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“Wonderful shared villa close to town” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Perla Boneriano

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Perla Boneriano
San Jose, California
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Wonderful shared villa close to town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

We had a great time from Christmas to New Years. The host, Gils, was very prompt and accommodating. We traveled with a baby, and the management provided a crib for us. Having been to Bonaire many times before, the positives about the place are:

1) Nice well-manicured aesthetically-pleasing grounds
2) Well-appointed rooms and a nice breezy deck.
3) Very close to town, convenience stores, a few nice restaurants (e.g., Captain Don's and Buddy Dive)
4) Has a pool.
5) Has a washer/dryer in unit and facilities for scuba diving.
6) Great management.
7) Is quite secure.
8) A taxi was waiting for us at the airport, even though our flight came in 3 hours late! The resorts always say they will send a taxi, but almost never do.
9) Has A/C in unit.

Things to know:
1) no dishwasher
2) not on the beach (though a short walk)
3) lots of mosquitos, just like everywhere else near the coast.
4) the water is solar heated. 90% of the days this doesn't matter. The other 10%, there will be no hot water.

Unlike Shandive, I never saw the sign for NO OUTSIDE DIVERS at Buddy Dive. We still did a night dive there and all was fine. Bonaire is a pretty laid-back place.

Room Tip: The villa Morotin has a nice view and a great breezy porch.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Tkollar
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Bonairediving, Owner at Perla Boneriano, responded to this review, January 6, 2013
Hi Thomas,
Thnx for the very nice review, we were happy to have you and your family as guests of Perla.
Regards Gijs
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

This was our second time staying at Perla Boneriano while in Bonaire and we had a wonderful villa experience once again! We are recommending it to all of our dive friends who travel to Bonaire. We rented a 2 bedroom, 2 bath villa (Chikitu) that was large enough for our family of four. This is a beautiful, gated property, with a nice swimming pool in the center of seven homes. Each unit has an outside sink to clean your dive gear and our unit even had an outside dive locker. Just take your own lock for the locker. Also, we noticed during our last stay that the cleaning people do not leave wash cloths in the units, so we knew to take some inexpensive ones of our own this time. We were able to eat at any of the surrounding resort restaurants.
We rented a truck and a dive package seperately. EXCELLENT LOCATION -- Only 5 minutes to downtown restaurants and centrally located to ALL DIVE SPOTS!!! WONDERFUL VILLA!!!

Room Tip: We stayed at Villa Chikitu.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank anonymousJune2012
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Toronto
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2012

We rented one of the Villas at Perla, and found it to be an excellent choice. The location is close to town as well as to food nearby (Eddy's, the restaurants at Buddy's, and the restaurants at Don's) plus Buddy Dive treated us as if we were resort guests and outfitted us fully. The rooms are spacious and clean, and the amenities ample for our needs, though I'd recommend stocking up on insecticide. The owner was on site every day and was very friendly, the pool was a great experience after diving all day, and the locking store room was very handy for drying out all our gear each day. The individual A/C units in each room were much appreciated as well, since it let us customize our rooms to the temperatures we wanted without needing to chill the whole villa. It's an eco-friendly organization for sure!
I recommend Perla Bonariano wholeheartedly.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Nicole S
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Bonairediving, Public Relations Manager at Perla Boneriano, responded to this review, February 25, 2012
Thank you very much for the nice review you were fantastic guests, hope to c u again next year.
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Brunswick, Ohio
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2011

After seeing Perla on a previous trip I decided to book 11 of my family members in. The inside decor was very nice. The exterior a little overgrown with plants but very clean. Upon arrival with my sister's family they sent a small car for five and luggage which could not be accomodated so needed rental car.
Upon arrival to the apartment we noticed there was no hot water. We spend the rest of the week trying to contact some resort manager and there was NEVER one on site. We had one roll of toilet paper, used the same towels all week and had intermittent hot water because we were informed by phone that all the water was solar and that some days it did not heat up until 3 or 4 in the afternoon. Tough for scuba divers.
The only other problem we had is that the surrounding resorts are no longer allowing divers from other resorts to dive with them. Buddy Dive now has a large sign that says NO OUTSIDE DIVERS. I assume because they don't want people to save money staying elsewhere and just diving with them. It is a long walk to the the next resort with dive gear. You will need to rent a car and go elsewhere to dive
Last but not least is that directly across the street is a large party center that obviously rents out to islanders for weddings and parties and the thundering noice, yelling, music and blocked parking goes on to early in the morning and filters right into Perla Boneriano. Monday and Tuesday nights were not bad. Great thing is that Lovers Ice Cream is a short walk away.
I do see why they are much cheaper than the other resorts.
This place could go a long way with better management.

Room Tip: Clean, cute
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  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Shandive
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Bonairediving, Director of Sales at Perla Boneriano, responded to this review, February 9, 2012
This particualr person did not even stay with us but had some personal beef.
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2011

First of all I have to say that I really love Bonaire! I usually stay in a hotel but decided to try something smaller. I booked the Villa Olivia ground floor unit which is two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. Only two other units were occupied so it was nice and quiet. Captain Don's Habitat is a short walk away as well as Buddy Dive. If you dive or snorkel, everything is a quick walk away. There were some hiccups with the plumbing in the shower. Due to New Years it took some time to get the issue resolved but other than that it was a great place to stay, I plan on doing it again. If you are going with a large group it would be a great place, everyone could have separate lodgings but be together in a cosy setting. I met some of the owners and they were all very friendly and welcoming!

Room Tip: Look online, the site has good photos.
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  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank HConyers
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2010

As a family of four (kids of 4 and 11) we looked for a different place to stay after visiting Windsock for a couple of times.
As our youngest is mad for swimming we wanted a pool that could easily be looked over at. Perla Boneriano offers 7 villa's (most double floored appartments) loosely gathered around the central pool area. It's for sure no Waterworld, but them kids create their own fun with an empty cup and some goggles.
We booked Villa Onima for 3 weeks through Bonaire Partners; BP only services villa Onima and Makoshi, the other ones can be booked through the website (www.perlaboneriano.com).
The villa was large, neat and pretty luxurious with 2 bathrooms (shower, sink, toilets), 1 separate toilet, well equiped kitchen with huge fridge and icemaker, huge plasma tv, airco everywhere, internet etc. There is howeveer no dishwasher, so that's a handjob :o(
As being setup with eco-friendly solutions, Perla uses sunboilers for hot water (never had no hot water) and tries to limit the use of power with led lighting and therefore a dishwasher probably doesn't fit in ...
The masterbedroom holds a 160x200 cm bed with nice coilmatrass, the other bedroom holds 2x 90x200 cm boxsprings.
The central pool is cleaned every Monday and Friday.
Perla is located very close to the center (a car however is a must on the island) and close to my favourite diveshop Wannadive (across the road, so is Buddy's and Sand Dollar). It's a nice & quiet place to take your retreat and chill out in between your dives, and I would certainly recommend it to anyone.

In my opinion I could only find 2 downsides to the villa; we could not use the outside-closet for our diving gear, so we had to store that inside at night (after complaining BP would take this up with the owner). The other thing was that none of the chairs were really comfortable, but maybe that is related to the fact I'm 2m/6,5".

That said, if you are deciding on your place to stay, be sure Perla is in your shortlist; it offers very good value for your money.

Grtz,
Olaf

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank EauLove
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Voorschoten, Netherlands
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2010

Magnificent new holiday complex Perla Boneriano, centrally located with the beach across the road and the centre of Kralendijk only a 5 minutes drive away.
The villa’s are divided in apartments and situated around the garden where you can also enjoy a dive in the pool. All the villas of Perla Boneriano have several ecological features: solar hot water panels, LED-lights for the pool, solar-powered evening lights, septic tanks to store re-usable water for the garden.
We enjoyed our stay in apartment Bartol. The apartment provides a bedroom with airco, a bathroom with hot shower, a living room with open kitchen and a covered porche. It’s just all you need in a luxurious surrounding.
Awesome place! We hope to be back next year to rent this piece of paradise again!
More information w.perlaboneriano.com

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TravelTaz23
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Property: Perla Boneriano
Address: Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 76, Kralendijk, Bonaire
Location: Caribbean > Bonaire > Kralendijk
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 44 Specialty Lodging in Kralendijk
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perla Boneriano consists of seven luxurious Caribbean-style villas, divided into 12 apartments, all situated around a beautiful pool and lush garden and within easy walking distance of that incredibly blue Caribbean Sea. Everything you need for your vacation is within close range of your villa: a tennis court, various shops, dive operations, dive sites, internet cafe, supermarket, restaurants, (beach) bars, a bank and much more. All the villas of Perla Boneriano have several ecological features: solar hot water panels, LED-lights for the pool, solar-powered evening lights, septic tanks to store re-usable water for the garden. We encourage our guests to be very responsible with water and electricity. That way, we can preserve our island's beauty for future generations! ... more   less 
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