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Blachi Koko Apartments Bonaire
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Salt Spring Island, Canada
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7 reviews
“Home away from Home”
Reviewed 3 April 2014

For the second year in a row I have stayed at Blachi Koko with snorkeling and diving friends. Nicely placed between the Divi Flamingo and Plaza resorts the apartments are only steps from the water. The outside shower and dunk tank make cleaning up after an adventure a breeze. Walking distance from town and great restaurants if you want to eat out but we often cooked in. We were very comfortable and extremely well looked after by Laetitia and Matthieu. They briefly checked in most days to see if we needed anything. The cleaning ladies come frequently. A friendly, welcoming, comfortable place to enjoy exploring the reefs and waters of Bonaire.

Room Tip: Apartment Kokolishi is a bit bigger and brighter than Lagadishi. Both have separate gazebos where we...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

Returning to Blachi Koko makes my year complete. Warm, friendly and very helpful hosts, clean and comfortable accommodations and the outdoor space makes this one of the best places to stay on Bonaire. Easy access to the water for snorkelling or diving. Pleasant walks to town or for groceries or you can borrow one of the Dutch bikes and enjoy a pleasant ride. Matthieu and Laetitia are amazing, from the airport pick up to the drop off we couldn't have asked for anything better. Anyone thinking of going to Bonaire should try here first, a real home away from home! Thanks again.

Room Tip: The upper unit is the best with an enormous deck, 2 generous bedrooms with fans and air con. All uni...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Elmira, Canada
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

Blachi Koko is an excellent place to stay on Bonaire. The owners Matthieu and Laetitia are extremely friendly and helpful, starting from when they meet you at the airport. Laetitia met us and helped us with our luggage and getting our rental and then we followed her to the apartments, which helps relieve a lot of stress when you first arrive! The apartment lived up to our every expectation. It was very clean and very nice. The location is excellent, close to everything you might need. The snorkelling was excellent at the beach right out front. We saw a stingray, turtle, and an octopus!! Unlike a lot of vacation rentals, the owners are on site almost every day, and are happy to help with recommendations of great places to go, or anything you might need for the apartment. I would recommend Blachi Koko to anyone who is thinking of staying!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Evansville, Wisconsin
2 reviews
Reviewed 22 March 2014

Great price & wonderful accommodations. The brightly colored buildings w/ court yards and functional kitchens fit our bill perfectly. 3 doors from the famous Carib Inn dive shop, a 15 minute walk to grocery store or downtown for entertainment or restaurants. Within 200 ft of a small sand beach. The owners, Laetitia and Matthieu, picked us up at the airport and delivered us to our rooms with a bottle of wine waiting. Have stayed at Blachi Koko 3 times and reserved our stay for next year. We love Bonaire for its diving (25 years now) and Blachi Kokos' location and warm hospitality brings us back for a very comfortable stay.

Room Tip: Talk to Laetitia or Matthieu for advice on which room best fits your needs. They have one large fla...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Bellingham, Washington
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

We returned to Blachi Koko in December of 2013, and we cannot say enough good things about how comfortable, quiet, and convenient it is. We have been to Bonaire several times, and at Blachi, we have found a second "home". The owners, Matthieu and Laetitia, always make us feel welcome. We have referred friends to this special spot, and they say the same things! We have already planned a two week return in November!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Nashville, Tennessee
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2 reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2014

We have stayed at the Blachi Koko every year but one since 2008 and look forward to being on Bonaire and staying with Matthieu and Laetitia every year. Each year seems to get better. They continue to improve the experience and they become more like family each year. Matthieu brings us Wahoo filets several times and he and Laetitia even sit with us in the evening while we enjoy the sunsets. He even arranged for me to borrow a guitar while I was there this year.

Blachi Koko is 10-15 min walk to the the downtown water front which makes the experience even better.

Can't say enough good about Bonaire, Blachi Koko and Matthieu, Laetitia and Lilli their daughter.

I'll be back

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cherry Valley, Canada
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

This was our fifth trip to Bonaire but our first stay at Blachi Koko. We were able to stay for two weeks this year so were looking for an apartment instead of just a room. We had a wonderful little set-up. I have read many of the other reviews and must say, I wholeheartedly agree that this is a great place to stay. We too were treated to freshly caught wahu by Matthieu plus the use of their cooler for our picnic in the north part of the island and Latitia would have happily lent me a hair dryer (until I realized the wind blown look was fine). They gave us great advice about good snorkelling sites and answered all our questions with patience and enthusiasm. They care about their business, and are very "hands on" owners. Needless to say, we have rebooked for next year.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Blachi Koko Apartments Bonaire
Address: Kaya Alemania 1 | Great Location, Kralendijk, Bonaire
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Region: Caribbean > Bonaire > Kralendijk
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 45 Speciality Lodging in Kralendijk
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Blachi Koko apartments are truly unique, reflecting the inviting influence of Caribbean colonial living, in a private setting, offering a very special alternative to traditional hotel experiences. Proprietors, Matthieu Foudraine and Laetitia Sernaglia have carefully renovated and restored this classic Antillean colonial property, creating 3 two-bedroom apartments and 2 one-bedroom apartments. Each residence is appointed with a private kitchen, full bath, air-conditioning, and contemporary furnishings, accented with colors and styles elegantly influenced by Matthieu and Laetitia's worldly travels. ... more   less 
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