Our family of four stayed in the Sunset townhouse, and we loved it! From the open concept main room to the generously-sized bedrooms with their ensuite bathrooms, to the beautifully manicured resort itself, this is a place to which we most certainly will return.
Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted by the very kind owner, Maria, who took the time to show us around and offer tips. The condo was impeccably clean, and outfitted with very good quality appliances. Although we loved having all of the windows and sliding doors open during the day and evening, we really appreciated the ultra-quiet air conditioning unit in the bedrooms for overnight cool comfort.
We enjoyed running/walking on the promenade, and cooling off in the very pretty and clean resort pool afterward. The pool deck is lovely wood, and the view from the water is stunning. It was so convenient to be able to enjoy breakfasts at 'home', and to have snacks purchased from the excellent nearby supermarket, Centrum.
We loved that the resort was so central -- we enjoyed driving to lovely beaches such as Cas Abou, Porto Mari and Jan Thiel, where snorkeling in the crystal clear water was a highlight. We loved the natural feel to the beaches in Curacao, and the quality of the rented lounge chairs (approx. $3 U.S. per chair). En route to anywhere on the north end of the island, keep an eye out for flamingos standing in shallow water just off the road.
We also enjoyed visiting the Ostrich farm, and the close proximity to Willemstad, which is particularly enchanting at night. We parked at the Renaissance for free, and walked around town, enjoying the very European atmosphere. Lunch on the verandah of Gouverneur de Rouville was lovely, and dinners at Bizarro Mundo and Kome evoked hip eateries at home and in our favourite U.S. cities.
Closer to home, within walking distance, we loved eating right on the beach at Pirate Bay (try the tuna steak), the abundant Rijstaffel at Tempo Doloe, and the swanky courtyard and lovely lounge -- especially on Friday nights -- of Sjalotte, at the Floris Suites hotel.
Wherever we ventured, we felt quite safe and we enjoyed interacting with locals and visitors alike.
Back home in Toronto, we certainly miss having a glass of wine on the patio, enjoying the warmth and gentle breezes.
We most certainly would recommend Maria's condo to everyone; rarely have we had the pleasure of such extraordinary customer service.
We look forward to returning sooner rather than later!