I stayed at the Avila Hotel with my best friend for 5 days in early July. The hotel is absolutely amazing. Let me begin by saying that the Dutch were genius in the way they designed buildings. Curacao, while maintaining a constant temperature of about 88 degrees F, is swept by a constant breeze. This is great for when you want to lay on the beach and relax without feeling like you're being burned by the sun - lather up on sun screen, however. This same breeze flows through the corridors making for absolutely amazing evenings.
The grounds are immaculate. The infinity pool is great and the two beaches are divine. The food at the two restaurants is decadent and if you want something lighter then try the Pool Bar (usually open until 5:00pm) or the Schooner Bar (open until midnight but serving light junk food after 6:00pm). The ladies at the Pool Bar were very nice, preparing our meals like mom would. The staff at the Schooner bar is very attentive; you can on a beach chair and someone will always come up to you and ask you if you need a drink. There's a lovely patio overlooking the beach.
The left side of the beach is a bit choppy as the barrier lets the waves in from the east through the opening and the right side of the beach is calmer. Everything about this hotel is perfect. Again I must say the staff was very welcoming but after roaming through Willemstad (even at night) I've realized that people in Curacao are just naturally friendly, unpretentious and very welcoming. Not in a "I'll be nice to you because you're a tourist type of way" (the majority of the guests here are from Europe or South America so nobody tips), but in a "I want to show you my homeland and make sure you love it."
Luxeandrew (ask him anything about the island and he'll point you the right way) and the crew at the Schooner bar, both in the morning and in the afternoon, will chat you up, make you fabulous drinks and truly make you feel welcome. For all of you gay travelers, don't worry. This is really a live and let live country. Dare I say that people here are blasé about homosexuality. I suppose this is due to the diversity of this amazing island. Don't be afraid to be yourself.
All in all, unless I rent an apartment or buy a house in Curacao, this will be my yearly vacation spot and the Avila Hotel will be my home base. My only con about the hotel is the lack of food available after a certain hour. Yes, the Schooner bar offers little snacks, but it would be good if they served sandwiches or wraps past midnight, especially on Fridays and Saturdays.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family run boutique hotel comprises the islands original governor's mansion dating from 1780. Located on two romantic private beaches, the hotel is just minutes away from downtown Willemstad. The new Octagon Wing features 68 spacious rooms decorated in sophisticated neutrals with splashes of vivid Caribbean colors and has transformed the hotel into a contemporary luxury resort & spa. Avila Hotel nevertheless continues to be a reflection of the island of Curacao. Friendly. Intimate. Understated. Welcoming. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Avila Beach Resort
- Hotel Avila Beach
- Avila Hotel - Curacao Willemstad