Lodge Kura Hulanda and Beach Club, Westpunt, Curaçao
Tel: 877-264-3106 (toll-free)
Tel: 599 9 839 3600
Concierge.com's insider take:
This getaway property in Westpunt, on the extreme end of Curaçao, is an hour's drive from the commercial bustle of Willemstad and feels even more removed. Situated on the edge of a limestone bluff, its 32 villa suites have stunning sunset views and quick access to bone-white Playa Kalki beach. Just inland, the wooded grounds camouflage 42 bungalow rooms, including a rustic tree house. All rooms come equipped with kitchenettes and complimentary broadband Internet. Ground-floor villas have more room, while those on the second floor enjoy the best sunset views (especially Villa 216). And if owner Jacob Gelt Dekker is off-island on another adventure (he's circumnavigated the globe 50 times), his amazing private residencean enormous tree house fitted with canopy beds, zebra-skin rugs, and African and Asian antiques acquired on his travelscan also be rented. Sea-view Christoffel Sunset Lounge and Watamula Restaurant cover, respectively, the casual-fare or fine-dining cravings of a clientele made up mostly of couples, both straight and gay. On-site dive shop Ocean Encounters West offers quick access to some of the best sites on Curaçao's protected leeward coast, and also rents paddle boats, sea kayaks, and snorkel gear. Take a free Friday scuba lesson in the swimming pool, and then tackle Alice in Wonderland, a dive site known for its star corals and spotted eagle rays that starts just 100 yards off the beach. A free shuttle runs twice daily to Dekker's other holding, Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa & Casino in Willemstad.