with spacious living room, lovely terraces, 3 bedrooms with ensuite 3 bathrooms
- english, german, dutch
About Simone Roodselaar
We like to have direct contact with our guests, to help them to have a great holiday. We are George and Simone Roodselaar, live in the Netherlands and have 2 grown up children. We run a signing and interior company: Artop. www.artop.nl. Other than that, George designs the coolest children’s furniture www.sjors.rocks and I make abstract paintings, that also beautifully decorate Riccavita. www.siemart.com
Simone Roodselaar purchased this Villa in 2017
Why Simone Roodselaar chose Jan Thiel
After visiting Curacao several times, we decided to build a villa here. We love Curacao for its relaxed atmosphere, the friendly people and the beautiful beaches and nature. Building is another thing we love. Having our own interior company gave us the opportunity to create something beautiful once again. Artop took care of the entire design as well as the execution of Riccavita’s interior, we produced it all in the Netherlands before shipping it to Curacao. We have stayed at many holiday accommodations ourselves, with both positive and not so positive experiences. We used these experiences while designing Riccavita to allow our guests to have a wonderful holiday. We took as much care as possible in all the little details and provided the most luxurious options and products. We wanted to create a space that actually has nothing to improve, with an atmosphere that you will always remember, and that brings you memories, you will blissfully share with your friends and family.
What makes this Villa unique
The stunning view from the villa, on the quarataine hospital, the fort, the caracasbay and directors bay. It's not a coincident that the sight seeing touring bus stops a few times a day. Built on the wind so you can enjoy the sea breeze, sitting on the porch. The swimming pool and outside shower will keep you cool. Jan Thiel beach is on walking distance and there is also a supermarket.
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Beautiful Stay at Riccavita!
Our stay at Riccavita was fantastic - if you're looking for a new, modern house with a great layout and surroundings, then this is your spot. It's perched on a nice windy cliff so you really never need A/C! We stayed downstairs in the Garden Villa which we actually preferred with the backyard layout and additional square footage. We did hear our upstairs neighbors from time to time; music etc but it wasn't a huge issue for us. Our communication with Simone and the house managers were fantastic - we also really enjoyed having a car ready for us at the house so we didn't have to deal with it at the airport. You absolutely need a car to tour the island and fantastic beaches up north. The neighborhood is great, easy walking to Jan Thiel and local restaurants along with the supermarket which we loved - it had everything at a decent price. A few notes - for a week stay it would have been really nice to have an interim cleaning built into the cost. Also we were only provided with one roll of toilet paper for each room and 2 garbage bags for our 8 day stay - a bit slim for a house this size. Also some more bath amenities/local toiletries would have been a nice added touch. Thank you Simone - we really enjoyed and hope to be back to Curacao very soon! xo
Thank you Dan, for your kind review.
I am happy to hear that you had a great time. We will take care for extra toilet paper and garbage bags in the future.
About the cleaning, that really depends on our guests, some people don't find it necessary even after a week, and some people prefer more. That's why we offer the option for extra cleaning if you like.
Please spread the worth, and we really like to see you again.
Perhaps our best vacation rental ever!
We prefer to rent houses and villas when we travel and we've done it several times. This villa in Jan Thiel beach is every bit as advertised - and even better! It's a spacious, open, airy villa with both indoor and outdoor living rooms, a well-furnished kitchen, its own pool, deck and outdoor eating area and three great bedrooms (especially the master suite). Simone's artwork is displayed throughout - lovely! The night breezes allowed us to sleep with the windows open and enjoy the evening air. We cooked dinner on the outdoor grill twice during our stay. This villa had the most elegant wine glasses of any house we have ever rented. The gym and spinning studio was nearby and we spent time at Jan Thiel and Mambo beaches most days. This was our first trip to Curacao; Simone and her onsite agent Luisa helped make it a wonderful trip for our family. We'll be back.
Thank you for your review of our villa. I am glad to hear that real time for you was even better than the pictures you saw. That's what i hear all the time, but in my opinion it's better than the other way around. So wonderful you had such a great time and of course we will be very glad to see you again. There are a lot of things to do and to visit at Curacao for your next stay.
We spent 2 wonderful weeks at this exquisite property. What a luxurious treat to stay in such a beautiful home. Spacious, clean and decorated tastefully to the finest details. There were many days that we spent the day lounging in the beautiful garden at the pool, barbecuing for an al fresco meal.
Such a personal welcome from Luisa the manager who explained everything to us to make us feel comfortable along with a chilled bottle of white wine waiting in the fridge upon arrival.
The location of this home is ideal with Jan Thiel beach within walking distance, grocery store within walking distance along with many lovely restaurants and cafes. The neighborhood is the most beautiful on the island, safe and offering spectacular views. We called it the “Beverly Hills” of Curacao.
There is also the best snorkelling spot on the island about 5 minutes away.
The owners George and Simone sincerely want you to experience the most comfortable holiday to the very last detail. Comfortable beds, fine linens, top quality appliances in a kitchen that has everything you need to prepare a gourmet meal. We especially enjoyed the spacious shower, while the shutters are open, allows you to feel like you are showering outside. Every aspect of this home is sheer modern luxury.
We had no need for air conditioning offered in the bedrooms because of the beautiful refreshing ocean breeze. This home allows you to enjoy fresh air no matter where you chose to sit.
We thoroughly enjoyed the salt water pool which was sparkling clean and refreshing.
You can’t help but feel like a celebrity staying here especially when the tourist bus comes by and they mention “Riccavita” and the passengers want to take photos of this outstanding home.
I had to hurry up and book for next year before my friends scoop up this gem.
Thank you very much, i liked it you compared Riccavita with Beverly Hills. That’s a great compliment. Great to see you next year!
We stayed at Riccavita for 2 weeks during Christmas and New Years and rented both the up and the downstairs. We had 10 family members and was a great space. Was lovely to have 2 kitchens. Kitchen and living areas were great with all the amenities. Villa was in a very good area close to beaches, golf and groceries.
The vehicle that came with the unit was a good size for 5 people comfortably. Pool areas were very nice but would have benefitted with a ladder or steps for easier access.
Beds were singles with separate sheets and could have been more comfortable if a single sheet and cover could have been used.
Would definitely go back!!!! Luisa was great and did a grocery shop for us before we arrived as our flight came in the evening.
Thank you Paul for your nice words. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay. About the sheets: Most people like seperated sheets that’s why we have them. Next time please ask for it so we can arrange it for you. looking forward to have you back in our villa.
Absolutly fabulous stay at Riccavita
We had a fantastic holiday enjoying all the luxury the villa offers. It has everything you could possibly want. Would definately go back To stay at Riccavita. The best villa in Curaçao. We Highly reccomend it to anyone looking for a luxury place to stay in jan thiel.
Great House & Facilities, Love Curacao. Not best location for Divers
House & neighborhood was great; decorated and equipped very nicely! Lower level of house didn't offer much of a ocean view, but we didn't spend a lot of time there. Cliffs across the street were cool. We went to Curacao for the diving; Other than Jan Thiel/Papagya Beach, the other fantastic beaches and dive sites are on the other side of the city & island. Typically a 30-60 minute drive to the beaches and dive sites on the other side of the city. We did the ride everyday.
Traffic coming back to the house from the other side was unbearable between 4:30pm and 7:30 at Jenwe. Killed a good days buzz sitting in traffic. The nice house on arrival took the edge off though.
Couple of things I must of overlooked when booking with VRBO for the house was rate was not in US Dollars, (Euro's ?) which you didn't know until checkout, and house had a limit on electricity which I didn't see defined anywhere; We used bare bones AC and ended up having $90US deducted from the front end CC charge of $600. Not a huge deal.
Simone was very responsive to our questions before and after the trip, the house was great, but not sure it hit our mark for accesibility to the best dive sites and beaches that are towards the west end.
Good to hear that you had a wonderful time. It is true that most dive spots are at the west end of the island. And if you love to dive i can imagine you would be more around these places. Though the tugboat is also a very nice spot for diving, and this one is really near. I hope you saw that. For other adventures our area is good situated, for instance for sint joris baai for kite surfing and surfing, the aloe vera plantage, Serena's art factory and also Willemstad. And of course all the restaurants and nice beach clubs at jan thiel beach
Jan Thiel is one of the most beautiful areas of Curacao. It lies in the southeast of the island about 22 km from the airport. Jan Thiel is a bay and therefore has a very nice beach. The location is ideal for diving, snorkeling and of course relaxing. Also sailing, surfing and kayaking are excellent.
The area of Jan Thiel is well maintained with a good infrastructure. In the neighborhood there is the Caracas Bay and several other bays including the Spanish Water and a marina. The remaining fort Beekenburg (1703) and Quarantine building (built in 1883) represent the history.
The area is also gelieft with joggers and cyclists who, especially at night, with many a bit of jogging or cycling. This may be fine on the quiet road. At the Jan Thiel Beach, several restaurants and bars and sunbeds are rented on the beach. There is also a pool on the beach. Just past the Zanzibar is also a dive center located where diving courses can be followed.
Jan Thiel has a nature herein old salt pans and flamingos present. The nature reserve is also very suitable for running or mountain biking. Also, buggies and quads are hired for an adventurous ride around.