4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
- english, french, german, italian, dutch
About Barbara Schiphorst
Living in Amsterdam, I wish I could spend more time in Aruba. It is our family vacation house and it is looked after by Rik Maes from Clearly Realty in our absence. He will be your host when you arrive and is at hand if you have questions.
Barbara Schiphorst purchased this House in 2012
Why Barbara Schiphorst chose Pos Chiquito
We searched for a house right on the ocean and fell in love with the Merry Milestone instantly. Immediate access to the sea is such a luxury!
What makes this House unique
Without a doubt, it has the best snorkeling in Aruba right in front of our house.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Your rental will include 200 AWG per week of electricity use. For full information see under Rental agreement: "House information".
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Girls' Trip for the Ladies
We have enjoyed the Merry Milestone: garden patio area for eating/drinking & morning tea/coffee & just 'chillin' was fabulous; waking to such magnificent view was amazing; & we loved the island. Rik was a great help. We followed his suggestions on restaurants & sites & grocery. Greatly appreciated!
To just swim, could walk across the street and take steps down to landing. To have a nearby grand beach experience at Halto Beach (snorkelers heaven), 2 minutes down the street and we sat under huts bathing in the sun, enjoying the beautiful scenery and soaking in the cool blue/green water. The beach chairs and towels from the house were comfy & nice. Think we made use of all amenities at Merry Milestone.
Dinner at Marina Pirata (walking distance on same street) was exquisite. This is in a great location.
Our only sad issue: about the 3rd day we discovered freezer failure and contacted Rik. He gave us a short solution. However, the short solution for the freezer breakdown failed us. We could not have our night of Gelatissimo at the house; and we had to change our meal plans for our last couple of days. We awakened with two days of our trip left and found spoiled food in the refrigerator; had to toss into the garbage. So we headed back to grocery shop and packed the freezer and a cooler with ice to keep some coolness....could not let it totally destroy our fun.
This was a super "Girls' Trip" for us....hope to do this again. Would definitely recommend staying at the Merry Milestone for an excellent experience of Aruba life.
Glad you enjoyed The Merry Milestone! A brand new fridge/freezer has been installed in the meantime. Ah, owning a house in the Caribbean ... not always easy to get the perfect appliances quickly! Hope you will return and thank you for your nice and honest review!
The location and the view are exceptional. I am glad I chose this home over one in baby beach or in the northern beaches. In this area, it felt like there was a nice mixture of local folks and tourist people. We were able to enjoy the nearby Mango Halto beach, as well as easily head down to Baby Beach or up to Arashi Beach, both of which are also very beautiful. I loved the large outdoor covered patio area, with the amazing view, and also the view from the kitchen looking out on the turquoise waters. I would stay in this house again, but I will say that I think it might be time for some of the appliances to be replaced such as the refrigerator. There is an electricity budget which I don't think was mentioned in the description. It turned out we were well under this usage budget but it took us a few days to figure out how much we could use the air conditioning without going over the budget. I would recommend to bring some kind of water shoes, not just flip flops. I forgot to and it was fine, but some places in the water they would be good to have. The view and especially the sunsets are world class. I could happily live in this home for an extended time.
So glad you enjoyed your stay, John. Full maintenance is ongoing and all remarks are useful. We do have beachshoes available for our guests in various sizes, as indicated on this site. I have added the information about the electricity use, although this is mentioned in the house rules. We allow a very generous amount of electricity, so full Airco can be used in all bedrooms at night. So far we have never had to bill for "overage" and I am sorry you were a little worried about this! Hope you will come back again to Aruba!
We spent 10 nights here. The view is fantastic and the yard and patio are lovely spaces. The house is a very large place and has the feel of once being a very loved home that accommodated large gatherings. But, at the time we stayed, it had the air of a once-loved home that has become a bit worn. The furniture in general needs updating/cleaning. Little things around the house needed repair/attention, e.g., cracked tile. The pans probably should be replaced, but are usable. These are mainly cosmetic issues, but still detract. The owner has informed me that they are in the process of updating, so these comments may be old news by the time you read this.
The dinner, glass and serving ware is abundant and good quality. The master bed was firm and comfortable.
We like to stay away from busy tourist areas and this location fit that bill. Location has easy access to all the rest of the island. Rik is a very responsive manager and good to deal with.
We travel extensively and always stay in rentals from VRBO and the like around the world, often in the ABC islands. I know others have stayed here and raved, but I can’t give it five stars. A little more TLC and it would be right up there.
Glad you enjoyed your stay, Nancy. Thanks for your very honest review and Yes, the major annual maintenance is in full swing!
We are group of 6 that stayed for a week. The home is spacious and incredibly comfortable with an unbeatable view. Great sleeping with comfy beds and air conditioning units we ran at night in each room. Kitchen well supplied for all our cooking needs and we did make 3 dinners and most breakfasts and lunches. Ate every meal out at the outside table and seating area looking out to the water. Phenomenal snorkeling right down the stairs to and fro Mangel Halto beach. We explored other beaches with our all around favorite being Baby Beach and the best for snorkeling at Boca Catalina. We explored the whole island and felt so fortunate to stay at such a lovely location away from the tourism chaos but easily accessible to all. Rik Maes is a fantastic guest service manager! He met us at the house and helped us get settled by answering all questions and providing a map he marked up with locations of the grocery stores and some sites we requested in the area. Couldnt have been a better trip. Highly recommend the Merry Milestone!
Thank you, Kris, for your nice review! So glad you enjoyed your stay!
Quiet house with an unforgettable view
The house location was perfect! I love the spaciousness of the house! The house was not new, but it had everything we needed for living there comfortably for 8 days. We loved going out to do activities and explore Aruba and come home to a quiet sanctuary to relax, chill and take in the beautiful sunset every evening right across the street!!
Many thanks. so glad you enjoyed your Aruban vacation!
Perfect fit for us!
House is older but very clean, well maintained and well equipped. The house has a nice large outdoor living area which is where we spent most of our time. It is only steps to the ocean for awesome snorkeling! This house is a little off the beaten track which suited us well as it was private and quiet with incredible views of the sunset and the ocean. Highly recommend renting a vehicle to get you around the island.
Thank you for your nice review, Donna. Glad you enjoyed your stay in The Merry Milestone!
Pos Chiquito is in a residential area 10 minutes South from Oranjestad. The Merry Milestone is a house for total relaxation. You can buy your fish straight from the local fishermen or dine out at the Marina Pirata Restaurant, almost next door. There is a grocery store that stocks essentials nearby and for more shopping, the big American supermarkets are a 10 minute drive away