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Sandwiched between Aruba and Bonaire near the Venezuelan coast, Curaçao is one of the “ABC” islands, which means it offers a Caribbean vacation outside the hurricane belt. It’s a fantastic destination year-round, providing an opportunity for a more budget-friendly Caribbean vacation during the off-season (May through October). It’s popular for diving, with a number of famous shipwrecks, and offers around 40 idyllic beaches, while the colorful main town of Willemstad is home to everything from a floating market and museums to unique shops and a wealth of dining and drinking options. With around 50 different nationalities living in Curaçao, the cuisine is just as diverse. Of course, you’ll find plenty of resorts to base yourself, but these options are the very best on the island.
Avila Beach Hotel Curaçao
The first hotel built on Curaçao, the Avila Beach Hotel Curaçao has been welcoming guests since 1959. A luxury resort, it sits within a late 18th-century Dutch colonial building, and while it’s been beautifully renovated to add all the modern conveniences, the owners continue to preserve its history. Half-board and full-board meal options are available, and the property hosts two bars and three eateries, all with ocean views. The torch-lit dinners for two on the beach are a highlight for many, with two private beaches to lounge on, an infinity pool for refreshing dips, and a lavish spa. If you want to explore downtown Willemstad and discover what makes Curaçao one of the best foodie destinations in the Caribbean, there’s a free shuttle to get you there and back. Rooms and suites all include features like minifridges, flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and free Wi-Fi. Upgraded options offer perks like kitchenettes and balconies or terraces, some with sea views.
Renaissance Wind Creek Curaçao Resort
One of the best cheap and all-inclusive resorts in the world, Renaissance Wind Creek Curaçao Resort sits in the heart of colorful Willemstad in a historic setting overlooking the Caribbean. Lush and filled with colorful flowers, it boasts two oceanfront saltwater infinity pools and a pool bar where DJs spin tunes after dark. Guests can also enjoy the on-site casino with slots and table games, a fitness center, and multiple high-end shops. Restaurants include a buffet-style eatery and a fine-dining steakhouse, while rooms come with flat-screen TVs with international cable, coffeemakers, and minibars. Most have balconies, some with sea views. Book a suite for a whirlpool tub.
Baoase Luxury Resort
One of the top luxury Caribbean hotels with private pools, the five-star Baoase Luxury Resort is a Balinese-inspired boutique property that offers an incredibly tranquil setting. Nestled on a private, palm tree-dotted beach that wraps around a cove that’s ideal for swimming, the resort offers complimentary access to kayaks and snorkeling gear while beach butlers cater to guests’ every need. There’s also a gorgeous infinity pool surrounded by greenery and excellent on-site dining, including options for romantic picnics and private dinners. Accommodation is in Asian-inspired rooms, suites, and villas with full modern kitchens, multiple bedrooms, and features like outdoor rain showers and stone tubs. Some have private pools or decks with direct access to the pool.
Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort
The recently renovated Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort is located in the Pisacdera Bay neighborhood, providing a quiet setting outside of Willemstad with a mix of old Amsterdam charm and sun-drenched warmth on six oceanfront acres. It includes two beachfront pools, the adults-only Serenity Pool and the larger main Harmony Pool that sits at the center of the resort next to the beach bar and restaurant. This family-friendly Caribbean resort has a kids’ club, providing the perfect opportunity for a massage in one of the massage cabanas overlooking the sea while your kids are in good hands. A dive shop, a coffee shop, and three restaurants are also on-site. The bright and cheery rooms have colorful decor with balconies featuring sea or pool views, Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and minifridges.
ACOYA Curaçao Resort, Villas & Spa
Located in the downtown area near some of the island’s most Instagram-worthy sites, ACOYA Curaçao Resort, Villas & Spa provides a tropical retreat with a zen meets Caribbean vibe. It offers a secluded location with a free shuttle to Mambo Beach and the old city of Willemstad. There’s a beautiful infinity pool, a children’s pool, and a coldwater Jacuzzi, along with many enticing spaces to relax in or out of the sun, including canopied cabanas. There’s also a fitness center with cardio and weight training equipment, while dining includes a buffet restaurant and an Italian eatery. Accommodation is provided in rooms, suites, and villas, with options for multiple bedrooms, kitchenettes, and even private pools.
Mangrove Beach Corendon Curaçao All-Inclusive Resort, Curio by Hilton
Mangrove Beach Corendon Curaçao All-Inclusive Resort sits on the sands of one of the best beaches on the island. It’s a great place to unwind and enjoy a wealth of activities, with four pools to lounge around and even a water park where you can whiz down the slides. A myriad of water sports can be enjoyed from the private stretch of beach, including diving, snorkeling, and catamaran excursions. There are multiple bars, including the swim-up Coco Pool Bar, and a half-dozen restaurants serving everything from fresh seafood and sushi to BBQ and Italian. Babysitting services, live entertainment, and dance lessons are all on offer too. The stylish rooms include basic amenities like balconies, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, coffeemakers, and minibars. Some have their own private pools.
The Royal Sea Aquarium Resort
The Royal Sea Aquarium Resort sits on a private island next to the world-famous Curaçao Aquarium. Guests get free passes to the aquarium while enjoying a tranquil Caribbean resort ideal for honeymooners, couples, and families alike. There’s a small beach with hammocks and loungers, with snorkeling gear available for complimentary use – snorkeling is excellent right offshore. Kayaks are available to rent, and you’ll find two pools sitting side-by-side, providing sea views from either. One has a large hot tub, and little ones can enjoy splashing around in the shallow kids’ pool. The on-site restaurant offers a menu of Italian fare, enjoyed with a sea view, and entertainment can be enjoyed several nights a week, including karaoke. Accommodation is in Junior Suites and One-Bedroom Villas that can be combined for an extra-spacious two-bedroom. All have flat-screen TVs with DVD players and furnished decks or patios, most overlooking the pool.
The Natural Curaçao
Eco-friendly and one of the best clothing-optional resorts in the world, The Natural Curaçao offers a tranquil oasis whether you prefer covering up or going fully nude. It isn’t an erotic venue or a hedonistic resort with wild, loud parties, but it offers a quiet place to relax with a welcoming vibe that’s accepting to all. It includes a saltwater pool surrounded by shaded sunbeds while some of the island’s most beautiful beaches are nearby, along with excellent diving and snorkeling. Yoga classes and massages are available, while accommodation is provided in safari tents, apartments, and bungalows, all with full kitchens. The Deluxe Bungalow is the most luxurious, with two bedrooms and direct access to the pool.
Blue Bay Curaçao Golf & Beach Resort
A luxurious boutique hotel just 10 minutes from Willemstad and the Airport, Blue Bay Curaçao Golf & Beach Resort provides a great base with access to on-site diving, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, and golfing on the 18-hole golf course. Simply relaxing on the private beach with a cocktail in hand is always an option, too, and you’ll find free cabanas and umbrellas, two outdoor pools, a gym, and multiple dining venues. The beach bar is a favorite, and fine dining can be enjoyed at Azzuro, a Mediterranean eatery. Body wraps, massages and mani/pedis are all available when you’re in the mood for some pampering. A wide range of accommodation options are available, including apartments, villas, and bungalows with as many as three bedrooms and full kitchens. All have flat-screen TVs, terraces, or balconies, and most offer sea, pool, or golf course views.