Last weekend we returned from a week Kite-surfing in Aruba, while staying at the Beach House Aruba at Fisherman´s hut beach (the extension of Palm Beach). Enrita, the manager, was very nice and helpful with everything as was all the staff in the place. Later in the week the owners, Ewald and Doris arrived, who were equally friendly and helpful. Everybody working at the place made us feel like being a guest at their house (albeit a paying one) and we also met several other fun guests with whom we shared a beer and kiting experiences. Anybody looking for an all-inclusive five-star hotel or even a “boutique” five star hotel I recommend to go to the Hyatt or find a place where you can pay usd400 a night for a room, or you will end up writing one of the few bad reviews this place has received. For anyone else however, especially if you are into kite-surfing or windsurfing, I doubt you can find a place with a better location, friendlier people or better value for money. The rooms are small, but clean and with functioning and quiet air-conditioning. Almost every room has a terrace, and it works out perfectly fine to share a Bar-B-Q on wheels. Some kitchens are better equipped than others, so if cooking is important for you, you may want to check what equipment your room will have. The rooms viewing the ocean are the nicer ones, but we had two rooms located in the back, which were quiet and perfectly fine. We like harder mattresses, so actually loved the beds. While we were there, one of the cars was broken into during the night, so take your valuables out as theft is a problem all over the island (where not?). We were there the first week of May with three of our boys; the main purpose of the trip being to kitesurf and kitesurf some more. The place where everybody launches their kites (a small beach on Fisherman´s Hut) is a 200 meter walk across the road. We took kitesurfing classes at Aruwak for 4 days, but even though the instructors were enthusiastic and fun, they were inexperienced, while Lysandro, the owner of the place, has a grumpy nature, which gives the place a negative atmosphere. Later in the week we changed to Kitesurfing Aruba (Armando´s Kite Shack) and Pechi, a very experienced instructor watched me struggling for a while, then corrected my biggest mistake and got me going in 15 minutes! All instructors here however are good (Nick, another instructor taught my youngest son of 12), and this last kite-school is highly recommendable. Boca Grandi, another great kitesurfers spot is on the other side of the island, about 45 minutes to one hour car ride. The winds there however are less reliable, even though they are on-shore. The winds at Fisherman´s hut are off-shore, and make it more difficult to come back for inexperienced kiters, but you can ask for a boat recue for usd20 or walk back over the reef if you don´t drift off too far. The winds on this side of the island receive a boost as the air-mass heats up as it passes over the island: this means more wind, but gusty at times; we did however have wind every single day of our stay, except the last day, when it started raining. Somewhere I read that there are only certain times you can kite in the hotel area: this is not true for Fishersman´s Hut, where you can kite 24 hours a day. Even if you prefer to kite at Boca, I would still recommend to stay at the North-side of the island (especially if you are joined by somebody who wants to do something else than only kite-surfing or windsurfing…), as the South side has lots of industrial areas (electricity generation, oil refinery, the prison, naval base, factories etc) and corresponding poor neighborhoods with an ample supply of rum bars. If I go back to Aruba, I go back to Beach House Aruba as there is not a place that is more suited to stay if you practice this sport or if you want to be close, but not part of the hotel area.
- Also Known As:
- Beach House Aruba Hotel Palm/Eagle Beach
- Beach House Aruba Hotel
- Beach House Aruba Palm - Eagle Beach
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- This outstanding beachfront, five bedroom, multi-level home in prestigious Malmok boasts open architecture which accentuates the breathtaking ocean views. Enjoy the luxury villa lifestyle while lounging by our private pool. Our home has everything you'll need so your stay at ArubaHouse will be paradise on earth! ... more less
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