Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The remote, couples-oriented Tamarijn is part of the massive Divi complex. It shares features with the Divi Aruba resort -- a nine-hole golf course, a huge casino, several pools, nine restaurants, five bars, a top-notch fitness center, and an amazing beach. The only difference -- the Tamarijn has more of a family focus, and all rooms face the ocean.
Divi Aruba All Inclusive Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The remote, all-inclusive Divi Aruba, part of the massive Divi complex, shares the following features with the Tamarijn: a 9-hole golf course, a huge casino, several pools, 9 restaurants, 5 bars, a top-notch fitness center, and an amazing beach. The only difference -- the Divi's a bit more adult-oriented and closer to the casino.
Occidental Grand Aruba Rating: 3.5 Pearls
A lively, modern resort in Aruba's tourist center, the Occidental draws young couples, families, and retirees -- all playing together on the hotel's active beach. Comfortable rooms, polite service, and a lagoon-shaped pool -- but less impressive on-site cuisine. Not to worry, though: Great restaurants, bars, and shops are only a walk away from the High-Rise complex.
Riu Palace Aruba - All Inclusive Rating: 3.5 Pearls
A giant, Arabian-themed castle on the beach, the Riu Palace feels (and smells) less than authentic. Couples-heavy, the resort has two huge pools, a rowdy casino, a 24-hour sports bar, huge buffets, and a bustling beach. But service is scarcely competent, and rooms typically stink of cigarettes (nonsmoking rooms are not an option).