Another renovation for the books! 2020 will be known for many things and one positive is the number of all-inclusive resort makeovers. This time – Aruba, which is south of the hurricane belt!
First, it’s important to note that entry to Aruba is different depending on where you live so visitors from the United States need to check the list of high-risk states that require additional testing. Find out more here. For example, if you reside in Arizona you’ll need to take the test pre-arrival and again at the airport whereas if you live in Michigan you’ll have the option of taking the test pre-arrival, which is recommended, or at the airport.
After completing all entry requirements you’ll be on your way to Tamarijn Aruba, which is only 10-minutes from the airport and 5-minutes from Aruba’s capital city, Oranjestad.
Here’s the scoop – accommodations in all 15 two-story buildings at Tamarijn Aruba, located on Druif Beach, were enlarged (by 75-square-feet) and updated with oceanfront views, updated bathrooms, modern furniture, and other features.
What did the $5M makeover at Tamarijn Aruba cover?
- All rooms have a private balcony (or patio) with oceanfront views.
- New modern furniture was added including new corner closets that also double as nightstands.
- Sourced from India – high thread linens and soft bath towels.
- The king-bedded rooms now have a sofa-bed and two chairs.
- Double queen rooms have two chairs and a corner bench.
- The newly designed bathrooms now have custom vanities and showers with full closing doors.
- Four freshwater pools, state-of-the-art fitness and watersports center, nightly entertainment held outdoors poolside are still part of the complex.
- There are 10 dining options including spacious outdoor dining and table service in lieu of buffets.
One of the new dining features is the ‘Live a la carte’ cooking restaurants available at two of the dining venues – open-air Pelican Terrace and Cunucu Terrace. This will allow guests to select from a nightly themed menu ranging from Caribbean, Italian, Mexican and barbeque inspired entrees and have their meal prepared live and right in front of the them.
High-tech was also part of the re-do with a color changing light strip controlled by a remote control. Smart 55-inch TV’s were added, and USB charging stations are beside each bed (now that’s something all hotels should have).
Note that guests staying at either resort have use of all facilities and services of both properties.
Tamarijn and Divi Offer Endless Summer Promotion
Both Divi Aruba and Tamarijn Aruba are keeping the Endless Summer special going until October 31, 2020. All-inclusive rates start at $170 per person, per night (they say this is a 60% savings) and are available for travel between Jan. 4 – March 31, 2021. Kids (12 and under) can stay for free and ages 13-17 are $30.00 per child, per night (same room as paying adults, of course).
Healthy and Safety Protocols
It’s also important to note that both resorts include a flexible booking policy that allows changes and cancellations with no penalty up to 24 hours prior to arrival and no deposit required at time of booking.
These resorts also offer ‘Warm Welcome’ to greet guests who have to follow Aruba’s 24-hour quarantine upon their arrival. This Warm Welcome includes a fully stocked mini-bar with water, soft drinks, beer, wine and room service with the resorts’ full menu available for the first 24-hours.