We stayed at Baoase in early April 2014. We occupied the ocean-front villa, and found it very much to our liking. The rooms were very nice, there was a nice kitchen area and even a loft dining/gaming area. Most of our time was spent in the lanai (outdoor living area), which consisted of a dining set and a living area with couch, chairs and coffee table. We could literally walk down steps from the lanai into the "infinity" pool.
All in all, very comfortable, very relaxing. The staff were pleasant and helpful, and did their best to make us comfortable.
Our only disappointment was the restaurant. Breakfast was great, and included in the price. But lunch and dinner were extremely expensive for what you got. (We chose Baoase in part because of the chef's reputation.) Frankly, we didn't think the food was that great, and after the second day we started looking for alternatives. That's when we discovered The Wine Cellar (see my review of that elsewhere on this site).
I also have to mention the following incident. The hotel's marketing staff invited us for a free drink at the bar, where they asked our opinion of Baoase. We were candid, discussing the good (most of it) and the not so good (see above). We said we were a little disappointed in the restaurant, and mentioned that the owner of The Wine Cellar went out of his way to make his guests feel welcome, appearing tableside to chat and answer questions and make recommendations. Well, these marketing folks apparently lit a fire under the Baoase chef to follow suit, for he appeared at our table that night (we decided to try dinner there again), trying to be friendly but perhaps not comfortable in the role of congenial host. But later on one of the servers, in clearing away plates, actually spilled the contents of a plate all over me — without much of an apology, mind you — and I had to wonder if this was due to some resentment on the part of the wait staff for our candor with the marketing people. We are generous tippers, and I hate to stiff anybody, but that night I did.
Still, except for the restaurant in general and that one incident in particular, we thought it an excellent week's stay. Not the Four Seasons Maui, but quite good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The ultra-exclusive resort promises to provide an unforgettable experience to guests seeking a peaceful retreat in comfort and style. With 23 extravagant rooms, suites and villas, the resort is the ultimate getaway for luxury seeker. In line with the love of Balinese style, something unique and highly luxurious was created. Different elements were incorporated in the design of the resort such as cool, dark woods and vases, antiques, and other elegant artefacts scattered throughout the property to set off the natural beauty of the surroundings. The resort’s philosophy of barefoot elegance brings luxury back to its essence. Unique are the water basins located at the guest room entrances. They are designed so guests can wash their feet before entering their accommodation which is also a Balinese custom. The ultra-exclusive resort promises to provide an unforgettable experience to guests seeking a peaceful retreat in comfort and style. Baoase distinguishes itself from other luxury resorts in the Caribbean by offering impeccable attention to detail, an unparalleled level of service and- a commitment to creating a unique holiday spot for the world’s most discriminating traveller. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Baoase Luxury Hotel Willemstad
- Baoase Luxury Resort Curacao/Willemstad