My wife and I booked bungalow #6 -- which is enormous and juts out a bit on the corner towards the cliff. We might have just booked an apartment, but it was the 2nd part of our honeymoon and we splurged. It should be noted, however, than even "splurging" only cost about $165/night -- comparable accommodations in Hawaii were 4x more expensive.
One of the best reasons to stay on this very private cliff area is the breeze coming off the sea. Not only is it refreshing, but it blows away mosquitos. A few managed to sneak in our bedroom, but my wife only got bit because her feet poked out from the mosquito net. On the island, you should pretty much always have some deet on your neck, wrists and ankles. At Marazul Dive, there were fewer mosquitos than we saw anywhere else on the island.
Rene the property manager is a cheerful man who's there to help. He just bought an apartment on the property (to rent, not to live in), so he's invested, literally, in keeping the place pristine.
There are iguanas and beautiful birds all over. The iguanas won't bother you -- although we did have a bright green baby iguana try to sneak into our bungalow. Heh. The snorkeling directly off the cliff at Marazul is very good -- diverse coral and fish.
The *only thing that I need to qualify here is that, for whatever reason, you have to pay for toilet paper. Seems like an odd bit, and that they should just add $5 to the rental. But it's a la carte. That's the reason I only gave 4 stars for service. Also, there are no doors on the bathrooms. Interesting. We didn't mind, but then again we had 2 bathrooms because we booked a full bungalow..
The kitchen was well equipped. We cooked a bit, and kept a lot of beer in the fridge. There's a good restaurant directly next door, and a couple other fun ones nearby that you'll read about. The grocery stores are 30 mins away, so be sure to stock up when you arrive or when you're coming back from town. Rene will also have a bag of groceries waiting for you at cost if you make that request in advance.
Westpunt is where you want to stay. The resorts in Jan Thiel are tacky, expensive, and full of mosquitoes. The best beaches are in the west part of the island, and are within a 15 minute drive of Marazul Dive. We drove to the capital one day, and it was fine -- but we much preferred drinking beer on the beach and snorkeling. I'm getting a bit misty eyed as I write this, so it's time to stop. What a magnificent vacation it was--at a very special property on the magical island of Curacao.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Marazul Dive Resort is located at the most beautiful spot of Curacao. In front is the sea and the mountains at the back. Marazul Dive Resort consists of several studios/apartments and bungalows. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marazul Dive Hotel
- Marazul Dive Resort Curacao/Sabana Westpunt