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Reviewed 23 August 2010

The vacation to royal sea aquarium was very nice special thanks to the staff Stephany and Jeanmar and Marcela they were very helpfull in getting our luggage back that delta had lost on the way to the island. A car is a must to get around the island and very easy driving. try not to fly delta airlines they are not into serving the public anymore there were delays to and from the island, lost our luggage and delayed us on connecting flights, so we missed our connecting flight. The resort is very clean, and friendly and felt very safe.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank jctravel46857
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Reviewed 10 August 2010

Nice hotel, with a 5 star location! The Royal Sequarium will offer you a 3.5 star room (all come with water front views), and great perks! Complimantary twice daily trips to the grocery store, as well as taxi service into town 3 days a week (you can take the bus back for 1.50). The free ticket to the sequarium was nice as well, but bear in mind, it is a research and rehabilitation facility (especially for dolphins). Some things you should check out are the following: first and foremost, meet Marcella! second, attend the orientation meeting on sunday, take the free boat ride on Monday morning, and check in with Sandra for happy hour drinks Monday - Friday 4-5 p.m. The rest is of course up to you, the resort will offer you complimentary beach towels (be sure to return them too), and snorkel equipment (again, be sure to return them), as well as water sports equipment, grills, and DVD movies. The complimentary wireless internet works great in the early morning, not so good in the late afternoon, but who goes on vacation to check e-mails??? Remember you are in a time share resort, so you won't find room service, little bottles of shampoo, conditioner or body lotion, or even soap. But, you will find a cozy, friendly, courteous staff, who will do everything they can to make your stay an enjoyable one!

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled solo
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5  Thank CaribbeanGem39
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Reviewed 30 July 2010

We just returned from our visit with Royal Sea Aquarium Resort- July 17th through the 23rd. Overall, the resort is private, casual, low-key, and has so many worthwhile attributes going for it.

For its good points, we noted the most friendly staff, best location/views, and an excellent selection of in-resort, near-resort activities. And its affiliation with the next-door Dolphin Academy and Aquarium is its most valued asset.

The bad points mainly concerned the delayed maintenance of units - overfilled A/C drain pan which left watering gushing from the kitchen ceiling, an A/C control that only provided either "on or off" of A/C air (no temperature adjustment allowed), a leaking toilet valve, un-caulked bathtub & bottom toilet rim, the microwave only worked on "express" control and one burner on stove didn't heat up properly.

Upon bringing these points to the resort management, we were told that there is a planned updating of all units which should be done during the Oct. "maintenance week" at the resort. However, the immediate maintenance needed (A/C drain pan and toilet leak) was done promptly the next morning. They did attempt to caulk the tub/toilet but they used the wrong type of caulking - they needed waterproof and they used regular caulking which runs when wet/moist.

Check-in was a bit rough with a brand-new clerk handing it. We arrived at 4:00 pm on Saturday (turn-over day) and, upon bringing our luggage to the room, we found out that our requested unit overlooking the pool was not ready. Since we needed a room change, we requested a direct sea view room which was really breathtaking! FYI, they have installed a stronger wireless system so that internet is now available from any room at no cost.

The unit furniture was older, but in good shape. The king bed mattress was adequate (not hard or soft), but the Murphy bed mattresses were much too hard. And maid service is only done on Wednesdays but if you really needed something immediately, the maids were very accommodating.

Kitchen and bath were sparsely supplied (for example, we didn't find any extra kitchen garbage bags and we had to ask for hand towels and kitchen towels since they were not in the unit initially) and please note, there were no shampoo, conditioner, or soap bars provided as what you find in US timeshare units. There was only soap dispenser units in the bathtub and sink areas.

As to room appliances, there was an alarm clock and an flat screen TV in the master bedroom (which really needed focus adjustment which was especially bad when watching Fox-News with its written headlines), and there was an adequate 32-inch tube TV, VCR and sound system in the living room. Cable selection was good (HBO, Fox-News, etc.) but we had an annoying message that kept popping up on various channels saying the TV cable bill needed to be paid -- ??

As one prior visitor mentioned, the unit's polished travertine floors did blacken our feet so I used the provided mop/bucket to give the floors a wash-down shortly after arriving. Floor mopping should be on the list of required maid services and management needs to make sure it is being done.

But, truly, this resort is so unique in its location and amenities. Its strongest attribute is the affiliation with the Aquarium and its Dolphin Academy. The Aquarium offered three daily shows of sea lions, dolphins and exotic sea animals being shown by their loving trainers. Even with the negative connotation of having "captive wild animals", one could see that the needs of these animals were being handled by such attentive caretakers and you could sense the strong, loving relationship forged between them. These animals appeared to be in the best of health swimming in large, open-aired, natural training pools of fresh sea water. Our son had the best time snorkeling with the dolphins and we recommend buying the DVD of the experience.

As to other resort amenities, the Pelican boat was fun with the morning town tour, the sunset tour and the fish trips being offered. The private beach was lovely and so convenient with its safe snorkeling/kayaking adventures for children, etc.

The highlight of our resort experience, however, was the new submarine trips being offered by the resort developer. The $2.2 million dollar brand-new 5-person submarine is housed on the man-made island right next to the resort. It offers two types of trips - one is down to 460 feet of water, and the other offers a more shallow coral tour. My family took both trips and both are highly recommended. The sub also gives you a free CD of all the pictures taken by the sub's photographer!

The sub staff is highly experienced, professional and one is even a physician who specializes in the hyperbaric field of medicine. It is safer than scuba diving and, for approximately the same cost to be certified in scuba, you can have a better, more unique experience.

Overall, we still give this resort very high marks. It has $$$$ direct sea views from your room's balcony and, even with the relaxing, family- friendly attitude at this particular resort location, you could also have the action-packed, bar-filled, crowded beach, casino-fueled activities right down the Aquarium Beach boardwalk if that is what you want!

We will be planning more visits to the Royal Sea Aquarium Resort in the near future and, even with its small maintenance-challenged drawbacks, the resort and its surrounding activities are truly worth the trip!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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3  Thank FolkWorldTravelers
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Reviewed 27 July 2010

This is the most relaxing Beach Resort that I will defiantely return to for a visit and will recommend to all of my friends and international travelers. We arrived in Curacao on Saturday Evening. The taxi should not cost more than $35.00 US Dollars! So, once you are outside the aiport, before you let them take your bags, plesae ask how much! Once we got to the resort, the check in was smooth along with smiles and a coll drink. The front desk clerks were very informative about the resorts, sign up sheets for any activities and ensured that we got our id cards, beach towel cards and room key cards; then we were directed to our rooms! The rooms were extremely nice, clean, and spacious. Some noteable tidbits:

Kitchen-- When you arrive at your room, please take a count / inventory of all items in the kitchen. If something is missing or the count is off, please contact the front desk to make sure that they are aware of what you feel like it missing. For example all of the dishes, glasses, plates, etc comes in a set of 8. The way that you found the kitchen (clean, well organized, refridge clean, etc.) make sure that you leave it like you found it or the resort will charge your cc a $75.00 cleaning fee.

Groceries / Super Market -- During our stay, we went grociery shopping twice. The shuttle runs twice a day at 9:30 am / 4:00 pm. The market is not far from the resort and has a wide variety of foods to chose from. When you are at the SuperMarket, make sure you get the bread, it is so soft and good to eat by it self. Also, only get FRESH meat; don't get the packaged meats. Also, the island's money currency is in Gilda's (so all prices will be in Gilda's) so to convert to US money just divide it by 2. For example, if yogart is $1.50 NF, it is $.75 cents in US. When the shuttle driver drops you off and gives you a time to be back at the shuttle, please don't be tardy or you will be left. Hint, get in and get out. Also, if you have reusable bags (Target, Publix, WalMart) please pack them bc you will need them at the market and it will be easier to transport your food back to the resort. Yes, they do have paper bags; however the reusable ones are great. Also, if you know that some nights you will be cooking in your room, you may want to plan ahead on bringing things like cooking oils, seasonings. The water there is different from the US, so if you have a weird stomach like I do, please buy Aqua Maximal CLARO Water -- it is a tall blue bottle that says "The Puriest Carribean Water" at the bottom of the label. If you drink water all the time, you may want to buy a case while you are at the Super Market. This water is the BEST. If you have food left over, try to find someone that is staying there longer or ask one of the housekeepers.

Rental --- We did not rent a car, HOWEVER I would HIGHLY SUGGEST that a rental car is a must for atleast 3 days or the whole week would be a good investment.! Do NOT rent a car from the airport, wait till you get to the resort and haver Marcella to rent one for you. It is cheaper once you get the resort. Some people that we met, rented a car for the whole week for $240. The cars are small unless you rent a "bus" and if you have a CC that has insurance with it, it will save you alot of money. If we had a car, we could of drove the coast and the entire island, went to the market at any time, and visited other beaches.

Food -- Augusto's is the name of the restaurant at the Resort. One night, we all went for dinner and the food was great! The drinks are strong, but very worth the money. Also, I had their breakfast (avg $8.00) and the snacks that they offered was good! If you ordered food from here, they willl deliever to you on the beach or pool! PLEASE keep in mind that there are no FREE refills on DRINKS! My bestie, caught on real quick and brought her a coke everywhere she went and only asked for Water and extra ice! (lol)Also, the bread is not free, it is like $3.50 a basket. So the little things that we have here in the States, it is different in the islands. Also, if you don't like something or it don't taste well, then if you send it back, please be nice about the comments or you will have some rolling eyes! We went to SCAMPI'S & Laguanna Cafe (downtown) Mumba Beach (accross the way) and El Forno's (short drive away) and I must say it was som GREAT FOOD! We did have some friends that went out every night to a different restaurant and had no compliants.

Resort -- The resort was extremely nice and very relaxing! I will reccommend this resort to everyone. The beach is really nice, the beach chairs were so confortable, the plam trees were shady when I needed them, during "Happy Hour" they served a variety of drinks and played music. One day, they did Hot Dogs and Chips for free! Now that was really nice to get all you want plus drinks! The pools were very clean and the jacuzzi was really warm! Also, they have lots of pool chairs, but few Cabannas! NOTE -- please watch out for the lizzards. They roam closely by the walls, unless you have fruit! They love to eat fruit and they can sense the smell. But that is not a big deal, it is really nice on the pool side. NOTE 2 -- please make sure that you keep your flip flops close by the pool that you are in! Why? I got out of one pool to go to the other one and skin came off of my big toe. It is so hot here, that you have to be very cautious of your feet against the concrete. You are 12 DEGREES from the equator! Also, there is no curfew time for the pool (major plus.) The staff walks around every now and then, the security guards will walk around at night by the pool and will be sitting out front 24-7! This resort is vert safe and friendly. Also, staying here at this resort you will get the "home" feeling and a free admission to the Sea Aquairum! They have several shows during the day and at night you can hear the seals. Anything that you want to do, places to go or things to do, PLEASE ask the front desk.. especially Marceilla! She will book all reservations for you and will explain it in details.
When checking out, please make sure that you are out of the rooms by 11:00 am or you will be charge $100.00 US Dollars every hour. When they mean everything out of the room, they mean that. Also, do not hang out side on your balcony while waiting to be checked out because that is not allowed. There are alot of people that own time shares here at this resort; ,however if you are not an owner they will take you out for breakfast to give your information on how to become an owner. They are not pushy, yet this is a very informative way for them to explain the benfits of owning a time share!

Tours / Shopping -- Please take the FREE boat (The Pelican) that the resort offers. This is a free boat ride that leaves around 9:00am that will glide you down the ocean to take pictures and hear about the history and places along the coast of Curacao! TAKE SOME Med's for sea sickness because this ride will make you feel every wave! The boat ride is very interesting to hear about how the history of the Curacao, famous landmarks, other hotels and places to eat on the water. The boat ride takes you to downtown to see one of the 9 wonders of the world "Curacao's Swinging Bridge" that opens for ships, sailboats, etc.. This bridge is the link of the two sides of Curacao. The bell will ring loudly to let you know the bridge is going to open, so don't get caught on the bridge! We went shopping on both sides. There are so many alley ways full of shops, so be sure to take your walking shoes. We went on Wed because we were told this is market day! There were so many different Vendors along the sidewalks. Fresh sea food, tons of fruit and veggie vendors. It was an awsome day! Also, the better deals are found on the PUNDA side! We found a stand on this side that served FRESH FRUIT SMOOTHIES! The price was like $5.50 US dollars for two large ones! The fruit was blended, yet you can taste the fruit in each sip! It was AMAZING! I wish I had taken one to go! Also, there is a stand in the center, the drinks there are cheap and I encourage everyone to get a drink before walking back accross the bridge. Note, the cost of taxi cabs are different prices according to which side of downtown Curacao you are on. A helpful tip is to tell the driver of the taxi that brought you down there a specific time to come back and get you. This is the way to go!

OVERLALL, I am here to confirm that this was the BEST island vacation that I have experience yet. If you are looking for a place to get away, nothing to do but relax, tan, swim, enjoy the ocean, get a good drink, meet great people and view the ocean then CURACAO is the place to go! Yes, Mumba Beach is fun and everyone should go atleast one night (Fri, Sat, or Sun) to eat and dance! CURACAO you ROCK!!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with friends
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6  Thank TNDiamond
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Reviewed 21 July 2010

We had a wonderful trip to Curacao in June. We had a bit of rainy weather that is unheard of for them in June but all and all it was a great trip. The resort and staff were wonderful! We were in a 2 BR condo and it was very spacious and clean. The cleaning staff there was phenomenal- the best I have ever had. The scuba diving and snorkeling was so enjoyable. My daughter and I saw an octopus, two squid, an eel, - I could go on and on! We had a room over looking the Sea Aquarium dolphin pool. How pleasant to be able to sit on your balcony and watch the dolphin show! We ate breakfast and lunch at the resort restaurant, Augustino's , several times and every meal was very good. It is not fancy but good solid food!

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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Thank travelerSavannah
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