Wake up to the sound of the sea!
We fell in love with Aruba 20 years ago when we first visited as tourists escaping the cold of a New York City winter. But out of curiosity, seeking a variety of experiences, and wishing to learn about other cultures, we continued to explore other destinations in the Caribbean and Central America. No matter where we went, we always felt it was not quite as wonderful as being in Aruba. Aruba offered perfect hot weather, whereas in many other destinations we had to spend some days waiting for the rain to pass. In many other islands, we felt sorry for the native population, whereas in Aruba, we made friends with many of them. Aruba does not have shanty towns, it provides employment for most of the population who pride themselves as 'one happy island'. Most Arubeans speak English, Dutch, and Spanish so there is never a problem communicating. The white beaches are gorgeous, considered some of the most beautiful in the world, the water is clear and warm at 80 degrees most of the year. As far as water sports, there is everything available: incredible snorkeling and diving, world class windsurfing and kite surfing with steady trade winds, deep sea fishing, sunset cruises, jet skiing and tubing. Sunsets are breathtaking with many viewing sites (other than our own back yard...) serving drinks of your choice. At night, we love visiting our favorite restaurants. There are quite a few great restaurants serving gourmet food in transporting settings, and Casinos stay open through the night. The more we had seen in the Caribbeans, the more we missed Aruba. Then on September 11, 2001 we were in New York City when it was under attack. Soon after that traumatic experience, we decided we wanted to find a home away from conflict. Now, we ventured on a hunt for a peaceful land where we could feel safe. After much research and exploration, we were lucky to find a property right on the beach in our favorite island. The property has an additional guest house which we are proud to share
Brit purchased this Villa in 2004
Why Brit chose De Bruynewijk
For many years, whenever we visited Aruba, we stayed at the big hotels on the island. But as a personal treat, as the icing on the cake, we made a tradition of ending our vacation dining at our favorite restaurant The Flying Fishbone in the remote fisherman's village of Savaneta. The taxi ride to the restaurant made us feel we were getting to see the real country-side. At the hotels' section, it was busy, crowded, and hectic. But as we drove away from there, we met a sense of quiet, a down to earth sensibility. So when we looked for a house in Aruba, we were insistent to find a house right on the beach. Very few (less than 40)of Aruba's homes are built on the beach-most are across the street so we were thrilled when we found an ancient house on the beach in Savaneta, the village of our best memories. We have since worked tirelessly to renovate, update, and modernize the home while keeping its traditional structure preserved. We cherish every moment we spend at our home. We hope you do the same.
What makes this Villa unique
No words can describe the beauty of being on the water better than the pictures taken from our back yard/beach. When we arrive at the house, there is a realization that we have landed in paradise. There is a different beauty to every hour of the day: The calm breeze of the early morning, the bright yellow heat of mid day, the pink hues that glide on the ocean, and paint the sand in the afternoon. It is constantly changing and trasforming until the sun finally kisses the horizon, and the sky goes on fire. The perfect viewing spot is in the hammock under the Divi tree on the beach. We try to spend all of our time outdoor in nature. As there are so few homes on the water in Aruba, it was a treasure for us to find. In addition, the main house is a typical 'kunuku' house traditional to the country side of Aruba. it was built more than 100 years ago of coral. We have tried to preserve its heritage while modernizing and improving its ammenities.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:30
Air conditioners must be turned off when rooms are not in use. Your specific use of water and electricity will be deducted from your security deposit.
For your safety, please lock all gates and doors when away from the house, and at night.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
A lovely spot away from the buzz of the hotels and resorts
We had a perfectly relaxing time at this villa in Savaneta. We would most definitely return!
Peaceful Refuge, Right on the Water.
We jus got back from a wonderful stay at this property. You are in a separate building with your own bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. There is your own outdoor space with a kitchen, dining table, and lounge area, all covered with a view to the beach. The inside kitchen and bathroom were brand new and very nicely appointed.
You also have loungers closer to the water.
The view of the water is stunning and the sunsets were perfect every night.
The owner, Orit (AKA Brit) was in the main house and was a delight to meet and talk with. Non-obtrusive but happy to help with any questions. She was super helpful and knows the area well.
The little beach is perfect for entering the water and I enjoyed the snorkeling. You can swim across to the reef easily.
There are 2 restaurants a short walk away. We ate at Flying Fishbone twice, a beautiful setting with great seafood. We were going to go to Zeerovers but the line was long when we tried.
We got take away food some nights; Happy Arubian Kitchen was great local food and La Granja has amazing Peruvian roast chicken. They are both super close. We also recommend Kimini Kitchen for curry, it is a bit of a farther drive but worth it.
We lived our time here and look forward to returning.
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION
Fabulous location with direct access onto beach, with the most amazing snorkelling.
Only 10 minutes away from hustle and bustle of downtown and 20 minutes from high rise.
Baby beach 15 minutes
2 fabulous restaurants within walking distance, and 2 local supermarkets
Accommodation is basic, but adequate.
A small kitchen area is sufficiently equipped to prepare breakfast and snacks.
There is a work-top mini oven /grill which is adequate but limiting if you expected to eat in as most things have to be cooked on the hob.
As advertised, there is no TV, washing machine, dishwasher, but we managed without, and quite frankly we were pleased to get away from it all.
There is wifi available to keep in touch.
The furniture/furnishings have an eclectic, dated charm, but again adequate.
There is a double bed, for 2 people - I don't know where a 3rd person or child could sleep.
The patio/beach areas are shared with two other letting units, so would get busy if they were all occupied.
We were lucky to have the owners in residence who were most welcoming, hospitable and helpful.
They seemed to be doing a lot of upgrading, to the properties, so things will change
In a nutshell ..it's basic accommodation in a fabulous location.
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Quiet piece of paradise!
I stayed for a week in December with my boyfriend at the one bedroom bungalow and we loved it! I was attending a conference in the high rise hotel district, but wanted to stay some place quieter, it was about a 25 minute drive but totally worth it for us. We rented a jeep, explored the island, soaked in the sun looking at the ocean and even swam out to the little island across from the house. The snorkeling at the reef directly out from the house is really cool, even had an octopus swim right by me.
This was perfect for us, it is simple living, with the best part being the outdoor spaces and opening the gates to your own ocean access. We did have local kids just outside of the fence on weekends playing in the ocean, but it wasn't a big deal. During the week, it was quiet with no one else on the little beach. We loved the local restaurants, walked down to Zeerovers for lunch, had a special night at Flying Fishbone for dinner, and enjoyed breakfast buffet at House of Cakes.
Loved our stay and are so grateful to have found this little gem on the ocean.
We loved the location and house would have liked extra linens but other than that was a great place to stay would probably stay there again and Bert the caretaker is an extremely nice guy enjoyed talking to him
It couldn't have been any better! PerfectQ
After a bad experience on another island we were a little leary, but this place could not have been any better. It was a dream come true for us. It was right on the beach and we could hear the waves crashing in the night lulling us to sleep. Bert, the caregiver of the place, was extremely nice and accommodating. We loved having our own private beach. We will definitely recommend to our friends and hopefully be back sometime. A+!