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Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sabana Westpunt
Reviewed April 24, 2014

We spent a week in mid April at this nice small resort that is now offering an all inclusive package. I would say that this resort is for someone that just wants to relax. The resort offers very little in terms of entertainment or activities. The one restaurant on site offers a buffet type breakfast with an an la carte lunch and dinner that offered the same menu for the entire week. We tried all the dishes and for the most part we found them to be very good and tasty. You have to be patient and willing to wait as the food is cooked to order and therefore the service is very slow. The staff were all great and would try their best to please you within their limitations. The resort also offers a bar/grill at the beach that serves some food and drinks from 10AM until 5PM. The beach is nice for snorkeling, however small and not private, therefore, it can get crowded with some locals and/or daily tourist that are visiting the island, There are lounge chairs and a few umbrellas, but in order to find one available you must do it in the early morning. I recommend taking water shoes for going in the water since it is rocky and has lots of coral stones.
Our package included a standard room that was nice, modern and clean, with a small patio with a table and two chairs. The air conditioned room also includes a small fridge, a safe, TV and an alarm clock.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 13, 2014

Having been to Curaçao before, we decided to stay on the west end to explore the diving and wildlife. The hotel allowed us to easily access the GO WESt Diving facilities with ease while enjoying all the benefits of staying "land-based" for this dive trip adventure.

This property is perfect for those seeking a quiet and relaxed venue versus the excitement of the city etc. We found the staff to be very accommodating and attentive as we did encounter a bit of an air-conditioning issue upon arrival, but within 24 hours everything was resolved. The view from this particular 2nd level includes a wonderfully appointed large private balcony in the tree-tops where native birds abound. There is an outdoor shower as well just off of the bedroom. The inside bathroom is more than adequate with a large soaking tub (shower included). The in-room kitchenette is very functional allowing for easy meals should you choose to do so.

The open air restaurant is home to several colorful birds that provide entertainment along with their singing and acrobatics. The cuisine is basic Caribbean fare and there are several other restaurant options within walking distance too.

The resort swimming pool is very pretty and well-kept with fairly private thatched-roof cabanas to escape the sun.

The beach area is nice too although we did not really spend much time there as we were scuba diving.

We would select this property again.

Room Tip: Rooms on the north side have excellent sunset views
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

Just returned from an all-inclusive weeek trip with my wife. Our consensus: we really liked it. There's something really special about it. Just keep in mind this is a very laidback resort, there is no night life or anything like that. With that said there were a few lapses on the resort worth mentioning. Best to worst:

The beach: You couldn't really dream up a better one. We enjoyed swimming, snorkeling, and laying around. Best to bring your water shoes, as there are rocks and a few spiky sea urchin things on the ocean floor (only spotted them on the left side). The occupancy at the resort seemed pretty low so there was plenty of space and beach chairs available. In case you care, we noticed a few female nudists.

The food: Everything was excellent. Though the menus are somewhat limited; you may end up eating the same thing once or twice. We also had pizza at a local restaurant called Soul Food, a real treat - nice people, nice view - a must.

The Go West dive shop: The scuba and snorkel shop is connected to the resort. We went on a fun 2.5 hr snorkel tour. We were lucky enough to see a pack of dolphins... good times!

The grounds: The resort is beautiful though if you are exploring slightly off the beaten path you'll find many areas are not being maintained - hard to nit-pick about this given the low occupancy. If you take the path north you'll find some cool sights, including: a cenote inside a small gorge, a blow-hole at the top off the cliff that is active when the water is rough enough along with some stairs doing down cliff face exposing a narrow cave in the side of the cliff. The official website mentions 'Indian caves' but we found no evidence of this on the resort. There are lizards and iguanas everywhere, they will scurry away as you pass near them. We also saw a variety of birds on the resort.

The rooms: We had a garden view suite. very nice, small, plenty of privacy. We had no issues with the cleaning service. But we had a problem with ants getting in our room every night.

The service: I found a few of the staff a bit indifferent, otherwise everyone was really nice and willing to go out of their way. Though, we found they were sometimes disorganized, i.e.: forgetting things or giving us the wrong information, not a big deal I guess. Being English speaking, we didn't have any major problems communicating. The service at dinner was sometimes slow - Caribbean time I guess.

The city (Willemstad): We took one of the free shuttles to the city. We visited the museum featuring a wealth of information and exhibits on the slave trade and slavery in general. It was both impressive and disheartening. The Pantoon bridge was cool (swings open to let ships in). Otherwise, we didn't really enjoy walking around downtown Willemstad, seemed pretty run-down.

The drinks: This was the most frustrating. Our package said to include beer, wine, and rum-based drinks but when we tried to order a Daiquiri or Piña Colada (rum-based drinks!) they were not included - apparently they are 'special mixed drinks' (huh?). Though I was able to order a Mojito once, but it took 5 minutes to make. We basically stopped trying to order these types of drinks and just had house wine at dinner.

Room Tip: A second floor suite may mean less bugs.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank davidcopperfield
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

Stayed here for one week with the "almost" all-inclusive package from Sunwing. Booked the cheapest room which is the lower floor garden-view room in one of the several huts they have. Each hut has two separate suites on the ground floor and one larger suite on the top floor. Because we were in the garden/more jungle part of the resort and on the ground floor, we did get some ants crawling in when it got dark. We talked with another couple who also stayed in a ground floor garden suite and then had no issues with bugs so I guess it depends where you're located on the property! Aside from that, the room is small but quaint. We got a king size bed as requested and the sleeping quality was very good. There's a TV, safe, bath robes, toiletries (nice shampoo, conditioner, soap and lotion that was replenished everyday) and a little porch outside with table and chairs.

The property grounds are beautiful. Lovely gardens, well-maintained pool, stunning beach with amazing Caribbean color water. Definitely bring water shoes. Certain areas the beach is soft and sandy, but when entering the water there's rock; just easier with the water shoes. Walk around the property, you'll find some interesting sites.

Food here is the best I've ever had at an all-inclusive! Breakfast was a very good buffet with the standard pancakes, sausage, bacon, potato hash patties, eggs, yogurt, deli meats and cheese, fruits, bread for toast, and some pastries like muffins and danishes. Lunch you could have at either Watamula restaurant or Kalki beach bar and grill. Lunch and dinner were not buffet style, they were a la cart. Lunch fare was good...dinners were amazing! Some of the choices were beef tenderloin with garlic veggies and truffle mashed potatoes (my fave), jerk chicken with rice, BBQ ribs with corn on the cob and fries, a lemon butter catch of the day, chicken alfredo, seafood chowder (yummy), caprese salad, ceasar salad, beef satays, shrimp platter, and a few more! The desserts were good, and they were the same three desserts offered everyday: chocolate cake, cheesecake or tiramisu. As for alcohol, the "almost" AI meant some limitations on the types of drinks included, which consisted of house wine, beer and rum-based drinks. No fancy or frozen drinks like a pina colada were included, but you could pay extra if you wanted one.

There is a free shuttle going into town for the day that operates Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and you have to reserve a spot at the front desk. One day in town was good enough for us. This resort is a place to relax and unwind. The beach and property is lovely and the food is great. The staff are very friendly. I'd definitely go again and recommend it.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

Were it not for the adjacent dive centre (Go West Diving), I might have been disappointed.

Others have commented on the second-floor suites, which now appear to be a superior choice. We were in a ground floor room, which was clean and cool and comfortable, but unremarkable. The in-room refrigerator was a nice touch. The absence of a coffee-maker was surprising.

The lodge is uncluttered. The grounds are extensive and well-maintained. Kura Hulanda does not try to cram as many guests as it can into the available space.

It’s a small lodge, and one that was still emerging from financial difficulties during our stay, so resort amenities were somewhat limited. The gift shop had not reopened when we stayed there. There is one pool, one full-service restaurant, one bar and one beach-side bar/restaurant that closes at 5 pm. The available menu is limited, the food is good but (again) unremarkable and, for that reason, overpriced in my opinion. Service ranged from indifferent (bar, main restaurant) to warm and energetic (lobby, beach bar).

Example of indifferent service: a broken drinking glass left on a table in the open area served by the main bar. I found it there mid-afternoon when choosing a table, reported it to the bar and picked up a few of the larger pieces from the ground. The following morning, the broken glass was still there.
Example of energetic service: The beach bar, with its pumping music and staff bouncing from table to table.

My week-long stay there was fine. For the price, I guess I expected a few “wow” moments, and I didn’t get any . . . except for the adjacent dive shop, and as this was a dive vacation for me, that turned things around. I’ll review the dive shop separately, but my key point would be that if you’re looking at Kura Hulanda as the topside portion of a dive trip, it’s a good choice.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 29, 2014

We spent half our time here and half our time in Willemstad at the Avila. I prefer this place. We had a really large 2 floor place with a balcony and patio. The patio was very secluded and the view was gorgeous. Sitting on the patio and having a drink was amazing! The grounds are so well kept and we enjoyed walking around exploring - going swimming caves, snorkeling, etc. My only complaint is the food - it was not good - very blah. Most of the food on the island was mediocre though. The service was quite slow, but I got used to this "island pace" and didn't mind too much. The beach was small but nice, although we enjoyed driving to other larger beaches. We did a couple of dives right at the hotel and the scuba diving here was awesome! Pool bar was fun! Overall it was a nice stay in a really stunning setting.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 28, 2014

Some confusion at check in meant we spent the first night in a room, not a suite as planned. It was resolved cordially the next day, but the small first floor room without kitchen was a bit too spartan for us, be advised to book a suite. Second floor suite, kitchenette and nice outside sitting area. Stella at the front desk was great, and everyone there tried to resolve any issues quickly and they even procured local pastiche for us when requested.

Wonderful grounds with statues, artwork and artifacts to amaze and amuse. Plenty of poolside shade, and shaded areas on beach. Playa Kalki beach is small, and a lot of broken coral, so be sure to bring your water shoes. Water is calm and warm, great weather everyday 86'F and breezy.

The hotel offers a free shuttle to their sister property in Willemstad and we took that one day, it runs every other day. That was enough time to see town, we spent the rest of the time onsite. No night life, no casino- a nice quiet place. The wi-fi only worked in and around the lobby, and a PC was setup there for shared use. Our plan was to get away and soak up some sun and rest, and this is a perfect place for that.

Some folks there told us it is becoming a Sonesta resort, so things may be changing soon.

Room Tip: Second floor suites were better than ground floor single rooms, but all had some stairs. Limited vie...
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Address: Playa Kalki 1, Sabana Westpunt 33314, Curacao
Location: Caribbean > Curacao > Sabana Westpunt
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sabana Westpunt
Price Range: $171 - $399 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club 4*
Number of rooms: 98
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the tranquil and idyllic setting of Curacao's West End, the Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club, GHL Hotel offers a luxurious ambiance coupled with a relaxing beachfront retreat and the seclusion of a unique Island hideaway. Great snorkeling and diving from our own beach or our private pier. Tennis, massages, fitness center, library and children's playground and 2 restaurants and bars. ... more   less 
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