The first one is about the All Inclusive thing...we did all inclusive in the Dominican and that was sort of a drag. We would have to make a reservation each day for dinner at night and only certain restaurants were open certain nights...is this the way it works in this Divi area or are there more options?
At the Divi/Tamarijn you make your dinner reservations for the ala carte restaurants three nights at a time. The toughest night to get reservations is on your day of arrival. We have never experienced ALL of the restaurants being sold out on any given day, however we have found availability extremely limited. As long as you are flexible on your dining times, it will work out.
We usually plan on eating dinner late the night of arrival since those are the only reservations left or for the $35 per person "up-charge" eat at Windows on Aruba at the Divi Links.
Ginger and the Palm Grill are each closed one night per week, not the same night, but all of the other ala cartes remain open. Also unlike some of the all inclusive resorts in the DR and Mexico, you are not limited to the number of ala carte dinners based upon your package price or number of nights per stay. As long as you can get a reservation, you can eat at an ala carte restaurant every night of your stay.
Secondly, do you need to rent a car if you are in this area with all inclusive?
Strictly a personal preference. With the all inclusive, presumably you will not be leaving the resort each and every day. We usually rent a car anywhere from one to three days and use those days for running around, touring and dining off property at some of our favorite restaurants.
Originally Posted by suebee329
Ok...that is great info! So, can you tell me a bit more about the Divi Village or is that not the best of the 3 Divis that I am considering for my girls? It looks beautiful, but it isn't on the beach..how far away is it? Think I am definitely considering the Tam...how easy is it to get golf carts to get around the area and is there a charge every time you use them?
When you think Tamarijn think kids and vice versa. At night there is an area between the swimming pool and open air lobby where there are two pool tables. Adjacent to this, actually part of the lobby, is an "pit" seating area with wide screen TV. This is the area where the teens congregate at night.
Like Andrea said, there are no charges for the golf cart shuttle, however tips are appreciated. The shuttles run mainly between the casino, Divi and Tamarijn but will make stops at the Divi Village and Divi Links. On the evenings that we have chosen to have dinner at Windows on Aruba we have had to wait quite some time for the shuttle to pick us up to take us back to the Tamarijn, but it does eventually show up.
It is an easy walk between the Divi and Tamarijn. It is an easy walk from the Divi to the casino.
Personally and it is just me, but I would in all likelihood on stay at the "Links" villas if I were looking for a pool vacation. If staying at the Divi Village I would never leave the unit without planning on spending the day at the beach. Depending upon which unit you are staying in, it will be a walk back to your unit. You would not want to forget something in the unit. Whereas if you stay at the Tamarijn you simply walk out of your room and directly on to the beach.
View from Room 1313 at the Tamarijn, click on the thumbnail to enlarge
Also, if you choose the Villas and their all inclusive package you have a much wider variety of dining options. Primarily 4 additional bars and 2 additional restaurants, the Seabreeze Cafe as well as Mulligans.
Wow...you guys rock..this info is awesome!!! I think that picture you just posted is EXACTLY where I want to be...tough to get, I am sure. The Tamarijn sounds like the perfect place for me and my family and honestly, I never even considered it originally. Thanks again to everybody!
Just another thought ...when they say at the Tamarijn that kids over 11 are charged 75.00 per night instead of the full rate of an adult, does that mean the all inclusive rate in addition to the nightly room rate? Is this something I need to book with the hotel directly to get this set up this way or can you book a package and it is still 75.00 per kid per night???
I think that picture you just posted is EXACTLY where I want to be...tough to get, I am sure. The Tamarijn sounds like the perfect place for me and my family and honestly, I never even considered it originally. Thanks again to everybody!
At the Tamarijn and the Tamarijn only, EVERY SINGLE room has a view like that from the room. Well of course with the exception of the second floor rooms which give you more of a "bird's eye" view.
Some of the higher numbered buildings open onto a bit of grassy area and the beach beyond, but it is all the same beautiful view.
The patio is your living room!
The lower numbered buildings such as 1100, 1200 and 1300 open directly on to the sand.