Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Great beach, great service, great value
"We just got back from our honeymoon in Aruba. Stayed 2 nights at Manchebo and then 4 nights at Marriott Stellaris (on a time share preview package). According to tripadvisor, the average price for manchebo is $199 a night and marriott is $469 per night. We liked both of them, but there are tons of reasons we'd go with Manchebo if we went back besides the great value: 1. The beach was nicer, wider, and we got a little palapa (hut) every day when we wanted, always available. At Marriott we had to either pay $15 a day or get up at 6:30 to wait in an hour long line to get one (which we never did). At Marriott tons of people would spend the day by the pool which I think is just stupid. If I'm flying 2000 miles to an island, I'm going to sit on a beach. If I wanted concrete and chlorine I'd just stay in my apartment complex in Atlanta. 2. Lower cost beyond even price of room. Little free things at Manchebo were nice: free book exchange with at least 400 books, free internet access, free drinks on Tuesday night. As other people have noted, they don't have a gym and the pool is tiny compared to Marriott etc so if that is a necessity...Also the food at Manchebo was been 20-40% cheaper, for instance smooties were $5 at Marriott and $3.50 at Manchebo (and were better at Manchebo anyway...) 3. Ease of use. Walk to beach was no time so you didn't have to bring everything down from room each time, plus with fewer people my wife could go topless (many others were as well) while at Marriott no one was. The other side of this is that if you want action, nightlife etc, Marriott and Palm Beach are much better for walking to see people or gambling etc. If you want it quieter, fewer families, and very relaxed, Manchebo is your place. Overall the two hotels are very different, the Manchebo in the low rise area is good for just sitting on beach, the Marriott is good for people who want to be close to action of windsurfing, kitesurfing and other water sports. Unless we got another deal like this time ($499 for 4 nights at Marriott) I think we would pick Manchebo for a return visit. Sean"
- Travel date: 4th April 2005
Great Beach Location - Vacationed week of March 7th
"We just got back from a wonderful stay at the Manchebo. This was our first trip to Aruba, but we have stayed at many different areas of the Carribean. Here is a summary of the resort/island: Resort: The rooms were a good size and the maid service was excellent. The shower had good water pressure. We requested a king size bed, but received 2 double beds. The fridge was not working when we arrived, but they brought a new one to the room (after 2 requests). The beach was absolutely beautiful, definately the best location on the island. There were many couples and no kids that I saw or heard. This is a very quiet resort with little activity. Although, there is a lot of noise at the bar at Happy Hour every day. The Manager's Cocktail Party on Tuesday night is a must - as they have free drinks and food (food not that great - but free beer & wine). The only big complaint I have about the resort is that we were told they had a fitness facility - which was untrue. They did have one piece of nautilus equipment that was unfunctional. Activities: We only did a few tours. The Jolly Pirates Sunset Sail (nice boat and crew, free mixed drinks-no beer or wine). The only undesirable thing of the cruise was the loud music on the boat. For the price of $22 per person, this was a good deal. The Kayak Adventure was $77 per person and was a great tour. The tour included transportation, kayaking to DePalm Island, snorkeling, free food and drinks (included all types of drinks) and then kayaking back (9:30am to 2pm). I would highly recommend this tour. We also rented a jeep (through American Rental) for a day and went to the Lighthouse, Natural Bridge and down to Baby Beach. Only recommendation would be to go early in the day. We stopped at Igauna Joes in Oranjestad - very fun and great Lemonade! Restaurants: We were on a budget so we ate our breakfast and lunch in our room/beach. We went to a grocery store and picked up our own wine, beer, milk, cereal, etc. The grocery store is only about a 10-20 minute walk and very reasonable prices. The restaurants we visited for dinner: Moombas (excellent and cheap-$40 for 2), Salt and Pepper (very good and reasonable prices 45 for 2), Pirates Nest (65 for 2), French Steakhouse (Ambassador's Special $90 for 2), Tortuga's (okay food -$60 for 2), Fishes and More (very good-$60 for 2). Most of our meals included an appetizer and usually we received a free glass of wine or beer with our ArubaPlus card. I believe we also received a 15% discount at Tortuga for paying cash instead of using a credit card. I would highly recommend the ArubaPlus card as it is only $12 pp and can be used at many of the restaurants. We also went to Dushi's for a bagel (good prices) although the Subway across the street is pretty expensive. Overall the food was excellent and the prices were better than expected. The weather was wonderful (very hot and dry). I would definately go back to Aruba again, although probably not to Manchebo unless they build a fitness facility as we need our free weights. I also did not see any yoga classes being held during the week but the spa did look beautiful. It was a wonderful experience and we got great tans!"
- Travel date: 15th March 2005
Outstanding stay at Manchebo Beach, Aruba
"My wife and I just got back from seven days at the Manchebo Beach Resort. This was without a doubt, the best vacation we ever had. We wanted a smaller resort, less congestion, and a great beach. Manchebo was all of that and more. It had a little store, prices very reasonable. It had three resturants, all very nice. But, by far, the best aspect was the beach and ocean. Time from my room to the beach: 10 seconds. The rooms weren't spectacular, but clean and accommodating. We had the most super time, relaxing, walking up and down the beach, playing in the surf. We would highly recommend Manchebo Beach to anyone. This was our first visit to Aruba, and we would go back as long as we could stay at Manchebo."
- Travel date: 7th March 2005
Great small hotel!
"Just got back from a week at the Manchebo Beach Resort on Aruba. The most beautiful beach - the staff was very attentive, the room very clean, maid service excellent, bar staff a lot of fun! Everyone was very friendly and helpful. This is not a 5 star hotel - if that is what you are looking for - but it is in a great location - and the small intimate feel was perfect for us. The beach was never "overcrowded" as it was down at some of the high rise hotels. The Frenchman Steak House located at the Manchebo was excellent. The food was wonderful and the service superb. We must of had 5 people waiting on us at one time or another during our meal. If you enjoy small hotels (about 70 rooms) and friendly staff, Manchebo is a wonderful choice in Aruba!"
- Travel date: 27th February 2005
Loved the trip!!!!
"We stayed at the Manchebo for a week in March and it was absolutely awesome. It was our first trip to Aruba. Actually we planned to spend our forthnightstay in Bonaire, but as we have seen we could easily move to Aruba with a small plane we decided to split our trip into two different places. First of all, we had an excellent and beatiful room with ocean view. The rooms were cleaned every day with fresh towels of course. They had to renew the a/c so it was down for a few hours, and believe me you'll gonna need it indeed. Try to get a room with garden, so you'll be directly on the sandy beach. The eagle beach at the Manchebo is one of the biggest I have ever seen. It is impossible to get it crowded as the hotel "only" has around 70 rooms whereas the beach offers space for at least 1000 people. Therefore you don't have to get up early in the morning to catch a good chair. White sandy beach, awesome. Food is ok, we only had bb and that was good so. We had dinner once or twice and it was quite good. But the food is very expensive although it is a Best Western hotel. Actually the whole hotel is very expensive, but it is worth the stay. I recommend to go to downtown Aruba for dinner as there are so many excellent restaurants. There's always a bus for almost 3 bucks per roundtrip. We are looking forward to to returning to Aruba and we will stay again at the Manchebo, as they were building a huge 18hole Golf course which now definitely will be open."
- Travel date: 17th January 2005
"If you are going to Aruba for a RELAXING vacation, this is the place for you. My boyfriend and I stayed at the Manchebo for a week in August and enjoyed every moment away from the rustle and bustle of city life. The crystal clear blue waters are just steps away from your hotel room, equipped with little hut/umbrellas that allow you to enjoy the view of the ocean in the shade if you please, on what is seemingly your own private beach. If lounging around till sunset isn't your thing, watersports are also located on the beach as well. The restaurant is one of the best on the island not to mention the friendly staff, who even offered to drive us in their own personal cars when we couldn't find a cab!!! All in all....if you are stressed out from life in general and need to take a break....Manchebo is the place. Although the rooms could use some touch up, walking through the high rise area, reminded me of being in a busy city and reassured me that the manchebo was the place to be despite the run down rooms."
- Travel date: 12th January 2005
Manchebo was our paradise!
"Our first vacation to Aruba and we stayed at the Manchebo for five days. We had outstanding service. Our room was clean, quiet, and pleasant. We did not spend a lot of time in our room. From our treks up and down the beach, Manchebo's beach was the best. Their beach was clean and guests were not packed in like sardines as were some of the other hotel property's guests. Personalized service was given in every aspect. We enjoyed the food and ate on the Garden Terrace. Presentation was good, both steak and seafood were delicious, and service was exceptional. We chose to not partake in all-inclusive, which gave us the opportunity to try other establishments. The Manchebo offers an intimate, cozy hotel where guests feel like they are at home. From check-in to check-out, we were unable to find a flaw. Faster internet access, along with the Weather Channel, and more steel drum music would be my only recommendation to the Manchebo. The Manchebo is a "people" hotel without pretentiousness. Whether enjoying happy hour at the bar, or reading the newspaper in the open-air lobby, the Manchebo leaves you filled with contentment. We felt 100% safe within our surroundings. Manchebo's staff were gracious and assisted us with whatever was needed. We attended hotel orientation and the Manager's Cocktail Party. We went on several DePalm Tours and had the time of our life. We went horseback riding at Rancho DelCampo, did the Safari Jeep Tour and Sea Trek, and went out on the Atlantis Submarine. Hotel staff will assist you with tours, taxis, directions, or anything else that you request. We also dined at Nos Cunucu for traditional Aruba cuisine and entertainment. We hated to leave the island. We look forward to returning to Aruba and will definitely stay at the Manchebo when the opportunity arises."
- Travel date: 11th January 2005
Loved Manchebo Beach Resort
"After reading and re-reading the hotel reviews, we booked 5 nites at Manchebo and air through Orbitz Dec. 8 - 13th. We requested a superior balcony room facing the beach (room 48). Check-in took less than 5 min. and although the room was pretty basic, we loved the fact that we had a mini-fridge, safe and coffee-maker. When we opened the curtains and the sliding door to the balcony, we were amazed at the beautiful view ! The beach is SO much better than the high-rise area. It's very wide, clean, lots of palm trees and tons of palapas, each spread out so you're not on top of the next one. Unbelievably quiet and peaceful. This is a popular resort with Europeans, and topless sun-bathing is allowed. There were only a couple of children, probably due to the lack of play facilities. This is really more of a couples/honeymooners type of place. The pego-pego bar outside closes around 8pm, although the inside bar is open til 11pm. We spent most of the day on the beach and were so relaxed that it was an effort to get up and do much besides our am walks along the beach. There is a little store on-site for basics,beach-wear,etc. and prices are not outrageous. Saw a bottle of Chilean merlot for $8.00 there. Beer is around $3.00 a can. Found out the last day that you can walk to the Divi resort on your right, flag down a golf cart and they'll take you over to the big supermarket'. Just tip the driver. Walked over to the Alhambra casino and did well on both nickle slots and black-jack. Took bus into town, which is cute but very commercial and TONS of jewelry stores. Went to the high-rise area a couple of times and although the landscaping is gorgeous and night-life plentiful, it was just too congested at the beach and we could'nt wait to get back to Manchebo. The 3 restaurants we ate at were the French Steakhouse at Manchebo - excellent food and service, reasonable prices - get the Ambassador special. (Best chocolate mousse I've ever had). Madame Janette's - Romantic, garden setting, great atmosphere. Menu was very diverse, food was excellent and there was a singer/guitar player who was very good. We had 9:30 reservations on a Friday nite. It's very popular with locals (love the Dutch accents) and although very busy that night, service was excellent. The bread with garlic butter was addicting, we split crab-cakes that were perfect. I got the veal cordon bleu du chef, stuffed with a mix of onion,mushrooms and cheese. It was delicous but too much to eat and took half back with us. My husband got the filet Gianni Versace topped with lobster medallions, cheese and ? which he loved. We split the chocolate mousse which was good but French Steakhouse's was better. Valentino's - on a reccommendation from someone in the restaurant business here. Went there the last night and felt like we were in Italy. Beautiful place, romantic, great service and the Best food. The bread and dipping oil with fresh garlic, parmesan was wonderful. My ceasar salad the best I've ever had. My husband got a warm, marinated vegetable dish which he raved about. He got a pasta with shrimp and tomatoe-cream sauce that was wonderful. I got filet mignon stuffed with roasted garlic, in a sweet-wine sauce and side of bleu cheese that was outstanding. We split the Italian flan for dessert. The drawback with these restaurants is that there are SO many great places to eat there and we want to go back to these same 3 again !! This was our first time in Aruba and we'll definitely be back. We'll stay at Manchebo again, maybe rent a car for a day next time (if someone can scrape us off that beach). Two tips - I'd bring those beach slippers (?) next time because there's this 3 foot area in the water that's filled with hard shells that you step onto before hitting the sandy area. And I'd bring a small collapsible cooler to bring on the beach. I know this is a long report, but hope it's helpful."
- Travel date: 14th December 2004
Best Beach on the Island...
"We stayed at the Manchebo for a week in November and had an absolute blast. The Hotel is quite old and "low rise" but quaint, in good shape and CLEAN all the same. Had a room facing the ocean which was quite nice...Room was extremely clean and maid service was on-time. Had an issue wth our bathroom light burning out one morning - called front desk and maintenance arrived 3 minutes later...Outstanding! Front desk staff were very warm...We were heading out late one night and after asking for a taxi the front desk manager said her shift was up and she was heading downtown and would give us a lift! This happened on two occasions...Great service! The beach is fantastic at Manchebo...We spent a couple days exploring the island and the "high rise" area and were very happy to be where we were. High rise area beaches are PACKED and very small not to mention dirty...Manchebo beach was HUGE, crystal clean and very quiet. I'll give the high rise area credit for the pools which were quite nice but the hotels and pool areas were very "Las Vegas" style and quite busy...Not bad but not the mellow away from everything feel you get from the Manchebo... If you're looking for a bit of life after 8PM you really will not find it here...Although the main restaurant bar stays open till midnight or so it is empty...Great for a night cap on the way in! We spent our evenings in Oranjestad and the high rise area...Catch the bus early its cheap and easy and catch a cab home. Bars downtown were pretty good (Mambo Jambo was the best for local type scene) and the casinos/bars in the high rise area the same... Definitely rent a car for the day and drive around the whole island...Get a Jeep and cruise up past the light house and the 4Wheel Drive paths that skirt the north end...Really killer scenery and driving too! Hit Baby beach on the way back for some good snorkeling (The RentACar guy will give you a good map and directions)... Most memorable dinner was at the Lighthouse Restaurant (Sorry can't remember the name) .. Make reservations for sunset...Great food and service and excellent view over the ocean and the setting sun... Definitely going back to Aruba and would stay again at the Manchebo in a heartbeat..."
- Travel date: 13th December 2004
Manchebo just OK
"Just got back from Manchebo the day before Thansgiving. If you are looking to completely veg out and do nothing but enjoy a great beach, and you don't require much in amentities or service, this is the place for you. Everything was OK, just OK. Other than the beach, which I agree was the nicest that I saw the whole time there, everything else is just OK. Rooms were OK, nothing special, service was OK, nothing special, the dining was OK, nothing fantastic, the pool was just a pool, no swim up bar or waterfalls or anything special. We only had 4 hot showers the whole time there, the rest were cold or lukewarm. The service people said that it was because our room (#48) was on the end, but even letting the water run for twenty minutes didn't produce any hot water. The location is too far from anything, except the casino, to walk to. Whatever you do, do not eat at Cleo's in the casino. We arrived at Aruba late our first night and just wanted a sandwich before going to bed and it took over 2 hours to get waited on, get our food, and get a check. Plus the sandwiches tasted like they came out of a vending machine. Rent a 4WD vehicle and go exploring. The locals don't drive too crazy and the island is too small to get real lost on. Make sure that you go North past the lighthouse and golf course and follow the sea shore around the island. Beautiful views! Iguana Joes (downtown) was very good, Smokey Joe's (high rise section) had really good ribs. Other than Cleo's, we really didn't have any problems with food or service. Overall, Manchebo was Ok, but we won't go back, we need a little more excitement around us. We're getting older, but we're not dead yet!"
- Travel date: 29th November 2004
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