Divi Aruba All Inclusive

4.0 star rating

Quality accommodation with a variety of facilities and services.

    What to expect (based on 3297 reviews):

    Cleanliness

    Cleanliness-4

    Location

    Location-4.5

    Rooms

    Rooms-3.5

    Service

    Service-4

    Value

    Value-4

    5 most recent TripAdvisor reviews:

    Best waiter

    Reviewed by Madwoman725(Rochester, New Hampshire) on May 13, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    Sherwin was our waiter many times at the buffet. He was one of the most attentive waiters but even more than that, he offered us alot Of info about the island; some of the wait staff couldn’t be bothered.

    Wonderful stay at the Divi Aruba!!

    Reviewed by KristenD457(Tiverton, Rhode Island) on May 12, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			4
			 out of 5

    I never (never, ever) write reviews...in fact, this is my first review of a resort despite having travelled to multiple Caribbean islands (and Europe) over the years. We stayed at the Divi Aruba from April 18-25th. The room: We stayed in the Vista III building (pool view category) on the third floor. We had a lovely view of the newer pool as well as a view of the water. The room was large, clean, and relatively well appointed. We did have an initial issue with the room (mold smell not uncommon in the Caribbean). After a couple of visits to the front desk during our first night there (the second visit much more irate than the first), the issue was resolved the next morning. Housekeeping did clean the drapes that had spots of mold on them and maintenance checked the air conditioning unit to ensure that it was clean. The larger issue is honestly with guests who attempt to use the thermostats without understanding how to use the room units. I was able to look up the air conditioner’s manual online (via the model number on the unit) and change the setting to a “dry” setting that would assist with removing moisture from the room. Now.....I don’t expect to have to do those things on vacation, but I wanted it fixed and I’m impatient. So....follow your mother’s advice and don’t touch what isn’t yours. The food and drinks: The food was very good overall. We enjoyed eating at Pure Lime, Red Parrot, Ginger, and Paparazzi. We only ate at the buffet one night for dinner (our first night) and it was fine - I don’t generally enjoy buffets for dinner...obviously a personal preference. We would grab some “appetizers” at the buffet if we had a late reservation for dinner. The hotel has melamine plates next to the juice dispenser for guests who want to bring their food outdoors. There were times that I found some of the offerings salty at the buffet, but not often. The buffet is large and has a good selection of items. At breakfast, do try the French toast - it’s out of this world! Do not, however, drink the orange juice - I’m not exactly sure what it is, but it wasn’t fresh (or from concentrate) orange juice. I was very disappointed with that as I am used to having carafes of fresh juice available during breakfast when on vacation. For lunch, there are choices beyond the buffet at two of the bars I highly recommend the grilled ham, cheese, and Gouda panini (or the burger) at the Sandpiper bar. The drinks were good at the bar. As with anywhere, some bartenders are better than others, some are friendlier than others, and some honor requests more than others. I mostly let my husband deal with the drinks..he likes to talk to people more than me ??. I will admit that I did not like having to make reservations for the sit-down restaurants. I understand why it needs to be done (the restaurants are small), however, their reservation system only allows a guest to make dinner reservations up to 2 days in advance. Now, that seems fine when you’re reading it, but becomes more of a nuisance in practice as the reservations fill up early AND you have to make reservations at the concierge desk, standing behind the people that are trying to decide on excursions and/or hear about their vacation club. This could become frustrating for individuals who like to eat at a “high time” (ie. 6:30 or 7:00pm). For my family - when we’re on vacation we don’t mind eating late so long as we don’t have anywhere to go. The beach: This resort was build on a beautiful stretch of beach. This area does have some surf when compared with Palm beach, but it is one of the beautiful beaches I have seen. We did venture to Palm Beach while visiting the high-rise area and I would have had a complete fit if we had stayed in that area. The high-rise area beach has a narrow shoreline and is crowded - I deal with crowded beaches at home and definitely do t want that on vacation. Druif beach (where the Divi is located) is a wonderful, wide stretch of beach with lots of room to spread out. We were able to get a palapa every day, but don’t be fooled by anyone who tells you that you don’t have to get one early (by marking it and your chairs with your belongings) - one of us was taking a trip to the beach every morning between 6:20 and 7:15am....and most of the palapas were already taken! And please remember that you’re approx 863 miles from the equator....so reapply your sunscreen often! The staff: The staff were wonderful overall. People were friendly and most seemed fairly interested in ensuring that we enjoyed our stay. Our room was cleaned early every day (we are fairly early risers) and we always had ample towels. The front desk staff were friendly and helpful.

    Like an island Villa

    Reviewed by jdwyerx1(Fayette, Maine) on May 10, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    Unless you don't like lying under coconut trees in fine white sand looking and playing in a jade color ocean this is the place, enough people to meet other traveling couples and some families but private enough to have your space.Belly up to the bar where friendly bartenders will help you find your fun drink, order food from the bars hint pizzas are awesome,or head to the buffet for breakfast or lunch.Dinner will require a little more choice if you like make sure you make your 2 days reservations ahead to absolutely wonderful resturants at both resorts.Rooms are simple but nice good double sink bathrooms I had an ocean front I was 20 feet to a palace and ocean.If here long enough to play I rode a trike to all the sites , you can take UTV's ATV's jeep and buses tours ,shop in the colorful city center .You will not be disappointed in Divi

    Incredibly pleasant surprise

    Reviewed by Kirstenokc(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) on May 08, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    My husband and I booked this resort spur of the moment based on the recommendation of a co-worker who stayed here 8 years ago. After reading the TripAdvisor reviews, we grew increasingly worried as not all of the reviews were glowing and we tend to have high expectations. However, from start to finish, our experience was extremely positive and we can't wait to return in the fall Exceeded Expectations: -Room - we booked a garden view" but our room actually looked out on a pool, garden, and we could see the ocean. It was a lovely view and the room itself was cute, updated, beachy-themed and quite comfortable. Yes, the closet was small but there was an ancillary closet off the bathroom, and a nice-sized dresser. We had a great balcony as well. The TV had lots of American channels so I didn't have to miss the Today show. Bathroom was remodeled with lit makeup mirror. There are no bath amenities, bring your own lotion and conditioner, but besides that, it was great. -Staff - almost everyone we came in contact with was extremely friendly. Jorge at the Divi beach bar and Eduardo at the Sandpiper were awesome, the guys at the Divi pizza / beer bar were great. I've read reviews that the staff was not always pleasant, but with few exceptions, everyone was great, energetic, helpful, warm. Yes, we did tip, $1 here, $2 there, a $5 or $10 at dinner, but we didn't throw massive amounts of money around and still got great service. -Location - close to everything including airport. -Check-in and out and was a breeze, quick and easy, within five minutes of arrival had wristbands on and a beer in hand -Quality and variety of liquor: No, it's not all top shelf but it is absolutely good enough and there wasn't anything we wanted that they didn't have. Very healthy pours, they are not at all stingy with the booze. The house wine wasn't great but they have a good champagne, and the tequila was weird (it is different than what we are used to in the US) but the frozen concoctions were amazing, we loved balashi (local beer) and my new favorite is the local spiced rum - it makes a great sipper -Cleanliness: It wasn't as spotless as a five-star, kid-free resort, but everything seemed fresh and clean including public bathrooms, lobby area, etc. (except breakfast buffet got a little rough towards late morning) The landscaping was gorgeous, the grounds were really well-tended, housekeeping was great. -Beach bars and waterfront spaces: lots of them. Plenty of open air seating, walking, drinking, dining. Everything is right on the water. As expected: No beach bar service (no one to bring you drinks on the beach) but it's only about 10 steps to the bar so it's no big deal. -Yes, getting a palapa in the early morning is a bit of a challenge but by mid-morning there were always one or two available and by early afternoon, when you really need them due to the heat /sun, there were plenty. -We usually go to adults-only resorts so we weren't used to the kids, but there weren't a lot of them (on the Divi side at least) and the only pool where they was a lot of splashing and chaos was the main pool. The pool by our room was very private and quiet. -The gym was really nice. Not quite as world-class as it looked in the photos but plenty of machines and lots of space, natural light, windows, looks out on the ocean. -Quality of dinner restaurants: We ate at Pure Lime, Red Parrot, and Ginger. We weren't as crazy about Red Parrot as the rest of the world, but it was good. Our experience with all three was that the starters (appetizers) were phenomenal, the main course was good, the desserts were terrible. Next time we'll just load up on the appetizers. None of the staff seemed to have a problem with us ordering multiple appetizers. One thing we did't care for: You have to order your appetizers and main course at the same time which makes for a somewhat rushed dining experience. Since it is not a ridiculously priced resort, next time we will probably plan on eating dinner out about half the time and on property the other half. Not our favorite parts: -Yoga- I love yoga class but the only class they offered was a couple days a week at 5:30 PM. That's really late for yoga. I think it was an outdoor class and at 5:30 it's too hot and let's face it, by then I've been drinking for a couple hours, so that didn't work for me. -Breakfast buffet - this was by far the biggest letdown. The area was nice, and there was always coffee available, but this is def a more kid-centered attraction. Lots of waffles, pancakes, coco puffs, scrambled eggs, pastries, fruit, etc. most of which it appears has been sitting there for hours. Toast, bagels, etc are self serve which means lots of hands in the bread box, not sure how clean. There was an omelette station but only topping options were tomatoes / green pepper / mushroom / cheese. They had granola for the yogurt only one or two days. Juice and water comes out of a dispenser, no fresh-squeezed like you'd expect at the beach. Latte, cappuccino, etc. not an option. If I were to make one suggestion, it would be in this area: Offer a restaurant with a reservation breakfast option, where guests can get things like espresso, fresh juice, healthy options like whole-grain blueberry pancakes, chia pudding, frittatas, crepes, fruit and protein smoothies, etc. -Casino - I think I expected a nicer casino, it was def not a vegas-style thing, but we're not really casino people so it didn't impact us much Overall, it was a fantastic experience. Again, you have to keep in mind this is not the Ritz Carlton - if you want an over-the-top luxury experience, you might be disappointed. But this is an extremely comfortable, enjoyable, easy-to-enjoy resort on a lovely beach with wonderful staff.

    Individual ratings:

    Service

    Service-4

    Value

    Value-5

    Beach paradise

    Reviewed by Beth S() on May 07, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    Had a great time at the Divi. The beach is absolutely fabulous. The water is beautiful as well. Our room was great and very clean. I have to say a shout out to our favorite bartender Eduardo at the Sandpiper Bar. What a great guy. Not only did he make good drinks but he was very friendly and funny. Just a great vacation! Our second time here and won’t be our last.

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