My wife and I recently stayed at the Divi Village on the Mega All Inclusive Package from 10th to 19th December 2011. We booked through a travel agent and flew with Thomas Cook airlines for the first time.
On arrival at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon, we were surprized that the hotel would not let us book in until 4 p.m. They did however store our luggage and gave us our tags for meals and drinks. At first we were a little bothered by the wait, as we have never had to wait to get our room at other resorts, including the RIU palace just down the road. But let me tell you, the wait was well worth it. The one bedroom condo we booked in the village was excellent.
The condo gave us a separate bedroom with bathroom, a washer & dryer, full kitchen and livingroom, with another full bathroom. Much better way to go all inclusive, for us anyway. We packed less and did laundry as needed. Didn't eat meals there, but having a stove and kettle for coffee/tea as we needed. Very comfortable bed and had cleaning staff in everyday.
The best part of this package was the variety of restaurants that we could choose from. We had access to three resorts, the Divi Village, Divi All Inclusive across street and Tamarajn resort across the street. The Divi Village had ala'carte resturants Mulligan's & Seabreeze, which we both enjoyed. The buffet's were ok.
There were a few specialty restaurants, we especially enjoyed the ASIAN Ginger at the Tamamrjn. We were able to eat there twice, as it was off season and not busy. The Italian restuarant was ok, and we would never eat at the Red Parrot, the ribs would break your jaw.
If you like to golf like we do, the Divi Village has a nice nine hole course, not too long, but challenging enough. The package included all the golf (cart included) you wanted past 3 p.m. It wasn't busy this time of year. Rental Clubs are available for a fee.
We also played two rounds at Tera Del Sol 18 hole Robert Trent Jr. course. Its green fee is $129 per person (Golf & Cart), rental clubs for extra fee. Most people would think this is expensive, but for this course its worth it to at least try once. My wife and I have played it many times over the years, and let me say, its a challenge, especially with the winds that are always present. You may lose some balls, but you always find some too.
Over all I would prefer to stay at this resort when visiting Aruba. Enjoyed the RIU as well, but Divi gave you a better room, with muliple eating options and price was realtivily the same.
This was apparently the week to go, as we heard that high season starts this week and its hard to get on the golf course. Many more people around the Christmas holidays and early new year. We got rained on a few times, but not too much.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This beautiful all-suite resort offers guests over-sized studio, one- and two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens perfect for both couples and families. Amenities include 9-hole golf course and clubhouse, 3 freshwater swimming pools, tennis courts, water sports center, 3 restaurants, fitness center, and complimentary transportation to the Alhambra Casino. A wide, white sand beach is just steps across the street. An all inclusive program is available sharing amenities with the neighboring Divi Resorts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Divi Village Golf And Beach Hotel Oranjestad
- Divi Village Hotel And Beach
- Divi Village Resort And Beach
- Divi Village Aruba
- Divi Village Golf And Beach Resort Aruba/Oranjestad