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... they have a deeper deck and 4 instead of 2 chairs. We had crudités and dip and shared a bottle of champagne. After chatting for about an hour we made our way to the Horizon Court buffet. We had a wonderful time and suddenly it was 3:30 and Rossana was heading off to make cards - one of the at sea shipboard activities this afternoon. They are such an interesting couple.
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... speaker and watching the city water taxi come and go. Now that we see how frequently it runs and that you can buy beer from it (!) we'll do that next time we are here.
I can't even describe how wonderful the fish and coral are here.
Too soon it was time to head back to the cruise ship. What a truly wonderful day!!
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PBV and Aruba
We were on our honeymoon and had a blast. (Of course, being on your honeymoon, you could go to South Central LA and think that it was the greatest.)
The resort is nice. It is a smaller resort with a restraunt (Le Petite Cafe) and a resort pool grill. There are only 80 rooms, so space at both pools and both hot-tubs is abundant.
We had a room on the first floor that opened to the pool. At first, I was disappointed that we did not have a balcony, but then the convience of running in and out of the room while at the pool was very useful. Otherwise, you have to walk the long way around.
THe resort is also right across from the beach. And, because it is a small resort, the beach is not crowded either. There are people at the beach who will get you chairs and set up a tent.
The staff is excellent. They were always friendly and helpful. The resort also had a convience store, but there is more selection at the store at the resort nearby (La Cabana).
PBV is small, so to do anything other than swim, you have to go to the other resorts. La Cabana has half a dozen restraunts, millions of people, and shops. It is across the street from PBV. They also have Dunkin Donuts, which is the most resonably priced option for breakfast nearby. I think a dozen donuts were $7. PBV's patio grill was the price of Denny's. So, we ate there sometimes too.
Save you money for dinner. The restraunts were fabulous. The first night, we ate at Le Petite Cafe. This was my favorite of the week. They serve your meal on a hot stone so you can cook it as you eat.
The next night we ate at the Radisson resort because of a coupon for free apetizer. It was a great presentation and good food.
Another night we ate at La Cabana at the court-yard restraunt outside. It was ok. They charge $2 for every refill of Ice Tea. (Most places do that so be on the look out).
The best food was at Chalet Suisse (walk south of PBV). It was French food and the best cooking ever. I think it was the best Filet Mignon I have ever had.
The last night, we ate at Sunset Bistro. YOu basically sit on the beach and watch the sunset. It was not as good food.
Here are tips. When choosign a restraunt, they will sell the view if they have it. If they do not, you will have better food.
For fun, we went to the butterfly farm. This was cheap and fascinating. OF course you can do all the man-made imported options like parasailing. Jet skis can be rented in the Lake of the Ozarks or in Aruba, but the butterfly farm was better in my opinion.
Also, take the city bus. It is $2 round trip. They will stop where ever on their route. We got dropped off right at the place we wanted to go.
The taxis will cheat you and are expensive, but you need them to get from and to the airport. Somehow the driver 'missed our turn' and charged us the extra money. IT is a 4 mile island (south to north) with limited streets.
The only annoying thing is the timeshare people. They will try to get you to endure a meeting (we never went). They quit botherign you after Tuesday. I knew their names by the second time. They try to make it sound liek you will get 10 free things by coming (you only get one and i knew that so I would ask the questions to make them reveal their deception). Just say you are 25 or under and they will leave you alone. Or, that you already own one.
The conceirge at PBV is very knowledgable and will get you any info, arrangements, and deals that you need. The cleaning staff is great. I left a couple of bucks a day and we had everything in tip top shape.
Not much else to say. We loved it and would go back to that time share PBV. Of course the high rise huge resorts are nicer, but they are packing 100 times the people in the same space. There is give and take.
The island is very safe. Low crime. Lots of Casinos. Lots of restraunts. Lots of poor people who make in a year what you will drop in a week. The buildings are colorful and the island is clean. It is a desert island, so if you have been to Hawaii, it looks nothing like that. The lizards are cool and leave you alone.
Paradise it is!
If you are looking for a small to medium sized resort where you have plenty of room to walk around w/o bumping into someone this is it! Two swimming pools,a kids pool,whirlpool,poolside bar and restaurant,deli,French Restaurant and a very friendly staff equalls a great vacation spot!!! The rooms are very nice too.
Extremely happy time share owner
We have owned a time share here since 1998, and love it. If you are looking for a lot of bells and whistles, along with the crowds, this isn't the place. We have a unit on the first floor, which basically opens out into the pool area. It is always clean, and decorated in the island style. We would cook breakfast and eat it at one of the tables by the pool. We go in early June, so it's not very crowded. (kids are still in school) The staff is very nice. Just remember the entire island is on a much slower pace. It's a vacation, remember! My brother-in-law purchased the same week at La Cabana, and it is night and day. Crowds and kids. I would agree with everything closing early, but this isn't a big deal. Either walk next door to La Cabana, or cab somewhere. Cabs are very abundant, and reasonable, and suprisingly luxurious. (mercedes, bmws, etc.) We love it here, and can't wait until June!
Nice, Not Fancy
We went to Paradise Beach Villas in September, 2003. It was nice, but not as beautiful or luxurious as we had hoped. The location was good, right across from the beach. We chose PBV because it had a whirlpool tub in the bathroom, but it was so small, just the size of a standard bathtub, that we could barely fit in it together--not romantic at all.
The room was nice overall, nothing fancy. There were cute iguanas everywhere, but they didn't bother anybody. We went to other hotels throughout our week in Aruba for dinner and to the casinos. Other hotels had much more beautiful pool areas, particularly the Hyatt--amazing! Overall, we had a nice week at PBV, but if we go back to Aruba (we intend to someday), we would stay at one of the high-rise hotels like the Hyatt, instead of the low-rise PBV. One word of caution--don't make long-distance phone calls in Aruba...we paid $80 for two quick calls home! My sister paid $31 for one call on her honeymoon in Aruba.
Loved the Staff
My husband and friends love Paradise Villas! We loved it so much we all bought one this year. We sayed at LaCabanna but it was too busy. We can't wait till next year week 44!
Livin' it up in Aruba
Beautiful place, great landscaping & best location. Employees were great. Only draw back is pool & whirl pool only open 9am-9pm and bar is only open til 6PM during the week.
Nice Facility with Some Unusual Rules
Paradise Beach Villas is a well maintained time-share resort directly across from Eagle Beach. The place was quiet and comfortable, wtih beautiful sunsets. For Happy Hour we often went next door to La Cabana which had live music and a much livlier happy hour. This worked well becaue you could have quiet if you wanted it, or go next door for a livlier time. One highlight of our stay here was when a protected sea turtle nest hatched with 58 baby turtles hatching and making their way to the sea.
Major complaint is that the management required all guests to sign a blank credit slip at check-in. This gave them the ability to charge your credit card for any amout, if necessary. This is like signing a blank check. Because we had once dealt with an altered credit slip from a car rental company (and successfully disputed the charges), we strongly objected to signing a blank credit slip. They are absolutely inflexible about this questionable policy, and will not allow you to check in unless you sign. They also will not accept any annotations on on slip to limit your liability. Another policy is that they ask you to perform a comprehensive inventory of all room amenities and sign it within 24 hours of check in, or you are liabile for any missing items.
While we understood that a facility needs to protect itself, I have never stayed in any hotel or timeshare anywhere in the world that had these policies. This approach put us in a major protective mode -- with a concern about being ripped off. Not the best way to start a vacation.
I would urge anyone who stays here to object to this policy of signing a blank credit slip, since most travellers sign anything put in front of them, and this policy apparently meets with little resistence.
They did return the slip at check out -- but I will never stay here again because I felt that I was at odds with unreasonable management on a policy that would be illegal in the U.S.
Nice quiet place
Paradise Beach Villas is a nice beautiful timeshare on Eagle Beach. (I should say across the street from) Eagle Beach. The timeshare is one of the largest on the island. It is right next to LaCabana so you are right near a casino. The bus stops to pick you up right in front of the Villas. Chalet Suise, an excellent restaurant is right next door.
We consider Paradise Beach to be a nice quiet resort. Staff is very friendly. Restaurant there is a nice place for an inexpensive breakfast or lunch. LaCabana has a buffet breakfast if you are into that.
Happy hour at the bar is nice.
Expected something different, but not disappointed!
My husband and I are time share owners at the Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas. We're members of Interval. Last year we couldn't use our time share so Interval's system allows you to bank the week to use at a different time and location. Well its been raining here in New York. The weather was really getting us down so I thought the best to was go to a sunnier location. My son joined us on our trip. We had been told that the other timeshares would be of the same quality of our time share. Naturally we had high expectations. Our flight out of Kennedy went well. For us the 4 hour trip was long. We usually won't go anywhere that is more that 2 1/2 hours in the plane. We are big people and hate the cramped quarters in the plane. We arrived in Aruba. The airport was neat and tidy. From everything that I read I was a little cautious about just grabbing a taxi. Being from NY, I'm leary about everything. The cab drivers were just fine. The government sets a rate which is located on the wall of the airport as you leave indicating the prices. It said $17 and that was the price the cab driver charged us. We went directly to the Paradise Beach Villas. It was not as elaborate as I had expected. Initially we say amongst ourselves what did we get ourselves into. Check in time is 4pm. We arrived around 2pm. There's a little bar and small restaurant by the pool. Nelson, from the Dominicain Republic, was the bartender and waiter. Just a very pleasant guy. His English wasn't perfect, but really tried to give us a warm greeting. We ordered lunch, but weren't expecting much. The food was darn good! All of a sudden I see iguanas. My husband loves animals. He thought this was great. There are also small lizzards (blue, green, turquoise in color). Now I love nature, but I don't want any of them to bother me, which they didn't! The reptiles love basking in the sun. They come near then scurry away. We had the bell man (also pleasant) hold our bags. After lunch, we were ready for a dip in the pool. We went back to the front desk to ask where we could change and were told that our room was ready early so we could check in. The bellman showed us up to our room. We were disappointed. The room was neat and clean. Spotless! We expected bells and whistles. At check in we were handed our quota of pool towels (3), 2 remotes, a key to the veranda door, and 3 cards (keys) for the room. This was a little bit of a pain in the neck for check out. The room was overlooking the pool and the beach. I don't think we appreciated initially, but by the last few days we were loving it. Its important to before you go. If I can make another suggestion, see if you're located on the ground level by the pool. I think that would also make it nicer, but you lose the view. The facility runs theme dinners a few times a week. You can always eat in the restaurant. We did only for breakfast $7.95 all you can eat. It was good. The theme dinners ranged from Italian night $12.00 to the barbeque for $15.00 pp. The food was very good. The theme nights are by the pool so you can have a nice meal while the sun goes down on the beach. The facility also runs bingo $5 pp where you can win prizes and meet other guests staying there. Everyone that we met seem to be from NY or NJ. Probably like us running away from the rain here in the Northeast. Happy hour by one get one was from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. It had a limited list of drinks. We were introduced to strawberry coladas. Very tasty. We didn't care much for the other drinks on the list. The facility also has a few barbeque grilles for those that want to purchase their own food and cook. The folks that we met were very nice. One man went out and bought shrimp. He got mixed up on the European weight and bought too much. He came out to the pool and asked everyone if they'd like some. By the way the shrimp were huge. Getting to the beach is a matter of crossing a small road. There is a man that works for PBV. He will set up the beach canopy (whatever you call them) and put the chairs out for you. The beaches are public but the chairs and what nots are owns by the hotels/timeshares places. We made that mistake the first day with La Cabana which is right next door. We went to sit on their chairs and they weren't too happy about it, but would have allowed us to do it for $5 per chair. Right by the PBV's chairs are the jet skis ($45 per 1/2 hr) and a banana boat. I did go on the jet ski. My first time. Didn't care for it, but my husband and son loved it. Also on the beach are designated area's were turtles lay their eggs. The beach is very clean. The sand extremely fine. Oh yes I forgot to mention something very important. Aruba has a constant wind. Like the fan is on non stop. We like that because we tend to be very warm. The timeshare employees are very helpful. They can arrange any outside activities that you may want to go on. They also have car rental right on site. We rented a jeep from La Cabana (for my son), PBV only had cars. Driving in Aruba is no problem. The other drivers realize you're not from there and basically are pretty nice. We went on an ATV excursion. Were plenty of sun protection and eye protect! Even an old broad like myself (40ish) managed through the trek. The company picked us up at PBV and drove us home. I had never driven a ATV before. It was a little hairy at times, I survived. We drove to the natural pool (just beautiful) and you can take a swim if you like. We also went to the natural bridge, gold mines, and the caves. A very good trip. My son 16 and husband had a blast! As our trip was ending, we realized that Aruba is a slower pace than we're use to nevertheless it was a lovely vacation.Things that I would like to change (I'm a woman and allowed to do this): 1). I think that happy hour at the PBV should be twice a day. It brings all the guests out. 2). The pools hours are from 9-9 (no life guard). We are early risers and wanted to get in the pool early. 3). They have an area called the StarGazers. It is a terraced area we they have food and rum punch party for guests. Its on the 3rd floor. We had a hard time finding it. The appetizers served weren't so hot. However, they did provide live free entertainment. Right over the terrace is the beach. Just beautiful. They should do more with that area. 4). The restaurant by the pool only serves food until 3:00pm. They should serve food until 6:00pm.There are a number of other things that I would suggest, but that's just me.One other recommendation, the last night we were there I found a restaurant near PBV (within walking distance). Its located in Dubi Village Hotel (its right on the beach). Its called the Pirates Nest. It was rather expensive, but worth it. You have to walk through this motel and on a jagged side walk then right in to the restaurant. Its a big pirates ship. You walk through the pirates ship to the restaurant. The tables are facing the beach. We got there late so were unable to see the sun go down. We watch a number of couples have dinner privately had dinner with a torch (the restaurant called it a honeymoon dinner you have to make reservations for this). We thought how romantic. It was expensive, but the food was magnificant. There was a muscian playing the steel drum. The palm trees were blowing in the wind. I recommend that you go.The last thing that I want to recommend is save your money for when you leave the country. After you go through the ticketing area in the airport, you then go through all the duty free shops. Perfumes, alcohol, tabacco, cheese, chocolate (dutch) (I should have bought more). I had no idea that we would able to shop. I love that kind of shopping. The prices were fabulous.Although I expected something completely different from Aruba/PBV, it was a lovely place to stay. The staff were very helpful. The security guards were gentlemen. I felt very safe in Aruba in the facility and off the property. I don't think they need the security guards (maybe they do), but you'd never think that. Would I go back, in a heart beat!
Paradise in Aruba
My husband & I returned from our stay at Paradise Beach Villas on 5/4/03. Our Villa was everything we could hope for, it was big, beautiful and fully equipped with a view of the pool and the ocean. We chose this resort because it is smaller (about 80 units) and less hectic and noisy than the larger resorts. There are pools, hot tubs, bars, restaurants, a mini-market, a beauty salon and tropically landscaped. It is located just across from beautiful Eagle Beach with unobstructed views of the unbelievable sunsets. The staff is friendly, very helpful and they keep the rooms and grounds very clean. All in all, making our stay in Aruba truly "Paradise".