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“Hidden tropical paradise” 5 of 5 stars
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Club Arias B&B
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   123 K Savaneta, Savaneta, Aruba   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Savaneta B&B and Inns
Metro New York
1 review
“Hidden tropical paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2009

I've been to Aruba 5 times previous to this trip and have always stayed in the High Rise section. It's familiar and predictable. This time, though, I went with four very good friends - more than enough entertainment! Club Arias was everything a group could ask for. The accommodations were lovely, nicely appointed and very comfortable. Chef Gabriel's breakfast and afternoon baking were a treat we all looked forward to with relish. We had a car available to us, so Club Arias was nicely centrally located for our trips to Baby Beach, Eagle Beach, Orangestadt, fabulous restaurants, the local tennis club and the California Lighthouse. All these are available no matter where one stays in Aruba. What makes Club Arias so special are its incredible grounds! The most beautiful gardens surround the swimming and wading pools and jacuzzi, providing a peaceful, lush tranquility I doubt you can find anywhere else on the island. It takes but two words to describe Club Arias - absolutely beautiful!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2009

My wife and I just spent 10-days at Club Arias. And you know what? Despite some growing pains trying to find its true identity, Club Arias is really is as good as people say it is. Heck, most of the time it’s even better.

Location: Club Arias is located in Savaneta which is on the south side of the island. It is away from all the Low and High Rise hotels, the casinos and bars. This is excellent if you want to see the "real Aruba" and get away from the noise and the crowds but if you want to stay in a homogenized resort, a bit of America in a foreign land, it might not be the best place for you. While there are a few restaurants close by (including the famous Flying Fishbones and Old Man and the Sea) the lion’s share of Aruba’s dining is to the North – a 25 to 30 minute drive. Also note that Club Arias is not on the beach although Savaneta beach is within walking distance and the wonderful Mangel Halto (best snorkeling on the island) is a five minute drive away.

Grounds: Club Arias is under construction. When Arias picks you up at the airport and pulls into the lot you will notice all the people working on the front. You might even feel a bit of panic, wondering what you got yourself into. Smile, say “bon dia” and make your way through the gate. Now take it in. Laugh. Gloat. Smirk. You now are standing in what is essentially your personal oasis. And what an oasis it is. Very nice landscaping with charming accents such as a koi pond, lots and lots of places to sit and nap, iced-tea, lemonade (it is Crystal Light people, but still mighty refreshing) and ice water from beverage stations.

There is a huge pool with waterslide, plus a patio with pool table, ping pong and foosball.

There is a common room where breakfasts are served and snacks are put out in the afternoon. There is also a computer you can use in this room as well as a phone to make calls to the mainland but we couldn’t get this phone to work and by the time we found someone to help us we really didn’t care to call home anymore. Also note the DVDs you can take to your room. And the books (we recommend “The Glass Books of the Dreameaters” – our contribution to the library). Most importantly this room has the stereo remote. Find this immediately and note the “Mute All” button. Got it? Good. You’ll need this later.

Beyond the initial courtyard you come to a second courtyard dominated by a soaking pool, and beyond that a smaller pool with waterfall and swim up bar. All the rooms surround this area and at night, when it is lit up and the waterfall is on (and the music is off), it is a very magical place.

Club Arias is incredibly peaceful (mostly) – even at full capacity there are nooks to escape to, places to hangout undisturbed.

Rooms: We stayed in Suite #1. It was excellent. Nice sitting room/kitchenette with toaster oven, microwave, coffeemaker and mini-fridge. This room had a couch and a table for four. The bathroom was off this room and was fine. We never used the shower in our room instead opting to use the outdoor shower. (They need to put locks on the outdoor shower by the way, sorry screaming lady who didn’t knock and opened the door).

The bedroom was in another room and the beds are indeed as comfy as people say they are. You know how when you’re traveling and near the end of your trip you say to yourself “I can’t wait to get home and sleep in my own bed”? Well, you won’t say this here. What you’ll say is “how can I fit this bed in my suitcase?” which you won’t be able to do so don’t even try. Both rooms have independent air conditioning units that work like a dream. My one, minor complaint, is that 2 of bulbs were out in the front room (no biggie) but in the bedroom one of the lights had been replaced with a florescent bulb so when using the dimmer to make the room romantic (hey, I look better in the dark) that one bulb wouldn’t dim. Talk about a buzz kill. The TVs are flat and big and the DVD player works fine. You can request little portable iPod docks to play music in your room. I suggest you do this.

Let’s see if you’ve been paying attention – you can find the stereo remote where?

Services: Talk about personalized attention. As Club Arias only has about 10 rooms as of now, things are very personalized. This is pro if you actually want to meet the people who call Aruba home, a con if you want to remain anonymous or are in the witness protection program or are just an antisocial poopy head.

Club Arias has rental cars you can rent from them – we liked the Camry and thought the price was fair at $30 per day. This isn’t a brand new Camry. It is a Camry. It has been around for a while as Camry’s tend to last. But it has seatbelts, air-conditioning, four tires (three of which hold air consistently) and no radio – this last point is not a bad thing. It will get you and yours where you need to go in safety which is no small feat considering Arubans drive like blind crazy people on fire going to deliver babies at a hospital which also happens to be on fire. Drunk. No fooling. Consider this when also considering location pros and cons.

Ice chest, beach chairs, towels and snorkeling gear are all for the asking should you need it.

Their onsite coordinator Giovanny can help you with reservations, directions and just about everything else you need including inflating your car tires. (Thanks buddy!) Their chef Gabriel can take care of everything else Gio cannot, and makes a mean omelet and excellent waffles. In fact, have Gabriel make you dinner one night – it’ll be the best meal you have on the island and the cheapest one as well. Wednesday night is pasta night too, which is pretty good deal for the quality of food served. The swim up bar was never opened but as we were the only guests for a few of the nights I’m sure if we asked it would’ve been available to us.

And now for the one criticism, the one blemish, the one mark of negativity on this otherwise glowing, effusive, review but before we begin, the “Mute All” button can be found on what in where?

Good.

Dear Club Arias, your music. Turn it off.

First, let me clarify. I think music is wonderful. I’ve made a career out of music for almost all of my professional life. Music is an incredibly subjective experience. When it is good it can change lives. When it is bad it can also change lives. We all like to think we have the best musical tastes in the world but the truth is we do not.

That said, the music played at Club Arias is exceptionally bad, which is forgivable.

The volume at which it is played however is not.

When one can hear the outside music, inside one’s room, over their own music, this is a problem. This becomes even more of a problem when it is evening and one is trying to go to bed. Even more so when there is absolutely nobody around to turn it down. Calls were made, voicemails left, nada, zip, zilch. Balashi’s were drunk, hoping the alcohol would make the music bearable. Nope. It just made us more brazen. There was talk of cutting through the ceiling outside our apartment and taking a steak knife to the speakers, talk of sleeping somewhere else for the night, then, in desperation, we found the “Mute All” button on the remote in the Common Room. No other button works but this one.

I suggest you find this remote late at night, press “Mute All”, remove the batteries and then hide the remote. May we suggest the bottom of the ice machine, or Bonaire.

And here lies the identity issue Club Arias faces: it offers unrivaled accommodations in stunningly beautiful grounds with handcrafted loving personalized service for people who want to get away from the crowds. And they succeed, really, beyond all expectations! They absolutely nailed it! Then they ruin it by blasting (not merely playing, but blasting) the type of music you danced to at some distant cousin’s bar mitzvah in South Florida.

Club Arias, all you really need to do is cut the music, let the waterfall and songbirds take over and allow yourself to become the little slice of heaven on Earth that you already are. Please.

That said, we’ll be back. With earplugs.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SAUQUIOT NY
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2009

It' s a small ,quiet ,and affordable bed and breakfast pardise and much , much more. The rooms were large and comfortable. the outside showers are a great idea after taking a late night dip in the comfortable pool. then to wake up to a well fixed , anyway you want breakfast fixed by gab was incredible.A diamond in the rough in Aruba.....Club Arias is a must see !!!!!!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2009

For a fraction of the cost of the big name hotels, we spent a week in a luxury suite at Club Arias, and enjoyed sumptuous breakfasts made to order every day by Gabriel, their head chef. Our first trip to Aruba will certainly not be our last, and I would never consider another resort. The ongoing expansion is sure to make it even better when we return! Arias provided airport pickup and dropoff personally, and made sure that our every desire was cared for; car rentals, local restaurant recommendations, best beaches to visit, and so much more!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2009

This was my 4th trip to aruba. It was my goal to get away from the tourist area. I fell in love with the Savaneta area on my first trip and decided to find a place to stay in the area. Club Arias was the perfect spot. PROS: quiet, local, non-tourist spot. great staff - Gabriel is a great cook. Emily and her children Roger and Daniella made our week by making us feel like a part of their family. Rooms were very comfortable. CONS: mosquitos love gringo blood. :) Please write me for more information. The stay was true Aruba.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2009

Club Arias is a beautiful and very comfortable place to stay. The staff is very friendly and helpful and Chef Gabriel's restaraunt has amazing food. This is the perfect place for both families or couples. It's all enclosed so you don't have to worry about keeping your kids from wandering off. As far as couples go, the rooms are beautiful and there are outdoor showers that have a door, but no roof so you can shower underneath the stars which is amazing. Also this place is prefect for sun worshippers because besides the big pool there is a pool where you can lay on these lounge chairs in the pool perfect for getting lots of sun. Also there is an afternoon pastry at 4:00 everyday and unlimited drinks of lemonade and iced tea which is very conveniant. They also have a Rhino(Quads) tour that you can take and see Baby Beach and the Natural Pool which are so beautiful. It is such a fun tour! This hotel is great for any occasion and there really isn't anything that you would need while staying here that they don't provide you with. Thank you Arias for an amazing vacation! You are so excited about life and always want to make sure that people are having a great time! Garufa was fun, thanks for taking us out, and I'll see you when I come back!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lexington, MA
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2009

Our family has traveled to many different parts of the world over the years, but we have never stayed at a place as enjoyable to the four of us, unanimously, as Club Arias. The service was excellent, including Arias, the hands on, do everything owner, and the people who work for him and help him on a daily basis, especially Gary. Roger jumped and helped us whenever we had any small request and Gabriel is a talented chef who served every varied breakfast request we had with a smile. We were able to rent a roomy van for the 10 days we were in Aruba from Arias with no issues or extra charges. We all loved our room and there is nothing we would change or suggest to improve about it. There were videos to pick from, internet service, a common computer for all and a games area with ping pong, foosball, and billiards. The pools were all different and we would frequent each different ones at different times each day. There were varied plants to look at and hummingbirds and butterflies visible on a constant basis. The property is a place to come to and rest at before heading out for more sightseeing, shopping, beaching, etc. The location was perfect for us and everything on the island is within a 30 minute drive. We dined at many great restaurants during our stay and our favorite spots were the atmosphere of the Flying Fishbone, the downtown location of the Paddock and the beach bar at the north end of Eagle Beach across from Amsterdam Manor. There are no negatives for this easy going family to write and we felt a little sad leaving the property and people of Club Arias after such a great experience. I only wish there was a Club Arias in every new place we will go to on vacation in future years, beacuse we would surely stay there each time.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 123 K Savaneta, Savaneta, Aruba
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Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Savaneta
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Savaneta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Club Arias B&B 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to our Club Arias Bed & Breakfast. My name is Arias Schwarz and own a bed and breakfast in Savaneta, Aruba with my wife, Flory. We first discovered the enchanting island of Aruba 20 years ago, and we were so taken with the island that we made it our annual vacation destination. On one vacation, we ventured to the southern part of the island and found Savaneta. Within Savaneta we found many treasured jewels, which included the culture and real beauty of Aruba. The beaches on the resort side paled in comparison to the beaches we found in Savaneta. The cuisine was mouth watering, welcoming and very affordable. And the people bore the true heart of the island. Savaneta was such a positive experience for both of us that we were inspired to create Club Arias Bed & Breakfast to share our new world. We want our guests to know all of the island's beauty and take in all of its charm, and we always strive to make it as affordable as possible. Our mission is to give our visitors a personable vacation that cannot be obtained from the typical hotel resorts. Our haven is a family run business. Our two daughters have a real passion for our business, and you will see them from time-to-time greeting our guests upon arrival or wishing them well upon departure. When you visit us, we want you to feel like you are part of our family and we hope to engage you with our love for this island and our love for its people. ... more   less 
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