We vacationed here over the Christmas and New Year's holiday and had a wonderful time. There were 7 adults, ranging in ages from 87 to 31, and two children ages 5 and 3. When I look for a home to rent, I look for these features first: security, private pool, and a view. This home had it all and more! The home is in a gated community and we felt very secure. My kids are runners, and they were completely safe running in this area. The pool is perfect, and the view is amazing. You get the afternoon sunset, and we always gathered there to watch the sun go down. We also picked this home because there is just enough wind on the hillside to help keep the mosquitos away.
The area has a great restaurant on a beach that is an easy drive down the hill. We also hired Chef Evelien to come to the home and cook for us two nights. She prepared a delicious, healthy meal that we all loved. The owners provided a list of restaurants on the island, and we loved all that we tried.
We used Porto Mari beach the most. Be sure to take water shoes to make getting into the ocean easier. There is a charge per person and for chairs, and a place to get food and drink.
The home is nice with three bedrooms upstairs and a two bedroom apartment below. The bedrooms all have AC for night use. During the day, the breeze made everything comfortable. The kitchen has everything you need and has a good layout for cooking. The living area is an open concept. We spent a lot of our time on the large porch, and relaxing in the hammocks and chairs, and in the pool. The owners have provided all the water toys and rafts you can imagine, even for the little kids in our group.
The owners were very helpful, and provided pages of information on everything about the island to make our stay perfect. Cheryl even called to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. There is a book for guests to sign, and it has lots more information on experiences from others on restaurants and activities. Worth reading when you arrive.
The house has wifi and we used FaceTime and WhatsApp to communicate back in the US. We also found CityMaps2Go the best for navigating the island. Download the Curacao map, and if you have airplane mode on, but cellular data OFF, it will track you on the map. Just check with your carrier to be sure you won't get charged.
Loved it all! I could go on and on, but I will sum it up by saying that I would rent this home again if our family came back here.