WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Circus workshops, trapeze clinics, ice
skating and rock climbing -- in Curacao?
Yes -- if agents book their clients into Breezes Curacao,
SuperClubs' first foray into the Dutch Caribbean.
Marilyn Schweitzer, of Carlson Wagonlit Travel in Fishkill,
N.Y., has sent at least 15 families to Breezes because "the
destination is safe and secure. My clients love Breezes' range of
family activities and appreciate the service."
General manager Richard Bourke said 85% of his business is from
"Families may look us up on the Internet, but they turn to their
travel agent at time of booking," he said.
The 339-unit inclusive property, formerly the Princess Beach Resort
& Casino, reopened last December following a $6 million
renovation to position Breezes Curacao as "the ultimate family
resort," according to a spokeswoman. The resort's signature
offering is its Camp Breezes Family Program.
Through Oct. 31 and again in 2003 from May though October,
children age 13 and under stay, eat and play for free, one child
per paying adult.
From Nov. 1 though Dec. 31, the daily rate per child from ages 2
through 13 is $45; the rate increases to $50 per child, per day, in
Many of Camp Breezes' activities take place on the resort's
1,500-foot beach and in the Kids Korner play area.
The supervised, age-appropriate adventures revolve around the
• Mini-circus clinics with instruction in juggling, trapeze work
and clown makeup.
• Water sports and instruction on windsurf boards, kayaks and
• Arts and crafts classes.
• One free shore dive per day for teens 14 and older who
demonstrate an ability in dive instruction and technique.
• Kiddies tennis.
• Storytelling, disco nights and several theme nights.
The resort maintains an on-duty nurse and has doctors on
The Kids Korner has its own shallow lagoon, multilevel pool
(with colorful float toys) and a soft-sand playground.
The Kids Snack Bar offers semi-exotic fare, such as quesadillas
and Cuban sandwiches, but also has burgers and hot dogs.
Breezes has a Teen Program that includes a video arcade and
computer access. (Internet use can be purchased for a fee.)
Marlene Young of Esprit Rainbow Travel in Bethesda, Md., said
that more families want to travel together since Sept. 11.
"Parents don't want to leave the kids at home and vacation by
themselves," she said.
Young said she recommends Breezes because "family members like
being together, but they also like doing their own things."
"Breezes offers something for everyone," she said. "Every family
member gets involved."
At a glance: Breezes Curacao
Location: Beachfront property near the Seaquarium
and Curacao Underwater Park, south of Willemstad.
No. of rooms: 333 rooms; 8 suites.
Facilities: Dive center, three restaurants, five
bars, fitness center, Kids Korner, three pools, tennis courts,
year-round Camp Breezes' family programs and activities.
Rates & commission: Through Dec. 15, from $138
per person, per night, double with a three-night minimum. From Jan.
1 through April 27, rates start at $203 per person, per night,
double with a two-night minimum stay. Inclusive rate covers
transfers, taxes, meals, drinks and use of facilities. No tipping
allowed. Commission is 10%. However, on-line bookings earn 13% for
the first booking and for all future telephone and on-line
Reservations: (800) 467-8737
Family Travel Editor Kaleel Sakakeeny can be reached at [email protected].