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GOOOD Resort
Kaya Diamanta 50, Kralendijk, Bonaire (Formerly Deep Blue View Intimate Resort)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 19 Kralendijk B&B and Inns
Williamsburg, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Top Notch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2010

My wife and I wanted a reunion-vacation after being apart for a year while I was in Iraq. I picked the island and she picked the resort. We both picked winners with Bonaire and Deep Blue View. The island itself was terrific, small and quaint, but with enough activities and choices to make the time fly by. DBV was the perfect place. Menno met us at the airport and took us to the rental car area where we picked up the truck that came with the package. After a short drive to the resort we were ushered into the most relaxing time I have had. The pool/patio area was terrific with a great view of the town, the ocean and Klien Bonaire. The room was a good size and had a very large and comfortable king bed. Later after a welcome cocktail we had dinner and got ready for a full day to come.
Each day starts with Esther taking your request made-to-order breakfast. Everyone also has his/her own bowl of fruit waiting in the frig. Whether you are having more American or European fare (including some things I would not even think of), breakfast was terrific. Then a short drive to the harbor and off on the dive boat with Menno as the dive master. The boat is just for the guests which means no more than 10 on there at any one time. That is plenty of room to gear up and relax while you take the short trip out to the dive sites. While the diving visiblity was not great due to rains before and while we were there, the abundance of marine life made up for it. As a bonus, Menno had watermelon and homemade banana muffins for the break between dives. Since we started an hour or so later than the cattle-boats from the other resorts, we usually had our choice of dive sites. Menno was a great divemaster who let each of the couples dive at their own pace and level. This was tremendously reassuring to my wife who had only completed 12 dives to that point. After diving was complete, DBV had rinse tanks and large, locked storage closets for each couples dive gear at the resort.
The package also included a night dive and, on the last evening, a sunset rum-punch cruise and BBQ. Here BBQ is a bit misleading because it was a terrific three-course meal with a grilled chicken cordon bleu that was the best entree we had on the island. What made it even better is that the dinner was family-style with the other couples, Menno and Esther. A great way to wind up a great week.
Bonaire itself had only a few souvenior shops, but had more than its share of outstanding restaurants. Mona Lisa and Appetite were great, but the others were also very good. The only real challenge is finding a place for a quick lunch after the morning dives (which usually dock about 2:00). Most places close from 3:00 to 6:00. The exception is Eli Deli (conveniently near the marina). Eli is very good with the best bacon cheeseburger on the island. Also, there is a large frig on the covered patio at the resort that is available to all guests. Some of the couples planned and picked up sandwich makings and kept them for lunch.
In summary, DBV was superb. Menno and Esther were awesome hosts. From the time we arrived until we departed, we felt less like guests and more like family.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Ontario
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2010

On this first but not last visit to Bonaire, Deep Blue View B&B has proven to deliver everything it promises and then more, thanks to Esther and Menno. Warm hospitality, spotless property, excellent diving both from shore and from their new boat: Me Jadato.
Delicious breakfasts plus pretty fishes, turtles, octopus and healthy reefs for a perfect week of diving!

Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Hereford, Arizona
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2010

I thought the house was top notch, lovely gardens, view, great dipping pool, great brand new boat with small number of divers. I thought Esther was really kind and helpful. The young lady keeping the rooms clean and tidy was really nice and hospitable. The people staying there were the usual travelers, the last night cookout and sunset cruise was a nice touch. Dive snacks were small so you might want to pack a little something if a piece of watermelon, a muffin, and small sodas aren't enough. This is a dive place not for beginners so beware if you don't know how to approach a boat to board from the water while a drift dive or navigate without a dive master. The boat sites were well chosen and you will probably know Klein Bonaire well after a week with this company. The dive lockers on site are roomy and in great shape. Though it was really hot and humid, the rooms were comfortable with adequate air conditioning. Forget about the internet or using Skype unless you access it at dawn or late at night. Otherwise it's hit and miss. For those not familiar with Bonaire, it is laid back, never know when restaurants are open. Really need to do your research and pay attention to siestas and holidays. September has flag day which means not much is open 1-2 days that week. September is also hot, humid, and mosquitos (but less then November when we went before). The water was @85F and visibility was not as clear due to the particulates and warmth but still very nice. Should be on the look out for lion fish which have started to appear and are being marked with yellow tape and wine corks (very toxic). Caution to driving at night with the wild donkeys all around. Wouldn't recommend the donkey sanctuary when you can see them everywhere. Also the goats all around? Thought they were wild too, but seems they are just allowed to roam during the day...in the streets. Used Spanish and it worked well everywhere. Plaza Bonaire beach bar was the happening place with Dutch travelers who are quite relaxed and friendly to Americans with a great beach and cheap drafts. Would recommend a calling card prior to arrival due to the fact the island states they run out of them at times and trust me, it's hard when there are none. Will's Grill is the best for outdoor great cuisine: Dutch, fish. Paso Pizza(think was the name) is the only pizza we found worth eating. A little Dutch deli : Eli's deli is absolutely worth visiting all day. Great cheese, meats, and unique foods. There's a good wine shop next door.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Beebe, Arkansas
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2010

Menno and Esther were the perfect hosts and Menno was the perfect Dive Master. (Esther dives too, but Menno was our Dive Master all week). He worked with me to get through my nervousness and had me diving with confidence quickly. The Deep Blue has their own dive boat that is used for their guests - so it was pretty much a private dive excursion everyday. They know the dive sites and what you're likely to find on each. Very informative and helpful. They'll guide you on shore dives or boat dives, what ever your preference. The facilities were great - my brother (who has been on many dive vacations) said this was by far the best he has been on. And Esther, boy can she cook! Breakfasts were great and the Friday evening Bar-B-Que was way above our expectations! I am hoping my younger daughter will want a Scuba vacation for her College graduation trip - because I know right where we will go!!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2010

This was our second visit to the Deep Blue View and it was the wonderful atmosphere that Esther and Menno create that brought us back. Their little inn is lovely, spotlessly clean, with beautiful gardens, hammocks by the pool, and delicious breakfasts. It is also extremely well run, organized comfortably for divers and snorkelers. You can arrange for as much assistance with the diving as needed or be completely independent. They are generous with helpful advice and suggestions. Esther and Menno make your vacation effortless from the moment they meet you at the airport to sign you up for your truck to the moment you wave good-bye. Elizabeth and Jerry, New York City

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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L.A.
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2010

We say first and second time is a charm and we cannot wait for our third time and many more times! At the Deep Blue View you will experience HEAVEN. You can be a diver, a snorkeller, or someone who is looking for a relaxing time complete with comfortable rooms and beds, deliciously prepared breakfasts (thank you Esther and Erika) a beautiful pool and spa, hammocks, stunning views of the Caribbean and a weekly Sunset Cruise topped off with a BBQ back at the Deep Blue View!

Who could ask for more? Well there is more......

If you want to see what’s in the waters of Bonaire, Menno will take you out in his beautiful new boat and show you all of the amazing underwater marine life!! Sometimes Esther will take you out into the water too, to dive or snorkel…but Menno always drives HIS (inside joke) boat. Shore diving is another option with tanks (Nitrox too) readily available near your private locker at the DBV where you can store all of your dive gear. You have your own parking spot inside the parking area. There is a large common refrigerator available to stock lunch items, snacks, and drinks. Also, plenty of ice is provided for you to mix-up your favorite beverages. To top it all off, is the opportunity to meet wonderful people at the DBV. Hello to Jim, Terry, Sam, Annette, David, Linda, Gregg, and Merrianne.

Because there are only 5 rooms, this is an intimate setting and there are times when you have the entire B&B to yourself so it’s like having your own home in Bonaire!

Esther and Menno are the perfect hosts and Bully and Usko are the mellowest dogs. We are not dog people and so we can tell you that both of the dogs are not intrusive. Once you go to the DBV you will go back!!!

For the second time..
Thank you Esther and Menno for a perfect vacation and our Advanced Open Water Certification training. We would not have done it anywhere else or with anyone else but the two of you!

Go Netherlands World Cup 2010!!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kansas City, Missouri
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2010

My boyfriend and I were at the DBV in June for our second visit. There's no place else we would stay during a visit to Bonaire...if they were booked during the time we wanted to visit then we would change our travel dates so we could stay there. That's just how much we enjoy our time there. The only reason I can think of why someone wouldn't enjoy a visit to the DBV is if you feel you need to stay someplace on the water. It's no problem for us as it's only a 5 min drive to the water front. The DBV has a beautiful pool and a great view of the ocean to make us happy. Esther & Menno are the greatest hosts along with Ericka, Esther's helper, and Bully & Usco the resident dogs. They are a wealth of knowledge about the island...they have an answer for any question you may have. The DBV also has first rate dive facilities...spacious storage lockers and rinse tanks, nice rental equipment if you need it and all the air tanks you could possibly need. If you want to do boat diving, Menno has a large new boat to transport his guests in style. I feel the DBV is a great value for the money. We didn't want to leave at the end of our stay and I hope we can return to the DBV soon. Menno...we'll be sure to bring you another supply of Fat Tire beer on our next trip!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kaya Diamanta 50, Kralendijk, Bonaire (Formerly Deep Blue View Intimate Resort)
Location: Caribbean > Bonaire > Kralendijk
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Kralendijk
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
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Deep Blue View Intimate Hotel Bonaire
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