First of all, believe the reviews that have already been written. Club Arias really is that amazing. Because of its character and location, it might not be for everyone, but it certainly is for me. If you want to say in a high rise close to the tourists and cruise ships in an area that feels just like Miami then by all means stay at the Marriot or Riu. Or just go to Miami. On the other hand, if you truly want to see Aruba, and then have your own little slice of paradise to come back to at the end of the day, you just can’t do better than Club Arias.
As far as service is concerned, Arias, Gabriel and Giovanny have completely upended my expectations for what a resort experience should be. Both Gabriel and Giovanny are phenomenal cooks, and will gladly whip something together for you even if you don’t wake up until noon. Anything you need around the island, they can help you find or take you there. These guys know the real Aruba and are happy to give as little or as much help as you want in planning out your time on the island. Heck, they’ll even translate for you, which can certainly come in handy if you don’t speak Spanish! It’s not just lip service, their genuine top priority is to make your stay as fun and comfortable as possible.
It’s all in the little details that are almost too numerous to list: airport pickup and drop off, cookies or cake every day at 4 in the common room, coolers to take with you to the beach, a local cell phone to use while you’re on the island (with Gaby and Geo’s cell #’s pre-programmed), a cordless phone to make free calls back to the states, a battery powered portable ipod dock (listen to your own tunes while playing pool or swimming in the pool!), pool table with professional cue sticks (no wobbly bar room wood here), flat screen TV and DVD player in every room, a large collection of DVDs to browse and borrow in the common area, board games, a competition foosball table, ping pong, iced tea and lemonade all day every day, towels and linens that smell *amazing* (seriously, I asked what they use to wash them so I can buy some for myself to use at home), etc., etc. All of this is included in the stay as part of the whole experience. And don’t forget the immaculately landscaped grounds, huge swimming pool, wading pool, and swim up bar with waterfall. Or the blissfully comfortable beds. Oh, and lets not forget that all the water in Aruba comes from desalinization through Reverse Osmosis. There’s no noticeable chlorine in it either, so it’s like showering in Evian! Their tap water is as good as any bottled water you can get. If it sounds like I was completely blown away, it’s because I was ;) And contrary to some other reviewers, I actually enjoyed the music that plays throughout the compound during the day. And if for some reason it doesn’t suit you, someone from the club is always available to change it, turn it down, or turn it off.
My visit to Aruba was primarily for kiteboarding. And for any other kiters out there reading this, you need not look any further, Club Arias is the place for you. Situated in Saveneta, the location is ideal as it is only 10 minutes away from what, in my opinion, is the best kiting in Aruba. The beach I’m referring to is Boca Grandi, which is a cove with consistent on/cross shore wind and waist to chest high waves to launch. It’s like a playground inside the cove with almost nothing but local (and very friendly) kiters. Don’t be surprised if you make a few friends and end up back at Essoville for a few of the coldest beers in Aruba after a day of kiting! I was in Aruba for 5 days total, and spent 3 days at Boca Grandi with 20-30 mph winds. Just to see what it was all about, I headed over to the Fisherman’s Hut on my last day. Kiting there can be summed up in 2 words: gusty offshore. Sure, the water is flat, but it comes at a high price. Kites are everywhere and the wind just stops blowing from time to time. And if you snap a line you might be swimming back after the boats have all gone home (which they do, at 6). Arashi has similar issues, but if you’re brave, you can kite out past the point and get some steady cross-shore wind. Problem is there’s no beach out there, just reef and rocks. And no rescue boats. Have fun, but don’t mess up ;) So in summary, bring your kites, bring your friends, go to Boca Grandi, and stay at Club Arias. You’ll be blown away. See you there!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to our Club Arias Bed & Breakfast. My name is Arias Schwarz and own a bed and breakfast in Savaneta, Aruba with my wife, Flory. We first discovered the enchanting island of Aruba 20 years ago, and we were so taken with the island that we made it our annual vacation destination. On one vacation, we ventured to the southern part of the island and found Savaneta. Within Savaneta we found many treasured jewels, which included the culture and real beauty of Aruba. The beaches on the resort side paled in comparison to the beaches we found in Savaneta. The cuisine was mouth watering, welcoming and very affordable. And the people bore the true heart of the island. Savaneta was such a positive experience for both of us that we were inspired to create Club Arias Bed & Breakfast to share our new world. We want our guests to know all of the island's beauty and take in all of its charm, and we always strive to make it as affordable as possible. Our mission is to give our visitors a personable vacation that cannot be obtained from the typical hotel resorts. Our haven is a family run business. Our two daughters have a real passion for our business, and you will see them from time-to-time greeting our guests upon arrival or wishing them well upon departure. When you visit us, we want you to feel like you are part of our family and we hope to engage you with our love for this island and our love for its people. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Club Arias Hotel Savaneta
- Club Arias Bed And Breakfast
- Club Arias B&B Aruba/Savaneta