4 bedrooms in spacious luxury oceanfront home.
- english, german, spanish, dutch
About Christopher Leahy
We are in the construction and real estate business in the North Eastern US and bought this house to use year round for short holidays and a family get away. We love the diving, the restaurants, and the smaller population. We spent our first year of ownership replacing the kitchen, rebuilding the fountain, building a swimming pool and spa, replacing tired furniture, old AC equipment, and adding solar power.
Christopher Leahy purchased this House in 2016
Why Christopher Leahy chose Belnem
Great location. Well maintained. Safe neighborhood. Beautiful sunsets. Quiet helpful neighbors. Best view and sunsets on Bonaire. Always a nice breeze. Bon-air = Good-air
What makes this House unique
Direct access to the reef from our back yard. Rinse sinks and a locked outdoor equipment closet make diving from the house easy and fun. Our guests receive 20% discount on pre-paid dive packages from Dive Friends.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
OK for your own group
outdoor smoking is ok - please not in the house
as long as you clean up after them.
ONLY if supervised 100% of the time.
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:10 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
Children OK, but it's not a child proof house by any means - you need to supervise children at all times. Pool and deck over ocean are not fenced.
Garage is not for guests or renters use. Your rental vehicles can be parked out front in the circular driveway or along the road.
Please don't let the water run unnecessarily. Watch for running toilets and open hoses and the dive equipment rinse sinks.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Best one yet
The property was fantastic. Huge master suite with awesome view from balcony. All other bedrooms were just right. I had concerns about the rooms off the courtyard but they were unfounded. Every room felt private. The pool was nice and refreshing. The dive from the villa was fabulous. Did a night dive almost every night there. Location right next to Belafonte Resort was a plus. There was construction next door every day but we barely noticed the noise was not an issue and I am a light sleeper. I would rent again everyone in our group loved it.
We are very happy you enjoyed your stay and are glad that the construction next door was not disruptive. Everywhere you look on Bonaire near the water, particularly over the last year or more, is right next door to or across the street from construction.
The view from the back of the villa was the focal point and entertainment for the week. The clear blue water was gorgeous. We spent hours looking at the colorful fish. It was fun to watch the planes come into the airport as well as see the cruise ships go by to dock in the downtown waterfront. We spent most of our our days and nights underneath the covered patio or in the pool. There was hardly a need to leave the house when you have such beauty right there. Looking forward to going back.
We are very happy that you enjoyed our Bonaire home and agree the views are really wonderful (but we are biased). I hope you explored a bit of the tiny country while you were visiting.
We have been coming to Bonaire for 7 years and staying at this villa was, by far, the best experience so far. The home is well situated with a fantastic reef for diving, pools for lounging, a great deck and BBQ grill, scuba wash tanks, and a locking outdoor gear closet.
The neighborhood, Belnem, is undergoing an amazing amount of growth so there is construction nearby. We were not bothered at all, though. Same story with the incoming aircraft - we had fun taking pictures of them!
The home is amazingly well-equipped with everything you need from reusable shopping bags to beach towels and even a shower chair for people who have trouble standing up in the shower. The kitchen is well-appointed too, and we loved being able to stream music to the outdoor speakers while hanging out at the pool.
The only “bad” thing I can say is that between the location, quality, and service of this villa, we are now spoiled for all others! We definitely hope to be back soon.
We are very happy you had such a great time. We try hard to make sure our guests are taken care of how we would like to be treated - we are glad you had that experience.
Great place for your family
Very nice place for a vacation. Location is excellent. Only issue is construction on the south part of island and next door. But we really didnt find it an issue. Dive location at the house is perfect. Kids snorkeled everyday and we dove the house site daily. Checkin in and arrival was easy. At the house in mins after arrival. The house is very well set up to cook your meals. Service at most restaraunts made me crazy so i cooked as often as possible. Kids played in pool everyday and had a ball. The upstairs bedroom is the warmest so just know that when you are picking rooms. Plumbing isnt like the US but it was fine. We had a great family vacation. And would definity stay again. Very nice place.
Thanks for the nice review. We had the AC replaced in the upstairs bedroom since you visited so I think you’ll want that room again if you come back!
Finding a family vacation site that is perfect for a family of 5 adults can be a challenge. But, Kasteel Bonaire is just that. It checked off all of our boxes and even ones we didn't know we had! Kasteel Bonaire is a gorgeous property and was absolutely perfect for us. Prior to arriving, Chris was very quick with his responses to my questions and super helpful with suggestions. Baasje met us at the airport, waited while we picked up our rental and led us to the house. He also directed us to the grocery store so we could stock up for the week. The views from the house were nothing short of stunning. The kitchen appliances are new and there were plenty of seasonings available. The diving right off the house was perfect. So much to explore! Something new each dive. The snorkeling was also impressive. We also visited the Donkey Sanctuary, salt pier, Cadushy Distillary and Flamingo Sanctuary. All a 20 min or less drive from Kasteel Bonaire. If you're a diver, be sure to make a trip to 1000 steps dive site. BEAUTIFUL!!! We went to Sebastian's for dinner our final night. The food and views were amazing! This house was absolutely perfect for what we wanted; relaxation, family and ocean time. Thank you Chris & Rowena for helping to make our family vacation so memorable. We are already planning our return!
Thanks for the great review. Don’t wait to rebook.
Absolutely beautiful view. Reef out front teaming with life. Home well equipped with everything one needs.
Thanks for the good review. You would be welcome back anytime.