At first I was hesitant to book this hotel, but in retrospect I couldn't have picked better. It is not on the beach which seems like a drawback, but in reality it is an asset. Most of the hotels in Aruba are concentrated on a 1/2 mile of beach, which means all the tourists are concentrated on a 1/2 mile of beach. But there are many great beaches, and we visited ones where at most there were only a few dozen people, most locals. (look at photos I posted) Because paradera park gives you beach chairs and a cooler you can go to any beach you want. We even took our chairs to the beach in front of the Hyatt one day. Because all beaches are public, you can go to any beach you want, including the beach at the hotels where the rooms are $300/night. ( We also jumped in their pool, how would they know we weren't staying there?).
At the end of a day on the beach, we looked forward to returning to the hotel and sitting around the pool where it was quite tranquil. After visiting the hotel zone twice we never went back due to the crowds.
You will need a car. We rented a Jeep from Royal Rental for $250 week. It was kind of beat up, but who cares. We just put the top down for the entire week and drove around the island. If you go you should visit: Baby beach, national park (nice isolated beaches where you can sit and dunk in water but not swim), lighthouse (there is also a nice beach with reef right before lighthouse).
Because the rooms have kitchens you can cook. We bought things for breakfast and sat on our patio each morning. We also made lunches for the beach and packed some beer. This saved us over $300 not having to eat out. If you do eat out, avoid the hotel zone. They are just chain restaurants you can eat in anywhere (Hooters, Hard Rock Cafe, etc.) Avoid Brazilian steakhouse it's a ripoff. Try Madame Jeannets (about $100 for 2) and the one we like best B55, which was about $50/2) Both are about a 10 minute drive from hotel.
In summary, if you want to stay in crowded and expensive hotel with wall to wall people go to hotel zone. If you want a more authentic Aruba experience at half the price stay at Paradera Park.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whether seeking a romantic escape, on a family vacation or traveling for business, Paradera Park is an intimate and relaxing island hideaway located in the heart of all that Aruba has to offer, an ideal choice for travelers looking for comfort, privacy and exceptional service. Paradera Park's indulging retreat has established a reputation of being a "Tropical Oasis" in Aruba with its unique and lush tropical gardens in which its guests can escape to a world of comfort and relaxation, away from the crowds, for an unforgettable Caribbean island experience. Tucked away in these exquisite gardens, with large swimming pool, sundecks with cushioned lounge chairs, teakwood settees, outdoor grill, shaded cabanas and secluded hammocks lay our fully equipped, spacious accommodations. All rooms are privately situated and offer all the comforts and convenience of home. To make your stay even more relaxing and carefree, we provide a daily housekeeping service with fresh linen and towels, locally made Aruba Aloe toiletries as well as a laundry service. Complimentary beach chairs, cooler and towels are also available. Front Desk for trips, tours and island know how, snorkeling gear rental and Breakfast & Arrival packages on request. ... more less
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