantic Hotel in Oranjestad
#3 Spa Hotel in Oranjestad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€€€
Hotel Class:3 star — Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive 3*
Number of rooms: 236
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All oceanfront rooms on the mile-long beach make this lively resort the perfect choice for beach lovers. The Tamarijn Aruba is Aruba's hot spot on the beach where the fun never stops. There's plenty of activity day and night. Learn to windsurf, ride a bike on the boardwalk or climb the 30-foot rock climbing wall right on the sand. Kayaking and snorkeling are just steps from the rooms. When the sun goes down, the fun begins with lively music around the pool and theme shows. Or try your luck at the Alhambra Casino nearby. All Inclusive Amenities: • 10 Restaurants and grills • 8 Bars with daily drink specials • 4 Freshwater pools • Non-motorized water sports • Divi Winds Sports Center with fitness center • Bikes, beach volleyball, tennis clinic • Weekly water aerobics, yoga and Zumba classes • Lighted tennis courts • Nightly entertainment with theme nights • 30ft Rock climbing wall on the beach • Daily activities • Kids Fun Club for ages 5 - 12 • Free Wi-Fi throughout property ... more   less 
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