So my first review was deleted in the name change....*&^%$%^ TA!!!! Ill try to duplicate it as there were many many highlights from this trip!
So we got the steal of a deal of a lifetime on this trip. My partner (28 yr old male) and myself (29 yr old male) travelled here from Toronto March 25-December 2, 2012. Sunquest was the tour provider and West Jet was the charter flight. Was under 2100 for BOTH! From Toronto about a 5 h 20 min flight. Side note; I did something on this holiday i have never done before and that was prebook my seats on the plane....good idea! You sit where you want, and together at that!
This place is wonderful. The staff is well remunerated and work there by choice, not because it is the only thing available. They are happy and are the largest contributing factor to your enjoyment of this resort. This is not a 3rd world country. Never once did we feel obligated to tip, though it is appreciated for good service. American dollars are just as widely (if not more) accepted as the Guilder or Florran.
There was a great demograph at this resort also. 95% of the guests were 30-60 year old gay, lesbian, and straight couples with a very very few families. There were no obnoxiously drunk people making crude noise around the bar, no fat old men at the swim up bar who NEVER leave their seats…you know the people I am referring too!
We did not utilize and therefore cannot comment upon the services at the Spa and the Gym. I can simply confirm their existence!
Yes, there is ongoing renovations at this resort…I would not call it construction, but renovations yes. All of the buildings are getting a ‘top to bottom’ including the furniture, fixtures, and paint. That being said NEVER did any of the work disturb our holiday. NEVER were we awoken by the noise of construction or renovations.
ok...on to the specifics
Brilliant idea to have people 'pre register' for the hotel upon arrival at the airport. Yes, you walk out of the plane into an un-air conditioned area, but come on people, this is your first taste of the heat :) :) :) Clearing customs was actually a pleasant experience! The customs official was genuinely happy to see our enthusiasm! Once you get your luggage and clear security you walk out the front doors of the airport. If your sunquest rep is not visible, don’t panic! Just 'follow the yellow brick road' or maybe just the yellow dots on the sidewalk...this will lead you to the Sunscape desk where you preregister for your room.
Transfer to the resort from the airport was done by a company called Tropical Tours (I think). They were wearing brown/khaki shirts with green trim. There was one large bus and one tiny bus with a trailer. Transfer was less than 1/2 hour, and everyone on the bus is going to the same place, so no stops in between!
Check in, though congested was not an issue. You presented yourself to the very friendly, fluent in English front desk clerk who hands you a key to your room, has you sign a release, and gives you that days 'resort newsletter' (contains info about what is open, the drink of the day, nightly entertainment). This is not a huge open Caribbean lobby, but this isn’t the Caribbean, it’s the East Indies! The lobby is more akin to something found in Europe. Though I do not remember receiving directions to my room, or offered assistance to find my room I also don’t recall asking for it either!
We were room 2126 (I think) in the Royal Tower. Our room was more than adequate with a nice balcony off the patio door. The bathroom did show signs of having been renovated (low flush toilets, updated vanity and bath) and the room had been painted. The only thing about the bathroom I question is the location of the TP dispenser....behind your head ha ha ha Sure it showed its age in some places, my best guess is this place is 20 years old...but come on folks, how many of us (like me) live in a century home in North America??? Furniture included 2 queen or 1 king bed, a table, 2 chairs, a lounging chair, 2 bedside tables, an iron, desk, dresser and television...on which you will find a lot of English! The house keeping was great, sheets changed daily, fresh towels if you want, drinks replenished every day. Though there is no frig in the room, there is an ice bucket and an ice machine on each floor.
I cannot say enough good things about the food here. Everyone can find something. Though the options on the buffet were limited, the entrées were amazing! I suspect this is directly correlated to the closure of the main buffet for repairs and renovations. That being said the tables were all set up on the pool deck for open air dining which was very nice. Covered by tents we had NO issues with any pigeons. One can find your usual rice, potatoes and veggies on the lunch and dinner buffets. Entrées I had for lunch and supper included Braised Ox Tail, Ribs, Roast Beef, Cornish Hen, Fish with capers, and Baked Lemon Fish. Of course there was your regular fare of cheese, meats, salad, bread, and soup. Breakfast included an omelette station, Hard Boiled Eggs, scrambled eggs, Bacon, Saussise, Hash Browns, fruit, and endlessly amazing coffee....thanks again Roosje :) Special Mention needs to be made of Madeline as well...this is a special lady. All week we enjoyed laughing and joking with her as well as her wonderful co-partner in crime; Hortense...these ladies know how to keep the amazing house red wine flowing :) It is ladies like Madeline, Hortense, Roosje and Carolina who make this resort a diamond in the rough. Luis, the Food and Beverage Manager made a point of introducing himself and seeking suggestions from all the guests. I know some managers here that could take a lesson from him!
What can I say....the drinks were great, plentiful, and free flowing! At the Manatee bar Tim and Renée both make a mean Strawberry Shortcake :) Be careful not to let Baby Love pump too much Vitamin B into you :) The beer is a delightful Dutch brew called Amstel. Again, the staff was amazing. I was pleasantly surprised to see Crown Royal, Grey Goose and Ballentynes on the AI Bar, and the house wine was great…I sure drank enough The beach bar seemed to be a bit more lax on their service at times (except the cute little gay chef)...unless of course you had something that I don’t :) Ladies got great service! Be sure to try out all the flavours of Curacao! There is also a great, though somewhat expensive a la carte wine menu!
The atmosphere created by the nightly entertainment was great. Throughout dinner there was a soft pianist, or trumpet player, or acoustic guitar player. Following the light dinner music there was always a show of some sort involving audience participation. Though I did not see much of the entertainment staff throughout the day, the entertainment schedule was clearly spelled out in the daily newsletter (left in your room the day before by the chambermaid) or on the big write on/wipe off board by the buffet.
Though we did not do any excursions we did venture off the resort a couple days to take a walk up town and a bus trip into Willimstad. Every single Curacao resident was just as pleasant and helpful as those we encountered on the resort! Very safe to walk around! While in Willimstad be sure to check out the slavery museum. Curacao was a busy port of call on the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The dune buggy trip directly across the street from the resort came HIGHLY recommended to us from a colleague who has also traveled here, though we did not indulge.
Yes folks, there is a Casino at the front of the resort. Resort guests as well as residents can enter the casino. I suspect it is a law in Curacao to have the Casino attached to the resort (and I thought Beer Vendors attached to Hotels in Manitoba was strange ha ha ha). Be careful you are playing in the currency (USD or FL) you want to be, and watch there are many multi-denom slot machines here so make sure you are playing the denomination you want! For the slots you have to pre load your members card with cash…everything is electronic and VERY legit! I only played the Black Jack. There are a few differences from Ontario; there is no 7’s line to bet on…instead you bet 1$ on Ace’s(4 Aces, or suited Aces), dealer stays on hard 17 (face and 7) hits on soft (or visa versa). Fun game, play with the table, not for yourself, they will help you! There is also a roulette wheel (automated) and a craps table. Free drinks are available when the waiters come around…a tip does seem to help the frequency! Don’t forget to use your match play coupons given to you by the resort!
Special thanks AGAIN!!!!! To Roosje, Madeline, Hortense, Carolina, Luis, Renée, Baby Love and Tim all of whom continuously went over and above the call of duty to make our experience more pleasurable. Words cannot explain the kindness and connection felt from these people…to the management these people help make your resort a privilege to visit. We cannot wait to return!
Well I think that about covers it…if you have any questions by all means feel free to ask!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located near one of the world's most praised diving sites, Sunscape Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino offers guests a fun-filled getaway of a lifetime with all the privileges of Unlimited-Fun(R). All guests will enjoy limitless access to six delectable restaurants, where reservations are never required and endless domestic and international beverages from seven chic bars and lounges. The Explorer's Club is where kids, ages 3 to 12, can have their own fun while under the supervision of Red Cross certified supervisors and the Core Zone Teens Club offers special activities and events for teens 13 to 17-years-old. All guests will have the fun-filled getaway of a lifetime at Sunscape Curaçao with activities, events, parties and more where wristbands are never required! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Breezes Resort, Spa And Casino - Curacao
- Breezes Resort, Spa & Casino - Curacao Hotel Willemstad
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- Superclub Breezes Curacao
- Breeze Curacao
- Sunscape Curacao Resort Spa & Casino Willemstad