Our family (2 adults and 2 teenagers) stayed at Sonrisa Bonaire the last week of March 2008. We could not have been more pleased. Highlights included Jacqueline's willingness/enthusiasm to help us book whatever we needed-- this included reservations for a night snorkel with Woodwind (wonderful!), a last-day sail/snorkel, and reservations at Capriccio, an Italian restaurant that served up one of the best meals we've had in recent memory . . . anywhere. The property is cute and clean, and everyone in the family was pleased. A big plus-- Jacqueline serves strong, good coffee in the morning! She will give you as much as you want.
We do feel compelled to rebut the only partially negative review at Trip Advisor, which is dated January 7, 2008. Sonrisa has never advertised itself as on the water-- it is a five-minute walk to Divi Flamingo, which is the "first" on-water lodging that one hits when walking on the boardwalk leading to town. Town is maybe 7 to 10 minutes away-- we walked it several times a day, we always walked to dinner, and we sometimes intentionally walked a very long loop home to get some exercise. In other words, there is no problem (or misrepresentation by Sonrisa) about location. As for the pool, our youngest was in the pool about 6 hours on day 1, so it seemed fine to us. No problem with pool size or availability of shade and pool chairs. (If you want a gigantic pool, a la Sandals in the Bahamas, this place isn't for you.) Our two-bedroom apartment was immaculately maintained and plenty big. Finally, we are clueless about the complaint about mud-- maybe that reviewer arrived after a freak thunderstorm? Nary a drop fell from the sky while we were on Bonaire, so we had no mud "problems."
Our family relies heavily on Trip Advisor reviews when booking lodging. We want unique, small places with genuine and interesting guests and proprietors. If that's what you are after, you will love Sonrisa.
p.s. Papaya Moon serves excellent Tex-Mex on the island. Who knew? Have a great time on Bonaire, and don't eat too much!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the center of Kralendijk (Capital) with a nice garden and swimmingpool walking distance from restaurants, supermarket and beach. We have eight hotelrooms and two - one, two or three bedroom/bathroom apartments with very comfortable beds. There's also a wetcell where you can rinse and store your dive gear. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sonrisa Hotel Kralendijk
- Sonrisa Bonaire/Kralendijk