“Amazing!!!” We just returned from 18 glorious days at Rancho azul and we can't say enough about this home. It has everything you need for a family vacation.
We honeymooned in aruba in 1999 and well, 14 years and two children later we ruturned (along with our nanny, one mother-in-law, and one aunt) and decided to rent a home. The layout of the home along with the outdoor pool area was absolutely wonderful. We never felt crowded in the home and the island breeze in the main living area is so relaxing. Clint has made sure everything a family would need is in the home at your fingertips. There were plenty of bath & beach towels, linens, utensils, dishes, pool & beach toys/floats and if you needed something Clint was only a phone call away.
The home itself is convenient to the best beaches (Arashi and Malmock), grocery stores (our favorite was Ling and Sons), and quick lunch spots (favorites: Daily Fish, Linda's Pancake House, Palm Beach Refreshments).
We rented a minivan for our entire stay but we also rented a jeep for 4 days too. This allowed us to visit the Natural Pool several mornings( The Natural Pool is only 25-30 from the house). Behind the house over a small hill you can enjoy the sunset along with the sound of breaking waves. We did this several evenings then finished off the night with a drink and dip in the fabulous pool at night. Anything we wanted to do (horseback riding, parasailing) we just zipped up to the Marriott (literally a 5 minute ride from the house) and they would pick us up there or the activity would be in front of the hotel. The butterfly farm is only 5-10 minutes from the home too. If you needed something but didn't want to go all the way to Ling and Sons there was a great little store off the round-a-bout in front of the Marriott.
Our favorite dining spots in the evening were Barefoot, Yemanga, Zeerovers,and La Trattoria at the Lighthouse.
Overall, Clint and Shakira have done a slpendid job creating a magical place for folks like us to enjoy.