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Lions Dive and Beach Resort Curacao

4 stars
Bapor Kibra z/n, Willemstad,
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.8
out of 5
22 reviews
Wait! What? I have to leave!?!?!

This was by far the BEST vacation ever! I LOVE Lions Dive! This was the perfect place, with the... See full review

  • Danyell9
  • Apr 25, 2014
if you dive or like to lay on a beautiful beach--this is the place to go!

Great facility directly on the beach with direct access to nice reefs a 30 meter swim from your... See full review

  • Reasonably picky traveler
  • Oct 14, 2013
Eco-friendly Curacao resort boasts dive center and private beach
Dubbed "The Natural Place to Stay," Lions Dive & Beach Resort Curacao is located on a private stretch beach adjacent to the National Curacao Underwater Park. Divers delight in the on-site 5-star Gold Palm IDC center, while active guests enjoy a fitness and wellness center plus hiking and biking trails. Lush foliage and palm trees surround the eco-friendly Curacao resort, with a 50-meter infinity plunge pool facing the sea. Other amenities include a tour desk, car rental desk, 24/7 multi-lingual front desk staff and three restaurants. 
Highlights
  • Private white-sand beach with nearby reef and on-site five-star dive center
  • Unique 6-person apartments with balconies overlooking the pool
  • Eco-friendly approach and commitment to ensure minimum impact on the environment
  • Next to Sea Aquarium and Dolphin Academy
  • Free shuttle to Willemstad
Rooms
Dutch Caribbean style rooms at the Lions Dive & Beach Resort Curacao are non-smoking and include a king or two double beds, balcony or terrace, A/C, alarm clock, cable TV, ceiling fan, Internet access and coffee/tea kettle. Rooms may offer ocean, oceanfront, garden, pool or town views. Built in 2008, the Lions apartments accommodate six, and have two bedrooms (one with king bed, one with queen bed), two bathrooms and balconies overlooking the pool. Apartments are furnished with sofa beds, cable TV, ceiling fans, Internet access, stove, microwave, safe, and dishwasher.
Features
Lions Dive & Beach Resort Curacao guests can get diver-certified and explore the nearby coral reef with assistance from the on-site diving center. Work up a sweat with biking and hiking trails, fitness classes, and cardio machines in the fitness center, then cool down in the 50-meter infinity pool. Massages are available. The Sea Aquarium and Dolphin Academy are adjacent to the resort. Business travelers work in the conference facilities and business center. A currency exchange and on-site car rental is available. Pick up souvenirs from the gift shop and keep looking fresh with the resort's dry cleaning service. 
Dining
Lions Dive & Beach Resort Curacao guests head to Nemo for fine seafood dining while Piazza serves lunch favorites beachside. Hemingway offers breakfast buffets, lunch on the pier, and happy hours with live music. Several local restaurants are also within walking distance.
Transportation
  • Free Willemstad shuttle (see hotel for details)
  • Hato International Airport (10.8 mi/17.4 km)
Attractions
  • Curacao Dolphin Academy (0.7 mi/1.1 km)
  • Curacao Sea Aquarium (0.7 mi/1.1 km)
  • Punda (3.3 mi/5.3 km)
  • Blue Bay Golf & Beach Resort (4.5 mi/7.5 km)
  • Curacao Ostrich Farm (6.8 mi/10.9 km)
  • Hato Caves (9.9 mi/15.9 km)
  • Christoffelpark (25.4 mi/40.9 km)
Business
  • Conference/meeting space (see hotel for details)
  • High-speed wireless Internet (fees may apply)
  • On-site business center

Hotel Map

12.0854 -68.8972
Area served
Willemstad, Curacao
Nearby airports
Hato International Airport, Curaao International Airport (CUR).
Area description
Lions Dive & Beach Resort is located right next to the famous Seaquarium and Dolphin Academy, in front of the Curacao National Underwater Park and only 5 minutes from picturesque downtown Willemstad.

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Lions Dive and Beach Resort Curacao Rooms

Run of the house
This room offers two double beds or one king bed with A/C, Alarm clock, Balcony/Terrace, Cable/satellite TV, Ceiling Fan, Color TV, Ensuite/Private bathroom, Internet access, Kettle, Laundry service, Non-smoking rooms, Safe in room, Tea and coffee making facilities and Voicemail.
Ocean View
This room offers two double beds or one king bed with A/C, Alarm clock, Balcony/Terrace, Cable/satellite TV, Ceiling Fan, Color TV, Ensuite/Private bathroom, Internet access, Kettle, Laundry service, Non-smoking rooms, Safe in room, Tea and coffee making facilities and Voicemail.
Ocean Front
This room offers two double beds or one king bed with A/C, Alarm clock, Balcony/Terrace, Cable/satellite TV, Ceiling Fan, Color TV, Ensuite/Private bathroom, Internet access, Kettle, Laundry service, Non-smoking rooms, Safe in room, Tea and coffee making facilities and Voicemail.
Lions Apartments
This room offers two bedroom with A/C, 1 double bed, 1 king bed and 1 sofa bed, Alarm clock, 2 bathroom, Balcony/Terrace with view on the 50 meter training pool, Cable/satellite TV, Ceiling Fan, Color TV,Internet access, Kettle, Laundry service, Non-smoking rooms, Safe in room, Tea and coffee making facilities and Voicemail.

Amenities

  • Free internet
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
General
Elevators
Activities
Outdoor pool
Fitness center or spa
Fitness Center
Spa
Dining
Restaurant
Services
Business center
Laundry service
In-Room Safe
Tour desk
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Conference facilities
Gift shop
Currency exchange
Internet
Free internet
Parking
Free parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities
Accessible facilities
Wheel chair access
Accessible parking
Public areas wheelchair accessible for disabled
Wheelchair accessible elevators
Ramp access to buildings

Nearby points of interest

  • Curacao sea aquarium: 0.1 mi
  • Independance statue: 1.8 mi
  • Fortplain: 2.8 mi

Dining

Restaurant
Lions Dive has 4 bars/restaurants on property. You can enjoy a fine dining experience at Nemo, have drinks and a nice meal at beach bar & restaurant Hemingway, enjoy drinks and beachbites at beach bar Chill or we will see you around the Olympic pool at Piazza!

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1600
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (22)

Ratings and reviews for Lions Dive and Beach Resort Curacao

Overall score

3.8 / 5
5.01.0
22 out of 22
Amenities:
4.1
Room cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
3.6
Room comfort:
4.1
Location:
4.2
Value:
3.6

82% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Lions Dive and Beach Resort Curacao

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Danyell9
Virginia
Apr 25, 2014

Wait! What? I have to leave!?!?!

This was by far the BEST vacation ever! I LOVE Lions Dive! This was the perfect place, with the most perfect beach and plenty of stuff to do within walking distance. There are several restaurants on site and several right around the corner at the mall on the beach. EVERYONE was super nice and helpful. NO ONE and I mean NO ONE bothers you on the beach. It is so peaceful and relaxing. NOT crowded with plenty of places to sit in and out of the sun. Snorkeling was the best and everything was super clean. The pool, OMG the most awesome pool ever! The temp of the water was amazing and the view while swimming, priceless!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The Hemmingway was not as fantastic as I had hoped, esp for breakfast, and it was SUPER expensive. The breakfast buffet particularly was a bit of a let down. But don't worry there are so many other place to choose from, so make sure you walk around a bit.

Review of Lions Dive and Beach Resort Curacao

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Reasonably picky traveler
california
Oct 14, 2013

if you dive or like to lay on a beautiful beach--this is the place to go!

Great facility directly on the beach with direct access to nice reefs a 30 meter swim from your beach chair. I stayed 16 days and loved the place. Helpful and friendly employees at the desk and dive shop and pool bar. Only two minor negatives to the whole trip: the hotel uses an electronic key system like all modern hotels, but here, if your key gets within 10 feet of your cell phone, it will no longer work in your door and you have to traipse back to the front desk for a new one, which often doesn't work either, because there is a timer on the locks which won't let you gain entry for about 10 minutes (which fact is apparently unknown by the hotel staff). This happened to me 4 or 5 times in two weeks and was a real pain. Second, the on-site restaurants (some of which are independently owned) take forever to deliver food and then when your check comes, it's all messed up, with your neighbor's order on it instead of yours. Minor stuff, though, and this is a great place i would definitely return to.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Augusto's restaurant is the place to go for very good and consistent food (mostly italian pastas and fish). it's essentially on the hotel grounds and it's the best and most consistent food in the area.

Review of Lions Dive and Beach Resort Curacao

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Taddybeer
Netherlands
Sep 29, 2013

Will not stay there again

Not enough parking Not enough control for opening of gate parking. Had to move by failure of air that was broken at check-in.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
2
Value:
2
Review of Lions Dive and Beach Resort Curacao

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
JanaS
New Yor, NY
May 8, 2013

Great for diving & access to beachside nightlilfe

My economy "run of the house" room actually had nice view over docks and ocean. Hotel and Dive staff were great, helpful, pleasant. Beach is ok, not awesome, but very good for swimming. Great gym and exercise classes. Easy access to Willemstad & other areas. Overall a great stay!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
4
Entertainment tip: Short drive from hotel

Take time to explore some of the publilc beaches about 1/2 hour drive: Cas Abou, Porto Marie

Review of Lions Dive and Beach Resort Curacao

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
EJBS
Cleveland, Ohio
Jan 26, 2013

Really nice without the glitz; perfect for divers.

This resort hits a nice spot with all the comforts in an attractive functional package: nice beach with a little close in snorkeling, fantastic 50 meter lap pool; pleasant if pretty ordinary food and incredible convenience for divers with the onsite Ocean Encounters who we really enjoyed diving with.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Lions Dive and Beach Resort Curacao

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Dikus
UK
Feb 18, 2012

Lions Dive Resort

Sometimes noisy during day due to DJ playing loud music on beach at Royal resorts(this beach had been crowded but emptied when music started) In spite of this DJ still continued ! Also noisy some nights due to proximity of Mambo Beach music.Hotel also say check in time now 16.00 hrs and check out 12.00 hrs . We arrived at 16.40hrs and room was not ready , however check out time was not altered when we asked for check out at 13.00hrs.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
2
Value:
3
Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

Use little buses to go to city much cheaper than taxis

Review of Lions Dive and Beach Resort Curacao

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Boston, MA
Nov 17, 2010

Great accomodations USELESS front desk

This is an excellent, family friendly location/accomodations with PERFECT beach and pool options for kids. We met many Dutch families and really enjoyed our vacation. HOWEVER, the front desk and staff at Hemmingways were HORRIBLE!!! The front desk provides little to NO information on transportation options other than renting a car from their provider or taking a cab, which I would not recommend because of the prices. We asked about activities and received no helpful details. They essentially want to make it difficult for you to spend money anywhere else other than their hotel. ASK FOR THE DUTCH BINDER OF ACTIVITIES for some suggestions. This is given to all the Dutch families that book travel through a Dutch agent. They do not offer these to US/Others even if you ask for suggestions of things to do. A dutch couple shared theirs with us and then I went to the front desk to ask for one. The dive shop is excellent but not family friendly i.e. we wanted to split a 2 tank dive so 1 of us could stay on the boat with our 18mo old (who has been on many boats). They would not allow us to do this without charging us both full price. We also hear the same complaint from another couple...."such a family friendly resort with an "adult only" dive shop. The dive shop staff were EXCELLENT, knowledgeable, friendly etc. We discovered a free shuttle 566-1100 but you need to make reservations. Walk or take the "locals bus" to Punda (30min) and the grocery store (15-20) instead of taking a cab for $10-20 US dollars...Punda is less than 3-4 miles away. Research restaurants outside of the resort or ask employees of other businesses where to go (or go to Nemos and Piazza,which were excellent and poolside but not always open in Nov). Rent a car and explore the island for 1-2 days is worth it. We found an AMAZING beach called Abu up on the other side of the island. BRING YOUR OWN BEACH TOWELS as they charge a daily fee to use theirs. DO NOT charge meals to the room as we were warned by other couples staying there that they were not always accurate. I would stay here again but I would rent a car and tanks and do my own diving using the very helpful maps of dive sites. There is a ton of great shore dives. I would have done more research on where to go before I went given how unhelpful, but friendly the frontdesk is.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
3
Sightseeing tip: Not Applicable

see above. Explore options before you leave as the front desk is useless!!! Rent a car and tanks/gear and just drive around to do most of the dives, which can be reached from the shore.

Review of Lions Dive and Beach Resort Curacao

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Boston, MA
Nov 17, 2010

Great accomodations USELESS front desk

This is an excellent, family friendly location/accomodations with PERFECT beach and pool options for kids. We met many Dutch families and really enjoyed our vacation. HOWEVER, the front desk and staff at Hemmingways were HORRIBLE!!! The front desk provides little to NO information on transportation options other than renting a car from their provider or taking a cab, which I would not recommend because of the prices. We asked about activities and received no helpful details. They essentially want to make it difficult for you to spend money anywhere else other than their hotel. ASK FOR THE DUTCH BINDER OF ACTIVITIES for some suggestions. This is given to all the Dutch families that book travel through a Dutch agent. They do not offer these to US/Others even if you ask for suggestions of things to do. A dutch couple shared theirs with us and then I went to the front desk to ask for one. The dive shop is excellent but not family friendly i.e. we wanted to split a 2 tank dive so 1 of us could stay on the boat with our 18mo old (who has been on many boats). They would not allow us to do this without charging us both full price. We also hear the same complaint from another couple...."such a family friendly resort with an "adult only" dive shop. The dive shop staff were EXCELLENT, knowledgeable, friendly etc. We discovered a free shuttle 566-1100 but you need to make reservations. Walk or take the "locals bus" to Punda (30min) and the grocery store (15-20) instead of taking a cab for $10-20 US dollars...Punda is less than 3-4 miles away. Research restaurants outside of the resort or ask employees of other businesses where to go (or go to Nemos and Piazza,which were excellent and poolside but not always open in Nov). Rent a car and explore the island for 1-2 days is worth it. We found an AMAZING beach called Abu up on the other side of the island. BRING YOUR OWN BEACH TOWELS as they charge a daily fee to use theirs. DO NOT charge meals to the room as we were warned by other couples staying there that they were not always accurate. I would stay here again but I would rent a car and tanks and do my own diving using the very helpful maps of dive sites. There is a ton of great shore dives. I would have done more research on where to go before I went given how unhelpful, but friendly the frontdesk is.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
3
Sightseeing tip: Not Applicable

see above. Explore options before you leave as the front desk is useless!!! Rent a car and tanks/gear and just drive around to do most of the dives, which can be reached from the shore.

Review of Lions Dive and Beach Resort Curacao

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Virginia
Jun 18, 2010

curacoa1

Primarily a rest and scuba dive vacation. Dive facility and staff were great and so were the dives. Nemo's restaurant was great - good food/service. Hemingways's restaurant food was poor and service was terrible. Overall, facility and hotel service were pretty good and staff friendly. Would visit again with the right "package".

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
3
Nightlife tip: Not Applicable

Don't expect much nightlife here. Not the purpose of this resort. Rest, relaxation are the primary events here. Although resort is next to the touristy sea aquarium, which is great for kids and others.

Review of Lions Dive and Beach Resort Curacao

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Virginia
Jun 18, 2010

curacoa1

Primarily a rest and scuba dive vacation. Dive facility and staff were great and so were the dives. Nemo's restaurant was great - good food/service. Hemingways's restaurant food was poor and service was terrible. Overall, facility and hotel service were pretty good and staff friendly. Would visit again with the right "package".

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
3
Nightlife tip: Not Applicable

Don't expect much nightlife here. Not the purpose of this resort. Rest, relaxation are the primary events here. Although resort is next to the touristy sea aquarium, which is great for kids and others.

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