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ArubaAce
04-23-2014, 10:09 PM
Anybody heard about the Blue Residences condos in Aruba?

I was just searching for package deals for Memorial Day weekend and this hotel came up in a nice priced deal.

joec3535
08-23-2014, 09:23 PM
When I was there in June it looked like they just opened one of the buildings. Trip advisor is starting to get reviews on them, and everyone is complaining about the on going construction.

lpitre
05-29-2015, 03:26 PM
Can anyone tell me anything about Blue Residences? I'm going there for my honeymoon in September and there isn't much information available. The majority of reviews on trip advisor are positive, but there are so few. I'm wondering if there Is still construction or are all 3 buildings complete now. Also with regards to location, should we rent a car for the week or is it relatively easy to get around either by walking or by bus? Any info in appreciated.

Andrea J.
05-29-2015, 04:46 PM
i am unsure if building is complete.
the few reviews that i have read were positive.

the BLUE is on the busline, but it is about 300+ yds from the area where palm beach /hi rise area begins and about 300+ yds north of the Amsterdam manor and LaCabana resorts. the Phoenix is across the street and about 150 yds away.



a car is not necessary.
again, it is on a main bus route.

i hope that others respond with more info!!

it is probably a 10 minute walk to palm beach/hi rise area.


Can anyone tell me anything about Blue Residences? I'm going there for my honeymoon in September and there isn't much information available. The majority of reviews on trip advisor are positive, but there are so few. I'm wondering if there Is still construction or are all 3 buildings complete now. Also with regards to location, should we rent a car for the week or is it relatively easy to get around either by walking or by bus? Any info in appreciated.

hatteras
05-29-2015, 05:12 PM
The main issue that I have heard of is that they don't have a good beach area, and people have been having to go to other beach areas. I read somewhere that they had plans to fix that issue, but there's no telling when that will happen.

shariuno
06-10-2015, 11:23 AM
We left 2nd June and it looked like some communal areas were being finished and 2 buildings looked complete with one looking like some work still to complete. Sorry didn't take any photos.

lpitre
06-23-2015, 01:53 PM
Thanks for the info. We have decided not to rent a car right away and will decide if we need one for a day or two as the week goes on. We did book the trike excursion, which we are excited about.

I have also heard that the beach area in front of Blue Residences isn't that great, but we love to walk so we will visit the more popular beach areas and spend the rest of our time at the pool which looks amazing.

Also wondering about currency. We are Canadian so we will have to exchange money one way or another. Is it better to use USD or use the local currency?

One more question. What is the best place to get a few groceries and some wine and beer?

I'm sure I will have a few more questions, so thanks in advance :o)

Jacki
06-23-2015, 02:08 PM
The USD is accepted just about everywhere on the island.

Super Food is close. It is on LG Smith Blvd right behind LaCabana & Amsterdam https://www.google.com/maps/place/Blue+Residence+Club/@12.5564592,-70.0492795,17z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x8e85478b192335f3:0x792b07b01f377 86d

You may want to take a cab - the street is sometimes very difficult/dangerous to cross

act1966
06-23-2015, 03:14 PM
Thanks for the info. We have decided not to rent a car right away and will decide if we need one for a day or two as the week goes on. We did book the trike excursion, which we are excited about.

I have also heard that the beach area in front of Blue Residences isn't that great, but we love to walk so we will visit the more popular beach areas and spend the rest of our time at the pool which looks amazing.

Also wondering about currency. We are Canadian so we will have to exchange money one way or another. Is it better to use USD or use the local currency?

One more question. What is the best place to get a few groceries and some wine and beer?

I'm sure I will have a few more questions, so thanks in advance :o)

Super Food Plaza is close to where you are. They have a separate liquor store with premium spirits and wines within the building and also beer/wine in the grocery aisles.

USD is prevalent on the island but you may get local currency (florins/guilders) back if you need change. We always use a credit card when we can.

Arubalisa
06-23-2015, 03:39 PM
When you return can you fill us in on the beach there?

lpitre
06-25-2015, 03:59 PM
Thanks for all of the info, much appreciated. I will definitely post some information here as well as trip advisor when I return.

lpitre
09-11-2015, 10:31 AM
Our wedding last weekend was amazing and we leave for our honeymoon and first trip to Aruba on Sunday morning. We are very excited!! Although there is not a lot of information yet, the latest reviews I've read on Blue Residences have been very positive so I couldn't be happier. We've decided not to rent a car and hopefully we can walk most places, but we will likely rent a jeep or go on an excursion for one day and explore the island. Any recommendations as to the best excursion or are we better off renting a vehicle and going on our own?

I will post a review when I return.

Liz - Aruba Lover
09-11-2015, 02:30 PM
I recommend one of ABC Jeep Tours www.abc-aruba.com

Andrea J.
09-11-2015, 02:42 PM
that is terrific.....many good wishes to you both.

i always recommend a guided jeep tour and never venturing alone unguided into the rough terrain area.

kini kini has a great jeep tour. http://www.kinikinitours.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=22&Itemid=18

also too, on this link, scroll down for other terrific jeep or atv tours http://www.aruba.com/things-to-do/land-activities/adventures-and-tours?tid=271
also too , Blue residences is on the bus route and you will have easy access to hi rise, lo rise and downtown

Our wedding last weekend was amazing and we leave for our honeymoon and first trip to Aruba on Sunday morning. We are very excited!! Although there is not a lot of information yet, the latest reviews I've read on Blue Residences have been very positive so I couldn't be happier. We've decided not to rent a car and hopefully we can walk most places, but we will likely rent a jeep or go on an excursion for one day and explore the island. Any recommendations as to the best excursion or are we better off renting a vehicle and going on our own?

I will post a review when I return.

lpitre
10-06-2015, 10:22 AM
We returned from our Honeymoon in Aruba a couple of weeks ago. Overall, we had an amazing time and will definitely go back to Aruba in the future. Although very expensive for us Canadians, we found the food to be excellent and there was lots of live entertainment everywhere we went. We were able to walk everywhere which was also great and the beaches in Aruba are second to none!!

As for The Blue Residences, we give it mixed reviews. The location was great! We were about a 10 minute walk from Superfoods, Eagle Beach and Palm Beach. The condo itself was beautiful. It was modern and well equipped with everything you could possibly need. On the downside, there was a strange musty odour in the kitchen which couldn't be identified or corrected although the staff did try. The staff were very accommodating and friendly. The pools and deck are beautiful, but it is so windy that they can't keep the umbrella's from blowing away, so there are only a couple of umbrellas which they had to tie to trees. This forced us to go elsewhere after 3pm as the sun was too hot. The beach is not great there, but if you just want to sit on a chair and enjoy the view or take a quick dip, it is fine. If you want to enjoy the water for extended periods of time, there is only a small area that has a sandy bottom. Some people mentioned the jet skis causing problems there, but we didn't find they were a problem at all.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Thanks to everyone who provided info before we left.

Linda :o