"Ahhh, Bonaire and the oceanfront villa, a perfect combination for a perfect vacation. Our first trip to Bonaire; we usually do just one warm weather beach vacation every year or so, mixed with US/Canada mountain and cold sea trips and a few (very lucky for us) European vacations. We did get addicted to St John USVI and Kauai and had several trips to each and have also visited Costa Rica, Fiji, the Caymans, the other Hawaiian islands and New Zealand. All are wonderful and I would return anytime, but have to admit Bonaire has moved to the top of our warm weather beach spots. Easy travel, laid back environment, the weather, non-fussy but tasty and relatively non-expensive food all make for our type of vacation. Not to mention the snorkeling, WOW, for landlocked dwellers like us it was a water wonderland, fishes and coral galore. But enough of that, this is a review of the villa, suffice it to say if you want a laid back, remote feeling, Gilligan’s island type fantasy vacation, check out Bonaire.
Now back to the Villa (and I wish I was back to the Villa now), that was the icing on our fantasy vacation cake. So comfortable and clean, the house is even nicer than the pictures show. But being right by the ocean with steps down to amazing snorkeling outside your door all will blow the top off of the vacation experience scale. I read all the reviews of the villa before booking and to be honest, knew it would be OK, but was skeptical that it would be THAT good, but believe me it is that good. Location seems perfect to me, close to restaurants and grocery but not in the middle of things (although when we were there, there were not any real crowds anywhere…bliss!). I had a few concerns at first since I noted the house was in a development with houses right next to each other—so for others who might be concerned about privacy, want to let you know once you get in the house, all is private, the screening and landscaping between houses is very good. I never worried about “flashing” anyone when I came back and rinsed off in the shower outside after snorkeling below. And as every reviewer has noted, the snorkeling (we are not divers) right off the house is wonderful. First vacation I have ever been able to snorkel every day with so little effort.
We did go to Klein Bonaire on the Sea Cow (see my review on Tripadvisor, it is another wonderful value) and did the mangrove snorkel tour (also highly recommended)."
Guest: Debra R.
Date of Stay: April 2015
Review Submitted: April 28, 2015