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“Great New Years holiday/great diving!”

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Lions Dive & Beach Resort Curacao
Ranked #5 of 32 Hotels in Willemstad
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St. Johns, Florida
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“Great New Years holiday/great diving!”
Reviewed 23 February 2014

Our family visited Lions Dive Dec 28 - Jan 3, 2014. We had an awesome experience. Upon check in we were upgraded to an ocean front room which was amazing with a great porch and incredible view of the beach and ocean. The resort was very beautiful and my only complaints would be that the ceiling fan in our room was very noisy and should have been replaced and the service in the restaurants is not like you would see in the US. Let me explain, in the US if you order water the server will refill it when it is empty and when you are ready to leave they will bring you your check. It is very laid back there so you usually have to ask for your bill and for more water if you want it. Small complaint for a great trip! The beach is very nice and clean with great entry to a protected area. You can swim/snorkel either in the protected area or swim through the rocks to the outside area. We also did a shore dive in that area. Very nice! The hotel has basically 3 restaurants and the food was very good at all 3. I wish that they served a small breakfast on the menu because the buffet ($17US) was more than we ever wanted in the morning, toast and eggs would have been fine but was not available. The grounds of the hotel are very nice and the concierge was very helpful when asking about what to do in the area. A bus can take you every day to the grocery store which was great, we stocked up on snacks and some water, although the water in Curacao is very good. We loved all the iguanas all over the place. One thing that was unexpected was what happened on New Years Eve. Apparently New Years is a very cultural event. Fireworks started at noon (the very loud kind), they had a really nice New Years party with a live band and the party went on until wee hours of the morning. The fireworks went off until almost 4am and they were loud. This isn't a complaint but an observation and I am sure it would be the same any New Years. We will definitely be back. The onsite dive show Ocean Encounters was very convenient.

Room Tip: Ocean Front is awesome, over looking the beach.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 February 2014

We just returned from a week at Lions Dive (LD) and are happy to report a great experience overall. We had narrowed our choices down to Sunscape and Lions Dive and after staying at LD and walking through Sunscape, we were glad we chose LD. Our room was an ocean view with a single bed. The mini fridge worked great and bathroom included a tub, which was very nice. Everything was clean. LD emphasizes conservation/”green” and we support that so opted for no change to bed linens and minimal towel changes. The TV worked great, the free WiFi worked in the room and on the beach (rather than just in the lobby as with other places), the ice machine always had ice, and the air conditioner worked very well. We brought our own granola bars for breakfast and had leftovers from the previous night’s dinner for lunch, so saved on food costs. We tried 2 of the 3 on-site restaurants for dinner: Hemingway’s (large portions, great service, excellent taste, reasonable price) and Piazza (excellent happy hour special of pizza and soda, very tasty pizza). We skipped the fancier Nemos due to price. We also tried Augustos (walking distance east) and El Mexico (walking distance west on the Boulevard)….liked the Mexican place best. Another tip is to frequent the small canteen store across from the front desk for snacks and sundries. The service on the beach was very good (drinks, snacks, etc.) and there were plenty of well shaded chaises longes (or chaise lounges for the non-French). Be careful with the hot water- it’s heated by the sun and comes out at just under boiling temperature. A little bit goes a long way in a tub. Lots of entertaining and beautiful birds and iguanas. The temperature combined with the trade winds made for a perfect climate.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms next to the restaurants if you like to go to bed early
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Asheville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

but our experience should sustain us until spring arrives in NC, USA. We had an amazing time in beautiful Curacao, and so enjoyed the attentive hospitality of LionsDive - the accommodations were top notch. It was super to join together on shared terraces and balconies and to enjoy the nice kitchenettes (plenty of space for plenty of cold beer!) You are the most wonderful hosts a group could wish for. Every staff person I encountered was competent and professional and friendly. Im so pleased that Hemmingways has raised the bar in its food and service, and that we can now add Chill to our list of local favorites! Of course the Doug Stern Pool is a main attraction, and from our terrace, I enjoyed the training of your local club. Fine work!

Room Tip: our room was in the 300 block, suite by the pool and with ocean views, wonderful for sunset parties...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Columbia, Missouri, United States
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

“Burrrrr! I’m cold!” Suzanne said as we climbed aboard the “Curação Princess” dive boat from our second morning dive.

“Me too!” I agreed with a chuckle. Fortunately, we were quickly warmed by the bright sunshine and 80 degree+ breeze. I caught Suz’s eye and big smile remembering we had left the frigid Missouri winter to dive the tropical waters of Curação for “another day in paradise.”

We dove with friends from Captain Nemo’s Dive Shop in Columbia, MO and stayed at Lions Dive and Beach Resort. As always on Capt. Nemo's dive trips, we had a great time. Lions Dive had several nice restaurants and several more were within easy walking distance.

The Piazza had great pizza, salads and sandwiches at a reasonable price. The service was great! Just remember you are on island time and ask for the bill when you are ready to go. I learned it is impolite for a waitress to bring the bill before being asked.

Our best meal was at the old Fort Nassau overlooking the capital city of Willemstad. Very reasonable price for great view and good food.

On previous dive trips each day we had two morning dives and one afternoon dive. Only two morning dives were provided by Lions Dive plus unlimited shore diving. Suz added a dive skin under her wetsuit and I dove with a long sleeve polyester blend t-shirt under my shorty. The little extra was all we needed to stay warm and enjoy the many tropical fish, moray eels, sponges and coral. Suz even found an octopus and two tiny seahorses!

Our dive masters Julie, Flor and Mouse were great! It always amazes me how the small young ladies can move around the heavy scuba tanks and weighted dive BCs with such grace and agility!

The free afternoons gave us plenty of time to explore downtown Willemstad and the Maritime Museum where we learned how important Curação and the Dutch Navy were in protecting the Venezuelan oil from German U-boat attacks during WWII.

We also had time for Suz to enjoy the warm afternoon sun in an European beach atmosphere (no pictures available). Several of us returned to the beach each evening to toast the beautiful sunsets.

The good food, good friends and warm tropical beach made it a winter vacation to remember!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 3 February 2014

Room was spacious with flat screen tv, stove mini fridge, coffee maker and kettle. Plug is the rounded European one. Tap water tasted great. Most front desk staff was super nice and helpful. The hotel got plenty of beach chairs. The Piazza restaurant served big portion of pasta and the waitress on that Monday afternoon was pleasant. The hotel shuttle take guests to town twice a day. Really appreciated the shuttle to see the beautiful scenery and to pick up local food for lunch. The supermarket shuttle comes by twice a day to take guests shopping. Bring reusable bags. Vreugdenhil got everything I needed from fruits, veggies to breads and canned soup. Hotel has a gym that offered aerobic and spinning classes everyday. The Hemingway restaurant is busy from breakfast through to dinner. The tuna sandwich I had one day for lunch was ok. Would definitely recommend the hotel to family and friends and would return.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Zion, Illinois
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

The good: Beautiful grounds, friendly accommodating staff, gorgeous beach, plenty of food options on location and within easy walking distance.Free shuttle to grocery store and into town. Food at all restaurants good, with generous portions. Dive staff very friendly and professional. Mini fridge in the room so you don't need to eat out all the time. On site car rental, with friendly professional staff. Daily fitness classes are offered on site (I did not participate, so can't comment on quality).

The bad: Bathrooms kinda smell. Breakfast at Hemingway is outrageously expensive for what it is. (All meals are a little on the pricey side, but breakfast is the only time I ever felt I did not get my money's worth). Service for large groups (we had 17) was ridiculously slow (3 hours +); it took at least half an hour after we finished our meal to get the checks. Did not experience slow service when we went out in smaller groups.

The "not for me": Hotel is extremely large (I like a quieter atmosphere). Beach is topless permitted, although it is not all that common. Large groups of "cruise shippers" come through on a regular basis to visit the aquarium. Also, I got the impression that there were bicycles available for rental, but I guess that was a misunderstanding on my part.

Other: We suffered "sticker shock" at food prices initially, but once we got the hang of things, we started making lunch/breakfast in our room, and splitting meals for dinner. Take advantage of Hemingway lunch specials and Piazza also offers a sort of "early bird" dinner special from 4-6 for pizza and soda. If you visit in January; it rains several times a day, for about 2 minutes. Rain only sent me indoors once.

Overall: The hotel has a lot to offer for both divers and non divers. This just was not the right environment for me. All though we personally will not be returning to Lion's Dive, it could very well be the right hotel for you.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 January 2014 via mobile

Just returned from10 days at the lions dive resort, what a great place , 15 mins hotel bus drive from Willemstad,3 restaurants on site Piazza,hemmingways ( thank you Nance for being our personal cocktail waitress for our stay ) and Nemos and the Boulevard centre a 2 min walk shops, bars and more restaurants the best being the Green House. Great beach , great swimming and snorkelling . Aquarium is 2 min away well worth a visit, diving is available on site +boat trips . Rooms are very good we had an ocean view excellent,cleaned every day to a high standard Weather was great 32 with a breeze , bit of cloud the odd shower, super stay would love to go back next winter.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Lions Dive & Beach Resort Curacao
Address: Bapor Kibra, Willemstad, Curacao
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Region: Caribbean > Curacao > Willemstad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Willemstad
#3 Luxury Hotel in Willemstad
#4 Family Hotel in Willemstad
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Willemstad
#5 Romantic Hotel in Willemstad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Lions Dive & Beach Resort Curacao 4*
Number of rooms: 137
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located at the longest white sandy beach of Curacao, just minutes away from the picturesque Dutch colonial city of Willemstad, is sportive 4* Lions Dive & Beach Resort. The resort offers every desired accommodation; a stay in a comfortable hotel room, with your family in a large apartment or a romantic stay in a suite or penthouse. For the sportive guest, the resort has a lot of opportunities: train in the 50 meter sports pool, discover the underwater world with diving school Ocean Encounters or a workout at Body Beach Wellness Club. Of course Lions Dive is also the place for a sun, sea and beachy holiday. Have a massage on our private beach or relax in the Santai Spa. Enjoy our culinary features at the 4 bars and restaurants in the resort. Or just walk to the next-door boulevard with various shops and restaurants. With the personal touch of management and staff, we will give you a real Caribbean Experience. ... more   less 
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