Historical Traveller Reviews of Breezes Curacao Spa & Casino Hotel
from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I stayed at Breezes Curacao for a week at the end of January 2003. We had a great time, the staff was fun and friendly. The food was great, always ate too much! The top shelf liquor was great too. Nice little casino, we did ok there. If you like watersports, there is a lot to do. The snorkeling is fantastic. Room are average, but your hardly in there anyway. The nightly entertainment was fun, but the disco is so tiny, there was never anyone in it. Overall, for the price, you can't beat it. We had a great time, we plan to go back with the kids. [if you like to shop,the free shuttle to town is great,shop til you drop!]
Perfect Family Trip
from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband, 10 year old daughter, 16 year old son and myself just returned from Breezes Curacao. We arrived at the airport and were greeted by Tropical Tour reps who provided our wristbands, basic hotel information, collected our luggage and directed us to shuttle buses. The trip to the hotel was approximately 20 minutes and gave us an opportunity to see the City. Hotel staff greeted us with champagne and fruit punch. Check-in was relatively quick and easy. Soon we were on the beach and in the pool with a nice tropical cocktail. Breezes Activities- There is a lot to do! The daily events included the kids and teens. They enjoyed hanging out in the teen club with free arcade games and the games area (ping pong, pool tables, shuffleboard and chess). The entertainment staff is friendly and tries hard to involve people in their activities. We took advantage of the hobie cat, windsurfing, trapeze, trampoline, kayaks, beach games and other daily offerings. Beware of being the last person in the Battle of the Sexes contest at Jimmy's in the evening unless you enjoy the spotlight. Although the night social events were always enjoyable,very few people took advantage of the disco...the resort should try to do something different with this. And yes, we'll remember Kerrie Ann, Karine, Ruggierio, Eddy, Curtis, Nick and the man Vic (who managed to dislocate one of my husband's fingers in volleyball on the last day). Food- Jimmy's Buffet had a good variety of foods that appealed to everyone. It was pretty good quality except the desserts, which looked delicious but lacked taste. Everyone seemed to enjoy the endless supply of ice cream all day long. Munahana was excellent and I wish we had made multiple reservations there. The Pastafari Restaurant was also quite good. We enjoyed that the restaurants served wine from a bottle instead of a box; like at the buffet or bar. We ate from the beach grill occassionally and found it satisfactory. We definitely recommend bringing an insulated cup for drinks. The bartenders had top shelf and brand name liquor for drinks for the adults and the kids enjoyed plenty of virgin daiquiris. Rooms- Our room had some mechanical difficulties but not enough to spoil our good time or overall impression of the resort. For example, the shower handle broke off on the first day and the kleenex box fell off the wall. In all honesty we did not report these things to the management and obviously the maids didn't either. The A/C was adequate. The rooms were fairly nice with new ceramic floors, furniture and decorations. The bathrooms were in need of more renovation. Our room was in the 8000 block and had a great view of the ocean, adult pool and downtown Curacao. Unfortunately the stair and hall lighting rarely worked. If you like lot of activity, we would recommend a room closer to the main pool and restaurant area (perhaps the tower). The 8000 block would be good for those looking for a quiet area, including pool and beach.Beach- The sand in the volleyball and watersports area was very coarse (with coral and sea glass) and tough on the feet. However, further down, the sand was quite soft and clean. There were plenty of palm tree umbrellas, chairs and towels for all. The breaker wall provided calm ocean waters and no tide. Beach shoes wouldn't be a bad plan, including for playing volleyball. Willemstad- The hotel shuttle bus filled up quickly so we ventured out to take the local bus transportation that the hotel had information about. It was a quick and easy ride to town on a small mini-van type bus for $1 US dollar per person. It gave us the flexibility to come and go as we pleased and we used it on multiple occassions. There were no great bargains-these islanders are not really into bartering beyond $1-2 dollars. We walked across St. Emma's floating bridge and were lucky enough to find a local painter. We bought an acrylic painting keepsake of the bridge and the colorful downtown buildings in the background. There were other trips that people on the trip enjoyed such as the SeaAquarium, Hato caves, City tour, etc. We were always afraid we'd miss out on things happening at the resort so we did not try these. Overall we had a wonderful time and enjoyed the terrific warm weather. Forget the negative reviews-just go and have a good time. We're already planning our next trip since we've seen nothing but snow and bitter cold winds since our arrival home. Farewell to the great people we met from New Jersey, Rhode Island, Ontario, Syracuse, Lowville, Buffalo, Detroit, Indiana, Holland, Washington, and of course from Rochester, NY!
Blast at Breezes
from A TripAdvisor Member
We just got back from Breezes (Feb 12-19) The weather was great and so was Breezes.We took American Airlines from Chicago to Miami and from Miami to Curacao. Flight arrived 1/2 hour early in Miami and Curacao - it was comfortable - just eat something before you fly no meals given on the flight.When we got to Curacao we were greated by Tropical Tours Reps. (they work for Breezes) - they got us on the bus and off to the resort. It took about 20 min. from the airport to the resort. A comfortable ride. Once we got to the resort the check in went smoothly - everyone was real friendly. We booked reservations to both the Italian and Japanese restaurant right away.Rooms - Our room was nice - right off the beach - nothing fancy but nice and comfortable. Would have liked a clock and fridge in the room - but, we managed without it. The beach was nice - there were some stones which made it difficult to get in but not too bad. Water shoes are a good idea. We did listen to the other reviews and brought insulated mugs which were great!!!! I probably could have sold them to others and paid for an additional week there.The bar at the beach made great drinks - food was okay - not bad for lunch.The pool was real nice - made great use of the swim up bar. Staff was always friendly - they do not hold back on the drinks. Believe me they flow freely.Diving was decent - nothing like having a shore dive a day.Restaurants - The Italian and Japanese restaurants were very good we really enjoyed both. Jimmys Buffet was okay - standard buffet stuff needed more variety.We did go to a little restaurant next to the hotel called Surf and Turf - it basically looked like a shack from the street but, it really was good - it was outdoor seating. I believe dinner cost us $160 and that was for 6 people - 2 of which had lobster - 2 bottles of wine and lots of beer - so we thought it was a great deal. Lots of locals appear to go there.As far as stuff to do-The Sea Aquarium was okay - nothing special.We are not big on Museums but the other couples we went with said the museums in town were great.We took a sunset cruise (booked through the reservation desk) it was nice - lots of fun.We did go into town ($1 bus ride each way - catch it right across the street - comes every few minutes) I did buy a Lladro at Little Switzerland - cheap t-shirts 3 for $10 can be found just about anywhere. Didn't find much as far as jewlery & believe me I looked. Not as much shopping as there is on the other islands. I thought the downtown area was okay - I guess I expected more. Floating bridge was neat.Nightly entertainment at the resort was okay - talent shows etc were funny. We did gamble in the Casino - if you are a big gambler it is not the place for you but, if your learning or just want to kill some time it is not to bad. We came out a few hundred dollars ahead. Make sure you count your cards at the blackjack tables - dealers aren't to good at adding up cards.I did visit the Black Coral Art Gallery - on the resort - off the beach. They had real nice stuff bought earrings, bracelet and necklace there. The owner actually dives for the coral himself. Be advised that they do sell black coral in town but, it is imported. The shop on the resort is the only one with genuine Caribean black coral. Real nice place to visit and get gifts.My husband and I also had messages on the beach - very nice - spa staff was very good.All in all Breezes was fun - tons of activities to participate in if you want to but, if you just want to relax no one bugs you. The resort was clean - staff was friendly - drinks were great and food was good. Always something to do. We didn't travel with kids but, it appeared that the kids were always kept busy - lots of activities for them. If you are looking for a vary fancy place this isn't it. But, if you are looking to have a lot of fun, a nice place with friendly staff it is definately a place to go to.Extra Kudos to Breezes for going the extra mile - on Valentines all woman received a rose at diner - we also received a heart mug filled with candy at the casino that evening. I thought that was a nice touch.
from A TripAdvisor Member
Reading some bad reviews got our group a little nervous, your best bet is to go with an open mind & you will fall in love with the perfect days, perfect sunsets & great island life. The Breezes Hotel overall was great. A little unorganized at first but very pleasant throughout. (my advice, stay in the Oceanfront rooms in the "Plover Building" upstairs. Best rooms in the Hotel in my opinion. Most employees were sincere & fun. We would go back!!!
Fun at Breezes
from A TripAdvisor Member
February 1. 2003 Well, I am home from beautiful Curacao and would definitely recommend it as a destination for anyone looking for a beautiful Caribbean destination. This all inclusive resort (Breezes) was just the size we like, we had wonderful meals, our (standard) room was well situated and of course both the weather and the people - both travellers and inhabitants - were great! In fact, we believe that the standard rooms there were much nicer than the higher priced ones! It was a perfect place to to lounge on the warm beach with a book and friends as the weather was hot and sunny (30+) but the constant tradewinds kept it cool. From the beach I could see the dolphins playing and the sailboats racing as well as the large ships coming in and out of the port. My husband saw whales one day but I missed that! No insects to speak of, lots of colourful birds and although I didn't see any at the resort, there are iguanas running around all over the island as it is a desert-like environment. The only palms were planted although olive trees seemed to be more abundant. Cactus everywhere and aloe in every yard. Goats and dogs run free away from the downtown area but didn't seem to be aggressive. We took a bus tour of the city and we also rented a car and drove around the island which was also quite interesting. We visited an old plantation and colonial house but by no means saw all that there was to see there. We should have booked for 2 weeks and will when we get the chance to go back there again. The Ministry of Tourism gave everyone a promotional video of the island as well as other promotional materials when we got off of the plane. We didn't look at the video until we got home and were pleasantly surprised by the quality and the length. It of course talks about the resorts but it gives you a great overview of some of the other places there and we saw more of the other 2 resorts that we contemplated before we chose Breezes. It also gives a very nice historical and scenic tour of many of the points of interest - some of which we were able to visit. It was also the most efficient debarking that I have ever experienced. Once we passed through the customs, which consisted of having our passport stamped and getting our tourist cards, the resort rep was right there. They gave us tags for our luggage which then disappeared onto a truck and were then waiting in our room when we arrived. They put the resort wristbands on just before we boarded the bus for the 10 minute trip to the resort and we picked up our room key as soon as we got off the bus. We then booked our evening meal in the Japanese restaurant and went to our room. The whole procedure from airport to room took about 40 minutes!!! Diving with Ocean Encounters was a disappointment. They could not seem to make decisions about dive sites until they left the dock area. Despite requests for additional weight many divers were underweighted and had difficulty with the descent. We took our own equipment so can not comment on the resort equipment. Another guest spent a great deal of time, effort and money trying to get Ocean Encounters Staff to accept his referral to complete his Open Water certification. At the end of our week there, it was still not resolved. Some of the problem did stem from his home dive shop but OE seemed to nitpick and backtrack on what they were prepared to accept. By the time we left he had redone the pool work, had 3 shore dives with their DM and an emailed second referral which they still would not accept despite having seen his signed dive log. There are many other beautiful spots to dive and other dive shops to deal with. Lots of opportunity for shore diving as well. The meals were great and we had quite a lot of things to choose from. The fresh fruits and vegetables were quite a treat after eating imported products at home. I was pleasantly surprised by the menus at both the Italian and Japanese restaurants as the food was very authentic. At other places we have stayed we find that these kinds of meals tended to be "interpretive" as opposed to authentic. In the Japanese restaurant I would have been quite satisfied to have had Miso soup, salad and sushi for the entire meal but there were also noodles and a variety of meat and seafood. The Italian restaurant works from a menu which changed every couple of days - everything we had was excellent. We did not have any difficulty in getting reservations at either and we were able to eat there as often as we wanted. The snack bars on the beach had the usual hotdog, hamburger type foods and although we did not eat there, people who did appeared to enjoy their food. Buses and shuttles were available to take into the historic areas and were quite easy to get. We went into Punda for a morning to look around. If you go for the history and the hustle and bustle it is worth the visit. If you are going for shopping be aware that this is a cruise ship port and everything is very expensive as well as brought in from somewhere else. Souvenir shop elsewhere for island made items ... and good luck finding them as we came home with very little. If you like the Curacao liquour, it is a good price. We brought some of it home for family gifts and it was more of a hit than tshirts would have been especially as we had the history of the making of it to tell them. I would not recommend Jannchies which is a highly promoted restaurant in Westpunt. It was an interesting experience but we paid way too much for an overpriced and overcooked meal. The food was FAR better at the resort. Go for a beer and the atmosphere. I am sure that there are much better alternatives to choose from if you are looking for an 'authentic' island meal. Breezes seemed to be an excellent value for the money. It was very clean, the rooms were bright and kept clean, the beaches were well groomed, the staff were very pleasant and interested in speaking with visitors about their island and living there. The were a lot of activities there to choose from. Plenty of beach lounges and as many beach towels as you needed/wanted and they didn't seem to run out of them as we had expereienced other places. The management was highly visable, friendly and appeared anxious to ensure you were enjoying yourself. Although we are not casino folk, we did go in to spend our $10 and look around. It also was quite nice and seemed to be similar to what I have seen in Niagara Falls and Rama although on a much, much, much smaller scale. I can only comment on how it looked as we are not into gambling although the five cent slots were fun. The child care area was very well planned and again while we didn't have children there, we were situated where we could observe what was happening. I was impressed with the program and supervision for the kids and the kids seemed to be having fun there as well. Good ratio of child care to children and a good mix of mature staff with younger staff to care for them. One note of caution - during school breaks, there may be more children at this resort than those who do not have children may care for. Everything on the resort was within walking distance - no little trains or hiking shoes were needed! Well - 4 weeks until we leave again for Cozumel. It will be a wonderful trip but quite different from Breezes I am sure. I will be happy to get away again from this drab, cold weather in Toronto ... I miss my palm tree and beach lounge!
Great Family Trip To Breezes Curacao
from A TripAdvisor Member
Just wanted to let everyone know that my family and I a trip to Breezes Curacao and had a really great time. We were skeptical after reading some of the reviews here, but it ended up being our best vacation ever. My wife and I went with our 2 kids, ages 1 & 4, my wife's parents and her brother. There is lots of stuff to do for adults and kids of all ages. Beautiful beach, 4 pools (1 covered for those who like to stay out of the sun), snorkeling, scuba, Hobie Cat, paddleboats, rock climbing wall, trapeze, trampoline, large casino, kids club, and lots more. And, oh yeah, 24-hour food & drinks, including all premium brand liquors. The food was good, though the Italian & Japanese restaurants were better than the buffet. The buffet had good salads & cheeses, steaks, pasta station, and a variety of hot dishes, but the desserts at the buffet weren't very good. The resort is very open and easy to get around. It is a comfortable, beachy atmosphere. It is not the Ritz-Carlton, but the staff are friendly and willing to help with anything you need. Relax and have fun! We talked to another family who booked their vacation through ... and got 7 nights w/air from Atlanta for 4 for $2800. Tips for anyone going to a Breezes Curacao: * Bring large insulated cups for your drinks. This will save a lot of trips to the bar, and they have no problem filling them up for you.* The coral near the water's edge can be sharp. Bring water shoes for the kids and for tender-footed adults.* Make reservations for the restaurants immediately after you check in. If they only allow you one night per restaurant, check back frequently for more openings.* Ask your travel agent if your ticket includes the $20 pp departure tax. If not, it is due at the airport in cash when you leave the island. Our flights were all delayed, and airport security and customs was a chore, but the resort made it all worth it. Hope you have as great a time as we did!
Great Trip and Hotel
from A TripAdvisor Member
We arived on Sat. 1/18/03 at Hato airport. moved quickly through customs. greeted by Apple rep and taken in air conditioned bus toBreezes Hotel, check in was fast. got ocean view room in Pelican area (1700's) in front of lovely sandy beach with small island. There were pools and a luncheon snack bar outside our door. We were on ground level. Ocean was 80 degrees. Weather was around 90. The pools in main area were nice and clean. The entertainment was good 2 nights (dancers/circus show. The bands were great during dinner. Food was excellent. There was some fried, but much broiled and fresh. Large assortment of food, including fresh fruits and vegetables. Everything you can imagine. I eat low fat and low salt. At least 5-6 different meats, most nights you could have grilled fish or steak and always spagetti and sauce made just for you. Manhuana Restaurantwas different. We had not had Sushi before. The chef cooked around us, beef, chicken, and shrimp, plus a noodle dish. We had soup and sushi before the chef cooked. Pastafari was authentic Italian food, the chef was Italian. Very nice! You need reservations for the two restaurants.We did the scuba diving course. Very thorough, went down 35-40 feet from shore. You could scuba dive every day for no charge. We also took the Bounty snorkle trip. Wonderful, large displays of coral and many fish. Home cooked lunch included.We rented an open top jeep and toured town and island. The town was the most beautiful and prosperous we had seen. Lots of shopping, open markets. We have been to 7 Carribean islands. Went to Hato Cave (very nice/large) and otherdave to the north.From Westpunt, we headed south to see beautiful beaches some for snorkeling.Activities on beach were no waiting; staff would take you out on sailboat whenever you wanted (great!)We used the kayaks every day. I swung from the trapeze (fun!)There were no locals hanging around the complex. The casino was the largest on the island and nice. The manager reads these review; I asked him at the mgrs. party. We also read the reviews before we went and found negative remarks were not true. We had a problem with our tv and they came immediately and fixed it. They now use regular glasses for drinks instead of throw aways. We thought it was a great trip and felt we did most everything.
a super honeymoon
from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I stayed at Breezes last October 2002 for our honeymoon.
We just loved it. People there are very nice; from the housecleaner to the manegment. The staff really cares for the guests.
The food is great, the activities are also fantastic and lots of fun.
The beach is .... (speechless)!!!!
And we are deciding to go there again to renew our wedding vows...
JUST LOVED IT
from A TripAdvisor Member
Two weeks before we were suppose to fly out for our honeymoon we discovered the reviews for Curacao. Needless to say we were nervous about some of the issues, but decided to go anyway. We are so lucky we did. The resort was fabulous. Our oceanfront room was spectacular with several pools and a bar at our disposal (pelican wing). The food was far better than expected. The buffet had great variety as well as the restaurants. By far the Japanese restaurant was the best. We found the resort to be clean and well maintained. The staff was always more than accomodating. Granted they might not have spoken English very well, but they always found a way to take care of your needs. The plastic cups were an issue...but instead of being part of the problem, we tried to part of the solution. We brought our own reusable travel mugs. Also, we talked to people that had rooms close to the disco and they did not have any issues regarding the noise level. The beach was gorgeous and the water was so warm. We snorkeled everyday and always saw something new. We did go to the Sea Acquarium for an afternoon. It was a great deal...$13. It was fun to see the great variety of marine animals that inhabit the area. The dolphin show was great with beautiful view of the ocean in the background. We were never confronted with locals on our beach like at other islands we have visisted. Security did a good job of making the place safe and isolated. In conclusion, if you are looking for a completely relaxing wonderful vacation I would recommend Breezes Curacao. (note there are children allowed)
Breezes Curacao - Pretty Good Trip
February/March 2002 - After what seemed like an endless day of traveling, my boyfriend and I arrived at Breezes (me without any luggage) and were cheerfully greeted by a wonderful staff with trays of tropical drinks! After a long day of flying and the airline loosing my luggage, that's exactly what I needed. I would like to say that the staff here was extremely helpful and truly added to our vacation experience. I didn't receive my luggage until the following evening and members of the staff went as far as offering me their clothing in the meantime - nice gesture, but I declined. Thankfully, I at least had a bathing suit with me. The social director, Nick, was fabulous! He would often sit down and eat with us and was made our vacation 10 times better - he really got the crowd going! My boyfriend thoroughly enjoyed the heated volleyball games Nick pulled together. Our room was very nice with a great balcony and view of the ocean. The food was okay in quality, although there was an abundance of it. Don't let anyone tell you that you can only eat at the a la carte restaurants once because we only ate dinner at those - make reservations as soon as you arrive! Drinks were good, but you often had to tell the bartenders what was in the drink you wanted them to make. The best party was the happy hour manager's party where you meet the staff! Nightlife wasn't too exciting, but there was always something going on. The beach was good, although entering the water sometimes seemed to be a bit painful - lots of rocks at the shoreline. Watersports were great - going on the hobie was awesome! It may seem like I have a lot of complaints, but overall, I did enjoy the trip. I attribute many of these to the fact that we were there only 2 months after they opened and it does take time to pull everything together. They did find the best staff! My biggest problem was the fact that the shuttle that takes you to the airport arrived late to pick us up and security would not let us on our flight! We were
tego Bay and fly back to NJ much later than expected. The airport employees were quite rude! All in all - Curacao was an island quite different than most we've been to. Make sure you go downtown - it's almost as if you're looking at a page in a storybook. The best part - not one single drop of rain the entire week!
Top Local Tips for Curacao
Getting to Williamstad
Just hop on the Bus vans - they are safe and only cost $1.00 each way
Health Hazzards at Breezes - raw sewage contaminated water supply
Don't stay at Breezes - they don't care about their guests safety
Shopping and Nitelife vs relaxation
This is a small and quiet city. If you are looking for lots of shopping or wild nightlife to break up time scuba diving or sunbathing, this might not be the place for you. If you are looking to be with family and freinds for a completely 'easy' getaway (no complicated logistics on transportation or what to do), this is the perfect island.