The villa, the Coral Estates community, Karakter Beach Club and Restaurants - these are the BEST that Curacao has to offer in the luxury vacation rental market. The villa is gorgeous and is even more stunning than the photographs. We spent several of our days just lounging about and swimming in the infinity pool totally entranced by the 180 degree ocean views. The community is upscale, quiet, peaceful, and secure (with a manned guard station to enter/exit). We rarely even heard/saw another person and the villa is very private due to lush vegetation, despite having close neighbors. Our original plans included a lot of island exploring, but we found it more enjoyable to relax at home and visit the beach and restaurant at Karakter.
The food at Karakter is LEGIT. Whole cooked lionfish, steak tartar, tuna nicoise, and a tasty amuse bouche every night with dinner. I've heard that Caribbean food is pretty poor, but this was outstanding even by standards of major U.S. cities. Very heavy European and Dutch influences. And you can even have lunch/tapas served to you while you lounge under a palapa at the beach. How fabulous! Rent snorkel equipment at the dive shop and see tropical fish right at the beach. We found it more convenient to drive there and loved that it's less than 5min and within the secure, gated community of Coral Estates. Definitely a huge perk that accompanies the villa.
Two comfort concerns to note: We stayed during the rainy season and found that the mosquitoes and gnats were very bothersome in the early morning and evening unless we lit several coils and candles (some provided at the house, we bought extra). Also, in the afternoon between 2:00-5:00pm the position of the sun would point directly into the villa and make things very hot at the house, even with all the doors and windows open to allow breezes. We found that this was the perfect time for a nap in the air-conditioned bedroom or a trip to Centrum Supermarket before dinner (highly recommend Centrum). These were both minor inconveniences, and wouldn't stop me from booking this villa again.
We visited the Baoase Resort for dinner one night and the Marriott resort to check out the casino. SO GLAD we opted for this luxury villa instead of a resort for our honeymoon. The beaches on the west side are better, Karakter is the bomb, total privacy and serenity at the villa. If you're coming to Curacao, just stop looking and book this house now.