We love supporting local businesses, especially when there is a fierce hard-working girl boss behind them!
Our friend Alessandra, owner of the Blue Marble condo located just a short stroll away from the world famous Eagle Beach, is sharing her story of why she bought a condo in Aruba, the highs and lows of running a vacation rental and her favourite places on One Happy Island.
Plus you could be in with a chance of winning a FREE 3 NIGHT STAY at the Blue Marble when you enter our awesome giveaway!
BEHIND THE BRAND: BLUE MARBLE AT THE PEARL
1. Your name:
Alessandra Colandrea 2. Owner of:
Blue Marble 3. Type of business:
Vacation Rental 4. Describe your vacation rental in five words or less:
Vacation Rental with a Cause 5. What made you fall in love with Aruba and purchase your condo?
The sunsets, the amazing beaches, the food, the friendliness of the locals, the safety you feel on the island and of course my family loves it as well. 6. Which beach is your favourite and why?
Arashi Beach, it was the first beach I ever went to on the island. I love the drive up to the beach and going there to watch sunsets. It used to be more of a local beach years before when I would go so I enjoyed it so much because you got a true taste of the island. 7. What are your top 3 attractions to see/do whilst visiting Aruba?
Sunset watching/beach relaxation, ATV/UTV to see the other side of the island and Hooiberg. 8. Where are your favourite breakfast/lunch/dinner spots on the island and which dishes would you recommend?
Breakfast: Craft has an amazing melt in your mouth waffle
Lunch: Local Store for a nice cheeseburger Dinner: This is tough, Aruba has so many great choices. I have had so many great meals on the island. 9. Name your top 5 suitcase essentials for a vacation to Aruba?
Sunscreen, bathing suits, sandals, dresses (watch for that Aruban wind), sneakers (for the other side of the island)
10. What are the best/worst parts of being a girl boss and running your own vacation rental business?
The best part is the learning experience and getting to meet new people. The worst is being a control freak and having the condo in someone else’s hands. I do not live on the island so I put my faith in my property management team to take care of my clients and my condo. I must say I have an amazing team so as it being the worst part, it also became the best part. I have finally learned to be less controlling and have that faith that others will do just as good of a job. 11. What advice would you give to others wanting to start their own vacation rental?
Do your research for your property management team. Do not sign any contracts until you are 100% sure they are the team you want. Make sure you interview different teams and chose your team based off who fits your needs and wants best for your vacation rental. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! You are the boss of your vacation rental! 12. Tell us one fun fact about Aruba:
The locals speak 4 different languages, Papiamento, Dutch, Spanish and English. Amazing!
13. Where's the best place to watch the sunset on One Happy Island?
I love Arashi beach, but you can literally catch the sunset almost anywhere on any beach. 14. Describe Aruba in one sentence:
The best place on earth!
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