The Lesser Antilles island of Curacao is located in the Caribbean Sea, but officially a part of the Kingdom of Netherlands. Thus, it boasts of a unique cultural flavour, where the local dialect is creole but the colourful houses are striking in their Dutch aesthetics. With sunny climes all year round, Curacao is a dream tropical destination. However, its desert-like flora sets it apart from other tropical islands. It is home to magnificent coral and limestone caves, an enormous ostrich farm, and picturesque diving and snorkelling sites. The most popular beaches are situated on the south-western coast, and often, visitors can enjoy spectacular sunset views. Below, you’ll find a listing of the top 5 resorts in Curacao:
Baoase Luxury Resort
Lush vegetation, a topaz sea and saffron-streaked sky, and cottages characterized by earthen elements and gorgeous outdoor pools await you at the five-star Baoase Luxury Resort. Wedged between the capital city Willemstad and the trendy Mambo Beach, the retreat offers luxurious villas, suites, and rooms. Executive Chef René Klop crafts Asian-inspired French cuisine at the beach-front restaurant. This resort also offers spa services in the comfort of your own room.
Avila Beach Hotel
Think lovely cottages with brick red roofs and balconies overlooking a clear blue sea fringed by cheery palm trees. Avila Beach Hotel has a storied past, and the distinction of being the first hotel to operate on Curacao’s sands. It is named after the Spanish town Avila, which happens to be a favoured destination of the founder. Enjoy seaside massages, avail of a world-class gym, and sample the best of local cuisine at The Pen. Rooms and apartments are spread across three wings, offering something for everyone.
Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino
Part of the Marriott group, the four-star Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino is right in the centre of Willemstad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors enjoy access to the hotel’s gorgeous private beach, while also being within driving distance of most famous attractions. Three restaurants, a sunshiny infinity pool, a fitness centre, and an on-site casino promise to make your holiday exciting.
Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort
If you’re an ardent golf player, make sure you stay at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, featuring the renowned Old Quarry Golf Course with striking views of the Caribbean Sea and the Spanish Water bay. For tennis lovers, there’s the top-notch Tafelberg Tennis Center which offers private lessons and tournaments. For ultimate luxury, stay in the secluded Sea Traditions suites with private courtyards, rain showers, and outdoor dining facilities.
Papagayo Beach Hotel & Resort
Located on Jan Thiel Beach, the fashionable Papagayo Beach Hotel & Resort boasts of a chic beach club and beach plaza, a sophisticated casino, modern spa, fitness centre, large array of bars and restaurants, and even a supermarket. More than just a hotel, Papagayo is a one-stop destination with colourful, Dutch-inspired ocean or garden-view villas, and a beach plaza lined with so many boutiques that you could spend an entire evening there.