|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Welcome to VINIBU where we say: Life is good, and on Bonaire, it's even better!
Luxuriate in your spectacular third floor 2 bedroom/2 bath Oceanfront Condo on a private soft sand beach. Enjoy million dollar romantic Caribbean views from bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms and ocean front seaside terrace. And, no reason to be concerned about invasive crowding from cruise ship passengers, which takes place on public beaches.
OK, the “voting” was my wife and me (and literally hundreds of our past guests), but it's really beautiful and the STUNNING beachfront views from our heightened corner terrace are simply AWESOME! Since Klein Bonaire will not obstruct your view,It's the best spot on the island to view the sunsets. As many of our guests write to us, 'your photos do not do it justice'. Be sure to visit our personal website (see link below or Google VINIBU)and read guest comments to learn why VINIBU was voted #1!
NIna and I have been traveling to Bonaire over 25 years looking for the “perfect spot”. As the first purchaser at Bellevue, we purchased the coveted 3rd floor corner unit. This provides excellent security, trade winds throughout and expansive birds eye killer views from the living room, both bedrooms and seaside terrace.
Our search criteria:
*Peaceful BEACHFRONT location; breath taking ocean sunset views; PRIVATE seaside terrace. NOT on a lagoon, man-made canal or marina.
*The security of upper floor living with sweeping expansive views from all windows. Outdoor privacy on the seaside terrace for intimate meals, sunbathing etc.
*Private natural soft sand beach (difficult to find on Bonaire) and a great dive site in front; No climbing down messy wet/dangerous ladders, easy sand entrance/exit into the sea.
*Away from the hustle of Kralendyk. It's a picturesque town, but we avoid it when a cruise ship is in port.
*Seaside f/w pool
*Away from the airport noise. Enjoy the peace & tranquility at VINIBU. Listen to the song of the troupials instead!
*secured gear storage area steps from beach, rinse tank, shower and gear assembling area for EZ dives 'out back'.
We believe we found it! Why don’t you be the judge?
The beachfront Bellevue Condominium Residence (10 units, completed late 2008) is surrounded by lush tropical gardens and palm trees 10 minutes south of Kralendyk; an exclusive neighborhood of prestigious oceanfront homes.
The Belnem coastal area offers the finest ocean frontage on Bonaire! You'll find the location to be safe & convenient with professional 24/7 support to assist your every need. Each condo has an intercom system to control access to the building.
An elevator takes you up to your secure 3rd floor corner unit which we named VINIBU. The spacious living room opens up onto the beachfront terrace which provides a sweeping panorama offering surreal views of the dazzling diaphanous turquoise waters, Klein Bonaire and the mountainous north part of the island.
The soft sandy beach and Caribbean Sea are 10 steps away! In one minute you can wade into the 80 degree gin clear water, take a dip in the pool and hot tub or just enjoy the privacy of your covered balcony as you sit back & enjoy the sunset. Marvel at the ever changing hues of the crystal blue water & watch the dolphins which swim by in the early morning hours.
Our airy condo is all one level, no stairs. VINIBU is constructed to take advantage of the refreshing trade winds (one of the many benefits besides the upper-floor 180 degree seaside view) which blow east to west & naturally cool the rooms. All windows have micro-mesh screens which keeps out the smallest of bugs and mosquitoes. Mosquitoes (and their assorted health issues) are attracted to low lying places surrounded by vegetation. We avoid them. The 2 bedrooms at VINIBU are air conditioned, as well as the kitchen and living room! The option is yours; au natural cooling with the trade winds and ceiling fans or air conditioning throughout.
The master bedroom has a wonderful view of the Caribbean; the guest bedroom opens up onto a small terrace which overlooks the east side of the island. Each has an en suite bathroom with a large walk in shower.
For those occasions when you want to “eat in”, a cheerful modern fully equipped kitchen is provided with all granite counters, full size oven, smaller toaster oven, broiler, ceramic cook top, microwave, coffee maker, blender, toaster, electric hot water kettle, outside Weber grill on the seaside terrace, dishwasher, all dishes/utensils etc. Additionally we have; cable wall mounted LCD TV, Bose Wave Music system with I Pod docking station, hi speed wired PRIVATE Secured ADSL internet connection (or secure wireless if you prefer), clothes washer, and linens & towels are also provided. A secure electronic safe (can accommodate laptop) is in the unit to store valuables. We also have a private simplisafe security system; (google simplisafe for additional details) installed to ensure our guests' safety, security of their possessions and peace of mind.
Great scuba diving, swimming and snorkeling directly in front of the condo right off your own private soft sand beach. Absolutely no need to worry about swarms of cruise ship passengers descending on your spot! Buddy Dive at Belmar a full service dive center is located just 300 meters away. Also, our beach has no dive moorings on our reef. That means no rushing to public dive sites and then have a dive boat drop 20 divers on top of you! We have made many enjoyable dives in front of VINIBU. Advantages; No dive sites to drive to; EZ entry/exit on soft sand beach, upon exiting you have a fresh water shower, rinse tank and gear storage immediately available. Nothing could be easier for those who just want to kick back and do some early morning, afternoon or evening night dives or snorkeling!
Bellevue is constructed over one of the few natural sandy beaches on Bonaire. It’s a great spot for beginner divers with the sand entry and exit, not the iron shore which is prevalent around the island. The magnificent reef drop off is 50 meters off shore in approximately 35 feet of clear water.
In the evening, enjoy a cool drink as you await the “green flash” as the tropical sun majestically settles into the Caribbean. You could not have a better view anywhere on the island then from your own private elevated terrace!
**SEE BELOW 'more information' link to VINIBU website; MORE PHOTOS & INFO**
**FREE** transportation to & from airport.
**FREE** Exclusive use of 24 hr telephone hot line.
Local assistance with any problems/questions.
**FREE** Land line telephone in condo for incoming
and outgoing local calls
**FREE** Pre-arrival grocery shopping service
**FREE** Private secure ADSL ethernet line (or secure wireless network). Access instructions in condo.
Keywords: Beachfront Condominium
Vince began scuba diving at age 13 in the Manasquan Inlet in New Jersey. In the days before mandatory certification, he was self-taught.
Although there were many enjoyable trips throughout the Caribbean over the years, Bonaire's spectacular diving, perfect weather, and easy pace always beckoned, and, in 2005, we were the first buyer at Bellevue from the plans of the site proposal and chose the coveted 3rd floor corner unit (#9) which was to boast fantastic seaside views. The first thing that attracted us was the site! There was a beautiful natural soft sand beach directly in front. Additionally, the site was far enough away from the airport that noise from planes would not be a factor. Construction took over 3 years to complete. We were the first to stay at Bellevue in the latter part of 2008 and currently spend 3 months a year there.
Vince and Nina purchased this condo in 2005
Belnem boasts some of the most luxurious private seaside properties on all of Bonaire. You'll find that neighboring properties along the shore road are priced well in excess of $1.5 million. Belnem is quiet, yet only a ten minute ride to Kralendyke the main town on Bonaire. We guarantee that you will not be over run with cruise ship passengers when the ships are in port.
Want a private, natural (NOT man made) soft sand beach for your enjoyment? Well we've got it! We suggest that you always ask to see photos of the beach on properties which advertise 'beachfront'. You may be surprised as to what some advertise as a beach.
Additionally, the location is just ideal to access the southern dive sites, a great dive shop 30 secs away for EZ access to filled tanks (air & nitrox) as well as 5 minutes from the windsurf facilities located at Lac Bay. We believe the Belnem location as absolutely ideal which is why we chose this property when we purchased.
Beautiful 180 degree 'million dollar' stunning views from both the living room, bedrooms and your private seaside terrace overlooking the Caribbean while dining out on a completely private terrace. Your privacy at VINIBU is ensured! And, no reservations are required for your oceanfront table.
To learn why VINIBU was Voted # 1, please be sure to read the reviews by our many, many past happy guests under the 'guests comments' section of our home web page! See VINIBU homepage link directly above (or just google vinibu; we're easy to find).
Just 48 hours ago I was sitting on the balcony of Bellevue (ViNiBu) and I can still here the ocean breaking on the beach. I'm hesitant to write this because it will be a rave review and I'm afraid I will create competition for when we want to go back! If you read through all of these reviews you will immediately know that this building and this particular unit, are special and unique. I won't re-hash all the good things previously stated only to say: believe them, they are all true. The unit is clean, comfortable, pleasantly decorated, and fully functional - even a great blender for afternoon frozen beverages! The location is magnificent and boasts one of the few sandy beaches in the area. During the day and evening, with the balcony door and back door open (screens), the breeze flows through and keeps everything very comfortable. We only ran AC to sleep at night. The house reef was as pretty as any dive or snorkel that we did. The location on the Island is ideal. Belmar Dive shop, a few doors down and affiliated with Buddy Dive, is awesome and will help with everything. If this is your first visit to Bonaire I suggest buying the guide book that they sell "Shore Diving Bonaire Made Easy". Written by a local author, this book is perfect whether you are diving or snorkeling. We have visited many places in the caribbean but none are quite like this. In short, ViNiBu is a great condo, in a great location on a great island. Now, just don't try to book it when I want it!!!!
We recently stayed at Vinibu for a week and highly recommend it. The condo interior is a combination of modern and beachy. The first thing you will notice is the stunning view, possibly the best view that we saw anywhere on the island. The 3rd floor elevation and balcony make you feel like you are right on top of the crystal clear blue water. There is an elevator so being on the third 3rd floor is not an issue.
The condo is VERY well appointed. Modern kitchen and appliances, washing machine, electric grill, all utensils. We ended up grilling dinner 3 nights and what a spot the balcony is for dinner! The bedrooms have plenty of space and the bathrooms are modern and well finished.
The windows and doors have shutters with screens to capture the trade winds. Although it was 87 degrees, we never turned the A/C on, as the trade winds and ceiling fans kept us comfortable. Location is perfect, 10 minutes south of town, so in a quieter area, but super easy access to supermarkets, airport, town, Lac Bay, Donkey Sanctuary, etc. After touring the island, we agreed that this is the best area to stay.
The beach and pool are both great. We snorkeled off the beach at least 5-6 times and there is a nice variety of sea life right there (tons of parrot fish, trunkfish, baby moray eel, etc.). It was nice to rinse off in the outdoor shower and relax in the pool or hot tub afterwards, as well as using the rinse tank for snorkel gear. We don't scuba dive but there were divers at property using the diver locker.
This is the most relaxing vacation we have had in a long time. The views are simply amazing, the condo is very comfortable and well appointed. I think we turned on the tv for maybe an hour total the entire week since we were staring at the view most of the time. The wifi is fast, the condo secure and safe.
We would definitely return to Vinibu and would highly recommend it.
The other reviews have said it all. Vinibu is amazing. It has everything you need and so much more. Most amazing view with spectacular sunsets, a small white-sand beach (although the waves were too big for us to sit on it), an unheated pool, great diving/snorkling right off the property and an apartment that is warm, roomy, quiet and has everything you need including a fantastic deck.
The apartment was clean, had non-allergenic bedding and a great kitchen (for us allergy sufferers). It is built to optimally enjoy the sea breezes, but there is airconditioning if you need it to fall asleep at night. Great grocery stores are about 10 minute car drive away. Nothing within walking distance.
In Bonaire you are warned about theft out of your car or apartment. We never found anything suspicious on the island, but if you are worried about safety you will find that the property is gated and the apartment has an alarm system as well as a safe. Some of the neighbors are very vigilant about who gets in and out so you will feel very safe here.
Do not forget to take water shoes. Dead coral lines the water and entering without water shoes is painful. Other than that enjoy this little piece of paradise!
Vinibu is comfortable, relaxing, and had everything we needed to enjoy Bonaire. Our favorite time was spent on the balcony watching the waves crash or the sun set over the ocean. The view is exceptional and the balcony is well appointed with a comfortable table and chairs for meals. The pool area was perfect and we often had it to ourselves. It was great for an afternoon dip after a morning spent snorkeling. The neighbors were friendly and gave us restaurant recommendations. Don't miss Capriccio and Mona Lisa! The condo itself is well furnished, the kitchen has everything you need, bedrooms are comfortable, and it was pristine. We loved Vinibu and we love Bonaire!
What a wonderful place from which to enjoy Bonaire. This condo worked out beautifully for our family of four. The unit was pristine and so very convenient. Waking up each morning to a beautiful view of the ocean and watching the sunset was beyond compare. We enjoyed two mornings with double rainbows and one with a turtle enjoying breakfast in the ocean shallows...all within viewing distance of the third floor balcony. We had plenty of towels, parking wasn't a problem, and the dive locker was used daily without worrying about the safety of the gear. Don't miss the opportunity to dive right behind the condo. We did twice and saw some amazing sea creatures! I cannot give this location enough accolades. We will definitely seek to stay at VINIBU again when we travel to Bonaire next! Thanks for sharing your lovely home! As for dive shops...we used Dive Friends and we were REALLY happy with them too. I'm going to add an exceptional review for them on TripAdvisor. They are just 30 sec from the condo toward the airport. And thanks for sharing the local art in your condo. We bought some from the same artist works in town because we admired your print so much in the condo!
Our stay at VINIBU was nothing less than exceptional. We had great expectations for the condo and they were absolutely surpassed! The location of Bellevue is perfect. We couldn't have imagined staying anywhere else on the island. Everything is provided for from the super comfy bed to the well appointed kitchen to the furniture and unique flourishes throughout the condo. The view from the balcony is simply one of the most amazing sights I’ve laid eyes on and I’ve traveled extensively and to some very beautiful and exotic locations in my time. The sound of the waves from below fills the condo with the most amazing sound...So much so that the TV was not turned on once during the whole trip! The house reef was superb for snorkeling and some of our best diving was conducted immediately off the Bellevue beach. Buddy Dive at Belmar was so conveniently located and easy to work with. We instantly connected with Bonaire and with VINIBU and felt at home immediately. I cannot imagine staying anywhere but here when we return which I hope will be an annual event for us.
Animal lovers be sure to visit Bonaire's Donkey Sanctuary. Enjoy a quite seaside picnic scenic at Lac Cai. If you want a party atmosphere, visit Lac Cai on Sundays. Alternatively, just enjoy our private (not man made) beach which is one of the few on Bonaire to just relax and enjoy the sun, soft sand and surf.
Additionally, secured scuba gear storage is ocean side with rinse tank & fresh water shower.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Dec 15 - Apr 14
Apr 15 - Dec 14
|$5.50 pp/pn hotel tax;||$5.5|
|15% service charge||$217.5|
Rental prices excl. 15% s/c. Room taxes, $5.50 pp/pn. Check-out time 10:00AM; Check-in 2:00PM. Electric usage incl., max. $15 per night. $250 addl. party of 3 or more. See VINIBU website for addl. details and cancellation policy. Reservation requests MUST come through the "contact us" on the below site.
All billings via our agent Sunbelt Realty.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.