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?)
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