Lions Dive & Beach Resort Curaçao
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- Parking On Site
Located in Willemstad, Lions Dive & Beach Resort Curaçao is minutes from Curacao Sea Aquarium and Mambo Beach. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Jan Thiel Beach and Fort Beekenburg.
Make yourself at home in one of the 137 air-conditioned rooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. After dipping into one of the 3 outdoor swimming pools, you can spend some time at the private beach. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the complimentary area shuttle that operates within 4 km.
Food & Drink
Satisfy your appetite at one of the hotel’s 4 restaurants. Thirsty? Quench your thirst at one of the 2 bars/lounges or 2 beach bars. Buffet breakfasts are available daily from 7 AM to 10:30 AM for a fee.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
We are frequent travelers and have never been treated as poorly as we were here - would give zero stars if possible. Despite receiving a confirmation number via email for a king room with a view and providing a copy of this during check in, upon arrival to the resort we were told we didn't have a reservation and they didn't have any king rooms only a room with two very small beds and a view of a parking lot with a dumpster below our balcony. As a couple we were looking forward to one king bed and a romantic ocean view. We were not allowed to speak directly to a "reservation specialist" even though that person was 10 feet away. Instead the woman checking us in kept going to speak to them and coming back to us - felt like being conned by a used car salesperson. We had no other choice but to take the awful room but only wanted it for one night to rest after traveling all day, then we wanted to check out and find a nicer hotel. Strangely, the next morning they miracuously had a better room (ready to move in at 8am - strange that it wasn't available the night before) but with a large upcharge. We told them no thank you we would just like to check out and pay for our one night. They gave us a bill for a full week and said they didn't give refunds - this from the same staff that told us we didn't have reservations to begin with. When we refused to pay more than one night they called in a manager who took us to a back room with a guard at the door and proceeded to argue with us and accuse us of lying. We felt unsafe and left as quickly as we could. We thought we paid for only one night but we just received our credit card bill - they charged us 7 days despite the fact we only stayed one night. Horrible, horrible experience.
Lions Dive resort has it all, 2 min walk to the Aquarium. Restaurants on the property, private beaches and pools. Lots of beach chairs and shade. Lots of rooms but not overcrowded. Free bus into town.
This was our first time visiting Curaçao and before we even left we were planning our next visit.
The airport was small but efficient. There were plenty of Taxis, and several that could accommodate our group of 8. We made it to our resort in 20 min from the airport for $50.
The check in at Lions Dive was quick and we were escorted to our gorgeous one bedroom suite (511) quickly. The view was just amazing.
The entire suite was perfect for our family of 4 with an adjoining balcony to our friends. The king size bed was very comfortable and the pull out in the living room was as well.
The kitchen was perfect. Once we got the hang of the multipurpose oven we loved it.
Each day there was a shuttle to the local grocery store where you could buy reasonably priced food, wine and beer. Shopping kept the cost of the stay down as the restaurants were pricey, especially the drinks.
The beach was out of this world! Perfect for our pile of kids. The 50 meter pool was the most beautiful resort pool I have ever seen. It was so clean and and the temperature was perfect. The early morning hours catered to those who did laps and the afternoon to the kids who played in it.
The grounds were immaculate.
All of the staff was kind and many took the time to learn your name. This attitude carried over to those staying at the resort as well, everyone said hello, good morning and so on.
Being able to drink water from the tap is also a plus.
I cannot find one bad thing to say except the night club noise for our rooms was loud but the kids all slept through it. I would gladly stay in the same room again despite the 2 nights of noise.
Take the time to have pasta at Piazza and the meat skewers at Chill. Hemingway’s was just ok and we didn’t try Nemo.
Lastly, rent the giant floating raft for $10 an hour, that was a blast!
We had an amazing vacation at Lions Dive! The hotel was excellent in the most perfect location on Mambo Beach.
Rooms- We were a little disappointed with the rooms to be honest. I had emailed a few times prior to arriving to request a high floor room, upon arrival we received a ground floor room which was handicap accessible and old. We asked for a different room according to our requests and were given a higher floor, nicer room. However the rooms are very tiny and very basic. No seating area, just two double beds, desk and wardrobe with mini fridge. We made the best of it as the shared balcony overlooking the water was nice. We opted to take the free shuttle to the grocery store (which is amazing by the way-HUGE variety of foods, organic and gluten free options as well as wine and liquor. Also great prices unlike some other islands. ) We asked the hotel for plates and wine glasses to enjoy cheese, fruit, bread and jams in our room each morning or evening. The rooms were cleaned daily and though we left a tip each day under the pillow- the maid did not take it. A few days we did not get towels replenished until the afternoon, but they left a sweet note, we didn’t mind at all as they were always there by late afternoon. They do not have face cloths so bring your own if you need one.
Staff- EXCEPTIONAL staff, willing to go above and beyond anytime of the day. We had issue with our room when we arrived and they were quick to switch us. Customer Service was excellent, friendly and helpful. Special thanks to Tessa, Shettica and Marianne you made our stay wonderful.
Grounds- The resort grounds are beautiful and incredibly clean all the time. It is a small property and very well maintained. Does not seem small though, being so close to Mambo beach. The beach areas are beautiful and also very well maintained and monitored, to avoid non guests from staying without a day pass. Even with cruise ship guests there was plenty of seating in both the sun and shade. Lounger service is available and they will bring you drink and lunch menus on request.
Restaurants- So many restaurants to choose from in close proximity. I do not recommend staying All Inclusive as it is much cheaper and more variety eating off the resort. There are so many options on Mambo beach and in Punda and Otrobanda. (See specific reviews I wrote about various restaurant options). The restaurants on property you can charge to the room which is helpful.
Car rental- We opted to rent a car for two days from the rental company on resort property. We should have booked prior to our vacation in hindsight to get the days we wanted. The driving was very easy and we explored the whole island over two days. There are no GPS units in the vehicles so we downloaded offline google maps- highly recommend doing this. The island was very safe and we enjoyed visiting local beaches, restaurants, road side smoothie stands as well as touristy locations such as:
Grote Knip beach (best beach EVER!)
Casa Abou beach
Porto Marie beach (feeding pigs)
Playa Piscado beach (not a great beach but turtles are fed by local fisherman there and you can swim with them)
Santa Martha lookout
Curaçao Sea Aquarium (2 minute walk from resort)
Looking forward to returning! This resort is the most perfect location with all amenities close by! If your picky about rooms, you may want to upgrade from the standard room.
Have stayed here for a week. Room was nice and big, had the facilities I needed. Downside is only that no better soap and shower gel is provided, there is the basic, low quality one. Luckily I brought my own. Sleep quality was very good, except staff who every morning speak and laugh loud at the corridor.
There is a beautiful beach which doesnt get too crowded and easy to find a free free space. The coral reef and snorkelling around the beach nice with colorful fish.
I used all restaurants at the hotel, and found the italian one to be the best one. Breakfast needs improving, expensive and not much choice and staff at hemingway should get some customer service training. Not very attentive and customer focused. In general staff in the hotel were ok but nothing above minimum requirements. It would make a huge difference if they could add just a litlle bit more friendliness.
There is a shuttle to the city but timings are not very convenient. The morning one at 9 brings you back at 11.30 so doesnt really give you enough time to explore. Took a taxi back for usd 20.
Mambo beach is just few steps away from the hotel with few souvenir shops, nice bars and restaurants.
Still it is a beautiful place with nice sunsets, iguanas walking around, colorful birds and fish. Sea aquarium and dolphin academy is 3 min from the hotel and its a must see. Would come back again to the hotel, but hopefully with breakfast improved!