The Royal Sea Aquarium Curaçao

ROYAL SEA AQUARIUM RESORT
I received a media rate from the Royal Sea Aquarium Curaçao in exchange for my honest review.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ve seen photos from my fall vacation in Curaçao. My hotel choice was the Royal Sea Aquarium Resort, about 20-30 minutes from the airport.

Room

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.

Junior Suite

Royal Sea Aquarium Photos

Jr Suite

Amenities

The resort offers a free shuttle to Punda every weekday at 9AM and pickup at 3PM 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
  • Jacuzzi
  • 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

Agusto's

Royal Sea Aquarium Pool

Royal Sea Aquarium Pool 2

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.

Front Desk
Front Desk

Royal Sea Aquarium Front Desk

My overall stay was so peaceful. The front desk staff were 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.

RS View

 

What are some of your favorite resorts in the Caribbean?

20 thoughts on “The Royal Sea Aquarium Curaçao

  1. Nicole

    Looks like I need to make it here. Great review and amenities.

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    1. Joanna E

      YES! Everyone I know asked why I just didn’t go to Aruba since it’s their sister island, but I’m so happy I went here instead. I’d go to Aruba, but another time. lol

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  2. Raki (Outside the Box Mom)

    That looked like such a fun trip. The ocean looks wonderful. The only place I’ve been that’s even remotely close to the Caribbean is to the Bahamas.

    Raki

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    1. Joanna E

      I want to visit there sometime. My brother went and he liked it a lot.

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  3. Kayvona

    Wow that looks absolutely beautiful!! I’m not sure if I could do a solo trip myself I’d be nervous being in a place that I don’t know anyone. Kudos to you!!

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    1. Joanna E

      Thanks! I was a bit nervous initially, but felt better especially since I live and do most things alone at home anyway.

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  4. Jonna

    Sounds like a great place to visit whether you’re with friends, a significant other or by yourself. Nice to hear that the hotel staff was so kind and accommodating. I’ll have to add this to my list of places to go.

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    1. Joanna E

      It’s really good for families. There were a couple at the resort and the kids had a lot of fun.

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  5. Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green

    I’ve still not been to the Caribbean. The views in the images are simply beautiful, even the pool looks inviting. Even more so because it is cold where I am. lol

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    1. Joanna E

      I was NOT happy to come back to the cold. lol I was looking at my pictures thinking “OMG this IS real” lol

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  6. Holly

    Very beautiful. I am glad you got to take a time out and enjoy some island time alone. It is always good to unwind.

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    1. Joanna E

      Yes, it’s always great to get away. I really enjoyed it.

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  7. Chasing Joy

    Beautiful! I need to go on a tropical vacatin. ASAP!

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  8. Kasi

    Looks and sounds like a great resort, and the water is beautiful! I really love the Riu resorts!

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    1. Joanna E

      I’m going to try Riu when I go to Mexico.

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  9. Kara

    Wow you went alone? Go you!!! That’s good though you don’t have to worry about coordinating time to meet someone else’s scheduling. Looks like a lovely place to be, glad you got some time away

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    1. Joanna E

      Yup. lol Thanks. I had such a great time. It’s a beautiful island.

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  10. Ari Adams

    Looks like a GORGEOUS resort! My hubby and I are planning an anniversary trip and I’d consider this place.

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  11. Stacie

    Oh my, what a beautiful place. I can imagine how peaceful it was!

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  12. LaQuisha Hall

    I would love to go there andwork on a book! Looks so relaxing. Thanks for sharing!

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