Aruba Condo: Residence at Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort

Divi Residences

Divi Resorts is an established name in the world of Caribbean travel. Divi has a track record of years in the hospitality industry. After being successful in Aruba the company took its operation to the next level by expanding beyond Aruba’s borders.

Today Divi has properties in Bonaire, Barbados, St. Maarten, Cayman Brac and St. Croix. After being dominant in the low rise area of Aruba, it decided to diversify its income stream by selling timeshare units at Divi Phoenix and now condos by Druif Beach through the Residences condominium project. Continue reading Aruba Condo: Residence at Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort

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Divi Phoenix Construction Progress

Latest On Divi Phoenix Construction

Divi is moving along swiftly with the planned expansion of the timeshare units at Divi Phoenix. Since the last time I wrote about the project the contours becoming more and more visible. It’s seems like the setup of the steel framing is over. The roof and walls are coming up now. In above picture you can see the progress and compare it to a shot I took back in September.

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50+ Places To Stay In Aruba

What are the places to stay in Aruba?

Last Updated August 2017

This article was originally written in 2007. This post has seen minor updates throughout but was thoroughly updated in 2017. A new map and images has been added.

When this article was originally was published this island was much different from it is today. New hotels have come, other have gone. Brand new industries within tourism space has brought new options for travelers, consequently bringing major shifts to the lodgings market.

Nowadays Aruba offers a wide range of different places to stay in Aruba. The choices range from fancy high-rise resorts, low-rise time share resorts, apartments, condos or private homes offer mostly through services like AirBnB.

Following are 50+ Places To Stay In Aruba. A definitive list of places to stay in Aruba, divided by area in no particular order. The list features resorts, hotels, villas, apartments, and condos.

Palm Beach Resorts Hotels

  1. The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba
    High end, beachfront resort with a casino at Palm Beach, located in the high-rise hotel area.
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    * Reference room price per night: $319
    * Number of rooms: 320
     
  2. Hyatt Regency Resort and Casino
    High end, beachfront resort with a casino at Palm Beach, located in the high-rise hotel area.
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    * Reference room price per night: $264
    * Number of rooms: 360
      
  3. Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
    High end, beachfront resort with a casino at Palm Beach, located in the high-rise hotel area.
    * See what guests are saying
    * Reference room price per night: $285
    * Number of rooms: 413
      
  4. Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club
    Beachfront timeshare resort at Palm Beach, located in the high-rise hotel area.
    * See what guests are saying
    * Reference room price per night: $495
    * Number of rooms: N/A
     
  5. Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club
    High end, beachfront timeshare resort at Palm Beach, located in the high-rise hotel area.
    * See what guests are saying
    * Reference room price per night: $325
    * Number of rooms: N/A
     
  6. Hotel Riu Palace Aruba
    Beachfront all-inclusive resort with a casino at Palm Beach, located in the high-rise hotel area.
    * See what guests are saying
    * Reference room price per night: $608
    * Number of rooms: N/A 
    Note: formerly known as Aruba Grand Hotel, Aruba Sheraton.
     
  7. Hotel Riu Palace Antillas
    Beachfront all-inclusive adult-only resort with a casino at Palm Beach, located in the high-rise hotel area.
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    * Example room price per night: $496
    * Number of rooms: 481
    Note: formerly known as The Westin Resort Aruba, The Resort Aruba, Aruba Hilton, Concorde Aruba.
     
  8. Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino
    Beachfront resort with a casino at Palm Beach, located in the high-rise hotel area.
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    * Example room price per night: $249
    * Number of rooms: 355
    Note: formerly known as Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino, and Spa, Golden Tulip, Aruba Caribbean Hotel.
     
  9. Hotel Barceló Aruba
    Beachfront resort at Palm Beach, located in the high-rise hotel area.
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    Example room price per night: $485
    Note: formerly known as Occidental Grand Aruba – All Inclusive, Allegro Resort Aruba, Americana Hotel Aruba.
     
  10. Playa Linda Beach Resort
    Beachfront timeshare resort at Palm Beach, located in the high-rise hotel area.
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    Example room price per night: $225
     
  11. Divi Phoenix
    High rise timeshare at Palm Beach.
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    Example price per night: $259
     
  12. Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort and Casino Aruba Beach
    High rise all-inclusive with a casino at Palm Beach.
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    Example price per night: $203
     
  13. Brickell Bay
    Small high-rise resort across Palm Beach.
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    Example price per night: $113
     
  14. The Mill
    Small timeshare across Palm Beach.
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    Example price per night: $110
    Note: Marriott International, Inc. acquired this property in 2017 and will rebrand it to Courtyard by Marriott in 2018 after renovations.
      
  15. Amsterdam Manor
    Low rise resort at Eagle Beach.
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    Example price per night: $229
     
  16. La Cabana
    Low rise timeshare at Eagle Beach.
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    Example price per night: $159
     
  17. Tropicana Aruba
    Low rise timeshare resort across Eagle Beach.
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    Example price per night: $162
    Note: formerly known as La Cabana Villas, Aruban Resort.
      
  18. Paradise Beach Villas
    Low rise timeshare at Eagle Beach.
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    Example price per night: $118
     
  19. La Quinta
    Low rise timeshare at Eagle Beach.
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    Example price per night: N/A
     
  20. Costa Linda
    Low rise timeshare at Eagle Beach.
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    Example price per night: $259
     
  21. Manchebo
    Low rise resort at Manchebo Beach.
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    Example price per night: $159
     
  22. Aruba Bucuti Beach Resort & Tara Beach Suites
    Low rise resort at Manchebo Beach.
    See what guests are saying
    Example price per night: $210
     
  23. Aruba Beach Club
    Low rise timeshare at Manchebo Beach.
    See what guests are saying
    Example price per night: $140
     
  24. Casa del Mar
    Low rise timeshare at Manchebo Beach.
    See what guests are saying
    Example price per night: $175
     
  25. Divi Aruba All Inclusive
    Low rise all-inclusive at Druif Beach.
    See what guests are saying
    Example price per night: $313
     
  26. Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort
    Low rise resort at Druif Beach.
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    Example price per night: $355
     
  27. Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive
    Divi Resort all-inclusive property at Druif Beach.
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  28. Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort
    Small resort at Druif Beach.
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  29. MVC Eagle Beach Aruba
    No frills rooms property, good food at Eagle Beach.
    See what guests are saying
      
  30. Arubiana Inn
    Small no frills resort off Eagle Beach strip.
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  31. Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
    Downtown hotel, with a shopping center, with a private island.
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    Note: formerly known as Sonesta Aruba Resort & Casino
     
  32. Renaissance Ocean Suites
    Downtown resort with a nearby casino.
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    Note: formerly known as Harbortown Hotel
     
  33. Caribbean Palm Village
    Small timeshare resort, 7 minutes drive from Palm Beach.
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  34. Talk of the Town
    Small no frills resort, near the airport, by Surfside Beach.
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  35. Oceania Condo
    Condominium property at Eagle Beach.
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  36. Sasaki Apartments
    An apartment complex near Eagle Beach.
     
  37. Blue Village
    Apartment complex 5 minutes from the low-rise area.
     
  38. Montaña Park Apartments
    Beautiful apartment complex near Palm Beach.
     
  39. Aruba Beach Villas
    Small apartment complex by Malmok.
     
  40. Beach House Aruba
    Small apartments by Malmok.
     
  41. Tierra del Sol
    Golf course community with private villas near Arashi Beach.
     
  42. Coconut Inn
    An apartment complex near high-rise hotel area.
     
  43. Cunucu Villas Aruba
    An apartment complex in the heart of Aruba, Santa Cruz.
     
  44. Paradera Park
    Apartment complex 15 minutes drive from beaches.
     
  45. Sea Breeze Apartments
    Small beach front apartment complex in the south-central part of Aruba, near Mangel Halto Beach.
     
  46. Sunset Beach Studios
    The apartment complex at Malmok.
     
  47. Coral Reef Beach
    Small apartment building on the south side.
     
  48. Quality Apartments
    Private apartment complex 5 minutes drive from Eagle Beach.
     
  49. Aruba Surfside Marina
    Beautiful ocean front units close to the airport.
     
  50. Bananas Apartments
    Small complex by Tierra del Sol Golf, near Arashi Beach.
     
  51. Perle D’or
    An apartment complex 10 minutes drive from beaches.
     
  52. Del Rey
    An apartment complex in Noord, 10 minutes away from beaches.

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Divi Resort’s Growing At Druif Beach

Many properties owned by Divi Resorts in Aruba are in the area of Druif Beach. Divi Phoenix timeshare is the only one at Palm Beach. Divi has been growing considerably over the last few years. Currently Divi is either remodeling or expanding several resorts.

The last few weeks Divi has flattened the terrain in front of Divi All Inclusive Resort where a new structure is rising. I haven’t read any official statement by Divi as to what they are building at that particular place. Analyzing the location and terrain it’s hard to imagine that Divi is adding rooms to their inventory at Divi All Inclusive. The location is surrounded by a heavily used road to several resorts, next to some (former) tennis courts and without a decent view to speak of.

It looks more likely to be some sort of facility building more than anything else. Office space perhaps? Reserve all attractive beach front properties exclusively to house visitors and send all office staff to a new, less attractive area? The (former) tennis courts are beside the structure, so perhaps a clubhouse? Whatever the plans, I’ll find out soon.

In some local reports Divi officials have announced some major plans for the area. Alhambra Casino & Market Place is going receive a transformation. The casino is going to be renewed and the market place is becoming a small version of Paseo Herencia (newly opened shopping area in front of Holiday Inn).

Divi officials continued by declaring that Divi All Inclusive is going to be transformed into luxury beach front villas. Can we assume that it won’t be an all inclusive resort anymore after that reconstruction is completed? So many questions.

Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort is continuing the construction of more timeshare units. I recently learned that they are adding condominiums to the inventory as well. This is definitely an interesting development in light of my recent comments about condominiums.

In the last couple of years Divi has added three high profiles properties to their inventory: The Links, Windows On Aruba and Mulligan’s.

The Links Divi Resorts

The Links at Divi Aruba is a nine-hole golf course located by Druif Beach. This course is considered to be an ‘easier’ course to play at in comparison to Tierra del Sol golf course. The Links is less windy.

Windows On Aruba
Windows On Aruba is a beautiful restaurant with great food, what else can I tell you.

Divi Mulligan’s
Mulligan’s is also a new up-and-coming Divi restaurant.

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Update Divi Phoenix Construction

Current Status Divi Phoenix
Latest picture of construction at Divi Phoenix Aruba

Divi Phoenix is busy expanding at various properties in the Caribbean. In Aruba they are currently expanding Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort and Divi Phoenix Aruba Beach Resort.

In a post last month I commented about the Divi Phoenix expansion and how much Divi Resorts helped this island get passed an embarrassment by taking over this project and developing it. After that it took Divi Resorts quite some time to expand beyond the current development. Divi Phoenix is a timeshare resort and a plausible reason for that delay is the lack of interest Divi Resort might have had selling that property.

Obviously this is no longer the case. Interest has picked up either by a general pick up in the timeshare sales market and/or efforts by the Divi sales team. They certainly have several off premises contacts around to sell the timeshare units.

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It Costs $3000 To Get To Arashi Beach

In the last few posts I wrote about Arashi Beach and how great it is there. Now comes the key question: how much does it cost to get to Arashi Beach? Simple answer: US$3000,-

What is that? Could you elaborate? Sure. As a hypothetical case I took two adults traveling from October 13 to October 20 from Boston.

Air-fare: $1156 (2 adults, including taxes/fees) via usairways.com non-stop from Boston’s Logan International.
Note: if you’re traveling from different city, more southern in the US, the air fare is probably going to be lower; if you’re traveling from a more western city in the US the air fare is probably going to be higher.

Resort: $1197 (2 adults, including taxes/fees) via CheapTickets staying at Divi Dutch Village at Druif Beach.

Food: $420 (figure according to local statistics bureau)

Transport: $102 via Toyota Rent a Car for a 3-day special, gas $25.

Other costs (tipping, gift, etc.): $100.

Grand total: $3000.

Keep in mind that above calculation is just an indication of a random itinerary. You could stay less time, stay at a different resort, rent a different car (or none), travel from another city or country, etc.

There you have it, this is what three grand could get you nowadays in the world of travel.

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Divi Phoenix Construction

Divi Phoenix Construction
Divi Phoenix construction ongoing

Second phase Divi Phoenix current status of construction

Divi Resorts is an international leisure company based in Aruba with properties in Aruba, Barbados, Bonaire, St. Croix and St. Maarten. On Aruba Divi has several type of resorts like timeshare units, a golf resort and all-inclusive resorts.

Divi Resorts is growing and in Aruba they are expanding existing properties Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort and Divi Phoenix Aruba Beach Resort. Please note that Divi Resorts has added the word ‘Divi’ to all their properties and this confuses because the only word people seems to remember is ‘Divi’.

To elaborate on the construction, the second phase of Divi Phoenix is supposed to be wrapped up by the end of 2007. At this point the contours of the buildings are becoming visible. The steel framing is up and the shape and size are clearly visible.

“The new development will add 148 luxury suites to the existing 101 units at the resort. The new suites will be housed in four eight-storey buildings, each featuring studios, one bedroom suites, and two and three bedroom penthouses,” according to Divi Resorts.

I think we must thank Divi for taken over this project back in the 90’s when other investors failed and couldn’t finish it and left it abandoned which became a sore in that area for years.

Impression Divi Phoenix
Impression of completed Divi Phoenix (provided by Divi Resorts)

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