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Aruba Cunucu Residence 3.0

Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba

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Pros

  • Comfortable and reasonably priced accommodations
  • Five-minute drive from beaches, restaurants, and nightlife
  • Calm vibe in a low-key residential area, close to a supermarket 
  • Six spacious Studio, One-, and Two-Bedroom apartments 
  • All units have fully equipped kitchens and open-air patios
  • Lovely, decent-size infinity pool and alfresco palapa seating 
  • Barbecue in pool area available for guest use
  • On-site car rental and free on-site parking
  • Free Wi-Fi throught

Cons

  • Fairly isolated setting and not directly on the beach 
  • Apartment decor is dated 
  • Patios that open to pool lack privacy

Bottom Line

With six apartments ranging from Studio to Two-Bedroom layouts, Arubu Cunucu Residence is a reliable three-pearl option, with a calm vibe that bustling resort areas lack. It's located in a slightly isolated residential area, but beaches, restaurants, and nightlife are all within a five-minute drive. Apartments are very dated, but they’re clean, comfortable, spacious, and well-equipped with full kitchens, flat-screen TVs, homey furniture, and practical touches like beach chairs and coolers. The property's highlight feature is its pleasant and sizable infinity pool. Cunucu’s simplicity is reflected in its affordable price, and the ability to self-cater is a big plus, as dining out in Aruba isn't cheap. Scene-seekers should stay elsewhere, and travelers looking for a stay with more on-site amenities that's closer to the beach can try Tropicana Aruba Resort. 

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Scene

A home-away-from-home stay, with an inviting outdoor pool 

There’s a refreshing lack of formality here that begins at the entrance to this single-story, sunny yellow building. A side gate leads to the backyard and reception area, which sits between two of the apartments available for rent. The delightful aqua infinity pool takes center stage, with clusters of Adirondack chairs and palapa shades at either end, giving the place a fitting island vibe. A gas barbecue is neatly tucked in one corner, and a row of cacti separate the area from the arid, succulents-strewn landscape. While the view past it is nothing special -- just an open expanse of cleared land -- it adds to the peace and privacy for which Cunucu is prized. Cunucu is owned by John and Eleanor, a Canadian-based English couple, however they’re only in Aruba for limited annual stretches, so local manager, Henk, is at the helm during their absence. The hotel tends to draw vacationing singles, couples, and families.

Location

In residential area of Ruby, a short drive from beaches, restaurants, nightlife, and golf

The property resides in a peaceful residential pocket in the island’s north, about 23 minutes’ drive from Queen Beatrix International Airport. It's situated slightly inland from the west coast -- essentially a long stretch of Aruba’s famed white-sand beaches. All require a drive to reach; the closest are Malmok Beach (five minutes), Boca Catalina Beach (five minutes), and Hadicurari Beach (six minutes), although there are plenty more to choose from depending on the vibe beachgoers seek. The Palm Beach strip in Aruba’s high-rise resort area, teeming with restaurants, bars, and nightlife, is about a six-minute drive from the property. Cunucu is also a five-minute drive from the island’s only 18-hole golf course, Tierra del Sol, and a supermarket is located just around the corner -- about a five-minute walk away. 

Rooms

Huge apartment layouts -- simply furnished and dated, but well-equipped

The Residence has six uniquely decorated apartments in a choice of three layouts: Studio (sleeps one to two); One-Bedroom (sleeps two to four); and Two-Bedroom (sleeps four to six). Decor and color palettes differ between units, and while interiors, furniture, and decorative touches are basic and terribly dated (the modern flat-screen TVs seem out of place), apartments are tidy and equipped with everything required for a home-like stay. Even the Studio is huge, and the One- and Two-Bedrooms feel like private cottages with separate living areas, large eat-in kitchens, and sizable bathrooms. Units open onto sunny patio areas that overlook the pool at the rear. Outdoor seating is provided, but patios are wide open, so privacy is limited to indoors. Other features include air-conditioning, dining tables, and practical touches like portable beach chairs and coolers. Kitchens have microwaves, toasters, kettles, plus cookware and cutlery. Bathrooms offer large walk-in showers, fresh towels, and bar soap.

Features

Outdoor infinity pool, communal barbecue, rooftop patio, and free Wi-Fi

Given the small-scale nature of the property, on-site features are far more limited than in a traditional hotel. Aside from the capability to self-cater (there's no on-site dining), the beautiful and well-kept pool is Cunucu’s main highlight -- big enough for laps, with a choice of colorful rafts on offer and plenty of palapa seating at either side. There’s a communal barbecue available for guest use, and a simply furnished rooftop patio with panoramic views of the area. The manager, Henk, runs an on-site car rental business, and he’s also a wealth of local insight, which guests appreciate. Housekeeping is provided and beach towels are replaced daily. On-site parking is free, as is Wi-Fi throughout. 

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Address

Westpunt 13, Palm - Eagle Beach 582 3777, Caribbean

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