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“Villa Blue Lagoon” 4 of 5 stars
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Boca Gentil Villas & Apartments
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   Jan Thiel z/n, Willemstad, Curacao   |  
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Neptune Beach Florida
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“Villa Blue Lagoon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

We spent one week in Villa Blue Lagoon in the Boca Gentil resort area. The home is not on the water but it is elevated to provide beautiful views of the water and the sunset from all of the outdoor living spaces and the infinity pool. It is just a 2 minute walk to the Papagayo and Chogogo resort areas. There is free access to these beaches for staying in the Boca Gentil resort. Grocery store is a 2 minute walk as well. In the hotel areas there are many restaurants although a bit pricey. It is a short drive to Willemstad. I wish there was a way to write a review for Monique the property manager. She is fantastic. She picked us up at the airport. She arranged rental car at the house when we arrived. She had fresh cut flowers in the house. She is awesome.
It is an expensive area so rental prices are high

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Zug, Switzerland
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43 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

We rented an apartment there for one Month, ending up spending € 6.500,- rent, plus a deposit.
We had no working coffee machine in the kitchen, no toaster, not enough towels for the beach and the bathroom, so I ended up washing towels everyday, not enough glasses nor dinner plates
(4 of each for a family of 3) no extra sheets, so you would have to wash them wary in the day and hope that it would dry in time. Our bedroom had BLACK sheets and purple walls, that attrackted a lot of mosquito. When we arrived there was no hot water in the entire apartment, they repaired this the next day, there was a safety deposit box but it couldn't be used because the lock was broken, there was an alarm system but we were told we couldn't use it because the rental company didn't know how it worked. The lighting in every room was very poor, there was no place you could sit and read a book at night. We were eaten by mosquito every night, because no one had sprayed the garden nor under the terrace as we have seen people doing at various hotels at that time.
Electricity and water had to be paid extra after our stay.
There was no parasol or another place to sit in the shade on the porch nor was there shade or a parasol at the pool.
Security was very efficient and friendly. There was someone driving around in a car the whole night from a security firm.
There are several agencies offering these apartments, there are several blocks and they have all different owners so you might get lucky and get a better deal. We were in Sunrise 6.
Also I heard that first floor apartments have less mosquitos than ground floor apartments.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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19 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

We lived on Curacao for several years and I was born there so we are pretty much locals.

We usually stay at the Avila Beach Resort, but due to the pricey season and the length of our stay we decided to rent an apartment this time. To be fair, we had a great time, but this was not due to the apartment. The walls are all types of colours and combinations, the dark purple wall, black polyester sheets, black bed and dark floor make the master bedroom a Walhalla for mosquitoes! (and not just any, but the kind that are known for carrying Dengue fever!) NOTHING helped! No amount of Deet spray, insecticide, deet candles and mosquito coils helped! The dark furniture couldn't be used because every time you sat down you'd be eaten alive! Same problem on the porch. MANAGEMENT OR OWNERS must urgently do something against the mosquito problem!!!

Added to that, we were told that we weren't allowed to use the alarm system (it turned out it didnt work), the safe was broken, both are a MUST in Curacao, we didn' t have any hot water the first day, there weren't enough towels, dishes or other tableware. And the funny smell turned out to be two dead lizards in the spare bedroom, one which was half eaten and covered by maggots and the other which was already mummified! The stove didn't work properly and the pans were disgusting and though there was a private pool, staying there after 12pm was unbearable due to there being no parasols to provide shade and you cant move the sunbeds, these are bolted to the deck.

We paid €6'500 rent for a 4 week stay, we didn't even have a toaster or a functioning coffee machine!

The beach is nice, but is FAR too small to be shared by Papagayo, Boca Gentil, Morena, Chogogo and Livingstone together.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We booked a Boca Gentil villa in September of 2012 for our January vacation. One week before our trip we were notified that they had double booked and the apartment was no longer available. Instead they put us in a larger unit with a private pool, however it was not directly on the beach, but a 5 min walk away.

The unit did have a private pool, which was gorgeous and comparing to the photos we had seen did seem larger, however it was a 15min walk to the beach - too far for my inlaws to walk, so we had to drive. This unit was also not as kept up as the photos of the unit we booked. The biggest disadvantage was that it was right next to a construction site, which was not noisy, but it stirred up the mosquito's and the house had no screens!! Only wood louver windows which did not keep them out and we got eaten alive!!

My advice is this if you want to book with Boca Gentil: Do not expect to be staying in the unit you booked ( I do think they double booked on purpose) do not expect to be on or right beside the beach (not that it was really too far, but not what we had booked) and BRING MOSQUITO NETTING!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Whitehorse, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

I just returned from a wonderful vacation, rented one of the ground level condos of the Bayside group. 3 minute walk to the well stocked grocery store. Amazing beach side grills. Bus stop nearby to go to Punda (Willemstad). First time getting a condo, usually stay in all inclusives. WOW. beautiful location. I'm back a day, and already looking at airfare to return. We had some early morning dog barking across the road, but overall never saw or heard our neighbours. Great place to relax.Thank you to Sandra J for answering all my questions, and Cor V, for leaving me his card for any emergency. Felt very safe

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Surrey, Canada
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3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed at Sunrise, its a part of the complex and shares a pool with 3 other appartments. The facility is the finest weve seen at Curacao, very clean and modern with a lovely grochery store and fitness facilities. The walk to the beach is reasonable and the beach itself while not the finest has sand and surf and a great dive shop. The restaurants were good but fairly pricey 25-35 pp.

The only knock we had was the rental company curacaoxl had a limit of 1 toilet paper roll and 2 garbage bags for our week, didnt do any midweek visit/clean and the landlord left us a phone number but there werent any phones! the mosquitos were pretty bad but they had netting for the beds....

All in all though a great week, we finished our 2 week holiday up island to explore the western sections, which was a good idea.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Gld
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

I stayed at one of the boca gentil apartments and i loved it very much!
The apartment has 3 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms.
(One of the bedrooms had an en suite bathroom)
Very clean apartment!
I especially liked the balcony very much! nice views and nice air floating through the apartment
It is at a walking distance of the Jan Thiel beaches, but you don't hear any of the noise; the boca gentil villas/apartments are at a very quiet location itself
I would definitely recommend

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Boca Gentil Villas & Apartments

Address: Jan Thiel z/n, Willemstad, Curacao
Location: Caribbean > Curacao > Willemstad
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 75 Specialty Lodging in Willemstad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Boca Gentil Villas & Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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