This is our second vacation in Aruba and it was simply perfect staying at Wacamaya condos was a true paradise,Marias hospitality from the beginning to the end of our vacation was truly effortless she recommended and booked the car for us at a much lower price than we could find on line , the complex was just what we were hoping for beautiful swimming pool lush gardens very tropical and well maintained and clean throughout the complex.
Marias condo was exactly as the pictures, great kitchen fully equipped with everything you would need to cook a gourmet meal, the bathroom was large and spa like feeling with Travertine floors and walls with a large walk in shower plus hot water.
The a/c worked well but we preferred to have the balcony door open and enjoy the fresh air and the beautiful pool view while sitting on the balcony,very nice feature was the fact that Marias condo was a end unit on the second floor furthest away from the road,inside the condo everything was just perfect for our needs clean ,spacious, and decorated tastefully .One of the convenience we enjoyed was the laundry facility on the premises .
We appreciated everything Maria recommended to us such as local beaches to enjoy crystal clear water perfect for snorkeling and away from the crowds at the hotel beaches,we also tried the local restaurants she recommended which allowed us to bring our own wine and was very affordable definitely Maria has the inside knowledge of Aruba and made our vacation very memorable and we are looking forward to our return trip and staying at Marias little piece of paradise...Thanks for all your help and see you soon.
Before I write my evaluation, allow me to give you some perspective, which hopefully will add to credibility. During the past 15 years or so, I have vacationed in Cuba five times, Dominican Republic three times, Mexico three times, Jamaica once and now Aruba; not to mention many European vacations. In Europe I stay in Apartment/condos and usually in all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. This time my wife and I chose this “5 Star Condo” for a two week vacation in Aruba, because of the expected higher standards associated with a Dutch island kingdom.
Upon arrival at the condo we were surprised at the poor entrance door and its questionable lock and keypad entry. The actual grounds with pool and foliage do live up to the pictures shown in the listing. However, the pool surrounds were not particularly clean and there were leaves and other “stuff” in the pool. I only saw one person swimming in the entire two weeks. The sun loungers and chairs were dirty, very old and dusty (probably sand and dirt from the nearby construction site and roadside).
Once inside the condo, it was quite nice; a little dated with respect to style, but clean and comfortable. The king-size bed was comfortable, the sofa just fine and the cable TV worked well. Also, the bathroom was roomy, nicely tiled and clean (no mold or broken faucets, etc.). However, from there it went downhill, because the bed sheets were not changed during our two week stay and neither were the towels. There was no hot water, only tepid for shaving and showering (a problem if trying to wash long hair.) Also, there wasn’t a kettle, which makes pouring boiling water from a saucepan into a cup a little tricky. A small point, but frustrating was the 1½ toilet rolls that we were expected to make last for two weeks. You cannot buy one or two rolls of toilet paper; you must purchase 10 or 12 at a time. I will not admit to anything illegal, but we managed to acquire another roll from an external source.
Maria, the owner, whom we met on arrival, is a very nice and friendly person. She had lots of tips and good advice. Notwithstanding, she is a too free with her description of the condo; it is not close to the Marriott and beaches. It is a 25 minute walk along roads that only have sidewalks for half the distance. It is too hot (30ᶛ C plus) without any shade during the day and far too dangerous at night, because of oncoming traffic (drivers do not expect to see pedestrians on such roads). And, who wants to walk 2 to 3 km back to the condo after eating dinner in a Palm Beach restaurant?
To anyone considering staying at this condo, a vehicle is essential. There is a Chinese run grocery across from the condo, but better selection and prices will be found in Super Foods some 5 km away; and for that you will need a car. To conclude, this condo does not deserve a five-star rating, because its facilities are limited and dirty, it is too far away from attractions and the owner does not provide a change of bed linen, towels, dish cloths etc. If this condo had been in the Dominican or Cuba I would have given it four stars, but in Aruba it is worth just three. In fact, the customer representative at Thrifty car rentals said that most people who stay there are mostly people who have come to work in the area, which could explain why it was so quiet.
As for Aruba: Great for a one week vacation, but two weeks becomes a little boring; there is not that much to see when driving around. Baby Beach is overrated. Eagle Beach is the most accessible, but beware the daily US $20 charge for a sun lounger. Palm Beach is crowded and dominated by the hotels. Food is expensive: two muffins and one ice coffee in Starbucks US $11; pasta in a restaurant ranges from US $21 to 27. By-the-way the local tourist merchants do not wish to bargain and the shops in Oranjestad are closed on Sundays. Oranjestad is pretty and the street cars (trams) are fun and free. Parking meters are everywhere, but you can park behind the bus station for US $1.75 for three hours (must pay in Aruba Florins).