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Bon Bini Seaside Resort
2.5 of 5 Villa   |   Bapor Kibra Z/N | P.O. Box 4100, Willemstad, Curacao   |  
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“An excellent holiday and great resort”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Had a one bedroom bungalow (222) at this resort for two weeks in July and we both really enjoyed our stay.
The resort is barrier controlled, so no strangers walking round. It’s lovely, quiet and peaceful with well kept grounds with lots of different flowers, trees and shrubs.
The reception staff are really helpful, especially Kim B and Kim G – they can give you tickets for the beach (Mambo/sea aquarium), advise on the breakfast that is available just over the road and you can buy tickets from them. There are lots of leaflets and info and they are more than happy to chat and give you any help and advise you might need.
There is a daily supermarket bus which will take you and bring you back, should you need it.
There is a swimming pool on site, not massive but wonderful to have a cooling swim in when you come back from the beach or town. Plenty of chairs and sun beds are available. The bar was closed whilst we were there as it was out of season, but as your bungalow is only feet away, that wasn’t really a problem. Although there are toilets right near to the pool which are clean, the sink had no running water or hand towels provided – not good really. There is a drinks machine there where you can get a cold can if you like.
The resort is situation just across the road from Mamo Beach/sea aquarium beach etc and just a short drive from Willemstad. We had a car for the two weeks (which I really would recommend) and explored the whole island and we felt that the Bon Bini Resort was in an excellent location – so easy to get everywhere from there.

Kitchen/Sitting room
The bungalow was large, clean and airy with a well equipped kitchen – it’s not 5 star luxury, but more than comfortable and definitely suitable for us.
There is a ceiling fan in the room, but it just seems to re-distribute the very hot air. If you open the kitchen windows and the big patio doors, you will get a nice through breeze to cool you down.
You have a good fridge/freezer to store all your drinks/food etc. There is a tea towel, hand towel and dish cloth provided in the kitchen and this is replaced by the cleaning staff. We had a full size cooker with oven, microwave, kettle and toaster (although the toaster only worked one side and we had to put the bread in twice!)
There is a table and 4 chairs in the room, but outside on the porch/veranda there is another table and 2 chairs and 2 lounger beds.
You can see pictures on their website which show the way the room is furnished – quite comfortable.
It was really lovely (as others have stated) to have breakfast outside and to watch the wildlife. Sprinkle a little sugar on the edge of the handrail and you will attract lots of little birds. Other birds, lizards, iguanas and even the odd rabbit will be there too – just in case you might have a little bread or fruit for them. Just be a bit wary at night because the mosquito’s are about then and we did get bitten a couple of times having a nightcap outside – not a big problem.
There is also a very good clothes hanger to put any washing on and a bag containing quite a few pegs too – another thing that you won’t have to bother bringing.

There is very good air con in the bedroom, but not in the bathroom, which really felt stifling at times. An easy solution is to open the door between the bedroom and bathroom and keep this open at all times, the air con soon circulates into the bathroom and keeps it lovely and cool.
There is a large wardrobe in the bedroom with plenty of hangers – so you don’t need to bring these with you – and another wardrobe just outside the bedroom door which also contains and iron and ironing board.
A safe is located in the bottom of the wardrobe. There is a dressing table, chair and two double beds.

It’s not easy to think of any cons at the property really as we were happy with most things, but if I had to list any little niggles, it would be:
No plugs at the dressing table, so drying my hair was difficult as the only available socket was just that bit too far for me to be able to see.
No full length mirror (nice but not essential).
Nowhere to put anything in the walk-in shower – there were quite a few holes that had been filled it, so it looked like there may have been some at an earlier point that had been pulled out, but it just meant putting shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, sponges etc either on the floor of the shower or on the back of the toilet lid.
The front door of the bungalow could have done with an inner lock as you needed the key card to put into the air con unit and either had to leave the front door open or locked – not easy if you want to open the door to anyone or pop out for something, you had to keep going into the bedroom for the key and back again.

As you can see, there is nothing really very wrong and I’ve had to wrack my brain to come up with these few things. We had a really fantastic time in Curacao and would highly recommend the Bon Bini Resort. If you are thinking of booking – don’t hesitate, you won’t regret it!
Another big thank you to Bonaire Fun Travel/Caribbean Fun Travel who were extremely helpful with our booking and were so knowledgeable about the Island and the resort.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
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Haymund P, reception employee at Bon Bini Seaside Resort, responded to this review, August 29, 2014
Dear guests, thank you for the honest and complete review! It really captures all there is to say about our resort and we could not have explained better. Also thank you for the great tips for other guests and for us, we will certainly look into some things for improvement. Hope to see you again next time, kind regards from Kim G and Kim B :-)
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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north carolina, usa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

We stayed at Bon Bini during January 2014. The cottages are very nice, roomy, and it is so wonderful to have a great kitchen, stove, refrigerator, microwave. We had leisurely breakfasts and lunches at "home" watching out for parakeets and tropical birds flying from tree to tree. And colorful iguanas in the grass. (They like lettuce). Grocery stores are easy to get to once you have mastered the street map. The tropical gardens and pool area are lovely. Keep an eye out for flowering Cashew trees - the nuts are not edible but the flower and fruit is interesting. Mango trees all around. The staff is very friendly and helpful; you can pop in and ask them questions and they don't mind. Bon Bini is nicely situated in front of Mambo/Seaquarium-beach, snorkeling is very good, we drifted along the coral sea wall from near the seaquarium back across to the opposite end of Mambo one afternoon (the breeze will carry you along gently). All kinds of colorful fish. I left my raft by the pool if anyonew wants to use it - it's yours! Would love to go back again to BonBini.

Room Tip: We were in 224, very nice, and away from the road. Very quiet and a view of the water.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Pete Beach, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

My wife and I enjoy self-catering holidays on islands which retain their Caribbean charm. We have favorite bungalows on Guadeloupe, Grenada, Tobago and Curacao. When in Curacao we stay at the Bon Bini, a gem of a resort on an exceptional island.

If you enjoy a beach with lots of other Americans, the Marriott, the Hilton, the Seascape or one of the other large hotels is for you. The Bon Bini is different.

The Bon Bini Seaside Resort is a collection of impeccably maintained and appointed bungalows on a hillside across from one of the nicest beaches in the Caribbean. The grounds are filled with trees and bushes which are home to an impressive variety of bird species. Among them are orioles, troupials, bananaquits, warblers, doves, bare-eyed pigeons and Caribbean parakeets. Putting some crushed up crackers or some sugar on the table on your porch will give you an opportunity to see lots of them up close. If you are a bird lover, the Bon Bini is the place for you! There are also iguanas and whiptail lizards, many of the latter sporting beautiful blue-green colors with white spots. Both species like grapes and pieces of bananas. The Bon Bini is a great place for nature lovers.

The bungalows have large, well equipped kitchens. The living room is spacious and comfortable with lots of windows to pick up the prevailing breeze. The bedroom is good sized and has very effective air conditioning. The beds are comfortable.

The Bon Bini furnishes guests with passes to Seaquarium Beach which is directly across the street. The beach has a collection of beach bars and lounge chairs. The snorkeling is exceptionally good and convenient for those who are not strong swimmers. Snorkeling hint: crush up some crackers in a zip-lock bag, and add enough water to turn it to mush. When you squirt some of this out into the water it will bring lots of fish to you.

And the Bon Bini staff is wonderful.

Curacao is a very safe island. I have never had a concern for my safety while on the island. Most mornings I would hike a trail from the Bon Bini to Jan Thiel beach and back - a fairly good hour-long workout that I would not feel safe doing on many other islands. No one has ever asked me for money on Curacao or pushed a souvenir on me.

I highly recommend The Bon Bini for anyone who wants to unwind in a beautiful, natural island environment. I can't wait for our next visit, which will be our sixth stay at the resort.

Room Tip: Ask to be on the portion of the resort near the pool.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gangelt, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

We spent 3 weeks here in April and had a wonderful time, The bungalows are only 5 minutes walk from Mambo Beach (Tickets are available free of charge in the reception) and 15 minutes from the Sea Aquarium. The accommodation is very spacious, but in our bungalow everything was somewhat tired, they have a rolling refurbishment programme running but it's just a matter of luck whether you get a modernised one or not. The staff are fantastic, friendly and helpful and do their very best to ensure you have a good time, We will be going there again.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oirschot, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2011

We stayed at Bon Bini during the first two weeks of November 2011. Although a little dated, the bungalows are very nice. They are very well kept clean as well as the nice tropical garden surrounding the bungalows. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Bon Bine is nicely situated in front of Mambo/Seaquarium-beach. We can recommend Bon Bini,

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lacombe, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2011

We recently returned from our first trip to Curacao. We had looked at many options for our stay, including vacation bungalows, villas, and homes. We decided to stay at Bonbini based on a recommendation from a family member who lives and works in Curacao. We had booked the bungalow for 11 nights out of a 12 night stay on the island, they were booked for the last evening but we ended up being able to stay the last night which helped us out a lot.

The booking process was very easy, they were prompt in returning email and all the information they provided was accurate. The price we ended up paying was exactly what we were quoted. We arrived at the resort on Sunday afternoon, the office was closed but the keys were left with the security guard and we had no problems getting in. We were pleasantly surprised with the size and cleanliness of the bungalow, very spartan but had everything that we needed for our stay. There were two mid-sized bedrooms, one with a king size bed (my parents stayed in this room), and another bedroom with two queen size beds for my wife and I and our two young children. Both bedrooms had televisions and bathrooms with showers. The beds were very firm which took some getting used to, if you are looking for a soft bed you will be disappointed. However we found that we had very busy days and had no trouble falling asleep, although we did wake up a little sore in the mornings.

The kitchen was well stocked, there was a coffee maker and toaster, and pots and pans, plates, etc. and cutlery. We ate around half of our meals at the bungalow and it had everything we needed. It would have been nice to have a BBQ for outdoor cooking, but overall it was fine.

The remainder of the bungalow was a sitting area with couch and loveseat, and an eating nook with four chairs. There was also a small table and chairs if you wanted to eat inside. We spent most of our time on the deck enjoying the view of the Caribbean and the great sunsets. There was two lounge chairs and four deck chairs, perfect for our situation. There is also a laundry facility at the resort, worked well for us.

With our two young kids we spent a lot of time either at the beach or at the pool. It is a small vinyl lined pool, great for the kids and the area was very clean. This is not a busy resort so there was never problems with the pool being crowded. The location of this resort is fantastic, just across the road is Mambo Beach, it is busy but nice sand, have to pay for either your lounge chairs or the palapas, but if you go early you can find something fairly easily. Entrance to the beach is included with your bungalow. Great beach for kids, there is a wave break that makes it very calm and safe for the little ones. The weekends were very busy at the beach, we stayed away as we could see by the parking lot that it would be packed. Typical public beach, they want to sell you food and drink and frown on you bringing your own, but no big deal as you could find burgers, etc. at a decent price.

There were a few minor things that were negative about the resort. They had WIFI, but it was very unreliable and I often had trouble connecting, but we were on holidays so it wasn't a big deal.... We also had no hot water for part of the stay, they said they were upgrading, but when we did mention the problem they were quick to get it going again. Also, the office is closed for part of the days and all day on Sunday, but once you know that you can plan accordingly.

Overall for us the positives far outweighed the negatives. This is a no frills resort, but it is clean, the staff are great, and the location is perfect. It is very close to the Sea Aquarium, there are some good local restaurants, and the Breezes Casino is just down the road. If you are looking for a luxurious bed and fancy surroundings, this isn't the resort for you. But if you are looking for a clean, safe place to stay with the basic amenities at a great price, I would recommend Bonbini Seaside Resort. We will certainly consider it for our next trip.

Thanks to all the staff at Bonbini for our stay, we enjoyed it a lot and have tons of great memories!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amelia Island, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2008

Curacao is not the tourist mecca of the Caribbean. It catered to offshore banking and oil while other island built grand hotels.

Curacao lacks the natural sand beachs, instead it got corral, rocks, cliffs, cactus and everything thorny to prick you.

Since Curacao is better than Holland in December the Dutch are happy with it.

The Bon Bini is more of a basic cottage than a resort. For example the pool is vinyl above ground, tenants love the laundry building, and you might get a glimpse of the ocean out your windows. The appliances are old with propane gas. My hot water heater tended to need a restart. The folks in the office were nice, but they seemed to have little experience with "resort" amenities, but they aren't charging resort prices. Many are staying monthly or waiting on work visas, etc.

Plan to drive for food, but there is a grocery store nearby, and some grocery stores will send a shuttle bus to pick you up.

The free passes to Seaquarium Beach across the road are great. This beach has lots of amenities and food, and great parties Saturday night. My wife and kids spent many days are Seaquarium Beach. Topless sunbathing is allowed and usage varies.

My room did have WiFi (US$28/week) from UTS Telecom.

I stayed in other hotels in Curacao and they all suffer from hospitality. Seems happy smiling faces isn't the nature of the Dutch. I was frequently asked if interested in drugs or sex (which is legal) by locals which I wasn't interested in and they usually politely left me alone.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Bon Bini Seaside Resort

Address: Bapor Kibra Z/N | P.O. Box 4100, Willemstad, Curacao
Location: Caribbean > Curacao > Willemstad
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 67 Specialty Lodging in Willemstad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bon Bini Seaside Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Bon Bini Seaside Resort you will experience the ultimate tropical vacation. Relax in your cottage while you're enjoying the view of sky-blue sea or the tropical gardens. The near the Caribbean sea located Bon Bini Seaside Resort is quiet, atmospheric and accessible for everyone. The resort consists of 28 spacious cottages and each with a cozy interior. ... more   less 
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