The difference between an ordinary vacation and one that is memorable has everything to do with the people you meet. We came to Aruba expecting nothing more than beach time. But we left feeling we were leaving close friends. All because of two very caring people the moment we walked out the airport. Robby picked us up as he said he would right on time with a smile and eagerness to make us feel excited about being in Aruba. He asked if we needed anything before going to our "home". We took the opportunity to stop at a supermarket. It was a Sunday and he told us that most people are off and at the beaches and also the supermarkets. It was packed so it took us a while to get some Aruban supplies. But he waited patiently outside for us with ac on. He knew we had a short stay and wanted us to get the most out of the visit so he took us through the neighborhood to get our bearings and showed us some of the beaches in the area so we could decide which ones we wanted to go to later through our stay. At the "home" (cant say its a hotel, rental sounds to insignificant, you really do feel at home) he walked us into our own private room complete with living area, fully stocked kitchen, cozy bedroom, and bathroom. Open the fridge and what did we see? A variety of drinks and even local beer. No signs showing price....it was all free. Before he left he insisted that if we needed him for anything to just give him a call and that included if we we somewhere and could not or did not want to walk back. An he meant it! We haven't even paid for our room yet and he never once mentioned payment. Our last night he called us to see how we were doing and I asked him about checkout time. I asked him if he could drop us off at a beach and we would walk back and checkout around noon. Even though we were checking out and going to a different hotel (we had originally split the trip into different locations and two different accommodations) he said we should stay and checkout when we were ready to go to the last hotel. We have been treated so far like best friends and now I truly believe his top priority is his guests and not making money. His wonderful wife Judith took us to beach and pointed out what each area was best for. When we checked out at 3:00 pm Robby asked how how trip was and we felt the best part was the warmth we received from staying with them. He then drove us to our hotel. But before leaving us Robby asked if we needed a ride to the airport the next morning! I did not want to burden him with the task after all that he had done. We were prepared to get public transportation. What difference it was to walk into the hotel lobby. After settling into out hotel I thought it over and wanted to end our trip with saying goodbye to our new friend so I emailed him and asked him if it was no trouble we would take the offer. The next morning Robby shows up in front of the lobby and takes us to the airport. He hugs us goodbye and it really felt like we were leaving home. Thank you Robby and Judith for making a trip a memorable experience. If you travel to learn and grow, you would avoid the all-inclusive hotels. If you travel to expand your comfort zone and indulge in culture you would find a local place to stay. If you want to make friends for a lifetime and have a place in Aruba to call home, you should stay at "My Aruban Home".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- My Aruban Home prides itself in being the perfect hosts for those who want to discover a more authentic Aruba. Our vacation apartments are located in a cozy residential area, at walking distance from beaches such as Hadicurari, Palm Beach and some of the most popular attractions on the island. This is the perfect place for those looking for a ultimate relaxation. Your stay includes airport transfers and use of free amenities such as beach bikes, snorkel gear and more. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- My Aruban Home Caribbean/Aruba