CURAÇAO MARRIOTT BEACH RESORT, IS WORTH A LONG VISIT, and a two-day column

The last time we visited the Curacao Marriott Beach Resort was for the South Sea Jazz Festival in 2014. We had a good time, but noticed our favorite hotel is in need of some TLC. The following year, uncertainties plagued the festival and jinxed our trip, and then the resort closed for complete renovations. Or at least that’s how I remember it.

I flew across the pond on other occasions after that, but promised myself that as soon as the resort opens post-facelift, I will be there to kick its tires, see how much I like it.

I liked it. A lot.

They spend $37 million dollars, and it shows, added a full floor of guest rooms, and most importantly opened the hotel up further, to allow more of the fantastic view to invade the space from every angle.

We flew over on a terribly expensive airline ticket, more about that later, and were met at the airport by Sr. Sales Manager Sergino Croes, and Executive Assistant to the GM Lourdes Geerman, Aruba’s ambassadors, working at the hotel in top positions, recruited here, to go there, by Aimbridge Hospitality, the resort’s management company.

There are five or six Aruban’s working for the property, Director of Revenue, Kenrick Croes, Nick Martina and Kurt Mendes, both managers in the Food & Beverage department, and I guess they show everyone how it’s done.

I can’t help it. I’m going to take the credit. The Curacao Marriott Beach Resort employs some of the most engaged and engaging associates, friendly, educated story-tellers who take the time to connect with guests and forge personal relationships and I suspect Aruba gets the credit for that.

Curacao is catching up on that famous Zjeito. As guests, we were treated with great difference and courtesy everywhere – and they don’t really know us. We were just ordinary people, made to feel really good about ourselves and about our new connections, General Manager Craig Martin, and our old friends, Hotel Manager Jaime Osma, and Gersmeline Capella Leito from the Reef Club, a genuine pearl

Rob smith happened to be at the resort, he flew in for two days, for a meeting and the staff Christmas party. We fondly bonded in the lobby.

Rob joined Ambridge Hospitality when he left Aruba, and helped grow that company over the past years as Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President Operations, with an increasing-in-size resort portfolio, and an army of vice-presidents reporting to him.

The company, he explains runs more than 1,400 branded and independent properties in 49 states and 20 countries, and it is his personal ambition to be one day affiliated again with one dushi island. He wouldn’t say which property, but he is actively engaged in the search, he said.

During renovations, the resort’s piece de resistance main swimming pool was made even larger with comfortable and inviting submerged sitting benches, great lounge chairs on the deck, and plenty of shade umbrellas. The resort’s new zero entry, infinity edge lap pool, on the north side of a property is a real beauty, overlooking the lovely, white sandy beach, with an adult-only designation. We played in the water at sunset. Truly memorable, quiet, and serene.

The rooms: 328 cool guestrooms. We slept well on very comfy beds. They are clean and contemporary in shades of blue, turquoise, white and natural wood, with large doors, leading to waterfront terraces. Large spa inspired bathrooms, with good hair dryers, and great makeup mirrors, definitely enhance the female guest experience in that hotel.

Bring your own lotions: We spend Naf 61.95 on Banana Boat sunscreen and Naf 44.95 on some spray at the Britt store….

The Emerald Casino is no more. Instead the resort will cater to meetings and conventions with large functional outdoor and indoor meeting spaces, including the Royal Ballroom for events up to 375 attendees, and the Queens Ballroom, besides tropical gardens, and a dedicated beach wedding area.

The all-new Curacao Marriott Beach Resort is located at John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Piscadera Bay, 10 minutes from historic Willemstad, the island’s hub of dining, shopping, and entertainment and just 15 minutes from Hato International Airport.  For more information, visit https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/curpb-curacao-marriott-beach-resort/

 

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December 20, 2019
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