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We highly recommend this villa for large families. We are a family of 20, and it worked out fabulously for us. There were just a couple of downsides that I'll get out of the way first -
1) The interior is dated. The MBR is huge but 70s-ish. The other BRs are a bit small and barren. If you need a smart, stylish, Ritz-Carleton-like place, then you might be disappointed.
2) It's a bit remote. The Arashi Beach Shack is a fun beachy eating spot very close, but that is it. It's 2 miles or more to all other restaurants and grocery stores.
NOW, for all of the great things about this home --
1) The pool and the large sitting areas around it were fantastic. We spent hours here with the grandkids swimming and the adults enjoying the sun and the cold drinks.
2) The beach is right in front of the house. And there is terrific snorkeling right there. You can walk along the water approx 200 meters north and you are at Arashi Beach, a beautiful white sand expansive public beach. The Arashi Beach Shack is a fun bar and eating spot with good drinks and casual food.
3) The common areas are all big and great for gathering. The dining room - with a little creativity - was able to sit all 15 of our adults for dinner. We had a local chef come in one night and that was excellent! The upper level patio/deck area stretches from the dining room past a couple of the BRs and overlooks the pool. Great seating for morning coffee and afternoon cocktails.
4) The kitchen worked well. Not gourmet or elegant, but certainly had all we needed.
5) Great Response by Owner. All our inquiries and requests were responded to promptly. Anneke and Mariska were very helpful and accommodating and made our stay so much more enjoyable. They helped arrange rental cars, excursions and the chef!
Our family made a lifetime of memories here. For us, it was a perfect place to gather for a week on this One Happy Island!
Visited June 2022
Written 27 June 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.
We chose this house because of the size of our group. We had 11 adults and 1 child and needed 8 rooms with 7 bathrooms. Although the reviews do note that there are opportunities for renovations, which is true, the house was perfect for what we needed.
Bath towels, beach towels, and a fully applianced kitchen were available. The house was clean and the two women who came to clean mid-stay were lovely. Anneke was available any time we reached out to her and was kind enough to allow us to add two days on to the start of our trip and to give us a late checkout on the last day.
The pool was great! It was so nice to go to the beach in the morning, then float in the pool in the afternoon when it was really hot before getting ready to go to dinner. The AC in the house is divine when you need it during the hottest points of the day.
You are less than a 5 minute walk down the road to Arashi. Less than a 5 minute drive to the lighthouse. Less than 10 minutes to the Palm Beach Plaza. And about 15 minutes to Oranjestad.
And the concierge service that comes with the house was amazing. Mariska was a life saver! I cannot say enough good things about her. She helped with dinner reservations, planning excursions, scheduling testing, and answered any other questions we had about things to do in the area.
Would absolutely stay here again if we needed this much space.
Visited February 2022
Written 4 March 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.
Oceans edge is a wonderful villa. The location is absolutely fantastic. The snorkelling that can be done right outside the villa is some of the best I’ve done in my life.
Anneke was wonderful, any little problem we had she sorted it straight away. The concierge service, which organised prearrival groceries was also a very welcoming touch after a 20 hour travelling day.
We have a wonderful 2 week holiday at the oceans edge, however the villa really does need some attention. It is very dated and is very much in need of an upgrade. The kitchen does not have enough supplies for the amount of guests which stay. We had to go and buy extra cups as there weren’t enough for everyone to have a morning coffee.
The villa wasn’t very clean. All the gym equipment was covered in dust and the beds smelt very musty and not very fresh.
The pictures of the villa don’t really give you a full idea of what it is like. The stairs are a death trap. We closed these off on the first day as they are totally unsafe for children and we just used the little path on the outside of the house to get to the pool.
This was a nice walk as there are lots of little lizards sunbathing on the path. The children enjoyed watching them.
Overall we had a fabulous time at oceans edge however for the price we paid for the villa we did expect a five star standard of villa and at best it was three. The view and location was the best thing about it.
Visited January 2022
Written 11 February 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.
We loved our stay and you can't beat the pool and the location right on the ocean. The decor is rather dated, linens are worn, and the house has maintenance items that need attending to but sit outside and enjoy the breeze and none of that matters.
Visited August 2021
Written 17 August 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.
I rented this home for a family vacation (8 people) and everyone loved this property. I had a hard time finding specific information about this property so I am happy to share details with others. First of all, the home is located at the best snorkeling area in Aruba. We were out every morning and afternoon and saw different corals and fish every time we went out. Also, Arashi beach is an easy 4 minute walk for a VERY sandy easy entrance, a restaurant/bar and more great snorkeling. We watched sunsets from the pool area each evening. The pool is large, clean and warm water. The pool deck area has over 10 lounge chairs and an outside eating area. There is also a Men’s and Women’s bathroom at the pool level and an outdoor shower for rinsing off. The home itself has plenty of room for everyone. The main floor (above the pool area) has a balcony the length of the house with a great area for meals and for viewing the ocean at all times. There are 4 bedrooms in one wing of the house, 3 with en-suite bathrooms. there are another 2 bedrooms off of the kitchen with a shared bathroom. We spread out and everyone had room to put clothes away in the closets, had comfortable beds and plenty of space. My son choose one of the two king size bedrooms with access from the pool deck - also with en-suite bathrooms. There are 2 ways to get to the poolside rooms - down a stone path from the front door to the backyard or down an interior spiral staircase out a door to the pool area. Our first meal was catered by La Braise and we ate at the dining room table which fits over 12 comfortably. We played games each night in the TV area with couches and chairs for everyone. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook meals and make many tropical drinks. The property manager, Anneke, is wonderful helping me with plans and met with us upon arrival. The property (interior and exterior) is care warn and in need of repair with aesthetic opportunities. However, everything worked - all appliances, plumbing, air conditioning, etc. There are other rooms in the pool level (gym, kitchen, pool toy room, etc) that smell of mildew. There was no need for us to use these rooms other then to borrow the toys so no big deal. For us, this property was perfect for everything we hoped for.
Visited July 2021
Written 25 July 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.
We had a great stay at the house. Anneke was super helpful for anything we needed while there. While a short drive to palm beach, the location is great and right on a prime beach for snorkeling, close proximity to Arashi beach. We had to take a lot of taxis for activities and Anneke connected us with her taxi driver who was also extremely helpful since we had a group of 14 and were out and about all over the island without a cae rental.
The only cons: the kitchen is a bit bare for cooking, and the house is a little dated.
Visited May 2021
Written 18 May 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.
We stayed at this place with 8 friends for 10 days. The house is exactly as described in the pictures. Very spacious, large bedrooms and an incredible location with beautiful views and direct access to the beach. Anneke was very responsive and helped us with food delivery the day before our arrival. I would recommend it too all my friends and family.
Visited March 2021
Written 28 March 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.
A beautiful property with its own small beach but less than a minute walk to a great local beach. This home has a great floor plan for a large group allowing enough privacy as well as nice open center where everyone can hang out together. Pool, grill, snorkel and flippers, what else could you ask for!! Thanks
Visited January 2020
Written 3 February 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.