Kura Hulanda Lodge is the sister property of the Kura Hulanda Hotel, one of the island’s luxury hotels located in the capital city of Willemstad and site of the respected Museum Kura Hulanda. These two beautiful properties are projects of the Jade Foundation, begun by philanthropist and businessman Jacob Gelt Dekker of the Netherlands who has funded and developed other projects benefiting the island and its people. The Kura Hulanda project transformed the once seedy Otrobanda District of Willemstad (the district where ships on Caribbean cruises dock) into a thriving cosmopolitan area that now competes for tourism business with the renowned Punda shopping district.
Kura Hulanda Curacao is a member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, and is located at Westpount (West Point), the far northern tip of the island on dramatic limestone cliffs overlooking beautiful Playa Kalki Beach. This is one of the prime scuba diving spots on the island, and Kura Hulanda Lodge is partnered with an onsite PADI certified dive operator, as are most all of the beach resorts on the island.
This intimate beach and dive resort boasts 42 elegant guestrooms and 32 one- and two-bedroom suites with kitchenettes, allowing guests the benefits of vacation rentals combined with the facilities of a resort. It is possible to purchase an all inclusive plan, which includes three meals daily and house brand beverages. You can also have complimentary use of non-motorized water sports, including snorkeling gear, kayaks, and small sail boats. The snorkeling here is excellent and can be enjoyed even by novice swimmers. This is due to the fact that the protecting coral reef comes in very close to shore.
Kura Hulanda Curacao is set on 350 acres not far from Cristoffel National Park, a wild and rugged park that is popular for hiking and four-wheel-drive Jeep tours. The lodge will assist you with Jeep rentals so you can visit independently or will book you on a guided tour so you can get in-depth knowledge on the unique flora and fauna here. You can also get a taste of the history of the island, as there are ancient caves and grottoes in the cliffs with prehistoric rock drawings and petroglyphs left by the indigenous Arawak people. While these caves are not as extensive as the Hato Caves on the opposite side of the island near the airport, they are fascinating.
Since there are few dining options in this remote area, the Kura Hulanda Lodge offers three restaurants as well as a sunset lounge serving snacks. There is also an informal beach bar and grill. The sunset lounge is adjacent to the freshwater swimming pool and boasts spectacular sea views.
If you have had a lazy day on the beach, you can get in some exercise at the Kura Hulanda Curacao state of the art fitness center. You can still enjoy the beautiful sea while you are working out, as the fitness center is enclosed with oversize windows offering breathtaking views over the pool and to the beaches. If you have been on the water or hiking all day, you can relax with the full-service spa offering poolside massages.
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