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Villa -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Malmok Beach, Aruba

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GG1010
Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A grand, but tired, property in a great location; we enjoyed it a lot”
Reviewed 23 February 2016 for a stay in January 2016
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My wife & I, plus 2 other couples, rented this villa for a week in January. We had a great time and enjoyed the house very much. That said, the house needs maintenance and deserves some significant updates. It is in a great location - on the beach but on a quiet street; close to restaurants & shopping. The snorkeling just off the beach is very good. The house is very roomy but it's also dated and a bit run-down. The washer/dryer didn't work but we were given complimentary laundry service mid-week so that worked out fine for us. Note that there is a lower level (that we didn't rent) with more bedrooms to accommodate a larger group.

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Liked best: Location - on the beach but private and close to most things
Liked least: Generally a bit run-down; dated kitchen
Travelling group: Friends
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roseya
Louisville
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Everything you need is right there!”
Reviewed 14 February 2016 for a stay in February 2016
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Group of 4 couples stayed for a week. Had a great experience with Joy via email and while we were on the island - she's very responsive and helpful. The house location is ideal. It's right on a beach you can snorkel, swim and walk the beach. The pool area was perfect for our large group, always somewhere to sit either in the sun or the shade. Outdoor living area on the upper level had a large table and comfy sofa chairs - all well used by our group. I felt like I was outside most of the week which was awesome.
AC in the bedrooms worked well, turned it off during the day and back on right before bed. Used the cross breeze by opening up all the windows and the house felt instantly cooler.
2 bathrooms upstairs with one room being the master with own bathroom and a jack and jill type shared bath between the other 2 rooms. Wifi was decent, especially upstairs.
Downstairs was a bit dated, we used the largest room and that bathroom didn't have any hot or even warm water. Joy opened up another room's bathroom to use that did have hot water though there was a bit of a septic smell in that bathroom as it backed up a bit here and there.
We didn't use use the grill or dryer and the washer wasn't in order so can't comment but they're available. Plenty of pots, pans, silverware, cups, blender, bath and beach towels. A few beach chairs as well, which was a plus!

2 1/2 fridges which was nice (one upstairs, downstairs + a mini-fridge). Appliances were nice and in good working order. The dogs next door bark when you come and go, but settle down pretty quickly. Tons of parking - could probably get 10+ cars easily.
Each bedroom has it's own set of keys that lock your door for extra security while you're out of the house. Safe's in each room. Gate with a lock as well on the street side of the house.

Enjoyed the ability to go back and forth to the beach, pool, house to refill drinks, make lunch, etc. The sun sets were beautiful and right in front of the house. Several catamaran snorkel boats parked near the house because the snorkeling was so good on this beach. They came and went in the morning so wasn't ever a problem.

Overall a great value with the location, pool and large amount of space. Loved our week in Aruba!

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Liked best: Beach access, pool and outdoor living space
Liked least: Septic smell in downstairs room/shower, lack of hot water downstairs
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Lauren H
Laurel, Delaware
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Amazing Location and Snorkeling”
Reviewed 13 March 2015 for a stay in February 2015
5
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We very much enjoyed staying at this house on the beach. This was a first for us renting a house in Aruba. The layout of the house is open and airy and we had plenty of room. The bedrooms were decent with comfortable beds. Each of the bedrooms have their own air conditioner which worked nicely but the doors do need to stay shut at night since there is no air conditioning in the rest of the house. We had more than enough bath towels for each of the bathrooms. The kitchen is well stocked with all the necessities. We used the grill which is brand new and ate outside on the deck everyday. There is no air conditioning in the main part of the house but once you open up the front windows and the doors on the back of the house, the breeze will flow. Next time, we will bring bug spray because the mosquitoes do come out at night sometimes if there isn't a strong breeze along with purchasing some citronella candles for the sitting area. We spent much of our time on the deck area at night just sitting and talking. The best part of this house is the view, the snorkeling, the beach, and the pool. We were provided beach towels for the week. Pretty much every morning, we would go out snorkeling for a couple of hours. We brought our own snorkeling equipment but there is some at the house to use. You are less than 20 steps to great snorkeling! Arashi beach is gorgeous white sands with turquoise waters. Very easy to walk up to the house to get a drink or snacks. Do bring water shoes to walk back and forth because of the rockiness in some areas. It was perfect for us to snorkel, spend time at the beach, and then come back and laze by the pool. Do make sure yo keep the gate closed in the back by the pool because people will try to walk through up to the road. Joy was nice to work with and answered our questions. Just a FYI you can't flush toilet paper in the toilets, this must be disposed of in the trash can. Make sure to get extra plastic bags to go in the trash cans. There are also two dogs next door that bark. The washer and dryer are located on the outside deck with plenty of line space to dry. Overall, we had a wonderful time at this house and it is a nice place for a large group to stay.

Travelling group: Extended Family
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jennr17
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Can't wait to return!”
Reviewed 19 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014
2
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Our whole trip was amazing from the initial contact with Joy, she was very helpful and quick to resond to questions or requests. We were amazed once we arrived at the property. It was exactly the relaxing getaway from Boston that we needed. The ocean views, snorkeling behind the house, and pool were exactly what we were looking for. We had made dinner and bbq's and the house was equipped with everything we needed! We also made a day trip to baby beach and the coolers and beach chairs were available to take with us! "If" we needed anything I know Joy wouldve been on top of it. I cannot say enough good things about our experience with the property or Joy helping us book our trip.

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Liked best: Spent the whole time in the pool
Liked least: Leaving the house and island
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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