Secluded residence across the road from Eagle Beach
Well-equipped, stylish condos with full kitchens and washer/dryers
Fitness center with up-to-date cardio equipment plus tennis court
Three large pools lined by sand and palm trees
Kids’ playroom plus billiards and foosball tables
Tennis, racquet ball, and squash courts
Two saunas, one for men and one for women
24-hour gated security
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Free and ample parking
No restaurant or bar on-site
Wi-Fi is consistently spotty
Business center lacks computers
No daily housekeeping
The three-pearl Oceania Deluxe offers 12 well-appointed
condos, all featuring multiple bedrooms and full kitchens with varying
amenities and decor. Interiors are attractive and modern, and the hotel features views of beautiful Eagle Beach from all of its
rooms. The prime
location, tight security, and three on-site pools make this
a popular choice among families. Aside from a simple fitness center with a handful of modern equipment and a spartan play room, there aren't many features, and Wi-Fi is free but
consistently spotty (though that goes for most hotels on Eagle Beach). Despite the hotel's mostly lovely style, honeymooners might be better off at the nearby Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort,
a larger resort with more features and slightly higher rates.
Private beachfront condos in a subdued, well-manicured complex
The condos at Oceania Deluxe Beachfront Resort are
spread over six buildings, and span several floors arranged like dominoes in a stack, making sure that everyone gets at least a glimpse of the ocean right across the street. The
complex caters to independent travelers, including plenty of families from North America and Europe, who prefer private, self-service
vacations over all-inclusive resorts. This doesn’t mean that the Oceania is lacking
in activity: tennis, racquet ball, and squash courts, as well as three huge
pools make it easy to stick around the premises without getting bored.
It’s the only beachfront condo complex in the country, and sits right on Eagle Beach.The subdued, private vibe and spaciousness of this property make it
appealing to anyone trying to escape the massive resort scene in Aruba and security guards patrol the manicured grounds 24 hours a day, making it a good place for families who want to let their kids run around.
The Oceania Deluxe stands on a quiet corner in the low-rise
hotel district, just behind the main road that snakes along the Aruban
coast. It’s just a thirty-second walk to Eagle Beach, arguably the most
romantic white-sand beach on the island, with crystal-clear turquoise waters, and generally fewer crowds than Palm Beach, a seven-minute drive away. The island's biggest supermarket -- Super Food Plaza -- can be reached in three minutes by car or about 15 minutes on foot. Alhambra Casino is six minutes away by car, and Divi Links Golf Course is a seven-minute drive away. Downtown Oranjestad, with casinos, nightlife,
waterfront shops, and a luxury mall is a 10-minute drive from the hotel, while getting to the airport takes around 15 minutes.
Condos with modern decor, well-stocked kitchens, and ocean views
The 12 condos at the Oceania have one to four bedrooms, dining rooms, well-stocked kitchens, and washer/dryer units. While the decor varies significantly from condo to condo, all are modern and have a breezy, stylish look to them, with up-to-date amenities such as flat-screen TVs, free spotty Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and modern kitchen appliances. Most stick to “off-to-the-beach” tropical decor, meaning oversized beach photos on creamy white walls, ocean-blue accents, and driftwood art. Furniture is homey and light, and in the units we visited we saw details like antiqued coffee tables and overstuffed couches with brightly patterned throw pillows.
Some units feature spacious
rooftop decks, with private hot tubs and pools, barbecue grills -- a few even
offer cardio machines to work out with a view. They’re stocked with beach
chairs, water noodles, and coolers -- handy for trips to the nearby beach. Included extras such as laundry detergent, fabric softener, dishwashing detergent, and garbage bags
save guests from having to run to the convenience store as soon as they arrive. Bathrooms have plenty of
towels and are comfortably-sized, and most have shower/tub combos. Some bathroom
mirrors have in-built TV screens. While the resort assures ocean views from all the rooms, the
lower levels aren’t quite as promising as any room above the second floor. It's worth noting that daily housekeeping is not provided.
Huge, uncrowded pool area, fitness room, and tennis and squash courts
The complex has a limited range of amenities spread out evenly over the expansive grounds, though it lacks any real space to socialize like a restaurant or bar. The highlight here are the hotel's three pools. Two are
huge and bean-shaped, with a smaller round one between them.
All three are lined with sand, plenty of chairs, a few tiki huts and shaded by palm
trees. Activities include squash,
racquet ball, and tennis courts (with lights for late-night matches), and two
small but modern fitness centers. There are also separate men's and women's saunas in the changing rooms.
There's no on-site restaurant, but there is a small children's playroom with a TV and some rocking horses. The business center
is also just a large room with a conference table and some couches, but not a
single computer in sight. The hotel has a free mini-library and Wi-Fi is available throughout the property (though the connection is unreliable). Parking is
free and secure, barricaded from the outside by a security gate.
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