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Baoase Luxury Resort
Ranked #1 of 32 Hotels in Willemstad
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 March 2010

My wife and I decided to treat ourselves for our birthdays and visit someplace we'd not yet been. After some months of research and reading hundreds of reviews, we decided on the island of Curacao. At this point I found the Baoase Luxury Resort and was intrigued by its size and all positive reviews, though there were not many compared to other hotels. I sent some e-mails with variuos questions and even called a couple of times and was always greeted warmly and with expeditious responses. The decision was made and we booked our trip for the week of Feb.20-27th.
The resort exceeded anything we expected. The location and beach are like an island on an island. The attention to detail and decor not only was evidenced in the rooms but the entire resort. At times I felt we were more in Micronesia than somewhere off the coast of Venezuela. The collection of artifacts placed all over were nothing short of museum quality pieces and almost always demanded a few moments to stand there and appreciate them. There is no doubt in our minds that a great deal of thought and love went into the choosing.
The "Retaurant" located on the beach, or "Rik's Cafe" as we liked to call it, does an exceptional job with the limitations of not having a huge kitchen. We dined on from Tapas and Toasties to Spiced Red Snapper in a beur blanc sauce that rivaled Le Cirque or Le Bernadine ( we have been to both). Rik Ebben is an extraordinary chef whose individual touch to his creations and yet his humble description of them is an experience in itself. He never feared making anything asked of him as long as he had the ingredients(or some facsimile.LOL i.e Rik's own take on Eggs Benedict- in our eyes better than the original). His brother Ronald runs a tight ship as restaurant and bar manager and was, it seems at times, everywhere at once and always in uplifting humor.
As you can probably tell, we became attached to this place and it's close knit family. Always a smile from Quincy or Sheila at the bar. Always a friendly greeting from Ester. Cassandra at the front desk was enormously helpful..from arranging car rental or snorkeling trip to massages on the beach at sunset (highly recommended).
The day we were leaving was the day after ANOTHER snowstorm back home. We were hoping all flights were cancelled and we'd be forced to endure another day or two in Paradise.
The Resort is intended to be private and serene without the large scale distractions of it's competitors. It captures that effect more than one could hope for. We've added some of our own photos.
And in the words of the great "Terminator".....We'll be back!

P.S. Make sure to say hello to all our friends living in that great town of Bushalte !

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2010

Amazing property, absolute paradise, villas are both luxurious and intimate. My wife had a massage in the villa and said it was the best she ever had. Only minor complaints are the jacuzzis are not heated, there are no instruction manuals for some of the appliances in the villa and no I pod docks (now pretty standard in most hotels). If you are looking for total relaxation this place cant be beat.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 February 2010

My husband and I have been fortunate enough to vacation extensively all over the Caribbean-- and though we have stayed at many 5 star hotels thereabout, we have never had an experience like the one we had during our incredible week at Baoase. This place is absolute luxury, intimacy and serenity from top to bottom- yet somehow managing to keep a casual, laid-back atmosphere at the same time. The decor and landscaping were absolutely stunning, every meal- exceptional and the staff was attentive and professional at all times. We really could not say enough positive things about this resort. We just can't wait to get back there next year! THANK YOU BAOASE!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank kristina816
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Reviewed 8 February 2010

From the moment we arrived, we were treated like royalty! The beauty of this resort is absolutely amazing with its private beach, island and pools. The lush grounds surround you with exotic plants. The sunsets were gorgeous and there was enough of a trade wind to keep it pleasant. The suite we had was wonderful with all of the expected amenities (quiet air conditioning, lovely shower, tv, mini-fridge, etc....) and ours had a covered deck with hot tub. Many of the villas have private entrances to the pool and some even have their own private pool. The service by the staff especially at the beach bar was impeccible - and the chef went out of his way to create extradordinary dinners for us! The owners went out of their way to personally introduce themselves to us and offer their personal "thank you"......it made us feel like we were their personal guests.

If you go to Curacao....you MUST stay here, especially if you are looking for a totally relaxing, romantic get-away. It's not far from the "night-life" of downtown either, so if you feel a need to party, it's not far.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 February 2010

Wauw, what a place. Bibi, Ad and the crew created a new Curacao feeling.

Perfect place to be on Curacao. We were surprised by the ambiance and eye for detail.

Will be back!

Arjan and Rixt

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank siers
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Reviewed 4 February 2010

Well what can I say, I was over the moon. One of the finest resorts in which not one thing has been compromised. The service, safety, hospitality, room, food all high class standard. The location is amazing, the story behind it even more amazing. Build from the heart, full of passion... you will feel it staying here. This is upscale Curacao.
I had a blast, great. I will back soon.. that's for sure.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled on business
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Thank NOALeeuwarden
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Reviewed 11 January 2010

From the moment we arrived, we fell in love with the resort. The staff and service were AMAZING!! The resort itself was beautiful, very clean, romantic and relaxing. The location was central...only a 5-10 minute cab ride to downtown...we even walked it one afternoon. The food was impeccable..there was not one thing that we ate that was not top notch...dinner on the beach is a must!! Baoase is definitely a place you go to when you just want to kick your feet up and get away from it all. Curacao itself is a beautiful island that has it all...rest and relaxation, and a nightlife. We are already planning a trip back and can't wait!!

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: Winterswijkstraat 2, Willemstad 00000, Curacao
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Region: Caribbean > Curacao > Willemstad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Willemstad
#1 Spa Hotel in Willemstad
#1 Luxury Hotel in Willemstad
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Willemstad
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Willemstad
#1 Romantic Hotel in Willemstad
Price Range: £403 - £908 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Baoase Luxury Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The ultra-exclusive resort promises to provide an unforgettable experience to guests seeking a peaceful retreat in comfort and style. With 23 extravagant rooms, suites and villas, the resort is the ultimate getaway for luxury seeker. In line with the love of Balinese style, something unique and highly luxurious was created. Different elements were incorporated in the design of the resort such as cool, dark woods and vases, antiques, and other elegant artefacts scattered throughout the property to set off the natural beauty of the surroundings. The resort’s philosophy of barefoot elegance brings luxury back to its essence. Unique are the water basins located at the guest room entrances. They are designed so guests can wash their feet before entering their accommodation which is also a Balinese custom. The ultra-exclusive resort promises to provide an unforgettable experience to guests seeking a peaceful retreat in comfort and style. Baoase distinguishes itself from other luxury resorts in the Caribbean by offering impeccable attention to detail, an unparalleled level of service and- a commitment to creating a unique holiday spot for the world’s most discriminating traveller. ... more   less 
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