"The pictures don’t do it justice. It is more beautiful than a screen can capture – the outdoor areas lush with flora and fauna. A true paradise where infinity pool meets ocean, palm trees tango with a spectrum of flowers, and numerous sitting areas (from oceanfront to the back of the house) allow you to soak it all in.
The estate itself is about 15-20 minutes by foot to downtown Willemstad or a 5-minute walk to a handful of restaurants and boutique hotels. We dined at Scuba Lounge (breakfast), Saint Tropez Ocean Club (dinner) and Serafina (30th birthday dinner) – all worth checking out. These are some of the closest options to the house/property.
The A/C in the rooms was ice cold, the bathrooms stocked with shampoos/soaps, towels provided in the pool house and rooms, and many little bits and bops already in place (vs. other rentals I’ve stayed at where you have to provide everything.) The pool was always cool. The provided cell phone was a big plus. Richard and his wife Marilyn are gracious hosts – it was a pleasure meeting them both!
We had a lot of issues with WiFi connectivity, which normally wouldn’t be an issue whilst on vacation, but two people in our party were working (very) remotely, and in order to get any sort of connection, had to sit next to the router (which in the main house, is located in one of the bathrooms, next to the tub.) Even after disconnecting and reconnecting the power cords (and speaking to Otis about the issues), the connection never improved.
It’s my understanding the house is tidied up and taken care of when guests are away, but we weren’t always away (it’s so serene) therefore toward the end of our stay, some rooms were not refreshed, dishes weren’t put away, outside area not swept up and bugs not sprayed for. The latter became evident as days 4 and 5 of our stay, more cockroaches/various buglife started appearing. Again, I know we are in the tropics and bugs are expected, however, the level of which they materialized grew exponentially as the week went on, suggesting they were not sprayed for daily. All of this could have simply been miscommunication. These things can be improved upon, however.
I would definitely recommend staying here! Under construction just a few doors down is a new Hard Rock Hotel – I’m sure this area will only improve more!"
Guest: Lindsey A.
Date of Stay: October 2015
Review Submitted: November 4, 2015