Tamarijn Aruba Beach Resort
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- All Inclusive Features
If you love direct access to the beach then this is the perfect resort. There has been several updates since our last visit and we were very pleased with what they have done. Staff was great & accommodating and we would stay here again.
We visited for 5 days with another couple and our children. First off, I have to say that we did have a wonderful time, but for those that are looking for their best option for an all inclusive, I don’t think that this is the place. I know many gave it five star reviews, but from our perspective I think that you could do better for your money. It had its high points. The rooms were right on the beach with beautiful views. I was thrilled to wake up to a gorgeous view every morning. The food is decent. The restaurants are nice and the buffet offers a great selection. We loved the Red Parrot and Ginger. The bad news is the service was very disappointing. I was very surprised as to how unfriendly the staff was at an island that is referred to as ‘One Happy Island’. We are a pretty laid back bunch so we did not let it ruin our stay, but all of us were disappointed. Most of the bartenders and wait staff we encountered, with very few exceptions did not smile or engage us and many were downright rude and even seemed annoyed when you asked for help. It was upsetting as I have stayed at different islands where the staff were fun and accommodating and knew you by name by the end of your trip. The rooms are also old and need a lot of maintenance. We had issues with our dresser not opening and closing, our shower door would not close, the tv broke in the middle of the week and the door to our room would not close from the outside unless you slammed it. We also had a broken chair on our patio that they changed out after a couple days. While they swept and mopped the main area frequently, I noticed that they did not clean other areas. There were dirty glasses left throughout the resort that were never picked up. I know this because there was a dirty champagne glass on one of the tables on the beach right in front of our room and it sat there almost the whole week. I used it as a landmark to find our room. All in all, we had a great time because, well we were in Aruba and with great people, but if we were to return we would look into a different option.
My wife and I spent 9 days Jan 7 to the 16th for a first time at this resort. We have previously stayed at holiday inn and the Riu hotel several years ago. The rooms are clean and facing the beach. They are a 4 star caliber. The service and food at the buffet are definitely 5 star plus. The a la carte restaurants are over the top for service and food. Edgar at the red parrot was so good we went back 3 times. The Italian was also amazing. We will definitely be coming back.
This would not be my first choice. There are other places nicer. Good part is every room is beach front. Bad news every room is beach front. I know that sounds confusing but when every room is beach front and you end up in the 2500 rooms your are going to walk over a half mile one way to everything. On the far end the beach does not have rocks so being in that area has that advantage. Getting a shuttle is difficult. So be prepared to walk a lot. Even number rooms are upper level so be aware of that. Food is ok and the buffet changes all the time. Make reservations well in advance if you want a real sit down meal. The Ginger is good and pure lime is good. Concierge desk is lacking at best. Not very helpful and you feel like you are bothering them. Bar is ok and drinks flow pretty well. Hotel is very old and shows in places. Next trip we will do the manchebo again. Much more friendly of a place.
My wife and I were in Tamarijn resort in Aruba from January 7 to January 14. Let me share our experience with you from this trip, first by describing our opinion about Aruba itself. Aruba is a small island that while it is a Dutch colony, there is nothing like a European city. It is more like an American city. Its currency is US dollar and most of the stores in the city are American chains. It is a safe city but not a very special city as many people would like to describe it. Its water is rough and there is a constant wind all 24 hours. In my opinion, while it is a good city, but when you compare it with other Caribbean places, it is overrated. The cost of everything is much more than what you pay when you go to Cuba for example (yes Cuba is a poor country, but it is as safe as Aruba and Cuba has many more destinations (cities) and activities than Aruba. Tamarijn resort and its more expensive sister, “Divi all-inclusive resort” is located close to the downtown area. No matter in which one of the two resorts you stay, you have access to all facilities in both resorts. We found that the reception in Tamarijn is better that in Divi and the receptionists in Tamarijn are much friendlier than in Divi. Our special Thanks to JANINE for her friendly welcome and for her help when she tried to help us with the issues that we had with WIFI and the Shower in our room. Unfortunately due to the lack of support from resort’s management, none of the issues were resolved. The WIFI was never worked in the room and the shower was not fixed. The beach in Divi is better than in Tamarijn. The beach in Tamarijn is full of rocks that make it very difficult to go in the water, while this is not the case in Divi. The beach in DIVI is all soft/white sand.On the other hand, the Buffet area in Tamarijn is much better and more pleasant than in Divi. The bars in both Tamarijn and Divi are very average and very few.All three restaurants in Tamarijn and the two in Divi are good. You must book them in advance.The Concierge where you have to book the restaurants are not friendly or helpful and sometimes you find them rude and not polite. We found that in general the customer service in both resorts is poor. Instead of helping the customers, most of time they argue with the guests. This is true too with the resorts’ Managers as well. In our opinion, the managements need to be trained to provide better customer service and then they can be the role models for other customer cares in the resorts. The customer service always starts from the top.
Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).
If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.
Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
- Hotel transfers for packages to USA
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- 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
- Extra Info
J.E. Irausquin Blvd #41 Druif Beach, Oranjestad Aruba
Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.
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