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Top 7 Best Bonaire Beach Resorts


As one of the most beautiful Caribbean islands in the world, and one of the most pristine, Bonaire is the perfect vacation spot for couples and families looking for top-rated resorts!

With year-round sun and warm waters, it’s the perfect spot to find your breezy beach getaway and let the sun and sand of Bonaire show you what true relaxation is all about. Whether it’s all-inclusive, private, adults only, or simply meant to pamper, there’s a resort for everyone in this paradise.

Harbour Village Beach Club

Take a walk along the white sands and grab a drink along the way at Harbour Village Beach Club.

Harbour Village is an exceptional choice for the travelers looking to truly relax and be pampered, as well as the beach enthusiasts wanting privacy while reclining along the shore. Set on a private, 4-acre section of the island, Harbour Village espouses world-class amenities including a spa and the La Balandra Restaurant, quietly sitting along the white sands and serving unbeatable fresh local fish (as well as many other delectable dishes).

In addition to your relaxation needs, Harbour has an on-site five-star PADI dive center that lets you experience all the Caribbean has to offer, and get certified to dive the depths off the island!

Address: Kaya Gobernador N.Debrot

Eden Beach Resort

Enjoy this view while sipping a cocktail at Spice Beach Club at Eden Beach Resort.

One of our personal favorites is Eden Beach, located directly across from Klein Bonaire, where you can snorkel and sun to your heart’s delight, this resort is comfortable, friendly, and accommodating in every way. Clean, cozy rooms and a relaxed atmosphere are constantly on tap at Eden. Friday night the onsite entertainment is Spice Beach Club, the resort’s restaurant, bar, and nightclub. Spice brings you beach-side cocktail parties amidst comfortable cabanas where you can hoist a mojito and watch the sun set across the ocean in one of the most beautiful vistas the Caribbean has to offer.

The sea-facing bar and restaurant cater to the fun-loving vacationers from across the world, with local drinks and food that are sure to delight. During the day you can grab a swim a few steps away from your cabana (snorkel gear is available for rent or purchase), or take the short 15-minute water taxi ride to the white shores of Klein Bonaire for an unbelievable experience.

Address: Bulevard. Gobernador Nicolaas Debrot 73, Kralendijk

Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino

The beautiful views at Divi Flamingo.

Named after the beautiful pink bird that nests on the island, Divi Flamingo specializes in the joy of the tropics – sun, fun, and the sea. Located just a few minutes’ walk from the fun and lively downtown of Kralendijk, Divi offers two fresh water pools in addition to it’s snorkeling and diving, as well as a fitness center for those times when you want to be on dry land!

Now offering all-inclusive packages in Bonaire, leave your worries behind and plan out your vacation here, from their excellent restaurants and bars to their top-notch dive center, Divi Flamingo caters to Caribbean enthusiasts of all ages, including families.

For a bit of late-night excitement, grab a cocktail and head to the casino, which is open late and always lively!

Address: J.A. Abrham Blvd #40 Kralendijk

Coral Paradise Diving Resort

You may not want to get out of the water at Coral Paradise.

Set along the sandy shores of Bonaire, Coral Paradise offers all the amenities of a five-star resort, including an air-conditioned rental vehicle which is included in all vacation packages, as well as free taxi transfer from Bonaire’s Flamingo Airport. Coral Paradise has among the best reviews on the island among tourists, all at very reasonable rates (about $150 per night).

Once you settle in, you’ll feel right at home with their in-suite kitchens, relaxing in-ground pool, and grill area where you can kick back and get some sun. In addition to Coral Paradise’s resort conveniences, they cater to dive enthusiasts with 24-hour shore diving and daily boat departures.

All scuba equipment is conveniently available for rental or sale at their neighboring dive operator location!

Address: 107 Kaya Gob. N. Debrot, Kralendijk

Bellafonte Resort

Bellafonte is an idyllic location at night.

The Bellafonte is a luxury oceanfront hotel that caters to exclusivity with it’s 22 private ocean-facing apartments and round-the-clock concierge happy to help you with any of your vacation needs. You’re made to feel right at home in this private and idyllic resort, set away from the mainstream vacationers for a more personal experience.

Rated number one on TripAdvisor for shore diving, as well as diving for beginners, the Bellafonte is an ideal spot to test your scuba skills along their beautiful shores. If snorkeling is more your speed, you’re in the perfect spot as well!

Address: 10 EEG Boulevard Kralendijk

Plaza Beach Resort

The sun sets outside Plaza Beach Resort, an all-inclusive paradise.

Enjoy your time on this beautiful island with a stress-free all inclusive stay at the Plaza, the largest diving resort in Bonaire.

Fully stocked from the food, to the drinks and the nightlife, relax and let the winds of the Caribbean flow around you from dawn till dusk. The Plaza’s beach area is second to none, with kayaks and paddle-boards ready for you to take out on the ocean.

In addition, take advantage of the endless clear waters and tropical sea life with their complimentary snorkel equipment, and find out what makes Bonaire a true paradise. After the sun sets, spend your evenings at the Tipsy Seagull restaurant, facing the blue waters of Bonaire, or grab a cocktail at their beach bar for a relaxed vibe! It’s especially great for couples seeking a romantic getaway, and those looking for an adults-only evening can spend a few dollars at the on-premise casino.

Address: 80 Julio A. Abraham Boulevard, Kralendijk

Buddy Dive Resort

Buddy Dive Resort provides ample underwater photo opportunities – make sure to rent a camera!

Located on the waterfront, Buddy Dive is an oasis for divers and snorkelers alike, and one of our personal favorites. With dive rentals, car rentals and two crystal-clear pools, you won’t need to go far to find anything you need while staying here, all at an affordable rate of around $150 per night.

In addition to their ideal location and amazing staff, Buddy Dive’s ocean-facing restaurant is second to none. After a tasty and fresh lunch, rent an underwater camera for the day at the dive shop, and walk down the steps into the sea for some of the most unbelievable view of Bonaire’s tropical sea life you’ll ever see. The rental includes a full disc of all the picutres you took while swimming along the gentle waters, a priceless souvenir you can keep with you even after you leave the island!

Address: 85 Kaya Gob. N. Debrot, Kralendijk

Bonaire truly is a beautiful place that has it all – from family friendly to romantic getaways for couples. No matter where you stay, you’ll be afforded all the amenities and luxuries of five-star establishments while only spending three-star price.

One of our favorite locations in the world, Bonaire is an island that has to be seen to be believed!

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Review: Venice’s Hotel Vecellio


On our recent trip to Italy, Tracy and I followed a constant we follow that has always served us well – local, boutique hotels. We found an absolute gem, and one of the best hotel deals in Venice.

To us, there’s something about avoiding the commercialism of global chain hotels, something that adds to the ambiance and cultural imbibing of our visits. There’s something stellar and romantic to us about staying in a small hotel with local flavor that adds both comfort and a sense of local taste. Perhaps this isn’t for everyone, but for a traveling couple who would rather spend our budget on something other than accommodations, it seems to work.

In Venice, the hotel in which we stayed was the Vecellio, a 500-year-old establishment reputed to be the former home of the Venician painter Tiziano Vecellio (known in English as Titian). Vecellio sits idyllically on the Adriatic, pointing toward the famous glass-making island of Murano.

The outside entryway of the Vecellio marks its history as well as a nod to its former tenant.

This location, without question, is stunning. From our hotel window we could conveniently overlook the passing of the vaporetti, the Venician water taxi that serves both around the city via lagoons as well as a direct path to the Venice Marco Polo Airport. If you’re looking for which vaporetti stop is nearest to Vecellio, Fondamenta Nuove is merely a handful of feet away from the front entry-way. There are so many things to do close to this hotel, even by simply just walking outside to the canals and watching the day pass.

Vecellio has what we seek in a European hotel – small, comfortable and romantic with a helpful desk staff willing to give you locals-only tips to the city. This staff is family, literally, as the hotel is now family-owned, and conveniently English-speaking for monolingual travelers. For under $100 per night, we were surrounded by small, quaint cafes that lined the sea, facing the distant Dolomite Mountains and the crisp morning breeze pouring in from the Adriatic. It was an excellent way to wake up – coffee-stirring, smelling the waft of fresh pastry being put out all along the seaway. We booked our trip through European Destinations, a sister company under the TripMasters umbrella.

This was an area, while a stones-throw away from the Rialto Bridge and a 15-minute walk from St. Mark’s Square, felt just off the beaten-path and out of the way of the hoards of tourist which flocked to the area daily. After a day of walking the city or touring Murano and Burano, we could slip back into comfortable solitude while watching the evening pass. It was in Burano that we had possibly the best meal of our lives at Trattoria al Gatto Nero, after which we took a simple boat back to the hotel and avoided stumbling through crowds of passers-by.

The recently-renovated lobby serves a delicious, simple breakfast and helps one to feel immediately relaxed upon entry.

The rooms at Vecellio are small, yes, but also romantic. In fact, we found them to be among the most romantic hotel rooms in Europe. The beautifully-aged interior speaks to classic Venice, and the plush, red upholstry could easily move the couple looking for quite time together. They were equipped with the standard needs – comfortable queen-size bed, shower, towel warmer, large bathrooms, ample closet space and excellent service. Additionally, Vecellio is a pet-friendly establishment for those with small, furry friends in tow.

Recently renovated, Vecellio has updated it’s look to abide by the times without losing it’s unique Venician energy. Can you shell out hundred of euros per night and stay along the Rialto? Of course. However, the location of Vecellio truly is central if you consider the proximity to Murano and Burano, and you simply can’t beat the convenience and charm of this absolutely adorable location.

Our verdict: We absolutely recommend.

Contact

Website: http://www.hotelvecellio.com/

Address: Sestiere Cannaregio, 5039, 30121 Venezia, Italy

Phone: +39 041 523 8743