Plaza Resort Bonaire
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Third visit to Bonaire (see 2011 dive trip for general information about the island). Flew from Houston into Bonaire; return trip was through Newark.
Stayed with Bamboo Bali again; they are building two cabins, and from the pictures Anno showed up, they are going to be pretty high-end.
Finally made it to the grocery store; that was a site to behold. They have many of the foods we would find in the States, but their layout was extraordinary. I was unable to find any ...
... park where young and elder Bonaireans are working together to keep their traditional customs alive. During our visit, we toured the museum, had refreshments and watched a native dance performance by a young girl.
Next was a short drive to Seru Largu and stop on top of the mountain, where we got to see a sweeping view of Kralendijk and Klein Bonaire as well as the southern part of the island.
Lake Goto (Goto Meer), ...
Today we started out our diving at Tori’s reef. This has been our favorite site here for both of our previous visits and it lived up to our memories. This site has tons of young fish and schools of fish. There’s lots of everything here...too much to list out. It really is an excellent dive site.
Our second dive was at Hilma Hooker, the wreck dive ...
... There is a fee to do both. The roads to the Center are mostly dirt; watch out for goats and donkeys.
Bamboo Bali, again five-star.
Capriccio. If you like Italian food, you HAVE to eat here. The owners are from Italy and everything is made on site, including the pasta.
We spent the week in the water; 20 dives, so not really any comments on anything else this time around. Check out the photos!
Our next port of call was Kralendijk, Bonaire. We made arrangements for our own diving instead of doing the diving shore excursion. We dove with the company Divi Dive at the Divi Casino. It was a very impersonal place. We were given our equipment, given dive
instructions and left to our own devices. We had a great time diving from their dock, but we arrived too late for the first boat ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Plaza Resort Bonaire Kralendijk
Many good points - climate, warm sea and friendly staff. Food good bur service is very slow and somewhat unprofessional -most servers were young Dutch speakers but not properley trained. Management was invisible during our 4 day stay. Casino, which was never an attraction for us, is still closed despite the info given us dated June 2003 - 'Casino - Located in our main building is the newly renovated Casino Caribe ...etc' Our main critisism is that the beach is coral and not sand - therefore you need rubber shoes to protect your feet to pick your way into and out of the sea. No mention of this on their website. The rooms were very large and pleasant but a bit 'tired' ... ie in need of refurbishment particularly, the bathroom. Overall, not bad but needs management to get a grip on things -- also not cheap -- a drink from the beach bar in a smallish disposable plastic glass filled with ice before adding a rum and sprite was $6 for example. We would not be tempted back. There are many islands where the beaches are superb and the prices more reasonable.
The grounds are beautiful
My family and I stayed at the Plaza Feb 2004. We found the people running the place to be friendly and helpful. We stayed in the 2 bedroom villa (supposedly overlooking the ocean, We couldn't see it).
The rooms were very large and we had lots of privacy, but they weren't very clean. Expect to wash everything once you're there. The casino was closed, so were some of the bars and restraunts. When you expect the listed hotel amenities it's disappointing not to have them. The food was mediocre, as well as the service. We spent most of our time at Dons Habitat and surrounding resorts. All in all, I thought they were way overpriced.
Arrive confirm 3,00 a.m. in the airport, bus of Plaza hotel don't arrive after 30 minutes I phone and after 15 minutes arrive, The Plaza is max. 1 miles from tha airport and when arrive and leave one plane is impossible don't hear so the driver was in a deeep sleeping.I forget the flys that when arrive the dark begin the attack and eat you alive every second.I ask the best suite but with a joke of words they answer: yes we got the suite , but they change the name of the suite,I don't understand becouse I'm use with normal an honest hotel, that will answer you: sorry we don't have what you ask but we've this other one.So when you arrive you don't have what you ask and they show you the reservation with the name of suite diffrent, this is absolutly no corret,but the tecnic is you pay cash one week before so at the end of every debate if you say I let the hotel they answer By By.I make reservation for brekfast, after one, the worst breakfast of my life , we decide that was better and more cheep take a taxi go downtown have a good breakfast and come back by taxi you've understand is more cheep for a family.(a part the quality absolutly better)I make snorkling you pay a lot of money and at the end of the day you understand that again they **** you becouse I see more fish on the beach and without pay nothing.One day there was water coming out in the bathroom from a hall in the floor, from where also in the night come out the big brown beetle, we ask for help ,after half hour we was on the bed becouse all the room was full of water arrive one guy that come only for the idraulic matter, so we have to phone again for someone for clean up the lake ,arrive after another half hour a women that with the feet in the water say what I 'vo to clean??The toilette downstair are smelling ****.A lot of women and especially one nice look: smile talk, scream, joke, dance , sing, kiss, that at the end I think that I was the employee and their the clients??Evrithing is forbidden but at the end you see all people make what they wont.In the pubblicity they write Casino is closed from years.Attention at the water they give you becouse is dissalate-water for them is really good and they give you always or in liquid or in ice.Is so good that when you wash your hand you feel like you have soap also if you don't use soap.I can write for other hours about this nightmare, attention at the bill becouse they say you reserve for breakfasts so also if you don't have you've to pay!An Island that give you the service of last world but that want that you pay in dollars like in Montecarlo!I will never forget Plaza Hotel and Bonaire!
We visited the Plaza Resort in mid-October. It was VERY evident that the owners / management was not concerned about taking care of the guests - they were too busy preparing for "the season." 1. Casino advertised - not open 2. Pool advertised - under repairs for the entire week!
Arrived at the Plaza Resort Bonaire on November 2, 2004 for the NABS Summit. Our villa 2-bedroom villa was great. The resort was well kept, large enough to handle the crowd of the summit (166 peope). When we had our banquet dinners they were great and had variety but not enough lighting around the food so your really couldn't see what you were putting on your plate. But the food was delicious. Unfortunately, the casino was not open.The Casablanca Restaurant, served Argentinian food that was excellent. Try the mixed-grill. It has heaping mounts of chickend ribs, pork chops, sauages enough for two people to split and take some home too. Capricio served great Italian food.The dive sites wer stupendous too. Toucan Diving took us out on boats. But as Bonaire is known for its shore diving, we did more of that. We just loaded up the car with out tanks and dove at sites like Salt Pier, Weber's Joy, Boobie or even at the Plaza Resort itself. Easy dives.Left November 9th. Filled with happiness for being weightless for 7 days.If you get down there, look up T.C. at the Buddy Dive Resort. She's a fantastic bartender in the evening and a great diver during the day.
Ok overall, but things didn't start out well. The resort consists of two sections: Plaza Bonaire and Port Bonaire. For about $2000 a week, we booked a villa at Port Bonaire, the "adjacent" property, "minutes from the airport". It was located directly across from the airport (it sounded like the planes were taking off in the kitchen) and an unpleasant 10-15 minute walk from the main property/beach/facilities, across a scrappy, smelly patch of land that is not owned by the resort.
Plaza Bonaire is tremendous/Avoid Washington Slaagbai
Bonaire is tremendous. The Plaza is very nice and everyone is very friendly. House reef off the hotel is fun and the rest of the diving in Bonaire is beautiful-great viz lots of fish (mostly small). Avoid the National Park. It is simply a long dusty drive over a terrible dirt road. Nothing much to see. Imagine driving around in Arizona in a bad stretch of desert. The food in Bonaire is great although you may tire of wahoo as the fresh catch. When you do, try the ribs on the weekend at Bobbojan's.
Four times and it gets better
We have stayed at the Plaza Resort for 4 consecutive years, during the prime season. Compared to the other Caribbean resorts we have strayed, this one is good value. The ocean view suites have beautiful views, and are close to the water, particularly at the southern side, which is the best. Choose the upper story though - you get a nice balcony to eat and relax otherwise you won't see much. Breakfast is pricey - buy your own goodies in town and eat in. The rooms are very spacious and the AC worked great each time. They have upgraded the facilities over the past year - it was nice to see. House reef on the southern side is great- many schools of small fishes, some big barracudas, many eels. Outdoor restaurant at southern side is a treat. New chef this year, much better than before.
We stayed at the Plaza Resort Bonaire a few years agon and had such an incredible time that we are returning in just a few weeks. The rooms were clean, roomy and we had a beautiful view. The staff was fantastic and when we left we felt like we were leaving family. I have wanted to return so badly that I can't believe that we are actually making this dream come true.
Over priced for value
Our worst experience in the Caribbean. Paid for an ocean view room, had to stand on a chair to see the ocean. Paid $27 USD for breakfast which turned out to be fruit, stale rolls and coffee. Casino was closed. Swimming pool had to be closed down second day there for health reasons. Had to pay for some ice. Room was so dark I couldn't even read unless I was right on a lamp. Air conditioner worked fair but not good. The only nice thing I can stay about my stay at the Plaza resort is it was 4 days instead of 5 days.We are going back to Bonaire to snorkel in June of this year. We will not be staying at the Plaza Resort. I would camp out first.