Boardwalk Vacation Retreat Aruba
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Boardwalk hotel was wonderful! We came for our honeymoon and it was exactly what we wanted and needed. We chose this hotel based off their previous reviews from guest! The staff was excellent and the property/rooms were extremely well kept. The location was perfect the grocery store was a cab ride away and less than $10. The beach was less than five minutes of a walk. The beach was clean and not crowded and the boardwalk hotel beach had the perfect neighbors (the Ritz Carlton which offered boardwalk hotel guests to utilize some of their services lunch and drinks at a discounted price) Overall the boardwalk hotel felt like a chic bungalow not your average over the crowded hotel but awesome villas surrounded with peace quiet and the soothing sounds of birds and nice breeze from the palm trees! We also loved the cats on the property and even rename them! Can't wait to see the cats ("cw" and "grand poolba") on our next visit back!
My wife and I just got back from our 1 year anniversary. What a hidden gem this place is. The service was great and the atmosphere was so peaceful. We stayed there 4 nights and wish we could of stayed longer. Next time!! The only thing we couldnt get to work was the wifi. Other than that, everything was perfect. Definitely get the breakfast. Really good. The beach was very nice and in a great location. Thanks again to the staff at The Boardwalk and cant wait to go back!
There are not words to describe this place! We booked our trip 7 months in advance as a delayed honeymoon. We arrived for our 11 night stay on May 4th. The staff was wonderful the entire stay. They made recommendations on places to go and things to do that did not disappoint. I had been to Aruba 24 years ago working on cruise ships, but did not get to see the whole island. I vowed to come back and finally did! And I will be back again!We stayed in Casita 23. It was perfect! The décor was adorable, the bed comfortable, the kitchen was great as we made our breakfasts and lunches there. We did go grocery shopping at Super Foods and bought a pizza to cook, then realized we needed an oven as there is not an oven, but never fear, we cooked it on the charcoal grill and it was great! We did not need an oven at all that week. We also did chicken and pork kabobs that we got from Super Foods as well. Very yummy! Super Foods closes at 8:00 pm so make sure you take that into consideration. Also, there is not a bus that goes there but you can take a bus from the Marriott bus stop to La Cabana, walk down the street and take the foot path to cross over to Super Foods but you will need a cab to get back. The cab was $11. We went to the cocktail party on Thursday and Katinka was great! We met another couple there that we ran into a lot and they were super nice to get to know!The beach area is insanely gorgeous and the Palapas and chairs were perfect. You walk across the street and you are there... such an easy walk and you will never miss being beachfront. The view was great. Ritz Carlton will come over and take drink/food orders if you like. The Marriott has restrooms around the corner from their restaurant in the direction of the pool. The water was the most amazing I have seen. So calm, so blue, clear. A lot of our time was spent relaxing in the water or walking the beach and stopping at the restaurant/bars for a snack or drink. The Pelican Nest has great ceviche and fries!Vela Watersports was great. We rented paddleboards from them. Very nice. They also have paddleboats, Hobie craft you can take out yourself or pay more for a captain. Also in the area you have many fun rental activities. We went with Roberto's for a catamaran snorkel excursion and had a great time. We saw an octopus and they took us to the Antilla shipwreck. We also rented jet skis, rode Great Big Mable, rented a foam float nearby for $5.We rented a car one day and started at the California Lighthouse then drove the beach coast stopping to relax, enjoy and snorkel. Boardwalk has chairs and snorkel gear for your use during the day trips at no charge. Do not miss Arashi beach near the Lighthouse. We did snorkeling here and at Boca Catalina where the snorkel trip had taken us as well. Eagle beach was beautiful, but I would have spent more time at Arashi and at Baby Beach. Once you drive the length of the island to the South end, there is Baby Beach. So beautiful! There is a scuba/snorkel business there with a bar and food. You have to buy something if you want to use their bathroom so I got a margarita and it was the best on the island! The trip down the coast was so great and interesting as you drive through town and see the homes on the outskirts. The next day we rented a jeep as we would need it to get to the Natural Pool... and you will! Once again we started at the lighthouse and drove the Northern coast where there very different landscapes. Dirt, rocks, boulders, cliffs, crashing deep blue water... not a place to try to swim so don't, but here are so cute small beach areas to stop and see. There are the Gold Mill ruins, a small natural pool that we missed as we could not find it but apparently there is a ladder that takes you down to if off the rocks? We did see a small natural bridge that had formed, and later made it to the ruins of the famous Natural Bridge. I had been there 24 years earlier as I worked on cruise ships. It was very sad to see that it had collapsed over the years of erosion. But it still is a historical site to see, with a shop and snacks there too. A new natural bridge is formed there as well. We stopped at the Alto Vista Catholic Church too. Then we make our way to the Natural Pool! You do need to enter at the Arikok National Park entrance and pay $11 per person Holy cow! What a drive! Over rocks, a dirt road that was sometimes there and sometimes not. There are signs and you can make your own path being in a 4x4. Just when we weren't sure if we could find it, we saw other vehicles over to our left and that was it! Definitely worth the trip! Not many people were there in the beginning, then the tours started arriving and it was crowded. It was very cool to see and swim in it! We followed the tour bus out and it got us out of Arikok Park faster.Then we went to the famous Zeerovers... where the locals go, but the word is out. Talk about fresh fish and shrimp... the fishermen bring it in, they clean it up, skin and filet it then put it in a cooler. You walk up to the window and can order by the pound or by the piece. The put it in a bag, pass it to the kitchen and you can see it cooking, then bring it to your table. They suggested for 2 of us 2 huge fish filets ( grouper was the fish that day) and a pound of shrimp. And please get the fried plantains... it was all amazing! it only cost us, with cokes, $23 and we had a hard time finishing it. We watched other boats drive up and bring in more fish! So cool! We can't wait to go back. It is popular so be ready to stand in a line. Also, dress code is whatever you are wearing! I included all of the above because these are things recommended to us by the Boardwalk staff. I cannot say enough how I love Aruba, Boardwalk, the staff and every single thing. The rooms had much more character and charm than just a hotel room. And completely safe at all times. Please make your reservations today and support these wonderful people! They know how to run a fabulous hotel. Just leave a room for me... we need to move here!PS... there is a Starbucks across the street at the Marriott, and Dunkin Donuts/Basking Robbins down the street across from Playa Linda! American currency is not a problem here either so you do not need to exchange your money.
If you want to feel like you have your own little place in Aruba with out actually owning a home this is the place to stay. There are 11 casitas located so each has privacy. We stayed in casita 10 very private but 10 steps from the pool. The kitchen had enough to stay and cook which we did most nights as restaurants can be pricy but you can find a few affordable ones nearby. We went tom the grocery store a short drive away and cooked fresh fish and a steam rice veggie blend that was available at the grocery store. There is a BBQ on the porch but it is charcole not propane and we are too lazy to Dom the charcole thingHotel front desk friendly and room service good. Please read the other review and book this hidden gem. They have their own area on the beach and you can use the bathroom next door at theMarriott at the beach. Starbucks is in the Marriott as well for all my coffee junkies. Oh we bought our own coffee filters and coffee at th grocery store and made in the room and didn't use that hotel stuff
We stayed here for our honeymoon, which is not traditional, but we preferred the relaxing atmosphere. The grounds and facilities are marvelous. We loved our room, and we used the grill one night. They had great recommendations for things to do, and where to eat. We will definitely stay here again!!! Best place in Aruba
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Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- Daily fresh towel service
- Daily housekeeping
- Free use of beach lounge chairs at Moomba Beach Club (aprox. 10-15 walk)
- Free use of snorkeling gear
- Coolboxes and foldable beach chairs
- Free WiFi on property
- Beach toys for children
- Weekly rum punch drink
- Use of charcoal BBQ
- Hammocks on every patio
- 13 Suites
- 1 Pool
- Beach club (nearby)
- Business Center
- Internet access
- Laundry services
- Massage Treatments (fee)
- Snorkeling Equipment
- Surf board rental (fee)
- Fitness Center (nearby)
- 1 King or 2 Queen
- 1 Bedroom
- Iron & Ironing board (on request)
- Cable TV
- Alarm clock radio
- Wi-Fi ($)
- Coffee Maker
- Air Conditioned
- Ceiling Fan
- Hair Dryer
- Fully Equipped Kitchen
- DVD Player (on request)
- Separate living area
- In-room safe
- Private BBQ
- Daily maid service (except Sunday)
- Aruba Aloe toiletries freshly made in Aruba
- "Clean Air" No-Smoking Policy
- Maximum Occupancy 4
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Bakval 20, Palm - Eagle Beach Aruba
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