I would have given a 5 star rating had it not been for the experience on the day of our arrival. The day we arrived in Aruba they island was experiencing an extremely hot day with hardly any breeze. I had given the owner Rudger our flight info and informed him the time we expected to arrive to the house. Upon arriving we were greeted by Andrea the caretaker (who was very kind and attentive). She opened the house for us, which was HOT. We turned on all of the units to start cooling off the house while we did the check in.
Shortly after, we left the house to grab a bite to eat and we left the AC units on. Upon returning we found the house still extremely HOT. I thought the AC units were broken bc it was so hot. Shortly after, Andrea arrived and told us the owners wife, came by the house and noticed the units were on and turned them off from an outside switch.
I was furious, bc it was soo hot and I was not even given a courtesy call or reminder that the owner wants the AC units off if you leave the house for more than an hour. It took the house hours to cool down and we had no choice, but to wait for it to cool. The house rules did state the cost of electricity and water is expensive on the island. We understand that electricity is expensive and we didn’t plan on leaving the AC units on all day if we were not going to be home. But, we left for dinner and to the grocery to stop to pick up a few items. Rudger did reply and apologize and stated we could leave the AC units on if we felt it necessary. Honestly, after that day the breeze was back on the island and when we left the house we turned the AC off each time. Upon returning to the house it did seem to cool off within a reasonable time.
One morning we woke up to a very strong odor coming from the bathroom, I notified Rudger and he said it was probably the septic system. He had a truck come out right away to empty the tank and the order was gone almost immediately.
The only other comment I would make is the owner or house manual didn’t mention they offered beach chairs or ice chest for their guests to use during their stay. After renting beach chairs for a couple of days, I decided to ask if they had any available for us to use. They were able to find two chairs for us to use , which did help.
All in all, we had a great time at this rental and would rent there again. Rudger was very quick to respond to our concerns.