From the welcome juice cocktail we received when we checked in to the Avila to the romantic dinner we were served on the beach for our anniversary, our stay here was near perfection. The desk staff was always friendly and helpful. The hotel is beautiful. If you want a rustic, breezy room, stay in the Blues wing... something more modern? Stay in the Octagon wing.
Our room was located in the Octagon wing. The room had a small, well equipped kitchen area and the bedroom was fantastic. The bed was firm and the pillows were nice.
If you are interested in being "green" --when you open the sliding door sit out on the balcony, the air conditioning shuts off---BUT when you come back in and shut the door, the air starts right back up. I liked that I did not have to make any adjustment at night. We could just throw open the balcony doors when we went to bed to catch the ocean breezes, but if it was too warm, we just closed the door and the air started up again. Very comfortable and ecologically friendly!
Good food choices. Food is available at their fine restaurant in the evening, another restaurant is open during most of the day with a good selection of foods, along with food at 2 bar areas. Then there is the Blues Bar/Restaurant... great entertainment, very good food choices, nice sunset spot, and (for whatever reason) the best food and liquor prices in the complex. If you don't want to go down for breakfast (about $18) the room service breakfast choice is only $11 and is an adequate and good start to one's day.
For our anniversary we reserved a date for a dinner on the beach. A table and chairs was set up for us. We selected the chef's "surprise" menu. Before dinner we were asked a few details about food choices, wellness of meats, alergies, etc. Then the night of the dinner we were served a 3 course dinner by our private server. The table was lit by torches on the beach and a candle on our table. Only one such dinner is served each night, so make sure to make your reservations as soon as possible after you arrive!
The beach is nice, the water warm and protected. They do have a pool, not terribly large, but we never saw that it was overcrowded. If you need towels and no one is at the towel location... ask at the nearest bar. They are locked in a cabinet until handed out. The attendant hands them out, but also seems to be responsible for taking the cart of used towel to be laundered and bringing back new, clean ones--so is not always right at the towel area near the Blues bar.
Their website gives a great description. They are very responsive to emails with questions and also have an "800" toll free number you can call in the USA.
We stayed for 4 nights;did not want to leave! It was beautiful, romantic, and a fantastic location. Would stay there again and highly recommend this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family run boutique hotel comprises the islands original governor's mansion dating from 1780. Located on two romantic private beaches, the hotel is just minutes away from downtown Willemstad. The new Octagon Wing features 68 spacious rooms decorated in sophisticated neutrals with splashes of vivid Caribbean colors and has transformed the hotel into a contemporary luxury resort & spa. Avila Hotel nevertheless continues to be a reflection of the island of Curacao. Friendly. Intimate. Understated. Welcoming. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Avila Beach Resort
- Hotel Avila Beach
- Avila Beach Hotel Curacao/Willemstad