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nancyg56
07-29-2018, 08:39 AM
Good morning! I am lookinging for feedback on this set of condos. We had a fabulous stay at Barcelo, however my husband would like to consider a different resort for my granddaughter's graduation trip next July. I love the beach Barcelo is situated on, so when I spotted these condos for rent I was intrigued. Can anyone share what they are like, and how well maintained they are? From what I can gather they are all individually owned so you rent from the owner, not the resort.
Also, I cannot tell if the resort is directly on the beach, or if yo need to cross the street.

I admit I am a bit worried about that, however I wanted to do as much research as possible on the rental, and my daughter will on the dining costs, so we can present the comparisons to my husband. Personally, I like it all paid in advance, but am open to a change.

TIA! For all of you help. You all were awesome when I needed help for our anniversary trip, and I know I will be relying on you for this one as well!

schexc
07-29-2018, 08:47 AM
I'm sure Forum Member robin will chime in here. They have a lovely condo at Oceania that they rent there. If you look her up in member search you can see the link to their condo.

nancyg56
07-29-2018, 08:51 AM
Thank you!

ETA: I just peeked at the pics on her link, they are lovely!

Andrea J.
07-29-2018, 09:36 AM
yes to robin and husband owning a unit at oceania.
yes to crossing the street to gain access to the beach, but it is a non issue.
imo the beach area at Oceania eagle beach vs barcelo's palm beach is comparing apple vs oranges.
the eagle beach is expansive and deep. the palapas are placed further apart than at palm beach.
it is quieter as there are less waterspouts.

oceania is a lovely property.

robin is on the road on a cross country trip so she may not see your questions or be able to reply right away.
Good morning! I am lookinging for feedback on this set of condos. We had a fabulous stay at Barcelo, however my husband would like to consider a different resort for my granddaughter's graduation trip next July. I love the beach Barcelo is situated on, so when I spotted these condos for rent I was intrigued. Can anyone share what they are like, and how well maintained they are? From what I can gather they are all individually owned so you rent from the owner, not the resort.
Also, I cannot tell if the resort is directly on the beach, or if yo need to cross the street.

I admit I am a bit worried about that, however I wanted to do as much research as possible on the rental, and my daughter will on the dining costs, so we can present the comparisons to my husband. Personally, I like it all paid in advance, but am open to a change.

TIA! For all of you help. You all were awesome when I needed help for our anniversary trip, and I know I will be relying on you for this one as well!

Aruba-Mark
07-29-2018, 09:14 PM
We've stayed there twice. We really like the peace and quiet of Oceania. We have stayed there in the summer when there was absolutely no one there. And we have also stayed there over Christmas and New Years. We rented a penthouse unit for the Christmas/New Years stay and it was unbelievable up top to watch all the fireworks going off all over the island.

robin
07-30-2018, 02:42 AM
Hi. I do own at Oceania as Andrea and schexe said. Thank-you for your comments. I'll will say that you cannot go wrong renting at Oceania. It is one of the best location on one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. Let me give you some information:

We bought our 4th floor condo about 16 months ago. Oceania is awesome. They have 4 pools-three large and one kiddie sized. Two of the pools have zero entry and a "beach" at the pools(2 of them). There is tennis courts, squash, racketball, two fitness rooms, saunas, a pool table and ping pong(I think), a kids center and business center (not much in either of them) and basketball hoop. The complex is gated and each condo has their own parking space. It is across the street from the beach, but crossing is not difficult. They do an excellent job of maintaining the grounds, pools, and all common areas. They are doing some interesting things to save natural resources, such as, they are beginning to channel the water coming off the air conditioners to fill the water tanks that supply water to the landscaping. They are adding some solar car ports to reduce energy costs to the common areas.

The oldest building on the property is about 11 years old which is the building we own in-Palm. The buildings run from 3 to 5 stories. Most owners from what I have seen do take great care and pride of their units. Most ground floor units have hot tubs. Most top floor units have roof top access and have patios and hot tubs and grills-they do vary in size and what they have chosen to do with their space. Some owners have an outside grill(we don't). Many of the owners have done or are doing some of the same work we are doing. For example, we painted almost all of our unit this past winter, replaced the hot water heater, fixed some of the furniture(in a few years we hope to start replacing it) and added local art work. We are currently working with our property manager to replace our air conditioning with a better, updated, more efficient and quieter system along with working on purchasing a new energy efficient washer and dryer. We have spoken to several of the other owners in our building and they have either replaced their cooling system or are in the process. Most have replaced hot water heaters and some are looking to replace appliances as well. Some are making bigger changes, too, such as upgrading their kitchen or bathrooms.

Oceania is walking distance to some great restaurants, such as Screaming Eagle, Chalet Swiss, Zuzuroh, and more. Since Aruba will be making huge improvements to the walking paths on Irausquin, walking anywhere along Eagle Beach will be easy. Oceania is centrally located and there are a wide variety of condos for rent-from one bedrooms(there are even a few studios) up to 5 or 6 bedrooms. Almost all the condos have an ocean view-the only ones that do not have full ocean views are the few in the Racket Building-on top of the offices. The sunsets are amazing, too. It is quiet and friendly.

Hopefully this helps.

nancyg56
07-30-2018, 06:28 AM
THank you for all that information! Oceania sounds lovely!!!

Andrea J.
07-30-2018, 08:55 AM
maybe you could rent robin's unit of it is available!
THank you for all that information! Oceania sounds lovely!!!

Aruba4ever
07-30-2018, 12:22 PM
I have been inside Robins unit and I can tell you first hand its very, very nice!!!!! The view is off the charts amazing as well.


maybe you could rent robin's unit of it is available!

schexc
07-30-2018, 02:38 PM
I have been inside Robins unit and I can tell you first hand its very, very nice!!!!! The view is off the charts amazing as well.

Us too. You’re right on.

Randi
07-30-2018, 05:59 PM
I can't comment on the Oceania Condos except they really do look lovely. Yes, crossing the street is perhaps a downside but not a "biggie".
However... I did notice that you mentioned your "granddaughter's graduation" trip. How old is she? The reason for the ask is that despite all of the positives that you are hearing about Oceania, if you're a teenager or young adult, they probably would be much happier on Palm Beach. Quieter and less busy is not always so appealing to a young person :o
So if that is the case, perhaps go back to Palm Beach where there is a bit more action.

nancyg56
07-31-2018, 06:38 AM
I can't comment on the Oceania Condos except they really do look lovely. Yes, crossing the street is perhaps a downside but not a "biggie".
However... I did notice that you mentioned your "granddaughter's graduation" trip. How old is she? The reason for the ask is that despite all of the positives that you are hearing about Oceania, if you're a teenager or young adult, they probably would be much happier on Palm Beach. Quieter and less busy is not always so appealing to a young person :o
So if that is the case, perhaps go back to Palm Beach where there is a bit more action.



Thi sis exactly my conundrum. She has never asked for anything and has requested we return to Aruba. For Kady, that means she wants to have a "replay" of her trip. She will remember what're we ate and will manage to find her same seat, that kind of thing. She is that kind of kid. Yesterday my husband and I went with her and my daughter on her first college visit, so right about now my DH will grant her any wish.....where did the time go? This child is looking at Marine biology in general, and right now specifically captive marine mammal behavior and rescue.

Jacki
07-31-2018, 09:16 AM
So the beach & time spent with the grandparents may be more appealing than the nightlife. I love it!

Randi
07-31-2018, 10:35 AM
Thi sis exactly my conundrum. She has never asked for anything and has requested we return to Aruba. For Kady, that means she wants to have a "replay" of her trip. She will remember what're we ate and will manage to find her same seat, that kind of thing. She is that kind of kid. Yesterday my husband and I went with her and my daughter on her first college visit, so right about now my DH will grant her any wish.....where did the time go? This child is looking at Marine biology in general, and right now specifically captive marine mammal behavior and rescue.

So your granddaughter is going into college so I believe she is going to be more interested in just being where things are a bit more lively. As a mother of kids who are in their 20's and we have been coming to Aruba since they were in grade school I think I can suggest with confidence that Palm Beach might be more of what you are looking for. When are kids got older we moved over to Palm Beach from Eagle Beach.
Firstly you are not going during the height of the winter months when things are extremely busy. While Palm Beach will still be busier than Eagle Beach it will be fine. Staying on Palm Beach you will literally walk out to the beach with lots of people (many who will be of her age group) and wander along the beach with places to eat, drink and hang out. Oceania is lovely and as lots of people have mentioned the units are well kept (I have to take that at face value as I have not stayed there) but it will not provide (imo) the experience that your granddaughter is looking for. The Oceania is a beautiful condo complex with some buildings facing the ocean with other buildings farther back. You have to cross the road to get to the beach so not as easy to run up for a forgotten item or bathroom for that matter. The beach is lovely but as stated quiet and a bit more isolated. No places around along the beach to drop by and eat, drink or visit. Restaurants are not truly walkable like at Palm Beach.
One of the things that we all enjoy at Palm Beach even when we taxi to dinner (and most of the good restaurants are not located near either areas) its fun to come back to the strip of Palm Beach and wander around at night. Its safe and fun to see all the people. Stop in for a coffee/ice cream or just shop at the outdoor stores that are open at night time. Casinos are in many of the hotels and in the evening as you walk along the strip it is fun and lively but not crazy. For a young person this is going to be appealing. During the day she can enjoy the beach and all that it offers while at night you can walk out your door enjoy the area.
For the most part, young adults are not looking for a quiet and peaceful vacation. For them peaceful means sitting on the beach but having activity around them.
That's my opinion. :)

Jacki
07-31-2018, 03:22 PM
So awesome to have so many different opinions and experiences.

nancyg56
07-31-2018, 04:54 PM
Oh my yes! She is a sweet girl and will want time with us. She hope to take scuba lessons and get certified before the trip, and has asked my husband to take classes with her. He used to scuba years ago but it has been so long he needs it all over again, and plans to go with her. He knows she is a strong swimmer, and he knows the level of supervision, however he will never let her in that water without him, so... the two of them will take classes together.

Oh my! What will happen when she goes to college!!!