Unit #2 - Isla Alistaire - Aruba Ocean Villas
Unit #2 - Isla Alistaire - Aruba Ocean Villas

My place is close to the beach, family-friendly activities, and the airport. You’ll love my place because of the ambiance, the outdoor space, the light, and the comfy bed. The villas are good for couples, solo adventurers, business travelers and big groups.


The Old Man and The Sea [TOMATS] "Restaurant" has been converted into Aruba's first fully serviced bed and breakfast collection of bungalows over the water. It is the New South Pacific, but in the Caribbean. We kept a small staff to maintain the property and prepare special request dinners on the beach or in your private over the water dining palapa.

The property is decorated by the owner Osyth Alistaire Henriquez. An autodidact and multifaceted mother and grandmother who will paint, decorate, and negotiate a good deal on your dream vacation. Sometimes, with the right combination of wine and cheese, Osyth will even play the famous Mexican "Cielito Lindo" to get you inspired on your worry free stay at the The Old Man and The Sea Ocean Villas.

Each room has its own uniquely designed full bathroom and every morning breakfast is served at your convenience.








Our Honeymoon trip here was unforgettable- we could not be happier with our choice to stay here! The staff (Maria-Liza, Wendel, housekeeping ladies/cooks, our chef, Zultan and others...) became like family to us. We stayed in Alistaire #2 for 10 nights and absolutely loved it. The location is completely private and unique as there is nothing else like it in Aruba. They have the only over the water bungalows/villas here. We we're able to see each of the villas and all are beautiful but we loved ours most because it's the furthest out over the water, the sunsets are unreal, the unique shaded dock area with opening to water below (see photos) and it's surrounded by wildlife (salamanders, iguana, crabs, birds) and is located in a reef area with tons of different types of fish and sea creatures. Snorkeling just outside the room is some of the best we've seen in Aruba. The food we had in Aruba was amazing (and we're in from NYC where there is some of the best food in the world) but make sure to stay for dinner prepared by the on-site chef. We had a couple 3 course dinners (5 courses is an option but can't imagine eating more than the 3 we had). $55 each was the cost and about an average price for going to dinner anywhere else but it's just a wonderful experience- the chef is incredibly talented and her special entrees we're so good! We rented a 4x4 Jeep from Jay's to explore the island and it was a great choice because Savaneta is secluded and cabs can be expensive. The jeep was about $600 for a week and it paid for itself if you made a round trip to "town" up north since the cabs are about $30 each way. The villa itself it somewhat small but had a wine fridge, refrigerator and air conditioner. The mosquitoes are bad in this area so definitely buy mosquito repellent candles and bug spray with deet. We used lowered the mosquito nets around the bed each night and were just fine. Indoor plumbing with the toilet is great and the running water for the sink and shower is really unique as it comes out of conch shells. Don't expect great water pressure or consistent hot water (not that you really need it since it's so hot outside) but it's a pretty romantic setting as you're showering outside surrounded by bamboo and trees. The jetted tub outside is very nice - we used it a few times. It takes a while to fill up but it's a very relaxing experience. Overall we highly recommend this place for a quiet getaway in a unique, private setting with attentive staff that are very helpful and available when needed but don't interfere with your privacy. PS Wendel will be playing some lovely acoustic guitar in the evenings at the main gathering place that makes for a great time!

We initially booked the villa furthest out over the water and were told months later that it had been double booked and that we would be unable to stay there. They did accomadate us by putting us in one of the other villas one night and in Casa Alistaire the second night. Checking in to the villa was smooth, but the the villa was very hot and only the bed had air conditioning. There were also lots of mosquitos in the villa, an issue we didn't have elsewhere on the island. There was wifi in the common area only which we knew ahead of time, but the heat and mosquitos made it hard to stay out there for long. We did have dinner cooked for us to make up for the double booking issue, and the food was great. Everyone we dealt with was very nice. When it came time to switch to the Casa, we were told it was unavailable due to renovations and that we would have to stay in the villa again. Since our reservation had already been changed once, we were able to work out staying in the Casa after coming back later that afternoon. Again, the Casa was very warm, but the air conditioned bedrooms were great. The Casa also had great views and a nice deck on the back. The whole location was far from most beaches (~20-30 minute drive) but that wasn't a deal breaker for us since we had already checked out most of the beaches prior to our stay here.

There's nothing bad I could possibly say about my stay here! My girlfriend and I stayed in Unit #1 Bungalow Jojoli (overwater unit), and the unit itself was very beautiful and secluded. We loved the special touches such as the outdoor shower with a seashell shower head. During our stay we got engaged, and the entire staff here was extremely helpful in setting up (they went to buy flowers ahead of time). We had a private, 4-course meal on our balcony (highly recommend using the private chef on site!), which was delicious! I strongly recommend this or any of the bungalows on site here for anyone looking for a romantic getaway!

The scenery was amazing. I truly enjoyed waking up to the view. Also hearing the water at night so peaceful. I would definitely recommend at least one or 2 nights just for the experience. Everyone was pleasantly nice. We did have an issue with our shower not providing warm water. Also there is a community dogs that hangs around the area. I wasn’t expecting to see pets on the property, but besides that my husband and I enjoyed our stay.

My wife and I had a fantastic stay! Beautiful property with multiple "huts" to stay in. Lot's of wildlife including fish, iguanas, pelicans, birds, an adorable community dog, and a not so welcomed rat that came into the unit and woke us up on our final night (this and less than optimal a/c we're the only downsides). The breakfasts and chef-prepared dinner were delicious! Very friendly service the entire stay. Would definitely recommend if you are ok with a little wildlife and some warm air :)

We ended up moving to a more spacious villa called Casa Alistaire down the road which was absolutely beautiful. It was our honeymoon so we wanted a little more room to spread out. We did have dinner and breakfast at the Old Man and the Sea and it was lovely.

This is a wonderful property and is accurately described in the listing. All of the huts are individually crafted and beautiful. Each has its own charm. We stayed in #2. Views were amazing. Breeze wonderful on the dock. Bathroom toilet is fussy and you need to be patient with it. The outside shower is awesome and creative in design. Do not keep food items in your room or you will attract overnight visitors to your room. Wifi only works in the main building on the beach, but is a beautiful place to sit and relax. Breakfast is simple and very good. Dinner if you choose to have it is delicious and romantic. Service was fabulous and friendly.

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