In a word – fabulous. My wife and I and our two daughters (ages 23 and 25) spent a wonderful week at Villa Salentein. It was a rare opportunity for just the four of us to spend time together and it turned out to be everything we could hope for. The Villa was the perfect setting.
Where to start? The setting is very private – we never had a sensation of having neighbors. The expansive curved patio faces out on the water, with a sweeping view toward Klein Bonaire. The overhanging roof provides great shade, and there are plenty of options for sitting or reclining. The pool is just steps away, making it easy to cool down. Just past the pool is a stairway and ladder down to the sea. Perfect for salt-water swimming, snorkeling, and diving, with plenty of life to be seen. On one snorkel we saw three incredibly small baby squid, smaller than a pinky finger.
Sliding glass doors surround the living room and when you open these the inside and out are completely connected, bringing a welcome breeze through the house. The bedrooms have views of the sea when the shade panels are slid out of the way. They all have air conditioning for comfortable sleeping, and the beds are surrounded by mosquito netting. We all slept well.
The location in Sabadeco is convenient for quick trips into Kralendijk. We had most of our dinners in town but ate the rest of the meals at the Villa. The kitchen has everything one could need. There was even a sampler of delicacies from one of the local shops waiting for us at check-in. The Pure Villa staff made recommendations for good dining.
Pure Villa arranges with Flow Bonaire to provide service for recreational activities. Leo, the owner of Flow, kept us stocked with SCUBA tanks at the Villa, and we did the fluorescence night dive with Leo and his wife Suz. Leo also led us on the cave adventure – well worth doing. I had been to Bonaire six times before and this was something I had never experienced. Leo also pointed us to other activities, like Sea Cow for snorkeling, and Jibe City for lunch and a windsurfing lesson.
All in all Villa Salentein and the support of the Pure Villa staff and Flow Bonaire were everything we might have hoped for. I am pretty well traveled, but I have been honestly telling people that I have never stayed in a place as nice as this. Hotel/resorts can have a lot to offer, but nothing beats a private villa experience like we had on Bonaire at Villa Salentein.