Great bartender here named Roy! He made us a Dutch version of Long Island Iced Tea! Very friendly place, out of the way location on the beautiful island of Bonaire. We also had lunch here, which was very good.
This hotel is often used as a spillover for the Buddy Dive Resort. It is farther from the town of Kralendijk but close to many prime dive sites on the northern end of the diving reserve. The room was spacious and comfortable but lacked a work table in the main room and had zero wifi. Room service was every other day. The dining area was ok with a nice breakfast. A plus of this hotel was the abundance of birds, lorikeets, orioles, etc. and other wildlife that you don't see in more downtown resorts. They have dive lockers and access to tanks. Nice people work here and so this hotel is ok, if a ca 20 minute drive from downtown. A bit of a mixed bag.
Wasnt sure of how it would work out last minute a friend joined me. Was no problem at all for service desk to find us a cot. As for the rest was a great time. My friend wanted to tan by the pool for the week thoroughly enjoyed her time there. My self I visit Bonaire for snorkelling and it was great as usual, from oil slick all the way up to 1000steps and back. It is on the outskirts of town so very quiet and relaxed. Accomadations were great had breakfast a couple of times also very good. The Sunday BBQ is really worth visiting whether you are staying there or not.
Great diving all over the island, great buffet breakfast included daily, helpful staff at restaurant and dive centre. High quality scuba rental gear. Car rental included in package. short 10 minute drive to Buddy Dive for access to tanks and boat dives. 15 minute drive into town. Clean accommodations with air conditioning. Room was cleaned/restocked every 2-3 days over the week but they came more frequently if asked. Will certainly stay here again next time in Bonaire
If you look back you will see I have reviewed before. I am not a "critical" person per se', but honest is honest. So here it is: The staff and service is TOP SHELF all the WAY! A nicer, more accommodating group of people in the hotel industry, you simply will NOT FIND. Reservations were simple, when I got to the front desk they welcomed me like returning family and by request....I was granted a 2pax NEW pickup truck (Honeymoon suite) with only 2,000km on it. I was a little fiat diesel with airco you could hang meat in, great tires and transmission for the Island and the Park. Well Done. In my room was a bottle of wine welcoming me and my beloved and a card with a hearty greeting. I was delighted to see the ceiling had been painted with a nice Gloss White instead of the old flat white that just looked tired and dirty in years past from the wind borne dust the island is known for. 305 is the HONEYMOON COTTAGE replete with a King Size bed in the Master and a Jacuzzi in the second bedroom for all other cottages. To be fair, the place was clean, well maintained and comforting, but it the 'little things'.....that get on my nerves. For the love of GOD.....what is the aversion to a Fitted Sheet !!! I mentioned this in years past. Previous stays in this King Size bed have necessitated me BUYING a KING SIZE SHEET SET, as I am a stomach sleeper and when I roll, i can COCOON myself with a FLAT SHEET. I even went so far as to ask my beloved, long-term employee and friend MILA, where the HELL was the fitted sheet??? She told me that it WAS stored in the office, but after many management changes it has gone the way of the DoDo and is now extinct. It is a lovely 4 post bed. Someone....tried to utilize an aftermarket, ceiling hanger mosquito net for LOOK....not Function over the four posts and it's just, well tacky. It must have "drooped' into the head area and some industrious guest/diver 'suspended it' with orange line from a dive reel. Then there's the half dozen or so bugs/moths that it supports you see when you lie down. Not bad, unclean or disgusting....just tacky. The Jacuzzi. For goodness sake, please...PLEASE turn on the Jacuzzi before the guests arrive! So during a previous stay in the same room, there was a legitimate 6 inch thick, insulated, folding jacuzzi cover. Everybody knows that they wear out and the old one must have done just that. Well, I later learned that a staff member took it upon themselves to order (force the ordering) of what equates to a "tarp" with the square drop sides dimensions of the hot tub/jacuzzi, but more about that later. Of course being Dutch the display is programmed to Celsius and read 32 when I arrived. So night 1, we got in and it barely felt warm. (I later did the conversion, 32 = 89.6 Farenheit. We sat and turned on the jets and I was INSTANTLY overcome by a burning in my eyes. I got out, opened all 4 french doors to eliminate the chlorine gas(es) and popped open the drain/filter cover. There were three, (3), THREE pink eraser sized CHUNKS of hard chrlorine in a blue, flying saucer sized dispenser. You know....the kind used in a 10,000 gallon above ground pool. I have owned pools and jacuzzi's an you need POW-DER-ED chlorine....."sprinkled" in, after TESTING the water with strips and chemical dyes. I informed the desk that the chlorine level burned my eyes, and though they ARE great up front, the answer amounted to, "Well me must keep it clean...". Essentially someone unqualified, not testing properly, or the Large Scale Pool Cleaner just attends to this task and drops tabs in the floating filter (what a joke) the size of again, pink erasers. Although the staff is once again Really EXCELLENT and Highly accomodating, especially to food allergies, there is a distinct lack of effort to the breakfast. To be fair, we are probably used to fresh, white eggs of chickens that are fed much better than the local brown variety with a poor diet. Every morning found the same (and I mean identical) serving tray buffet with back and scrambled or a few fried eggs, inedible link sausage, small meats and cheeses, and fresh (allegedly) fruit. The fruit was plentiful and not lacking....but if Monday's tray was half-eaten, it was refrigerated and Tuesday's "fresh" simply added to it to make a fuller tray. Rinse and repeat for Wednesday, etcetera. They would make eggs to order, but again....taste. My first year on property was 2009. I was smaller and more intimate. They have grown, built and expanded. The lower (ocean view) pool was SPECTACULAR!!!! A few years ago it was dirty and the tiles had fallen in, but that was repaired. NOW....the landscape and shrubbery that was planted has com-PLETE-ly overtaken the lower 8 two-bedroom cottages. Between the cottages, this serves to add privacy from deck to deck and shield one from their neighbors. BUT......in the pool, it is grossly disappointing that there are maybe 30 viewable degrees of what should be a 120 degree vista of Klein Bonaire and the mountains os SLAGBAAI to the NorthWest. I have never stayed in rooms 301 - 304, but from my vantage, they not only overlook the lower cottages, but now they can not even see the ocean for the trees, palms and bushes. Finally, I have learned a few things on this visit. It is not exactly "whistle-blower" testimony, but interesting nonetheless. For all the years i've been going, I was under the impression that C.C.B. was operating under the flag of BUDDY DIVE as they advertise. Well, yes and no. It turns out that some or most of the larger, grander, or higher (Penthouse suites) are Privately Owned and operate under a "management rental agreement". [ as an 'aside' I would like to take this opportunity to state again, the STAFF are TERRIFIC and try their ABSOLUTE BEST to accommodate guests wishes and needs.] That being said, the answer I finally whittled out of some on condition of anonymity was that the OWNERS.....do not want to put any money into the units. TO WIT: Proper sheets sets, a new King Size mattress that doesn't feel like sleeping on soft plywood, a cover for the hot tub (what you save in not buying a cover you'll spend in HEATING the Damn thing i.m.o.) And the kicker is.....this definitely DOES make me a Rat in the mob sense of the word, is that the management company takes 70% of the rental fee. Yep. You heard me. So 308 and 307 are no longer rentable. 306 is the Honeymoon Cottage and in my opinion FLAGSHIP ROOM of the entire property. In my humble opinion, it should receive the very BEST preparation possible to ensure a magical guest experience. 305 is currently "IN CONTRACT" through a ReMax on the island and I believe it will continue to be rentable through C.C.B. I have personally enjoyed that cottage and view 7 times over the years. So in closing....there is nary a complaint, simply observation(s). Caribbean Club still remains a BEAUTIFUL DESTINATION with exemplary Customer Service and attention. For a particular type of person whom real-l-ly wants to see 'attention to detail' for the money you lay out, I took off 1 star. Ask for a fitted sheet and that the hot tub be properly prepared prior to your arrival and Enjoy you Stay!…