Submitted: January 30, 2012
Stayed: January 2012
This was our first time at this property -- second trip to Bonaire. We wanted a house since we were there for 2 weeks. There were 4 of us -- 2 divers and 2 snorklers. The house is located near the top of the hill in the Santa Barbera subdivision with an unobstructed 180 degree view of the west side of the island. Easy 5-10 minute drive to downtown and/or Buddy Dive from whom we rented unlimited tanks ($150/pp per week). All 3 bedrooms are equally nice -- something you often don't get in a 3-bedroom situation. So, if you went with 3 couples no one would end up in the "kids" room.
The kitchen was well equipped and there were leftover spices, sugar, toilet paper, etc. so you don't start from scratch with every visitor. There is A/C in every bedroom along with ceiling fans. We hardly used it since there was always a nice breeze and it WAS January. The place was very clean and there was a binder with all the info you needed on the details of the property.
We were met at the airport by a cab driver holding a card with our name who handed us the keys and dropped us off at Villa Eldorado. The 2011 4-door diesel truck which is optionally iavailable at roughly $50/day (insurance included) was clean, new and in excellent condition. Much nicer than anything you could rent at the same price from an agency. There was even a wooden tank rack for the scuba tanks.
Since we were mostly interested in the ocean, we hardly used the nicely decked and chaired pool area which was situated in an attractive, secure, private back yard. With the exception of the front gate/wall, the entire property is bordered by a cactus fence. There is an outdoor shower, a tub for rinsing gear and a clothesline with lots of wooden pins. Things dried quickly in the constant breezes.
The only issue we had was a lack of hot water for the first week since the propane tank was empty when we arrived. The shared bathroom shower had an in-line heater, so at least we weren't taking cold showers. Hey - it's an island. Bottom line: Look at the photos and read the description. What you see is what you get.-- and it's all good!
Families with Teenagers,
Owner's Response: Hello Carl,
Thank you for your very positive review about the house. Your comment about Bonaire being an Island (and thus sometimes depending on deliveries like the propane-gas) is very true- logistics are getting better and better on the Island however. Let's hope it will keep its charm that we all love so much ! Warm regards, Anouk Vermeulen
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