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Bamboo Bali Bonaire - Boutique Resort
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Paris, France
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“SHhhhhhhh! This is the best-kept secret in the Caribbean but don't tell anyone..”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

This little gem of an island getaway is a hidden jewel cached away in an enchanted tropical garden of many, many buddhas. Lush flowering plants conceal the individual, fully appointed cottages and provide you with perfect privacy for a meal al fresco or a nap in your own hammock. The gardens attract a variety of delightful birds like troupials, finches and tiny hummingbirds which adds to the magic. The common areas provide options like a place to grill a meal and enjoy it with friends, a natural swimming pool to cool off in or a relaxing bathe in the hot tubs. The lounge area around the pool is an elegant spot to just chill out. Fresh water tanks are provided for washing and drying scuba gear, as well.

Bamboo Bali is completely secluded from the outside and very private with uniquely designed, themed cottages within. All of the lodgings provide kitchenettes and are fully equipped but vary slightly between them in specific features. Each cottage is as charming as the next and it will be very difficult for you to choose between them.

This unique concept was conceived by Anno, Vera and Sebastian and is run as a family business. They designed, built and operate this specialty lodging with a great deal of care and devotion in order to give you a special retreat away from everyday life and provide you with a unique opportunity to enjoy this very special island of Bonaire and all it has to offer. They are able to arrange rentals and island activities of your choice if needed.

If you are bored with the crowded, overrun, generic accommodation routinely offered in the Caribbean, then you should definitely book a stay here. You will be thoughtfully hosted by this talented, amiable family in a manner that is rare to find in hospitality these days. For me, it is a home away from home as I have stayed with them many times and will continue to. This cozy little spot is a perfect place for me to enjoy nature and the outdoors while exploring some the best diving available in the multitude of dive spots accessible from here.

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Best, Michelle

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

We chose Bamboo Bali for our honeymoon based on the reviews on Tripadvisor and it was a perfect choice! The cottages are very nice and the garden looks beautiful. It looks great in the photos but even better in real life! Anno and Sebastian are very helpful and friendly - we have never felt anywhere as welcomed as at Bamboo Bali. And they clearly have a passion for what they're doing. The whole resort is really lovely, quiet and relaxed - a perfect place for a honeymoon.
We'll definitely come back to Bonaire and we won't even look at going anywhere else than Bamboo Bali.
Ania and Andrew

Room Tip: We stayed at the Tree House and it's definitely unique but all cottages look lovely.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Montréal, Canada
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

We had the best time since a long time at bamboo Bali bonaire. The place is a peace haven. Very quiet and friendly. Anno and Sebastian were very helpful and careful hosts. Look at all the other reviews and you will see that you cannot go wrong with bamboo Bali. You won't regret it !

Room Tip: We were in the Java cottage. It is very close to a BBQ if you choose to cook. Cottage was very nice...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

Anno, Vera, and Sebastian are outstanding hosts for a gem of a resort, well-located on Bonaire. My wife and I spent two wonderful weeks here Dec 2012-Jan 2013. Our late arrival was no problem as Sebastian let us in the front gate and gave us a brief intro to the site and our room. We found refreshments in the refrigerator and ground coffee for the morning. Our "Bali" unit had everything we needed and was designed with thoughtful style. We found the local fish shop and were able to grill on the shared BBQs. BBBR is an ideal spot for folks who are seeking a unique, peaceful spot away from the usual hustle and bustle some larger resorts.

Vehicle parking at the front gate provides easy access for your rental vehicle and the resort's central location means that all areas of the Island are easily accessible. Shore diving and snorkelling is excellent and a water taxi to/from Klein Bonaire Is is well worth a trip (or two) as the reef is excellent and the sand beach like powder.

Highly recommended as a great base for discovering all the Bonaire has to offer. (Sunset viewing is a short walk across the road.)

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

This being our first trip to Bonaire and being newly certified for scuba diving we didn't know what to do or where to go. We lucked into staying at the Bamboo Bali and now we wouldn't stay anywhere else. The rooms are great. They're quiet, but offer all of the amenities you could ask for. We made to feel welcome from the moment we arrived and enjoyed diving with other people who were staying there as well. The dive shop (Wanna Dive) that the resort associated us with was fantastic as well. Couldn't have asked for a better experience!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

This was our third trip to Bonaire and Bamboo Bali. As always, the property is peaceful, the rooms relaxing and the hospitality second to none. We get the dive package which includes air for unlimited shore diving, the cottage and a rental truck for the week. We'll be back next year!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oldenzaal, The Netherlands
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Meanwhile it has been a month since we have returned from vacation, but the Bamboo Bali Team and the island Bonaire is still in our minds.

Like the first time in 2011 we have stayed at Bamboo Bali and it was fantastic again this time.
The cottage was Uluwatu and it was tiptop. They even replaced the table and chairs for us because this is better for our backs.
Rarely we have had such good beds in a hotel or apartments.
Like the first time they were very helpful with problems that we encountered with our own stuff.

We can recommend anyone to stay at Bamboo Bali Bonaire.
It's a little piece of paradise on the already beautiful island of Bonaire.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bamboo Bali Bonaire - Boutique Resort
Address: Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 86, Kralendijk, Bonaire
Location: Caribbean > Bonaire > Kralendijk
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 47 Specialty Lodging in Kralendijk
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bamboo Bali Bonaire - Boutique Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bamboo Bali. "The place where East meets West." No more than 60 meters from the ocean, across the street from the best known dive hotels of the island such as Buddy Dive, Captain Don's and Hamlet Oasis you will find Bamboo Bali. This cozy little resort consists of 8 cottages built with lots of Asian influence and style. The private wooden cottages were built on piles to give it that characteristic look and surrounded by a luscious garden full of tropical flora. Be surprised by the playful and romantic corners where Asia and the Caribbean melt together! Ideal for honeymooners and couples. This small family resort has 2 regular cottages - Bali, Sumatra. Four Deluxe cottage "Between the Trees"/" Just the 2of Us"/"So happy Together" and "Walking on Sunshine" Two superior cottages are recently added : "Love at first Sight" and "Heaven can Wait" Every cottage consists of 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom. Full kitchen / flat screen TV / free wireless internet / air conditioning / safe / warm water showers and a large shaded private porch area. For our guests we have two large propane BBQs, two very luxurious Jacuzzi/hot tubs with massage jets, a natural salt water pool, rinse tanks, dive closets, Thai stile outside showers, sitting areas, etc. "You will fall in love with Bamboo Bali Resort the moment you step in!" ... more   less 
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