I understand people saying this place is older, and compared to the high rises, it is. Who cares? It's clean, maintained, and has everything you would need for a nice stay. Technically you could probably stay on the resort all week and be perfectly happy with everything you need.
My husband and I were fortunate enough to be invited by my parents to go to Aruba for a week. They booked us the room at ABC, so I wasn't sure what to expect since I usually do all the research for room and board. My husband and I were definitely not disappointed. The room was that of any resort room, decent size with two queen beds, some furniture, and a flat screen tv. The kitchen had a full size fridge, a sink, and a cook top. For me, the balcony and the view were what impressed me the most. I would have spent the entire trip on the balcony if we could have. The first day we went grocery shopping so we could take breakfast and lunch in the room, which was fantastic. As bird lovers, it was awesome to wake up every morning and have coffee and breakfast on the balcony while birds of all colors and shapes flew around the property. The resident iguanas were also very entertaining.
The outdoor restaurant on the beach was one of the stars for this resort. The cook there obviously takes a lot of pride in the things he makes, so even simple things like eggs benedict were out of this world. You could eat breakfast there for Waffle House prices basically, but the food was much better. I even took a coconut to the cook I found on an excursion, and he cut it up for me and gave me a little straw so I could drink the water out of it. Very hospitable.
The pool bar was a nice respite from the sun. They have multiple happy hours during the day and the drink selection was very good. Can't really beat watching Sunday football on a flat screen while sipping a Mai Tai and watching the sun set.
The resort convenience store was a life saver more than once. It definitely has all kinds of things you never would think you need but end up forgetting and wanting to have with you. It's pricey, but everything on the island is.
For younger couples who might be looking for a little more action, I would say the low rise area probably isn't the place to get it. We were probably the youngest couple within a few resorts, which was fine with us because we were just looking to relax. It was definitely quiet at night, but really nice to sit outside and have a drink (or three).
We were there during the off season, so they were doing a little bit of construction work. The only time it was irritating was at night when we were sitting outside playing cards, but it didn't last long.
Overall, this was a great resort, great location, and if we ever get the money to go back to Aruba, we would definitely consider staying at ABC again.
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