Family of 4 stayed at presidential unit #1504, a 2 bedroom with excellent pool and ocean views. We were not sure about the views, as this was a timeshare we were picking up from someone else, but the view turned out to be one of the highlights; we could watch the sunset from our large balcony or go down to the beach.
There were only a couple of things I did not like; no wi-fi unless you pay for it, though at Matthew's restaurant on the premises, you do get wi-fi. We asked to have our boarding passes printed the night before departure and they wanted to charge us for internet access plus 50 cents/page to print the passes. We passed and it ended up not mattering anyway; at the airport we had the passes printed there as part of check in. That's about it, all minor points but it would be nice if the CDM joined the 21st century and gave free wi-fi. Also the beach here is not as calm as Palm or Eagle beaches and there were a couple of days where the breeze kicked up the sand, but the beach is very nice and wide and relatively people free compared to Palm beach.
The staff was very friendly, most are long timers and they get to know the repeat timeshare folks. The huts and beach chairs at the beach are first come first serve; I'd usually walk down around 7am and grab one, but even when we got there one day around 11:30am, there were still options in the back near the sister adjoining site Aruba Surf Club, so no issue there. Housekeeping was top notch!
The resort has been around a bit, but we thought the rooms were very clean and well kept. No flat screen TVs yet, but that was minor, we watched little TV with so much to do.
So if you want calm, few people on the beach and lots of beach and sand to look at, for a reasonable price, and have kids you rent one of the Presidential 2BR units. Just make sure you are ok with a bit of wave action. We had a great time and would love to come back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Del Mar Beach Resort & Timeshare Aruba. World famous for its beautiful white sandy beach and gorgeous blue-green Caribbean water, the resort is ideal for family vacations, a romantic honeymoon, water sports or just a relaxing getaway. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Del Mar Beach Hotel Palm/Eagle Beach
- Casa Del Mar Aruba Beach Club Resort
- Casa Del Mar Beach Resort Aruba/Palm - Eagle Beach