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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Noord, Aruba

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louiepWal...
Wales
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71 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Superb Accommodation”
Reviewed 14 June 2017 for a stay in June 2017

Firstly thanks again to Ruud and his lovely wife :) from the first enquiry over a year before our stay to the ride back to the airport they couldn't have been more helpful and friendly,

Villa Barbulete was perfect for us (my husband, me, and his elderly mother). Fully equipped with everything you could need for a relaxing holiday and the most comfortable beds we've had so far in a holiday home. The garden and pool area are beautiful and we loved sitting on the step in the pool to cool off. The shaded seating area was also very useful in the heat of Aruba!

Beautiful Arashi beach is a couple of minutes away by car, although there are a couple of small ones even closer. We took the car with the villa and for the little trips around Aruba it was just fine. Supermarket 10 mins away and the same to the High Rise.

Highly recommend this place if you want a trip to Aruba away from the commercialised hotel areas. 10/10 :)

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Lionel R
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
“Dream Aruba Vacation”
Reviewed 28 April 2017 for a stay in March 2017

To add to Tina's review, we had a great time and loved staying at Villa Barbulete. Ruud and Truss were the most gracious hosts and their daughters took care of us at the restaurant were they worked. Overall a 5 star experience!

Your age range 50-64
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Management Response
29 Apr 2017
Thank you so much and hope to see you all back with us in Aruba!
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BakerRich...
Belmont, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wow. What a great place. Had everything we needed and more.”
Reviewed 18 April 2017 for a stay in April 2017

Wow. What a great 25th Anniversary celebration we had at Villa Barbulete. Sending a big hug and kisses to Ruud & Truus who were there for all of our questions before, during our trip; who also recommended places to eat and the beaches close to the villa to visit; as well as, provided us with a pick up and drop off at the airport which is an extra cost for them.
We stayed at their villa for 10 nights. The villa had everything we needed. The highlight for us was the outdoor pool and the area for sun bathing and/or just relaxing reading a book on the shaded/covered concrete deck in the very comfortable outdoor furniture. The pool was refreshing first thing in the morning; a wonderful addition to have for many dips when it got too hot in the afternoons and it felt like a sauna at night when the winds cooled down from the ocean night breeze (weather was lows of 27 at 7am and highs of 40 with humid winds by mid/late afternoon).
We loved as well that we only had to put the air on in our bedrooms just before bed so we could save on extra hydro costs. Hydro is very expensive in Aruba. The units only took 10 minutes to cool our rooms and we would then turn them off first thing as we got up in the morning. We all had great sleeps and were ready to start another busy touring day. The breeze in the home was enough to keep the inside of the home cool enough. Having two full washrooms for all us adults was an excellent feature which many other villas don't have in that price range. The neighbourhood that this home was in is also very nice and we felt safe at all times. It wasn't a problem to leave the windows open during our entire stay and the back door open when we were there as well to allow the flow of the Aruban breeze to come through the home. This was also perfect for coming in/out of the kitchen with our drinks not having to open doors constantly.
Being a travel agent, I was very careful with our choices as I am quite aware of some sites not updating their photos. The photos on this site are up to date and not altered. Anyone wanting to stay here would not be disappointed.
Keep in mind that homes in Aruba are built of concrete. Therefore, once someone scratches the walls with their luggage etc... they look dirty; however, they are simply scuff marks. The reason why I'm mentioning this is because some might consider a place dirty when in fact because the walls are built of concrete its difficult to fully clean/remove them and/orkeep painting to make it look fresh when you have clients coming in/out within hours of each other. Note for those of you who want a clean place. This home and its grounds were very clean and we had no issue whatsoever.
The use of their vehicle was also offered to us and this also saved us a lot of $. Car rentals are quite pricy in Aruba because the cost of cars and insurance is three times the price of what we pay here in Canada. Thanks to Ruud and Truus for trusting us to use your vehicle during our stay. The car was extremely good on gas and was very convenient to have. A car is definitely needed in Aruba because everything is spaced out around the entire island.
We had an excellent time and very much enjoyed your villa and the island of Aruba.
It was a pleasure meeting you and we hope to come visit your villa again in the near future.
P.S. If you're ever considering coming to Canada, please email me and let me know. We'd be happy to have you come stay with us for a few days and show you Toronto and Niagara Falls which are only a few hours away from our home. Until we meet again, to our new friends.
Love the Baker and Richer clan.
Anyone living in Ontario Canada who is considering staying at this property and would like more information is welcome to call me - Tina Baker - at Just Go Travel Agency Inc. in Belmont Ontario.

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clelievre...
Saint-Colomban, Canada
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18 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfect stay in Aruba”
Reviewed 1 December 2016 for a stay in October 2016

We had a marvalous vacation experience in Aruba. Our Barbulete rental was a great part in the success. The host, Ruud, came to pick us at the airport and showed us the main roads while driving back to the house. In the fridge, there were ample provisions to get us started for our 6-week vacation. Ruud was very attentive to our needs. The fridge suddently malfunctionned and Ruud was quick to replace it with a new fridge! Ruud gave us detailed informations on the activities on the island, how to get to the beaches, to the main food stores, He also told us never to park in Oranjestad at parking places with an orange rectangular box (there is no sign indicating that we can't park): you would get a parking ticket.

The swimming pool is a recent addition to the house and is of a decent size. It was maintained twice a week. Water and electricity are very expensive in Aruba and all renters will charge you extra if you consume too much. We were overcharged approx. $2 per day, which is quite reasonable considering that we stayed there at the most hot and humid time of the year.

Ruud also provided with beach chairs that we used every morning at Arashi ou Eagle beaches. In the afternoons, we liked sitting around the swimming pool.

We rented Ruud's car. A bit old but very reliable, we had no mechanical problem with it.

The house is of a decent size for up to 5 people. The washing machine was used a few times. There are numerous channels on the cable. Internet was fast and generally reliable. We often ate at the table under the porch. The A/C worked flawlessly. It is a must at night when the minimum temperature is around 27°C and the humidity is close to 100%, with light winds.

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Liked best: Swimming pool
Liked least: We would have liked an oven.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Tyrone S
Baltimore, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Awesome !!!”
Reviewed 28 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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Our stay at Villa Barbulete was awesome !!! We (wife, 2 small kids and mother in-law) traveled to the island for a family member's destination wedding. The Villa Barbulete is an excellent choice for families with kids who rather prepare their own meals and provide space for their kids to run around and be kids. The furniture, the swimming pool and the kitchen areas were very relaxing and modern. The house is only minutes from the beach and hotel areas. The owner, Ruud van Heeringen was extremely helpful and gracious --- he picked us up from the airport when we arrived, he let us use his car during our stay and he gave us a ride back to the airport. I would definitely recommend the Villa Barbulete !!!!

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Liked best: location
Liked least: electric bill
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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Management Response
29 May 2015
Thank you for the very nice words! You were fine guests to have! We sure hope to see you back with us in Aruba Villa Barbulete.
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