First, the neighborhood. The Aruba Jewel is located in central northern Aruba in the barrio of Moko in Noord which is a great jumping-off point to all the adventuring you will want to do during your vacation. It is situated overlooking a vast field of grasses and cactus, which gives you the feeling of being out in the middle of nowhere. Away from the craziness of the tourist area, you'll feel like (and be treated like) a local. The tranquility, safety and privacy of the area (combined with the convenience to all attractions) makes this perfect for those who appreciate a more authentic Aruban experience.
Second, the property. The Aruba Jewel is gorgeously colorful, beautifully updated and IMMACULATE. Everything you need is available, from a well-equipped kitchen to beach chairs & cooler, and there is even a local phone to borrow to make local calling a breeze. Outside, you'll enjoy the covered patio and view of the field. At night, sit in the Adirondack chairs and stare at the starry night sky with a glass of wine. It's truly wonderful! Secured parking, fast wi-fi--the Aruba Jewel is just like a second home. The only possible issue I could see someone having is the crowing of some roosters and barking dogs down the street (noise carries out there), but honestly after the first night it all just blended into white noise (and putting on the fan helps).
Then there's Marjan and Dick. You will never meet nicer, more helpful people. Marjan stocked our fridge with breakfast items so we didn't have to scramble to get to the supermarket upon arrival (and it was delicious). They loaned us a much more detailed map of the island than we could find (keep in mind: there are no street names beyond Oranjestad, so Google Maps is of limited use when you're trying to find an address!), the local phone with plenty of minutes on it, and gave us excellent suggestions for our daily adventures. Always responsive but never intrusive, we enjoyed every minute we spent with this lovely couple and the fruit of their labors in the Aruba Jewel, which they fixed up themselves.
I can't recommend this rental enough. We will definitely be back.
A few notes on traveling to the Aruba Jewel: because of the street name issue (there are none), Google Maps will not get you to the Aruba Jewel (or anywhere else, for that matter). DO NOT FORGET TO PRINT OUT THE DETAILED DIRECTIONS MARJAN WILL SEND YOU! There is no wi-fi at the airport, so do not expect to pull up the email when you arrive (I did, and we had quite an adventure finding the house).
Getting around in general: many tourists we ran into worked solely with a map, but our map skills are a little rusty so we rented a SIM with a gig of data at the Airport (500mb would have been fine), which would at least locate us on the island. Using the map Marjan loaned us, we would roughly determine the location of the attractions we were visiting on Google Maps and drop a pin, then navigate to it. This system actually worked really well for us.
Good luck and have a great time on Aruba!
Marjan and Dick are truly an amazing and lovely couple.They made my vacation at Aruba
a wonderful experience and a trip to be remembered for a long time to come.
The apartment was really tastefully decorated and functional.All I needed was there and I enjoyed a lot to sit out in front of the apartment ,drink a glass of wine and feel the nice warm
The location of the house is great for traveling to Noord and around ,but I recommend a car.
Marjan and Dick were helping in all ways and gave me a lot of tips for nice restaurants and
places you'have been,if you are there.
All in all I completely recommend Aruba jewel to any of my family or friends for an
authentic Aruba experience with all the comforts of a modern house.
And very soon also the swimming-pool will be finished so that you can enjoy also this
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