Published On: Tue, May 28th, 2013

Curaçao Gets A Makeover

CuracaoWILLEMSTAD (CTB) -- Hotel properties across the southern Caribbean island of Curaçao are sprucing up to welcome the summer, becoming even more appealing to visitors to the island.

Visitors will enjoy a wealth of improvements, upgrades and updates to make their stay enjoyable and fun from beginning to end.

“Curaçao’s hospitality industry is consistently improving and growing in order to offer the most modern, up-to-date rooms, amenities and services for our visitors,” says Ghatim Kabbara, CEO, Curaçao Tourist Board. “We want travelers to take advantage of all that our beautiful island has to offer, from new and newly remodeled properties to restaurant openings and tours. There’s something here for everyone.”

Visiting Curaçao this year? Here are some of the newest updates and offerings:

Improvements, Upgrades and Updates

New hotel properties include the Papagayo Design Hotel, Beach House Curaçao, and Piscadera Harbour Village. Recently renovated properties include the Hilton Curaçao, the Floris Suite Hotel, Lions Dive & Beach Resort, the Otrobanda Hotel & Casino and the Sunscape Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino.

Papagayo Beach & Design Hotel

The recently opened Papagayo is located in the well-known Jan Thiel area, on the beach adjacent to Papagayo Beach Club. The Hotel’s main building is a stunning contemporary design. Guests will enjoy views of Jan Thiel Boulevard, featuring restaurants, a beach club, casino, the garden and the Caribbean Sea.

Piscadera Harbour Village

Enjoy Curaçao’s stunning natural beauty at the newest condominium hotel on the island boasting 48 apartments, 16 bungalows, a fitness facility, Wi-Fi and a business center. Located steps from Hooks Hut beach and just 10 minutes from Hato International Airport, Piscadera Harbour Village offers an infinity-style pool overlooking the bay and spacious and spectacularly appointed suites with modern amenities.

The Beach House Curaçao

The Beach House provides Deluxe, Sea View and Royal Sea View apartments where guests can enjoy Curaçaon luxury at its best. Apartments are equipped with every amenity needed for a relaxed stay: fully equipped kitchens, spacious porches – many with ocean views - and more. The property’s new restaurant, New York, opened in May.

Floris Suite Hotel

The boutique Floris Suite Hotel is now an adults-only retreat and embraces the LGBT community. The Floris exudes luxury with it’s a one-of-a-kind merger of authentic Caribbean culture and the Dutch minimalistic modern design – perfectly conducive for romantic getaways or relaxing corporate travel.

Hilton Curaçao

The Hilton Curaçao’s new Executive Floor and contemporary guest rooms draw inspiration from the island of Curaçao and the ocean. Guests in Executive Floor rooms and Suites enjoy access to the brand new Executive Lounge where guests can enjoy a delicious continental breakfast and daily happy hour with beautiful ocean views.

Lions Dive & Beach Resort

One of Curaçao’s most popular dive resorts, Lions Dive has recently begun a wide ranging update of the property. Guestrooms are being renovated in a colorful Caribbean style that matches the property’s tropical setting. Guests will enjoy the stunning palm studded private beach and fringing reef of Curaçao’s National Underwater Park that fronts the resort located in the Bapor Kibra area.

Otrobanda Hotel & Casino

Otrobanda’s newly renovated rooms were designed by renowned Venezuelan artist Miguel Angel Jimenez. Guests will appreciate amenities including free Wi-Fi, hairdryers, coffeemakers and flat screen plasma TVs. Otrobanda Hotel & Casino is in the heart of Curaçao’s capital, Willemstad, walking distance from Brion Square and St. Anna Bay. Casinos, shopping, nightclubs, restaurants, museums, local markets and art galleries are in close proximity.

Sunscape Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino

Re-opened four months ago, the five-story, 341-room resort includes a full-service spa, theater, ballroom, wedding chapel and fitness center. Sunscape’s signature Unlimited-Fun® vacation includes spacious rooms and suites with private terraces or balconies overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean. The resort features three swimming pools, a kiddie pool, fitness center, an Explorer’s Club for Kids and Core Zone Teens Club.

Yellow Jeep Safaris

Yellow Jeep Safaris has added a new safari tour. This 4x4 adventure ride includes stops at beautiful remote beaches that can only be reached by safari vehicles.

Curaçao Beach Boulevard

Visitors will also enjoy the newly opened Curaçao Beach Boulevard, a unique concept on the island. The “street” combines a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment venues including Souvenir City, The Flip Flop Shop, Vegas 360 Cocktail Bar, El Mexicano Restaurant, and much more.

Nightlife and dining establishments have been upgraded too; the Williwood Neighborhood Bar located in the community of Willibrordus, along with Café Kukelekuu in Hanenberg and Zoya Restaurant & Lounge in Otrobanda are new offerings on the island while the Asian restaurant, Jaipur, located on the grounds of the Kurá Hulanda Hotel & Spa, has recently re-opened. Kome, the Papiamentu word for “Eat”, serves up homemade sausage, tasty sandwiches, and traditional stews in the Pietermaai neighborhood.

With five flights daily departing from Miami International Airport on Dutch Antilles Express, InselAir and American Airlines, getting to Curaçao has never been easier. Non-stop Saturday flights are also available from various destinations; from Charlotte, NC on InselAir; and from Toronto on Air Canada, and WestJet. Sunwing Airlines, Canada's leading high frills, low cost airline will begin Saturday non-stop service to Curaçao in December. DAE has recently launched flights from Orlando, FL to Curaçao, departing Friday, Sunday & Monday.

From its unique, thriving art scene to its distinct, colorful Dutch Caribbean architecture Curaçao’s historic UNESCO World heritage city of Willemstad is the perfect escape to welcome the summer season.

To learn more about the island of Curaçao visit Curacao.com or call 1.800.328.7222.

About Curaçao

Selected as a ‘Top Destination 2012’ by Frommer’s, one of the ‘5 Caribbean Islands to Discover Now’ by Budget Travel and a top three ‘2012 Honeymoon Hot Spot’ by Condé Nast Traveler, Curaçao is a unique Caribbean island paradise, boasting 35 uncrowded beaches, and an eclectic mix of history and culture. Explore the vibrant, culturally diverse capital city of Willemstad – a UNESCO World Heritage site – with its distinctive architecture, museums, monuments and world-class shopping. Indulge in Curaçao’s vast selection of flavorful restaurants, with a mix of sophisticated international and tasty local cuisines. Discover Curaçao’s abundant natural beauty, pristine dive sites and spectacular snorkeling at secluded beaches – including Cas Abao Beach, selected as one of the ‘Top 10 Beach Destinations for 2011’ by SmarterTravel. Curaçao offers idyllic weather, situated outside of the Hurricane Belt. www.curacao.com

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