Had a one bedroom bungalow (222) at this resort for two weeks in July and we both really enjoyed our stay.
The resort is barrier controlled, so no strangers walking round. It’s lovely, quiet and peaceful with well kept grounds with lots of different flowers, trees and shrubs.
The reception staff are really helpful, especially Kim B and Kim G – they can give you tickets for the beach (Mambo/sea aquarium), advise on the breakfast that is available just over the road and you can buy tickets from them. There are lots of leaflets and info and they are more than happy to chat and give you any help and advise you might need.
There is a daily supermarket bus which will take you and bring you back, should you need it.
There is a swimming pool on site, not massive but wonderful to have a cooling swim in when you come back from the beach or town. Plenty of chairs and sun beds are available. The bar was closed whilst we were there as it was out of season, but as your bungalow is only feet away, that wasn’t really a problem. Although there are toilets right near to the pool which are clean, the sink had no running water or hand towels provided – not good really. There is a drinks machine there where you can get a cold can if you like.
The resort is situation just across the road from Mamo Beach/sea aquarium beach etc and just a short drive from Willemstad. We had a car for the two weeks (which I really would recommend) and explored the whole island and we felt that the Bon Bini Resort was in an excellent location – so easy to get everywhere from there.
The bungalow was large, clean and airy with a well equipped kitchen – it’s not 5 star luxury, but more than comfortable and definitely suitable for us.
There is a ceiling fan in the room, but it just seems to re-distribute the very hot air. If you open the kitchen windows and the big patio doors, you will get a nice through breeze to cool you down.
You have a good fridge/freezer to store all your drinks/food etc. There is a tea towel, hand towel and dish cloth provided in the kitchen and this is replaced by the cleaning staff. We had a full size cooker with oven, microwave, kettle and toaster (although the toaster only worked one side and we had to put the bread in twice!)
There is a table and 4 chairs in the room, but outside on the porch/veranda there is another table and 2 chairs and 2 lounger beds.
You can see pictures on their website which show the way the room is furnished – quite comfortable.
It was really lovely (as others have stated) to have breakfast outside and to watch the wildlife. Sprinkle a little sugar on the edge of the handrail and you will attract lots of little birds. Other birds, lizards, iguanas and even the odd rabbit will be there too – just in case you might have a little bread or fruit for them. Just be a bit wary at night because the mosquito’s are about then and we did get bitten a couple of times having a nightcap outside – not a big problem.
There is also a very good clothes hanger to put any washing on and a bag containing quite a few pegs too – another thing that you won’t have to bother bringing.
There is very good air con in the bedroom, but not in the bathroom, which really felt stifling at times. An easy solution is to open the door between the bedroom and bathroom and keep this open at all times, the air con soon circulates into the bathroom and keeps it lovely and cool.
There is a large wardrobe in the bedroom with plenty of hangers – so you don’t need to bring these with you – and another wardrobe just outside the bedroom door which also contains and iron and ironing board.
A safe is located in the bottom of the wardrobe. There is a dressing table, chair and two double beds.
It’s not easy to think of any cons at the property really as we were happy with most things, but if I had to list any little niggles, it would be:
No plugs at the dressing table, so drying my hair was difficult as the only available socket was just that bit too far for me to be able to see.
No full length mirror (nice but not essential).
Nowhere to put anything in the walk-in shower – there were quite a few holes that had been filled it, so it looked like there may have been some at an earlier point that had been pulled out, but it just meant putting shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, sponges etc either on the floor of the shower or on the back of the toilet lid.
The front door of the bungalow could have done with an inner lock as you needed the key card to put into the air con unit and either had to leave the front door open or locked – not easy if you want to open the door to anyone or pop out for something, you had to keep going into the bedroom for the key and back again.
As you can see, there is nothing really very wrong and I’ve had to wrack my brain to come up with these few things. We had a really fantastic time in Curacao and would highly recommend the Bon Bini Resort. If you are thinking of booking – don’t hesitate, you won’t regret it!
Another big thank you to Bonaire Fun Travel/Caribbean Fun Travel who were extremely helpful with our booking and were so knowledgeable about the Island and the resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At Bon Bini Seaside Resort you will experience the ultimate tropical vacation. Relax in your cottage while you're enjoying the view of sky-blue sea or the tropical gardens. The near the Caribbean sea located Bon Bini Seaside Resort is quiet, atmospheric and accessible for everyone. The resort consists of 28 spacious cottages and each with a cozy interior. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bon Bini Seaside Hotel Willemstad
- Bon Bini Seaside Resort Curacao/Willemstad