Attractive spa with two treatment rooms; couples massages on the beach
Car rentals on-site, and free parking
Concierge service for day-trips and extra services
The older tower feels dated and furnishings are slightly worn
Patio/balcony doors can be difficult to open
The beach can get crowded during peak season
Fee for Wi-Fi
With 240 suites surrounding a large pool complex, Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort is Divi's only tower property, just 11 minutes from the capital of Oranjestad. It's located on Palm Beach (not quite as wide as Druif Beach, where its sister properties are located), and guests will have easy access to the High-Rise district's restaurants, casinos and nightlife. Suites come in a range of sizes (studio, one, two, or three bedroom), and have fully equipped kitchens, flat-screen TVs, DVD players and balconies -- all with ocean views. The newer Beach Tower offers upgraded amenities such as stainless steel appliances and washer/dryer combos. The numerous features -- including two popular beachside restaurants, tennis courts, a modern fitness center, ballroom, and spa -- make this resort feel much bigger than it actually is. But there's a fee for Wi-Fi and free extras are rare.
A resort for all types of travelers, though the clientele seems younger than at other Divi properties
Divi Aruba Phoenix, with its two neutral-colored towers, manages to appeal to all types of travelers -- though the clientele seems younger than at other Divi resorts. The units in the older wing appeal to families and couples watching their budgets, while the more modern suites and penthouses in the newer tower attract a discerning crowd, and even the occasional dignitary.
The hub of the resort is not the lobby (this palatial area feels sterile and remains quiet) but rather the main pool complex next to the Pure Beach bar. Even in bright daylight, this hot spot has a sophisticated vibe. Happy hour starts at 4 p.m. and attractive young people can be found lounging on the white furniture sipping colorful cocktails. On Sunday afternoons, this becomes the ultimate party scene when live bands play.
Couples will likely appreciate the romantic dinner atmosphere at Sunset Beach Bistro, and families may like the fully equipped kitchens and children's activities.
Perched on the southern end of Palm Beach, in the High-Rise hotel district
Aruba is a small island 15 miles north of Venezuela, known for its white-sand beaches and constant trade winds. The Divi Aruba Phoenix is situated at the southern end of Palm Beach in the High-Rise hotel district, just 11-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 on-site), but taxis are readily available 24-hours a day. Neighboring High-Rise resorts, like the Westin, can be reached by walking along the shore. Free transportation is provided to the Alhambra Casino.
5-minute drive to popular Eagle Beach
5-minute drive to Palm Beach for high-rise hotels, restaurants and shopping
8-minute drive to California Lighthouse
9-minute drive to Tierra del Sol golf course
10-minute drive to Alto Vista Chapel
11-minute drive to downtown Oranjestad and the cruise terminal
13-minute drive to Queen Beatrix International Airport
A range of unit sizes -- all with ocean views and kitchens -- suit those on business or pleasure
Divi Aruba Phoenix offers 240 rooms in two separate neutral-colored towers.
Suites (studio, one- or two-bedroom units) in the original tower have slightly dated Caribbean decor in yellow and blue and offer full ocean views with private balconies. Amenities include fully equipped kitchens, air-conditioning, and flat-screen TVs with DVD players.
The Beach Tower suites (studio, one-, two- or three-bedroom units) are located in the newest resort section and come with a similar color scheme of yellow and blue, though furnishings are newer, and upgraded amenities including granite countertop surfaces, stainless steel appliances, flat-screen TVs with DVD players, washer/dryer combos, and private balconies (partial or full ocean view).
Located on the southern end of Palm Beach, within strolling distance of other High-Rise resorts
Palm Beach may not have the ample beach space that sister resorts Divi Aruba and Tamarijn Aruba boast in the Low-Rise district; however, Palm Beach does have easy access to other High-Rise resorts, reached simply by strolling along the beach.
For those looking to play in the water, an activities coordinator is situated on the beach and can arrange a number of non-motorized water sports and tours.
Though cleaned daily, the shore does show seaweed wash-up. Besides this flaw, waves are calm and water is shallow for a few hundred feet, making it a great swimming spot for all ages. On shore, straw huts and tall palms provide shade, though the main beach area can get crowded with guests, especially in peak season. Privacy seekers can walk along the pier or down one of the paths toward a hammock.
Two areas for freshwater swimming, including the main pool complex adjacent to Pure Beach bar
The main pool complex consists of a series of rounded turquoise pools separated by walkways and palms trees. This is the hub of the resort, situated next to the Pure Beach bar where guests tend to congregate most hours of the day and evening. Cocktails can be enjoyed at the swim-up bar or on one of the lounge chairs scattered around the perimeter. Most room balconies overlook the complex (and the ocean beyond), and at night, the area is lit in bright colors, creating an atmospheric setting.
On the other side of the original tower is a smaller, quieter pool area.
A spa and salon with a variety of treatments, including couples massages on the beach
The Pure Spa is located in an attractive space next to the fitness center. Therapeutic massages, natural stone massages, organic facials, manicures, and pedicures are offered in the two treatment rooms. There is also a relaxation area, a sauna, locker rooms and shower facilities. Couple massages can be arranged at the Spa gazebo right on the beach.
Dining options include two full restaurants, a French market, and 24-hour room service
One of the island's best-known restaurants for beachside dining is the Sunset Beach Bistro, which serves fresh local seafood and island specialties. Pastel-colored tables are placed right in the sand, under palm trees wrapped in white lights.
The casual, open-air Pure Beach restaurant next to the main pool area has a chic decor reminiscent of a Barcelona bar.
Guests can pick up gourmet goodies for their kitchens at the French Market and Deli (near the lobby).
Daily happy hour specials at both bars make for a fun pre-dinner atmosphere
The Pure Beach and Sunset Beach Bistro bars offer a large selection of local and international drinks such as the Aruba Aruba, Chi- Chi, and Sex on the Beach. Happy hour specials are offered between 4 and 6 p.m.
Sunset Beach Bistro -- the resort's romantic restaurant -- has a full wine list, including bottles of champagne.
Sunset Beach Bistro has live romantic music during dinner, and Pure Beach offers karaoke nights as well as a live band every Sunday afternoon. Both new releases and old classics are played at outdoor movie nights; schedules vary depending on the season. The High-Rise location means easy access to plenty more entertainment options off-site.
There's no golf course on-site, but there's a 9-hole golf course at a sister property in the Low-Rise district, a five-minute drive down the road. 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, also near the hotel). This 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, such as 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.
Dress code for men and women requires collared shirts.
A sunlit fitness center, water sports, and tennis courts to help keep guests in shape
The big Pure Fitness Center offers modern cardiovascular equipment and weights in a bright space with floor-to-ceiling windows and ocean views. Guests are also allowed to use the fitness facilities at the other Divi properties.
Children's poolside activities during the week, as well as arranged beach walks -- great for families (there is also a beach power walk for adults).
In addition, Divi's own Alhambra Casino in the Low-Rise district has 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. Transportation to the Alhambra Casino is free for guests.
A ballroom for theater-style seating and Beach Tower suites for smaller groups
The Divi Aruba Phoenix, which stands a part from the rest of the Divi resorts, does offer meeting and convention space for groups. The attractive ballroom has dark wood-beamed ceiling and can accommodate up to 150 people theater-style, while small meetings (15-20 people) can be held in one of the Beach Tower suites. Catering services are available for both.
Couples may like the beachside restaurants and lighted pools
Though the Divi Aruba Phoenix welcomes families, business groups, and partygoers, the resort also manages to appeal to couples with its pretty setting along the ocean. There are plenty of attractive places to stroll, including the beach, the pier, and the winding walkways amid gardens and palms. In the evenings, Sunset Beach Bistro, located right on the sand, offers a romantic dining experience. All rooms have furnished balconies with partial or full ocean views (views are best from the higher floors).
A "Romance Package" includes a welcome set up with candles, rose petals, a chilled bottle of champagne, chocolate dipped fruits, and a romantic dinner for two at the Sunset Beach Bistro restaurant. Nightly turndown service and a daily buffet breakfast are also included.
Honeymooners are also popular here, especially in the summer months between May and August. Divi Aruba Phoenix features a "One Cool Honeymoon Program" where honeymooners receive a bottle of champagne and welcome souvenir upon arrival.
Beachside ceremonies and a ballroom for receptions
With a pretty beach setting and ballroom space, the resort is becoming an increasingly popular spot for that special day.
Divi's wedding planner "Aruba Weddings For You" can handle arrangements for all five Divi properties, including the Divi Aruba Phoenix. Their main office is located at the Tamarijn Aruba.
Most ceremonies take place along the beach, and receptions are usually held in the ballroom space, which can accommodate large groups. In addition, the event space above the Alhambra casino down the road can handle groups of up to 180 people. Both have catering capabilities. Guests can work with several wedding planners on the island. In addition, there is a banquet and events coordinator on-site to assist with preparations.
The resort's Pure Spa offers a variety of treatments, facials and manicures, and pedicures for the wedding party.
Basic wedding packages and free extras depend on how many rooms are reserved for the group.
The resort attracts international dignitaries and members of Aruba's parliament.
The Divi Aruba Phoenix has hosted important guests, mostly in politics, from Aruba and Latin America. Former visitors include the Minister of Justice, members of Aruba's parliament, consuls of Colombia, Venezuela and Dominican Republic, and embassy aides from Mexico and Guatemala. The resort also hosted Princess Laurentien and her family from The Netherlands during their official visit to the island.
The Divi Aruba Phoenix is the most recent Divi property to open on the island.
Divi Resorts is a small group of Caribbean properties in Aruba, Bonaire, Barbados, St. Maarten and St. Croix. In 1969, Divi Aruba was the first Divi property to open on the island, and since then, the company has steadily expanded the brand with four additional properties, a 9-hole golf course, and a casino. Divi Aruba Phoenix is the most recent property, completed in 1995, and is the only one situated in the High-Rise district.
Both towers are serviced by elevators, and some rooms are wheelchair accessible.
Most public areas of Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort are wheelchair accessible. Though the resort is not fully A.D.A. compliant, there are a handful of units in the main tower and several in the beach tower that have some handicap accessible features, such as bathroom grab bars and wider bathroom doors.