About the property
- Condo1300 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay6 - 7 nights
Condo, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)
Welcome to VINIBU; where we say: Life is good, and on Bonaire, it's even better!
**NEW FLAT RATE PRICING**All base rates include airport pickup, pre, mid-wk (on stays of 10 nights or more) and end cleaning, utilities, local cell phone, gov. taxes and on island agent fees. No "hidden charges".
Indulge your senses within your spectacular third floor corner 2 bedroom/2 bath oceanfront condo on a private soft sand beach. You deserve it, you earned it!
Revel at the million dollar bird's eye tree-top Caribbean views from bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms and the ocean front seaside terrace. Bask in the temperate Caribbean tradewinds. What a great spot to grill your evening meal or enjoy a refreshing glass of vino! And, no reason to be concerned about invasive crowding from cruise ship passengers, which takes place on public beaches near other condos. They will not impact your stay at VINIBU; our property and beach access is private.
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 the 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 past guests write to us, 'your photos do not do it justice'. Just read our guest comments to learn why VINIBU was voted #1!
Nina and I have been traveling to Bonaire over 30 years looking for the “perfect spot”. As the first purchaser at Bellevue during the building's planning phase, we had our pick and 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 initial 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, evening cocktails and sunbathing.
*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 which is a quaint picturesque seaside town, (but we avoid it when a cruise ship is in port). As with many Carib islands, the cruise ship trade has dramatically increased on Bonaire with the passing years.
*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 laid back dives 'out back'.
We believe we found it! Why don’t you be the judge?
The beachfront Bellevue Condominium Residence is surrounded by lush tropical gardens and palm trees 10 minutes south of Kralendyk; part of 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 spacious secure 3rd floor corner unit which we named VINIBU. The airy 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. Simply awesome!
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.
Your cheerful bright and airy condo is all one level, no interior 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, already less of an issue on the breezy third floor. (Mosquitoes, which can cause deleterious health issues, are attracted to low lying places surrounded by vegetation).
The 2 bedrooms at VINIBU have micro-mesh screened windows which open outward (with an additional private terrace off the guest bedroom) and provide an elevated island view. Due to the design layout and location of the bedrooms in our third floor corner unit, you'll have complete privacy from passers-by. Frequently we are lulled to sleep with the windows wide open and enjoy the refreshing breezes. Wake up to sound of the waves on your beach and the birds singing in the trees below. What a life for you to enjoy and a vacation you'll be sure to fondly remember (we have many repeat guests). Like us, we believe you DO deserve the best!
For your comfort, new LG split unit inverter air conditioners and air ducts were installed in 2016. They are EXTREMELY quiet (as you may have guessed, we don't appreciate noisy compressors) and environmentally are very "green" and energy efficient. The option is yours; au natural cooling with the "upper floor" breezy trade winds and ceiling fans throughout the condo or QUIET air conditioned bedrooms for a great night's comfortable sleep.
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 and blue tooth capability for any bluetooth device where your music is stored, 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!
Our recommended dive operation is Buddy Dive at Belmar a full service dive center located just 300 meters away. Ask for the shop manager Stefani Blankers and tell her you're staying with us (mention my name Vince). Rest assured she'll take good care of you, GUARANTEED! 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!
**FREE** transportation to & from airport.
**FREE** Exclusive use of 24 hr telephone hot line.
Local assistance with any problems/questions.
**FREE** Cell phone 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.
Weekly Rental rates:
High Season (Dec 15-Apr 15)
1-2 guests $1799 per week ($257.00 per night)
1-2 guests $1550 per week ($221.00 per night)
$20.00 pp/pn for each additional person over two. (we prefer max of four)
Onsite Management by Rental Agent, Sunbelt Realty:
Check out time is 11.00 am and check in time is 2pm to make sure that we can prepare for new guests.
Sunbelt Realty Agency can also provide:
Groceries waiting upon arrival (per request when the agent contacts you)
Car rental at very reasonable rates
Their undivided attention and assistance during your stay!
The apartment location can be viewed on the accompanying map.
We look forward to welcoming you to VINIBU on Bonaire.
Keywords: Beachfront Condo
Vince and Nina
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- May 20, 2018
About Vince and Nina
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
Why Vince and Nina chose Belnem
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.
What makes this Condo unique
Beautiful 180 degree 'million dollar' stunning views from both the heightened 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 al fresco table for either breakfast, lunch or dinner.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Great location for scuba diving southern sites of Bonaire
Great condo with beautiful view. Small sandy beach in front which is extremely rare in Bonaire. Patio furniture is great for lunch and dinner plus lounging. Small electric barbecue very convenient. Kitchen has everything like at home. Beds are very confortable and overall furniture is very good quality. Shore diving in Bonaire is the best scuba diving location for the cost, great reef and incredible amount of fishes and it costs 3 times less than any other islands where you need to go on a boat to dive. Just bring good diving shoes for the entries!. Unlimited air/nitrox for the week is also a great deal
Great apartment, excellent location with great sea views.
Great snorkeling and diving from the home beach. The location is surrounded by other great dive sites and close to Buddy Dive who were very helpful. This was our first time to Bonaire but we will be back!
I am always reluctant to give a review of a property I want to stay at again. So, this, is for the owners as a thank you ;)
Thanks to Vince and Nina for providing a great base to enjoy Bonaire in all the simple pleasures. The apartment itself is great - hardwood throughout and a good airflow when everything is completely open, the only downside to this for those who haven’t been to Bonaire is the dust. Spoiler alert: This is a desert island (which I like very much ;)
The kitchen is small but perfect and all the utensils and pots to cook whatever u want (there’s even a grill on the balcony we did not use).
Security wise it has more than we used (I never armed the alarm system, bc I already felt safe enough behind the first set of gates and cameras!)
I loved all the smaller details of the apartment, kudos to Vince and Nina for the artistic setting - lampposts made of Stone, driftwood, shells ;). Small scents like paintings and the marine life swimming through the hallway...
While I am a diver, my wife is not (yet ;), but I have a blast swimming/snorkeling/skin diving - and the backyard is great ! The place has a good rinse/secure storage area for all dive equipment.
Swim far out to 15-20’ depth and then just up and down the coast - lots of little beautiful life, sometimes turtles.
Come back up on the sand beach and I was always surprised there were no bugs, only some humming birds, butterflies and colorful birds around. I’m not really a ‘bird’ person, but you can’t help not getting to know this wildlife here....doves arrive just a few mins prior to sunset, pelicans and seagulls diving for food all day long, etc...very entertaining in a relaxed way - away from a digital device !
We Don’t normally turn on the TV (here), and so hanging on the balcony listening to the waves and sipping wine, we watched a large turtle almost beach out back a couple of nights.
Every sunset is spectacular, it is something to look forward to for a cooloff swim prior and then just watch the show from the balcony.
I’m back home in Boston area, missing tonight’s sunset from Vinibo !
Thanks again Vince and Nina, we’ll talk soon about next years rental ;-)
David: Both Nina and I are so very glad you folks enjoyed your stay with us. Thanks much for your great review of VINIBU, very much appreciated!. Hopefully we can get you folks staying back with us again!
Spectacular View, accommodations, and amenities!
Everything you would ever want in a sunny vacation! The walk in dive and rinse area make it easy! The view is spectacular and the condo provided luxurious accommodations! We will return to this unit for years to come! Sunbelt Realty was prompt and easy to work with! Thank you Vince and Nina for sharing your condo with our family!
Thanks Marie..Music to our ears. We will be returning to Bonaire in about a week or so and will be making further improvements to VINIBU with some new accessories and furniture. Happily the only thing we can't change is the magnificent elevated views! So glad you all enjoyed your stay with us!
Great apartment, highly recommend!
Really nice apartment, great views! Really nice standard of furnishing inside. Everything worked perfectly. Vince and Nina are very attentive hosts. Dove three times right off the beach, best diving of the trip. Good internet and cable TV. Highly recommend!
So glad you folks enjoyed your stay! Here's a little history and secret..Before Bellevue was built there was an empty shack on the lot with a hole in the roof and old worn furniture which littered the beautiful beachfront property. We were interested in purchasing the proposed condo that was to be built. However before signing any docs, I lugged my scuba gear to the property, made my way through the discarded debris and made a dive on what was to be the house reef. It was excellent, we signed the docs as the first owner into the project, the rest was history.
Best vacation ever!
Best vacation ever! We stayed at Vinibu for two weeks in July of 2015.
The place seems to be rather unique for the island. For one thing, it actually has a sand beach, which is uncommon on Bonaire. It worked out great, as we have two small boys, who love playing in the sand.
We loved the location, the view, and tranquility. Vince was very responsive before our trip out there and we were well taken care of.
Vinibu is spaceous and well equipped, espacially the kitchen, which was very helpful, as we cooked everyday. There is even a small electric on the terrace, which is big enough to set up a dinner table there and eat outside.
Although we like to travel to a new place each year, we will definitely go back to Bonaire and cannot imagine any other place to stay, but Vinibu.
Vadec and Ewa Houston, TX
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.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Check-out time 11:00AM; Check-in 2:00PM. Electric usage incl., (max. $15 per night). Party of 3 or more, additional $20 pp/pn: $140 (3)-$280 (4) wkly). Please supply us with arrival-departure dates, airline info, your tel number and address and any other questions you might have. Our on island support is Kittie at Sunbelt Realty 599-717-6560. Please be sure you have provided her with your flight info and arrival time so they can meet you at Flamingo airport and provide the key to you. Additional nights are charged at 1/7 the weekly rate. Cancellation policy: More then 90 days before arrival, you will receive a refund of 10% of the first payment. Within 60-89 days before arrival, no refund of the first payment. Within 30-59 days before arrival, you will receive a refund of 50% of the total payment. Within 0-30 days before arrival, no refund. We strongly advocate that you consider the purchase of trip cancellation insurance to protect you against unforeseen events. Cleaning/Laundry: All stays 10 nights or longer will receive mid stay cleaning (including towels and bed linens) during second week. Thereafter weekly. **Security Deposit** $200. After property is inspected by Sunbelt the security deposit automatically returned in seven days..