Tamarijn Aruba Beach Resort
- What's Included
- All Inclusive Features
We have just returned from our 2nd visit and what a great place to stay, the staff are brilliant. Loved that when you are collected from the airport you are already checked in, get your soft material armband and key card on the coach, so you can head for the bar for a drink and your cases are taken to your rooms.The people in Aruba are very laid back which is why we love it, makes us chill and relax.We walked to the town which took us approx 20mins and used the free tram that goes from the harbour and through the town so you don't miss anything.All the rooms are on the beach and are very clean, so it does not matter where you are situated, we had room 2210 which was not far to get to everything. We used the Bunker bar during the day which was a lovely bar to sit and cool down with a lovely cocktail.The pool area was really good, music and very close to the bar, you can order cooked snacks all day. Ie pizza's, chicken nuggets, chips also club sandwiches etc. The main Buffet restaurant has been updated from last year and you can visit all the other restaurants as many times as you like, they are all very good with so many choices everyday.We will be going back to this wonderful place for sure
We just got back from our 3rd trip to the Tamarijn in Aruba and we quite pleased with the upgrades made since the last time we were there! Fixed up restaurant, new bar/eatery, and newer furniture added to the resort. The Papparazzi at the Tamarijn, and the Divi restaurant "The Red Parrot" took a few steps backward, but the new "Pure Lime" Mexican restaurant, at Divi, was a big hit! The staff/people at the Tamarijn, were again top notch and as sweet as can be (of course we always show our appreciation to them) and we didn't want to leave! Bingo (with prizes and play in the pool if you want!), pool volleyball, and constant music were again offered and were SO much fun!! While the beach is still shorter than it was back in 2013 (from a hurricane) it is still crystal clear water and beautiful white sand. We stayed in block 1300 (room 1303) and it was a little noisy because it was right next to the ping pong tables and pool tables (which are supposed to be cut off at 9:30, but people were loud there until 11pm) but the access to the restaurant, bars, pool, and beach was simply awesome! Stay away from the weird lady near the property who offers to braid hair for 3$ per braid! (And she asks you to get food for her too! Which we refused to do.) The boutique at the Tamarijn does it for 2$ per braid! We did a catamaran snorkleing cruise through DePalm Tours which was AMAZING, we hiked Hooiberg mountain which is the 4th highest spot on the island, and had a fancy dinner at Hladicuri which was pricey but a special and stunning evening on the beach for dinner! Overall, the island, the people, the Tamarijn are wonderful! We will be back again and again and again! Thank you Tamarijn Staff!!!
I'm currently sat at the Tamarjin (in the buffet) waiting for our transfer to the airport writing this review wondering 'should I say this is great' or ......I guess the first thing I should say is that my wife wants to return next year, so why the 3 stars not 4 or 5 I hear you say. Well,this holiday turned out to be great, I just wish the hotel did itself a favour and did few things better. Namely;1 - The bedrooms are tired, very tired, the lock for the patio doors is a piece of drift wood, no I'm not joking, that you have to 'jam' into the frame to secure it, the tap leaked all over the counter, the cloths line was broken, the walls were dirty etc.2 - Aruba stands for 'the happy Island' apparently, I think someone forgot to tell the staff. With a few exceptions these people are just plain miserable which defiantly affected our stay. I know it's hot but this is the job people. Other holiday resorts have friendlier staff. Moon Palace for example.3- In the morning we would come to breakfast around 8-8:30 to find the areas around the pool and bar still had last night glasses all over the place making it look scruffy.4 - All inclusive, the dive Dutch village is 20 feet from this place owned by the same hotel, why can't we drink in the beach bar? Its wouldn't take much.I could go on.Now for the good bits and there is plenty.1- The beach and sea are just amazing2- Tt's quite easy to book a restaurant (even if you felt like you were inconveniencing the girls on the desks, a less friendly bunch you'll struggle to find).3- The food in both the buffet and restaurants is lovely (except fushion, give that one a miss, all precooked rubbish). The guy cooking the pasta is a brill.4 - The rooms, while I said they were tired they are cleaned very well, the air conditioning is just what you need and works a treat, the beds and pillows allow for a great nights sleep (that is when your 11 year old isn't kicking you in the back).5- There's only one pool, this is enough everyone goes on the beach and why not what a beach, the beds around the pool are soft, if pushed I could sleep on them. There is other pools which are just fine.6- Beach bar - lovely7- Movie night on the beach is great for the kids and grown ups.All in all this place is very good and we may return but I'd like to see more smiles and enthusiasm from the staff and the rooms refurbished.Don't let this put you off for the money this is a gemMANAGER - SEND YOUR STAFF TO MOON PALACE IN MEXICO, THATS WHAT SERVICE SHOULD BE LIKE.
We are leaving the Tamarijn tomorrow afternoon after an amazing two weeks. Flew in the Thomson Dreamliner which was good but even better was being checked in on the bus. We received our all inclusive bands as we got on the bus and our cases were marked with our room numbers to be sent along on a buggy. This process was very efficient and allowed for us to start our holiday straight away. We stayed in block 24 which is near the end of the tamarijn. This area is nice and quiet although a bit of a walk to the main area. Free shuttles are available and it's a nice walk along the beach. Our room had a queen sized bed and was of a good size. We also had a fridge and a safe. We stayed on the ground floor so the beach was right on our doorstep. This was a great feature however we quickly learned not to leave our belongings on the balcony overnight as my partners trainers went missing! Our room was cleaned to an extremely high standard every day. Thanks to Luisa for doing such a great job! We hardly ate at the buffet restaurant as we preferred to book the a la carte restaurants although we went for breakfast which was good. For lunch we ate the woodfired pizzas or nuggets from the bar which were amazing. The drinks are branded and of a high standard. Service was often very slow but think that's just island life! We ate at the Red Parrot a few times. The steak here was amazing. We also enjoyed cooking our own food at the palm grill. We found the Italian restaurant to be average in comparison. On our last night we ate at the fusion steakhouse which is next to the casino. This restaurant was particularly good. We booked the party bus to see more of Aruba. This excursion was a great experience and good fun. We also rented a buggy to explore the island where we visited baby beach, the national park, the natural bridge, natural swimming pool and the church. A very worthwhile experience. We also visited Oranjestad twice. Very easy to get to for 2 dollars on the bus. Shops are expensive but it's a nice walk around town and there is a free tram. Overall we have had an amazing holiday. Been on a few all inclusive holidays and would say that Aruba has been our favourite. The island itself feels safe and all landmarks are very easily accessible. We have found in the past that it has perhaps been too dangerous to leave all inclusive complexes in other Caribbean countries however this was not the case in Aruba.
Like all holidays, different things will appeal to different people, however, we wouldn't rush back to the Tamarijn All Inclusive, as we found it not to be what you'd expect of a 4 or 5 star resort. Having stayed a number of decent 4 and 5 star hotels we would rank it somewhere between a 2 and a 3 star. Having done an all inclusive holiday last year in the Indian Ocean, this disappointed on a number of fronts, some linked to the hotel, and some to Aruba. Taking the positives first of all: Beach and ocean - the sand is lovely and soft and white and the sea is an amazing blue. It is like you see on the adverts. The Tamarijn has the advantage of having rooms that open out into the beach and that's a huge bonus, when you see that a number of others involve a walk. A definite plus!!Shuttle Service - there is a regular free shuttle service between the various Divi hotels and this was great, particularly late at night or if you didn't want to get all hot and bothered walking before dinner. Food - At the Divi the Red Parrot is definitely worth a visit. You have to book all 'speciality' restaurants in advances, but of those we tried this is the only one we went back to. Errol and Edgar, two of the waiters were really good. Now for the negatives / points to note, some linked to the hotel and some not:Beaches - the beaches in Aruba are all public and therefore the general public can walk through. This also means they can exercise their dogs, and unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a bag it and bin it approach. Twice we came out to find 'deposits' near our loungers, and had to get staff to clean up for us, which to be fair they did without any issue. On the subject of loungers, we found at our bit of the beach you did have to be up early (7:00 - 8:00) to stand a chance of getting a decent spot, and a few of the loungers have seen better days, so be careful when choosing to avoid a broken one. Rooms - The rooms are a little tired, with both the wardrobe and bed being very creaky. I know it's difficult to refurbish a hotel as they need to keep rooms occupied to be able to pay the staff, however, I think they should think about a bit of a refurbishment sooner rather than later. We were in block 25 and this is at the end of the resort, and very near a main road. Often we'd be awoke by police sirens, heavy trunks and boy racers, so I'd recommend a pair of earplugs. The walls are thin too, and there is a connecting door with next door which means you can hear 'too much' from next door. I would say though that they are kept pretty clean and the cleaning staff are nice and friendly. Food - the buffet restaurant is pretty awful. The food is obviously designed for a quantity over quality clientele, so if you're looking for decent food then either book a speciality restaurant or pay the cash and eat out. It's fine for kids, but not if you want something decent. You would have thought that being close to America and the sunshine state would mean real orange juice. No - it's like a rubbishy cordial. The seats in the buffet are disgusting - I honestly don't know the last time they were cleaned, and I can't understand why you would put cloth seats in an eating area such as this where kids wipe their hands and leave stained and manky seats. Plastic, metal or vinyl covered seats would be a lot easier to keep clean and be a lot more hygienic. The number of flies and small birds in the restaurant is also a worry - it's almost impossible to eat without flies landing on your food or on the central areas. Diners leaving piles of food behind after they leave means that the birds and flies can feast to their hearts content until staff eventually clean the plates away - at busy times this can be a while. Ginger (Asian) is nothing special to write home about. Service was mediocre and even though my wife asked for rice instead of noodles, she was given noodles and before we could catch the waiter he was off and we never saw hide nor hair of him again. It would rank above the buffet, but not yet much. The staff didn't appear to really care. The Grounds - definitely nice to walk through, and there is a lot of effort put into keeping it in good nick. Its only when you look carefully you see the flaws:- empty food plates sit outside rooms for most of the day before being collected. - we saw the same pile of discarded plastic cups sitting on the ground at the towel hut for over a week. Is the person in the towel hut blind, or do they just not care about the appearance of the place?In summary, Tamarijn was not great, but then again you shouldn't be spending the time in the hotel, but rather out and about seeing the island. Divi (its sister) looked a bit nicer, however it is 3 or 4 storeys and means a short walk to the beach. Would we stay again? Definitely not. Aruba - if you are happy to spend a lot of time on the beach then 2 weeks is probably ok, however, we started to find it a drag after a week and a bit. If you can afford to do a week in Aruba and a week elsewhere in the Caribbean then that might be worth thinking about. No matter though, if in Aruba I'd recommend the jeep safari to see the whole island and the submarine trip. Oranjestad is definitely worth a visit although some of the shops are eye watering expensive. We didn't find it a cheap place to shop or eat out - the dollar -v- sterling rate was about 77cents to a pound, so don't come expecting any bargains.
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- 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)
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- Swimming Pools
- Lit tennis courts
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- Watersports centre
- Shopping Arcade
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- 1 queen bed or 1 king bed or 1 queen bed and 1 double bed
- Satellite flat screen TV
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- Mini fridge
- Balcony or patio
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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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