Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa
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My wife and I just returned from Aruba and the Manchebo Beach Resort. This is a great smaller resort where everything is first class. The check in and greeting were fantastic with a cool face towel and mojito presented at check in. Thank you Sandra and Maryangelo. The beach is spectacular with plenty of room. It was great not to have to participate in the reserve a beach chair contest each morning that we have encountered at most resorts. The beach attendant (Piza) Del was fantastic and never stops hustling and working to keep guests happy. The room was clean and comfortable and Ana Marie did a great job during our stay. Henri and Lucinda at the front desk were fantastic and helped us schedule and coordinate scuba diving and an ATV adventure (this was a blast). The food is excellent but if you want to wander offsite there are a number of other establishments within walking distance to the Manchebo. We will definitely be back and hope to bring a family reunion to this resort.
Just returned from 5 days at Manchebo. They will do everything to make your trip perfect. Stayed in a ocean view room. Spotless and serene. Friendly professional staff.I was there for a wedding that was at the Divi which doesn't compare to Manchebo.The Chop House was delicious as was room service. Great breakfast too!Pool bar , restaurant and beach service excellent. I didn't do all inclusive option and found it to be affordable.Planning to return in November. Already have my room picked out.
We just got back from our AMAZING wedding week in Aruba. Ever since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to get married on the white sand beaches in Aruba. Having a time share next to the Manchebo made it easy to know that was the place. We met with Nyoka a year before we said our vows, from the first meeting she was super helpful. Two days before the wedding I called her to ask about a babysitter for my 2 year old, within a half hour I was on the phone with a babysitting company who was amazing! Anything we needed, she did!The food was fantastic, the make up artist Nyoka connected us with was amazing and the DJ had people dancing all night long.Having a destination wedding isnt for everyone, but for us it was honestly a dream from true. Nyoka did a fabulous job with the set up and making sure everything was exactly how we had imagined it, but BETTER.If you are looking to get married on Aruba call Nyoka with Manchebo Beach Resort, you will not be disappointed!!!!
Let me start by saying we traveled with another couple and did not choose this resort, or Aruba as a destination. We likely would have chosen to stay at the Bucati & Tara Beach Resort if we had planned our vacation. So that information may tell you everything you need to know. We have extensive travel experience, and have high expectations, particularly when it comes to service. This is an all-inclusive resort, but we did not choose that option as we wanted to have the option to eat other places. I think we probably came out a bit ahead, but not by much, so future travelers should definitely do the all-inclusive option, particularly if you don't plan to venture too far off resort. The location was beautiful, right on the beach. The room was basic, but clean. We had a gazebo in our back yard, which was a nice touch and we used it often. The grounds of the resort are nice, especially considering Aruba is very dry. The service in the various restaurants was hit or miss. Sometimes we had great service, other times, it was WAY below our standards. Waiting 20 minutes for a server to even approach you is unacceptable and this happened at least 3 times at the beach bar. Additionally, even though there is service on the beach, we rarely were approached by servers and often would just go and get our own drinks. That being said, we received great service at the steak/sushi (Omakase Sushi Bar) restaurant. The sushi is amazing and the chef (Mylene Lapinid) is in artist. We could have eaten there every night! The price of the stay was high, and we do think that by paying that much, the service should always be spot on, which is why we only gave this resort a Very Good rating.
We just returned from 9 days at the Manchebo. We have a lovely time and would return. One thing to keep in mind throughout the review is that Aruba is an island where staying at an all-inclusive is NOT recommended, since there are so many excellent dining and entertainment options on the island. Thus, a review of the Manchebo as an all-inclusive as compared to all-inclusives on other islands would be unfair. Rather, it’s best to look at the Manchebo as a beach resort with an all-inclusive option, rather than a typical all-inclusive you might encounter in other countries. We chose all-inclusive in Aruba since I recently had had surgery and we needed the option of not having to go into town for dinner every night. The Manchebo is quite small – 72 rooms. It is family owned and has been in business for about 50 years. The focus on keeping the resort small and peaceful is evidence throughout the property. There were many impressive things about the Manchebo, but I think the one that struck me most was the strict control they keep on beach umbrellas. Usually with all inclusives, no matter what they say about policies for “reserving chairs”, it is almost impossible to get a shady beach umbrella unless you’re up at 6 AM and “claim” it with a towel, which is infuriating. At the Manchebo, the lounges and chairs are kept locked up; when you’re ready for a chair, you ask the beach assistants for what you want. While this may seem like a slight aggravation, it is in fact a blessing. There were always plenty of spots available (we did visit in low season, but with this system, I suspect it’s usually the case). There’s no deprivation if you choose to take the high road and not reserve a chair you won’t use for several hours while you’re eating breakfast, lunch, etc. The beach is beautiful and as true in reality as in pictures. The sand is a beautiful white and the sea a lovely teal. The trade winds, which Aruba is known for and which make the heat bearable even in the summer, do make the ocean a bit rough. I’ve swum in rougher waters but there can be strong currents and there is no lifeguard on duty. If you’re not a strong swimmer, there is plenty of shallow water to splash around in. However, if you’re not a confident swimmer (I’m not talking being a competitive swimmer, which I’m not, but at least being comfortable swimming in currents and deep water), I wouldn’t recommend venturing out too far, considering the lack of lifeguards. The pool is quite small and lacks shade. If you someone who enjoys pools more than the ocean, than you will probably be disappointed. The biggest issue is the lack of shade; if you are a sun worshipper, you’ll be fine. If you’re photosensitive as I am, it’s very difficult to use the pool. This is a personal preference; my husband enjoys pools more than the ocean, so he was disappointed. I prefer the ocean so it made no difference to me. It’s also worth noting that the pool is just next to Ike’s Restaurant (in fact, some of the tables are poolside), so there are certain times of day where the pool is open and people may be still breakfasting. Again, the difference this makes really depends on if you prefer pools with privacy. There seemed to be few people using the pool and there were plenty of chairs and umbrellas available, which again was a nice surprise.Considering Aruba is basically a desert, the grounds are beautifully landscaped with native plants with low water demands. Manchebo prides itself on its eco friendly focus and that’s evident in the landscaping and the plants chosen, among other approaches such as laundering. It’s not a lush green paradise, nor should it be. But there are plenty of beautiful flowering trees and bushes; they just aren’t as in your face as in places that are either less water conscious or have more rainfall. From all of the outdoor restaurants, you can see straight down to the beach and the ocean and watch beautiful sunsets. The spa area is an oasis of quiet and beautifully landscaped. Even the garden rooms (we had an ocean view room) have a small but serene garden to look out upon. Although we always prefer ocean view, this is the first resort where I’ve felt the garden rooms have a view that is beautiful in their own right. There are 4 restaurants on property – Ike’s, for breakfast and dinner, The Chophouse and Omakase for dinner (they share space), and Pega Pega for lunch / bar / snacks. Hands down, the food at all the restaurants has been the best we’ve ever had at an all-inclusive. I can’t compare it to the Aruba “dine around” option, since we ate all our meals at the resort, but every dinner was truly outstanding. There wasn’t one meal which we didn’t thoroughly enjoy. Normally, we accept the tradeoff of less than superb food for the convenience and amenities of an all-inclusive, but we didn’t have to that at any of the Manchebo restaurants. By the way, if you do choose all inclusive, ask about eating at Omakase more than once. The policy has changed some and it’s possible to dine there more than the one time indicated on the all-inclusive paperwork, providing the chef has the staffing and accommodation to serve the diners. It’s a very small space and the chef does everything, including serving much of meal. Regarding rooms, they are nothing special IF you are used to the accommodations at high-end all-inclusives in other countries. They are clean and decently appointed, but if you’re looking for all the most recent updates (an outdoor shower, fancy bathrooms, a hot tub, etc.,) you’ll be disappointed. The mini-refrigerator is stocked neither with treats nor alcohol. There is a market nearby (not cheap, but an easy way to get snacks) and Pega Pega is open from lunch until late night for drinks. The resort offers a cooler and an ice machine, so it’s not impossible to buy your own drinks / snacks to have in the room. It’s just not the same setup as many high end all-inclusives. The décor is up to date but not overly high end. Our room had a bit of a loose sink faucet; it wasn’t enough to complain about and I’m sure had I mentioned it to front desk, it would have been fixed. It’s just something to keep in mind when / if comparing high end all-inclusives to Manchebo. However, our room location (number 6, first floor) had a lovely view of the beach and the landscaping from the patio and I was quite happy there, hiding from the sun. The last note is the people. Aruba bills itself as “one happy island” and from all of our experiences, it’s true, although due to my surgery, we did few trips off the resort (just one to downtown Oranjestad). We’ve been to many high end all-inclusives, where the staff has been wonderful but also obviously highly trained in customer service. While I believe the training still applies to the Manchebo, everyone we met seemed genuinely happy, not just for having the job there but also simply in general. Much of the staff has been there for many years and expressed how much they appreciated working at the Manchebo versus the high rise area. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get everyone’s name (some servers / workers we saw only once or twice), but those that we saw regularly stood out – at Ike’s for breakfast, Stephanie, Ana, Magaly, and Rachael; at The Chophouse, Sietze, who made wonderful wine recommendations, and most of all, Mylene from Omakase, the sushi chef, hostess, and all around everything at Omakase. Among all, she stood out as very proud of her work, accommodating to every request, and extremely friendly and eager for guests to completely appreciate their dining experience. She really made the trip special for us. Additionally, Etainne, a bell hop, who chatted interestingly and extensively with us while we were waiting for our transport to the airport. I don’t care for high rise resorts on tropical islands; I firmly believe that no building should be higher than the palm trees. My husband, who prefers more hustle and bustle than I do, made a couple of trips down to the high rise area. Although he was quite impressed with the pool options, the greater socialization opportunities, and the more active environment, at the end of the vacation he said that he would happily return to Aruba AND stay at the Manchebo. That was impressive coming from someone who prefers bigger, fancier resorts, more pool options, and a bit more social activity. Overall, one’s choice of where to stay in Aruba is going to depend on that person’s desires. I prefer serene, low rise, quiet environments, and the Manchebo met all those wants. If I were to return to Aruba, the only other low rise I would consider would be the Bucuti / Tara, which we had first looked at but which was fully booked. However, I would not hesitate to return to the Manchebo. We had 9 days of complete serenity, exquisite dining, and superb customer service. It was well worth the cost for the all-inclusive if you prefer not to leave a resort every night. Many thanks to the management for sincerely caring about their guest experiences, the staff for making the stay so enjoyable, and to my faithful and extremely patient travel agent, Laura Sangster from Caribbean Journeys, for making our yearly vacation beautiful, relaxing, and a slice of paradise. Manchebo, thank you for staying true to he island ecosystems, values, and more realistic island experiences. If we return to Aruba, we would not hesitate to book again with the Manchebo. Thank you for making our yearly “special treat” a truly special experience.
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- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
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- Items of a personal nature
- Welcome drink
- Weekly manager's cocktail party
- Chaise lounges & towels at beach & poolside
- High-speed WIFI internet service in the lobby
- Tennis courts
- Fitness equipment
- Daily a la carte breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- One dine around dinner
- Unlimited house brands cocktails & beverages
- 71 rooms
- Deli shop
- Tennis courts
- Fitness equipment
- Gift shop
- 2 doubles or 1 king size bed
- 32" flat screen LCD cable TV,
- Ceiling fans
- Phone with data port
- Electronic safety deposit boxes
- Microwave oven
- Coffee maker
- Radio alarm clock
- Full bathroom
- Hair dryer
- Iron & ironing boards
- Patio or balcony
- Maximum occupancy 3
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Manchebo Beach Resort & SpaAruba,Aruba
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J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 55, Palm - Eagle Beach 99999 Aruba
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