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... for sent, strutseridning skulle det bli. Karim nøyet seg med å være fotograf, noe han absolutt ikke angret på! Rideturen var for Caroline meget skummelt mens det pågikk, og for Karim hysterisk morsomt! Etterpå måtte Caroline roes ned med litt drikke i restauranten før vi dro videre.
Neste stopp var stranden, og selv om det også i dag hadde regnet kraftig og skyene var tunge, lot vi oss ikke stoppe!
Vi hadde valgt ut en strand vest for Willemstad som het Cas Abou. Karim ...
... det litt mer piano enn vi tidligere har gjort på denne turen. Vi dro bort til Sea Aquarium og så litt siden vi har gratis inngang fordi vi bor på et hotell som samarbeider med de. Der fikk vi overvære en dolphin swim session, og bestemte oss fort for at vi måtte svømme med delfinene her også. Etter å ha vært i aquariumet et par timer, dro vi tilbake til hotellet og fant oss en restaurant for kvelden som tilbydde free shuttle service. Henting ble ...
... we ended up buying a bottle of the blue and a bottle of the coffee to take back.
Here's the recipe for Blue Lagoon:
1 x 25ml shot of vodka
1 x 25ml shot of Blue Curaçao
Slices of orange to garnish
Half-fill a highball glass with crushed ice; pour over equal measures of vodka and Blue Curaçao. Top up the glass with lemonade and add a slice of orange. Yum!
After our ...
... a Canadian woman, on their mono hull "Matira". Matira was the smallest boat I have ever seen in my life. I think it may have been about 28 ft. long, however, they have been absolutely everywhere in it. I think they have been traveling for about 13 years, and they still have no plans on stopping.
We spent lots of wonderful nights enjoying the company of all our new friends. We even hosted Phil's (from Matira) birthday dinner on the very night we met ...
... and all sorts of combinations of those spoken in a Patois. I had men in the fish market yelling "Bon dia!" "Hola!" "Buenos dias!" and several other greetings that included looking me up and down and making hissing noises. English was unfortunately one of the only languages I was rarely hearing, which prompted me to pull out my Spanish playbook, and that generally got me through the day....until I entered the Round Market. The Round Market was one of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Floris Suite Hotel Willemstad
Beautiful, serene island retreat
We stayed at the Floris Suites in June 2004 and had a very nice stay. It's a beautiful European-style hotel in a convenient and secure location. The staff was friendly and helpful. We experienced a few glitches in the service (as one would at any hotel over 7 nights) but once brought to management's attention, they were fixed. The Junior Suites were basic but clean and well appointed. We loved Hooks Hut (the hotel's beach bar/restaurant across the street) as well as Sjalotte, the hotel restaurant. The hotel is across the street from the Hilton and Marriott resorts, so it is easy to enjoy their casinos and restaurants if you want a change of scenery. The beach is a great place to spend the day and we did not find it to be any more crowded than the other resort/hotel beaches we visited. You will want to explore Curacao's other beaches anyway. We enjoyed unwinding at the end of the day by the lovely pool, which was never crowded.
If you are looking for a rowdy resort with a party atmosphere, then you will be best served by staying somewhere else. If you are looking for a quiet, stylish island retreat as a base for your travels around Curacao, then consider the Floris Suites. We would definitely go back.
Don't waste your money
First let me say that the staff for the most part is hard working and does it's best to please. Have you ever stayed at a 4 star hotel that does not change the sheets everyday?; welcome to the Floris. There is no beach, you have to walk across the street to a postage size piece of sand they call a beach, populated by screaming children. One day we were going to sit at the hotel pool, but the few lounge chairs were already taken. At the front desk, they never have change, I guess management does not trust thier employees with a few dollars. The food is average, but that is true all over the Island. If you must go to Curacao I would suggest the Marriott accross the street from the Floris. I believe the good reviews of this hotel must be written by the owners or their friends.
My boyfriend and I visited Curacao from May 19-24 2004. We had previously visited and stayed at the Avila Beach but decided to try the Floris Suite Hotel this time around. We were not disappointed. The pictures of the hotel on its website are exactly the way it really is. The rooms are amazing, including a microwave, stove, and dishes. There is also a minibar and freezer in the room as well. Each room has its own balcony/patio with a table for two. The staff at the hotel was so helpful with directions, maps, and recommendations. I can't understand how they could be unfriendly as some have mentioned. The hotel offers a beautiful pool with several chairs and umbrellas. There is no beach on the property, however, it is a short walk away. One review mentioned bringing your own towels because the hotels werent in good shape. I brought my own towels only to find out that the hotels towels were in perfectly normal condition. Very large and soft as a matter of fact. So don't worry about bringing your own towels. The hotels breakfast bar is only $10 per person and it was very good. Didn't get a chance to eat dinner at the restaurant though. The bar was also very nice and served a large variety of drinks. My only complaint about the Floris Suite Hotel is a very small one. The water in the shower didn't seem to want to stay hot for more than 30 seconds. It tended to be luke warm most of the time. Might not bother some, but not for me. Overall, I was extremely impressed with the Floris Suite Hotel and would recommend it to anyone visiting Curacao!
"stylish, serene, superb"
I recently returned from a wonderful stay at the Floris Suite Hotel in Curacao. The Floris Suite is an incredible jewel. It is a design oriented hotel which offers the leisure of the Caribbean, combined with European sensibility. The atmosphere is one of quiet, casual elegance. The grounds of the hotel are very lush and beautiful. While the hotel is not directly beach front, there is a private beach a short walk away. The swimming pool is tranquil, peaceful and very private. The guest rooms are bright, comfortable, spacious and well appointed. Our meals in the hotel at the restaurant "Sjalotte" were always delicious and presented with style. Best of all, the staff is extremely competent, hospitable and aiming to please. I have stayed at the Floris Suite three times and have never been disappointed. In fact, the hotel keeps improving with each visit. I can't wait to return!
Their license should be revoked!!!
My wife and I vacationed at the Floris Suite Hotel in April, 2004. We were terribly disappointed. For example, the staff were unfriendly and unaccomodating. Sit poolside and you will not see any staff members.
Thus, no drinks or food, unless you walk to the hotel restaurant 100 yards away. Need direction in planning your stay (e.g., sightseeing, restaurants, shopping, nightlife), don't ask the concierge at the front desk because she has only been on the island for 4 weeks. Please, please, please, beware of the fact that the hotel webiste boasts no photos of the beach. THERE IS NO BEACH! The sand patch that we did observe consisted of rock, stone, and crabs. If you enter the water be cautious of fishing boats anchored 10' away. Although the taste of salt water is probably better than the test of oil and gasoline. LOOK ELSEWHERE FOR AN ENJOYABLE VACATION!!!
You simply must visit the Floris Suite
What a Hoot!
I was just surfing the net on where I could share the wonderful experience I had recently with my partner at the Floris Suite Hotel in Curacao when I came upon the amusing negative write up posted in March of this year.
I can't believe we stayed in the same hotel! Perhaps as a result of the language barrier, they 'hitched a lift' from the airport to the local motel in Willemstad instead of the Floris Suite. From the moment we arrived at the Floris to the moment we left, our stay was nothing but outstanding. I have stayed in many top hotels all over the world so I do feel I am in a good position to make a fair assessment.
Architecturally, the hotel and gardens were extraordinarily beautiful.
Throughout the hotel there was a sensation of being at one with nature.
It was extremely peaceful. My partner and I often found ourselves sharing our breakfast with the most beautiful of birds!
In my experience what makes a great hotel amongst many factors is the staff. At the Floris, the staff were professional, efficient, etc but also very smiley and it was evident that they were very happy in their work. They were a joy to be around. Also they were absolutely stunning!
The food at the restaurant at the hotel was of very high quality. The suites were great! Absolutely everything you need right there. They were designed beautifully.
My partner and I will definitely be revisiting the Floris and we highly recommend it. It was such a beautiful hotel and the staff were absolutely wonderful. If you look at the Floris website the quality speaks for itself. You must visit! All this talk of the Floris, I'm going to have to get the photos out..., AGAIN!!!
Never to forget
After having stayed for a few days on a business trip I convinced my wife that Floris Suite was the place to be on Curacao. We rented the Royal Garden Suite with our 2 children and had a wonderful stay.
Beautiful garden, amazing pool and the best restaurant of the island.
The Hooks Hut Beach Club was our homebase, where we had wonderful lunches and they even had diner tables on the beach with our feet a few meters from the sea. The friendly staff of Floris informed us about the most beautiful beaches and best attractions in Curacao. We are very grateful to them for making our visit to Curacao one never to forget.
Best Hotel I've ever seen
It was our first time on the Antillen ,ofcourse I saw the website and couldn't believe what I saw ,what a beautiful place to stay for 9 days .We've booked the hotel and it was the best hotel we had ever seen .Champagne and Fruit was there ,perfect lokation of the room ,breakfast was perfect ,every day fresh eggs with bacon and juice ;-)) Fitnessroom , Internet , perfectly clean room everyday ,and a dutch newspaper ..I've read the bad experience of one couple ,are they sure that they have been to floris suite ??? we loved the styl ,we love the people working for the hotel and we love the island ..friends of us are also going and i'm positive that the going to love it just like we did
Peace and harmony
We didn't know where to go.. never been on the Caribbean so we looked for an hotel and found Floris Suite; designed by Jan des Bouvrie (Dutch Designer). So we booked a week and there we were.. in a paradise.. The hotel was really nice but absolutely not overdone decorated; it was classy and style full, the staff was friendly and their tempo was almost the same as the normal European tempo. The rooms were clean and had a very nice view on the quit garden with big palm trees and in the middle the swimming pool. Absolutely something to do again!!
Loved the Floris!
The Floris is a fine attractive place to stay in Curacao. It truly is European in attitude and furnishings. The staff was wonderful and helpful. The tiny kitchenette was a boon. The resturant and bar beyond expectation.The European flight crews stayed here. It was clean, comfortable, calming efficient and beautiful. It was more like house sitting a flight attendant's groovie condo than staying in a hotel or one of those eyesore megalith resorts.It is not on the beach but the hotel does have an arrangement with Hook's Beach Club (about a 5 minute walk across the street around the edge of hilton's parking lot and a construction zone).The beach was frequently over run by squealling school kids about 5-10 years old. Amusing but not romantic. And yes, the Dutch women go topless and no, it is not sleazy. We rarely used it or the pool at the Floris (it is great though)They have a better fitness center than most hotels in the states (over crowded with 3 treadmills, dumbell rack and a full sized cybex weight station!) Also have fast internet acess in the top floor business center. Check your email and laugh at co-workers stateside!We went for the scuba diving and the Floris is ideal for shore diving Americans like us. Rent a car through the Floris, rent Tanks at Dolphin Diver's at Hook's beach and drive north to Great reef's (Portimarie, Playa Kalki, Kas Abou, Lagun and Kliene Knip.) Roland at dolhin divers was a treasure, great advice and directions in clear concise english (I can't get that in the USA most times!)Stop on the way north at Rima's Soft Center for beer, sodas and chips.The Daniel land House is a good post dive resturant. The Gouverur de Reauville is great too.Crossing into Willemstad at night is a bit daunting and good streetmaps in English of that city don't seem to exist. Parodoxically every decent dive site is marked just dandy.