Idyllic Aruba lures more than a million sunseekers to its sandy shores each year, who come for the pristine beaches, fantastic weather, world-class kiteboarding spots, lively nightlife scene, and even a chance to get up close and personal with pink flamingos. There are plenty of options when it comes to choosing a base for exploring this Caribbean country, and the Divi Resorts chain is a popular pick for Aruba accommodation with multiple properties around the island. Each has something different to offer which can make it tough to decide which one to stay at: for example, those who love hitting the links on vacation will want to book Divi’s golf-focused property, while guests who want to hang out poolside or play in the sand should consider one of their beachfront hotels.
Divi properties have a more laid-back look and vibe than you’ll find at premium, five-star hotels on the island, and the budget-friendly price point reflects that. Combined with the fact that suites have a full kitchen and the option to have multiple adjoining bedrooms and bathrooms, it’s easy to see why they’re considered among the best hotels in Aruba for families and group getaways. Here’s a complete guide to deciding which of the Divi resorts in Aruba is perfect for your sunny vacation.
Best places to stay in Aruba
There are five Divi Resorts in Aruba:
- Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort*- This expansive property is across the street from Druif Beach, which is a 10-minute drive between either Oranjestad or Palm Beach on the west coast. Suites are spread across two separate areas: Golf Villas which is built around a golf course, and Village Golf which is closer to the beach, tennis courts and main entrance. All-inclusive options are available, and those guests have access to activities, 14 dining options, 13 bars and amenities at all of the other Divi resorts except for Phoenix.
- Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort*- This beautiful beachfront resort has a prime location along Palm Beach, which is the island’s busiest area with plenty of restaurants, resorts and nightclubs. It does not operate as an all-inclusive.
- Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort*- This quiet, seaside spot is steps away from Druif Beach, and the suites and studio units have full kitchens. All-inclusive options are available, and those guests can experience 10 dining options, eight bars, six freshwater pools, activities and amenities at the Tamarijn Aruba and Divi Aruba All Inclusive.
- Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive resort– Everything’s included at the beachfront Tamarijn Aruba, which has five restaurants on-site, four bars, four pools and access to everything at its sister property, the Divi Aruba All Inclusive.
- Divi Aruba All Inclusive resort– This beachfront hotel is found on Divi Beach and is the closest property to the Alhambra Casino and shopping complex. This all-inclusive has five restaurants on-site, and guests also have access to the restaurants, cafes and bars located next door at the Tamarijn.
*This article will focus on the differences between these three resorts
Locations of the Aruba Divi resorts
Divi Aruba Phoenix gets top marks for its fantastic beachfront location, which is like something right out of the paradise playbook. Palm trees sway lazily over the soft white sand beach, which has plenty of loungers and palapas to curl up under for the day. Waves gently lap at the shoreline, and the surrounding warm, calm bay is a brilliant turquoise hue.
This is the closest Divi property to Eagle Beach which has been ranked as one of the world’s best beaches, and is also near the island’s most iconic Divi Divi tree. The Phoenix has the good fortune of not being near any of the Aruba high rise hotels, which means it’s relatively quiet and guests can enjoy fabulous, unobstructed sea views. It’s also close enough to the hub of activity in Palm Beach that it’s easy to head over to an off-property restaurant or check out the nightlife.
The sprawling Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort is about 10 minutes down the road towards the capital Oranjestad, and is like two resorts in one. One section of villas is set back from the sea and centres around The Links at Divi Aruba, which is a nine-hole golf course with meticulously-groomed fairways and pretty lagoons. The other side has more of a vacation feel since it’s closer to the beach and bars–however, none of the rooms here are along the water or have unobstructed views since there’s a road and a couple of resorts in between. Divi Village is large enough that it takes a couple of days to get your bearings, and there are free shuttles driving around all day long to take you wherever you need to go.
Divi Dutch Village is located directly across the street from Divi Village Golf, and while the rooms do not have sea views it’s just steps away from Druif Beach.
The spacious, clean rooms at Divi Dutch, Divi Village and the Phoenix all look very similar, and feature king beds, A/C, a dining area, kitchen or kitchenette, and living area with a fold-out couch. The clever configurations mean it’s possible to link them with adjoining suites for additional bedrooms and bathrooms, which make Divi among the best Aruba hotels for families. Crib and cot rentals are also available, and each unit has access to a communal BBQ area.
Divi Aruba Phoenix wins this category thanks to the jaw-dropping views of the Caribbean Sea from each private balcony–especially if you snag a suite on a higher level floor on the north side.
A fair number of rooms at each resort are privately owned or part of a timeshare type of program through the Divi Vacation Club, ranging from one bedroom studios to multi-level suites that even have their own hot tubs.
The pools at Divi Resorts in Aruba
Water babies have plenty of places to play here at Divi Resorts, with more than a dozen pools between the properties. Guests of Divi Dutch Aruba have three freshwater pools to choose from, and the Aruba Phoenix has two huge outdoor pools as well as a whirlpool, hot tub, kids pool and swim up bar.
Divi Village wows with four different pool areas, including a beautiful infinity pool with a swim up bar overlooking the golf course which is frequented by sunbathing iguanas! Kids love the adjacent water slide, and there’s also a large hot tub which is the perfect spot to soak once the sun goes down. All-inclusive guests have access to the pools at Divi Dutch, Divi Aruba Phoenix and the Tamarijn.
Dining experiences at the Aruba Divi Resorts
You won’t find any boring buffets here: each resort has a number of different dining options, ranging from cute cafes and casual delis to inspired, multi-course meals on the beach. *Note: not all restaurants are included in the all-inclusive plan and may incur an additional charge.
Some great options are:
- Windows on Aruba- Windows on Aruba impresses from the moment you walk into its two-storey atrium, where a spectacular glass installation drips from the ceiling and tables overlook the golf course and Caribbean Sea. Considered one of Aruba’s premiere dining experiences, the food is incredible and the dinner menu includes rich servings of lobster bisque, salmon carpaccio, surf & turf, sea bass and filet mignon. The Sunday Brunch is famous around the island and an event in itself: served one small course at a time, chances are you’ll spend at least a couple hours here savouring breakfast favourites like a fantastic eggs benedict, waffles and smoothies before moving on to appetizers like escargot, crab cakes and tuna tartar and noshing on veal or risotto to finish things off. Brunch is $55 per person, including unlimited mimosas.
- Mulligans Golf Café and Bar & Restaurant- After sinking your last putt, head into Mulligan’s which has a great view overlooking the 1st and 9th holes. Casual fare is served throughout the day, and it’s a great breakfast option if you’re staying at Divi Village (be sure to order a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice.)
- pureocean- No trip to Aruba is complete without enjoying a candlelight dinner on the beach, so head over to the Divi Aruba Phoenix to dine on fresh seafood and local specialties under a flowing white canopy lit up by stars and soft lights. Even the menus help set the mood, as they’re backlit by glowing LEDs!
- Beach Bar- This fun spot lives up to its name with a great location right on Druif Beach, and is a fantastic spot to watch the sunset during happy hour while listening to live music.
Activities and amenities at the Aruba resorts
If you manage to pull yourself away from the sun soaked beaches or that poolside lounger, there are plenty of activities on each Divi resort for all ages. Non-motorized water sports like catamarans, kayaks and snorkelling equipment are included, and there’s a ‘Learn to Windsurf’ clinic on the beach to capitalize on Aruba’s famous trade winds. Tennis courts (with free lessons), a 30-foot climbing wall and fitness centres are also available to guests of Divi Village and Divi Dutch, including a beautiful gym above Beach Bar overlooking the sea. Those staying at the Village on an all-inclusive package can also enjoy free rounds of golf starting at 3 p.m.
At night, hop in the free shuttle and head over to the Alhambra Casino to try your luck on the slots, or enjoy a performance by world-renowned mentalist and comedian Guy Bavli. During his hilarious Master of the Mind show, audience members are brought up on stage to participate in an interactive mind reading, telekinesis and hypnotism experience.
There are also plenty of things to do in Aruba away from the resorts, like seeing the vibrant street art in the town of San Nicolas, taking a road trip around the island to explore the gorgeous natural pools and beaches, or heading over to De Palm Island to check out the flamingos.
Guests wanting a bit of pampering can relax at one of the spas, which offer manicures, pedicures, therapeutic massages and body treatments. At the Divi Phoenix Aruba spa called Pure Indulgence, guests sip tea and unwind in a serene, bright space before enjoying services like rejuvenating facials and hot stone massages. Back at the Village, guests can head over to the Indulgence by the Sea spa at Divi Aruba All-Inclusive, or get glam at the hair and nail studio in Divi Tamarijn ahead of a night out.
Overall, if you want a relaxing Aruba vacation where you simply plop yourself on the beach for a week and don’t have to lift a finger, the Phoenix, Tamarijn or Divi Aruba All Inclusive resorts are your best bet thanks to their locations along the Caribbean Sea and all-inclusive offerings. Those who are more active, have a car and want to experience the island should base themselves at Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort to take advantage of amenities like the golf course and dining at other restaurants around the island. Or better yet…try them all!
Globe Guide experienced the Divi Resorts in Aruba as a guest of Divi Resorts
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