You’ve booked your flight to this quaint Caribbean island, and now you need to know where to stay in Curaçao.
Location location location! Your perfect holiday can end up not-so-perfect if you choose the wrong place to stay. You don’t want to be too far from the activities you’ve planned but you may also want to lay your head away from the noise of bustling crowds.
But trying to find the perfect hotel in the perfect place can take hours of searching online.
So we’ve narrowed down the search to the top hotels and resorts in Curaçao, ranging from studios to apartment style suites and boutique hotels.
The Districts & Neighbourhoods of Curaçao
Curaçao is filled with amazing places but when you’re visiting the island, there are a few districts and areas you’ll want to stay in.
- Riffort Village
- The Historic Pietermaai District.
Below you’ll find the best hotels and resorts in these districts and close surrounding areas so you can choose the ideal location for your trip.
5 Best Hotels in Curaçao
You can’t enjoy your daytime activities if you don’t get a good night’s rest, so choosing the right hotel where you will be comfortable and have all your needs/wants met is essential in planning your trip.
These 5 best hotels in Curaçao are highly-rated and reviewed by travellers.
#1. Avila Beach Hotel
This gorgeous paradise is located centrally in Curaçao in the Pietermaai district, walking distance from Willemstad. There you can choose from an array of restaurants and bars to indulge your culinary desires.
Avila Beach Hotel boasts two private beaches, a beautiful House Reef, an Infinity Pool, Spa, Luxury Gym and Five high quality Restaurants & Bars onsite.
There are 3 different wings in this hotel; The Ocean Front Blues, The Octagon and the La Belle Alliance wing, each offering a unique ambience. Take your pick.
Neighbourhood: Pietermaai district, central Curaçao.
Restaurants: The Avila has 4 restaurants and bars for you to choose from:
- Avila Cafe: This charming little patio restaurant is the best place to get your most important meal of the day. Yes, we mean breakfast.
- Blues Bar & Restaurant: So named for the best live jazz and blues music on the island. If live music, dinner and a beautiful view interest you, this is where you’ll want to dine.
- Schooner Beach Bar: Built in the shape of a wooden boat buried in the white sand of Avila’s beach.
- Restaurant The Pen: An open-air restaurant with a beautiful ocean view, serving local and regional cuisine.
You can also have your dinner from any restaurant served to a quiet romantic table on the beach, or enjoy your favourite cocktail served to you at the pool.
Best For: Couples looking for a quiet time away.
#2. Scuba Lodge Boutique Hotel & Ocean Suites
Known for its colourful buildings and beautiful architecture, Scuba Lodge is within walking distance of Panda and Otrobanda, Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge, De Handelskade (historic waterfront strip), and the floating market.
ATMs, pharmacies, museums, restaurants and cafes are also easily accessible by foot, but if you need to get a little further, there’s a bus stop right outside the hotel.
The only city beach, City Beach 88, is right next door to the hotel; grab a slice of pizza and a beer and wind down with a beautiful Caribbean sunset.
Divers will enjoy the onsite PADI dive centre, where you can book diving lessons with experienced instructors, or rent diving and snorkelling gear if you want to go at it on your own. Plenty of coral and exotic sea life to enjoy here!
If an active vacation is what you’re looking for, this hotel is located in the perfect spot.
Neighbourhood: Pietermaai district. Close to Punda and Otrobanda.
Restaurants: De Heeran At Sea, the hotel’s on site restaurant, has been recently renovated and offers authentic cuisine. The atmosphere is one of cozy lighting with the ocean and sunset as its backdrop. Perfect for evening dinners.
Best for: Divers, families and larger groups due to their apartment-style accommodation as well rooms.
#3. Pietermaai Boutique Hotel
If smaller four-star boutique hotels with luxurious finishings are your bag, check out Pietermaai Boutique Hotel.
It’s 4km from the famous Cabana Beach and only 500m from the centre of Willemstad. The most popular tourist districts such as Punda and Otrobanda are also less than a kilometre away.
This means an assortment of clubs, shops, restaurants and cinema's are within walking distance. In terms of location, this hotel is ideal!
Restaurants: Breakfast is included in your stay at this hotel. Because of its location, you would choose this hotel if you intend to be out for most of the day, and therefore want to sample the restaurants and bars in the area, of which there are plenty!
Best For: Luxury travellers, individuals or couples.
#4. Bayside Boutique Hotel
No, that’s not a desktop screensaver (although it could be), it’s the view from the brand new Bayside Boutique Hotel, located at one of the most beautiful tropical beaches in Curaçao.
It is actually part of a gated resort but offers free access to the beaches. That means you get access to resort-type activities, such as diving, hiking, sailing, kayaking and fitness.
In the evenings, you can attend a concert on the beach and dance the night away. Apart from the standard amenities and offerings of a boutique hotel, Bayside Boutique Hotel is the only one that offers free Golf on the 18 holes golf course. Tennis is also free.
Restaurants: The in-house restaurant, The Tides, serves a fusion of local and international cuisine. If you don’t like what’s on the menu, or if you have certain allergies, the chef will prepare something for you from scratch. Just tell them what you want! They also cater for parties and special occasions as long as you book in advance. For your liquid needs, Calypso Bar can put you in a maritime mood, with your favourite cocktails and finger snacks as well.
Best For: Individuals or couples.
#5. The Beach House Curaçao
If you’re travelling in a group or with family and looking for apartment style accommodation, The Beach House Curaçao has contemporary, modern French-Caribbean style apartments with fully fitted kitchens. Choose a pool view suite or an ocean view apartment. With privacy and security, this one’s ideal for families.
Located on the shores of the Caribbean Sea, the Sea Aquarium Beach is close by with several beach shops, bars and restaurants with live music and a fun atmosphere. The Curaçao Sea Aquarium is a few minutes away on foot, and there you can explore the wonderful underwater world of Curaçao.
Restaurants: Since this is apartment style accommodation, it is self-catering and therefore restaurants are not available on site. Being in Willemstad however, means there’s an abundance of restaurants and bars, all within walking distance.
Best For: Families or groups.
5 Top Resorts in Curaçao
If you’re in the mood for that “do as little moving around as possible” kind of holiday then perhaps one of these top resorts in Curaçao would suit you better.
#1. Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort
The Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort is beach resort nestled among six acres of oceanfront property, so if you do decide to venture outside of the resort, beautiful beaches await you in abundance.
Only 15mins from Hato International Airport, this resort boasts two main pools; one for adults only and one for families, making this the ideal resort for singles, couples only, or families.
Neighborhood: Piscadera Bay. Willemstad, Curaçao
Restaurants: There are 6 different restaurants to choose from inside this resort.
Çspice: If you feel like Caribbean food, specializing in pizza and with an amazing view overlook the Caribbean Sea.
Zala Gastro Bar: For those who enjoy premium whiskeys and rum. You can also chow down on some shared platters and gourmet small plates with a Caribbean flair.
Papiamentu Marketplace: For you caffeine addicts, but you can also find refreshing smoothies here and delicious baked goods. If you’re late for one of your adventures, grab breakfast to-go.
Salty Iguana Ocean Grill: As the name suggests, meat lovers will find gourmet burgers and sandwiches here, AND these meals can also be ordered at poolside.
Izakaya Sushi Bar: Apart from sushi, you can enjoy Japanese-inspired cuisine, and a great selection of beer and wine.
Great Room: A more sophisticated setting where people can meet to work or socialize, with a lively bar.
Amenities: Two large pools; one for adults only and one for families. Water activities include snorkelling, catamaran trips, aquafari experiences, swimming with dolphins, and diving. Land adventures include ATV tours, buggy tours, Shete Boka National Park, and the Hato Caves. There are also two 18-hole golf courses!
Best for: Single travellers , couples, groups or families.
#2. Corendon Mangrove Beach Resort
Located next to the beautiful Coconut Beach on the west coast of Curaçao, the Corendon Mangrove Beach Resort is the only hotel on the island situated right next to the beach. Built in 2020, this new and large 399 room resort is walking distance from Willemstad’s famous shopping areas.
Offering family sized rooms and plenty of activities and amenities, this resort is ideal for that family trip and won’t break the bank.
Business facilities such as fully equipped conference rooms are available if you’re looking to take your work team on a retreat. A selection of restaurants, shops, coffee houses, bars and a beach bar are all on site, meaning you won’t need to go far to be entertained.
Restaurants: There are 7 restaurants and bars on the property:
- Breeze Main Restaurant: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert. It’s all in one restaurant.Coco Pool Bar: Designed with a sitting area inside the pool, you won’t have to leave the water to have your favourite piña coladas brought to you.
- Food Street: Located in front of the Coco Pool Bar, here you can grab a quick snack. Pizza’s, pastries, shawarma, Dutch snacks, ice cream, this is a snackers paradise.
- Pera Lobby Bar & Patisserie: Desserts, croissant and cocktails; if you’re feeling peckish.
- Dushi Sushi Club: ‘The clue is in the title’ they say.
Ristorante Siciliano: An Italian restaurant featuring delicious pizza and pasta, surrounded by palm trees with an ocean view.
Cor & Don’s BBQ Restaurant: Meat lovers heaven! Mouth Watering Baby Back Ribs, chicken thighs, Argentinian beef; all enjoyed in an outdoor rustic ambience and ocean view.
There’s also a Cigar Lounge and Beach Bar.
Amenities: Aqua-park and water slides, swimming pools, free parking, free wi-fi, bar, gym, meeting room, spa, snorkelling and various sports activities. Need anything else? I think that about covers it.
Best For: Families or groups.
#3. Van Der Valk Kontiki Beach Resort
If you’re after for a peaceful and serene experience, consider Van Der Valk Kontiki Beach Resort. Built with natural materials, the architecture, scenes of nature and vegetation, all combine harmoniously into a relaxing atmosphere. The stay offers somewhat of a day spa experience.
The resort opens up onto the Cabana Beach, with beautiful sunshine and crystal blue water. It also has a Mood Beach, with bohemian style beds made for comfort and quiet. If you want the opposite of an active vacation and just need to recharge your inner battery, this is the place for you.
Restaurants: For breakfast, lunch and a la carte dinner, the beachside restaurant on Cabana Beach offers a wide selection of meals with live entertainment.
For a more upmarket culinary experience the Mood Beach restaurant offers a more exclusive experience. Housed in a stretch tent with stylish interior design, the service is tailored to be more personal. Whichever of these two you choose, the ocean view comes standard.
Amenities: High speed internet, swimming pool, beach, wellness, fitness, diving, car rental. You can also book the resort for weddings.
Best For: Individuals or couples looking for a quiet place to rejuvenate.
#4. Dreams Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino
As most resorts will offer similar features, these last two are for those who like to roll the dice.
Just 15mins from Hato International Airport, the Dreams Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino can be found on the beaches of Piscaderas Bay. Shopping and sightseeing in Willemstad are close by, including museums and restaurants.
Each of the 197 rooms and suites all feature a private furnished balcony or terrace, with views of the Caribbean Sea, gardens and tropical island. Connecting rooms are available for families and includes kids’ amenities. Small dogs are allowed.
Lots of family and group activities are available, making this an ideal destination for the family vacation. If you’re looking for dad, he’ll be in the casino and going by the alias Bond, James Bond.
Restaurants: As you would expect from a resort of this size, there are 7 dining options to choose from, featuring flavours from around the world. You won’t be needing reservations at the three à la carte restaurants, buffet, snack grill, café and brewery. Comes in handy when you’re busy with the family all day and forget to make a dinner reservation. If you’re too exhausted to dine out, 24hr room service is available.
Amenities: Choose from 3 pools, 2 beaches and a variety of tours and excursions. If you need some alone time you can drop the kids off at the Explorer’s Club for Kids - fully supervised and offering a variety of fun activities. Teens can go to the Core Zone Teens club. For the “big kids” there’s Euro-Bungee, cooking and cocktail classes, dance lessons, theme nights and parties.
For the whole family, there’s beach olympics, snorkelling , ping pong, tennis court and big screen movies. Free parking and Wi-Fi also included.
Best For: Definitely a family destination, and with the kids and teens facilities, the adults can also get some relaxation time.
#5. Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino
The Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino is a luxurious casino resort. Located within Willemstad itself, it comes with the standard ridiculously dreamy Caribbean ocean views as well as the city view.
Since you would already be in Willemstad, the sought-after shopping experience, museums, restaurants and other attractions are just a stone’s throw away. Mambo Beach, Christoffel National Park and Curaçao Sea Aquarium, to name a few.
Sophisticated event spaces designed for business meetings, weddings and social engagements and available to book. With enough facilities to cater for individuals, couples, families and work or peer groups, this is the one-stop resort for anyone looking to stay in the heart of Curaçao’s main city.
Neighbourhood: Central Willemstad
Restaurants: Apart from dining in services, you have a main restaurant and two bars to choose from. You can have breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Nautilus Restaurant which serves delicious Caribbean cuisine, buffet or a la carte. Take your pick of indoor or outdoor seating, but reservations are required. The Blue Lobby Bar and Infinity Beach Bar is where you can whet your whistle. The latter is a few steps away from the infinity pool and offers open-air ambience and ocean views.
Amenities: Free parking, Wi-Fi, pool, gym, casino, car rental and bicycle rental are all available. If you’re feeling energetic, there are hiking trails, and when you’re wrecked from that you can enjoy a full spa.
Best For: Individuals, couples, families or groups.
And there you have it! The top 5 hotels and top 5 resorts in Curaçao. All that’s left for you to do is get your booking done and hop on that plane.