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Lions Dive & Beach Resort Curaçao

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This is an older facility but supposed to be undergoing reservations this spring/summer. Staff was good. Lights in room never did work right, had to turn main power off to turn off bedroom lights (so no light in bathroom) but the TV stayed on thus was tolerable as it gave off light but we had to lv it on all night. Bed pillows so uncomfortable had to give up and roll up a quilt for pillow. Great beach and restaurants. Nice for first timers to Curacao. We bought transfers in advance for shared ride $42 round trip airport. Cabs were plentiful at $15 one way to hotel (w/o tip) so no worries about booking a ride in advance. Had odd way of handing out beach towels. You get one but have to take it to the lobby and trade in for new one. Surprised this was not managed on the beach. Beach bar lively and fun. Some shops adjacent to property. Set up had fun water playground for kids which kept families a distance from adults vacationing and not wanting kid antics in your face. That set up was brilliant. Overall great for all ages.

We were very pleased with our stay at this hotel. what not to like! Our room was very comfortable with a nice balcony and ocean view. Coffee in the rooms was very good. Sipping coffee every morning looking at the ocean - priceless.

Great restaurant with entertainment right on beach- walking distance to shops and nightlife

Overall I was happy with Lion's Dive however, I would not consider it a 4 star resort like I thought I was booking. The rooms were lacking a bit. My room had incredibly poor lighting and no luggage rack. Also I had a king sized bet yet the covers were two separate twin size covers. Was constantly having to readjust my sheets in the middle of the night. The hotel staff was very nice and helpful. I was particularly fond of the bar manager at Hemingway's. Unfortunately I did not get his name but he was awesome! One of the best bartenders I've ever met. I liked that they had a dive shop on the resort, they were also great. Would I book again? Maybe, but I would need to see if I can get a better room before doing so.

Hotel was absolutely wonderful. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. Rooms were bright, clean, and well air conditioned. There are plenty of lounge chairs at their beautiful beach. The bar by the beach makes great drinks, some of the best we had during our whole stay on the island, and we drank at a lot of places! We also had dinner at Nemo, their more upscale restaurant and it was fantastic! Prices on the hotel property for food and drinks are a bit high than if you ate or drank off hotel property, but in general worth the money. Would definitely recommend this hotel over many others nearby.

The hotel was very clean and the food at Hemingway's was really good. It was cool to see all the iguanas hanging out on the property.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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".

room was small: black mould in shower: noisy: poor service at Hemingsway restaurant, staff not interested in customers.

The people at the entrance counter were very friendly and pleasant. Did everything to make may stay very enjoyable. The rooms were cleaned very well every day. The restaurant by the beach was great and the service excellent. Loved the stay, will recomend to friends and will return happily.

We ALWAYS choose the Lion's Dive for our stay in Curacao. We feel is by far the BEST resort on the Island and it's expansion over the years has not detracted from it's appeal at all. New apartments & suites, gorgeous swimming pools, new restaurant, new large shuttle bus all make the stay there the best! The Dive facility offers several trips for both scuba and snorkeling as well as full certification courses. The free shuttle runs twice a day into Willemstad...famous for it's colorful buildings along the canal and pontoon bridge. The on site restaurants offer a variety of foods from a casual lunch at "Hemingways" to first class dinner and wines at "Nemos" all at reasonable prices. Several languages are spoken by the staff making you feel right at home. The Lion's Dive if most definitely "The Natural Place To Stay"

Amazing vacation, with tons to do! The hotel was in a perfect location with a beautiful private beach and tons of excursions located on the property. We snorkeled, took a sunset boat cruise of the island, did an ATV tour of the island (highly recommend!!), visited the sea aquarium and much more. The restaurants nearby were excellent. The rooms had a great kitchen and a fantastic wrap around patio/balcony that could fully open up to the living room to create a giant outdoor living space. The bedrooms were nicely airconditioned. All the service staff spoke english, although the resort was definitely catered more toward Europeans. I would recommend the Lion's Dive Hotel to anybody wanting a relaxing, adventure filled beach vacation!

We loved the hotel, its friendly service, a great place to be, right at the ocean, found everything extremely well taken care of, the rooms perfect. We would book back there in a heart beat. Can definately recommend this place as the island people are amongst the friendliest we met in the Carribbean.

Bapor Kibra Willemstad

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Marina

Lions Dive & Beach Resort Curaçao places you next to Curacao Sea Aquarium and within a 10-minute walk of Mambo Beach. This 137-room, 4-star hotel has 3 outdoor pools along with a private beach and a marina. Also nearby are Jewish Cultural Historical Museum and Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue.


Dining

Enjoy dining at Hemingway, one of 4 onsite restaurants. Start each morning with buffet breakfast, available for a fee from 7 AM to 10:30 AM.


Rooms

All of Lions Dive & Beach Resort Curaçao's 137 air-conditioned rooms provide balconies or patios, coffee makers, and ceiling fans. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Safes, phones, and desks are other standard amenities.


Property features

Lions Dive & Beach Resort Curaçao features a private beach, a marina, and a full-service spa. You can take advantage of free parking, along with a free area shuttle. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach hotel include 3 outdoor pools, a children's pool, and a fitness center.

Room options

Oceanview Room

King 1 | Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Oceanfront Room

King 1 | Full 2 | Sleeps 4

2 Bedroom Apartment Lions

King 1 | Sleeps 6

1 Bedroom Lions Suite

King 1 | Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for Lions Dive & Beach Resort Curaçao

Everyone (4) Couples (7) Family (2) Other (4)
4

beautiful beach and short cab ride to city

Everyone

This is an older facility but supposed to be undergoing reservations this spring/summer. Staff was good. Lights in room never did work right, had to turn main power off to turn off bedroom lights (so no light in bathroom) but the TV stayed on thus was tolerable as it gave off light but we had to lv it on all night. Bed pillows so uncomfortable had to give up and roll up a quilt for pillow. Great beach and restaurants. Nice for first timers to Curacao. We bought transfers in advance for shared ride $42 round trip airport. Cabs were plentiful at $15 one way to hotel (w/o tip) so no worries about booking a ride in advance. Had odd way of handing out beach towels. You get one but have to take it to the lobby and trade in for new one. Surprised this was not managed on the beach. Beach bar lively and fun. Some shops adjacent to property. Set up had fun water playground for kids which kept families a distance from adults vacationing and not wanting kid antics in your face. That set up was brilliant. Overall great for all ages.

By , from Boston on Mar 10, 2017

5

fantastic locaton and beach.

Everyone

We were very pleased with our stay at this hotel. what not to like! Our room was very comfortable with a nice balcony and ocean view. Coffee in the rooms was very good. Sipping coffee every morning looking at the ocean - priceless.

By , from Charlotte NC on Feb 2, 2017

Review comment responded on Feb 7, 2017

Dear Nina, thank you very much for taking time for leaving this nice review! How nice to read you enjoyed our location and your stay in our resort. We hope to welcome you again in our resort. Sunny regards,

4

great location and fun place to stay-

Everyone

Great restaurant with entertainment right on beach- walking distance to shops and nightlife

By on Jan 13, 2017

Review comment responded on Feb 7, 2017

Thank you for leaving this review and hope to welcome you again! Sunny Regards,

4

good resort for divers

Everyone

Overall I was happy with Lion's Dive however, I would not consider it a 4 star resort like I thought I was booking. The rooms were lacking a bit. My room had incredibly poor lighting and no luggage rack. Also I had a king sized bet yet the covers were two separate twin size covers. Was constantly having to readjust my sheets in the middle of the night. The hotel staff was very nice and helpful. I was particularly fond of the bar manager at Hemingway's. Unfortunately I did not get his name but he was awesome! One of the best bartenders I've ever met. I liked that they had a dive shop on the resort, they were also great. Would I book again? Maybe, but I would need to see if I can get a better room before doing so.

By , from Seattle, WA on Dec 2, 2016

Review comment responded on Dec 6, 2016

Dear Cheryl, Thank you for writing this review. Good to read you enjoyed the facilities on our resort. Unfortunately the room did not meet with your expectations, we would like to mention that complaints about your room can be reported 24 hours a day at our front desk. They will do their utmost to solve the complaints. The compliment for the bartenders will be communicated with the restaurant management. We hope you will consider staying at our resort again. Sunny regards, Management & staff Lions Dive & Beach Resort

5

great hotel with a great beach!

Couples

Hotel was absolutely wonderful. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. Rooms were bright, clean, and well air conditioned. There are plenty of lounge chairs at their beautiful beach. The bar by the beach makes great drinks, some of the best we had during our whole stay on the island, and we drank at a lot of places! We also had dinner at Nemo, their more upscale restaurant and it was fantastic! Prices on the hotel property for food and drinks are a bit high than if you ate or drank off hotel property, but in general worth the money. Would definitely recommend this hotel over many others nearby.

By on Oct 1, 2015

4

fun solo trip

Singles

The hotel was very clean and the food at Hemingway's was really good. It was cool to see all the iguanas hanging out on the property.

By on Sep 1, 2015

5

wait! what? i have to leave!?!?!

Couples

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!

By on Apr 25, 2014

4

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

Singles

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.

By on Oct 14, 2013

4

great for diving & access to beachside nightlilfe

Singles

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!

By on May 8, 2013

4

really nice without the glitz; perfect for divers.

Families

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.

By on Jan 26, 2013