Corner by the Sea

Before obtaining my shack in Aruba, I used to stay at the Aruba Beach Chalets, which have been shown on The Bent Page a few times. Well, here’s another view, this one from above.

It is the red tile roof building directly on the sea. Some friends will be staying there in a few months. We enjoy sitting on the deck, chatting over coffee in the morning, looking out at the sea from this little corner of the world in Savaneta, Aruba. When you’re in a place like this, it’s easy to forget about the rest of the world. As long as you have the basics, there isn’t much to worry about.

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Club Arias Pools, Aruba

There’s a theme going strong here at The Bent Page: panoramas and swimming pools. Some friends and I stopped in for a visit to Club Arias, a bed and breakfast operation located in Savaneta, Aruba. This is far from the other hotels and offers an alternative for people looking to get away from the bustle of the major chains. There are beautiful pools if you like to swim or just sit in the water with a cold beverage. The first pool is deep enough for diving or a fun ride down the slide. Click on the photo below to get the full view:

Plenty of room in there for you and your family and/or friends. Just off to the right, you’ll find cold soft drinks like iced tea and lemonade on tap throughout the day. Perfect refreshment without the hassle of ordering at a bar. Then there is a second pool where the water is just deep enough to keep you wet while you’re in the lounger. To go with it is a swim-up bar separated by a rock feature. Again, click on the photo to get the full view.

You can see the doors to some of the rooms in the background. Talk about convenient! Three steps and you’re in the water. I’m still having fun with this panorama feature on the new camera. It will wear off. In the mean time, enjoy the photos. Bon dia.

Published in: on November 10, 2010 at 9:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Usual Fare, Usually Good

From the start of this post, let me ask for forgiveness from my Spanish speaking friends. I don’t remember the correct terminology for the food I enjoyed in Spain. Thus, I’ll use English words and let the pictures show the dishes.
In general, I found the usual fare to be usually good. That is to say regular meals, nothing fancy or expensive, were generally tasty and well presented. For example, at the Molino de Santillan, where we stayed for a night, we ordered supper from the menu of the day. For appetizers we started with a field green salad as seen in the next photo.

Note the vivid freshness of the contents above. The other appetizer is a pair of fried eggs with fried bread crumbs. This was unusual for me as I normally eat eggs for breakfast. The flavor couldn’t be beat because they used sausage or something mixed in with the breadcrumbs for extra flavor. Take a look.

Those grapes were a nice touch, too, adding a bit of sweetness to the plate. For the main course we both ordered the pork medallions with potatoes. As I said, a regular dish which is shown below.

Let me say that it was filling and fortifying, two things you need when your days are filled with activity. But it doesn’t end there. Molino de Santillan offered a breakfast spread that I found in most of the small hotels where I stayed. There’s meats and cheeses, coffee and juice, fruit and cereal. Take a look.

All in all, this is what you can expect when gallivanting about Spain, staying in small hotels, and eating accordingly. Don’t miss any meals!

Published in: on June 18, 2010 at 9:50 am  Leave a Comment  
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Hotel Cortijo La Alberca

Hotel Rural Cortijo La Alberca is located in Níjar, Spain. I describe it as handsomely comfortable because this place abounds in details. It is very well thought out in terms of the interior design of the rooms and other features on the grounds including the patios and swimming pool. My stay here was in April, so it was not warm enough to use the pool, but the water feature made the place that much more appealing. The location is at the very edge of town, deep in a gorge in the mountains as you can see in this photo.

That gives you a perspective on where you are as in how close to nature. Moving along, you’ll note the swimming pool next.

One of many, the iron lamp casts subtle light in the evening. The water feature continues from the pool in a narrow trough that carries the flow down past the rooms providing a touch of white noise that is very pleasant.

The rooms are grouped in a couple of buildings with patios that front the doors. Here’s the one where I stayed.

Great place for a gathering with friends, maybe a glass of wine with your significant other, or just yourself and a book. Inside you’ll find a comfortable bed when its time to finally get to sleep.

Of course you prefer a bathroom with class and this one fits the bill with the custom walk-in shower, ceramic tile counter, and lovely handmade sink.

That photo gives a good impression of the details I mentioned at the outset of this post. When choosing a hotel in Spain, or elsewhere, I always search for those with a personal touch as opposed to the corporate low-bidder design specials. Back to La Alberca. If you had a corporate outing or were traveling with a group, you’ll find the rooms close yet separate as they are in a couple different buildings, which gives everyone a chance to be together yet escape for a bit of privacy. The next photo shows one of the buildings.

Finally, you don’t have to worry about losing the key.

That hunk of wrought iron is about 8 inches long and weighs a pound. Like I said, this place has a unique character with plenty of handsome details.

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