We were there the first two weeks in January. Everything that has been said about the hotel is true. The resort is beautiful, the people are wonderful, the beach was nice (we had a 2 year old and found a nice quiet area for him---but is was mostly rocky..a disappointment), and the food was very good on the resort and off. The island is expensive (burger/fries US10, soft drinks US$5 and an entree at a 3 star is about US$20 +). We rented a car the 2nd week and found a grocery store just 5 minutes from the hotel which was a god send it was fully stocked with everything you could imagine wanting to eat at reasonable prices. While the island we were told was dry they had more rain than usual (it rained almost every day but usually for 5-10 minues except one day was lost entirely to rain) so it was pretty green. The town of Willemstad is nice but does not compare to the Netherlands shops but for the caribbean it was nice. A must see is the Hotel Kura Hulunda which is a UNESCO heritage site, now this place feels european.. don't bother going to the Seaqurium there is nothing really interesting to see (flamingos, small sharks, touch star fish) we were there 1 hour (we were not interested in spending US$60 to swim with the dolphins) and cost us US$50 for 2 adults and child. The big problem that most people reviewing this hotel/island are not saying (probably because most have only been there one week and you don't have time to explore) is the refineries on the island. Venezuela refines the oil and you will see everyday at least 5 tankers going by the resort as well as a plume of brown smoke overhead . It is very obvious once you leave the resort but it is such a shame as the refineries are about 5 minutes away and line the entire bay near the town. My husband is sensitive to smoke and had a sore throat the entire time. In addition from the beach you can see the water filtration plant which billows out black smoke most of the day which turned us off. To summarize we loved the hotel (we had an oceanfront room), food was always good, but beacuase of refineries smoke and that of the water filtration plant it took away from the idealic feeling that one wants on a holiday in the caribbean.
Unfortunately we will not be returning and will seek another island in the sun for our next holiday
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Bay Casino are located directly on a private beach in Willemstad, Curacao. Spend your days basking in the sun at our resort pool or beach, or experiencing all history and adventure Curacao has to offer through our on site Tour and Car Rental desk. Once the sunsets, you will experience amazing dining by sea at our beachfront restaurant Seabreeze. ... more less
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