Why considering one of Bonaire’s small and intimate boutique resort is a great option.
Many of Bonaire’s visitors decide to stay at one of the larger, full-service resorts, especially when booking their first or second visit to the island. However, once those same visitors see how easy it is to get around the island, many times they begin to look for smaller, more intimate accommodations for their return visits.
The boutique resort experience is very different from the large resort experience. While many are fans of the resort vacation where every whim is catered to, others find that they enjoy the more personable experience they find at a boutique resort.
What is a boutique resort?
Typically, boutique resorts or hotels on Bonaire are smaller, offering between 3 and 25 rooms, which allows the staff to offer more personalized service. At boutique resorts, you’ll have a one-on-one relationship with the staff. They will know you by name, and probably know your likes or dislikes within a day or two, thus allowing them to cater your lodging experience to your preferences–and you’ll definitely feel pampered.
What are the advantages of a small resort on Bonaire?
Once a Bonaire visitor feels the urge to try out a small resort, they may find friends for life. Bonaire’s small resorts are located all around Bonaire, so finding one that fits within your budget, offering your preferred amenities, or in close proximity to planned activities will be easy.
Bonaire’s small inns and intimate resorts.
Small resorts started appearing on Bonaire’s tourism scene more than 20 years ago, and, through the years, they have expanded and now can be found filling every niche–luxury to economy, activity-focused to laid-back relaxation, and everything in between. Here are some of Bonaire’s most popular small resorts.
Carib Inn has been a popular oceanfront resort for many years, with a very loyal following. In fact, during peak times, it’s hard to get a reservation unless you book well in advance! With only 11 units, it is one of those priceless jewels for those who SCUBA dive. The entire dive staff is trained to the PADI Instructor level, and many have been with Carib Inn for over 20 years. It’s like seeing family every time you return.
Bruce provides an honest-value-for-dollar pricing of Carib Inn’s rooms and diving, but also excellent service is provided through personal attention to all of its guests. Each year, upgrades and renovations are completed, so the resort stays current and can provide nearly all the amenities of near-by large resorts. This year there is a brand new locker room, and a complete rebuild and upgrade of one of their dive boats, rinse tanks have been tiled to provide a cleaner wash, there are two brand new L&W silent compressors, and new dive tanks in use.
Because the Carib Inn is so popular and has a high rate of returning guests, many times it is sold out well in advance. However, cancellations do occur, often allowing last-minute bookings. Be sure to bookmark Carib Inn’s “Last-Minute Openings” page on their website, and check it if you are making plans on short notice. Carib Inn’s seasonal specials are also listed on this page.
Windhoek Resort Bonaire
Windhoek Resort is a relatively new small accommodation, conveniently located on the southern leeward shore, so it’s convenient to kiters and windsurfers. But divers and leisure travelers will also enjoy its casual luxury. The property offers either one- or two-bedroom villas.
A primary theme at Windhoek is eco-travel, so towel and linen service is available upon request every three days. The villa will be serviced at the same time. Each villa offers luxurious furnishings and is equipped with everything you will need. As is common on Bonaire, there is plenty of relaxing outdoor areas to enjoy the ultimate in island living. With the steady winds in this southern location, there is hardly ever the need for the use of air-conditioning, but it is available should one desire it.
Treasure By The Sea
Treasure By The Sea is located in northern Kralendijk and is conveniently located to restaurants and shopping. Its three apartments are literally just steps from the sea, and each one is uniquely furnished with marine motifs.
Kas di Alegria (House of Happiness) is a studio vacation rental, while Kas di Amigu (House of Friendship) is a one-bedroom house, and Kas di Amor (House of Love) is a two-bedroom house. Those who like to cook can cook outdoors or indoors, and there’s free use of beach bikes and snorkel equipment.
To introduce new guests to Treasure By The Sea, this casually elegant property is offering a “Get to Know Treasure By The Sea” special. If booking through November 19 for a seven-night stay, guests can choose either a free truck rental or elect for a free unlimited shore diving package for two persons. Be sure to use the promotional code: INFOBONFREETRK, and this offer cannot be combined with any other special.
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Happy Holiday Homes
Louise and Mel have been managing Happy Holiday Homes for over two decades, and they have a well-earned reputation for offering clean and comfortable accommodations at an economical cost. Each house or apartment is unique with its own individual character but all have the same high levels of comfort.
Their units offer one-, two-, or three-bedrooms, a living area, and dining room, and the kitchen is fully equipped with a full-size refrigerator, a microwave, coffeemaker, toaster, stove, and all cooking utensils. The outdoor patio area and terrace a lounge chairs, and there is a charcoal BBQ available.
Happy Holiday Homes’ philosophy is simple: Provide spic and span apartments for a fair price, and let the guests enjoy the peaceful and quiet ambiance of feeling “at home” while vacationing. The apartments are kept updated, with regular renovations. For budget accommodations, one cannot go wrong with Happy Holiday Homes.
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17 breezy and comfortable one- and two-bedroom units await those who stay at Djambo. Complete with a Magna pool and the Djambar for late afternoon cocktails, this small resort creates comfortable vacation rentals. The resort is now adults-only (16+ years of age), so those travelers who don’t wish to have babies or toddlers around them can more fully enjoy the property.
The property also has added a changing room available to those guests who have late afternoon or evening flights (such as KLM or Tui, or regional flights to other islands), so that one can freshen up with a shower and change of clothes before heading off to the airport, even if it’s after check-out time.
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Coco Palm Garden & Casa Oleander
The units at Coco Palm Garden & Casa Oleander are perfect for the independent traveler, as this small property offers self-catered vacations. This means that guests are not bothered, and staff won’t enter the property unless it is an emergency. This ensures privacy and relaxation, without worrying if the cleaning crew is going to interrupt your naptime!
Guests usually gather at the Thursday evening Surinam feast, a buffet-style meal catered in by Surinam chefs. Short- or long-term stays can be accommodated, and all units are in the Belnem neighborhood, with easy access from the airport, and to dive sites, Atlantis Beach for kiting, or Lac Bay for windsurfing. Grocery shopping is a short drive away.
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