(We actually arrived on Oct 29th, but the system wouldn't let me go back to select an Oct date!)
I had had my eye on this Villa for a couple of years and was thrilled that we had the chance to stay there this year. The location was perfect, the space was awesome...just as pictured. We were two couples, so had plenty of room, the master bedrooms were spacious with plenty of closets and drawers to unpack and get comfortable! The kitchen was huge and had pretty much everything we needed. (Another roll of paper towels would have been helpful, but other than that, in terms of dishes, silverware, appliances, etc., no problem!)
The terrace is AMAZING. Huge, with sitting, dining, and lounging space. There is even a little addition that was added that is not shown in the pictures. It was great, and we spent a lot of time out there in the evenings. During the day, it was pretty hot, but hey, it's Aruba!! Proximity to the snorkeling beach across the street, Arashi, a short walk away, and the beautiful Boca Catalina in the other direction was just perfect! There were a couple of times I missed having a pool at the end of the day to come back to, but honestly, you spend most of you time on the beaches, which are right there...a pool is not really needed. And you can always make friends with the next door neighbors who have the best pool on the island!!
I was a little disappointed that we had to pay extra to rent beach chairs for the week; I felt the posting stated they were included and available (as are the beach towels and coolers, listed in the same place!), but we did pay $20 each to rent a chair and they were nice Tommy Bahama beach chairs. And for another $15, we got our own snorkel sets to have for the week as well. And we used them every single day!
Viola was always available if we needed anything, but other than that, even though she lives right downstairs, we barely knew she was there. She was very accomodating.
It is a 4-bedroom villa, but be aware that two of the bedrooms are smaller and have small twin beds. If we had traveled with three other couples rather than just one, I would not have been happy to be one of the couples in one of those smaller bedroom, but for two families with kids, and for us, just two couples, it was really perfect.
Bathrooms were very nice, very large and had fantastic water pressure, which surprised me.
All in all, a fantastic week, we were very happy in th Villa, and will definitely return!
Owner's Response: Thank you! Your friends will come in summer too, nice.
About the chairs, the chairs are actually something what is not easy to do, Aruba is expensive Island and sun, salt breaks all, beach chairs supposed to be not heavy(alu) but strong, even I buy the best, if I get some here at all, 2- 3 month is maximum we can use it mostly, by 14 peace free maintenance who >>; I am happy the guest got minimum the chance to rent plastic lounge chairs on the Boca Catalina and Arashi beach, but of course we will still try to have some here for our guest for that $20 week/chair price. Snorkeling equipment is $ 15/week, you can rent on the fishermans beach too, for $ 10 for one day = that's business. I love to make my guest happy so much how possible, happy smiling guest! Vi
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