Curacao hotel happenings to add nearly 1,000 rooms to inventory

Recent hotel developments on Curacao include the openings of two resorts, groundbreaking on two more and upgrades to several other properties. The accommodations choices, when completed, will range from boutique properties to flagship resorts, according to Clifton Walle, director of tourism.

New properties include:

  • The 200-room Clarion International Curacao at the World Trade Center complex in the Piscadera Bay area, aimed at both the corporate and leisure markets, opened in March. Details are not yet posted on Clarions Web site at www.clarionhotels.com.

  • The 74-unit Lodge Kura Hulanda and Beach Club on Curacaos west end, sister property to the Hotel Hura Hulanda in Willemstad, is composed of villas, suites and guestrooms. The lodge had a soft opening last fall and an official opening in April. For details, visit www.kurahulanda.com.

  • Although not new, the 74-room Lions Dive & Beach Resort next to the Curacao Sea Aquarium added 36 rooms, the new Hemingway beach bar and restaurant and a second pool. For details, visit www.lionsdive.com. 
  • Works in progress include:

  • The 100-room Avila Hotel will open a 68-room wing of luxury units in December as well as an infinity pool and spa. For details, visit www.avilahotel.com.

  • The Hilton Curacao, undergoing a multi-phased renovation, already opened a new executive floor and lounge. Still to come are a meetings room, wireless installation, and upgrades to the ballroom and beach bar. All projects are set to be completed by the end of the year, in time for the hotels 40th anniversary next year. For details, visit www.hiltoncaribbean.com/curacao.

  • The Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino enhanced the Viola delicatessen and Sea Breeze bar and grill, and will add 40 metric tons of sand on its beach, open a new beach bar and introduce themed entertainment at its Emerald Lounge by the end of the year. For details, visit http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/CURMC.
  • Further down the road:

  • The Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino will have 237 rooms on Willemstads waterfront, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Also part of the Renaissance complex will be the Rif Fort with eight restaurants, retail shops, cinemas, a casino, a beach, a boardwalk and a park. The resort is scheduled to open in November 2007.

  • The site of the 350-room Hyatt Regency Curacao also will include a marina, beach club, vacation club units, condominiums and residences. The hotel will feature two restaurants, a spa, a fitness center, a casino, a multi-level pool, tennis and the first 18-hole signature golf course on the island. Opening is set for summer 2008.
  • To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Gay Nagle Myers at [email protected].

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