"We have been to Aruba many times and stayed at our timeshare unit, but were travelling with more people this time and decided to try a house. Extensive searching of VRBO and Homeaway websites led us to Safir 18. It looked beautiful, but pictures don’t always give the full ‘picture’ of a site. Plus we were a bit skeptical of sending a lot of money to essentially an unknown entity. Once we made it to Aruba, Francois met us at the house to give the tour, explain the security system and remotes and turned us loose. I can now say, the pictures don’t do the house justice. The landscaping, pool and house are absolutely beautiful. It really makes you feel almost like royalty to have access to such a great place. I would recommend it to anyone.
In addition, the location was quite convenient to Palm Beach restaurants and activities, Arashi , and Malmok beaches, and not that far to the new Superfoods grocery store. We like to snorkel and Arashi and Malmok are the places you see all the snorkel trip boats stopped. We could drive there in less than 5 minutes and snorkel for free, right alongside the snorkel boats.
One concern we had was the extra utilities (water and electric), but I read the meters every morning and did a little calculation to see how we were doing. We avoided running the AC in the two big high ceiling rooms, but with doors open front and back the normal airflow kept it very comfortable. We only ran bedroom AC in the evening and the end result was that we were refunded about half of our utility deposit on check out."
Date of Stay: July 2015
Review Submitted: August 3, 2015