Plaza Resort Bonaire
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... populated of the ABC islands. There are less than 17,000 permanent residents. The island is not as poor as we saw in the Dominican Republic. We drove through the capital city of Kralendijk. It is a small city and was easy to get through. We drove north through the near desert island, along the spectacular coastline. This island is nicknamed "divers paradise" because of the crystal clear waters and beautiful coral reefs and lovely tropical fish which populate these warm ...
... Since we were in a bus, we ruled the road for the right of way. You should have seen cars scrambling to get out of the way as we approached them.
We drove through the village of Rincon, the oldest settlement in Kralendijk. Next was a visit to the cultural park Mangazina di Rei (1824) which was used by the king to store provisions for the slaves. The park is home to the second oldest stone building on Bonaire and forms part of ...
... salt. You're supposed to only dive there with a guide so we contacted a friend from previous trips here, Frederique, to be our guide. Entry and exit were moderately rough due to large waves, but the dive was a fun variation of the standard reef. There are large schools of fish that live under the pier along with sponges and corals growing on it. There are multiple sections of the pier moorings so she took us to them all. We saw schools of various ...
... in the eye and stuck out his tongue. “You *******,” I thought, “give me back my Serengetis!” Reading my mind, the little ****** started pounding my glasses on his red plastic food dish. I reeled in pain.
“So what?” you ask. “A monkey stole your sunglasses. What’s the big deal?” What you don’t understand is that these are not ordinary sunglasses. I’m talking about the Serengeti Large ...
... in South Melbourne with Tony & Lou Lou and Eickes and Clare who had come down from Kevington to see us. It was great to see you all again one more time before we left Melbourne.
Special thanks also to Mike May and his boys for having us over to their house for a good Ozzie/Mexican BBQ. Always good to catch up with Mike.
I would also like to thank my good friend (and soul sister) Sara for catching up whilst we were home and ...
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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!
Plaza Resort - Not Great
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!
3. Room was not serviced until after 6pm.
4. Caribbean Night advertised but not held.
5. The property was badly littered - cigarette butts, trash, wine bottles, etc.
6. The service in the restaurants was slow - food just passable.
7. Owners, who were on the property, never approached the guests - very distant.
8. No manager showed up at the managers cocktail party.
9. We were asked NOT TO SIT IN THE NICER CHAISSE LOUNGES UNLESS WE WERE SITTING IN THE CENTER OF THE BEACH - WE ACTUALLY HAD TO GET UP AND RELINQUISH THOSE LOUNGES.
If you go to Bonaire (a nice island) go to Harbor Village
Loved the Rock Garden
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, but only after making threats
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.
The villa had numerous problems. When we complained, we were told that to move to the main property would cost $60 add'l PER DAY. We had to raise an unpleasant fuss before they agreed to accomodate us at no extra charge. The dive shop, pool and beach was first rate. The Banana Tree restaurant was fine for lunch, but the others were so-so. Don't forget bug spray-- and use it constantly, day and night.
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.