Tamarijn Aruba Beach Resort
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The flight from Manchester would have been better if the 3 passengers sitting in front of us, had not reclined their seats for the whole of the journey, apart from the 2 meal times. Why do they do this when it is a day flight and they were sitting up, not sleeping?! After collecting our luggage we all had to put the cases through another scanner, which was unusual in it's self but one couple had their 2 bottles of Vodka (that they bought on the flight) taken off them and these were returned to them on the return flight? PS there is no smoking anywhere in departures at Oranjestad (even though we were told there was) Apparently it was at one time at the side of the Dutch Bar but is no more. Transfer was about 15 minutes and we were given room keys and wrist bands on the coach. Wrist bands are material and not plastic, they were excellent.Great idea. The rooms we had were 12 steps away from the beach and very good air conditioning. Could do with some sun shades on the rooms near to the dining room.Very clean rooms which were cleaned every day, towels changed every day, plenty of them and sheets almost every day. Little extras like boxes of tissues were in the room. There is a coffee machine (with coffee pods) ours was not very good, as it leaked out the bottom. We had taken a kettle anyway so it wasn't a problem for us. The beach is very clean and the water was very clear and warm. Everyone spent quite a lot of the time in the sea as the humidity is very high on this island. You definitely don't need a cardigan in the evenings! We found everywhere clean. There is a coffee machine near to the bar/shops, not the best but not too bad.The bars have good branded drinks, straws would have been good though, unfortunately as many people have already said, the staff were not very friendly, in the bars or in the dining room, apart from a handful in the dining room,who were completely the opposite. The food in the dining room was good and lots of choices. Ice cream was in small individual tubs, which is a brilliant idea.We went to the Mexican restaurant at the sister hotel, the waiter was brilliant and the meals are huge but lovely. We also went to the Red Parrot twice, which was ok the nights we went, although some people did say it wasn't good the night they went. The Ginger Restaurant at the Tamarijn was good and also the staff. We didn't go to the Italian at the Tam as everyone we spoke to said it was terrible. All of our group went on the Safari Jeep ride which takes you all round the island. This was brilliant, very rough terrain though so take a blow up cushion for your back if you suffer. The drivers were great guys, informative and friendly. Entertainment at the Tam was ok, as you would normally expect, but it's good to just sit around, relax and talk to other guests. Little buggies that take you to the sister hotel and casino were brilliant with friendly, helpful drivers.Taxis into the town are very cheap, there are lots of Designer shops there and also little market stalls, also a free tram that goes round the town. We all had a bike one day and this was good, the bikes were quite comfortable. Met some lovely people. Overall a good holiday.
Always love coming back to the Tamarijn. The experience is always wonderful. This year, I was there 10/31-11/8/2017. Check in and check out are friendly and efficient. Grounds are beautiful. Rooms are not spacious but they are adequate and very comfortable. Most importantly, every one of them is ocean front!! Renovations that have been made are wonderful. The lobby is beautiful. The beaches are slowly returning to what they were the first times we were here. Hurricanes in the Caribbean created surf that had negative impact on the beach 2 years ago but this year was a huge improvement over last year and I expect it will be better still when I return for vacations in May and Nov 2018. However, for now, you might want to bring water shoes just in case you need to step over any little spots that are less than pristine sand as you enter the water. It would be nice to get a little more info on check in - like a schedule of events at both resorts. (or maybe there could be a schedule left at the desk that includes the activities for current day and next few days). Also, I believe there may be an 'orientation' of some kind held each day. I have never been told of this so I am not sure whether it exists or I was misinformed. Breakfast and lunch choice are rather repetitive but still excellent. There are enough choices so even if the items are repeated you can still choose something different each day. Ginger is my favorite restaurant, both the food and service are excellent. The salmon is especially good and the staff is great. I have found the Red Parrot to be hit or miss. The Palm Grill is fun and a little different. All tables seat 4 so you may sit with folks you have never met - but that is part of the fun. The food is okay. However we have been there three times and the service is fair, at best. The last time we were never even offered dessert. remember to make your restaurant reservations 2 days in advance - right at 8:00 am - or you are likely to have to accept something other than your first choice/time.I like quiet and the rooms at end are quieter - building 19-25. A bit of a walk to the pool/restaurants etc, as a result, there are less people walking by the room. If you want to be near the activity and night life you will want a room closer to the lobby/bar/pool/restaurants. A second floor room offers more privacy - the trade off is you have to walk up the stairs instead of walking straight out your sliding door and on to the beach. Overall the Tamarijn is unbeatable. I can't wait to return.
If you're looking for a place with great food, any drink you want (both alcoholic and non), and a gorgeous view from every corner of this (and the Divi) resort the Tamarijn is the right spot. The food was amazing - never had to have the same thing twice and we stayed at the Tamarijn for 1 week! The drinks were never ending and always cold and delicious - the bartenders could make anything I wanted! The service was always friendly and timely and we always felt comfortable.The pools and grounds are well kept, the music is a bit loud, but the atmosphere is always festive. If you aren't interested in rowdy people who are getting their money's worth at the bar, there are several other pools that are quiet and serene. The beach is right there as well and the included kayaks and snorkeling gear is a must to check out. Bikes are included as well and if you are brave enough to ride on the streets of Aruba, it's a great way to get to see other things. (We rode in a cab from another beach and this driver was crazy - I wasn't brave enough to send my family into the streets on bikes!). I highly recommend this resort if you are looking for all-inclusive. We ate in the mornings, ventured out into other parts of the island, came back for lunch and a nap, and then took advantage of the Divi Resort's food and drinks and pools. We had an amazing time!
Me and my partner stayed here for a week from 24th-31st Oct. Plane from the UK was empty which was a great start to our hol (full on the way home though)TUI check you in on the coach so we went straight to our room our keys didnt work so had to get them re-programmed and our bags were brought straight to us.ROOMSWe were in 1502 2nd floor great views all OK ('til we moved to the Divi and realised what we'd been missing)Little bugs in bathroom, bathroom light dim and all flickered throughout the room, TV controls didnt work either didnt bother us too much though. The coffee machine worked once then would produce brown water instead of hot water.2 days before we left there was a storm it was so bad water leaked through the whole room everything was soaked including the floor. We were out on an excursion that day and we came back to no wifi, no air con, no lights and were moved to 403 at the Divi PERFECT location right on the sand,the room was spotless and the bed so comfy perfect end to the holiday. There was no coffee machine in this room and it was a little chilly we didnt need aircon.RESTAURANTS Buffet at the Tam so poor didn't eat anything when we first arrived for dinner apart from fries very repetitive so try and book as many restaurants as you can.Breakfast there was good plentiful and lunch very repetitive.We found lunch was best at the Divi-nicer setting.Red Parrot -the best one they even made a cake and sang for my partners 30th was such a special night overlooking the beach really good food there.Mexican- poor good margaritas though and the air con in there was Sooo Cold.Very slow service we didnt even have dessert.Ginger-chinese restaurant OK mosquitos in the restaurant put me off, food was OK very plentiful.Palm Grill- The idea was good. We got there in time for our booking and still had to wait 10 minutes for a table! Then we were sat with another couple which was weird, luckily they were lovely people.Food was good there very filling you just have to be careful cooking raw chicken and fish.Do bring towel clips due to the wind (I forgot) and you do need to get up early to get a decent chair. Our first day we went to set up and ended up right at the other end of the beach by rooms 2000 the sea is much nicer there and no rocks.Right outside room 1502 by the buffet theres a nice bit of beach where we went most days and used the free floats.The beach at the divi is so much nicer a long stretch of beach no rocks and the sea was so clearyou can see all the fish.POOLAgain nicer and more choice at the divi..the main pool had beds to lay on was nice. The pool at the Tam was full of kids. Sat by it once couldn't really swim in it properly.GYM - Wads good we were able to use twice on our first 2 days and then it was being ripped out and done up- we took the free bus to the Phoenix to use their gym which was so much better however this was such a way away didnt bother go again.Overall great resorts with shuttles to take you to each hotel we uses all amentities in the short time we stayed there, rented bikes, went to Lings and sons store, used the pools, went to as many restaurants as we could, got to see each side of the beaches good and bad. Went to the shops near the casino Dunkin donuts etc. The divi at night was more lively.The entertainment at the Tam was good most nights. The snack bars were good and the Divi showed sports in the lounge which was a good spot to chill.We preferred the Divi however some people who stayed there said they preferred the Tam so is a matter of perception.I'd deffo return to Aruba it is beautiful, if not at this hotel I'd try another further up.
We traveled to the Tamarijn from 11/4-11Check in:Lobby was beautifulOnly waited a few minutes before being called to the counter to check inWent very smoothlyWas disappointed that the woman that checked us in did not tell us a few things or give us allThe information one should get at check inShe did not give us the entertainment schedule for the 2 Divi resorts or even share with us that there is a new guest orientation each morningRoomWe stayed in room 1212Perfect locationClose to the pool area and the beach and a short walk to DiviThe room was small, but how much time do you spend there anywayBut with a family of 4 (2 teenage boys) it was tightWish during the renovation they made the beds higher so you could store your luggage under the beds; sadly we had to line our bags up against the wall by the door which added to the small feeling of the roomWish there was more closet/ drawer space but we made it workWe have stayed at Divi in St Croix and one thing they do that Tamarijn should do is put a door mat at your doorComing in and out from the beach,even though you rinse your feet, leads to sand getting all over your floor; at least with a mat you can wipe your feet before walking inThe foot rinse/shower by building 11/12 doesn’t have any stepping stones or walkway to the building so after rinsing you have a to step in the sand.... they should definitely install a walkway to limit the sand on the stairs and walk areas around buildings (when it is sandy it is very slippery)The barsThe bars were average; not top of the line drinks but good; Diego was greatAnd the “fast food” at the main bar in the pool area was greatRestaurantsItalian: great food and service Palm Grill: was good and fun to cook your own foodRed Parrot: good food but service can be hit or missBuffet breakfast: good Buffet dinner: preferred Divi over Tamarijn ConciergeAppreciated the concierge being in the lobby but I am guessing palm tours pays to be there and do the dining reservations for the hotel and book excursions for guests (but they only book their own excursions)Didn’t appreciate when I asked about a tour where you drive your own Jeep, her reply “oh you can not do that anymore on Aruba, it’s illegal” total lie; did the Jeep tour through EL tours Aruba and it was fabulousWas sad that the rock wall was not open while we were there (my boys were disappointed) they ripped down the building that houses the water sports and bar. Per staff new building should be done by 2/2018Overall great experience and we would go backBut may look into 2 rooms next time just for space reasons when traveling with a family of 4
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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
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Tamarijn Aruba Beach ResortAruba,Aruba
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J.E. Irausquin Blvd #41 Druif Beach, Oranjestad Aruba
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