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“NOTHING BUT THE BEST!!! A++++++ Property & Staff” 5 of 5 stars
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Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   J.E. Irausquin Boulevard | 55, Palm - Eagle Beach 99999, Aruba   |  
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“NOTHING BUT THE BEST!!! A++++++ Property & Staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We have been return guests to Manchebo for many consecutuve years & will never consider any other place to vacation on Aruba. Cannot speak enough about the warm & friendly staff that become "like family" by the end of your first stay. Location, location, location-Manchebo sits on incredible pristine beachfront property with generously spaced umbrellas including food & bev service while you lounge. Beautiful pool also on site. Property is constantly being maintained & improved each & every day. Short walk to casino, shops and restaurants. Bus stop steps away and taxi a phone call away. Front desk will accomodate your every need. Manchebo also provides convenient on-site rental car service. There are 3 great restaurants on property from casual to fine dining. This intimate lowrise hotel & its fine staff is truly in a class by itself.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Edgar-Manchebo, General Manager at Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, April 12, 2013
Thank you so much for the Perfect +++ score. So glad to see that the dedication, love and hard work of the Manchebo Team makes you want to come back year after year.
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New Haven, Connecticut
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

The staff was very courteous and efficient. Rooms were clean. We choose not to have the room cleaning staff come daily to tidy up and only requested packaged coffee for the automatic coffee maker. Evenings were quiet (as you are away from the crowded "high rise" hotels further to the north). There was definitely an absence of children and young adults which is what we were looking for when selecting Manchebo. You do have to rise early and reserve beach chairs under one of the many thatched cabanas (as early as 6:15 am for prime spots and once secured you can go back to bed or watch the early risers walk along the beach from your chosen spot"). Beautiful white sand beach and pristine aqua marine waters. Occasional good amount of surf (you'll see locals catching the waves on their boards"). There is a continual breeze, average daily temperature was 86 (March visitation).

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Edgar-Manchebo, General Manager at Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, April 12, 2013
Thank you for sharing. Looks like you found your beach vacation spot on our island. We look forward to welcome you back for more on your next visit.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

I selected Manchebo because I wanted a beach vacation and my daughter wanted to take yoga classes. There are tons of hotels with gyms, but surprisingly few with onsite yoga classes. Manchebo offers morning and evening yoga and some pilates classes too. The first class is complimentary, then you have to pay for each additional class (or buy 3 and get the 4th one free).

Our vacation was amazing. We only stayed for five days, but we took 8 yoga classes, enjoyed a relaxing massage at spa del sol (which is small but perfectly tranquil), we enjoyed the cafe and bistro and spent hours on the beautiful beach.

The hotel is low-key. It's located in the 'low-rise' section of Aruba (vs. the high-rise area where the mega-hotels are located). All of the reviews I read are accurate - the beach is wide and beautiful and you can always find a seat under a thatched umbrella. The wind is strong and the sand can sting, but it breaks up the heat.

We had a ground-floor ocean view room and could enjoy coffee while sitting in our patio chairs and watching the beach or classes at the yoga pavilion or a small lizard scurrying by. The room was quiet and the beds are extremely comfortable. The restaurants are fine, the food somewhat inconsistent, and sometimes meals were delivered quickly, other times we were clearly on island time and it took forever. But the wait staff was always friendly and incredibly helpful and warm.

We were lucky to be at Manchebo for the full moon and enjoyed full-moon yoga on the beach, with torchlight, under the stars, absolutely fabulous. Rachel who runs the yoga program at Manchebo and taught many of our classes is AMAZING! All of the teachers were great.

When we left, many of the staff people gave us parting hugs and welcomed us to return, and hopefully we will.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

We enjoyed our stay at the Manchebo Bay Beach Resort and Spa. We were there unexpectedly for one night paid for by Amsterdam Manor since they were overbooked. The room had a lovely patio looking out into a garden and the room was spacious. The gardens were extremely nice. It had two showerheads - one angled and on directly above. The beach was a bit rough with a current and waves - OK for adults but maybe difficult for young kids. There was a large open air pavilion for yoga. We ate breakfast and dinner at Ike's poolside which was lovely.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ohio
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Wonderful experience, wonderful staff (except spa), excellent restaurants and entertainment. Nice small casino and mini-mart within walking distance. Bus stop nearby, cabs easy to get, jeep rental on site. There's a bagel joint, dunkin donuts, subway and a great coffee shop (Juan Valdez) within walking. Best beach around right in front of the hotel. I wouldn't pay the extra for ocean view again, the rooms are all identical and the layout is partial ocean only. The rooms are nicely updated but typical of an older hotel, the beach and romantic environment make up for it.

If you want nightlife, noise, a fight for a spot on the beach, and kids running around, go up north to the hi-rise area.

We do not recommend the spa, perhaps they were having a bad week but the staff there has an attitude problem. First visit OK, second was told to come back because staff was on lunch. Went back later to discuss this and was met with more attitude. Take your spa needs elsewhere, we found a nice one within walking distance at the Alhambra shopping area where we were treated like royalty !

Room Tip: Second floor, 40's (we had 44), save money and pay the regular room rate, instead ask for an upg...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

A few days ago we returned from our first trip to the Caribbean. We have thought long on this holiday and was very excited about how it can go, it was then so far away! Now we can only say that we had a dream vacation! Manchebo - it is the right place for you, seeking peace and quiet and pure relaxation. Everything is made ​​to ensure that we felt welcome from the first moment. Welcome drink at the reception area, nice greeting from Sandra and fast check-in gave us a proper "home feeling".
Our choice of Manchebo was absolutely perfect: location, hotel and rooms, food and service - everything was above all expectations! And, of course, I must mention the best beach in the world!
We would like to thank the wonderful staff for the excellent service and friendliness. We will long remember Carlos, who helped us with palapas, lounge chairs and all that was necessary on the beach. June, Sandra, Anne Maria and everyone who works at Manchebo beach resort - thank you for the unforgettable experience.
If you search for the right place in Karibbien - select Manchebo!
Our choice we made - next time there will be only and only Manchebo
Best wishes Elena and Bjorn Beckmann, Oslo, Norway

Room Tip: Garden view rooms are very nice and quiet.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

The resort is a bit old, but well and carefully maintained. Pleasant surprise was how we were greated. Being devoted beach vacationeers, we have seen various places and attitudes. This place is probably the best at how they greet arriving tourists. Good size rooms, good beds, a deposit safe, nice furniture. A Keurig coffeemaker - nice. Two bottles of water, but for some reason, only on the day of arrival. No problem - tap water is great. It tastes well and nobody had any consequences from drinking it unboiled. Nice feature is a small cooler that you can fill with ice and drinks and take to the beach or when you travel. A small fridge and a microwave. They definitely do not want you to eat your own meals and rather use their restaurants as no plates or silverware are in the room.

Beach - nice white fine sand, good to make sand castles with kids. For some reasons, the hotel has less beach furniture than they have guests - if you do not "reserve" one with a towel in the morning, you may not have one to lay on. There are several palapas to hide under from the sun, but definitely not for everyone. That beach furniture need an upgrade too. For some strange reason they collect and tie together them at 7:00 PM. So if you like to lay down to enjoy the evening or night breeze, you need to bring your own chair.

We had to watch our budget. We had a rental car, so we chose to shop for groceries and eat at places that are not as expensive as the restaurants on the premises. A short walk away in the shopping area near a casino is the Market - a small convenience store. Prices are relatively high there. If you drive a bit towards highrises and then turn right, you would see a big modern shopping center called Super Food. It has a great variety of produce, deli, drinks (including alcohol) and other groceries for much less.

Food at the resort bistro is of very good quality, but our American appetite is not a good match for their European portions. My filet mignon was perfect, well, medium rare could be a bit more red, but very tender and with good flavor. The menu states it was from Argentina. If you happen to travel to the opposite tip of the island, try La Granja, a local self-service place in Savaneta with great chicken and seafood items for much less and with large portions. We also frequented a Little Caesars pizza shop near the Market store. They have a happy hour - a large pizza for $12. A small restaurant nearby with blue lights - so-so. Ice cream lovers will find a shop there too.

Travel around Aruba does not require a jeep unless you REALLY want to go offroad. Our KIA Picanto did a marvelous job navigating though the trails in the Aruba park. Visit the park in the late afternoon when the gate guard leaves and there is nobody to collect the fee.

Mi Dushi sunset boat trip is a good adventure - just watch that guy who assists rope jumping :-). My family did not enjoy the Atlantis trip as much.

Best snorkeling is around Malmok and Arashi beaches, though I would not choose Aruba as a snorkeling destination. I advise not to go to the Baby beach - too crowded, renting something to seat on is a rip off. If you drive, most likely you would get lost. And a view of the old refinary does not enhance your experience. Even if you do go, snorkel not in the main lagune, but in a straight between wave breakers and the shore - water is much more clear there.

People - majority of the tourists in the hotel are in the 40+ age group. That sets the atmosphere to be quite and orderly. Unlike most Caribbean places, you would not see much, if any at all top optional sunbathers - that might be because of the American dominance. I was surprised that there were not much college age people on the island - we stayed during a spring break and nothing could be indicative of that - a good mix of all ages. I guess, it may have something to do with the publicity of the Natalie Holloway disappearance a few years ago.

My little gripe- we had a garden view, the second from the most remote. in the Nov 18th response from Edgar, the manager, to one of the reviews, he states that they like to suprise customer with upgrades. So I tried - sent him an email asking if he could get us surprised with an upgrade. Nice try. While he could not recall such promise, we have been honored with a $30 credit at the bar. Well, thank you - you may not get even that elsewhere. That was in addition to the free set of drinks on the arrival day and three vouchers for yoga.

My last comment - LEAVE FOR THE AIRPORT WELL IN ADVANCE. Aruba has the most weird security system in the world. You check in your luggage and then expect to pass through a security check before you board your plane. So that was our assumption. We sat outside, enjoying our drinks before being deprived of the right to bring them with us inside. About 1 hr 20 min before the flight we went inside. Went through the security check. What is that long line of people inside??? That is to clear through the US Customs and Border. In Aruba???? The line was not moving.... When the clock hit the boarding time and we have moved only about 1/5 of the length, we have realized that we are not going to make it. We stormed to the head of the line begging to let us go ahead. Cleared that barrier... Why are we in the luggage claim area??? Why are those people picking up bags and line up for another long line??? To go through US Customs and another security check??? Why did we do that before if we have to redo it again??? That made me think of a Banana republic efficiency, but apparently this is the US agencies invention. Lucky us, the flight was delayed by 45 minutes and we have managed to make it, otherwise our vacation could have been much longer...

Room Tip: Garden view is not a good choice if you plan to spend time there
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: J.E. Irausquin Boulevard | 55, Palm - Eagle Beach 99999, Aruba
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Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Palm - Eagle Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#2 Spa Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#3 Romantic Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#3 Family Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The ultimate Caribbean vacation experience begins at our intimate, 2-story boutique resort located on the shores of majestic Eagle Beach, an ideal place for romantic and rejuvenating getaways. The newly-renovated Deluxe Ocean and Deluxe Garden View Rooms offer attention to details and amenities, including spa-like bathrooms offering a rain/waterfall shower. The beach-side exotic Caribbean-Balinese style spa offers a variety of massages, body treatments and yoga & Pilates classes. Optional premium fully a-la-carte all-inclusive program available featuring Ike's Bistro and French Steakhouse. ... more   less 
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