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“Beautiful, well maintained in great location beach holiday”
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Oceania Residences
Reviewed March 12, 2013

To get this straight, this is a vacation rental building, not a hotel resort: there is no hotel staff on site and no services (room service, etc). These are individually owned and rented out, so expect as much, and don't expect a bunch of resort staff waiting on you hand and foot!

Our particular rental unit was fine, although it was oddly situated due to a custom change the owner did in the unit to make it a “lock off” (1 suite divided into 2 for the purposes of renting the 2 separately, one with significantly less features than the other). In speaking with other residents, this was highly unusual, so I won’t go into detail on that.

We'll start with the bad (our only gripe): the negative was our experience with Judy, the American expat who was hired (by the out-of-country owner of the condo we rented) to meet us and orient us to the property (property manager is technically her title, however there are no licensing requirements for this in Aruba). She was very rude, abrupt and unaccommodating. Normally I would say she was having an off day, but she was the same for check-in and check-out. She is definitely in the wrong industry, and would be best behind a desk somewhere not dealing with customers face-to-face. But I won’t dwell on this, let’s focus on the property itself.

This is a gorgeous property located across a small street from one of the best beaches in Aruba (in my opinion). Unlike some of the other beaches, it isn't invaded by hordes of cruise-goers looking for a beach for a few hours - although a few busloads come in, they stay fairly localized, and away from the area directly in front of the complex.

There is not a lot of activity around the property – there’s an abandoned waterpark across one way, and what appears to be an abandoned building site across the other way (didn’t see any activity during our week there). So not a lot of traffic beside the complex (there is a road between the complex and the beach, however - be cautious crossing, especially with children).

One of the best features of the property is the multiple pools. These are great for young families with little ones: there is sand in some areas directly beside the pools, creating a faux-beach idea: little ones can play in the sand and swim/wade in the very shallow water that gradually descends to over 8 feet deep at the far end - but the majority is a great depth for youngsters.

The property was very well maintained while we were there: public bathrooms were immaculate, the gym and kids' play areas (although I never saw them occupied during our week stay) was in perfect shape.

There is a security guard posted at the front to control the comings and goings, and the property had a very safe feeling (you need a code to get to the beach from the property through a large steel gate). Taking cabs back to the property at night, the guards wouldn't just let the cab through, but would look to see who was in the cab first.

There is a SuperFoods (large new supermarket) located a $10 cab ride away (or 30 - 40 minute walk) for you to stock up on groceries. It's about $15 cab to get to the main tourist strip if that's your desire for some more nightlife and touristy things - but if you're looking for a week of R&R, you could probably get away with a trip to the SuperFoods (there's another Chinese supermarket about 10 minutes away too, less selection though) and just staying on the property.

We headed to the main luxury hotel district 10 minutes cab ride away and the “feel” of the beach was much different: narrower beaches, packed solid with many stories of having to rush out in the early morning to reserve your spot with a towel or other personal articles. This reminded me more of Cancun beaches in the hotel district. Not at Oceania and Eagle Beach in front of it: maybe it was the low season, but we were never once crowded, there was over 150 feet of beautiful sand until the ocean, and lots of space to enjoy in peace. Children can wander a little bit with nothing but sand around them – no worries of losing them in the crowds.
Overall this is a gorgeous property in a great location. If you’re looking for the hubbub of a tourist destination surrounded by tourist traps, cheap souvenirs and I LOVE ARUBA t-shirt vendors, this isn’t for you. If you’re looking for a quiet paradise across the street from one of the best beaches in Aruba, you’ve got it.

Room Tip: Upper floors have nice ocean views
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

Just returned from a full week at Oceania in a 2 bedroom apartment. The rooms are lovely and the view of the ocean and the grounds are beautiful (notwithstanding the much-talked about crane next door). I learned that the crane has been there for 6-7 years now so I don't think any construction will be going on any time soon!

This was a fourth floor unit in the Palm building (P416). There were some issues (aren't there always?). Toine from Prestige Realty met us in the lobby when we arrived and went over everything we needed to know, giving us restaurant advice, and becoming our unofficial concierge. We had to call him quite a few times: the box spring on the king bed was broken, so one side was lower than the other. This was not acceptable. Well, the next day a couple of new box springs were delivered, problem solved. Then there were other minor issues (light bulbs blown out, safe not working due to battery dead, dishwasher detergent caked up from moisture, not enough paper towels, toilet paper...) But I must say, Toine and Rachel solved every problem and could always be counted upon to help.

Oceania was not very crowded; I think there was just one other occupied unit on our floor. The pool was often deserted, there was always a palapa available at the beach, so if you like peace and quiet, this is great. There was a washer/dryer in our unit, very helpful. There were plenty of beach chairs, but what this unit needs is something on wheels to tote them down to beach. We had to put the chairs in the car whenever we wanted to go the beach as the chairs are a bit heavy, but comfortable. There are chairs at the pool already.

We rented a car for the week which we used every single day. Explore Baby Beach, Natural Bridge (gorgeous), Lighthouse, Ostrich Farm (lots of fun), Phillips Zoo, the Aloe Factory (interesting!). The Bosch map Aruba was the best we could find, ordered it online before leaving home. Yet it's not perfect by any means. Aruba is in dire not of cars equipped with GPS! We got lost a lot, but never had an issue finding our way eventually. It's just harder in the dark.

As nice as Oceania was, though, I would opt next time for more of a resort with 24 hour staff and an on-site restaurant. The security at Oceania seemed pretty good, with the guards calling us first if someone wanted to deliver something to us. But other than the security staff, there was no one available save the realtors.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 8, 2012 via mobile

Went over the 4th of july week. Third floor unit. Very nice unit with a view of Eagle Beach and great sunsets. The place was overall rather deserted so if you're looking for peace and quiet than this is a good choice. But if you want a more active or party atmosphere than stay elsewhere in Palm Beach.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed June 30, 2012

Just returned from a month in Aruba! This visit we stayed at the Oceania BC355. The room was very comfortable and lots of space. We were there with our daughter and our two grand-daughters. The views and rooms are exactly as shown on the website. (sometimes I think they lean out on the deck to show you the view of the ocean but not in this case) Toine was there to meet us shortly after we arrived and he showed us the room and explain how everything worked. The security on the grounds is very present and the staff working the grounds are very friendly and do a wonderful job of keeping the entire grounds looking beautiful and clean. There are four pools, three on the side we were on. Each one is a different style. There is a baby pool around 2 ft in depth, a gradual entry pool and a pool that starts at 5 feet. A pool for every taste and beautiful at night with the lights changing colors. The walk across the street to the beach is easy as the traffic in Aruba is minimal.
I would like to share a few things to be aware of.
There is NO SAFE in the room even though it did state that there was in the description. This did matter to us as when you are traveling keeping your documents and money safe is very important. Toine did not seem to see our concerns with this, he felt the security on the resort should give us peace of mind. The COFFEE MAKER is only a two cup capacity!!! This room could sleep 8 what if everyone wanted coffee in the morning??? Luckily I was the only coffee drinker but this is important to be aware of. The BEACH CHAIRS...not so good. We brought them down to the beach once but you were sitting straight up not our idea of a lounge on the beach. We were envious of the people who had lovely beach chairs and wheeled systems for bringing them to the beach. We ended up walking a 20-25 minute walk down to the Divi where there are plenty of beach loungers and no one seems to mind if you use them. On our 2nd to last day we discovered that if you walk to the right for a few yards there is a very friendly man renting chairs for $5 / day! You will know him by his long curly ponytail. Such a nice guy and the best deal ever!! ( I think the beach chairs at Baby Beach were $15/day) He places them for you and when he sees you coming he gets them ready before you even get there! Housekeeping came once a week but we were unsure of the supplies provided. One time you would get more toilet paper and then sometimes we would have to buy it? Laundry detergent was provided on our arrival but not replenished so we had to buy it. The smallest boxes we could find was at the Certified Grocery Store. I think if you rent for the week it would be there. One more tip there are two sets of sheets provided for each bed. In the master, I would suggest switching to the white set. Way better quality, you will get a more comfortable sleeping. I wished I had done that on day one.
The Oceania is a beautiful place to stay...very quite and private. There were times that we felt we were the only people in the resort! We would stay here again!

Room Tip: Rent chairs from the guy on the beach to the right of the resort! No safe in room! If you are more...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

Just returned - beautiful, clean facility directly across street from beautiful white sand beach with clear water. Enjoyed our stay in two bedroom and great having kitchen. Recommend renting a car for week. Head to Ling and Sons for groceries. Drive to Baby Beach (must see and great snorkeling), Natural Pool, 4x4 off road in park, Arashi Beach (great snorkeling). Eat dinner at Driftwood downtown. Will definitely return.

Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 5, 2012

I have been to Aruba 6 times over the past 5 years and I have stayed at various hotels. Some family members started staying at the Oceania about 3 years ago so we decided to join them for ten days in a 3 bedroom suite this past January. The room was absolutely amazing and had everything we could possibly need. There was even a washer and dryer, which made it easy to pack a small bag and avoid additional baggage fees at the airport. All in all our trip was amazing and the room was perfect. The roof top jacuzzi wasn't so bad either :) We will absolutely be staying there in the future!

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed December 9, 2011

I rented two penthouse condos (4 bedrooms in each) in Oceania Residences for 12 friends and I. Everyone stayed for 5-7 days, and the condos were 2 doors down from each other in the Arashi Building. Both properties were beautifully done--from the basic structure (great open space and high ceilings) to the amenities, furniture, and artwork! Every bedroom had its own bathroom, so everyone was able to move at their own pace. One condo had a rooftop enclosed patio that we adored and used as our central indoor socializing spot.

The entire condo facility was beautiful (great pool, especially beautiful at night) and you can't get any closer than simply walking out of the gate by the pool and crossing the street to the beach. You can call a cab and have it there within minutes or just jump on the bus that stops in front of the property to get around. We did both and got around just fine.

We felt safe at all times and Mario (our property manager) was VERY responsive to any of our questions or needs. Definitely somewhere I'd love to stay again...already checking my calendar for next year!

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 238 | Boca Catalina Building Unit 353, Eagle Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba
Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Oranjestad
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #7 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Oranjestad
Price Range: $380 - $437 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oceania Residences meets refinement and seclusion. This luxurious condominium will take you to a place that is worlds away. It is located at Eagle Beach, recognized as one of the top 10 destinations in the Caribbean. ... more   less 
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