This was our second visit to Aruba - 1st time was about 10 years ago and on that trip we stayed in high rise area. We specifically wanted to get away from that throng of crowded hotels - where people have to wake up at 7 am to reserve a chair on the beach. Manchebo Beach Resort served us well as that escape. We never had any issue getting a palapa on the beach any time of day. The beach itself is wide, and gorgeous. The staff were universally excellent - very friendly and attentive.
Our room was garden view - the bed was probably the most comfortable I have ever had on vacation - both my wife and I slept better than we do at home (probably something about Aruba helped that too). There were some small issues -the bathroom door didnt stay closed, and a top drawer in the dresser stayed halfway opened - but really these were non-issues and we didn't ask for repairs, The 2 headed rain shower setup was great - plenty of hot water. It's nice that they give you a fridge, a microwave and a beach cooler.
Regarding the onsite restaurants - we ate at Ike's 2 nights - and found the food to be very good to excellent for the most part. I would take off a star for serving my wife a tuna steak that was slightly overcooked. (we prefer good quality tuna - rare/seared - but waiter did not ask how she wanted it done). I had great mussels & linguini one night. We were not blown away by the food at the pool/beachside bar. I also found the bar drinks to be on the weak side overall (which may be standard when getting 2 for 1 at happy hour) - I am somewhat accustomed to bartenders doing pouring a little heavy but these folks measured carefully. Eventually I started bringing my own glass of scotch to the beach (yep..scotch on the beach! try it!). FYI: we did not eat breakfast at the hotel - there is a little shopping area across the street attached to the casino that had a market, with coffee shot, dunkin doughnuts, and there was a little stand called Dushi Bagels right next store.
You might want to be aware that the low rise section of Aruba seems to attract a somewhat elderly crowd - At least during our particular weak there were lots of guests 65 years + (I did see some younger people checking in on our last day)
Overall considering the quality of the beach, the comfort of the bed, and the excellent staff, we have no regrets about this stay.
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