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När vi kom fram till hotellet så log vi stort. Åh vilken resort. Direkt vid havet, så mysigt och fräscht. Här kommer vi verkligen att trivas. Vid incheckningen fick vi veta att de skulle ha en get-together här på hotellet, men fri bar under en timme. Det var ett slags informationsmöte.
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... would get a whole apartment for the same price; WOW! not complaining there!
We had a pool in our view, lovely Caribbean breezes day and night, topped off with warm welcoming temperatures around 32 degrees Celcius.
I decided to do some grocery shopping, draw some cash and chill for the rest of the day. Hello Curaçao! :)
My friend, Herman was only to arrive the next day, so I took an early night in, enjoying full custody of the whole apartment!
It's only 30 miles from Aruba so I pictured the ship going in circles since we had all night to get here. We took a 2 hour tour, it was pretty good. Govt is restoring many houses. There used to be a large Jewish population. Willemstad is a World Heritage site. Only 13% income tax. Gas $7 gal. Venezuela rents refinery and makes a fortune but charges ...
... my breakfast over the interactive tv and got much healthier options, ordered for 7.30 to 8am as it's a bit later start.
I have promised myself a video of the Dad Dancing which is on display most evenings by the Passport Bar, I'll have to go ...
... we first narrowed our list down to four different places. Jamaica, Curacao, Grand Cayman and Turks & Caicos. Grand Cayman and Turks are English colonies and would not perform weddings without the proper paperwork. We just wanted a ceremony for us and nothing else, so they were out of the question. Claire had already been to Jamaica and was not ready to go back, so we ended at Curacao. We both did a lot of the research and it is one of the ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLodge Kura Hulanda & Beach Club Curaçao
Vår fina resorthotell. Perfekt för en smekmånad. Här är utsikten underbar och det är rent och fint. Det är mysigt och vi storttrivs.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Lodge Kura Hulanda & Beach Club Curaçao
Kura Hulanda Lodge isn't your typical vacation spot with the sound of highways, horns, lines of tourist waiting, or fast food restaurants back to back. The only sounds you will hear is the sound of the wind, surf, and the clink of an empty pina colada glass by the pool. Situated at the west end of the island, away from the city of Williamstad it is a place to unwind and capture mental pictures to take home for a lifetime. The waters off the beach are so blue, you would swear they're artificially colored. Each day of our week was sunshine and temps in the high 80's. We rented a garden suit situated on the second floor with a walk out balcony. Each morning you would see dozens of green and yellow parrots flying between the cactus and the tree tops. We had a kitchenette and were able to enjoy coffee and breakfast by ourselves and with high speed in your room - you could touch base with "reality" if you had to with your laptop. Each evening you would find your bed turned back, with a "quote of the day" on your pillow and chocolates to boot. The big choice of the day was whether to sit by the pool or walk down to the beach. The beach has a wonderful grill/bar and drinks and food are brought right to your beach chairs. A dive shop is located just a few feet down the beach for divers. This island offers so many beaches and Kura Hulanda also offers rental cars right on the property - so jump in and visit Knip beach just 15 miles down the road and stop and enjoy all the various restaurants along the way. This island is a cultural experience...unlike other islands that have become tourist traps. The staff were not only friendly, but become part of your family. We have a son with disabilities and by the end of the week most staff knew some sign language. If you visit Curacao be sure to take the day excursion on the SHAMEEZA. Shameeze is a 65 foot sail boat docked at Sunset Waters, just 20 minutes from the Kura Hulanda. You sail from 10 am - midday stopping at several snorkeling beaches, enjoy a lunch onboard the ship and get the island from a whole new perspective. Our day with the SHAMEEZA crew was our favorite day. Various excursions can be booked right in the lobby of the Kura Hulanda. On our last day we waited for our driver to take us to the airport; but never showed. Realizing that we were close to missing our flight back to the US (which wasn't sounding bad to me) a staff person went to management and explained our situation. One of the management personnel jumped in his car and drove us the 35 miles into Williamstad to catch our flight! You don't get personal caring service like that at most establishments and we greatly appreciated their support without having to ask. Peaceful, beautiful, relaxful and enjoyable. We plan to return again as we feel Curacao will soon become an island "discovered".
We stayed at the Lodge for 4 nights and we loved it. We had a first floor oceanfront room with 2 outside sitting areas. We did get bug bites but I think it was mostly from walking in Christoffel Park. It is in the middle of nowhere (unless you live there) but the beach is beautiful and if you have a rental car (which I believe is a must), the island is not that big. There are some other restaurants in the area but largely the lodge is in a remote area. There is supposed to be great diving off the beach but we used a different dive shop and didnt dive at the lodge. We did not experience any of the negatives other people reported in their reviews. I asked about the electrical generator and they did finally get one so we never had electrical problems. There is only one 110V outlet so bring adaptors. Also, bring a clock as the rooms do not have clocks.
My boyfriend and I stayed at the lodge the second week of January. The island is beautiful and much larger than I expected. There are lots of activities (we hiked, snorkeled, visited Boca Tabla park, went to Willemstad, and explored in general, etc) but you will need a rental car if you want to do any of these activities. In general, I found the roads to be in much better condition than other islands I've visited, so there wasn't really a need for 4x4.
The Lodge Kura Hulanda is set in a beautiful location. The facilities are new and we enjoyed the one bedroom ocean view room. However, the service leaves a lot to be desired. One evening we waited 45 minutes before anyone came to our table to take our order. My husband went into the kitchen to get a waitress and after giving her a drink order, she was gone another 30 minutes. She then brought the incorrect items. There were only 6 people in the restaurant and there should have been better service. We stayed at the Lodge for 8 nights and felt pretty much ignored by the wait staff. On the last day, after waiting 50 minutes for a sandwich, we asked to speak to the manager. He admitted to having difficulty with the serving staff and said that they will be getting a new food and beverage manager in a few weeks. We hope so. The breakfast buffet is absolutely terrible. Fortunately, we had a small frig in the room for fruit and breakfast foods. We look forward to going back to this beautiful location to see what changes they will be making. Anything would be an improvement.
My father & I stayed at the Lodge for a week on our annual Father-Son trip. The hotel itself is great- everything is brand new, the staff helpful, and the internet access was reliable and fast in-room. The downside to this property is it's proximitry to civilization- there is literally NOTHING in Westpunt, and it's a 40 minute drive to Willemstad (and, if you don't have a rental car, it's a $50US cab ride to town). If you're newlyweds, or a couple looking to escape the kids, city, etc... this is perfect. If you want to do some sightseeing, choose the Kura Hulanda Hotel in town- it's very nice, and it's closer to civilization- same owner, same high standards.
My husband and I stayed at the lodge the days prior to Christmas and had an amazing experience. The lodge is beautiful -- the pictures do not do it justice. When we booked our reservation there were no reviews on the lodge and we knew we would be taking a chance. The lodge far exceeded our expectations.
Re: Lodge Kura Hulanda in Westpunt (not Willemstad). My wife and I relocated to the Lodge from the Hotel in Willemstad (We spent 4 days @ the Lodge after spending 3 days at their property in Willemstad -very nice).
We just got home from a week in Curacao at the Lodge Kura Hulanda. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
My wife and I stayed at the resort the last few days of Nov. and first few of Dec. The hotel is well looked after and everything is nice and new. If you like it quite and not much to do it is the place for you. The beach is small and has lots of Coral upon entering. The snorkelling is great especially on the far side of the dock just around the rocks. The food is good but the service is a little slow and the wait staff a bit inexperienced . I'm sure all of this will improve with time. The one big disappointment I had was that in the advertising for the Lodge they said there was bicycles to rent. When I asked they didn't have them yet. I was really hoping to do this as some really nice beaches are close by but too far to walk. It would have been nice to get away from the resort. Overall, this was a good deal for the price and if you like it quite. P.S. Take bug spray as the sand fleas were wicked.