We recently returned from our first trip to Bonaire after a wonderful week of snorkeling and windsurfing. We booked our stay at Sorobon Beach Resort through Ann Phelan at Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations. Ann also arranged our truck rental through Budget, two trips on the Woodwind, and windsurfing gear rental at Jibe City, and answered numerous questions in the months leading up to our trip. We highly recommend her services to make your trip run smoothly.
The Sorobon Beach Resort was the most beautiful spot on the island, a tropical oasis amidst the otherwise dry desert-like terrain. It’s the ideal location for windsurfers, snorkelers, and those who just want to lounge on the beach. Divers might be happier on the other side of the island in and around Kralendijk closer to dive sites. Ann picked what we felt was one of the best “chalets” for us, #25, with privacy, lovely gardens, a beautiful view of the bay, and only steps from the beach and the amazing turquoise water. The chalets are simple but very comfortable, with AC in the bedroom, a safe, a basic kitchen, and dining and sitting area. We loved having breakfast on our terrace each morning accompanied by hummingbirds, butterflies, yellow sugar birds, geckos, and an occasional iguana. Then we’d walk next door to Jibe City for a few hours of windsurfing or head out for some snorkeling. When we needed a break from the sun, we’d come back for lunch and a siesta under the thatched-roof palapas on the beach. There was never any problem getting chairs on the beach, even though the resort appeared to be full. Most of the guests were Dutch, with very few Americans, and several multi-generational family groups, with grandparents, parents, and young children. On the days cruise ships were in port, the crowd seemed to be mostly over at Bonaire Windsurf Place with only a few at Sorobon.
We only ate one breakfast and one dinner in the resort’s open-air restaurant; both meals were good but in our opinion a bit expensive, and with two kids in college, our budget is limited. We shopped at the new grocery store in town and made most of our breakfasts and lunches in our chalet and went out for several dinners in town (Cactus Blue, Plazita Limena, and Paradise Moon, all very good). It’s only a 10- to 15-minute drive into town but watch out for donkeys and goats in the road on your way back from town at night!
For early risers, the sunrises over beautiful Lac Bay are definitely worth getting up for. We also enjoyed sitting out on the beach at night under the stars, sipping rum punch and watching the full moon rise up over the bay. The Sorobon’s pier is a great place to watch young, future world champion freestyle windsurfers practicing their tricks at the end of the day. We also walked straight out from the pier for about 20 minutes for some awesome snorkeling along the reef.
Service at the resort was friendly and helpful, and everyone speaks English. We arrived on the island and 5:30 a.m. and were able to stow our luggage in the office and use the beach facilities until our room was ready, a little earlier than the 2:00 p.m. check-in time. Our room was cleaned every day, with fresh towels, and a very nice member of the grounds crew even came to trim some branches that were scraping the roof our chalet. The beach bar’s friendly waitstaff delivers drinks and lunch to your lounge chair if you desire.
Only two very minor disappointments: there were kayaks but no paddles (we were told they’d been stolen and new ones had been ordered) and there were no microwaves as advertised on the resort’s website.
We fell in love with the windsurfing on Lac Bay and the snorkeling around Bonaire. Compared with other islands, Bonaire is very relaxed and comfortable— no beach vendors hassling you to buy necklaces or drugs; no concerns about safety; easy driving, parking, and finding your way around; friendly, helpful people; very low key. We hope to come back someday soon and we wouldn’t think of staying anywhere else but the Sorobon Beach Resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tranquil and private surroundings. Brightest hue of turquoise in the Caribbean. Sunshine and warmth every day of the year. This is how you will remember the Sorobon Beach and Wellness Resort – 15 adorable bright blue chalets tucked in-between palm trees and lush gardens on the charming island of Bonaire. With a rich history of more than 25 years, the resort invites everyone who search for unrefined enjoyment in nature and unconditional love for serenity. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sorobon Beach Hotel Kralendijk
- Sorobon Beach, Wellness & Windsurf Resort Bonaire/Kralendijk