Last time we stayed on the north end. This time we decided south. If you are uptight or pretentious this IS NOT the place for you. It is all about relaxing and chilling. Rabbi was a great host. There was only one request we hit him with that he couldn’t accommodate (out of about 100!). We wanted stevia for our morning coffee. So make sure you get your own on your grocery run (along with salt and pepper, which we forgot). WiFi was great, seclusion was great, we actually just stayed here one whole day because it was so relaxing. It is that good. Could it be kept up a little more, sure. Could the couch be more comfy, probably. But trust me, this is a great oasis. We are so grateful we found it. And we didn’t have to sell one of our children to afford it! We will be back. Mostly because of the vibe, but also because of the location and because of Rabbi. A+. Finally, parking is free, easy and within 30 feet of your door. Zeerovers is an easy walk. Get your groceries at the superfood. We found the local supermarkets were ok but limited.…
Removed from the hustle and bustle of the Hotel Zone, Raabi offers a true Paradise. We travel with the aim of being authentic to the region and getting to know the locals. Aruba Reef met our criteria....plus! If a relaxing vacation is what you are after this is the place. Loved our stay!
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.
Just got back after 10 days at Aruba Reef. Not much to say other that perfect. Raabi was there when we needed him or else Tameeka helped out. This is sooooo much better than staying in the hotels up north. Peaceful, quiet if you wanted, kayaked as much as we could, close to some good restaurants. Even had some great sunsets. Can't wait to back.
If you want lodging out of the glamor, glitz and rat race then Aruba Reef Apts. Is where its at. Situated on the ocean with its own private beach these nice sized apartments are perfect for couples or solos of all ages. Rabbi, the owner and host is fantastic and comitted to his guests. From the beautiful private beach to the self serve bar this place is fantastic.
Aruba Reef was a perfect choice for us. We loved being in our own apartment with a kitchen, king size bed, and nice big shower. Our porch was steps from the beach, shaded by a mango tree that dropped ripe mangoes every morning to enjoy for breakfast. Tomeka, one of the caretakers of the property, was so helpful giving us advice on restaurants, shops and even helped us open a coconut that we found on the shoreline. If you like to avoid the touristy beaches, this is the place to come. Rent a car and explore the island - avoid the area around the high-rises, too much traffic.