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“Home away from home!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Villa Bougainvillea
Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Home away from home!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

I attended Rona's lovely villa this past March 2013 and have nothing but positive things to say. Rona and is kind and attentive and will ensure you have a wonderful stay.

The fact that you're reading a review for what TripAdvisor displays as "alternative accommodations" might imply that you're the type of traveler (like me) who prefers to spend their time enjoying the environment than fighting over beach chairs. If this describes you, then Rona's accommodations are likely perfect for you.

Rona's villa is located in Noord, a very safe neighbourhood just north of the tourist-district (5 minute drive), Oranjestad (10 minute drive) and 20 minutes from the Airport. There is a bus route that stops 2-minutes away from here, but having a car was ideal and an expensive way to explore the island on your own terms.

My boyfriend and I (35 and 24) attended for 1-week and had all our creature comforts, with added privacy, peace and quiet, and all the amenities you could possibly need. Lounging by the pool was so relaxing after each day of adventuring! Lots of little lizards and Rona's kind, gentle and extremely well-behaved dogs to keep you company.

Our room was large, with lots of closet space and was kept immaculately clean. The small kitchenette suited us great, as we BBQd most of our food (due to my food allergy) and the high expense of the Aruban restaurants (which we weren't terribly impressed by).

I would recommend this place for both couples, families or lone-travellers - it's an ideal place to get some rest, have independence and enjoy the calm Aruban breeze without constant exposure to (sometimes) obnoxious tourists - but with accessibility to the tourist area should you wish.

My handful of tips:
- for groceries: Superfood, 7 minute drive South has the best produce and variety (including alcohol, but no pharmacy). You'll have lots of space to keep snacks in the mini-fridge!
- bring lots of sunscreen and aftersun; it's ~$17USD at Superfood if you forget/run out
- for dining out: Costa Riba, on the drive to Baby Beach - you'll find the best curried goat on the island
- should you be inclined to need one, bring a small travel hair-dryer, although the breeze is constant
- Malmok Beach, walk or drive, it's just next door and great for snorkeling. We brought our own gear and made great use of it

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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English first
Leeds, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

We have just returned from a most relaxing and enjoyable 4-week holiday at Villa Bougainvillea. The owner Rona was welcoming and friendly from the outset. The apartment was spacious and comfortable and the housekeeping very efficient, with thorough cleaning and linen change three times a week, this included provided beach towels. The tranquil garden is full of interest, has a large pool and is visited by many beautiful birds. There was a very easy-to-use BBQ and our apartment gave us the opportunity to be sociable or to have privacy. Help was always at hand if needed. Although a car would be an asset, the villa is situated within a few minutes walking distance of a sandy beach with good swimming and snorkelling and a regular bus service to other beaches, resorts and Oranjestadt.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Samba Suite
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank daveu_101
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Levis, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

We were (2 adults) at Villa Bougainvillea for 2 weeks in 2013 (february and march). We did 4-5 islands in the Carribean in the past from all inclusive hotels, to small rental studios like Villa Bougainvillea. Here are my comments:

LOCATION: Located in the north of the island, close from Arashi beach (walking distance), bus station,supermarket, quiet place. Just far enough (7 minutes by car) from downtown, High rise hotels, restaurant, casinos, excellent location for travellers who want to relax and chill out. FEEL LIKE HOME.

STUDIOS: full equip. , A/C, refrigerator,microwave, good bed, hot water, kitchen, etc....... nothing to complain about. All studios, are cleaned every 2 days, beds linens, floor, even disches if you leave to quick to dive in the morning and forget to clean your own disches...........thank you.

THE GARDENS: After a good diving morning or day at the beach, nothing was so relaxing to stay around the clean pool, and lay down on a good quality chairs, no cheap plastic chairs like on the beach. When the sunset come, is time to warm up the BBQ, drink a balashi and prepare yourself a good grill.

AND FINALLY, the hospitallity of the owner, RONA and friends. A charming women who take care that you enjoy the place and your vacation, and their dogs who are free in the gardens and her house, keep good company, and no need to lock your room. The dogs make the place very safe.
If one day, we are back to Aruba, I will stay again at Villa Bougainvillea to see one more time my puppy friend "Le Tigre".

Annie and Francois
Canada, Quebec

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Cado09
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West Chester PA
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2013

We recently travelled to Aruba for our 20 somethingth trip to visit this beautiful island. We have always stayed at hotels including most of the hotels in the high-rise area. We have enjoyed each of them to various degrees. Our favorite by far was the Aruba Grand which has now been replaced by the RIU. But after staying at Villa Bougainvilla, we will never again have a question of where we wish to stay when we are on the Island. Rona Coster, the host and owner, is a lovely lady who makes sure that your stay is a delight. Our group varied in age from 34 to 89 and each had a wonderful experience. We rented out all three units. Each is unique and well appointed. You feel as if you have returned to your own home in Aruba. The apartments are spacious and CLEAN. The beautiful gardens that surround the property, the pool area and Rona's menagerie were added benefits. A walk across the street finds you at the Malmok Beach where we were able to do lots of shell collecting. For golfers, Tierra del Sol Golf Couse is 1/4 to 1/2 mile from the property. Not only for golf however as we enjoyed lunch on their terrace and a massage at the spa. We spent 7 nights with "Rona" and then went to the Westin for 2 nights( we had free nights due to point accumulation with STARWOOD). The Westin is a lovely property, however, we were in shock...lines for towels, fights for palapas, and waits at the desk for check-in, questions etc...we had been truly spoiled by Rona Coster and her heavenly home .

Room Tip: All accomodations are nice. A car is helpful.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank itsislandtime
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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2012

We stayed at Bougainvillea on Aruba for three nights during our first stay to aruba. We have stayed at many places in many resort destinations, however, from the moment we arrived this one felt like home. Our accomodations were perfect, spacious and comfortable, with our own little deck. The location was amazing allowing us to walk to the beach and snorkel within a couple of minutes. The pool and gardens were gorgeous. The whole experience was made even better by Rona. Her warmth, friendliness, love of dogs and knowledge of the island made our stay!!!!! We had to change locations to meet friends for the last part of our holiday, and after staying with Rona we were very sad to leave and would have been very content to stay at Bouganvillea for the whole time. We will be back!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Alison C
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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2012

we stayed at bougainvillea for 10 nights and we enjoyed it very much! Very nice and clean appartments. Three times a week cleaning and new towels everytime. Very sweet owner who gave us fruits when we were sitting at the swimmingpool. Beautiful garden, and the presence of sweet dogs.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank pieternel b
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Florida
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2011

I have spent a month at Villa Bougainvillea while being on Aruba for an extended business stay. I can assure you - hands down - that this is the most friendly, convenient and coziest place someone could possibly ask for. My appartment was generous in size and provided true comfort. I had huge closets, a semi-equiped kitchenette, a good sized bathroom with a large shower, a book collection, a recliner chair, A/C, a flat screen TV and a personal safe box. Nuri, the cleaning lady, did a 'hell of a job' keeping the place spotless. The cleaning service is included, and for a few extra $ she will do your washing & ironing too. The huge garden is manicured with palm trees and exotic flowers, and there is a good sized pool with chaises available for some chill-time. There is also a BBQ Grill ready to use, and a thatched table of 4. It is 100% safe thanks to the owner's cute(?) dogs suveillancing the grounds 24/7. The villa is located 5-minutes walking distance from Malmok Beach, from where you can snorkel to a spectecular small reef with tons of sea live. But the place wouldn't be what it is without Rona. Her house (and her heart) is always open, as long as you bring more love and joy to a home that is already filled with it. Kudos to her for being such an amazing host and such an inspiring person.

Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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1 Thank misje24
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Additional Information about Villa Bougainvillea

Property: Villa Bougainvillea
Address: Malmokweg 4, Malmok Beach, Aruba
Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Malmok Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Malmok Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Bougainvillea Vacation Rentals....Two steps from the Caribbean — you’ll love it! Your own spacious studio apartment in a gorgeous private villa surrounded by tropical gardens, flowers, birds, a large swimming pool featuring a rock formation, and friendly pets. Housekeeping service included. Across the street from Aruba's famed Malmok Beach. Literally meters away from Tierra del Sol's championship golf course and elegant club house. Free Wi-Fi. In Room: Studio apartments sleep one to four people. All rooms are air conditioned. Features include flat-screen TV, cable, safe, hot water, kitchenette with sink, dishes, small refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee maker, toaster, ample closet space, and in-room dining and lounging area. On Property: BBQ grill, outdoor shower, pool-deck palapa, outdoor dining area, and lounge chairs. ... more   less 
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