We (Debbie & Tom) Are coming to Aruba for a month in January :-)
We would like your recommendations please.
Ideally we would like a villa or studio with pool, not really looking for a hotel.
Our reason for the trip is to get to know Aruba with a View to living/retiring there .
Are there any areas we should avoid for any reason?
I have found a reasonable studio with a pool in Ponton? Whats it like there ? looks a little secluded.
I am sure I will have lots of questions (sorry) but maybe make some new friends here :-)
i have a few thoughts.........bananas apartments which is in the malmok section not too far from arashi beach, paradera park which is in paradera inland quite a way but lovely and club arias which is a few miles past the airport in savaneta. personally i know these places and can recommend them. another place i can recommend is surfside apartments...near pinchos and it is on the water and a few steps to surfside beach...unfortunately it does not have a pool.
i have friends that stay for 4 months at quality apartments which is on a side road between lings and lacabana. although lovely, their pool is tiny.
Are you looking for a private pool or a community pool? A private pool (where you are the only users) will limit you to villas... we've stayed at five different villas with private pools in different residencies/neighbourhoods.
Ponton is actually part of Oranjestad so it wouldn't be categorized as secluded (i.e. it's a neighbourhood in the city).
If you'll have a car, you'll never be secluded! Everything is close!