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Kaminda San Sebastian 11b Sint-Willibrordus Curacao, Willemstad Curacao
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-in
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Updated 09/03/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 09/03/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#4 of 145 Specialty lodging in Willemstad
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The Natural is the only "clothing optional" resort on the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao). Clothing optional means that naturism is permitted, but not mandatory. We respect your choice whether or not to wear clothes at the pool, on the sun terraces or on the porch of your bungalow. We are gay friendly and single friendly, everyone is welcome. The Natural is located in the center of Curaçao, where nature is spectacular, in the rustic village of St. Willibrordus. From your bungalow you will look out over the green hills and the salt pans of Jan Kok. In the area you can find flamingo's and the beautiful beaches of Daaibooi, Porto Marie and Cas Abou are nearby. Since the 1st of October 2018 the resort belongs to a Belgian couple.
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Free parking
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John S wrote a review Mar 2020
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It was our first visit, we stayed in a safari tent, a little noisy, but otherwise good. Mosquitoes were a bit of a pain but didn't spoil the holiday once we got the best spray etc. Debbie and Roberto were good hosts and made us feel very welcome. BBQ night was good but have to say there was room for improvement. Breakfasts were adequate but again room for improvement, not great value for money.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Debby Boogaarts, Pensionhouder at The Natural Curacao
Responded Mar 27, 2020
Hi John, Thank you for your nice review. We are a bit surprised by your remark that both the BBQ and the breakfasts have room for improvement. During your 13 days stay you had breakfast 6 times and although we always ask the guests for their experience, you never mentioned anything. Of course, we are always open to suggestions!
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SophiavanLin wrote a review Mar 2020
Rotterdam, The Netherlands10 contributions2 helpful votes
This clothing-optional resort is a hidden gem. Very peacefully situated. A nice pool with sunbeds. We had the time of our lives. The hosts are very helpful and very friendly. We can recommend this resort. This was the 2nd time we visited.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from Debby Boogaarts, Pensionhouder at The Natural Curacao
Responded Mar 25, 2020
Thanks for the great review and recommendation. It was a pleasure hosting you.
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Berkojac wrote a review Mar 2020
New York5 contributions5 helpful votes
The Natural is still a great place to stay with its new owner and management. My husband and I returned to the Natural in January, 2020 for our third visit -our first under the new owners and management. It continues to be a favorite destination, and we enjoy the unique experience of living in a safari tent. One visible change - They've removed the picnic table and drink refrigerator from the pool area. Result- a quieter poolside area AND an ALL DAY shaded location for chaise lounges at poolside. A positive change in our opinion. Roberto and Debby were gracious and helpful hosts. Friendly and welcoming, they are engaging and interesting to talk to, and we enjoyed getting to know them. They still have the Monday night barbecue. We had two great Monday night meals. Roberto says that Sam trained him for the post. We had a rental car problem, and they were there to help. Roberto took guests without cars to the supermarket on one of his shopping trips. The housekeeping staff remains the same - friendly and efficient. We ordered breakfast several mornings, and enjoyed tasty, freshly cooked meals. Debby arranged for a massage for me with Anouk, the massage therapist who has been in Curacao for many years. She was terrific. There is a new, excellent Indonesian restaurant, Bali, (a branch of the restaurant by the same name in Willemstad), close by. We were especially lucky with our timing -we shared two weeks with a friendly and simpatico international group. The morning coffee hour started each day with great spirit. The Natural at Curacao is still a great vacation spot. We'll be back. Jackie
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from Debby Boogaarts, Pensionhouder at The Natural Curacao
Responded Mar 5, 2020
Hi Jackie, Thank you so much for this excellent review. We are very much looking forward to seeing you again. Roberto & Debby
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108-3pilot wrote a review Feb 2020
Palm Harbor, Florida6 contributions1 helpful vote
First, a bit about Curaçao; Curaçao is a Dutch protectorate, meaning it has heavy Dutch influences but is yet uniquely its own. A little bit Latin American, a little bit Dutch and a bit of American thrown in for good measure. Traffic is crazy, not Mexico City crazy but some of the roads are more patch than pavement, some are narrow, many are hilly with blind curves and speed limits are a suggestion… Be prepared for traffic circles, traffic signs are European style pictographs, but most street names are in Dutch, don’t trust a turn signal if you see one and even Google Maps GPS can be an adventure. Maps.me was recommended but I couldn’t figure it out in the time I had available. Buying gas is an experience – like in intercity Detroit. Bars on the teller window, cash only and pre-pay – USD is accepted but change may be returned in ANG. Most importantly, you can drink the water in Curaçao – they use desalinization (sea water) as Curaçao is a volcanic (inactive) desert island that I read averages only two to three inches of rain a year mostly in the rainy season. The wind blows dry most of the time because it’s flowing up and down hills forcing the moisture out of it and it creates natural air-conditioning and limits the insects. Grocery shopping is a bit of a shock as many of the products are labeled in Dutch and because it’s an island, everything comes in on a boat or on a plane, so food is relatively expensive compared to the United States. A six-pack of Amstel Bright is going to set you back about $20 ANG (Guilders) at the Centrum supermarket – roughly $12.20 USD and roughly $22 ANG at a Chinese Minimart. The restaurants are surprisingly good, European in nature, smaller portions but you can get a great cheeseburger at many places on the island. We splurged and had dinner at Serafina Italian Restaurant in Willemstad on the last Friday we were there, and it was world class – my wife was impressed and that’s a feat as she’s of Italian descent and hyper critical of Italian restaurants. Down the road from The Natural Curaçao, you should check out Toko Williwood (Williwood Store) and try their Kabritu Burger (Goat Burger) – at least one time in your life. If you like wild game, you’ll enjoy it as I thought it tasted a bit “gamey”. If you are looking for Hedo III – The Natural Curaçao is not it, nor was it ever intended to be, it’s a European style resort for naturalists that are looking for relaxation. My wife highly recommends booking a massage with Anouk through Debby – she said it was the best massage she’s ever had, and it helped her wind down shortly after we arrived. Morning coffee with the other guests helped everyone start their day – if you ever stayed at Marrero's Guest Mansion in Key West (before they changed the business model) morning coffee at The Natural Curaçao is like happy hour and breakfast combined. It’s a great way to get info on the island and the attractions as well as meeting the other guests. We stayed in a bungalow which was more than adequate – my wife tends to run hot, and I was concerned she’d insist on running the AC – but that dry wind and the louvered shutters on the windows made for natural AC to the point it actually got cool at night (when it dipped to 79°F). We closed the unscreened louvered shutters in the main room of the bungalow at night and didn’t use the lights to reduce the number of Gnats that came in the room with any lull in the wind, they did not bite but did swarm looking for moisture; more of a nuisance. Many of the guests feed the birds and Iguanas from their verandas – they are not timid, and we had daily visits from both and some of the smaller birds would fly into the kitchenette through the louvered shutters looking for hand-outs. One note, not a complaint, but the furniture is European stylish and functional – it’s not overstuffed nor plush. The Patio furniture was square, and the cushions were thin – not something you’d sleep on although the chaise lounge chairs were comfortable. The King-size bed was a platform bed with a very firm mattress without a plush mattress pad so very firm by American standards but – it’s a European style resort and that’s what you should expect. The resort itself was undergoing some maintenance but appeared to be clean and well maintained. The pool was a bit cool at first but comfortable and a relief from the sun. I had the misfortune to fall asleep on one of the pool side loungers under a sunshade and woke up in full sun with a sunburn – I didn’t do that twice. There were several nationalities staying at the resort and of course a significant number were Dutch, but everyone was warm and friendly. We even made some new friends. The Monday night Bar-B-Que is highly recommended – Roberto did a great job as grill master and Debby was a great host. This was our first trip to Curaçao and The Natural – we arranged for Roberto to pick us up near the airport and rented a car though The Natural – it was very convenient, and I’d recommend it for first time travelers, however, many of the guests rented cars at or adjacent to the airport. Again, traffic can be challenging and having that shuttle gave us the lay of the land before we started driving the roads of Curaçao. One thing I’d like to see, especially for short stays, is a grocery delivery service on the island that services The Natural Curaçao. That would forgo the need for a rental car except perhaps for sightseeing. We would have been perfectly happy to stay at the resort for the first half of our stay just to unwind, but we had to go to the grocery store and out to dinner. I was told there are also plans in the works to add a snack-bar to the resort, and that would also forgo some of the need for a rental car. Also, the resort currently offers breakfast, coffee, tea and soft drinks as well as beer and wine at reasonable prices. One bit of advice; if you’ve ever overpacked for a trip – you will overpack 10X here – you’re only wearing clothes for a couple of hours at a time and you’re not drenched in sweat so most things can be re-worn without being gross. There are European style drying racks in the rooms so you can rinse and air-dry cloths if needed. We easily could have packed enough for a nine-night stay in a couple of carry-on bags. To wind this up, nine nights was not enough – we could have stayed there longer, some of the European guests were there for a month. The Natural Curaçao is a wonderful European style naturalist resort and Roberto and Debby were great hosts. It took two years to convince my wife to go to Curaçao – she loved most of it (except the traffic, she drove I navigated). We both did not want to leave and we both look forward to returning to both Curaçao and The Natural.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Room Tip: We were told the tents tend to be noisy in the wind at night but looked to be comfortable.
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Response from TNC-Debby, Manager at The Natural Curacao
Responded Feb 19, 2020
Thank you very much for your great review! Nice that you include so much information on the island as well, this will be very helpful for future visitors. We enjoyed your company very much and are really looking forward to welcoming you back at The Natural.
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imsell wrote a review Feb 2020
High River, Canada93 contributions119 helpful votes
This was my 5th visit to The Natural Curacao and the first under the new owners and property managers. I have done previous reviews but since their has been a change of management I thought I would give readers a bit of an update. This was the first time I had the pleasure of the company of a female companion. She had never been to a naturist resort and was uncertain how she would handle it. She took to it like a duck to water. Having said that, she did feel a bit uneasy at times due to the presence of a number of construction workers that were doing some much needed repairs and upkeep. I found it strange that this was being done in high season when they are fully booked and not in low season when there are fewer guests and the rates are lower. The new owners have a 14 year old child so under the circumstances I find it difficult to see them actually moving in to the resort and taking over the management of the premises. The present property managers are only under contract until September 2020, which leads me to believe that there is a possiblility, given the above, that the present owners intend to flip this property once all the necessary upgrades are completed. There have been very few changes. The fact that the sink and counter has been removed at the pool and replaced with loungers that offer shade is quite welcome to me. The Monday night BBQ still happens but nobody can compete with Sam's cooking and light hearted humour when Paul owned it. A major change, in my opinion, is that one now has to be fully clothed at morning coffee, unlike before. Is this not a clothing optional resort where guest can socialise in that manner? All in all, our stay was most enjoyable and we definitely plan on returning yet again. Oh yes, we both had a massage from Anook. I do hope I spelled her name right. It was totally amazing and well worth the $85. I do hope she is still available the next time we come.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from TNC-Debby, Manager at The Natural Curacao
Responded Feb 13, 2020
Thank you for your kind review and remarks. It was great to notice that, although it was her first experience in a naturist resort, your companion felt very comfortable and relaxed. We are aware that construction and repairs are a bit of a nuisance but, as you said, it is indeed needed and in order to keep up with them we cannot hold all of them until low season. Of course we always try to create as less disturbance as possible. We do not subscribe to your assumptions about our or the owner's future on Curacao or at The Natural. The fact that our current contract runs until September 2020 does not mean that it will not be extented for many years to come... We are very pleased that you both enjoyed your stay and we are looking forward to welcoming you again.
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$49 - $104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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CaribbeanCuraçaoWillemstad
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Natural Curacao
Which popular attractions are close to The Natural Curacao?
Nearby attractions include Playa PortoMari (1.8 miles), Cas Abao Beach (2.2 miles), and Daaibooi Beach (1.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Natural Curacao?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at The Natural Curacao?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a stovetop.
Is parking available at The Natural Curacao?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Natural Curacao?
Conveniently located restaurants include De buurvrouw, Karakter Curacao, and Playa Porto Mari.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Natural Curacao?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does The Natural Curacao have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Natural Curacao offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Natural Curacao?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, German, and Dutch.
Are there any historical sites close to The Natural Curacao?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Landhuis Jan Kok (0.8 miles) and Landhuis Ascension (3.2 miles).