Your Private Oasis
Submitted: January 12, 2011
Stayed: January 2011
CasAruba is the perfect place if you are with a group or family, and want close access to resorts but want to escape the crowds to a private and quiet place. The house is a beautifully appointed contemporary villa which surrounds an excellent pool area. the grounds are beautifully landscaped, and the property is walled and gated, which provides a great deal of privacy. We were 5 adults plus our small dog, and were very comfortable. There's a master suite upstairs with its own balcony, and the open first floor living/kitchen/dining is really spacious. There are 2 queen rooms each with their own bath which open out to the pool.
CasAruba's caretaker Francois is right next door. He was really terrific, making sure we were settled in properly, and gave us advice, information and restaurant recommendations. We really enjoyed getting to know him.
The property is immaculate, the pool service and groundskeepers were there to keep everything clean and maintained. There is a supermarket right around the corner where you can get a good deal of what you might need including beer and liquor, although you'll probably want to go to a bigger market like Ling and Sons for meats and bakery goods.
The location is a 15 minute walk to the Marriott Surf Club. We did not feel the need to rent a car, as we could walk to the resorts every day, and then take taxis out in the evenings. Cabs were usually $9-$12USD to go to most of the great local restaurants and downtown Orangestad. Cab to/from the airport was $17 each way. You can also catch buses to town from the Surf Club which is only $1.50-$2.00 and run every half hour.
The beaches in Aruba are public, so you can go wherever you'd like. There are places just south of the Surf Club where you can rent chairs/umbrellas, and all the activities and amenities are available to you.
This was the first time we didn't stay in a resort in Aruba, and we found staying in the house a much more relaxing and cost-effective experience.
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