Tamarijn Aruba Beach Resort
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Have just returned from staying in the suites at the ”TAM”.This is a good overall hotel which benefits from having shared facilities at the nearby Divi.
Visited this resort 3 years in a row! Decided to try some other places the last 2 years and it is still our #1 place to go. The rooms are nice, the activities are fun, and the evening entertainment is awesome and always something different. We can't wait to go back!!
It was my travel companions turn to pick a destination. I could not imagine what I would enjoy about Aruba. I do not gamble, I do not lay in the sun and I am not a heavy drinker. well I could not have been ore wrong. I loved Aruba and I think it was the Tamarijn that made it for me. The staff couldn't have been more helpful. It went way beyond being pleasant. The cook behind the counter at breakfast remembered what I liked, The bar tender remembered my drink. The woman doing up our room remembered that we liked extra wash clothes and made sure we have them every single day. We found the food in the restaurants on the resort and it's sister resort to be on par with any slightly above par restaurant in the states. Every night it seemed there was a show to enjoy someplace. Mardi gras night, Circus night, an excellent variety. One afternoon we caught a pool dance show in the afternoon. The drinks were not weak as I had read previously but rather strong to my taste. There is a shuttle that will take you to anyplace near any property owned by the Tam-Divi. We never waitd more than one minute for a shuttle. The local bus was also a very easy and in expensive way to get to about anyplace on the south coast. I could go on and on but you must book the Tamarijn and see for yourself.
So we just finished a five day stay at the Tamarijn Resort, Aruba. I guess we can now be called island hoppers as we have stayed on more than a dozen of them so far. That being said we can honestly say that Aruba is our favorite island and while the Tamarijn is not our favorite resort it is definitely a very strong contender in its price range. For us, one of the strongest selling points of the Tamarijn is the fact that every room of the hotel is ocean front and their definition of ocean front means only about fifteen feet from the waters edge. Just fifteen feet from some of the most beautiful beaches and crystal clear water that we have ever experienced. The Tamarijn is one of the Divi group of resorts on the island. There is a sister hotel, Divi Aruba Beach Resort, just a short walk or shuttle ride to the north of the Tamarijn and a stay in one allows you the amenities of both.As the Tamarijn is what we would consider a mid level all inclusive resort the rooms are not overly spacious and could use a bit more maintence. The beds are comfortable and the air conditioning was more than adequate. Some things that the rooms didn't have that most of the other all inclusive resorts we've stayed at did have was a stocked fridge, in room alcohol dispenser and the usual complimentary toiletries. Not that this was a huge deal as the resort is small and most of these things were just a few steps outside your door. It would have just been nice to have them at hand. The rooms themselves seem pretty safe and secure but management did have someone come around in the evening to remind the ground level guests to make sure the sliding doors were secured and locked.The resort itself is laid out pretty efficiently. Pool, bars, restaurants, lobby, buffet, shuttle, etc are all centralized in the middle of the two room wings of the resort. If you have trouble getting around it probably would be wise to request a room closer to this centralized point but if you want peace and quiet choose a room on the outside end of the wings. While a thin strip of accessible beach runs the length of the resort a very large beach sets between the Tamarijn and her sister hotel just to the north. This beach is also where the water sports hut is which offers a wide range of activities. Be advised that if you want to take out the Hobie Catamaran the staff will ask you a series of questions about sailing it to make sure you're qualified. Snorkeling is fun because of the clarity of the water and despite the fact that the areas out in the water off the beaches looks pretty barren from shore there is marine life to see. What is extremely nice about these beaches, other than their beauty, is that there were no wandering vendors of any kind trying to part you and your money and this was pretty much true everywhere we went on the island. The resort beaches were never crowded and at times just altogether empty.The Tamarijn is located in what is considered the Bushiri Beach area. This area is close to the downtown Oranjestad capital which can be gotten to in several ways; by bus ($1.50 per person), cab ($9), bike (free) or foot (of course also free). Bikes are provided free from the resort but the rules are pretty stringent and after making the trip to downtown on foot, about 20 minutes, we really don't see how one would navigate all the curbs, turnabouts, parking lots and obstacles on a bike. The downtown area is only open until 5:00 everyday and after that everything in the area pretty much shuts down. Further away is the Palm beach area and really the only way to get there from the Tamarijn is by bus, cab or car. Strangely enough, when the downtown area closes the Palm Beach area just starts to open. The Palm Beach area is where most of higher end resorts are and it is loaded with restaurants, shops, theaters, bars, etc. Its a great place to walk around in the evening and enjoy a late dinner or drink as it stays hopping until around 1:00 AM.Speaking of restaurants, the Tamarijn and its sister resort have many. We ate our breakfast and lunch at the buffet and our dinners at the restaurants so we really can't speak to what the dinner buffet is like but we assume it's on the same par as the breakfast and lunch which was more than adequate with a good selection. The restaurants we ate at were very good and quite filling and the service was pleasantly on the ball. Quick tip; make your restaurant reservations with the concierge in the lobby as soon as you possibly can as they take them two days in advance and times fill up fast. Also beware, not all the restaurants are part of the all inclusive package but the registration desk will explain this to you upon check in.The hotel has entertainment around the pool in the evenings. Most were pretty good and some just so so. The synchronized swimmers show was very good and the best place to watch them was from the crows nest a top the small pool bar. The one thing that we really couldn't stand was the afternoon DJ that performs at the pool. He was very obnoxious, played music mixed with horrible sound effects and blasted whatever he was playing beyond a comfortable sound level. Considering that the majority of the people at this resort are middle age and beyond this DJ is simply out of place.About the only other thing that we could say bad about the Tamarijn is that the bars need at least one more bartender per shift. The waits for a drink at times were just to long, especially by the bar that served food. Tipping did seem to get people a step ahead in line though. On a plus side, there is no in pool bar, because we all know that beer, water and a restroom too far away leads to other options.Overall this was a very very relaxing and pleasant short vacation at the Tamarijn and we surely will be returning. Enjoy.
This was my first time in the Caribbean so I had big expectations. The room was amazing, step out the door straight onto the beautiful beach, this made the holiday. If it wasn’t for this we would have asked to be moved. First of all there was noisy building work going on every day for the whole 2 weeks and this could be heard very clearly from the beach. We received a letter telling us about this on the Friday when we were travelling on the Monday and so there was no time to change anything. The room itself was fine but nothing special, the beds were comfy but not changed often enough and given the proximity to the beach ended up full of sand. The room was dated and the only way to lock the patio door was by wedging a piece of wood in it. The big disappointment in the room was the lack of drinks, the fridge wasn’t stocked, even with water and the bar or only place to get water was a long walk away esp in that heat, plus the bar didn’t open until 11am and the water dispenser often didn’t have cups. The food was ok, my boyfriend had to send it back at 2 different restaurants because it was cold and had to be asked to be moved in another because of the noise from a loud table of Americans meaning we couldn’t even hear ourselves talk. At another restaurant we were given a table in the corner with no breeze causing me to be so warm I nearly passed out and couldn’t enjoy the meal, we noticed every time we walked passed for the rest of the week no one was sitting in these seats. The main positive point was Diago in the bar, he was great fun and always had a drink ready for us when he spotted us, even if the measures were very generous, he was great. Most staff were nice although some could come across as quite rude and ignore you, there was quite a split in the attitude of staff. The entertainment was very poor, unorganised and often non existent. I was expecting it to be vibrant and lively, it wasn’t. In general everything was very expensive and their aim is to get as much money out of the tourists as possible, even after we got home we found they had taken a further £14 for the hospital, apparently this is in the small print and you have to let them know if you don’t want to pay it. We did have a great holiday and some fab trips but this was more to do with the island than the hotel, there were lots of simple little things that could be done to improve the experience. It felt like they had already got our money and so didn’t need to make an effort. I feel what could have been a holiday of a lifetime was let down by a few simple disappointments.
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- All meals & snacks (buffet or a la carte)
- Theme nights
- Domestic and limited international drinks 11am-1am
- Day and night tennis
- Snorkeling and lesson in pool
- Beginner's windsurfing clinic
- Fitness area
- Beach volleyball
- Funbook with coupon for nearby Alhambra Casino
- Supervised children's activities 10am-3pm (ages 5-12)
- Activities and entertainment
- Service charges
- Swimming Pools
- Lit tennis courts
- Fitness room
- Watersports centre
- Shopping Arcade
- Casino nearby
- Wireless internet (fee)
- 1 queen bed or 1 king bed or 1 queen bed and 1 double bed
- Satellite flat screen TV
- Wireless internet access (fee)
- Full bathroom with hairdryer
- Ironing board/iron
- Mini fridge
- Balcony or patio
- Max. occupancy 4
Resort Location Map
Tamarijn Aruba Beach ResortAruba,Aruba
- Hotel Contacts
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J.E. Irausquin Blvd #41 Druif Beach, Oranjestad Aruba
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