I received a media rate from the Royal Sea Aquarium Curaçao in exchange for my honest review.
I stayed in their Junior Suite with two double beds, television with cable, a small seating area, mini kitchenette (microwave, coffee maker, utensils, and mini-fridge), bathroom with a bath and shower, vanity area, and outdoor area with seating steps away from the outdoor pool. The room was decorated with paintings showing different monuments, traditional homes and the people of the island.
The resort offers a free shuttle to Punda every weekday at 9 AM and pickup at 3 PM with an option to take a taxi or bus back to the hotel. I took advantage of the shuttle and chose the bus option. It was a 15-20 minute drive and 3 Netherlands Antillean guilders (about $1.60). There is also free shuttle service to the local supermarket to pick up food and drinks for your room. Taxi service is available for pickup and drop offs through a separate company and CASH ONLY. Other amenities include:
- Access to a private beach
- Two pools
- Children’s pool
- Daily activities for adults and children
- Restaurant (Agusto’s)
- Car rental
- Babysitting (available upon request)
- Free wireless Internet by the pools and in the restaurant
- Guest laundry
- Maid service
- 24-hour Front Desk
- Concierge Service
- Snorkeling gear, kayaks, board games and DVD rental service
- Access to the Body Beach Gym next to the resort
- Complimentary access to the Curacao Sea Aquarium
- Spa and beauty salon appointments
There’s pretty much something to do every day. Activities for the week included a BBQ, karaoke, airbrush tattoos, yoga, aquarobics and more. The resort is also walking distance from the Mambo Beach Blvd, an area filled with restaurants, shops, bars, and nightclubs. Since the resort side is full of peace and quiet in the evening, it was nice to get into the nightlife.
My overall stay was so peaceful. The front desk staff was always available for a quick chat, arranging transportation or answering my general questions. It was cool to speak to a fellow New Yorker who worked at the resort after recently relocating to Curaçao with her family. We spoke about her adjusting to the island after living in NYC and my desire to travel more with and without other people. Knowing that it was a solo trip, she kept commending my bravery and encouraged me to do it more.
I absolutely LOVED the ocean views outside the pool area the most. At any time of the day, I had the opportunity to just walk towards the ocean side for a potential swim or enjoy the breeze sitting on the rocks. I came back home relaxed, refreshed and a great experience for my first solo trip abroad.
What are some of your favorite resorts in the Caribbean?