5 Jul 2010 USA
From a lodging and accommodations standpoint, one of the best developments on Aruba took place about 14 years ago when J.P. and Eef van den Eerenbeemt bought the old Boulevards property and began renovating it for their family home and as studio apartments for friends and guests. Now known as Sunset Studios and still owned/operated by J.P. & Eef, the entire property is available for rentals to visitors who want to be right on the beautiful western-facing beach along the northern end of the island but who want something other than the high-rise and time-share craziness and congestion of Palm Beach or Eagle Beach. Located in Malmok neighborhood, just north of Fishermen’s Huts and before Arashi and the California lighthouse, Sunset Studios has a laid-back island feel in a garden setting with loyal clientele from all over the globe who appreciate a cozy, clean, secure and comfortable apartment rental that has friendly staff, is well run and reasonably priced. For the windsurfers who want the convenience of a beach launch (right out front!) for their own gear or who want access to the best rental gear and professional instruction in the world at the Huts, Sunset Studios can’t be beat.
On my most recent visit (June 2010), I stayed in the Ocean View studio #8 for 2 weeks. JP and his wonderful staff went out of their way to make the time enjoyable in every way. Special thanks to JP for loaning me some of his personal "secret gear" on those (unusual!!) light wind days during the first week when my stuff was too small. Special "dankis" also to Sarah and Monique in the office for keeping everything running smoothly -- rain or shine. Martha was sad she could not come on this visit, but we will both be back next summer for more great times in Aruba, thanks in large part to Sunset Studios.