I remember Gert mentioning during my birthday dinner in March 2010 that Curaçao was one of the few places on Earth he’d really want to visit some day. I just looked at him and said “Then let’s go”. He looked at me very confused, as he didn’t seem sure whether I was joking or not. I said “Seriously, let’s go. There’s no point putting this on the list of things you’d maybe do one day, because most people say those things and then they never do it and end up with regrets when they’re older. Or maybe they end up dying prematurely and then never get to do it.” Yeah, I’m morbid and straight to the point like that. He laughed and was like “okay!”. So we booked our tickets a few weeks later.
We ended up absolutely LOVING this trip and we often mention going back. We stayed at the all-inclusive Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino. The whole vibe there was soooo relaxed. Honestly, I’ve never had such a relaxing vacation in my entire life. Although Aruba came close; but I’ll write about that later.
Curaçao is a super cozy little island with a constant sunny weather and a nice 30°C all year round. Do they even have a weather forecast? I remember the hotel channel always showing a little sun and the same temperature every single day. It’s located outside the hurricane belt, so it’s a fairly safe choice at any time of the year.
Most of our week consisted of: lounging around at the hotel’s private beach, the pool, the jacuzzi, our balcony … it sounds super boring, but I promise it’s not lol It was just heavenly! We did rent a car at one point and toured the island by ourselves for a day, and visited a few touristic highlights as well as the capital city of Willemstad (which is more like a pretty laid back town). There’s no denying the island used to be a Dutch colony, as the Dutch influence is VERY visible.
We loved the fact that it’s not overcrowded nor flooded by tourists. Although I can only speak for the month of April, which is when we were there. Maybe the Summer months are more hectic. The hotel itself was also very quiet and we often had one of the pools and jacuzzis just for ourselves. The best part about staying at a Marriott Resort is the food! ❤️ Breakfast buffet was to die for and so was dinner every night.
Anyway, if you ever get a chance to visit Curaçao: please do! I highly recommend it!