We thoroughly enjoyed our week here in September. The staff was excellent. We were pleased to debunk some of the negative comments that we had seen in prior reviews. The private beach on the canal was not too rocky, the presence of the submarine crane was not distracting, the room cleaning schedule was very satisfactory, and the overall condition of the room was fine.
The most important consideration about a trip to Curacao is that Americans are not a very large proportion of tourists and you will have to adjust to the overwhelming presence of Dutch tourists and expats.
This resort's location is uniquely situated on a canal that enters and exits the ocean over a short distance. It provides good snorkeling and kayaking. Divers can swim right out the canal to sites. The proximity of the aquarium adds to the interest with the sea lions and dolphins that you can observe from your property.
You can cross a small bridge and enter a long strip of beach right across the canal that has a variety of shopping and eating. Aloha is a great reasonably priced lunch place with beach bar dining. Mambo's and the Cabana were OK but like most places the service is very much on island time. New York steak house past Cabana's was excellent including great service. Many nights one of the beach clubs would have a lively party.
Downtown we like Perla Del Mar in the Old Fort. My wife had a seafood casserole that was not your typical American casserole but a garlic tossed mixture of every seafood imaginable including whole small deep fried octopi. I don't remember the name of it but there was a very small Italian restaurant on a street perpendicular to the Polo store area plaza that was tremendous.
Cheap bus transportation to and from downtown is available and easy. We have traveled to a majority of the Caribbean islands and I consider the overall vacation cost in Curacao to be noticeably lower than the high traffic islands like USVI, BVI, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, etc.and better than most any other except the isolated Eastern Caribbean currency ones like St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, etc.
Curacao offers a vacation experience unlike any other. It can be as quiet or busy as you prefer. The shop personnel, local bus companions, Dutch visitors and expats are all mostly genuinely friendly. It felt like a trip that you could personalize with the amount of tourist activity that you chose as opposed to visiting some of the more well known destinations where you can get caught up in the wave of tourist things to do.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Sea Aquarium Resort is the perfect spot for a relaxing getaway or for a family vacation. The friendly staff will make you feel right at home and take care of your every need. Whether you decide to relax on the beach or by the pool, join in the fun activity program, try your hand at water sports, visit the world-famous Sea Aquarium right next door to the resort or explore the island, you are sure to enjoy yourselves.The resort has 30 fully furnished Caribbean Ocean View Two Bedroom Master Suites (sleeping six) which can be divided into 30 Ocean View One Bedroom Suites (sleeping four) and 30 Ocean View Junior Suites (sleeping two). We will do everything we can to help you and your family get the most out of your stay on Curacao and we hope that you find the resort information and sightseeing ideas featured here useful. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Sea Aquarium Hotel
- Royal Sea Aquarium Curaçao
- Sea Aquarium Resort Curacao
- The Royal Sea Aquarium Resort Curacao/Willemstad