Been here several years ago for a diving medicine conference, back for the same thing this past week. The rooms have been redone, the "Grand Suites" were nicely done but have the typical weird quirks of a tiny Caribbean country. Can't shut the door without slamming it really hard, a/c just can't keep up, door locks are UNDER the doorknobs, Broken stair nosings, etc. Only two glasses in the room, no coasters to protect the brand new furniture, not one single drawer in the entire room - shelves only. Lots of furniture but no drawers. We had the all-inclusive plan where we wore a red hospital-style bracelet (which I found extremely annoying) and never had to pay or sign for any food or beverages. You can seriously die of old age getting served. Seriously. 1/2 hour between ordering and receiving food. Even when there are only 3 or 4 people in the restaurant. We almost left the dinner table to go to bed last night because it took 45 minutes to get dessert. Bugs are horrid -- these are not just mosquitos, noseeums leave purple/red welts that will itch for weeks after. We were first attacked checking in at 10:30pm. The reefs are very damaged around the island. A fair amount of fish, not much else. The dive people were in a rush to get us on the boat, in the water, out, back in the water and back to the resort. So they could go do things. Food is edible, barely. Key lime pie and tiramisu are fabulous. Tosti is the best - ham and cheese panini. Had a cheese burger that was dry as sawdust. Excellent french fries. You can order off the menu or do the buffet. Buffet is typical cheap food, lots of starches, bare minimum veggies. They insist on tiny little glasses for Coke and other drinks. Like 6 ounces. So the bartenders spend all their time making drinks over and over and over. There was one guy who parked himself at the beach bar for hours every afternoon puffing on a stinking stogie. The cigarette addicts are bad enough, but Mr. Cigar was impossible to get away from. He insisted on sitting upwind from everyone. If you have never been there, Bonaire really has nothing to recommend it. It's hot, humid, buggy, no scenery, piles of garbage everywhere. All of the staff were very nice but slightly incompetent - we had a private dive boat, we had 8 divers, 8 other people claim they were told by resort staff that they were on our boat and got pissy when we told them it was a private boat. Shopping is tourist junk or expensive jewelry. They have a program where you get a $5 credit for every day you do not use maid service. HOWEVER, there is no place at the resort to spend it if you are on the all-inclusive plan.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoyment without limits, an all-inclusive vacation at Plaza Beach Resort Bonaire. This resort offers 126 spacious air conditioned oversized Suites, both Junior Suites and Grand Suites located either next to the Caribbean Sea or next to the marina laguna. Everything is included: from a delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet in our restaurant with sea view to water sport activities, a diving school and a cozy beach bar. With the best beach on Bonaire and a beautiful swimming pool, there is nothing that will stop you from having a vacation to always remember. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Plaza Resort Bonaire Hotel Kralendijk
- Plaza Hotel Bonaire
- Plaza Hotel Kralendijk
- Plaza Resort Bonaire Kralendijk