This was our third trip to Aruba and first time staying on the south side of the island. Can't beat the view or the privacy of the beach. The snorkeling is great and we were lucky enough to see some sea turtles. Zeerovers being next door is a big plus too.
We stayed a week in apartment #1 at Aruba Reef! Everything about it was perfect. It’s quiet and secluded, yet so close to everything. It was right next door to the Flying Fishbone. They provided kayaks for use, and we had our own private little beach. When we sat on our porch in the mornings and drank coffee, we felt like we were the only ones there. It was clean, well stocked with the essentials, and the best bargain in Aruba.
Just stayed at Aruba Reef with my wife. Pretty much a perfect place to get-a-way and relax. Given it's location it was quiet and has a very different feel to major resorts on the north end of the island. Rooms were very adequate and to be honest, you really need a good place to sleep. When you're not sleeping you should be outside :) A few notes. The owner does have dogs. I'm a dog person so this didn't bother me and the dogs don't bark and really don't bother guests. The only reason I'm not given a better rating was the dog poop that was not picked up for the whole day down in the little beach area. Totally understandable that dogs do their business around the property however, in high traffic and desirable areas like the small beach poop should have been picked up in a more timely manner. My wife and I were not able to rent a car due to the holidays and our trip being pretty last minute. Arriving by bus is possible. There was about a 4-5 block walk from the bus stop. There is a small grocery store in the area, very reasonable prices and it's about a 10-15 minute walk depending on pace. Overall, a great place I would like to return to if I go back to Aruba.…
Starting our 7th year in a row, staying for one month each time. Affectionately know as "PARADISE." Originally build by Freddy Absoel some 40 years ago and is run by his son Raabi. Most of the buildings and accent pieces/statures were brought in from Bali creating a Zen like feel. Has two small sand beaches with a max of 10 people.It its located in Savaneta, away from the hotels. If you want quiet, no fighting for chairs warm breeze,rustling of palm trees this is the place for you. After 32 years on the island, I have not found a small but spacious location on the island steps from the ocean. I think of it has a beach apartment, nothing fancy but clean, safe with an island feel. Kayaks available. Plan on returning for as long as I am able to return to Aruba.
We have stayed here twice now and will be back. Great semi private setting and a short drive to anything on the island. Highly recommend checking this place out. There is a private beach, kayaks to use, great snorkeling right off the beach there, excellent restaurant next door.