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La Maya Beach Luxury Apartments
Ranked #5 of 43 Willemstad B&B and Inns
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Boston, MA
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“Excellent choice in Jan Thiel area of Curacao!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

We loved our stay at La Maya Luxury Apartments! Our unit was 8E - a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit with 2 king bedrooms, laundry room, open kitchen/living room and gorgeous large balcony patio. The apartments are brand-new and are gorgeous. Decor is very European and chic, simply furnished but to a very high standard - with nice fixtures, excellent air conditioning in the bedrooms and the living room, and nice amenities like Senseo coffee maker (with coffee supplied) in the full kitchen. Annemarie and Marcel (the managers) were friendly and accommodating. They even let us borrow beach towels after we checked out and let us return them later that day on our way to the airport, which we really appreciated.

We loved having the extra space, the laundry was a godsend (after travelling for a week already we made use of it!), and the kitchen was nice for preparing breakfast. It would be terrific for a family or anyone who likes extra space and a kitchen. You do have to remember that it's an apartment and not a hotel, and thus you have to bring things like shampoo, conditioner, soap, dishsoap, and laundry detergent. We bought all of these when we went grocery shopping so it wasn't a problem. La Maya is on the Spanish Water lagoon (not exactly a beach but still gorgeous) and within a 5 minute drive to a very nice Dutch supermarket (Van der Theel), pretty beaches in Jan Thiel and restaurants. We found that renting a car in Curacao is an absolute must unless you stay at a resort the whole time. Our only suggestion to the management would be to check out the strength of the internet - while it worked, it was slow. It was fine for our casual surfing and email but would probably be insufficient for business purposes while on vacation.

We very highly recommend La Maya Luxury Apartments and would absolutely stay there again. Thank you Annemarie and Marcel!

Room Tip: We liked having a second floor apartment for the nice view but you do have to climb stairs to get th...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

We stayed a week at this property. Bad position to the sea, it is located on a lagoon,it can not be possible to swim and it is full of mosquitoes. The beautiful beaches are at least one hour by car. Nice apartment but there is no privacy, little attention to cleaning inside and arranging the apartment. WIFI works with great difficulty. It is impossible to have dark in the rooms. Definitely not recommended.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gulf Breeze, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

Had difficulty with deciphering Dutch words & symbols to operate appliances in apartments but it was a new experience. Lucky to have Laundry machines in units. The washers were German & very different from what Americans are used to---had a H2O reservoir which needed to be taken out & emptied. Better instructions in English will solve that problem. I did not feel that they did not like our family. They are a different culture & are learning to deal with our American idiosyncracies. Most of our family did enjoy our stay @ La Maya Beach & would return. Great location for exploration by car. Beautiful garden landscaping. Pool has area for laps & beach area was peaceful 4 reading. Overall great accommodations. Thanks Anne Marie & Marcel.

Room Tip: All apartments had a large balcony or a large patio. Great sunsets.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Cuenca, Ecuador
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

We just returned from a 10 day stay at La maya Beach, and Curacao. The property is very nice and quiet. The owners were very friendly and helpful. They gave us great recommendations for restaurants and activities on the Island. The Apartment was very nice, modern and comfortable. The Pool is great and there is a smaller pool in the D-Block that no one ever used but us! The washing machine in our apartment was not working. The owners tried to get a service man out to repair it, but apparently that takes a while in Curacao. They did let us use the Washing machine in another apartment so that was nice. The apartments are located near Jan Thiel which is an upscale resort neighborhood. It took us about 15 min to drive to Punda/Willemstad, so we thought it was very well located. Fresh towels and apartment cleaning everyday! We would highly recommend this place to couples and or families

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brantford, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013

my wife and i stayed at la maya beach for 4 days, was a great experience... was a beautiful condo/apt with 2 bedrooms... enough for my wife and I and our 4 boys. we do suggest to order the grocery basket... which they did forget the beer, but marcel fixed that up very fast... marcel, you are awesome! the showers compared to other places we stayed were amazing, with great water pressure.
the view was amazing, especially at sun rise and sun set.
maid service was wonderful, and never bothered us at all!
if your wondering were to explore, ask marcel or ann marie, they will point you in the right direction! BUT RENT A CAR!
thank you marcel and ann marie, we wish you all the best and look forward to seeing you again

Room Tip: ocean view!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

My husband and I stayed with his family for one week at La Maya and with friends the second week. Anne Marie and Marcel could not have been more helpful with my in-laws who had a serious medical crisis happening back home. The apartment is super clean and has nearly everything you need including dishwasher, fridge, stove and laundry and the grounds are well cared for by Marcel and his crew. There is even housekeeping every day! If you are looking for ocean beach, you will have to go to a hotel near the centre of town which will be a lot more expensive or have a very commercial beach or you will have to go further up island to the more remote and tiny town of Westpunt. La Maya is on the Spanish Waters, which reminded me of the intercoastal in Florida. Lots of boats and beautiful houses. Just five minutes away (by car) is the funky Jan Thiel beach area with bars, restaurants and even an infinity pool. If you want a secluded more natural beach, you'll have to drive a quick 40 minutes out of the city and go to the beautiful Cas Abou or Porte Marie, which we would often pack a lunch and do. At each of these beaches you'll find a bar/restaurant, washrooms and scuba/snorkeling shops and no hotels or apts close by. We liked La Maya because it was close to a great number of restaurants and there was lots to do and it wasn't that far from Willemsted. La Maya is a great value and we would definitely go back. Many thanks to Anne Marie and Marcel for making our trip fantastic!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

We spent some days in Curaçao in a very nice house just some blocks from Maya Beach. Then we went to Aruba for some days and again back to Curaçao for one night before flying home. In our car we were 5 people, me, my husband, two of our kids and the daughter of friends, living in Curaçao. We came to the gate of Maya Beach. It was closed, but there was just a man coming out. No helle or something friendly from him. We asked where the reception is. ,Speak to me, I am the owner' he said. It sounded like 'how dare you coming here.' I said that we have a reservation. 'Check in is at 3', he said again very unfriendly. Again it sounded like ,go away and never come back'. I spent about 100 nights per year in hotels and never had such an unfriendly 'welcome'. I told him that we are aware that check in is later, but if we perhabs could leave the bags there. Every hotel I know over this service. 'You have a reservation for four, but you are five, he said again very unfriendly. I just wanted to explain him that the girl is not staying with us, but then I decided that I am not bringing this man my money. 'Ok, we are leaving' I said and went back to the car. My husband started to explain him again that the girl is not staying in his hotel, but I told him to stop, because it was obvious he didn't want us in his hotel.

This was a very good decision. We went to the Papagayo Beach Resort. The offered us a room, but also said that they have a hotel, with promotion, the new Papagayo Beach and Loung Resort, just half a minute away. There it was everything like it has to be. Friendly staff everywhere, we could leave the bags there, they gave us a bag with beach towels for their very nice beach club.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Property: La Maya Beach Luxury Apartments
Address: Brakkeput Abou 80, Willemstad, Curacao
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Location: Caribbean > Curacao > Willemstad
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Willemstad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — La Maya Beach Luxury Apartments 3.5*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you want to enjoy tropical Curacao to the fullest. Situated on the famous Spanish Water in Curacao, La Maya Beach is a resort unlike any other. Discover an oasis of peace and beauty with a tropical garden and a private beach near all the excitement of the popular Jan Thiel area. You will stay in a comfortable and fully furnished apartment where in- and outdoor living join seamlessly thanks to an innovative sliding panel wall. At La Maya Beach, you can count on the most complete and attentive service that our island has to offer. Would you like specific groceries to be in the fridge when you arrive? A small boat to explore the Spanish Water by yourself? A unique excursion to an extraordinary dive site? At La Maya Beach, our answer is “yes we can!”La Maya Beach is the ultimate place to stay on Curacao. Beautiful, quiet, safe, and especially: dedicated to your perfect vacation. ... more   less 
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