Very nice place,clean,perfect location near to the best beach in Aruba,excelent price ,it's in a quiet area,we stayed in iquitos room for 3 nights,Oliver & Milli super friendly owners,authentic place .THE BEST.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
For anyone looking for a more affordable and authentic alternative to the resorts this is your place. I doubt there is a better deal on the island--you can stay here a week for the cost of 1 night at a resort. My wife and I stayed in one of the studio bungalows...we found this place here on trip advisor.
Why we liked it:
---the kitchenette allows for buying your own food so you don't have to eat out every meal
---there is a newness and clean look to the whole place. its well maintained.
---the owners are on property, very nice, and available for anything you may need.
---location allows for not even having to rent a car. 10 min walk to bus stop, resorts, beaches, and convenience store
----the bungalows are not big and neither are the beds. if you have a lot of stuff or are above avg size you should consider going with the rental house rather than the bungalow.
----neighborhood is so so, not all the houses are fixed up like this place. some may not feel comfortable walking through the neighborhood. i never personally felt uncomfortable making the walk from the villa to the beach but i could see it not being for everyone. rent a car if thats the case.
----i couldnt get the internet to work. the owner's laptop connected fine but mine didn't. my laptop connected to the internet at the nearby resort (which i had to pay for) with no problems so i dont know what the deal was. this was an inconvenience for me so i am mentioning it. also the cable tv was really snowy but hey we weren't there to watch tv so not a big deal.
----you will somewhat be at the mercy of other guests staying there. if you want to turn in early one night the guest next to you might be up late using the pool...ect, ect.
----you'll have to ask for clean towels or new sheets and do your own dishes (which are provided free). the room isn't cleaned for you every day. its more like renting an apt than a hotel room.
----no hot water. the water is warm enough and rather refreshing after a hot day and personally i got used to it quickly.
----the whole transaction is handled in cash, including having to wire the deposit. the owner was quick to respond to all emails though.
Bottom line...we highly recommend this place as an excellent alternative to the overpriced resorts, especially if you are looking for more of an authentic Aruban experience.
I was expecting a nice place based on other good reports about Punta Salina, but staying there for a week, I realized that it was much better than I expected!!
-Very friendly owners.
-Perfect location closer to Marriott.
- No Negative reports!
Very very cheap for what you got, I think there is no better place to stay in Aruba.
My husband and I stayed at the Villa Punta Salina for 2 nights in Pucalpa, and I felt at home. It's in a quiet area in North, not far from the Marriott hotel. We booked a tour to de Palm Island at the Marriott and walked there to be picked up by their tour bus, very convenient. If you don't mind walking it's close to the beach also, and close to the Palm Beach mall. The owner Olivier is very friendly and when I asked him about taxis from the airport to the Villa he offered to pick us up for a good fee. The pictures on the website are just like it is in reality. Wifi is included in the price, so that was good, cats from the neighbours come to visit, if you like cats :-) I do! There is a wall around the property, so you feel very safe. Pucalpa is the smallest apartment, it is tiny, but suited our purposes just fine, since we were out most of the time. The kitchenette has a fridge and kitchen utensils, so you can make your own breakfast etc if you like. My husband enjoyed the jacuzzi too. Next time we visit Aruba, I'll definitely consider this place again!
Stayed 21 days in the Mango Suite.
Has a separate living area with an adjoining bedroom with separating door. Nice sized bathroom. Separately controlled air con in both rooms. TV that comes with multi-lingual channels. Free wifi with pretty good download speeds - but not fast enough to watch streamed video. Maid service once a week.
The pool is fabulous. There are lots of tiny lizards as well as iguanas that sun on the roof to take photos of.
Is 15 minute walk to beach and windsurfing rental.
Olivier & his wife are fabulous hosts. They met us at the airport, and drove us back at the end of our stay. On the way from the airport, Olivier stopped at a little grocery store so we could get some basic survival stuff for the kitchen.
They offered to rent us their personal car for $30 @ day. They also did a laundry load for us for $5.00.
TIPS: The best place on the island to get fresh produce is Ling & Sons (which is behind Super Store). Believe me, I checked every store..........
The best time of the day to take a shower is in the afternoon, after the water has been heated up in the pipes by the sun (Arubans don't have hot water heaters) - but is OK because its so hot.
You can go snorkeling off of Baby Beach for free
If you visit the Donkey Sanctuary buy LOTS of carrots before you go. There are a lot of hopeful donkeys that want a share.
Our expierence was like a private bed and breakfast , without the breakfast., we expierenced the Island from the locals side., we did almost everything there was to see and do on a 19 mile long Island., in 8 days & 10 nights. definately recommend the rental of a 4x4. so that you can reach the places we were able to, such as the natural pool., the bus system is good for travel along the tourist hotel areas and downtown., wear good shoes., to get off the beaten path., terrain is rough., maps provide little help since there are no street names..., but how lost can you get ? it's an island !.. We found that the restuarants and prices of drinks, to be quite pricey., ( 50 $ a plate., 5-8 $ a drink., ) gas is around 8 $ a gallon., but they still pump it for you there !!! We did alot of exploring., out on our own , in rent a car., which I highly recommend., your rules your time your preference., we scuba dived, deep sea fished, cought some tuna, that we brought home, to celina cerca, and Oliver graciously took over and prepared and cooked for all . we took the jolly pirate out for snorkling and extra fun., ,we visited all the sites , the natural bridge & pool, the national park and the caves., baby beach., both light houses., beaches are all public., so we found many secluded beaches all to ourselfs., it was a true exploration. and we wouldn't of wanted it any other way., we are not all about the all inclusive., we are not all about the crowds., we are not about sharing our beach or pool time with 100's of other people., we are about having a safe comfortable place to stay., private., relaxing., pool of our own to use., kitchenette ., with nearby neighbors, with these same things in common., With a local at a holler away for any questions, directions. problems, recommendations. with answeres and immediate solutions. and not to mention the reasonable cost of the accomadations., I am truley spoiled by this expierience., there is no hotel in the world that could offer the same in personilized comfort and treatment., It's simple yet , perfect., it was what a vacation was ment to be., no cell phones, no computer, no hair dryer, no iron, no full length mirror., but yet all the necessities, coffee pot, mini fridge, hot plate, micro, sink., plates, glassess, silverware, pots pans , cable tv., kinda., watched alot of discovery channel. lol., news channels didn't include america in their weather or high lights., completely out of touch from home., but isn't that what we all desire from a vacation ? and the bathroom., was spa like., very beautiful finishings., I loved everything about our stay. no complaints at all., I only have raves., we met good people and made friends., much love to Oliver, Miley, Mama., and of course Lucky..our vacation wouldn't of been the same if we stayed anywhere but with you., thank you. love you guys and wish you only the best., xo.