Now we are here! Aruba is indeed a paradise. They say that it’s one happy island! And it seems to me more and more that it might be true!
We are here for four weeks, and in between the trips to the beach, enjoying wine on the balcony, eat-outs and sightseeing, I’ll try to update you on what life is all about on this heaven-on-earth little island.
Since we are here for so long, it was quite expensive for us to stay at a fancy hotel, as we used to do in Cancún and Punta Cana (Excellence Group), though there are some really nice hotels like Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris, Ritz-Carlton and Hilton Caribbean Resort and Casino. Sure thing, they are to recommend if you are not on the budget. However, there are some good three-star hotels with satisfying Tripadvisor recommendations, like Brickell Bay Beach Club and Spa (adults only!) or Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort. As you see, I’ve done my research! 🙂
We chose Blue Residences!
Situated between Palm and Eagle Beaches, these are luxury apartments with a private pool, breakfast and lunch restaurant, bar and a pool area. The beach is one-minute walk away from the apartments, though it’s not quite developed yet – the residence complex is quite new – only two years. However, it’s possible to walk to the Palm Beach area and have a swim there (3 minutes walking), the parasols and beach beds are for free there (at least, we used them and didn’thave to pay anything:)). Eagle beach is 6 minutes away from the apartments.And it’s the nicer one, but if you want a palapa (parasol), you have to rent it for USD 7,5 per person.
There’s a deli shop there, right on the area, but the big supermarket is about 10-15-minute walk away, all the other restaurants are about 10-15 minutes away.
Nevertheless, I’m quite happy about our choice: we paid around 4,000 USD for almost 4 weeks, and to me it’s a fair deal. We could have added a kitchen for 1,000 USD, but we decided not to. The apartment is spacy, clean and modern. We could take anything we needed from the kitchen, we can walk to the beach, use the pool on the site, and the cleaning is every other day. I’m enjoying myself here:) There’s a gym, spa, car rental and a mini-market right on the site as well.
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One tip on the hotels – don’t pick Renaissance Hotel! It’s a trick: they show you beach and everything, but the hotel is located in Oranjestad (which is the capital), about 7 km from all the beautiful beaches. Though the hotel is divided in two parts: downtown hotel (with no beach or pool, but adults only, and you have to lie in the sun on the roof area overlooking the main overcrowded road!) and beach hotel (which is a three-minute walk from the former one), with a tiny (dirty) beach (and they show you flamingos there – been there, no flamingos!). Of course, the hotel is close to all the major sightseeing events, restaurants and shopping, but if you want beach and relaxation, choose a hotel either on Palm beach or Eagle beach (the two most famous and beautiful beaches on Aruba).
The only thing about my hotel, the Blue Residences Apartments, is that you have to walk for about 10-15 minutes to find a place to eat, if you don’t want to use the restaurant on the site (which is no different in price from the other places, but there’s only breakfast lunch there till 4 p.m.). Or you can take a cab for 6 USD to the Palm beach area (with the shops and food) and 11 USD to the capital. On the whole, I think it’s worth it!
See you in the next post. Maybe then you’ll find out what Aruba is and what you can do there! Don’t miss it:)