I actually stayed at this hotel in late Jan of 2012, and always meant to write a review. So, the best thing about this hotel is it's remote location, it's proximity to really good diving, and the wonderful grounds.
I rented a garden view room, which is fairly small, but still nice. The ocean front suites had great unobstructed views, and were set back about 50 ft from a coral cliff. The grounds in general were really nice. Gorgeous horticulture work, with all kinds of plants. I loved the varieties of cactus and other succulents they incorporated.
There is a small public beach right at the bottom of the stairs that lead down from the hotel grounds. It is nice, although covered in lots of coral, so not really the kind of sand experience that you might hope for. The cliffs that line the grounds, and most of the west portion of the island are fantastic.
So, the best thing about the hotel, is the snorkeling and scuba right out in front. The snorkeling is easily the best I've seen in front of a hotel, and especially a public beach too. Lots of fish to see. If you venture along the cliffs a bit, there are various little alcoves where there are even more fish. Lots of schools, so fairly large.
The diving was great. Lots and lots of fish. More than I saw on a recent trip to Cozumel, although not much large stuff. The resident frog fish is cool. There's some pretty big eels in the area. I didn't dive tons, but the Watamula dive was a standout. Huge coral formations there. Seemed very healthy.
The downside to the hotel was the food. The main courses were lackluster at best. This may have changed since then. I also found the food costs to be rather steep.
Outside the resort it was kind of barren for things to do. Not much going on. The hiking is not bad though.The island itself has lots to do. Some of the beaches are fantastic, especially since they are bounded by cliffs, so have a more intimate cove type feeling, rather than vast expanses of beach. Lots of shore diving and snorkeling. The town of Willemstad has a lot to see, was beautiful, in a sort of date way, while there were times it felt too touristy.
If you can book an ocean front suite, I say definitely do it. It's a lovely place to stay
- Also Known As:
- Lodge Kura Hulanda And Beach Club
- Lodge Kura Hulanda & Beach Club Hotel
- Hotel Kura Hulanda Beach
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- May 2013To our TripAdvisor communityWe want to share some exciting news with our loyal guests and newcomers about all that is happening at Sandton Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club. We are pleased to announce that we have appointed a new General Manager at the Lodge and are looking forward to the input and experience that he will bring to our team. With his and other team member's arrival, we are also instituting new staff training to ensure the highest level of service and cleanliness is provided to our guests. Our culinary offerings have also been refreshed, with the introduction of new members to our culinary team along with delicious new menu items. We hope that you will visit us soon to enjoy these changes and our continued commitment to you, our guests.Warm regards,Claire GroeneveldGroup General ManagerSandton Kura Hulanda Resorts ... more less
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