Can’t decide where to spend the night in Curaçao? From a boutique hotel in the heart of the hippest district of Willemstad to renovated colonial houses that breathe history or seaview apartments in a small fishing village: these six places on the island will lure you in for six different reasons.
1. The Floris Suite hotel
For the food, the pool and the happy hours
Gorgeous green setting, trendy design, gay friendly, great restaurant and bar and generous breakfast. To get to the beach, you need to cross the street via the Hilton hotel. You can either ask for a golf cart ride or go by foot, it’s quite easy really. Or you could just enjoy the awesome pool surrounded by a lush, tropical garden. Like a lot of hotel bars in Curaçao there are daily happy hours but they’re extra special here because of the fashionable lounge decor and casual flair.
2. All West apartments
For the awesome location and diving facilities
All West is located at the far west end of the island, in the small fishing village of Westpunt. It’s quite far from Willemstad (a 45 min. drive) but close to the Shete Boka National Park, the Christoffelpark and some of the best beaches on the island, like Grote Knip and Kleine Knip. The apartment bathrooms could use some updating but I’d stay here again for the view alone. There’s a small beach right in front of the hotel and you can hire snorkel or diving gear (yes, there are turtles!) at the adjacent diving centre. No food served, but there’s a neat breakfast & dining facility within walking distance.
3. The Marriott beach resort
For the luxury and the wow-factor
If you’re looking for the whole nine yards, this is the place to be. Six oceanfront acres, a grand casino, multiple restaurants, pool bars and lounges, a spa and fitness room and the list goes on and on. Perfect for those who like it big, brilliant and beautiful. The area is called Piscadera Bay, it’s the same neighborhood the Floris Suite Hotel is located in.
www.marriott.com – John F Kennedy Boulevard, Piscadera Bay
4. Kura Hulanda hotel
For its history, the art and the intimate appeal
Of all options to spend the night in downtown Willemstad, the Kura Hulanda Village will probably leave the biggest impression. The luxury boutique resort is a part of the historic district Otrobanda, a Unesco World Heritage site since 1997. The hotel is set right around the square where slaves used to be traded. A Dutch businessman bought and restored dozens of the colorful colonial houses around the square and turned them into a hotel and anthropological museum. It’s like stepping back in time while strolling through the small alleys, across charming squares, past fountains, pools and intriguing artwork. The hotel was shut down for a while and recently reopened under new management.
5. Amalia Apartments
For the small scale and personal service
If you don’t necesseraly want a hotel close to the beach and you prefer personal service over large-scale accomodation, Amalia is the place to be. It’s an adults only resort with only 8 apartments. One of the hosts is Haitham, a local in his fourties who speaks four languages. He generously divided his attention between the different guests and gave us a few great off-the-beaten-path tips on where to go and what to see. From Amalia it’s a 15 minute walk to Papagayo beach and a 15 minute drive to the city centre.
For the hip location and thrilling nightlife
I’ll be honest, I haven’t stayed at BijBlauw (yet). It’s a new boutique hotel and I had no idea it existed until I walked through the Pietermaai district in Willemstad, a rising, vibrant and cultural neighboorhood with lots of unique bars, restaurants, artsy shops and hotels. BijBlauw is one of those hotels, situated in two beautifully renovated historic buildings. The BijBlauw restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with seaview. It’s the perfect place for hipsters who are keen to experience the thrilling and swinging local nightlife.
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