Existing Properties Are Taking Strides to Keep Up
|WILLEMSTAD, CURAÇAO – May 2006 – With two new resorts opened,
two more under construction, and several others investing in upgrades and
renovations, Curaçao is on the verge of a tourism boom.
“The accommodations on Curaçao will provide for all levels of luxury and styles of service – offering something for those seeking an intimate boutique property as well as big name brands for those seeking familiarity and comforts of home,” stated Director of Tourism Clifton Walle.
Here are all the details and what’s new and improved for Curaçao’s hotels & resorts in 2006:
NEW: Clarion Hotel & Suites
Located at the World Trade Center Complex in the beautiful Piscadera
Bay Resort Area, the Clarion Hotel & Suites announced its opening in
March 2006. In the tradition of the internationally recognized Clarion
brand, the new hotel is a full-service facility that will target both the
corporate and leisure traveler. The Clarion International Curacao hotel
has 200 spacious rooms and guest suites, including the Clarion Class Business
Room. It offers meeting rooms with capacity up to 1,500 people, gourmet
and catering service for 4,500 people, auditorium seating that can hold
325 people with multilingual translation facilities, cinema quality projection
systems, audiovisual equipment rental, computer and cellular phone rental
and business support services located within the World Trade Center Complex.
The Clarion International Curacao hotel's imported marble, hardwood floors,
artisan-created special Italian stucco finish and detailing throughout
effectively blends world-class design, with modern business conveniences.
Leisure travelers will enjoy the new swimming pool, hot tub and sauna,
and all the amenities of the newly renovated World Trade Center (WTC).
The Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino has rejuvenated the facilities with new decor and enhancements of the Voila Delicatessen and The Sea Breeze Bar & Grill and an expansion of the beach oasis.
The hotel's beach will be enhanced with 40 metric tons of white sand
along with new beach chairs and umbrellas to create additional shade and
a more sophisticated look on the beach and pool area. The building
of an authentic beach bar called “Board Room” (as in surfboards) will open
in the late morning and close after sunset, as the view of the sunset is
spectacular at this point of the beach. The oasis will also feature additional
beach attendants, a new clean machine increasing the cleanliness of the
beach and Yoga on the beach three times a week at 8:00 a.m.
NEW: Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino
Situated on the historical waterfront of Willemstad, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino, a AAA, Four Diamond hotel, will have 240 deluxe guest rooms and suites. Also part of the Renaissance complex is The Rif Fort with more than eight restaurants and many retail boutiques. The resort area is rounded out by a six screen Cinema, Carnaval Casino, 570 car secured and covered parking garage, offices, meeting areas, beach, boardwalk and park. The resort is planned to open in December 2007.
IMPROVED: Hilton Curaçao
Curaçao is unveiling a multi-phased renovation process at the hotel.
In the first quarter of 2006, a new executive floor and executive lounge
were opened. The lounge offers private check in/check out, complimentary
continental breakfast, snacks & drinks throughout the day, free internet
access, cocktail hours, a lounge area for leisure or casual meetings and
a balcony with picturesque sunset views. The newly refurbished rooms
feature upgraded bedding and furnishings, mini-bars and welcome amenities.
A new business center was also unveiled in the first quarter.
NEW: Hyatt Regency Curaçao
The ceremonial groundbreaking of the 350-room luxury Hyatt Regency Curaçao
took place on Thursday, December 1, 2005 officially marking the start of
construction of the mixed use Santa Barbara Plantation project. The
27-acre site overlooks the beautiful Spanish Water Bay and the Caribbean
Sea and will encompass not only the luxury Hyatt Regency Curaçao
hotel, but also a 30-slip marina, beach club, 52 vacation club units, 128
condominium homes, 106 residential lots and 94 terrace homes. It
will be the largest hotel on the island and the first large hotel to open
since the Sonesta (which is now a Marriott) was completed in 1992.
IMPROVED: Avila Hotel
Avila Hotel, a privately owned four star boutique resort, announces the
addition of 68 luxury rooms located in a new building to be named the Octagon
Wing. The new wing has been under construction since April 2005 is expected
to open in December 2006.
NEW: Lodge Kura Hulanda
Nestled in the tranquil and idyllic setting of Curacao’s west end, the
new Lodge Kura Hulanda and Beach Club, opened its doors in September 2005
but launched the hotel with a grand opening on April 27, 2006. The
lodge offers the luxurious ambiance of its sister property Hotel Kura Hulanda
coupled with a relaxing beachfront retreat and the seclusion of a unique
Located on popular Mambo Beach and right next to the Curaçao
Sea Aquarium, Lions Dive & Beach Resort has been enhanced with the
addition of new oceanfront rooms and apartments, a second beach bar/restaurant,
improved beach landscaping, a second swimming pool and high-speed wireless
and wired internet service.
Cheryl Andrews Marketing Communications
|Also See:||The 350-room luxury Hyatt Regency Curacao Breaks Ground, Part of the $104 million Santa Barbara Plantation Project / December 2005|
|Venezuelan Developer, Vitorrio De Stefano, Opens 200 room Clarion Hotel on Island of Curacao / March 2006|