The Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort in Aruba: When can I move in?

Sometimes a girl needs a little time to herself. That was exactly why I headed to the Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort in Aruba. Nothing like a little island R & R.

The best part about staying at the Village, for me, was that I literally got to have it all. I had a gorgeous one-bedroom apartment with a lake and golf course view. I could get a lift to the beach with one phone call or enjoy the ten-minute walk from the Village to either Tamirjn or Divi Aruba (sister resorts that are across the street and on the beach complete with much needed palapas). And the place wasn’t mobbed despite there being lots of guests there.

With my all-inclusive package (an optional add-on at the Village), I could eat at any of the resorts’ restaurants I chose and I could use the spa, pools, work-out room, you name it. In my mind, that is the way to go.

The rooms at the Divi Beach and Golf Resort are comfortable and beachy. You know, with rattan furniture and blue accessories. And because I had the one bedroom, I also had two full baths and a fully loaded kitchen – right down to plates, glasses, and utensils. It was quite comfortable and pretty.

The staff was friendly, capable, and available without being hovering. They remembered my name and inquired about my day. And if someone couldn’t answer a question, they pointed me to someone who could.

I had a fabulous meal at the Tamarijn’s Asian style restaurant Ginger. But the best meal I had was at Windows, which is the Divi Village’s newest restaurant. It is not part of the all-inclusive. But it is certainly worth checking out. The food was plated beautifully and was equally as yummy.

The highlight of the trip was a golf lesson with the resort’s hunky golf pro. I had never before picked up an iron or a club (save for miniature golf) and by the end of the lesson I was driving balls straight across the range and down the center. Now, if only I had time to practice…

I did leave the property to go downtown to shop (mostly jewelry stores and souvenir shops) just minutes from the resort. I also ventured out to Palm Island, which I would definitely recommend. You can hang at the beach, snorkel with the giant, bright blue parrotfish, or try out their sea trek, where you “walk” underwater. Very cool.

This resort would be equally good for couples or families – not to mention traveling alone or hosting a girls’ weekend – because there is so much to do. All non-motorized sports are included (when you sign on for the all-inclusive package) which means wind-surfing, kayaking, and snorkeling. The most surprising activity they offer is an indoor rock climbing wall. I myself wasn’t brave enough to try it, I’m afraid.

Divi is still busy building away at the Golf and Beach Resort and are scheduled to premiere shiny new time-shares at their Phoenix Resort, which is just a few miles down the road. (I spent a lovely day at their beach too.) That’s one renovation I’m very excited to see since the new resort design includes building up the beach to meet the edge of their new restaurant that will be surrounded on all other sides by water.

It’s an interesting concept, the non all-inclusive resort that’s all-inclusive. What makes it so appealing is that you can have all the perks of the all-inclusive with none of the downside (that is, less fancy rooms and big crowds, generally). Not that the other properties are anything to sneeze at. I just really appreciated the comfort and space. And I liked that the all-inclusive package was an option as opposed to a requirement, which means you get to choose based on your vacation style. Like to eat on property? All-inclusive is the way to go. Like to go out or to cook? Then don’t add the package and simply pay as you go at the various hotel restaurants.

For travel starting March 1, 2009 through December 23, 2009,  suites are available from $139 per night at Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort; from $179 a night at  Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort; and from $125 a night at Divi Dutch Village Resort. The coolest thing I think, in terms of price, is that with the all-inclusive at the Golf and Beach Resort, kids 17 and under stay and eat free and adults get unlimited golf after 3:00 p.m.

The Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort in Aruba was a perfect fit for my solo escape needs. But I look forward to bringing the whole family to enjoy it next time. It was the kind of place that could be as romantic or as family oriented as you choose. And isn’t choice what vacationing is all about?

www.diviresorts.com 1.800.367.3484.

Jenny Block is the author of “Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage” (Seal Hardcover, June 2008 and Seal Paperback, March 2009), which has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. She writes a weekly column for the Dallas Morning News publication Quick called “Sex Talk with Jenny Block” (quickdfw.com). Jenny holds both her BA and her MA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and taught college composition for nearly ten years.

Author: Jenny Block

Jenny Block is the author of the 2008 Lambda Literary Award winning book, “Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage” (Seal Hardcover, June 2008 and Seal Paperback, March 2009). She writes a weekly sex column for FoxNews.com, as well as features for a variety of local and national publications. Jenny holds both her BA and her MA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and taught college composition for nearly ten years. She writes for a wide variety of publications and websites, including huffingtonpost.com, yourtango.com, American Way, Veranda, the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Voice, edgedallas.com, literarymama.com, Spirit, chow.com, and ellegirl.com. Her essay “And Then We Were Poly” is included in Rebecca Walker’s book, One Big Happy Family: 18 Writers Talk About Polyamory, Open Adoption, Mixed Marriage, Househusbandry,Single Motherhood, and Other Realities of Truly Modern Love (Riverhead Hardcover, February 2009), which received a starred review from Kirkus. Jenny’s essay “On Being Barbie” is included in book “It’s a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters” (Seal Press, March 2006) edited by Andrea Buchanan (The Daring Book for Girls). Jenny has appeared on a variety of television and radio programs, including The Tyra Banks Show, Good Morning Texas, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, foxnews.com (online video), Playboy Radio, The Alan Colmes Show, The Young Turks, and BBC Radio. “Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage” was written up and/or reviewed both nationally and internationally in and on a variety of publications and sites, including Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Glamour, Marie Claire, Curve, Observer UK, Maxi (Germany), Psychologies (UK), Playgirl, NPR’s Morning Edition, The New York Times, feministing.com, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Daily News, 2: The Magazine for Couples (Canada), wow-womenonwriting.com, and the Baltimore City Paper.

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2 Comments

  1. The only reason you had a good room etc was you told then you were writing a report on them. the normal person gets [expletive deleted]!

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  2. Hi Martin,

    You are right. Journalists tend to get good rooms. However, coming from personal experience, not all the time. Moreover, I know Jenny, who stays in a lot of nice rooms, and she doesn’t have to write about something she doesn’t like. So when she says, “I want to move in.” I give her the credit for genuinely liking the resort.

    As for what “normal” people get. This isn’t true at all. Most resorts and hotels stay in business based upon repeat customers. The “normal” folks that come again and again. Four and five star accommodations have to get it right and treat everyone well, otherwise they will go out of business. I also know this from personal experience as well as someone who has gotten great rooms by being just a regular guy staying at a hotel over night.

    Still, you get what you pay for. If you stay at a great hotel but in the cheapest room, don’t be surprised, if the room turns out to not be so great. I recommend asking to see the room first before deciding to stay in it. Upgrades are regularly available and it always makes sense for a resort/hotel to help out its guests whenever possible.

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