View Full Version : Quick Overview of Tamarijn 12/22 - 1/3

01-04-2008, 01:34 PM
More detailed review and photos to follow, but a recap:

Our family of 10 had a wonderful Christmas and New Years at the Tamarijn topped off by a beautiful fireworks display accompanied by champagne at midnight on New Year's Eve on the beach between the Divi and Tamarijn. Christmas decorations (pictures soon to follow) at the Tamarijn and Divi were gorgeous. I feel very very fortunate to have finally experienced an Aruba Christmas.

If you have read a sufficient amount of reviews on the internet, you will have an excellent idea of what to expect from this resort. It is NOT a 5 star resort, but we have stayed at the Radisson and Hyatt on Palm Beach and found a much more relaxed atmosphere at the Tamarijn.

This was the first land vacation in Aruba for my brother. He said given the choice of staying at the Riu all inclusive on Palm Beach or staying at the Tamarijn, he would choose the Tam hands down for simple fact that the tremendous amount of people all along Palm Beach. Add to the crowds, the huge amount of watersports activities and it was a real big turnoff to him.
Dh and I believe there are many "trade offs" for staying along Palm Beach at some of the more "upscale" hotels and staying at a resort such as the Tamarijn. For us, the biggest bonus of the Tamarijn was the ability to walk directly out of your room right out on to the beach. As much as we love the Radisson we cannot do that there.

There are many negative comments about the rooms at the Tamarijn. We had booked our trip through MCM Tours (http://www.aruba4u.com/) and they had requested, though could not guarantee, that our 4 rooms be near one another. Our room in the 1300 building was more than adequate in size for 3 people, but then again, the only time we spent in our room was to shower and sleep. The beach outside our room was our living room for the 12 nights of our holiday vacation. Our TV was never turned on. The ocean outside our door was our entertainment. The baths may be outdated, but clean and again, for our needs, not an important factor for this vacation.

We love to frequent some of those $150 - $200 per couple "fine dining" restaurants in Aruba such as the Sunset Grille and found all of the food outlets at the Divi and Tamarijn, whether ala carte for dinner or breakfast and lunch buffets, to be delicious. From made to order omelettes at breakfast and even seafood selections at lunch such as scallops in wine sauce and paella, we could find nothing to complain about. Snacks and sandwiches at the Pizza bar were also excellent. Made to order pizzas were our favorite, with a choice of thick or thin crust!

Service was typical "Aruban or island time". No worse than any other place where we have eaten. If you are looking to sit down, eat and run, then the buffet will be the choice for you. If you are able to sit and enjoy the atmosphere and the company of who you are with, you will be more than pleased with the service and staff at both the Divi and Tamarijn.

I took over 3000 photos so will take some time to go through them all.

Even considering it is rainy season, we did experience more rain than we expected. Fortunately most, if not all of it occured over night, or during the mornings. We did not have a single day in which we were "rained out" and there was always sun in the afternoon.

Of course, the best weather of the trip was yesterday with crisp blue skies and light winds.

Countdown now to June with a more comprehensive review to follow in the next week or two.

Of course, the best weather of the trip was yesterday with crisp blue skies and light winds. Countdown now to June!



View from our Patio http://www.arubabound.com/photos/htl/tam/patio_view.jpg

01-04-2008, 02:02 PM
Thanks so much for posting this. My fiance and I will be staying at the Divi all inclusive in early March and it's always good to hear great things about we're you'll be staying. We can't wait!:)

01-04-2008, 02:26 PM
So glad you posted your trip recap. It sounded so perfect, and you sound so nice and relaxed. thanks !!

01-04-2008, 05:40 PM
:behappy:Glad to hear that you had a great vacation,3000 pictures that must have taken alot of your time, cant wait to see them.Welcome back to reality and start your next countdown.

Andrea J.
01-04-2008, 09:39 PM
welcome back to reality

lovely photos


01-05-2008, 03:39 PM
Nice review
I've stayed by the Pelicans

01-09-2008, 06:30 PM
These were taken last week outside building 1900.
http://www.arubabound.com/photos/htl/tam/1900_beacha.jpg (http://www.arubabound.com/photos/htl/tam/1900_beacha.jpg)
http://www.arubabound.com/photos/htl/tam/1900_building.jpg (http://www.arubabound.com/photos/htl/tam/1900_building.jpg)

South end of the Tamarijn property
http://www.arubabound.com/photos/htl/tam/2500_beacha.jpg (http://www.arubabound.com/photos/htl/tam/2500_beacha.jpg)
http://www.arubabound.com/photos/htl/tam/2300_to_1900_beach.jpg (http://www.arubabound.com/photos/htl/tam/2300_to_1900_beach.jpg)
http://www.arubabound.com/photos/htl/tam/2300_beacha.jpg (http://www.arubabound.com/photos/htl/tam/2300_beacha.jpg)
http://www.arubabound.com/photos/htl/tam/2100_beach.jpg (http://www.arubabound.com/photos/htl/tam/2100_beach.jpg)

Northern end of the property
http://www.arubabound.com/photos/htl/tam/1300_beach_south.jpg (http://www.arubabound.com/photos/htl/tam/1300_beach_south.jpg)
http://www.arubabound.com/photos/htl/tam/1200_1100_beach.jpg (http://www.arubabound.com/photos/htl/tam/1200_1100_beach.jpg)

http://www.arubabound.com/photos/htl/tam/1309_1311_beacha.jpg (http://www.arubabound.com/photos/htl/tam/1309_1311_beacha.jpg)View from our rooms

01-09-2008, 08:24 PM
Beautiful Pics! I see what you mean about the beach. It is alot wider up at the higher # bldgs. I think I'm going to request 1100-1200 so we're close to pool and food & BEVERAGES! We can walk a little to find a good beach spot.
Can you request a refrig in your room? How about a safe?
Looking forward to more pics and reports from you!
I'm getting so excited 42 more days :D

01-10-2008, 07:45 AM
All rooms have a safe. you must pay 2 dollars per day for it (pay at checkout). It has a special lock and key, so bringing your own lock won't work. all rooms have a small refrigerator. if yours is missing for some reason--repairs??--, call the front desk and they will bring one down to your room.

01-10-2008, 07:48 AM
Nice pix, Lisa. I can feel the warmth of the sun!

01-10-2008, 08:54 AM
GREAT pictures Lisa...... We also had a great vacation at the
Tam. in early Dec.
It was our fourth trip to the Tam in two years. We agree, the resort could use a bit of updating. We did notice building 2500 was closed while we were there, total renovation. As most people know, everything in Aruba moves much slower than we are used to in the states.
The beach is the most important part of our vacations. The Tam is by far the closest you can get to the beach.(about 25 feet from your patio). Well, thanx again for your great pics. We can't wait to see more.......Arlene and Steve

01-15-2008, 04:44 PM
Your pics make me feel as if though we are there soaking up the sun. Thanks for sharing!!!

01-20-2008, 12:53 AM
beautiful pictures can't wait to see the rest..do you take all the pictures yourself or does the whole family get involved..i don't know how you find the time to take so many..you must have unbelievable patience..thanks for sharing so others can see what other resorts look like from the privacy of their computer..what we did before the computer age i don't know..lol...

01-20-2008, 01:02 PM
sagman thank you for your kind words, they are greatly appreciated. :) Just this a.m. I am working on some photos I took late one afternoon when dh and I took a walk down the beach to the Divi. Whether it be the beach, dinner or an excursion, I rarely go anywhere in Aruba without my camera. This is a terrific way of preserving memories and the changes on the island. Or even just catching the moment when to the delight of everyone, the kid's club staff decides to jump in the pool with all their clothes on!

Taking a quantity of photos is just to insure I get that perfect shot. They do not cost anything to develop, only my time to review them all. Even at home when photographing backyard birds with my telephoto lens, I may take 100 photos and only 1 shot comes out perfect. Now with my nieces, nephew and dd, I would need to take 1000 pictures for just 1 photo where someone did not have their eyes closed, was not smiling or looking to the side. :rolleyes: :doh:

01-20-2008, 01:22 PM
just curious lisa, from looking at your pics they seem so clear like i'm actually there looking at what your photographing..what kind of digital camera are you using to take these wonderful pictures..once again thanks and can't wait to see the rest..

01-20-2008, 02:07 PM
I am using an Olympus EVOLT E-500 (http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1192) 8.0 megapixel. This is definitely not a "point and shoot" camera. After 15 months of using it, I am still practicing. :o
Right after my dh purchased the E-500, Olympus came out with a 10.0 megapixel E-510 which I am sure has even sharper photos.

Click on this photo for the full size in the gallery:
http://www.aruba.com/vbgallery/files/9209_e500_thumb.jpg (http://www.aruba.com/vbgallery/showimage.php?i=87&c=3&userid=9209)

Below is a similar photo take with my Dad's new Olympus FE-300 (http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1320) 12.0 megapixels and at 3.7"W x 2.2"H x 0.87" D downright tiny. Imo, it took great shots if you are looking for an easily trasportable "point and shoot" camera. AND there is a huge price difference between the two cameras.

http://www.aruba.com/vbgallery/files/9209_fe300_thumb.jpg (http://www.aruba.com/vbgallery/showimage.php?i=88&c=3&userid=9209)

This is one of my favorite photos of the entire trip. It was taken late afternoon. It had rained off and on all morning and at noontime the sun finally did come out. You do not see many shots of this area of the island.
http://www.aruba.com/vbgallery/files/9209_boca_catalina_thumb.jpg (http://www.aruba.com/vbgallery/showimage.php?i=89&c=3)

Terry Joz
01-22-2008, 01:43 PM
Glad you had a wonderful trip! I am looking forward to seeing more of your great pic's. You are wonderful for all you do on this site.:doh::doh:
Terry Joz:D:D:)