When someone says ‘all-inclusive’, I instantly think of my girls holiday to Kos where we spent far too much time abusing the free alcohol and probably not enough time emerging ourselves in the Greek culture.
Generally, all-inclusive resorts are given a bad name due to the uninspiring food and questionable nighttime entertainment. The Divi Aruba has escaped all of this and I was constantly impressed by my experience there. Set on the sprawling white sand Eagle beach, the hotel throws all the all-inclusive presumptions out of the window.
The bungalow type rooms are huge with two double beds and a TV, all no more than 30 seconds walk to the beach. The food is great here too, with over six restaurants to choose from, including its sister hotel’s. They don’t serve your standard hotel food, everything from sushi to italian is on offer. There is also free pizza and ice creams available all day from the pool bar. Despite being a fairly large resort, theres still a sense of quietness and there’s never any fighting for sun loungers.
Eagle Beach is one of the best beaches I’ve visited in the Caribbean, perhaps because of the sheer size of it and because there was hardly anyone to share it with. I visited at the end of the season which could be the reason for the sparseness of the beach but the lack of sun loungers hints that this beach never gets over-crowded.
The island is only 20 miles long and green iguanas wander around freely. The license plates say ‘One Happy Island’ on them, and it’s difficult not to be when this is what you’re waking up to every morning. I rarely say I want to go back to somewhere so soon after I’ve visited because there are still so many places I want to go to. I’d go back to Aruba in a heartbeat and I’d definitely stay at the Divi Aruba again.