Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino
Celebrating the best of old Amsterdam and the Dutch Caribbean, Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino sits pretty on the sun-kissed shores of Piscadera Bay. Inviting with lush tropical gardens, postcard-perfect beach and delectable dining options, the resort is tops with savvy travelers.
From water sports to working on your tan, you can spend every day on the beach and never do the same thing twice. Recently renovated, the pool with a state-of-the-art light system reflects rainbow hues in the water while a massage in a seaside Palapa is a recipe for romance.
With a 60% rate of repeat visitors, Jose Castillo, director of sales, knows that fresh options keep tourists coming back for more. “We have added a very unique aspect to our sandy beach which is a multi-color system that lights up at sunset and is perfect for an evening stroll, “ he says proudly, “ This is a first in the Caribbean and we are pleased to be the trend-setters .”
More trend-setting at the Boardroom Beach Bar where grown-ups will never be bored enjoying the hanging swings and splash terrace. Open day and night, the bar hosts a lively Happy Hour that celebrates the sun as it melts into the horizon.
Dining under the stars is par excellence at Seabreeze with a tantalizing Cajun-crusted tuna aptly named the Dutch Antilles Delight. Lunch is also a gourmet affair with a Kobe beef burger with truffle cream cheese and sliced prosciutto.
At the island’s first juice bar, Kathy Mignott stirs and shakes ’batidos’ or fruity non-alcoholic concoctions that pack a refreshing punch under the tropical sun. Named after the engineering director who created the bar, Lucho’s salutes the fresh bounty of the island in a parade of smoothies from a Bananarama to a Pineapple Pleasure. “We feature the island’s freshest fruit blended with other fresh ingredients to create a natural alternative.” said John Toti, general manager. If you share your personal recipe, Kathy will advertise it as the “drink of the day “and whip it up for thirsty guests who amble by the bar. “I am the official taste tester, ‘Kathy says with a smile as wide as the sea, “I may have the best job on the island”
Adrianne Lampe and her boyfriend Trent Gilbert are frequent visitors to Curacao from their home in New Jersey. “We have breakfast on the terrace, “ Adrianne smiles, “ take a dip in the pool, chill-out with a drink at the swim-up bar, enjoy lunch, cool-down with one of Kathy’s batidos, get a massage and then get ready for dinner.” For the romantic couple, a Curacao chill-out is well worth the flight from the USA. “We like to sit on the beach doing virtually nothing when we’re on vacation.” Trent adds, “We have relaxation in Curacao down to a fine art. “
Kids from 4 to 12 years old are treated to a bevy of activities Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm. Fees range from $25.00 for half-day of instruction to $65.00 for a full-day with lunch. To make reservations for the Kids Activity Program, contact the Guest Relations Desk, extension 7821.
Top Ten Kids Activities
• Sand castle building
• Board games
• T- shirt decoration
• Door sign making
• Post card design
• Photo frame making
• Jewelry making
• Face painting
• Fish painting
• Iguana feeding
RECIPES from Lucho’s Juice Bar yummmmm
Bananarama– banana, honey, skimmed milk and fat-free yoghurt
Pineapple Pleasure – – pineapple, banana, pineapple juice
Tropical Crush – apple, pineapple, ginger and coconut milk
Refresher – pineapple juice, lime juice and mint blended with ice
Mango Madness – mango, banana, orange juice and fat-free yoghurt
Berry Hammer – raspberries, blueberries, banana, apple juice and fat-free yoghurt
For more information, visit www.curacaomarriott.com