There's a reason why so many Caribbean hotels temporarily close in September and October. Yes, the threat of hurricanes does factor into the closures, but let's face it: With the summer vacation season over, business traditionally is slow anyway at this time of year.
It's the perfect time for hoteliers to gear up, spruce up, upgrade, renovate and refurbish their properties in anticipation of what they hope will be a booming, busy winter season.
Curacao properties are no exception, although several did get a jumpstart earlier this year with makeovers and redos.
"Curacao's hospitality industry is consistently improving and growing in order to offer the most modern, up-to-date rooms, amenities and services for our visitors," said Ghatim Kabbera, CEO of the Curacao Tourist Board. "We want our visitors to take advantage of what Curacao has to offer, from new and newly remodeled properties to restaurant openings and tours."
First-timers as well as return visitors will discover there's much to see and do.
New hotel properties include the Papagayo Design Hotel, the Beach House Curacao and Piscadera Harbour Village.
Recently renovated properties include the Hilton Curacao, the Floris Suite Hotel, Lions Dive & Beach Resort, the Otrobanda Hotel & Casino and the Sunscape Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino.
It's not just hotels that pick up a paintbrush. Along the island's Curacao Beach Boulevard strip in Willemstad that debuted earlier this year, new shops, restaurants, sports and entertainment venues continue to open as well, creating a new hub of activity for tourists and locals.
Jaipur, an Asian restaurant, recently opened in the Kura Hulanda Hotel & Spa in Willemstad.