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“A Taste of Paradise in Curacao” 5 of 5 stars
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Sun Reef Village
Redewag 30, Dorp Sint Michiel, Curacao   |  
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Meriden, Connecticut
1 review
“A Taste of Paradise in Curacao”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Sun-Reef Village offers travellers a rare glimpse of Paradise,in a world where nature is fast being replaced by industrial and residential development. Set in a small fishing village, the property boasts thirteen apartments or bungaloes, half of them set upon rock formations overlooking the turquoise Caribbean and the other half set amongst the interior gardens. All of the units feature full kitchens and there is a wonderful grocery store, The Centrum, located only a few miles down the road.Sun-Reef offers on-site car rental as well as a dive shop and instructor on the premises. For those who rent seaviw units, there are ladders dropping down into the inviting Caribbean, and for those in the garden units, there are community sunning areas with ladders located there as well. While the town itself features a rocky, coral-strewn beach, it requires just a short car ride to get to any number of small, picturesque beaches located in secluded coves.
If you love nature, Sun-Reef Village is the place for you. There is a wide variety of bird life to check out, as well as a good assortment of reptiles.
If you are the type of person who must have cable tv, a heated swimming pool, 24/7 room service...this is probably not the place for you. The accomodations are lovely, furnishings very comfortable, with a somewhat rustic feel. If you can not appreciate that sort of environment, then the gifts of this Paradise will be lost on you. But, oh, will you be missing out! If you are looking for a peaceful, idyllic setting with the beauties of nature all around you, this place is THE BOMB!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

If you want to get away from the convencional hotels and stay closer to nature, with confort and facilities, that´s the perfect place. Beautifull blue sea just in front of you! what a a sunset! air conditioning works well, towels e nice sheets available. Nice and friendly staff. Must say some negative points: too many cockroaches in the first day, we had to use spray mosquito and got bette and If your apartment is not close to the office you wont be abble to reach free wi-fi sigh. We had an amzing staying, though, and we hope since we come back, stay there gain;

Room Tip: stay in front of the ocean. Make sure if wi-fi reaches your place.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Eight of the Livingston crew met at Sun Reef for a week of diving, snorkeling, and relaxing in July 2012. While 4 of us were not divers, and didn't want to be, we still found plenty to do around Sun Reef and the island. Sun Reef is located in a residential neighborhood, so it is pretty quiet at night. I loved that most apartments had a private deck and ladder into the water, but there is also a "public" that is empty most of the time. The apartments are comfortable. They are not luxurious in any way, but they are clean and well maintained. We found we had everything we needed to cook five dinners in a row. I also loved that the largest supermarket on the island is only a 5 minute drive away.

The owners were pretty fantastic. They are a lovely Dutch couple who are so eager to help. They told us non-divers what to do on the island and made reservations for horseback riding, dinner, and even an ATV ride around the southern part of the island. They will even do laundry for you, for a minimal fee.

We would definitely go back to Sun Reef, in a second! Is the weather ever terrible in Curacao? Nope! It's paradise!

Room Tip: If you have a large group of 8, you can have only one group of four get an ocean view and the others...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newport, Rhode Island, United States
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

My boyfriend and I vacationed at Sun Reef Village and had an absolutely amazing time!
We stayed in a studio villa and it was perfect! Everything you could possibly need to cook was available (a huge supermarket is only a 5 minute drive away), and the bed was huge and comfy! We also had a private covered patio where we ate breakfast every morning...it was great!
The ocean was just a few steps away and we had access to a platform deck with a ladder right into the water! It was so blue and beautiful. You can sunbathe there, jump right into the ocean, snorkel,... anything! It was so nice. We also watched the sunset every night from there and it was breathtaking.
We rented car from Sun Reef for our entire week stay and it was the best decision we made. NOTE: Get a car! You will have a much better experience with the freedom to drive wherever you want to on the island. We went to beaches, downtown Willemstad (only about 12 minutes from Sun Reef), restaurants, the western tip of the island...it was convenient and easy and made for an extremely fun vacation.
I do not have anything bad to say about Sun Reef. It was absolutely perfect. Wim and Lisbeth are so nice and friendly and treat you like you are friends visiting them.
I will absolutely be returning to Sun Reef!!!

Room Tip: The studio was perfect for my boyfriend and I, but if you are travelling with friends, or you want a...
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  • Stayed January 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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Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Loved this place and would definitely go back! Beautiful sunsets, right next to the ocean with a nice yard and lots of wildlife (iguanas and birds), well-equipped kitchen, comfortable bedrooms and your own ladder right into the ocean. We loved snorkelling starting at Snake Bay and swimming down to Sun Reef.

The dive shop has very limited hours, 9am-10:30am, but tanks were always available.

The only glitches we had were: only 1 burner worked on the stove when we arrived, but the handyman fixed it; the toilet leaked water onto the floor the day before we left (don't know if that got fixed or not) and the safe lost power the night we were packing. Fortunately, we had removed our valuables earlier to pack. There was no one in the office at that time and our cell phones did not work on the island so we were not able to call Lisbeth when this happened. I recommend removing your items from the safe when you know someone is still in the office who can help you if there is a problem. Also, bring your own toilet paper, soap, shampoo and any other items you might need.

Lisbeth was a great help and very willing to answer any questions we might have. She arranged for us to have a lovely dinner in Willemstad which we really enjoyed. She also arranged for a very early morning transfer to the airport.

I highly recommend Sun Reef. If you want a quiet, beautiful place away from Willemstad in a much less-traveled area, a centralized location, this is a good choice!

Room Tip: We stayed at the Snapper - the last bungalow on one end. Very secluded and good choice.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 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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Denver, Colorado
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

Our family met at Sun Reef for a week of diving and relaxation. Sun Reef Village was the perfect choice. The bungalows are comfortable and funky in a good way. Ours shared kitchen and dining areas and were well-equipped and maintained. Sea view bungalows have superb vistas and easy down-the-ladder access to the ocean. Wim and Liesbeth are hosts par excellence. Easy going and efficient they run Sun Reef in a light-handed way. They handled airport transfers, car rentals, public transport details and anything else that might make your visit easier. Harld (not Harold) is equally easy going and runs nice little dive operation just off the parking lot. Truly great shore diving at Sun Reef and many other easily accessible sites around the island. If you're expecting the Ritz this isn't your place but if you want to have a wonderful time in a small scale, friendly and nicely laid out little village you definitely should consider Sun Reef.

Room Tip: Try to get a room with some cross ventilation (windows on opposite walls). There often is nice breez...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bournemouth
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

Great place to stay, Wim and Lisbeth were good hosts anything you needed just ask. The diving operation on site is ideal with Harold having a really good knowledge of the island and always available for advice or just a chat, all in all a great holiday.

Room Tip: If you do not have small children the bungalows facing the sea are perfect.
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  • Stayed February 2012, 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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Address: Redewag 30, Dorp Sint Michiel, Curacao
Location: Caribbean > Curacao > Dorp Sint Michiel
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Dorp Sint Michiel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 17
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