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    Saw a post on another BB that said the Tam beach from The Bunker Bar to town is the biggest since 1986!

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    Smile Message for the 'Tam Expert' ArubaLisa...

    Hi Lisa and all..

    We've been to Aruba 4 times with our 5 yr old and always stayed on Palm Beach, cause we love the buzz and being close to everything.. However, next year (Feb) we will be bringing our yet-to-be-born daughter who will be about 7 months old. I'm thinking that maybe the Tam would be a good place for us as we can be on the beach and close to room, for feeding, naps etc

    So, a few questions:

    Which rooms are best for beach, ie not too many rocks, and closeness from room door to palapas?

    How is the kids club? Our daughter loves mixing with kids of all ages.. Any personal opinions welcome..

    What time does everything close down at night? How late can we get a snack/drink?

    Is it a lively place? I like a bit of activity going on, and some atmosphere..

    Question from daughter, is there ice-cream available during the day?

    And lastly, are there fridges in the room? If not, can you request one?

    Sorry for all the questions.

    Thank you

    Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by hollilol View Post
    Hi Lisa and all..

    We've been to Aruba 4 times with our 5 yr old and always stayed on Palm Beach, cause we love the buzz and being close to everything.. However, next year (Feb) we will be bringing our yet-to-be-born daughter who will be about 7 months old. I'm thinking that maybe the Tam would be a good place for us as we can be on the beach and close to room, for feeding, naps etc
    Dh and I had stayed on Palm Beach over a dozen times before our first stay at a low rise resort, specifically, the Tamarijn. It was also our first all inclusive in Aruba. Hearing a lot of good and bad, truthfully we were not sure what to expect.

    Honestly it took us a good 4 or 5 days to adjust from the high rise resorts we had stayed in, mainly the Westin and Radisson, to a "plainer" low rise resort.

    It finally dawned on us, that everything was a tradeoff, and the positives at the Tamarijn far outweighed any negatives. Mainly the oceanfront rooms and a nice family friendly resort with very good (not gourmeet though) food. The rooms are plain, people complain they are small, but we also take cruise vacations so are used to small cruise ship cabins. Bathrooms are outdated, but clean.

    I think the Tamarijn is a great idea for traveling with an infant. Not only is it easy to run in and out of the room with a first floor room, but you can sit under a palapa with a baby monitor and be only steps away.

    Below is from room 1313 in the 1300 building
    click on thumbnail to enlarge

    Which rooms are best for beach, ie not too many rocks, and closeness from room door to palapas?
    Rocks are at the whim of Mother Nature. Right now, there are no rocks with the exception of in front of about 1500 to 1800. Do be aware though conditions can change drastically between now and February.

    Beach Conditions Buildings 1100 - 1800 March 2009
    Beach Conditions Buildings 1900 - 2500 March 2009
    You can take a look at the resort map and some of the photos on my website, there are photos of the beach side of each building starting here. We like 1100 to 1300 for it's proximity to the swimming pool and Pizza per Tutti (bar, snacks & lunch). The pool, though not fancy, is a kid magnet so our dd spends a lot of time in it.
    How is the kids club? Our daughter loves mixing with kids of all ages.. Any personal opinions welcome..
    The kids club is interesting. They offer a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities which do not include movies or TV. I am of the philosophy that with the strong sun in Aruba it is a good thing for the kids to get out of the pool and sun for a while.

    Considering the kids club is free and the hours offered pretty extensive, to sum it up, below is from my trip report from last June, our second visit to the Tamarijn.
    "...Igmar from the activities staff remembered, or at least said he did dd. Just a mention that the activities/kids club staff were all the same individuals as were there at Christmas time. I like to think that is a good sign of not only happy employees, but ones who are doing their job satisfactorily. Definitely the conclusion we had come to in December!"

    Here is a video clip from Simon Says, a little different for sure, above and beyond, absoulutely!

    What time does everything close down at night? How late can we get a snack/drink?
    Bars close at 1 a.m. Pizza per Tutti serves food/snacks until then as well.
    Menu for Pizza per Tutti at the Tamarijn.
    Is it a lively place? I like a bit of activity going on, and some atmosphere..
    After the night time entertainment ends, it gets pretty quiet, but the Pizza per Tutti bar and Coconuts Bar are both still open and places to congregate. You also have use of the facilities/amenities at the Divi, so twice the activities/entertainment.
    Tamarijn Aruba Daily Activities & Theme Nights
    Divi Aruba Daily Activities & Theme Nights
    Question from daughter, is there ice-cream available during the day?
    Gosh what an excellent and extremely important topic.
    YES, ice cream opens about 11 a.m. when Pizza per Tutti opens. There has been more than one time during our stays though that the machine has broken down. To the Tam's credit, they are always pretty quick in getting such an important piece of equipment repaired.

    If all else fails, there is popcorn, chicken nuggets, onion rings, french fries and Pizza among other offerings!

    I think our dd gained about 7 pounds in 13 days last year, but then again those Virgin Frozen concotions, really pack on the calories.

    If your dd can reach the soda gun , there is self serve soda at Coconuts as well.

    And lastly, are there fridges in the room? If not, can you request one?
    Yes, there are mini-fridges in the armoire. We use it to store a few Amstel Brights (not available at the Tam) and bring along a one quart plastic pitcher to store chilled ice water. Another tip is to bring along some clothes pins to attach your towel to your chaise lounge. With the style of chaise the Tam has, there is no way to wrap the towel around so that it does not blow away, this works well.



    Sorry for all the questions. Thank you
    No problem whatsoever talking about one of my favorite subjects. If you have any other questions please let us know.
    Last edited by Arubalisa; 11-08-2009 at 04:10 PM.

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    I have never stayed at the Playa Linda but the ground floor units look like they would be fantastic for the same reasons Arubalisa described at the Tam. Each ground floor unit has its own little courtyard and some of them are right on the beach. The courtyards have lounge chairs on them.

    I believe you can rent direct from the owners so you can pick which unit you want as that timeshare you do by week and unit.
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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    Yes, the Lanai units at Playa Linda have two beachfront units, one on the Holiday Inn side


    and the other on the other facing the "inside" of resort.


    There is also the Oceanfront Royal Lanai


    We always enjoyed staying at the Playa Linda until they started packing in the palapas one on top of the other. Nothing like a view of a wall of chaise lounges.

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    Thank you very much Lisa.. your knowledge of Aruba/Tam astounds me!!

    Randi: Playa Linda is actually our first choice as then we are still on Palm Beach and close to restaurants, Radisson casino (which is our favourite), the bars etc.. But it's not so easy to rent a lanai for 2 weeks when we want it!! Whenever we used to walk past the lanais we used to say that it'd be a great place to stay!

    Thanks again
    Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by hollilol View Post
    Thank you very much Lisa.. your knowledge of Aruba/Tam astounds me!!

    Thanks again
    Laura
    You are very welcome!

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    Red face Tamarijn Last minute questions...

    Hi, I wrote before and alot of you helped me out. I have a few more questions and only 48 hrs for answers... then on a jet to ARUBA.

    First.. I was going to schedule a tour... almost did... but with my husbands condition, remission from rectal cancer stage III, I decided that if we rented a car... we could stop or come back to the resort to use the bathroom as often as he has too.. which can be very often.

    Unfortunately, everyone I have contacted only have a car so we will be staying on the roads.. I don't know if we'll be close enough to see some of the wonders of Aruba?... I really wanted to go see the caves/stones etc... I collect rocks/shells and stones...

    We have reservations at the Tamarijn, all inclusive. I can not find a web site on the resort to ask questions. Does any one know if it is walking distance to any where such as a casino or a flea market or shoppes. Does anyone know if they have a shuttle bus to anywhere? Plus do you need reservations for any of thier restaurants in advance? Does the Tamarijn have a parking lot for a car rental? I heard there is usually a gathering/celebration on Tuesday nights..like a carnaval... does anyone know where it is and how far away from the Tamarijn.. re: walking distance/time.


    ANY AND ALL ADVISE would be so very much appreciated!!!!!!!!!!! I will print all of your replies and advise so I have something to read on the jet... I've never flown before and am getting very very nervous...

    THANK YOU ALL IN ADVANCE FOR ANY AND ALL INFO/IDEAS
    Shirley

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    A plain old regular car will get you to most of the sites which you wish to visit.

    I would make your reservations ASAP.

    The Tamarijn has a Hertz car rental agency on site, however, from our experience at the end of June, as well as Nikkos, I in good conscious, would never recommend them.


    www.aruba.com/forum/f18/our-week-paradise-52191/

    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    Hertz I will go into detail in my trip report, but first days rental they said they had no record of the rental though
    1. I had confirmed it at the Hertz desk two days prior, and dh had the confirmation in his hand.
    2. The second time we rented later on in the week we had the same vehicle which dh had told them needed a new battery when we turned it in earlier in the week. Well of course the battery died.
    Luckily we were at the Valero station.
    Worst part was being screamed at by an Aruban because the car would not start back up after we had filled up and he was mad I would not move the car.
    Dh was inside with one of the clerks calling Hertz for a jump.
    I explained the situation to the gentleman and he apologized and waited on line for another pump.
    When dh came back out, he and I together pushed the Terios away from the pump to avoid any further angry gaser uppers.
    Quote Originally Posted by nikko View Post
    now...onto the hertz part of our program.....after being in that car for a few days i realized it was FILLED....AND I DO MEAN FILLED....WITH ROACHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! oh holy hell...i about jumped out of the car flying down rt 1 comming back from the high rise area....i was so grossed out...they were everywhere.....we got the hell outta the car as fast as we could....i made hubby, myself and our son all get out of our clothes and throw them all in a bag...no way in heck i was bringing all that into our room....we had towels in the trunk and snorkle stuff in there too.....i went down to the hertz desk and omg the woman was floored....she felt horrible and couldnt believe it.......she is working on getting us compansated...before i slam them i will give the corporation a chance to right this....i have no idea where they came from...maybe someone usuing the car before us brought them in....but with the amount in this car they had been reproducing for awhile!!!! i can actually say i had a "ROACH-COACH"...EEEWWWW!!!!!
    There are plenty of other car rental agencies on the island. Please remember however that cheaper is not necessarily less expensive.

    Additional information

    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/car%20rental.html

    Amigo Car Rental

    Considering you dh's medical condition, have you considered perhaps a guided tour. A guided tour would give you flexibility to stop where and when you wish, as well as a knowledgeable guide who will not only be able to give you background on the sites which you are visiting, but if you dh requires restroom stops, knowledge on the closest and cleanest restrooms to where you are located at any given moment.

    Unlike the U.S., there are not gas stations with restrooms on every corner.

    On our recent trip we met a retired couple staying at our resort. The gentleman was undergoing chemotherapy and was looking for a sedate tour and booked a two hour island tour with Bully to show "his bride" the sites he remembered from when he was on the island in the 60's. He came back to the resort gushing with pride that it is absolutely perfect for what they wanted.

    Private Island Tours by Cerry Hubert the Taxi driver

    Going on an Island Tour with Bully
    Bully or Cerry for Private Tour Bully the taxi driver

    There is tons of information here about the Tamarijn
    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/tamarijn.html


    Does anyone know if they have a shuttle bus to anywhere?
    The resort has a golf cart shuttle which will take you from one end of the Tamarijn property to the other as well as to the Divi Village, Divi Links and Alhambra Casino.

    Does any one know if it is walking distance to any where such as a casino or a flea market or shoppes.
    There are a few shops at the Tamarijn- a sundries shop as well as the Juggling Fish Gifts. Otherwise you can take a taxi or the public bus to the shopping malls of Palm beach or downtown Oranjestad.

    Plus do you need reservations for any of thier restaurants in advance?
    YES!!!

    Tamarijn Restaurants

    Restaurant Reservations at the Tamarijn



    Does the Tamarijn have a parking lot for a car rental?
    Yes.

    I heard there is usually a gathering/celebration on Tuesday nights..like a carnaval... does anyone know where it is and how far away from the Tamarijn.. re: walking distance/time.
    The Tamarijn has a crafts/flea market just outside their lobby centrally located near the pool. If you miss it one night, you can take the shuttle to the Divi and catch it another night.

    The resort also provides entertainment nightly.


    ANY AND ALL ADVISE would be so very much appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!
    Tamarijn Aruba Website FAQ

    We have stayed at the Tamarijn four times since 2007, I have written some comprehensive trip reports which will maybe give you some further insight as to what to expect at the resort and Aruba in general.

    Tamarijn Overview
    Tamarijn & Divi Activities
    Tamarijn Rooms
    Tamarijn Food, Beverage & Service
    The Beach at the Tamarijn
    Getting There
    The Rest of Our Vacation
    Tamarijn Aruba Daily Activities & Theme Nights

    Tamarijn Resort Map

    Our Tamarijn Visit 2008

    Our Tamarijn Visit June 2009

    Our Tamarijn Visit December 2009


    Our Tamarijn All Inclusive Photos

    Last edited by Arubalisa; 07-30-2011 at 04:27 PM. Reason: Addtl info added

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    Thanks, I want to understand the restaurants at the 2 shared resorts... If I'm understanding right.. I need to make reservations for each time we want to eat? Even if it's for breakfast/ buffet/ hamburger ???

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