Villa Sea Paradise Curacao

Curacao Holiday House Vacation or Hotel Vacation

Curacao Holiday House Vacation

Curacao Holiday house vacation  or Hotel vacation?

Before you start planning your holiday to Curacao it is important to make an inventory of what type of Holidaymaker you are and what do you expect from an accommodation: Are you in for a Curacao hotel vacation or a Curacao Holiday house vacation?

Which type of Holiday?

Do you like a holiday where you have everything arranged for you or prefer going on a holiday to arrange everything yourself?

Are you a vacationer who loves privacy with a private swimming pool, private garden, lots of space around you and a spacious kitchen with appliances, not having to share anything with others? Are you someone who doesn’t like too many people around you, with all that crowd and noise. Or just the opposite you prefer to dwell among people. Get more among the locals and really get to know the island on own (See or top 10 recommendations).

Do you want to get your own groceries and prepare your own food and breakfast and occasionally let a private chef cook for you (need a Private Chef ?).

Served at beck and call or do it yourself

Or are you a vacationer who wants to have their holiday rooms full air conditioned, served at beck and call, tidy rooms every day with clean bath towels and beach towels. No need to cook and get groceries. In short, not having to do much and think much. Restaurants preferably in the same building and have a breakfast buffet every morning.

If you want to arrange a lot yourself and if the hustle and bustle of a hotel is too much for you, then a Curacao holiday house is more appropriate. Do you really want to be spoiled then a hotel is the best choice for you. Your budget also plays an important role here. It is just a matter of what is important to you. Where do you feel more at home? After all, you go on holiday to enjoy, have fun and get to know new places and people.

Here are a few characteristics of an hotel versus a holiday vacation home.

Curacao Hotel Vacation

  • 24/7 physical crew at the help desk.
  • Rooms 24/7 full air conditioning
  • Unlimited use of water and electricity
  • Room service
  • Cleaning daily with bath towels and toilet paper
  • Refilling the minibar and coffee / tea
  • Restaurant usually in the hotel.
  • Opportunity to store suitcases
  • Help desk for booking activities, cars, taxis and trips
  • Laundry service available (for a fee)
  • Communal swimming pool
  • Common garden
  • Concierge
  • Valet parking
  • Usually breakfast buffet included
  • Activities for guests are organized daily
  • There is usually a casino in the hotel
  • Tip is expected from you
  • Late check-out not possible (book an entire day)
  • Difficult to stay in a room with a large group / family
  • Hotel is more expensive than a holiday house when travel with more people
  • A lobby / waiting room
  • Personal contact varies and changes at a hoteldesk

Curacao Holiday house Vacation

  • Limited free usage of electricity and water (usually max. Indicate per day)
  • Holiday vacation house is managed by a local or an owner
  • No physical manning available 24/7 in a holiday vacation house
  • Self check-in with a private code or welcomed by the facility manager
  • Cleaning after 7 nights free or for a fee.
  • The starter package is not refilled when cleaning
  • Extra cleaning against payment
  • Mostly they have private swimming pool and private garden
  • No opportunity to store suitcases
  • Washing machine and dryer available for washing your own clothes (at no extra costs)
  • Pick up groceries yourself or let it be done by others for a fee
  • Provide your own breakfast and dinner at home. Hiring a private chef is possible
  • Many spaces at your disposal. Everyone can withdraw in their own quarters
  • A starter package is offered upon arrival. Then top up yourself
  • Opportunity to prepare your own breakfast and dinner
  • Bedrooms do have an air conditioning but not in rest of the house
  • Possibility to rent a house with family or friends.
  • Holiday vacation house is cheaper than a hotel
  • Parking space right in front of your door
  • A lot is expected from the guests themselves (self-reliance).
  • Late check-out is possible for a fee
  • Guests are offered a contract and house rules to sign
  • A deposit is withheld and the house is thoroughly inspected afterwards
  • Personal contact with the owner of the holiday vacation house

A hotel can be very convenient as we have read above but that convenience comes with limited freedom of movement and a locked-in feeling. In a holiday vacation house you are immediately outside in the open air. Enjoying the nature, the peace, the sea, the view and the sounds of the birds. In our holiday vacation rental you can taste the salt of the sea right away, you can fish, swim, snorkel and scuba dive. You do everything at your own pace and in a familiar environment.

Curacao: Our holiday vacation house

Our holiday vacation house has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. It is suitable for 8 people. It is a detached ocean front house with direct access to the sea. You also have a large oval-shaped infinity swimming pool with jacuzzi in your holiday vacation house. A spacious kitchen and a large sitting room with a 180 degree panoramic sea view. The holiday house is equipped with a washing machine and dryer. You also have air conditioning and television in all bedrooms. The voltage in the vacation home is 220 Volts, just like in Europe. You can drink water from the tap and you can pay in stores with Euros or Dollars. There are 2 parking places in front of the door. It is a vacation house decorated in the Caribbean style. The holiday vacation house is located in the Boca Gentil resort in the Jan Thiel district on the east coast of Curaçao.

Curacao Holiday House Vacation
Access to Sea Villa Sea Paradise Curacao

Boca Gentil resort is a 24 hour guarded resort with many shops nearby. Supermarkets, ATM machine, car rentals, restaurants, casino, bars and beaches are all within walking distance.

It is now up to you to choose which accommodation suits you best, a hotel or a holiday home? If you choose a holiday home, then you are more than welcome to stay with us.

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Traditional Foods You Can Find on Curacao

The best place to find traditional food is the old MarketPlace called: Plasa Bieu. It is located in Willemstad Near the new MarketPlace adjacent to the area of Waaigat with the Queen Wilhelmina Bridge.

 Pals Bieu was formerly a market hall now made into a food corner to attend, to experience local food during lunchtime in Curacao.

Plasa Bieu is an indoor place with 5 different restaurant sections which are open from Monday- Saturday only during lunch time.

They serve a variety of dishes which are all authentic local dishes. The variety includes everything from Fish soup to boiled cornmeal to stewed goat, beef, red snapper, … the choices are endless.
What makes the experience at plasa different from other restaurants is that you can see the chefs preparing each dish on coals as it was done ages ago.
It’s on a first come, first serve basis, so no reservations are needed. Take it to go or sit and eat, it’s an unique Experience. Every food section has it’s own seating area with extended tables and you are free to mingle and  join other visitors at their table.

Picture inside Marche Bieu

I would recommend eating at plaza, since the experience of eating with local residents is a must and can be very fun.

Some menu items are :

Soup
Fish soup 
with fresh catch of the day and most contain sea food
Giambo soup made from Okra vegetable and contains fish and meat (slimy look but taste very good)
Kadushi soup which is made from cactus on the Island (also slimy but taste nice).

Stews (Stoba) are made 
Mostly of Goat meat, Beef, Chicken or Pork.
Often added with vegetables like Cole, native small cucumber or papaya. it is served with funchi (boiled cornmeal, resembles polenta) or with rice, rice with beans (aroz moro), baked potatoes, slices of fried plantain and salad.

Fishes mostly served are:
Piska Corá: Red Snapper  
Dradu: Mahi Mahi
Mula: Mullets
Buni: Bonito 
Masbangu: Big Eye Scad
Gutu: Parrot fish
Cabaron: Shrimps

Also served with funchi (boiled cornmeal/polenta) or with rice, rice with beans (aroz moro), baked potatoes and slices of fried plantain and salad. To top it off a traditional vinaigrette saus is poured over the fish. 

Instead of Funchi/polenta one might also try Tutu: which contains black eye peas.

Vegetarian are also welcome. Ask for a fish dish or other menu with more vegetables instead of the meat,

Prices varies between 7 to 14 USD

Great local food, nice ambiance and there is a big chance you will make a new friend at Plasa Bieu.

 

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