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The Royal Sea Aquarium Resort

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

My wife and I stayed at the Royal Sea Aquarium for a week. We booked 1 bedroom suite with full kitchen. The resort is small compared to the Royal Resorts in Mexico but we wound up liking that fact. Our stay was very quiet and laid back. The staff was top notch and very helpful when help was needed or questions asked. We'll definitely stay here again when returning to Curacao.

Best trip ever! Customer service crew super courtesy, clean and organized place. Wonderful Breakfast. Resort organized events good to join with family. Near to Mambo beach and free pass to aquarium. Jacuzzi with hot water was available, possible point. Available trans to supermarket and downtown. We are planning to came back.

The facility is perfect and the staff are friendly and very helpful. The food form the resort is good and the Lemon Cello restaurant is very good. The resort is associated with the Sea Aquarium which is right next door and it is a great location.

My wife and three daughters (two kids and an infant) just came from The Royal Sea Aquarium Resort in Curacao where we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We stayed for a total of four nights from Sunday to Thursday and each day at the resort, and by extension Curacao, was really fantastic. The resort is located in Bapor Kipra and shares the same compound as The Royal Sea Aquarium, Guests at the hotel have unlimited access to the Aquarium, which while not very large, was quite impressive. We stayed in a two bedroom villa on the ground floor which had a patio for each of the two rooms and a patio for the common living room. All patios have access to the pools, of which there are three - a small kiddies pool (which was a bit underused, probably because the water looked a bit stagnant) a larger pool adjoining a warm water Jacuzzi (pool was a minimum depth of about 12" to a maximum depth of 4 ft) and the biggest pool (minimum depth of about 3 ft to a maximum depth of about 5 ft). Aside from the kiddie pool, the other pools were very clean and we say the attendants regularly cleaning the pools every morning of our visit. The resort is also adjacent to its own private beach which is essentially a lagoon feeding into a section of the Sea Aquarium. One side of the lagoon is the Royal Sea Aquarium Resort and the other side (about 30 - 40 ft) away is a restaurant and another resort. You can swim from one side to the other quite easily but the water in the center of this section is a bit deep, certainly > 6 ft. The water is calm and a beautiful turquoise blue. Fantastic to swim and play in. Our daughters loved the water! The room we stayed in was a two bedroom villa which is essentially a one bedroom/two bed unit (complete with its own bathroom and mini fridge, microwave, coffee maker) separated by a double door to a one bedroom/king bed unit (complete with its own bathroom and full kitchen) and bathroom. I imagine the two bedroom villa is really a combination of a one bedroom villa (the one with the kitchen) and a suite (the other unit). Quite a clever way to facilitate a family of 6 (because the unit with the king bed has two drop down murphy beds in the living room). The rooms were clean and housekeeping came regularly to change towels and clean the room twice a week. Upon making our reservation, we requested a crib for the baby which was provided in our room upon arrival. The staff were very courteous. There was a change in our arrival time due to a flight time change by the airline and we arrived at the hotel at about 11.00 am instead of our initially planned 3.00 pm. Check-in is at 4.00 pm but we were able to get an early check-in at approximately 2.30 pm. While waiting, adjacent to the check-in desk is another room with a bath/shower. We were allowed use of this area to change clothes and to change the baby. Very convenient for us. We were able to change into more comfortable clothes and visit the Aquarium while we were waiting to check-in. There is a restaurant on the compound, Limon Cello which serves good meals. We only ordered a sea food pizza which was reasonably priced and delicious. There is also a small kitchen adjacent to the pool area which serves breakfast and snacks for lunch. While we were there, there was Taco Tuesdays where guests got a complimentary Taco meal. Due to our kids, we did bring some basic foods to cook so we did not eat out that much. The resort is walking distance from the popular Mambo Blvd which has a host of bars and restaurants, Indian, Mediterranean, Chinese, Italian, Mexican and American to name a few. Your food options are limitless. A further walk down is a fantastic sea food place called Sea Side Terrace. Excellent food (try the conch)! We rented a car while there so we were able to access local groceries to supply our kitchen while we were there. The hotel offers a shuttle to a nearby grocery, but since we had a rental car, we did not use the shuttle facility. Two minor issues while we were there. The first is that in one of the bathrooms, there was a dripping water leak from the ceiling. I assume this would have been from the bathroom immediately above. We advised the front desk and the maintenance staff came shortly after to address. It was still leaking that night so the following morning we told the front desk and this time the problem appeared to be fixed. The second complaint was that one of the toilets stopped flushing, but the maintenance team quickly resolved that issue. So although these issues presented themselves, the staff did immediately resolve so as not to inconvenience our stay. And as an added caring touch, the Manager called and left a voice mail to apologize and even offer us a small discount on our stay (which was basically the pizza we charged to our room tab on the house). Great service and excellent customer support! We appreciated this gesture and on checkout I did personally thank the Manager for her kindness. Did we like the resort - Yes. Great proximity to the popular areas of Curacao such as the Aquarium, the Ostrich Farm, Punda and Otrabanda and Mambo Blvd. The staff were pleasant, courteous and warm and they did attend to our needs and requests. The place is clean, quite, peaceful and above all, relaxing. We enjoyed our first visit to Curacao and I am certain that this resort contributed to this enjoyment. Would we visit Curacao again - Absolutely! Would we stay at The Royal Sea Aquarium Resort again - Most Definitely!!!!!!

The resort is small and quiet. It is located on a small island, connected with the island of Curacao by a short bridge. The small island also houses the sea aquarium, with free access for the guests of the resort. We stayed in an efficiency unit, exchanged through Interval International. The unit has a very limited kitchen (microwave, coffee maker, mini-bar-size fridge). The balcony/patio is also small and doesn't have full shade for the whole day. However, bigger units have very large balconies. There is a restaurant and a pool-side bar on the property, and there are many other restaurants on the other side of the bridge. The beach on the property is small but nice, never crowded. You can swim over to the other side where the beach is much larger. Snorkels, masks, and fins are available free of charge. Internet is also free and good. The staff is very accommodating; they responded immediately to all our requests. There is a shuttle to a supermarket once a day, and also a shuttle to Willemstad (also once a day, I think).

Curacao has much to offer and the Royal Sea Aquarium Resort is the perfect choice for a relaxing vacation. The villas are few and offer accommodations for 6. The resort offers unsurpassed sea views, its own private beach on a protected lagoon, complimentary admission the the Sea Aquarium and accessibility to a number of shops and restaurants within walking distance. Minor deficiencies keep the rating down a bit, but it appears the mgmt is working through these issues. Time will tell

We spent two weeks at this resort. Very quiet and relaxing. The Aquarium is next door and you can see the sea lions when you walk by. The dolphins were spectacular. Mambo beach is literally right next door. They have lots of nice restaurants there. It's a short drive into town. We went there almost everyday. Love this island. Very Dutch influence.

My wife and I just returned from a week at the Royal Sea Aquarium Resort. We stayed from a Monday to Monday, which is important because we were moved on Saturday, moving day at this Timeshare. We were not told about this in advance and after speaking to the Manager, Alejandra, we got moved to a nicer unit for the final 2 nights. She was apologetic and tried hard to help us. Our original unit was a ground floor unit facing the ocean(The sunset was beautiful)there was a bad smell and we had to run the dehumidifier the entire time just to keep the smell tolerable. I returned from the pool on the second day and a staff member was in our room fixing a plumbing leak in a neighbouring closet. This seemed odd that they entered our room without telling us. After that we noticed a leak from that wall, which left a 3 foot wide puddle in our bathroom. We told the front desk 3 times and it was never fixed. There were other deficiencies with the room, but I won’t nit pick. Our second story unit faced the dolphin pool and was much bigger, cleaner and less smelly. It did have mold in the bathroom though. We hopped all over the island for the week, visiting the many great beaches. If this is your plan, the Sea Aquarium is in a bad location, you are better in Otrabando or west of Willemstad. If you intend to stay near Mambo beach for the week, you will be ok at this location. Note the parking lot is a good trek from the hotel. The Sea Aquarium is a neat attraction, which you get access to for your stay. The hotel runs a shuttle to Willemstad once a day and also to the grocery store, you need to inquire about times. This is a 3 star property and not any more, we wanted to like this place more, some staff members try hard. There needs to be way more attention given to the units, especially the ground floor ones. The pool area is nice and relaxing and you can snorkel at the beach, definitely not as good as other beaches on the island though. I would not recommend this location.

I visited the Royal Sea Aquarium December 29-Jan 5. It is about 30 minutes from the airport. This resort is situated directly on the ocean, all have ocean views. We were in a 2 bedroom A301 and b, when we walked in this was a fabulous room layer out perfectly. Kitchen dining area in the middle, king bedroom and bath on the left and 2 queen beds and bath on the right.i could not ask for more. The balcony is huge, full table and chairs for 6 and 2 lounge chairs. Our view from this room was unbelievable, looking straight out south, the sunsets were amazing. To the left of our balcony was the sea aquarium, we would get a dolphin show daily, in fact they would open water train the dolphins right in front of the resort. A beautiful sight.The weather forecast called for rain everyday, well those rainy spots were very few and then it would be sunny for the rest of the day. This resort is nice and small, very quiet timeshare. I cannot complain about anything. You had the ocean on one side with a beautiful lagoon on the other side that is just an inlet coming in from the ocean, it is like swimming in an aquarium, the crystal clear blue waters and colourful fish, take snorkel gear. There is a restaurant on site called limoncello, very good. Just remember about eating anywhere in Curacao, it takes a long time to eat. I ended up ordering food for take out quite a few times so you could go do something and go back 45-60 minutes later to pick up. The area this resort is situated is on a peninsula point that you cross a little bridge to get to the resort. Once you cross that bridge and walk thru the docks on the left, your on your way to Mambo Beach area, restaurants and shops , plenty of variety there. It is a busier area but you will appreciate your resort when you go back to bliss on how quiet the Royal is, if you like that. We were there for New Years Eve, I can say I do not think anyone would see a better fireworks show anywhere else on earth. Every resort , every place light fireworks at midnight. It was a unreal experience seeing fireworks everywhere you could look. The resort itself put on an amazing show. I really could not recommend this place enough, everything that we could ask for in a beautiful hot destination, there is considerable wind but it is needed to keep just right. I will definitely go back again.

Very nice educational place. A must see is the movie about how it came to be. The owner/builder, Dutch, is a fantastic person. Lots of marine life in a natural environment. The Sea lions and the dolphins are the highlight as is feeding the sharks.

Bapor Kibra Z/N Willemstad

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Private beach
  • Outdoor pool

The Royal Sea Aquarium Resort places you next to Curacao Sea Aquarium and within a 10-minute walk of Mambo Beach. This 3.5-star condo resort has 30 rooms and welcomes guests with a restaurant, a private beach, and an outdoor pool. It's also near Jewish Cultural Historical Museum and Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue.


Dining

Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at Limoncello, the condominium resort's onsite restaurant. For a nice break, mingle with other guests at the free manager's reception.


Rooms

The Royal Sea Aquarium Resort's 30 air-conditioned condos provide microwaves, coffee makers, and ceiling fans. LCD TVs come with satellite channels and DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and free toiletries. Safes, phones, and desks are also available. Weekly housekeeping is available.


Property features

Guests of The Royal Sea Aquarium Resort enjoy a private beach, an outdoor pool, and a children's pool. There's free offsite parking and an airport shuttle. The front desk has multilingual staff standing by 24 hours a day to assist with dry cleaning/laundry and concierge services. Other amenities at this beach condominium resort include a fitness center, a spa tub, and free WiFi in public areas.

Room options

Suite, 1 Bedroom

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Suite, 2 Bedrooms

King 1 | Sleeps 6

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

90.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 523 reviews