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Superclub Breezes, Curacao
Here goes: Curacao was lovely! The weather was PERFECT every day! Nice and breezy at Breezes resort. Kind of coincidentally corny, nonetheless true. The flight on Skyservice was great. It was a direct flight with no problems and was on time. Only problem the video was not working so there was no movie - both ways as it was the same plane. LUGGAGE AT RESORT: If you arrive on a large charter like I did, the service though from bell boys to the rooms was quite slow so if you have luggage on rollers, once they unload the luggage from the van, take it yourself to the rooms.. my mom and I waited about 1 hour before we just took our own. But it is in the reception area where you arrive with the champagne and punch that you make the restaurant reservations so once you have your room key and you are checked in - immediately at the desk that looks like excursions, book your reservations for the restaurants then and there for the week. Try to book for the beginning of the week if you can otherwise if you like one or both you will not be able to make another reservation. ROOMS: The room was very clean, HUGE room and A/C was nice and strong. We were in the TOWER BUILDING. The bathrooms look like they can use a renovation (new tubs and sinks would make it that much nicer) you can tell it is an older resort in that way. But the shower was stronger than mine at home. No problems whatsoever with hot water. TV has full cable satelitte with ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Superstation movie network. - awesome. especially with the news that broke when we were there. The only comment I would have would be they need "do not disturb" signs on the doors as promptly at 9:00am the housekeeping comes knocking on the doors and just opening if you do not scream to them you are sleeping. Minor minor thing!! Trust me, we loved our room. FOOD: Three restaurants. The Jimmy's buffet has something for everyone. I had steak every day! I preferred the steak to the chicken and there was little seafood which was surprising. The lastt spicy dish which was very good (Friday night). The Italian restaurant was ok.. nothing great but I liked the Japanese much much better. it starts with sushi and tempura and then you move to the grill where they make noodles and veggies, steak, chicken, fish and shrimps DELICIOUS I wish I had made another reservation there. The beach bar which served wings, popcorn,hamburgers, nuggets, fries.. which was good for a 5:00 snack time.DRINKS: drinks were in abundance.. and the bartenders were not shy in using the top shelf alcohol. I loved NORMA who was great and the insulated mugs was a great idea especially to keep drinks cold longer and did not blow away or blow over if on the ground. So if you have them - bring them. Try the Hummingbird Drink, Hurricane, Banana Daiquiri.. Delicious!! ACTIVITIES: Trapeze. try it.. its loads of fun., Where else will you be able to do this. Every day except Sat and Monday Ruggerio the instructor is very nice and they are great at teaching. Rock wall, Scuba diving I think is included .. one tank a day.. there is snokling, hobbiecats, kayaks, all kinds of activites by the pool.. salsa lessons, mambo lessons, reggea lessons. pictionary, staff vs guests.BEACH: If I had one disappointment, it would be the beach. It is not a nice beach at the resort. The Sand is too coarse to walk on, hard to get into the ocean without shoes as there is shells and glass. So I stuck to the pool and jacuzzi. This was awesome. (I am just used to soft powdery white sand like in Turks and Caicos, Grenada and other caribbean islands - But its a tradeoff for GUARANTEED weather. ) But you can rent a car and drive to another beach more north that is apparently really nice. But we decided the pool was fine. STAFF: Excellent, excellent excellent and tried hard to get guests involved but not to the pushy side at all. Very friendly. Kari-ann, Eddy, Nick, Malia (?) Kudos to the kitchen staff Ellie and Alex were very nice and smily.DISCO: I never went so I cannot comment. CASINO: Nickle machines were fun. A lot of th I didn't really spend a lot of time there. Usually about an hour or so right after the night time show. CITY: I went into the city 2 times.. If you go into the city go in the AM as at about 11:00am it gets too hot!!!! there is a shuttle into the city every morning (except Sunday) at 9:00am and returns at 12:30pm and one in the PM but no idea the times there might be 2:30 and 5:00 return I can't recall.. There is nothing to really buy outside 3 t-shirts for $10.00, keychains and magnets as souvernirs for friends. Although if you are looking for brand name watches and jewellery there are a number of places such as Little Switzerland and some Freeport Duty Free (? name) There are some duty free shops that sell Tag Huers, Rolex, Cartier, Baume Mercier watches. If you like the replica bags of Louis Vuitton.. they are all over the place there on the main street.. not badly priced at all either..($20-$50us) You'd think you were on Canal Street in NYC. Not much bargaining down there. Maybe 3 tshirts for $15 you can get them down to 3 for $12.00 with no tax. There is a 5% tax on stuff but funny thing is that you never get a bill.. wonder where that 5% goes?! hee hee We went to see the Oldest Synagogue in the western hemisphere which happens to be in Curacao.. built in the 1700's. We went to the distillery which was a quick tour and bought some Curacao. (FYI: the liquor was cheaper at the airport ) Loved the floating bridge.. very cool. One minute there and then one minute gone. Took the ferry one way across and that was cool. WE had a great time and recommend it to others. The managers are visible in the resort all the time. Richard Bourke is the general manager there and he was extremely nice and helpful!! Thank you Richard for helping me surprise my mother for her birthday with the cake and champagne at dinner!!If you have any questions, please feel free to write me and I will gladly respond.Enjoy your stay if you go to SURPERCLUB BREEZES, CURACAO!Staci
A great vacation
We recently spent a fantastic week at Breezes Curacao. We were greeted at the airport by a Breezes rep and were taken to the resort on an air conditioned bus. Check-in was very fast and efficient. We were given room #8202, which has both a view of the quiet pool as well as an ocean view. The room had 2 double beds, a small table with 2 chairs and a love seat. Closet space was adequate, although there were only a few clothes hangers provided. The bath room was clean but on the small side...a door stop was needed to prevent the door from crashing into the toilet each time the door was opened. There was a hair dryer provided as well as an iron and ironing board. The TV got good reception of New York channels via DirecTV. The beach is very long and protected by by a man-made reef and jetty...the seas are rather rough due to the constant wind...which keeps the hot afternoons confortable. The beach contains alot of coral and stones...the island is a coral reef...shoes are a must and water shoes are a good idea for swimming in the ocean. The shore drops off very quickly...probally due to constructing the protective reef/jetty. We never had a problem getting a chair at the main pool, even though the hotel was 75% full. The main pool is actually 2 pools connected by a channel connecting them and has a swim-up bar and tables and stools in the water...very good on hot afternoons. This area also has a 2-tiered hot tube and the activities pool. The food is very good...always something for everyone, including a made-to-order steak station each night for dinner in the main/buffet restaurant (Jimmy's Buffet). We also ate at the Italian restaurant and the Japanese restaraunt...both are very good but require reservations. The hotel gaurantees 1 reservation at each of the special restaurants...we were able to eat at the Japanese restaurant once and the Italian restaurant twice. The beach bar is open from 10am to 6:30pm and serves very good food during those hours...hamburgs, hot dogs, ect. The activities OK, usuall climbing, trapeez and scuba diving...1 shore dive is included each day, as long as you take a class or are certified. The mornings are usually cloudy with a stray 2-minute shower every few days...a good time to go shopping or on a tour. We had a very good time and would return in the future.
Breezes was pretty nice
We recently vacationed at Breezes, Curacao April 4th-11th, 2003. We were a family of four (two kids ages 15 and 12). There were more kids 12 and younger there than there were teenagers the week that we were there so my 15 year old was a little bored. Overall there were not a lot of children.TRANSFER FROM AIRPORT TO HOTELWe saw the Breezes representative and pulled our luggage to the minibus, then for some reason sat on the bus with other guests for a while waiting to depart for the hotel. Never found out why we sat there so long. ROOMOur first room was located in the building I believe was called "Seabreeze". It's the building where rooms started with the #7. Anyhow, it was quite tight for our family of four so the next day I asked the front desk if they could possibly transfer us to a larger room. They put our name on a waiting list and told me to check back at 6:00 p.m. to see if they had one available and sure enough, they did. We moved to the "Tower Building" and got a room on the 4th floor #2413 which was much bigger and over looked the main pool and restaurant area. We really appreciated their kindness and the room was great!SHOPPINGEven though the hotel offered a shuttle van to town twice a day for free, it was easier for us to go to town when we wanted to by crossing the street and catching the local bus (a mini van) for $1 USD per person (that includes the driver's tip). He takes you right downtown, then you can wander around at your leisure and walk back to the same spot and catch the minivan back to Breezes. It departs every 10 minutes. Please note that the most of the stores close daily between 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. and a lot are closed on Sunday. There's not a lot to shop for except I saw great prices on Lladro Figurines. It's just very interesting walking around and checking out the floating market and the floating bridge and the people. We went into town when the Cruise Ship was there and it was fun seeing all of the tourists walking around. I believs.FOODJimmy's Buffet - Average. The desserts were the biggest disappointment. I put in a request for basic chocolate chip cookies and the chef told me that their kitchen is small and they do not have a bakery in it so they can't even bake cookies for the dessert station. Everything, I guess, must be pre-packaged. All the cakes look a little different, but taste exactly the same (not worth the calories). So in case you think you'll have a "chocolate attack" while you're there, bring a supply of your favorite candy bars because they are expensive in the gift shop!Italian Restaurant - was very good.Japanese Restaurant - very good, but I felt we were a little bit rushed to finish our meal so that they could prepare for the next reservation.Drinks - my kids loved going to the bar and getting virgin frozen drinks. The bartenders and drinks were great. We did bring insulated cups that were recommended by other reviewers and always carried them down to the pool in our beach bags. They were nice to have, kept your drinks cold and the wind from knocking them over or from the sand blowing into them.FITNESSTheir fitness spa is equiped with brand new equipment and I enjoyed using it daily. They also offer water aeorbics and stretch or exercise classes daily.DIVINGMy husband dove everyday with the on-site dive operator "Ocean Encounters". He purchased a package of boat dives with them and thoroughly enjoyed the boat dives. He never tried the shore dives that were available at the hotel at either 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. (because the boat dives were happening during that time). Furthermore, he heard that the current was very strong where they were diving and that the visibility was not that good at that location. Our 12 year old son obtained his Jr. PADI dive certification while he was there. They offered a four day diving class with pool and shore dives, testing and then completing it all with a boat dive. We feel he received excellent training and were pleased with his instructor.SNORKELINGWest time the water was a little murkey so the visibility was not too good. The second time it was great and we saw a lot of fish at the far right side of their beach. Bring water shoes so you don't cut your feet on the coral on the beach.BOUNTY SAIL BOATWe did the Bounty sail boat trip which was $50 USD per person and included lunch and boating for four hours and snorkeling. It was fantastic. The crew was fabulous. Definitely do it! You sign up for it at the tour desk, pay the deposit by the day before the trip and pay the remainder the day of the trip. Saw a lot of fish snorkeling. Credit cards accepted.SPAI got a "Stone Massage" and my daughter got a "Facial". It was too expensive and only fair in quality. We were both disappointed. RETURN TO AIRPORTAll went smoothly. Food and drinks at the airport while you're waiting for two hours are very expensive!OVERALLWe had a nice time and enjoyed the vacation and meeting a lot of their guests from Holland. Quite a few people from Canada and also (while we were there) Buffalo, New York. We have never been to Curacao before and it was definitely windy on the island. The staff are very friendly and want you to enjoy your stay. We loved the Social Director, Nick. He was great! Curacao is an up and coming vacation spot. I'm glad we visited and vacation there.Heard an excellent review about the Breezes in the Turks and the Caicos by a guest while we were in Curacao, so will probably check that one out next time if we can. Did hear, however, that the Turks' Breezes is extremely expensive.
My fiance, future in-laws, and I all stayed at the Breezes in Curacao for the last week of December, 2002 thru New Year's eve. The great things about the place are: (1) I free scuba dive per day upon completion of resort class for uncertified divers. The resort is located right off of an aquatic park, and there was a lot of beauty to behold. (2) top shelf booze, like Sky and Beefeaters and Tanqueray (BEST pina coladas ever with Meyer's rum) (3) Staff was incredibly friendly. The only things that might cause me to hesitate to recommend this place are the food and the beach. It's one of those lagoon deals, and is pretty rocky beacuse of the coral. Overall, great resort.
We just returned from a great vacation at this resort. Our kids ran from activity to activity and they have already expressed their desire to return. My wife and I had a relaxing time sunning and sipping drinks at the pool(s) and beach.Food was OK, nothing special but not bad either. Ya gotta do the Japanese restaurant if you go.
I just returned from brezzes. (3/22-3/29) We had a great time. The room, food, and people were all wonderful. Janine in sales is a sweetheart. The Italian and Japanese resturants were delicious. We had a ball with Evert in the piano bar. It's a great resort and I would definitely recommend staying there! E-mail me directly if you have more questions!
More like Howard Johnsons
I just got back last night from Breezes. I want to state that we did have a good time but people this isn't a 4 star resort. I am being generous at 2. If you haven't traveled much and come from the cold parts of the U.S., them I am sure you will like this resort better the we did. Basically the Island is as ugly as it gets. No rain means nothing is alive or green. If you are not a diver there isn't any reason to choose this Island over many of the greener Carribean Islands. However, if you do dive, there a quite a few beaches you pay to get on, that serve great food, super bed type lounges and rent dive equipment right off beach. (Zanzabar was one on SE side and more up on NW)We spent 4 nights at Breezes after coming from the Hotel Kura Hulanda (4 nts) right in town. We sure were in for a shock checking into this dump. The hotel is circa 70's and has not been renovated inside. Since Breezes bought it a year ago, they may have updated thed curtains but am not sure.So, I can deal with the age of the hotel providing it is clean. Well, this housekeeping staff obviously hasn't heard of bleach. Mold everywhere in bathroom and walls of hallways etc. Listen we live in south FL, humidity central. This isn't normal mold, this was atleast a solid 1-2 months of never scubing the tile, only the tub itself. Hard beds, bad pillows.Broken tile, broken elevator etc. etc. That said, the staff outside is wonderful. Activities abound, Diving easy as you just jump off dock and swim to reef. Windsurfing, rockclimbing, trapese, tennis and lots more to choose from. Basically you stay outside to avoid the rooms.Food: Italian restaurant was bad, Jimmy's buffet was mostly good except first night. Japanese restaurant was very nice.Cost: No bargain at $400.00 night for two adults and one child. I believe the locals were not paying half as much as us. For $200/nt or even $300.00 it would have been a good value and worth me scrubbing down the bathroom.Staff: Obviously the best part of this resort. Our 7 year old daughter was MIA from 9 till 9 at the kids club. The really treated her well and wouldn't take any tip money. Servers were also sweet and bartenders all worked very hard for no tips.Front staff needs some work. Spa was as expensive as the best resorts in the states so we chose to forgo it.Beach: Come on guys, every been to a beach before in Florida? This is a rocky, enclosed (atoll of sorts) beach. It is manmade to limit the high waves due to high winds.Its hard to get in and out of for windsurfing as you need to hang a left and then go straight out and winds change often. Bring your water shoes.Conclusion: We had a great time but that is because we put our minds to it. We do dive, windsurf, etc. and made use of the facilities. However, I saw many people just hanging on the beach all day. For the cost you could do the same in a much more beautiful resort and lush location.
Wonderful Time - Highly Recommend!
My husband and I spent the week of March 8 - 15, 2003 at Breezes, and had a wonderful time. The first night we were in the farthest building on the right side of the property, very near the street. After the first night, we requested to be moved away from the street traffic noise. The staff was very helpful, and offered us a room on the 4th floor of the Royal Towers, which was great! It was very quiet, and a much nicer room. We had such a relaxing fun time - clean, well kept facilities, terrific food and activities. We do not have children, but judging from the interactions we saw with the activity staff and childrens program participants, they were having a great time (even the teenagers seems to be having a blast!). We love to snorkel, which you could do from the beach. I even tried scuba diving for the first time. The instructors were super, and once you take the intro course, one dive each day with an instructor is included in the resort price. I took the course on Monday afternoon, and dove two mornings during the week. If you are interested, be sure to sign up for the class early in your stay. We rented a jeep one day from the Hertz rep in the hotel lobby and saw the west end of the island, including a little hiking at Mt. Christoffel National Park (you definitely need a Jeep it is a pretty rugged place), and the Boka Tabla where you can enter the back of a cave and see and hear the waves crashing in the front side. On the way back we stopped at one of the many small beaches on the southwest side of the island that had great snorkeling reefs. Another day we took the Bounty sailboat morning snorkeling tour that went to the tugboat wreck in the Spanish Waters area in the southeastern part of the island. I recommend Breezes and the beautiful island of Curacao to everyone!
Good all-inclusive resort?
Hi -- I'm thinking about a vacation this summer somewhere in the Caribbean. I've been to Breezes in Jamaica a few times and to Breezes Curacao. I've enjoyed both, but I liked the one in Jamaica better because it was smaller, only allowed adults (maybe 14 or 16+??), had lots of options for activities but didn't have a huge party feel to it. It's recently been upgraded, which sounds interesting, but I'm afraid that the laid-back feel of the resort may have changed. I have a couple questions - 1) has anyone been to or heard about Breezes Runaway Bay now that it's been upgraded? If not -- 2) can anyone recommend their favorite island and/or resort that I should try out next? I'd like one that is fairly small (like no more than 300 guests), is adults only (or at least 14-16 and over), isn't too "spring break", and maybe mid-range in terms of price. I'd love to see a new island and try out new resorts, but I want to find a good one! Thanks.
RE: Good all-inclusive resort?
check Negril beach club condos, small ,intimate and should be affordable.
under 100 guest rooms, large beach as compared to others on the strip. and usually not a roudy croud. has plenty of activities available.
OR go to Cozumel! cannot be beat for everything. my have to look for pricing you want though depending on time of year. but well worth it..