We just returned from the Manchebo Beach Resort and our first trip to Aruba. We had a wonderful time with one exception which I'll get to later. My husband and I traveled with our teenage daughter. The beach and the Caribbean Sea at the Manchebo can't be beat! The sand was soft and white and clean. The water was clear and beautiful and just made for bobbing around. Constant breeze in Aruba keeps the humidity down and bugs away. We had two rooms which connected to each other on the second floor. Room 30 has a king bed, room 29 has two double beds, each have fridge, microwave, coffee maker and coffee, flat screen tvs, small balcony. Both have a limited view of the ocean through palm trees and the bar area and a large pavilion. Request ocean view rooms on the right side of the hotel if you are facing the front of the hotel. That side has a better view. The rooms were nothing special but very clean and totally bug-free. The staff was quite nice and pleasant and Joan, our housekeeper, kept our room clean and stocked with towels which is a plus for my daughter and me. We had breakfast by the pool every morning ($9.95 US for eggs, breakfast meat, small amount of potatoes, toast/croissants, coffee, juice, fruit dish). I wish the waitresses would bring the check faster when we are done eating. We had to ask for it every time and we wasted valuable beach time sitting there waiting. Minor complaint. Lunch was good at the beach bar. Two can share a sandwich and be happy. As I said, the beach is clean and beautiful and peaceful. Our teen daughter was bored as there are no water activities at Manchebo but they are nearby. Very relaxing for us older types. Great jet skiing, kiteboarding, wind surfing, parasailing close to hotel. Some topless sunbathers on the beach. No big deal. Large group of European travelers took up every chair and umbrella at the pool and bar every day. Not enough pool chairs. Pool is nothing special but clean. Happy hour every day from 5 to 7 with 2 for 1 drinks. One big complaint I had was the water pressure in the bathroom showers. It was non-existent. After a full day of sun, sand, sea and sunscreen, you want a refreshing shower. As my daughter said, "It was the worst shower of my life!" Too true! The Manchebo is nicely located in that it is between O'stad and the high-rise hotel area. We rented a car from Hertz (Hertz always is so quick and easy!) right across from the airport (just walk over with your bags) and we went to a different restaurant for dinner every night. The prices were not too bad ($15 and up for dinner) considering what a small island Aruba is and everything is shipped in. We enjoyed pizza at Casa Tua in high-rise area, great filet mignon at Tulip (easy to miss, next to Chalet Suisse), great ribs at Iguana Joe's in O'stad. Wonderful outdoor dining everywhere due to the constant breeze keeping the bugs and humidity away. A rental car is a must as we have no patience waiting for a bus. That being said, I would only go sightseeing via a tour after our rental car was broken in to. Here's what happened: We decided to take our own tour of the island following a Fodor's tour book. We stopped at a high point near Seroe Colorado (near Baby Beach) and got out of the car to take pictures of the cliffs and the waves hitting the cliffs. Our daughter stupidly left her beach bag under some towels on the back seat while we went to the cliff's edge. The place was totally deserted and we were only away from the car 10 minutes. When we got back to the car we found the rear door window smashed and her bag was stolen. Glass was everywhere in the car. We were devastated as we never had anything like this happen to us before and we are New Yorkers! Her bag had her brand new IPOD in it and her spending money and passport. We quickly cleaned up the glass and got out of there fast as we now felt like we were being watched and we felt vulnerable to violence. As we traveled down the road back toward San Nicholas, we saw her wallet and passport in the middle of the road. The thieves took her cash, makeup, IPOD and bag but luckily tossed the passport. Hertz rental car was great about it. They immediately switched our car for a different one and didn't charge much for the broken window since we stupidly had declined the insurance. (We added insurance onto the 2nd rental car. Not taking any more chances! When we returned our rental car at the end of our vacation, we heard the Hertz lady tell a new customer that they now require renters to take the insurance even though it does not say that on the Hertz website. I'm not sure if they made him buy the insurance because the man had a bad driving record or if it because of car break-ins, car accidents, etc. on the island). After that we didn't venture away from the nicer side of the island. Afterwards, many locals told us San Nicholas is the nasty side of the island which you travel through to get to Baby Beach. Wish we knew that first. So that is why I would only tour the island with an official tour company from now on and my daughter learned a valuable lesson about thieves that she will remember forever. All the stores in Aruba take U.S. dollars and you can drink the water without any problems so that is a plus. Don't panic when you see prices shown in florins. Just divide the price in half and add 10 percent to get U.S. dollars (as of July 2009). Stores close too early in the evening in Aruba. Most tourists want the beach by day and shopping at night. Manchebo resort is quiet and relaxing. Many people told us the high-rise area beaches were crowded and you couldn't get beach chairs under a palapa and you were sitting right on top of each other. We never had that problem at the Manchebo. Parking was never a problem anywhere we went either. I'm not sure if we were in Aruba during a quiet time or if other factors were at work to reduce tourism. Despite our car break-in, we had a great time and we would return to Aruba and to the Manchebo!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The ultimate Caribbean vacation experience begins at our intimate, 2-story boutique resort located on the shores of majestic Eagle Beach, an ideal place for romantic and rejuvenating getaways. The Deluxe Ocean and Deluxe Garden View Rooms offer attention to details and amenities, including spa-like bathrooms offering a rain/waterfall shower. The wellness experience includes a beach-side exotic Caribbean-Balinese style spa offering a variety of massages, body treatments as well as yoga & Pilates classes and fitness room. Optional premium fully a-la-carte all-inclusive program available featuring Ike's Bistro, The Chophouse and Omakase Sushi Bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Manchebo Beach Hotel Palm/Eagle Beach
- Manchebo Beach Resort And Spa
- Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa Aruba/Palm - Eagle Beach