I have stayed at the Avila since it was a very small hotel without the Octagaon, Blues Wing, and the Villas or the pool. It has always been an exceptional property with a very special feeling. When you stay at the Avila you feel as if you have really gotten away. The Belle Alliance with Water View is a favorite of mine as is the Blues Wing with a room on the second floor looking in at the beach. The rooms on the other side facing Willemstad are much hotter during the day.
There is an indescribable charm to this hotel. The fact that most guests are Dutch or South American adds a special feel. You have to be accepting of the fact that the beaches are coves and not long strands as is true with most beaches on the island.
Being walking distance to Willemstad also is a major plus.
Just suggested this hotel to a couple and they raved about the experience.
As I wrote in the title, this is really an old favorite of mine with many special memories.