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The beach at Bucuti Beach...
The beach at Bucuti Beach Resort Considered to be one of the top 10 beaches in the Caribbean. One of the few resorts where the majority of women go topless on the beach. Most of the other hotels, timeshares are very Americanized, although we did see topless women at the Best Western Hotel next door.
The fitness center at Bucuti
Fitness Center is under a thatched hut in the middle of the property not attached to the main structure. Decent selection of equipment from the typical cardio machines to weights. Towels and water available.
I used to stay at Bucuti 29.May 2004 to 8.June 2004 with my friend and we enjoyd the stay very much.
The hotel now opened its new "Tara Wing" with the Tara Beach Suites and Penthouses as well as a spa. During the opening ceremony it was possible to have a look in the new rooms, all with a phantastic ocean view.
The other building with nice standard rooms is now about 10-14 years old and will be renovated and refurbished with some kind of the same colonial design as it is in the new building.
With a newer room or refurbished, my satisfaction level qould have been "A Great Experience".
Next time we'll stay in a Tara Beach Suite! BEACH!!! Eagle Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever been!
The resort is a perfect place for all travelers who are looking for a place to relax. The beach was not crowded at all and the hotel is very quiet.
We also liked the familiar atmosphere and the very helpful and friendly staff!
Low rise district
Beautiful beach, great staff and adult oriented. Highly recommended, stayed there for the last 2 years and will go back in 2006.
Loved the Bucuti!
We just returned from a wonderful week at the Bucuti Beach Resort in Aruba (5/26-6/2/04) and want to share the good news about this lovely spot. ABOUT US: My husband and I turn 50 this year, so we wanted to celebrate with a trip to the “deep” Caribbean. I spent a lot of time doing research on Tripadvisor and I can say that the effort paid off. In addition to Aruba, we considered Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Mexico. We nixed the later three due to reports of restricted beaches, bugs, booking problems and digestive problems. Our goal was to find a small, quiet, clean hotel with a beautiful beach and easily accessible restaurants. We found all this and more at Bucuti.
ABOUT BUCUTI: We had a Junior Suite, #238 in the main building. This is a two-room suite with a kitchen and balcony. Rooms are decorated simply, with tile floors, wood furniture and bright colors. The friendly and helpful housekeeping staff keep the rooms very clean. The Bucuti just completed construction on a new building, housing the “Tara Suites.” These rooms are a little smaller than our Junior Suite, but provide more than adequate space for two people for a week’s stay. The Tara building offers a completely unobstructed view of the ocean. Trees planted in front of the main building restrict a full ocean view, but offer bird watching opportunities. The Bucuti offers EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE. We had a minor problem with one of our two air conditioning units that had to wait till the next day to be fixed. As an apology, we received a wine and cheese gift bag. What a surprise! Deborah, the hotel manager, is very visible and is a very gracious host. The best part of this hotel is the BEACH. Eagle Beach was voted one o f the ten best beaches in the world by Travel and Leisure. Soft, white sand and warm, turquoise water combine to create paradise. Tops are optional here. Try it American ladies – it’s a norm for Europeans and is very freeing! As the hotel faces west, the sun sets into the ocean – fabulous! We spent one day touring the Island, but other than that, we spent every day on beach. It was heaven! As for bugs-there were none. The Bucuti is very environmentally sensitive and has won several awards for their efforts.
TOURING ARUBA: We rented a 4-wheel drive vehicle from the hotel at a cost of $90, including extra insurance and covering a second driver. We visited Baby Beach, the natural bridge, the Casibari Rocks and the Butterfly Farm. In retrospect, we didn’t drive off road, so we didn’t need the 4-wheel drive. We also made the mistake of filling the gas tank for $45, of which we only used about 1/3 tank. The Butterfly Farm was wonderful and definitely worth visiting if you are a nature lover.
RESTAURANTS: There are several good restaurants within walking distance to the Bucuti. The Pirate’s Nest at the hotel is very nice and has a deck right on the beach for dining. The food is good and they offer a salad bar, which is served from two glass coolers to keep things fresh. Have a drink at the adjoining bar, walk to beach at sunset, then hit the restaurant. Fabulous! The Calypso is a short walk down the beach, has very good, local cuisine and also offers outdoor dining. The French Steakhouse is a quick trot across the parking lot and has great steaks and a wonderful piano player. We met friends at the Hyatt one evening and enjoyed outdoor dining at Ruinas del Mar. This is a bit more upscale. The Driftwood in Orangestad also offers good, local seafood. Be advised that the shops in town close around 6 pm, so the off-streets are a bit deserted. You may want to take a cab to and from town in the evening (for about $8). Since we had an efficiency, we ate breakfast and lunch in our room. We went to the Hong King grocery store for food; they also sell alcohol.
We would definitely return to Aruba and to the Bucuti.
Bucuti is the best on the Island!!
My wife and I made our first trip to Aruba on our honeymoon in March 2004. We stayed at the Bucuti Beach Resort. This is the perfect place for couples who really desire privacy. The beach is fabulous! The staff tended to our every need. The room was great, and the Happy Hour was very happy! We listened to steel pan drums each night compliments of Lee Connor. We could have only dreamed of such a perfect trip. We checked out many of the other hotels and beaches, but none came close to Bucuti. Not the best place to stay with children, but ideal for newlyweds, anniversaries and all those who love to share peaceful time together.
We are already planning for our return trip. It truly is "One Happy Island!"
Bucuti - Very Disappointing 6/12 - 6/19
Warning: This seems very negative, but hopefully it will be very helpful.
I reviewed the message boards and did my research and couldn't find one negative remark about the Bucuti. I could have gave several. The room itself had the feel of a motel 8. It bathroom could have used a lot of TLC. The security lock on the door and a dresser drawer were also broken. Maintanance came to fix the drawer while we were out. We left with the drawer rail being disconnected. When we returned, the drawer could not be pulled out. Our patio was always covered in bird poop. It was impossible to use it. As for the bar..stopped by the first evening after we checked in. It was impossible to get the bartender's attention. And if you were lucky enough to tell him what you wanted, he still forgot about you. It wasn't because it was crowded. If ordering lunch from their restaurant it took forever. Even if you were the only one there. Also in regard to the service...the restaurant and bar were located immediately beside the pool. Good luck getting a drink while you are there. It took my husband 20 min to track anyone down. There is no room service (not a biggie). Oh..and this was very annoying...the maids want to get into your room about 5 times . If they can't get in for any reason they leave you tons of voicemails to tell you.
As for restaurants..I was very disappointed in Amazonia. The service there was terrific..the food wasn't very good. The Japanese place at the Wyndham was like any other Japanese place. The food at the Bucaneer looked like slop. Even my husband would eat it and he'll eat anything. Two very good restaurants were the Driftwood and Flying Fishbone. Both well worth the trip. The half day ABC jeep tour was also great. It's the only tour that takes you to the natural pool.
Something to consider...the casinos like to pay you using $100s. Nobody on the island will take or give change for anything over a $20. We had difficulty getting rid of a $50.
The beach is the highlight.
My husband and I went to the Bucuti for a quiet vacation last July. When we arrived we were welcomed with a glass of champagne in the open air lobby, that leads you to the beach on a nice walkway. We stayed before the new suites were built, so I imagine those are the best rooms in the hotel now. We stayed in the older part of the main hotel and had a room with 2 DBL beds instead of the king we requested because they said they were sold out of those. There is always wind in Aruba so it was nice to sit outside at any time of the day. It made the weather absolutely wonderful - not too hot. The beach at the Bucuti is the prettiest of all the resorts. We walked down to the high rise area one day and the low rise area another. We were the luckiest as far as the beach.
The water was gorgeous! There were always plenty of palapas at the Bucuti and it was not loud or crowded. There was beach service for food and drinks, albeit rather slow. The high rise area was loud with crowds of people, jet skis, parasailing, sailboat trips, etc. The high-rise hotels were gorgeous, but not what we were looking for. If someone is looking for that type of action, I would recommend them, but you have to get up early in the morning to get a palapa.
We went sailing one full day on a monohull with only about 15 people and it was amazing. We planned to SCUBA dive and rent a car, but cancelled both. We loved the beach so much that we were totally content sitting under the palapa and reading. We went to a different
restaurant every night and thought the atmospheres were great but the food was just okay. Not bad, but certainly not wonderful. Plus, the food is expensive, but we were expecting that. The native people in
Aruba were just terrific. They take such pride in their country and there is not a shred of trash on the streets. There is also very low unemployment, so there aren't beggars or peddlers around. We heard lots of live music, but nothing that seemed native. It seemed that all the bands played the same 70's, 80's, and 90's cheesy cover songs, including the famous Beach Boys song (Kokomo)about Aruba. But, that didn't stop us from loving the trip and it's always nice to have live music of any type. The Bucuti has a small band play at happy hour at the bar several times per week.
The Bucuti is situated in a U shape where almost every room has some sort of beach view. It is a nice, very clean resort, with no children's activities at all. The gym is smack dab in the middle of the "U" portion of the resort in a 3 sided structure made of lattice work. There are several pieces of gym equipment, but it didn't seem to get much use. The pool is very small and backs up to the restaurant’s kitchen, so you can defenitley smell what's cooking, but the beach is definitely more of an attraction. We jumped in the pool twice and got out and went straight to our room. It wasn't a typical resort pool where guests hang out all day. I would compare the rooms to a Best Western in the states. They were clean, but nothing special. Our A/C broke twice and one night flooded our room. We stood in water one morning when we got out of bed, but they were very quick to fix it. The best rooms when we were there were 217, 219, 261 and 263 and those must be reserved way in advance (they suggested a year). Of course, now the new suites are probably the best. The food at the restaurant is okay during the day and pretty good at night. The drinks are very expensive - about $4.75 for a 10 oz. beer and about $10 for a mixed drink. They do have a happy hour every night from 4-6 with 1/2 price mixed drinks. I would recommend to anyone going to any resort in Aruba to take one of those collapsible coolers with them and going to the store to stock up on beverages, which is totally acceptable.
Overall, a well kept, small hotel with some ammenities. I would stay there again but would book a year in advance to get a beach front room with a king bed. And, I would bring a cooler to have beverages on the beach. Our experience was positive and we would return. If you prefer more action and a beautiful pool, only consider the high rises, which are all amazing.
Beautiful, Just Absolutely Beautiful
After MUCH research (i probably read every review on every website possible for every resort on the island) my friend and i had decided to stay here. The rave reviews re the beach/service and the price range fit the bill. And the expectations were more than met. The room itself is nothing spectacular, but who's going to spend anytime in the room?! It's clean and has all the amenities needed--but it's the beach that you must book at the hotel for. it's picture perfect. having gone with high expectations of white sand and crystal blue water, i was not disappointed. of course, the service was impeccable. they were so accomodating and informative. it was just so nice to be away from the bustle of the city...just enjoying a drink (which they bring for you!) and a good book on the beach all day long...doesn't get any better than this!
Bucuti Beach Resort.
"A resort for those seeking pure relaxation."
Bucuti is a small hotel of 63 rooms, it is located on Aruba's and the Caribbean widest expanse of pure white sugar powder beaches, Eagle Beach. Bucuti is more oriented on European visitors seeking tranquillity in the low rise area instead of the activities in the high-rise area. Bucuti has increasingly become the most popular hotel for honeymooners on the island. The Bucuti Beach Resort has one restaurant and tennis courts.
The Bucuti is located on Eagle Beach which is half a mile wide, Eagle Beach infront of Bucuti is so uncrowded that it will seem as if you were the only person on this big beach.
Lobby area at the Bucuti Beach Resort
This is what the rooms at the Bucuti Beach Resort look like..the Bucuti Beach also has internet access for its guests.
The restaurant at the Bucuti is called Pirates Nest it is a restaurant made in a ship style on the beach. It may seem as though the ship was stranded on shore during the pirates era in the Caribbean.
Bucuti Beach Resort