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Paradera Park Aruba
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Paradera
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Reviewed November 11, 2008

We had a wonderful vacation at the Paradera Apartments. Went with my sister-in-law & brother-in-law. As everyone has said Debby and Henke are so wonderful and attentive. They seem to know what you want before you even realize you need it. They are extremely helpful with recommendations. The grounds and rooms are immaculate. This is the perfect place if you like to explore the island and get a glimpse of what it is like to live there. We rented a car and went to all sides of the island. Lots of fun getting lost!! That is part of the adventure though. We visited Arashi, Palm, Eagle, Baby and many more beaches. The chairs and cooler that is included with your apartment rental are perfect for bringing your lunch and beverages to the beach. There are a lot of palapas and huts to sit under at no charge on the public beaches. If you get to one beach and it is busy, just keep going until you to the next one. We rented the two bedroom apartment, which I would highly recommend. The other couple had a studio apartment but we found the extra room in this apartment was great for the four of us for dining in. We had such fun all day that it was quite relaxing to come home to the apartment for dinner and sit on the balcony for the rest of the night. I was so surprised at the selections at the grocery stores. They seem to have more than we do in Canada. Dinners out were at Pincho’s, El Gaucho’s, Bingo’s, Salt & Pepper. And of course twice to Linda’s for breakfast. We also went to Franklin’s Takeaway in Paradera for BBQ chicken. $14 for two huge meals. It is not open until 7:30 p.m. because Franklin works at a restaurant during the day. There is another takeaway in Paradera that is great for breakfast Pastechi. Also wanted to mention that Debby makes her own jewellery. I bought three pieces from her, they are beautiful. We went on the Tranquillo snorkeling/sailing cruise. Debby recommended this one and she was right. We had a great time snorkeling and a gorgeous sail. Don’t miss this. One of our adventures took us to the Donkey Sanctuary, I didn’t really want to go, but I am so glad we went. The scenery was breath taking. Things you will not see if you just stay on the main drag. There were complete fences made out of cacti. The rock formations and the sanctuary itself were truly something to see. As far as shopping goes, my $8,500 ring I had picked out, is still at Little Switzerland. Maybe next time. Lol. We did find some great treasures at the Flea Market that is held near Kong Hing on Saturdays and Sundays. They have great purses, t-shirts, hammocks and a bbq. Look for the orange flags. Everything there is much cheaper than the little shops downtown. Another cool place we went to pick up a t-shirt for my son and for my husband to drool over the old cars was Underground Cycles Aruba. Perfect place to pick up cool stuff for the older teen/20 something. The owner was so much fun to talk to as well. It is on LG Smith Blvd. All in all this was one of the best trips I have been on and would absolutely love to go back someday!! I just hope it's soon!!

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2008

Dear Debby & Hank,

Just wanted to say thanks again for a FANTASTIC stay at Paradera Park Apartments!!!

I’ve been visiting you guys for a few years now and my stay just keeps on getting better and better and I thought it is time to share my experience with other people.

Every time you guys make improvements to your “quest experience” where I thought nothing more could be done. The new Super deluxe 2-bedroom suites are fantastic, just sitting on my porch and watching the sun set over the ocean was enough of an experience to make my stay with you a success..
If you were a Hotel, I am sure that you would receive 6 (!!) stars (they only go to 5 stars there) :)

The new decorations around the (also) refurbished pool are great, the 2 housekeeping ladies are super friendly and have assisted my in my every need and the garden just looks amazing.

I really enjoyed reading my book or doing some work on my laptop under the cabana at night.

I can go on and on, just wanted to thank you again.

I’ll be back soon, hope to make it 4 weeks then…..

Yours,

Ken.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 4, 2008

Once again we returned to our home away from home, PPA. Deb and Henk are like old freinds to us. We returned with our14 month old who loves playing in the pool every morning. Henk was kind enough to purchase a little blow up whale for her to play with in the pool. Deb also provided us with sand toys for the baby to play with at the beach. A crib was waiting for us in our room along with a tiny stuffed lion who slept with her, thank you Deb! The lion is back home and, quickly became her favorite toy.

The only fresh comment that I can add is that the pool is sparkling brand new! Also, the teak chairs and chaise lounges all have been covered with custom exterior cushions. Each morning plush beach towels are placed on the deck chairs.

Luz and Luz, the dynamic duo maids, work very, very hard each day keeping PPA beyond imaculate. There warm smiles are missed on Sundays, there day off.

Please keep in mind that you should book far in advance for PPA. They have 17 rooms for the lucky few, so do not hesitate.

Lastly, each year when we return we notice that Deb and Henk somehow mangaged to ratched up an improvment at PPA. They work very hard mataining the lush tropical island oasis.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 12, 2008

We stayed at the Paradera Park Apartments in units 104 and 108 for two periods for a total of 8 nights in early August, and have nothing but good things to say.

The rate is fantastic, and in Aruba you are wasting your money to stay at a resort as you truly need to rent a car and explore the entire island. The apartments were very clean, and the housekeepers did a great job cleaning up for us every day. The property has a small pool that's great for an evening cool down, as well as some nice covered tables and couches outside and a couple of hammocks. Every unit has either a balcony or patio, as well as a kitchen so you can save some time and money by making your own breakfast.

Debbie and Ingrid were extremely welcoming and helpful, a trait you find common among most island residents.

The location is also perfect for exploring the island - about 10 or 15 minutes to the California lighthouse (NW), less than 10 to Oranjestad, and even Baby Beach on the SE tip is within 30 minutes. The best restaurants are spread among Palm Beach, Noord, and Oranjestad, and all are within 10 minutes.

If you're the type to do your own exploring and really experience a place like Aruba, you won't find a better deal than Paradera Park.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 3, 2008

Paradera Park Apartments truly deserves the "Best Hidden Gem" award. The apartments are simple, but spotless clean. We enjoyed having a kitchen to prepare breakfast and eat on our patio. The grounds are tropical, lush, beautiful and quiet. The price is a true bargain.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 21, 2008

We are just back from aruba and loved it, we picked ppa because of this sites reviews and all i can add is i think the place is great also, we normally fly and flop on holiday but this time tried hiring a car and touring the island which we enjoyed, if ppa was on eagle or palm beach then they could charge a fortune instead of the current bargain so go before they do move it to the beach, this hotel does what it says in the reviews so go and enjoy.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 18, 2008

My husband and I spent our post-nuptial vacation (7.10-7.17.08) at Paradera Park Apts., after reading several good reviews on this site. I have to add my rave to the pile. Debby and Henk de Weerd, the owners, are accommodating, hospitable, and go above and beyond the typical innkeeper roles. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of island life, and will gladly hold forth on anything from the best snorkeling spots to the complex sociological patterns in Aruba.

The apartment (studio w/ double bed, kitchen, sitting area, bath, balcony) was spotless from beginning to end. All appliances and furnishings were in excellent condition. Kitchen had all the utensils we needed for simple cooking. There was ample room for clothing and other stuff, plus an in-room safe. We felt extremely secure (there is little crime on Aruba), especially noting the additional locks on the doors and windows.

The pool area is gorgeous. We could easily have hung out in the garden for the entire week, watching salamanders, iguanas, birds, and the family pets. The pool has just been resurfaced and was sparkling. There are plenty of places to sit in either sun or shade...and plenty of reasons to do so. With shower and restrooms adjacent to the pool, there is no need to budge.

Our hosts provided a cooler, beach chairs, and towels for the week as part of our hotel fee, and we used them every day. We rented snorkeling gear for US$10 per day. Although we weren't able to take advantage, Debby or Henk will happily book you into a snorkeling, scuba or other watersport excursion through the network of independent operators they've cultivated. Perfect for those of us who like to avoid the corporate stuff...

A few caveats that actually have nothing to do with the property...we were a little disappointed that our fellow occupants kept to themselves. We would have liked to have talked to other folks during our stay. If you're thinking about going to Aruba with a group, Paradera Park is perfect because you can gather at the pool, go off on your own, or whatever.

Also, if you like your vacations fuss-free and devoid of contact with anyone but resort staff, Paradera Park is NOT the place for you. We chose this property primarily because we're not fans of resorts (or the people who sometimes frequent them). We rented a car with the intention of kicking around the island to see the place through a very clear lens. It was fulfilling, but not always beautiful, and we did run into some people and situations that don't generally fall under the "island paradise" category. The upshot is that Paradera Park Apartments are ideal for independent, open-minded, budget-conscious travellers who are more than happy to make their own ways. If this does not describe you, or you like to roll out of bed onto the beach with a maitai in hand, you should probably look elsewhere.

A billion thanks and warm kudos to Debby, Henk, and their staff for lovely and warm accommodations.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Address: Paradera 203, Paradera, Aruba
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Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Paradera
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Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Paradera
Price Range: $167 - $245 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Paradera Park Aruba 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
When in search of an intimate oasis in Aruba that combines boutique charm with an easy access location, Paradera Park delivers this and much more. The award-winning resort is commended for unobtrusive service, immaculate property and rooms, range of amenities, and quiet yet central location, this hidden gem is the perfect place for a vacation or business trip in Aruba. With just 17 rooms providing the ultimate comfort and an extremely high level of privacy and tranquility, this is the perfect hideaway. Paradera Park is locally referred to as The Tropical Oasis, set in 2000m2 of tropical gardens in which the accommodations are privately tucked away. Without distractions, the resort provides the opportunity to kick back and unwind. This is vacation on a highly personal, wonderfully intimate scale. All Studios and Suites are tastefully decorated and offer all the comforts of home. Overlooking the lush tropical gardens, all are equipped with King-size beds with crisp luxury linen, en suite bathroom with walk-in shower, plush towels & exclusive Aruba Aloe toiletries. Fully-fitted kitchen with Illy espresso machine, safe, hairdryer, iron, cable TV, fast and reliable in room Wi-Fi and phone with free local calls. Easily discover Aruba’s numerous beaches with our complimentary beach chairs & cooler. Daily Housekeeping will ensure you return to a fresh room, the Reception desk is open daily and here you are welcome to discover the islands hotspots or local hidden treasures. Our staff can make reservations for trips, tours, car rental, restaurants and give you any advice or assistance you may need, call a taxi, or just pop in for a chat, some chilled water or a great cup of coffee. Whether your stay is for business or leisure, we strive to make your time in Aruba truly memorable! ... more   less 
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