This was our second visit to the Lodge in four years.
We absolutely love the island. It is peaceful and not touristy. The people are welcoming and it is a very relaxed place. It is also very beautiful and there is a lot to do even if you are not a diver.
The Lodge has its strengths and weaknesses. Overall the staff are friendly and helpful. The grounds are nicely kept. The rooms are ok, not luxurious, but all you are using them for is sleep and they are fine for that. The pool area is beautiful. The only issue I had was that the staff don't start clean up until quite late in the morning and I would get there's around 9 so I would have to clean whatever area I chose. However, most of the guests don't arrive until much later and the area would be cleaned by then. The towels are also not out until much later, but you can get them at the front desk if you are an early riser.
The beach is ok. The downside is all the coral but this is not something the hotel can help. If you want sandy beaches curaçao is not for you. There are some good public beaches,particularly Porto Marie, with a sandy beach, sandy bottom and all the amenities you need. At the Lodge the beach fills up so if you want a spot you have to get there early. It is still, however, a beautiful beach, especially early in the morning and late at night when the crowds are not there.
The dive shop is fabulous and everyone is very friendly. The boats were a little crowded this time out so my partner did more shore diving. There are always good divers around so you can team up and have people to go out with if the boat is too crowded.
The restaurants are the real downfall of the resort. We had dinner twice in the main restaurant. The first time we ordered fajitas and while they tasted very good they only gave us fillings for one person, even though we had two orders. We ordered them the second time as well but the kitchen was having issues. Diners had literally been waiting two hours to be served. When we got our food you could tell they had rushed and it was not vey good. That night the problem seemed to be the wait staff who went to all the tables and took drink orders and then gave all the drink orders in at one time. They then went and got all the dinner orders and submitted them en masse to the kitchen, with predictable results. Breakfast was just an atrocity - in quality, service and price.
We lunched at the beach grill every day. The food was good and it was a relaxed atmosphere. The staff were friendly. It was not fast service but it was not really a problem as we preferred a more relaxed lunch .
There are food alternatives . You can walk down the street to Sol Food on Fridays through Sunday. It is owned by an American ex pat couple and they do an amazing job. I was a little leary the first time when I saw pizzas and burgers but Sunshine really has a knack for interesting twists - the savory panna cotta with corn was amazing - and David excels at the grill. Further down the road is Jaanchies for more local fare. A short car ride will take you to various other restaurants inWestpunt. And it is worth the drive into Wilemsted for provisions for breakfast and lunch. The Dutch have some seriously good yogurt and muelsix. There are also many options in Wilemstad, which is only 40 minutes by car. I highly recommend renting a car to get around.
The grounds of the Lodge are beautiful and the atmosphere is very relaxing. We always meet people who rent apartments nearby but it is nice not to have to do your own cleaning on vacation. The housekeeping while we were there was very good. Generally the room was cleaned later in the day but we weren't sitting in the room anyway so it mostly did not matter.
I would say we had extremely good service from the 'bellman'. He really helped us out with instructions, advice, and a boost to the car when we drained the battery.
We were there over Christmas 2012 and did not have a room safe, which I really did not like. The subsequent theft I am reading about confirms the problem with having to leave everything at the front desk, although we did not have any problems ourselves. I would have felt better if I could have locked up cameras and electronics while we were out for the day. However, I also understand this is temporary. We did have a safe on our first visit.
The reality is that we will likely return to curaçao and if we do we will once again stay at the Lodge. The advantages definitely outweighs the disadvantages as long as you avoid having to eat at the main restaurant.
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