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“Quiet relaxation” 5 of 5 stars
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Bananas Apartments
Malmokweg 19, Malmok Beach, Aruba   |  
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1 review
“Quiet relaxation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2009

I stayed for only one night as I was between bookings at the Sunset Beach Studios (the two owners are brothers so an arrangement was made). I loved it! The apartment was clean, quiet and relatively spacious. It is only a 5 minute walk to the beach and the nearest bus stop. There is adequate parking for you car. The pool area is lovely and surrounded by a nice garden. I think this is one of the island's best kept secrets. I plan on returning to Bananas next year for a full stay. Well done!

Stayed January 2009
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2009

We were really happy with this place!

We had an apartment where we could hang out, cook our own food, walk out to the back to swim in the pool or lounge on the patio and walk to the beach to enjoy some great snorkeling and swimming.

When we arrived in Aruba we were lucky because the taxi driver knew where to take us when we told him we were staying at the Bananas Resort / Apartments in Malmok (we weren't sure he would and realised later that many people on the island do not know about this place). We arrived to be greeted first by a cute dog and then his owner Peter who was very friendly and showed us to our apartment. Bananas is a big bungalow that has been converted into 6 or 7 apartments and the owners have a separate little house that they stay in. At the front of our apartment we had a kitchen and a door that led out to the front garden and street. In the back we had a bathroom and a bedroom with a Queen bed and a door leading out to the back garden and the pool. We stayed in this apartment for half the time and moved to another apartment for the rest of the stay (We knew we would be doing this already when we booked the room. Bananas may not be well known to N.Americans or even to Arubans, but they have their regular visitors, and the rooms and weeks around us were all booked). The second apartment had a door that led out to the front of the house, one to the side. It was a bachelor suite and we liked it even better. The patio on this one was large too.

We had to do this trip on a budget, so we knew there would be no fancy resort for us. At first we were apprehensive, but we really liked this place because the owners and other guests totally respected our privacy but if we wanted to socialize, we could. We felt comfortable to lay out in the back by the pool in the shade or in the sun. We came and went as we pleased. Our room was cleaned daily. We didn't have a car, so we walked to the closest beaches (Malmok and Arashi). We even walked to Palm Beach (30 min) and back a few times (we usually took the bus to get to the beaches further down). The only thing - there is no place to buy food nearby, so when you arrive in Aruba either go right to the Grocery store or eat a big meal at one of the restaurants near the big hotels. Once you make a trip to the grocery store though, you can cook just like you do at home.

One more thing - Bring Mosquito Repellant!! There are mosquitos in this area of the island (maybe because it is close to the gold course?)

  • Liked — Price, Proximity to Malmok and Arashi Beaches, Freedom to cook own food, Owners,
  • Disliked — Mosquitos, No Beach view, Not a "resort" - just nice apartments
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2008

Excellent place with great owners always on site.
Friendly welcome.
Very quiet and charming garden with nice pool.
We loved it.

  • Liked — The owners
  • Disliked — The mosquitos
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Bananas Apartments

Address: Malmokweg 19, Malmok Beach, Aruba
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Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Malmok Beach
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Specialty lodging in Malmok Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bananas is located in a friendly and quiet aria, with a pool surrounded by a tropical garden in the area of malmok beach, close to Boca Catalina and Arashi beach, perfect places to snorkel and relax on the beach..We hope to see you soon at BANANAS apartments, ARUBA (one happy island).Your host's ; Ton and Angelique, Peter and Tineke ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Bananas Apartments Hotel Palm/Eagle Beach
Bananas Apartments Aruba/Malmok Beach

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