We just got back from a HHonors points stay in Curacao. Our check in was fine. We had to wait a while for the ocean view room to be ready, but that was our choice and they were very accommodating giving us that room. Because we are Diamond, we had access to the Executive Lounge on the fifth floor, even though our room was on the third floor, to get the view. Nice place to have drinks, light food and watch the sunset. Great view also from anywhere on the waterfront.
Careen in the Exec lounge was fantastic. She truly wants you to get all you can out of their island. She has wonderful suggestions for all over the island. We rented a car for the week ($190). We drove out to the western side of the island to the Christoff Park and climbed the 1400ft island mountain. This is not for the weak. There is actual climbing involved over rocks and up through crevasses. Best to do this first thing in the morning as it does get warm. Takes about 1 hour plus each way from the bottom. Take a backpack and plenty of water.
We went from there out to Westpunt to Jaanchies restaurant for some great local food. We tend to want a lot of fish when in the Carribbean. Sitting in rocking chairs with fifty plus birds flying through and feeding ten feet away was awesome. The owner is delightful. The locals are constantly coming in to pick up their take out lunches. Great meal!
We drove another day to Casa Abou, also on the western side. This is a very nice public beach, small fee. They have lounge chairs for rent. There is a food shack and restrooms. There also is Sensa Massages. This is first come, first serve. Open at 12. Ruth was fantastic! Honestly, the best massage either of us have ever had, and $58 per hour (not incl tip), incredible. We went back again for our last day on the island.
We also drove around and parked in downtown Willmstad. Find an open spot, remember the number and pay at a kiosk. We walked around, shopped and had lunch. Came back another day and walked over the pontoon bridge. There also is the Fort to explore.
Another morning we drove East down to Spanish Bay to go to SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding). Derek was our guide and we had a fantastic time talking with him about the island, his life, etc as we paddled around the mangroves for our beginners trip. You will feel it in your core and leg/ankle muscles! You must make reservations in advance. They also teach wind surfing and do advanced paddle boarding trips. From there we headed back downtown to a local restaurant, Plasa Bieu. Great food. Not big on speaking English, but they took me to the kitchen to show me what there was. Red snapper- yum!
Curacao does not have a lot of farming, just small private veggie gardens. All produce and supplies come from Venezuela (30 miles to the South). They do have a large refinery on the island for Venezuela oil.
Hotel restaurant is Italian and was very good. Breakfast buffet was very complete. Dive shop/rentals, coffee shop and fitness center were all very good and well staffed. Houesekeeping was excellent. Check out at 6:15AM for our 8:15 AmerA flight was easy. You reserve a taxi the night before and it is easy. $30US, tip incl. The people of this island are very nice. Most of them can speak Dutch, English, Spanish and their native Papiamentu. All the rooms were renovated in the past year and have pretty much everything you need. We will definitely go back again
- Also Known As:
- Hilton Curacao Hotel Willemstad
- Hilton Curacao Hotel
- Hilton Hotel Willemstad
- Hilton Hotel Curacao
- Hilton Willemstad
- Willemstad Hilton
- Hilton Curacao Willemstad
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in 23 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and built on an historic 18th century Fort, the Hilton Curacao hotel boasts two private white sand beaches, infinity and freshwater pools and a PADI Gold Palm dive center on the property, and is one of the leading Curacao hotels. Located just ten minutes from Hato International Airport and five minutes from the center of Willemstad, the Hilton Curacao is an idyllic spa retreat. A Las Vegas-style casino and LivingWell Health & Beach Club are available on the property, and Guests enjoy immediate access to a range of watersports and Willemstad activities. The Hilton Curacao resort is charming, picturesque and perfectly placed for an active or relaxing visit to the Caribbean. Conferences and events for up to 400 can be easily accommodated in this Curacao hotel’s range of event spaces, making it the ideal destination for corporate functions, social events or intimate destination weddings. ... more less
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