3 Bedrooms; 2 Villas; 1 Magical Experience
Michael and Brit
About Michael and Brit
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
Michael and Brit purchased this Villa in 2004
Why Michael and 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.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Parties/events allowed - Please notify us if there is any plan for a party.Please notify us if there is any plan for a party.
Max guests: 10
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.
Our family of 5 did not have the same experience as other reviewers. Many issues with property being not as expected including:
Broken refrigerator (old and in poor repair, yet owner accused me for not closing door properly) this resulted in food spoilage.
overwhelming smell in one of the "villas" (rotten shrimp had been left in freezer)
sewer smell emerging from drain in bathroom was unbearable
limited access to beach due to popular location for local beachgoers (all public beaches in Aruba and that was totally understood!) However, loud parties, music, drinking and trash (including broken beer bottles) being left each day was literally right outside the back door and our family found this quite intrusive. In other words, I would not suggest that you book this property for the beach access.
Nice location out of the way of busy tourist area which is just what we wanted! Our family did not find this property to be a nice place to relax and connect as a family. Much time spent texting property manager and dealing with drama. Not restful at all
We’re sorry that you did not have the same 5-star experience enjoyed by our other guests. The best response to your review would be to share the review left by the guests who immediately followed your stay. They were overjoyed by their experience, and had even written a beautiful poem about it. Here’s their 5-star review (posted on our other listing):
“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+!“
In response to your specific concerns:
The refrigerator was working properly before your stay, as well as after your checkout. None of our other guests have ever mentioned a problem with the refrigerator. We would never accuse you of closing the door improperly, but of course the refrigerator won’t function properly if the door is left open by you or your children. The “overwhelming smell” was likely related to spoiled food due to improper usage of the refrigerator.
As you are aware, all beaches in Aruba are public. Most of our guests appreciate the opportunity to interact with the friendly local population; some even end up making friends and remain in touch for years. It’s unfortunate that you were disinterested in making the same rewarding connections. While discarded items left behind on the beach are very rare, we don’t offer beach maintenance staff. We care for the beach ourselves and hope that others feel the same desire to maintain its natural beauty.
As for our texting, most of our guests express appreciation that we make the time to remain in communication and assist in whatever way possible throughout their stay. In addition, our friend Bert is our property manager in Aruba. He was available and tended to your every complaint at all times. Service and support was our goal. We hope this was not misconstrued.
In our description of our property, we try to make it clear that it is an opportunity for simply relaxing and enjoying the sand and sea in a setting shared with the local community. We recognize not everyone is a perfect fit for our humble home but for us it is as close to a paradise as we can imagine. We are happy to share it with others who understand it.
A quiet Aruban paradise
We were looking for a place away from the crowded commercial tourist areas. This quiet ocean-front property located in the fishing village of Savaneta was a perfect choice. Our hosts were friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. With a rental car we were just a short drive to other parts of the island.
One of this property’s best attributes is direct access to the ocean from a small beach leading into calm waters protected by a coral reef. We spent a lot of time in the water snorkeling and floating and in the evenings sat on our little beach watching fishing boats come in to a backdrop of a beautiful Aruban sunset.
The accommodations were perfect for a beach house, though we really spent all of our time outside. From the nicely landscaped sitting areas we gazed out at the ocean watching the frigate birds dive for fish. The property is also frequented by a variety of colorful birds and lizards. Everything needed for simple meal prep was available and there are several small markets just down the street for groceries and supplies. We took the opportunity to dine at some of the island’s best restaurants that were merely minutes away.
Though we enjoyed our outings to other parts of the island we kept thinking how lucky we were to be returning to our private Aruban oasis away from the crowds. We hope to come back again some day!
My husband and I lost our son June 2017 so we needed to get away from reality and attempt to start the healing process. We could have never imagined that we would find such a perfect paradise.
We stayed for 10 nights and it wasn’t enough.
This property is not only beyond beautiful, it is also so comfortable & relaxing. Brit & Bert go out of their way to make your stay everything you can dream of.
We were so sad to leave the island and this property. We will stay here over & over again, in fact I am already planning a second trip.🏝�
Beautiful setting on the water in a small fishing village in Aruba.
Our visit to Aruba was amazing, and we enjoyed the villas. We wanted a place away from the crowded tourist resort areas, and this was perfect. If you want luxury resort accommodations, this is not the place for you. It is private, relaxing, and away from the hustle and tourist traffic. A rental car is necessary here, and navigating the island was easy.
The small beach on the property was nice, though it has a few rocky steps, so for those with handicaps, it was a little tough.
The villas were nice. Small, and as advertised, had limited cooking options, with no oven, but we used the grill, hot plate, microwave, and toaster oven. The owner was helpful with any issues, and had someone meet us on check in and for other maintenance issues.
The living area in the village could use a more comfortable couch, but was adequate, as most of our time was spent in the beautiful outside area.
No washer/dryer on site, but there is a nearby laundromat that was helpful since we had an extended stay. Grocery stores were close, and several restaurants nearby.
Overall, a peaceful, beautiful visit to an amazing island.
Peaceful Oasis Away From It All
Planning a family vacation is tough. My wife needs exciting places to shop. My kids, a safe place to run around and have fun. And I really enjoy fine dining. At the end of the day, however, we all agreed that we all needed a place to completely relax. Im glad to report that I found all this and more at this rental. The private beach was exceptional and the atmosphere very laid back. The residence is close enough to all the major attractions but distant enough where we could actually relax. Cant wait to go back!
The house is in Savaneta, away from the maddening crowds.
Savaneta is an authentic caribbean fishing village. It is an ancient port city, and it was the old capital of Aruba. It is currently also the home of the Dutch marine base. There are supermarkets and public transportation along the main road a short walk away from the house. However, the house sits on a side street that meanders along the shoreline. The little town which feels more like a neighborhood has a mixture of local flishermans' homes and weekend homes for the vacationing local 'elite'. Everybody seems to interact with the friendly disposition typical to Aruba.
Savaneta is a quick 7 minutes drive from the airport. It is mid way between the capital Orangestad and the Eastern most town of Saint Nicholas.
Baby Beach, considered by many one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, is located in Seroe Colorado near Saint Nicholas at a short driving distance from the house.
Another point of interest nearby is Mangel Alto, the beach in Pos chiquito, our neighboring town. There is a public access beach with areas organized for picnics and gatherings. Driving along the ocean in Pos chiquito always takes my breath away. And snorkeling in the pool like lagoon is an experience of a lifetime.
The Arikok National Park is a desert park typical of Aruba's wild and arrid terrain. It extends north to the rugged coastline where huge waves crash against the steep rocks in rhythmic thump and salt spray. Few explore that part of the island, but the entrance into the park is very close by, and the drive well worth it. There are horseback riding tours and ATV rides to the park, and to the Natural Pool in it.
Most importantly, the house is on the beach. It is a pristine white sandy beach with direct access to the warm clear water below. There is natural shade provided by the Divi-divi tree on shore where one can relax and rejeuvenate