Wake up to the sound of the sea!
We fell in love with Aruba 25 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
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. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
The cottage was just what we hoped for. Quaint, clean and private. Close to restaurants and food sto
We had the best vacation ever! Spent our first week in the high rise district then moved to the cottage for 4 weeks. The cottage was much more relaxing. The property owner, Brit, could not have been nicer. She invited us for dinner on the beach with the guests at the other cottage and some friends. The cottage and set up allow you to be as private or social as you like. We enjoyed some of the local restaurants and take out spots. Did some exploring of the island, particularly the south end and found some great local restaurants. BTW, the beach is just steps away from your cottage door. If your thinking about going, dont hesitate to book this great little cottage. #ONEHAPPYISLAND.
BOB & LORI
Beautiful location. Rental needs updates.
The best thing about this property is the fact that you can be in the water in a matter of seconds snorkeling and enjoying the beautiful water. There is seating outside which we took advantage of to enjoy the view and especially the sunsets. The rental unit does leave several things to be desired and needs to be refreshed. The lighting should be improved as we were unable to read at night except while lying in bed. I had to hold a mirror by the window in the kitchen so my husband could put in and take out his contact lenses because the bathroom had insufficient lighting. The kitchen dishes, silverware, etc. needed a thorough cleaning with hot water when we arrived. We were surprised to learn that electricity usage was not included in the rental rate as we did not have prior notification. During our visit it was very hot and humid requiring us to run the air conditioner while sleeping.
We enjoyed dining at Marina Pirata and with its beautiful view, great food and friendly service you are sure to enjoy it. Zeeovers had a limited menu but with delicious fresh seafood, lots of locals, great location and friendly staff it is a must. Antesala Cafe is modern and offers delicious breakfast and lunch options. We enjoyed talking to the owner about Aruba. These three restaurants are located in Savaneta and you can walk to Zeeovers.
We have rented many other properties and have never written a review. Having found nothing negative in the reviews about this rental we felt obligated to write this. We rent our vacation home and because we use the home we know what is needed for everyday conveniences. We think if the owners stayed in the unit, they could make the improvements needed and make for a better experience for the renters.
Bert was a pleasure to work with. He answered all our texts promptly. We looked forward to seeing him when he visited the property. We can’t thank him enough!
Wonderful property and owner!
House is right on the water, yet gated, so very safe feeling. The house is part of a compound of three structures, with the owners house in the middle of the two rentals. We had everything we needed for our stay except groceries which were close by. Great snorkeling and fishing opportunities right in the back yard!
The Quite End of the Island
Just returned from our ten day stay. It is very quite and private. The beach is small but adequate. It is a public beach that the locals use also but everyone is nice. Good snorkeling and the sunsets are amazing. Brit was an amazing host!! He was full of information and help. The villa is adequately supplied. We stayed in the 2 BR villa. By the way the drinking water is amazing! Bring your reusable water bottle! Plastic water bottles are frowned upon for good reason! I highly recommend for anyone who wants a quite vacation away from the hustle and bustle of high rise area. Thank you Brit for being a exemplary host.🏝�🌅�
Peaceful hidden gem!
We spent 2 weeks in this lovely quiet area of Aruba in January, unlike the crowds and traffic of the large hotel areas. Our little house had very comfortable accommodations, a nicely sized kitchenette for cooking, as groceries are not as expensive as many Caribbean islands.
Our shaded patio was surrounded by pretty plantings and we had a lovely view of the water, with beautiful sunsets, and delicious swimming just steps away. We were daily entertained by dozens of little yellow birds at our feeder hanging in the tree in the patio. Lights at night beautifully illuminated the old divi-divi tree by the water.
The weather was comfortable all day with gentle breezes, an occasional shower lasting just minutes. We found that some air conditioner at night was helpful.
Our gracious hosts made every effort to satisfy requests, and generously shared water ‘toys’. While this is not as glamorous as the modern hotels, the privacy and beauty of this little area made for a beautiful vacation. I look forward to another visit next year!
Would love to stay again
The property is exactly as described. It is uniquely situated right on the beach. After a short drive from the airport, we experienced a very warm welcome by the owner. Since we arrived late in the evening, she had asked us in advance what groceries we would like so we arrived to a stocked kitchen. During our stay loved to hang out on our private porch, from breakfast in the shade through to the spectacular sunset. And the owner hung a reading chair especially for my daughter while my son hung out in the hammock. The sandy beach is lovely and the water very clear. We borrowed the snorkeling equipment and kayak for some spectacular snorkeling and kayaking. The shops in Savaneta are very close and Zeerover is a great restaurant around the corner. We're a family of four from the Netherlands and we'd love to stay here again!