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Each of the five Divi properties in Aruba has its own distinct feel, and the Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort is no different. While two sister properties (Divi Aruba and Tamarijn Aruba) take up a prime spot along the beach across the road, this more expansive resort is set inland along the golf course.
The long driveway leads to an attractive lobby area with a car rental and concierge desk. Many areas of the resort were renovated in 2010, and the property feels fresh and up-to-date. An attractive and manicured golf course sits across the driveway, as does the main clubhouse, with two popular restaurants that overlook the ninth hole. This area of the resort is open to the public, and the restaurant Windows on Aruba is an island destination -- celebrities have even been spotted here from time to time. For those looking for seclusion, the Golf Villas are set even farther inland, behind the main village.
Though all accommodations include fully equipped kitchens, there is an all-inclusive option that can be purchased at check-in. With this package, guests are permitted to roam freely between sister properties and take advantage of numerous restaurants and activities.
Set alongside a scenic golf course in the Low-Rise hotel district, close to the airport and capital city
Aruba is a small island 15 miles north of Venezuela, known for having white sand beaches and constant trade winds. The Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort is situated next to a golf course and across the street from Druif Beach in the Low-Rise hotel district, just 10-minutes from Aruba's capital city of Oranjestad and Queen Beatrix International Airport. (The Low-Rise and High-Rise districts are exactly what they sound like, with low- and high-rise hotels, respectively. The High-Rise section fronts Palm Beach and has close proximity to shopping, restaurant and bars, but the Low-Rise section to the south tends to feel less crowded.)
A rental car is recommended (there is a desk in the lobby), but taxis are readily available 24-hours a day. To access other resorts, walk along the shore, the footpath, or use the free shuttle service via golf cart vehicles. This service runs between the casino and the Links golf course approximately every 15 minutes. Airport transfers are not available.
The 348 suites and villas come in studio, one-, and two-bedroom options, and are located in two distinct areas of the resort. Suites are located in the main buildings near the lobby (these have elevators and were renovated in 2010), and Golf Villas are tucked away in a landscaped area next to the golf course (these opened in 2004 and offer more deluxe accommodations). All types come with king beds, queen sleeper sofas, fully equipped kitchens, and patios or balconies (views range depending on room). Island-style decor is similar to that at other Divi properties: pale yellow duvet covers, tile floors, and furniture in wood and/or wicker. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, and air-conditioners and ceiling fans help keep guests cool in this humid climate.
Across the road is picturesque Druif Beach
The Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort is a short walk (across a busy road) to Druif Beach, a long, oval-shaped stretch of white sand. Not only is the area safe -- the beach is home to many Low-Rise resorts -- but the views face directly west for outstanding sunsets. The beach is cleaned daily, and because of the great expanse, it is impossible to feel crowded. The shore has lapping turquoise waves resembling a postcard -- great for swimming and long barefoot strolls in either direction. In fact, guests can walk all the way to Eagle Beach and beyond. All beaches in Aruba are public so there are no off-limits areas to worry about.
Halfway between the Divi Aruba and Divi Tamarijn is a can't-be-missed colorful tent that offers an extensive array of non-motorized water sports including snorkeling equipment, beginner windsurfing gear, sail boats, floats and kayaks. For land activities, guests can partake in beach volleyball or try out the outdoor 30-foot rock climbing wall. All activities are free for those who purchase an all-inclusive option.
Two large pool complexes are popular with guests staying at the resort
Though the resort is not directly on the beach (it is across the main road), guests at the Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort have easy access to two large pool areas on-site. One is closer to the beach, and the other is set farther inland near the Golf Villas -- both offer bars for cocktails. These areas offer live music and activities, and do get crowded, so those looking for more peace and quiet should head to the sand.
A spa and salon with a variety of treatments, including couples massages on the beach
The spa company, Indulgence by the Sea, has two nearby locations at both Tamarijn Aruba and Divi Aruba across the street. Depending on the location, guests can schedule services such as hair styling, hot stone massages and couples massages on the beach. Body treatments include moisturizers, salt rubs, wraps and exfoliation treatments using local ingredients like seaweed, mango, papaya and sea salt.
Both locations offer manicure and pedicure treatments.
A family-friendly option with spacious suites and kids' activities
Though the resort is closer to the golf course than the beach, the Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort is still an excellent choice for families, with comfortable, spacious accommodations that feature fully equipped kitchens and balconies. Children 12 and under stay free when accompanied by an adult, and cribs are available at no additional charge. For a romantic night out on the island, babysitting services can be arranged for a minimum of three hours.
The on-site Sea Breeze Café and Mulligan's Bar & Restaurant are family-friendly dining choices. Those who opt for the all-inclusive package can also access the restaurant options at neighboring Divi resorts, and enjoy the variety of entertainment offered in the evenings.
Tamarijn Aruba offers a kids' club with supervised activities. This can be bought on a half- or full-day basis. Those who choose to purchase the all-inclusive package will have access to this program for free.
Druif Beach across the street is ideal for young ones, with areas of calm waves for swimming and plenty of sand for sculptures and castles.
Two popular restaurants with views, and an all-inclusive option
All suites at the Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort have fully equipped kitchens -- great for families and those wanting the freedom to cook. There are also three dining options on-site.
The Sea Breeze Café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a poolside setting. The clubhouse at the Links golf course houses the other two restaurants: Mulligan's Bar & Restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner in an open-air setting, and above this, the elegant Windows on Aruba restaurant, with floor-to-ceiling windows to let in the views. Windows on Aruba serves contemporary cuisine for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.
All-inclusive packages, which can be purchased at check-in for $125 per day (per adult) includes use of restaurants at Divi Aruba, Tamarijn Aruba, and Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort (excluding Windows on Aruba). This option offers a wide range of cuisines in both air-conditioned and open-air seating areas. Fine dining restaurants for dinner include Asian, Italian and seafood options, to name a few. A beach casual dress code is welcome everywhere, and live music is on offer many evenings.
Meal plans (standard, kids, and deluxe) are available for pre-purchase, as well.
Poolside bars and restaurants serve an impressive variety of wine, beer and specialty drinks
Divi resorts offers a wide variety of liquor including international and local beer (Balashi, Amstel, Miller Lite and Heineken), rum, vodka, gin, Scotch, tequila, bourbon, cognac and liqueurs, red and white wine, white zinfandel and non-alcoholic beer. There are also daily drink specials such as the frozen Blue Monday or Yellow Belly.
Sit-down restaurants offer different grape varietals for red and white wines: Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. A plus for those who purchase an all-inclusive package: Guests can order a full bottle at dinner -- a rarity for all-inclusive resorts.
A specialty wine list (including champagne) is also available for a surcharge at Paparazzi and Red Parrot restaurants.
The elegant Windows on Aruba (open to the public) features its own wine and cocktail list.
Guests have the option to purchase an all-inclusive package for use at two neighboring resorts.
Unlike Tamarijn Aruba and Divi Aruba -- the two all-inclusive resorts directly on Druif Beach -- guests at Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort stay in self-service suites with fully equipped kitchens. However, guests have the option to purchase all-inclusive packages at check-in for $125 per day (per adult). The package includes access to the variety of restaurants and activities at both Tamarijn Aruba and Divi Aruba, including use of the kids' club.
All-inclusive option includes:
This self-service resort offers some basic services for an additional fee.
Neighboring Divi resorts offer entertainment for all ages -- Jazz, salsa, movies on the beach, and karaoke, to name a few.
Guest will have access to nightly entertainment at both Tamarijn Aruba or Divi Aruba. Performances occur on stages near the main bars, which can get lively, and serve wine, beer, mixed and frozen drinks until 1 a.m. in the morning.
Entertainment includes theme parties such as salsa dance classes, Caribbean night, a mystic show with fire eating, jam sessions with a live band, and a romantic Jazz night. Other theme nights have Aruban circus dance shows, Latin dance shows, carnival shows, Mexican dance shows, water ballet shows, limbo shows and karaoke. An evening market is also held weekly and local vendors sell a variety of locally produced arts and crafts.
For sporting events, the plasma widescreen TV at Paparazzi Bar provides a fun place to watch the big game.
Movie nights give guests a chance to watch a new film or an old classic right on the beach.
The Links -- with nine scenic holes, a pro shop and restaurants -- is one of only two golf courses on the island.
This resort is popular with golfers, thanks to the on-site 9-hole golf course where guests receive preferred tee times. Opened in October 2004, the Links is one of only two golf courses on the island (the other is an 18-hole course at Tierra del Sol). This 9-hole ocean view course was designed by architects in Florida and offers play over water and landscaped lagoons for any level. Golfers also have use of a video golf swing analysis station, driving range area (in net), chipping area and bunker practice area.
On the lower level of the clubhouse is the pro shop, which sells golf equipment and accessories, men's and women's logo apparel and other related merchandise and services, like club repair and a re-gripping facility.
Instruction and lessons are provided by golf professionals from the Johnson & Wales Golf Academy. In addition, well-known PGA Member and Tour Coach, Donald Ross (with his unique FeelGolf School and swing method) is also based on-site.
Guests have access to a wide range of activities offered on-site and at neighboring Divi resorts.
A nearby casino with low-limit tables and over 350 slots
Divi Village doesn't have a casino on-site, but Alhambra Casino is across the road past the Divi Aruba, just a ten-minute walk from the resort. There are over 350 slots, video poker machines and multi-game machines. Table games (only available in evenings) include blackjack, roulette and craps, and they come with low-limit offers.
In spring 2012, a function room opened on the second floor of the building with an attached kitchen for catering needs. This space can seat up to 180 and is ideal for wedding parties, special occasions and business meetings. In addition, the Shops at Alhambra Casino (still underway) will feature a variety of boutiques and restaurants, including a sophisticated cigar bar.
Aruba's first casino opened in 1959 and gambling became the island's most popular attraction, aside from the beaches. There are a number of venues in Oranjestad and the High-Rise hotel district.
Several meeting spaces, including an event room located at the casino
There are several facility options for business and convention groups. The golf course clubhouse houses two distinct restaurants and meeting rooms, and Tamarijn Aruba's meeting room is within walking distance, and can seat 36 people boardroom-style. For larger groups, the function space at Alhambra Casino -- with an attached kitchen for catering needs -- can accommodate seating for 180 people.
This peaceful garden setting is across the road from the beach for romantic evening sunsets.
Though Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort's kitchen-equipped suites are great for families, couples may also appreciate their casual and peaceful setting near the golf course. Across the street is an expansive stretch beach, where couples can walk hand-in-hand for miles along the shore. Windows on Aruba, located on-site in the clubhouse, is one of the most romantic options on the island, with golf course views and contemporary cuisine.
Guests are welcome to join in nightly entertainment at neighboring resorts. Tamarijn Aruba's pool area tends to get crowded in the evenings, but Divi Aruba has additional outdoor seating areas for a romantic drink spot. The white daybeds by the wading pool become lit in soft colors during the evening, and live jazz music often plays near the bar.
Honeymooners can request add-on packages for an extra fee. This includes turndown service with rose petals, chocolate and a bottle of champagne.
Scenic settings include the golf course or expansive Druif Beach, just across the street
Couples looking for an easy destination wedding will want to consider Druif Beach, just a short walk away from Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort. The continuous white sand leads down to lapping turquoise waves for great photo ops. Most ceremonies take place on the northern end of the beach -- near Divi Aruba -- for additional seclusion, though there is some flexibility with location. The scenic golf course is also available for ceremonies.
The resort's wedding planners "Aruba Weddings For You" will handle all arrangements -- the office is based on-site at the Tamarijn Aruba.
Tamarijn Aruba and Divi Aruba both have a spa and salon for hair styling, manicures, pedicures, facials and body treatments. Larger groups can be split between the two locations.
Basic wedding packages start at $1,850 and free extras depend on how many rooms are reserved for the group.
Tier 1 Package (requires a minimum of 10 rooms):
Tier 2 Package (requires a minimum of 20 rooms):
A few celebrities have been spotted at Divi's elegant Windows on Aruba restaurant.
Aruba may have a small landmass but it does attract the occasional celebrity. One of the island's best-rated restaurants is located on the top floor of the Divi Links clubhouse, on the resort grounds. Windows on Aruba is open to the public and has beautiful views overlooking the golf course and ocean beyond. The restaurant has hosted Kim Cattrall of the Sex & The City while she was in town for the Aruba Film Festival, as well as Michael Bolton.
The Divi Resort brand remains committed to growing their eco-friendly practices.
The Divi brand entered Aruba in 1969 and expanded over time to include this property in 1992.
Divi Resorts is a small group of Caribbean properties in Aruba, Bonaire, Barbados, St. Maarten and St. Croix. Divi Aruba was the first company property to open on the island. Over the years, the company expanded to include a casino, 9-hole golf course and four additional properties -- both in the Low-Rise and High-Rise hotel districts of the island. The Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort, since 1992, is the most recent in the Low-Rise district. The property expanded in 2004 with the addition of the Golf Villas.
Renovations and additions help keep this resort fresh through the years
The resort completed a major wave of renovations in 2010. Suites have new bathrooms, updated decor and modern amenities, including flat-screen TVs. Other major additions included the modern lobby entrance and golf course clubhouse -- including two restaurants.
The nearby Shops at Alhambra Casino opened to the public in spring 2012. Ginger (a second location to the Tamarijn Aruba restaurant) and the Fusion wine and cigar bar helped rejuvenate the aging casino. The building's second level includes a meeting and function space with an attached kitchen for event catering.
Elevator access, and a free shuttle between properties
This spacious resort is the only Divi property in the Low-Rise district that offers is elevator access in the main building. All public areas are wheelchair accessible, and bathrooms have support bars. There is a free shuttle that runs guests between resorts, the casino and The Links golf course approximately every 15 minutes.
The resort in located in the safe Low-Rise hotel district, and has around-the-clock security.
Despite the infamous Natalee Holloway case, Aruba is widely considered to be a safe island. Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort is located in the Low-Rise hotel area, and the entire premise has 24-hour security as well as lighting throughout the property at night. Staff members have gone through fire training, and kitchens at the Divi resorts have met HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) standards to ensure safety and food quality.
Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort, renovated in 2010, is the most sprawling of the five Divi properties on the island. All 348 suites , decorated in understated island-style decor, appeal to families with king beds, queen-size pull-out sofas, modern bathrooms, and fully equipped kitchens. Despite its name, the property is actually a short walk away from Druif Beach, located across the road. However, guests enjoy close proximity to tennis courts, a 9-hole golf course and, and a modern clubhouse, containing two restaurants with scenic views. All-inclusive packages include access to the restaurants and bars at neighboring Divi Aruba and Tamarijn Aruba, as well as to resorts' activities and kids' club. This resort grounds are expansive -- be prepared to walk, or take advantage of the free shuttle service between resorts and the casino.