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This All-Inclusive Resort Has Everything You Need for a Perfect Aruba Vacation

Aruba Epic Stays
by Jacqueline Dole Dec 27, 2023

In recent years, all-inclusive resorts have started to shed their reputation for so-so (if not worse) food, watered down cocktails, lackluster hospitality, and bland common areas and rooms. Today, booking a vacation at an all-inclusive resort can mean completely immersing yourself in the culture of a place, or finding an escape where your every need is carefully considered — or both. For the traveler who wants to entirely disconnect and drop any questions about what’s next or how much extra something will cost, the new approach of all-inclusive resorts make a holiday or even a short getaway seamless.

This is on full display in the Caribbean. Situated on Aruba’s Drulf Beach, Divi Aruba All Inclusive Resort — and it’s sister property, Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive — offer guests everything they need to have an idyllic beach vacation with the opportunity to truly relax. The two connected properties share 11 restaurants, eight bars, and a slew of activities available day and night.

Rooms at Divi Aruba All Inclusive

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Divi offers several room types throughout the property. Guests can opt for a garden view, pool view, ocean view, or an oceanfront room that has easy access to the shore. Regardless of which one fits your budget and needs, all of the rooms are centrally located on the property and are close to the beach, pools, and dining options. If accessibility is a concern, keep in mind the rooms are in either two-story buildings with stairs or three- and four-story buildings with elevator access.

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On a recent visit, I stayed in an ocean view room in one of the newer four-story buildings. Two pools sit right next door to the building, and the beach is only about a three minute walk away. Standard, upscale amenities and a king size bed fill the room. The highlight of the room, of course, is the balcony, which is outfitted with two chairs, a small table, and an absolutely picture perfect view of the water in the distance.

Amenities and things to do at Divi Aruba All Inclusive

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Planning action-packed days is just as easy as finding the perfect spot to relax on the beach here. In the morning, there are opportunities for guided fitness classes like zumba and hatha yoga, as well as water exercise and tennis clinics. Throughout the day, the resort offers activities like poolside bingo and salsa classes. In the evening, there is live music along with shows that feature local dancers.

For those who appreciate the planned opportunities the all-inclusive offers but want to live their days less scheduled, guests can utilize onsite float rentals available at the towel huts, complimentary snorkel gear and bicycle rentals. There is also an extremely well appointed gym with sweeping views of the ocean and beach.

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The beach has ample palapas and chairs available to guests alongside the ocean in front of both Divi and Tamarijn resorts. There are four freshwater pools and one wading pool that guests can use between the two properties.

Getting to your preferred activity is easy even when heading to a different property. There are golf cart shuttles that operate frequently throughout the day to take guests between the two resorts (I was never waiting for longer than five minutes before one arrived). These shuttles are also available to take guests to the nearby Alhambra Casino, which was the perfect evening destination filled with gaming, shopping, restaurants, and coffee shops.

Restaurants at Divi Aruba All Inclusive

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One of the ways in which Divi stands out from other nearby resorts is its food and beverage program. In addition to the rotating menus at the permanent restaurants, the resort works with visiting chefs for pop-up style residencies. Chris Coombs, co-founder of Boston Urban Hospitality, was highlighted on my visit, and he crafted a menu that celebrated the terroir of Aruba.

“I wanted to stay true to my French inspired new American cuisine but I really want the flavors of Aruba to come through.” Coombs told me. He worked with local vendors to procure items to showcase on his menu, including a new mushroom producer on the island and locally grown avocados and limes.

Limited-time offerings like this only add to the roster of places to eat around the property. Guests can make reservations in person or on the resort’s app for the sit-down restaurants they wish to dine at (try the tostada de salpicon and caldo de pollo at the Mexican restaurant Pure Lime adjacent to the lobby, or beachside dining at Red Parrot).

For those looking for less commitment, the buffet has nightly themed dining and accepts walk-ins. Like everything else here, the buffet goes above and beyond your run-of-the-mill all-inclusive resort buffet, centered around a grill where guests can choose chicken, steak, and a rotating selection of fish to order. For quick meals and snacks, guests can dine at two quick service counter options: the beachside Sandpiper Bar, which serves hot dogs and hamburgers, and the Coco Grill & Bar, which offers pizza and paninis until 1 AM.

Getting to Divi Aruba All Inclusive

Getting to Aruba in the southern Caribbean is convenient, with American Airlines flying direct to Queen Beatrix International Airport from more than 30 airports in the United States. The airport is located just south of Oranjestad, about 10 minutes drive from Divi and Tamarijin.

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