The hotel scene is expanding in Curaçao with recent openings including boutique hotels and stylish B&B accommodations in the pretty neighborhood of Pietermaai, for example. Steeped in history and architecture, with prominent sights at every turn Curaçao is now offering a fascinating mix of old and new with a Caribbean flair.
Best boutique hotels Curacao
1) BijBlauw, Kaya Wilson Godett 82-84. Don’t miss: take your breakfast, lunch and dinner with your feet in the sand at their restaurant.
Titia and Ruud van Dijk opened the doors of their lovely hotel in December 2013. After spending almost a decade in France, they relocated to Curaçao for their newest project; a boutique hotel.
The name BijBlauw refers to the blue skies and ocean that can be seen from the hotel. Choose any of their five beautiful rooms or, if you are travelling with a larger group or family, opt for their luxury apartment. Leaving the hotel for breakfast, lunch or supper won’t be necessary, as Titia and Ruud also run a delicious restaurant with their hotel. Don’t forget to visit their shop, which is located next door, to buy your comfortable yet fashionable clothes. Ooh la la!
2) Scuba Lodge, Pietermaai 104, Pietermaai. Don’t miss: their picnic breakfast served in a picnic basket.
Scuba Lodge is one of those places where you’ll find peace within the midst of the city jungle. The gorgeous boutique hotel located on the beachfront of the Pietermaai district invites you to relax and really enjoy your holiday. Start your day with an amazing picnic breakfast on a white sandy beach, and figure out whatever you want to do the rest of the day. If you wish to get a little more active; the staff can help you planning various activities from a city walk to private yoga lessons, or take a diving lesson at their dive school. The 14 rooms and 8 apartments are beautifully decorated and painted in soft colors to make sure your holiday is as relaxed as it should be!
3) Baoase, Winterswijkstraat 2. Don’t miss: their wonderful beach and beach bites.
Baoase calls itself ‘the ruby of the Caribbean’ and for good reason. The resort is tucked away in an unassuming street, but don’t be fooled! As soon as you walk trough the front gates you enter a different world, one filled with luxury and a very relaxed vibe. If you choose to stay here, and you should, you’ll notice the Indonesian decorations, which are carefully chosen to make your stay even more ‘zen’. In April they opened their new Beachfront Pool Suites, which are designed to guarantee your complete privacy in a beautiful, authentic environment. Pay special attention to the walls in the hallway, they are made of wooden door panels imported from Indonesia. Oh and ladies, if you do come to Baoase, please make sure you book the Beachfront Pool Suite… if only for the huge walk-in closet! And don’t forget to make reservations at their restaurant and enjoy your well deserved beach day at their gorgeous beach, you won’t be sorry!
4) Pietermaai Small, Pietermaai 51. Don’t miss: the tropical gardens.
Marketed as ‘the Quartier Latin of Curaçao’, the Pietermaai District really is up and coming, as you can see from all the Boutique Hotels, restaurants and bars located in this historic neighborhood. Located in historic buildings, Pietermaai Small Apartments prides itself on its lush tropical gardens with pool in the middle of the city. The buildings have been recently renovated and many of the old elements have been left intact, such as the high wooden shutter windows. This gives you the old colonial feeling, but with benefits; the houses have been built in such a way to provide maximum protection against the unforgiving Caribbean heat. The location provides the ultimate starting point for exploring the city by foot, or walking over to one of the many fantastic restaurants located in this part of the city, like Kome and Ginger for example.
5) ‘t Klooster, De Veerstraat 12. Don’t miss: the spacious junior suites that are suitable for up to 7 persons.
One Boutique hotel that isn’t located in the Pietermaai District is Hotel ‘t Klooster. This beautiful hotel is located at Waaigat in Punda and was home to the religious brotherhood of Tilburg in the Netherlands. This brotherhood wanted to eradicate poverty and create a better future for Curacao’s youth. The brotherhood worked and lived in this historic building for the last century, until it was transformed into a hotel. The elegant interior was done by stylist and interior designer Ben Kotmans, and it makes for classy and stylish rooms and suites. If you go hungry there’s no need to leave the premises; get your fill at Brasserie Chapter located in the former chapel. On Thursday nights it is Chapter’s Smoke Night; serving great pieces of meat grilled or smoked from the BBQ.
6) Saint Tropez, Pietermaai 152. Don’t miss: their sweet water infinity pool with a very pretty view over the ocean. And their jalapeños cheese balls with a gin & tonic!
Saint Tropez is one of the many hotels you’ll find along the Pietermaai coastline. However, this does not mean they don’t know how to draw in their public and distinguish their selves from their competition. Jennifer Lacroes, hotel manager at Saint Tropez explains: ‘we stand out because we are actively trying to bring the mediterranean feeling to Curaçao. The jet-set vibe, the view… even the music has been adapted to cater to this feeling’. And indeed, it works. From the stylish white exterior to the infinity pool, the whole location oozes the feeling of the real Saint Tropez. ‘Except the prices’ laughs Jennifer.
Their rooms suit the vibe they’ve created; stylish, well decorated and calm. Currently expanding, the boutique hotel has 10 suites available at the moment but they hope to open their new wing soon!