We used the Fortuna Villa as a base for exploring the entire island of Aruba over the course of two weeks. It was perfect for the four of us (two 60-something couples). Aruba in July is HOT, but this villa did all possible to ameliorate the heat. AC in the main living room and two main bedrooms worked very effectively and efficiently. Then outside you have an outdoor shower for washing off after the beach which you can do just before jumping into the wonderful pool . Ahh..... heaven. We did basic cooking on the inside stove but most meals were cooked on the outside BBQ which is in the tiki corner. It also has electrical burners, a small fridge, and a sink. We ate every single meal outside on a big table under the covered patio. Two very comfortable outdoor sitting area provided space both for privacy and for the four of us to sit around and chat over snacks and beverages. The house and walled yard provide great privacy and the house is quiet. Two good restaurants, Flying Fishbone and Zeerovers are nearby and there are about 30 small grocery stores within about a 10 minute drive. Getting around the island in general is easy from this location. We visited just about every named beach on the island, as well as the national park, the lighthouse locations on either end of the island, Oranjestad (several times), San Nicholas, and every birdwatching location we could find. Nothing takes more than about half an hour. They have great wi-fi throughout the house, both inside and out so we were able to stay in touch with aging parents and children. We have stayed in a lot of Airbnb places and this place is one of the best. Highly recommended.
Peaceful in paradise with a lot of options right across the street. The owners were extremely helpful some times return the question you had for them in minutes, Edwin was who met us at the house extremely helpful and very pleasant. The house is very beautiful inside and absolutely astonishing outside. Ambience at night is just beautiful! The flying fishbone is across the street one of our families favorite restaurant also Zee-rovers just next-door to that and across the street from Zee-rovers is a must go to bakery that is open 4 PM to 7 PM every day except Sunday It’s got a lot more than just baked goods there’s meats and sandwiches. There were nine of us in our party never was there the feeling of being stuck on top of each other outside there are three covered sitting areas not to mention the large sitting table outside the cabana is beautiful and has everything you want There’s a refrigerator , Grill with all you’re grilling utensils there’s even a double-sided sink for cleaning your dishes rather than bringing them all the way into the kitchen! Usually the pictures when renting someplace show all the beauty there were so many things when we got there that were not in the pictures that made our stay so much more relaxing. This place is a solid 10 ! We have stayed in Aruba before in the high rise area and had a wonderful time however we had a vehicle and if we ever felt we wanted to go to palm or Eagle beach it was just a short drive But that happened only but once because the house was so relaxing and beautiful. Also if you do choose to go to the beach, baby beach is very close and the house also has fins snorkel and mask’s. tubes and rafts for pool use.
My family and I spent two glorious weeks at Villa Fortuna. The rooms were spacious and well appointed.The outdoor area afforded all day sun and apt of privacy.The cooking facilities made making meals for 8 people a breeze.I will be returning this year for another slice of paradise!!!
Villa was shabby old and tired.
Amenities were poor with lots of things broken or missing, lighting terrible, kitchen I’ll equip and dirty.
Spent a lot of time cleaning before we could use anything.
Electric shower wasn’t working, family bathroom smelt and needed bleach in the drain daily and scented candles.
Tumble dryer didn’t work, pool was unusable for 4 days, it turned green and needed several visits from the pool company, pool lighting also didn’t work for 4 days.
Red pool chairs were rusty dirty and broken.
The surrounding area at the back looked like a fly tipping area.
The beach mentioned is unusable and horrid.
The pool area is ok, and was the saving grace of the holiday.
We arrived in the evening and were greeted by Edwin the villa manager and on our first impressions we thought that the outside area and the pool looked quite amazing. However on entering the villa the inside did not come up to our expectations. The doors were missing from the cupboard in the laundry area, we were told only to use the tumble drier on one setting as it did not work properly. The following morning, we found that the switch was missing from the overhead fan controller in the double bedroom and the switches on the bedside lamps in both bedrooms were broken and could only be used by plugging them in and unplugging them to turn them off, very difficult to do in the dark. The smoke alarm was found on top on the wardrobe, disconnected with no batteries. We were told by the manager to leave the door open on the family bathroom to disperse any condensation, however we found that was not the only reason, it was also to remove the smell from the drain in the shower as on several occasions when flushing the toilet, water came back up into the shower. The shower in the family bathroom was described as being electrically heated, however this was not the case and even the manager said that this wording should be removed from the details. In the details the view from the dining room was described as looking out over the ocean, although the ocean could be seen from the dining room, it was a mere gimps in the distant having first looked over the road, a large pipeline and onto what can only be described as wasteland. It was very scruffy around the perimeter of the villa and it appeared that somebody had been fly tipping, not a good feeling. On our first evening by the pool we found that there was no remote control to operate the mood lighting in the pool and the remote for the column lighting did not work. After just one day the pool turned green with what appeared to be algae. We contacted the manager with our list of problems who came the following day to try and resolve them, he arranged for the pool cleaners to come, which they did and they apparently put chemicals in the pool to clean it and we were advised not to use it for at least 24 hours, making the pool unusable for a total of four days. He did bring a remote for the pool lighting, but was unable to sort out the remote for the column lighting and suggested we switched them on and off at the main switch. He was unable to repair the switches for the bedside lamps, but he did get a control knob for the overhead fan which we fitted ourselves. The villa was very shabby and all the crockery and utensils had to be washed before we could use them. We left the villa cleaner than when we arrived. In our opinion it was not a luxurious villa as described in the details, but a bungalow with a reasonable pool area, very disappointing for the price we paid.
The villa was absolute bliss! Total relaxation! Just a 10-12 minute drive from the airport we were greeted with our own private pool, all lit up. We stayed for 14 nights and wished we could have stayed for 14 nights more! We hired a car and It was the perfect place to stay to explore the island (when we could tear ourselves away from relaxing around the pool!) The flying fishbone restaurant and zeerovers is just across the road, less than a few minutes walk and we often watched the sunset here whilst sipping cocktails and cold beer. The villa itself is beautiful. The inside is tastefully decorated in bright Aruba colours. We had plenty of room inside the villa. We made use of the beach equipment and cool boxes ect that is at the villa. The highlight for me was the outside space, somewhere to sunbathe and cool off in the pool or sit in the shade or even at your very own bar! The whole space is lit up at night including the bar the pool and the seating area which is just amazing! We occasionally drove upto Oranjestad and the high rise areas to have evening meals and visit the touristy markets. There are also lots of options of restaurants and fast food outlets within a couple of minutes drive of the villa and there are also lots of mini supermarkets to get daily items. A short drive south you will find Baby beach which is stunning. If you are trying to find a villa; Get a taste of the real Aruba and stay here. You won't regret it. I can't wait to go back!