Sridhar Ganesan & Anitha Krishnaswamy
2 Jan 2023 USA
This was our first time in Aruba and we were mainly researching the hotels and resorts for rooms with ocean view, and Aruba Sunset Studios was an accidental find for us. But like so many other guests of Aruba Sunset, we expect to be repeat guests. The website information as well as the pictures of the studios are accurate and per expectations. The process of reservation was very professional, with prompt communications from either Eve, Marit or Ivy from the Sunset team. We had lots of questions for the team before we got to Aruba: location, getting around, walkability, car rental and so on and we received patient and detailed messages in response. We were in Aruba during peak Christmas season and rental cars were hard to get, but the Sunset Team coordinated and helped us get a car.
While we were there, Marit, Ivy and Eve provided lots of tips and support - restaurants, places of interest, how to get there, making calls sometimes on our behalf, or providing a list of grocery stores that would be open during Christmas and their hours. We followed their guidance and didn’t go wrong, was a very enjoyable trip. JP was around a lot, chatted with us and provided some local color too.
Very warm, friendly and professional team (including the housekeeping staff) - the quick personal attention is a huge contrast to the large resorts and hotels.
We stayed in Ocean 2, was great to wake up to the ocean every morning and watch the glorious sunset every evening. The patio facing the sea was a very nice place to relax, even during the occasional rain.
Location - it is about one mile to go from the Sunset Studios to Marriott Stellaris hotel, the beginning of the Palm Beach stretch (high-rise hotels). We often walked to the Palm Beach area (going left from Sunset Studios), about half of which would be on a lit, paved sidewalk, so very doable. That sidewalk also runs up to the Boca Catalina beach on the other side (going to the right from the Sunset Studios). The full pathway is just over a mile end to end each way, great place to get exercise with a full view of the ocean.
All the beaches are accessible from Sunset Studios - Malmok Beach is right across and others are very short drives - Arashi and Boca Catalina to the north; Palm Beach and Eagle Beach to the south. Further south, and a longer drive gets you to Baby Beach. The California Lighthouse, which is close-by, is a must. Snorkel and dive zones (the Antilla shipwreck) are nearby as well (though we did neither). There are other places to discover during a relaxed vacation and the Sunset Team was very helpful in that regard.
Overall, we had a wonderful time being based out of Aruba Sunset.