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The Royal Sea Aquarium Resort

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This was our 3rd stay at the Royal Resorts Sea Aquarium in our 5th visit to the island over the last 8-years. Note that this is more of a timeshare location, but we were able to get 5 rooms as a group rate (discounted) through their customer service that either started or ended mid-week from 7 to 14 days. It is noted that if you are not a timeshare holder you may need to move rooms if the timeshare holder is scheduled to attend (this was one occasion that none of us were affected, but has happened in the past). This location has limited parking that is about 3-5 minutes from the grounds were the rooms are located, so be prepared to walk if you rent a vehicle. You can load or unload suitcases and people at the hotel, just no parking long term. This stay was a special occasion for us this year, as we celebrated my wife’s birthday. All rooms rented are proximity to the pool and make a nice central gathering place to hang out. Due to our group arrival and leaving on different dates some people ate in, other had left overs but by end of their stay, we were able to cook in the units and gather at one location for a progressive dinner party. Since my last visit in 2012 (at this location), the kitchen facilities have been updated and are fully functional as a dinner party was had with 12-people with great success. The views and accommodations at this location are overwhelming and picturesque to say the least and will give you memories to last a lifetime; right on the water with unobstructed views and sunsets. There are downfalls to staying at a location like this. Consistent calls and knocks on the door to attend a sales meeting for the timeshare to sell you daily (I understand the need to sell a unit, but no thank you and then no I am not interested should be enough, but wasn’t). Staying in the room near 108 or 109 you will find the security guards, employees and maintenance people smoking in front of your door because that is where the ash trays are located. These same people are gathered there for the timeshares sales meetings or security charging their cell phones on the outlet into your unit or maintenance sitting on the benches in front of your doors resting/waiting and looking in your door as you turn around to close it. It would be suggested that the ash trays be further away from the building (so people who do not smoke will not smell or walk through the stench), the waiting benches for cars/taxi service and employees of the resort be moved closer to the restaurant or on the opposite side of the circle (i.e. – exit loop) where the 2 loading/unloading spots are located closer to the sea lions exhibit so the guests do not feel that have to ask to get to their rooms with groups of people standing in your doorway. Would I stay again? Yes, but things need to change. Although my current rating is only based on my current stay, I have given better ratings in the past and would consider returning if some of my suggestions are taken into consideration (waiting area, smoking area, bench location).

I’m going to start this particular review by saying I am usually pretty easy to please. I do not run to the front desk for every little thing. I don’t ask for much. I reuse my towels. My room is usually cleaner than I receive it, so I most days I do not ask for any type of cleaning. But I have to say I was pretty disappointed with my stay at The Royal Sea Aquarium Resort. From the moment we walked in, I noted to my husband that there was a funky smell. That funky smell persisted throughout the stay---sort of like a mix of mold and cleaner. I don’t know. Honestly, if you have mold allergies, you might want to think twice. They don’t even try to hide the mold by simply painting over it---it’s just there for you to see. I don’t even want to know what lives above the drop ceiling, which if you leave your balcony door open, you will hear CONSTANTLY moving up and down. We had linens that had stains, our shower mat was covered in---I don’t know---rust---why even give us that one??? We had furniture covered in sand before we came in---makes you question how clean anything was before you got there. The furniture also needs some serious upgrading. Since we were only two people, it made sense to get the studio, but it wasn’t very functional. The room had a lot of wasted space. The balcony is TINY---crappy furniture and if you’re sitting outside with another person, good luck getting around them if you are not nimble. I did not enjoy being on the first floor and I watched as the same piece of random crap that was laying in the same spot when I got there remained there the entire week. The kitchenette has no sink, and you are reminded multiple times that you must clean the kitchen or you will be charged $75. What a joke---look at the pictures of the disgusting mold and whatever else that exists in the room and they are worried about me not cleaning a few dishes? The front desk didn’t really inform us of anything. My husband had to ask more than once if we were being moved, since we didn’t arrive on a Saturday. The first time he asked, the person had no idea and seemed confused. My husband asked again the following day, just to make sure we were staying in the same room, since nothing had been mentioned and people didn’t seem so sure. Another day, a manager was speaking to us about some event that had been going on the following day and we didn’t know anything about it. He seemed miffed that the front desk didn’t mention anything. Eventually we noticed there was an itinerary posted by the garbage and recycling but it could be incorrect and no one would tell you. For example, it said, “Wednesday, 3:30-5:00 PM, Happy Hour at the Pool.” So sure enough, people would walk over and nothing was there. I heard one couple wondering where it was. Another woman saw my husband with a drink and she asked him where the happy hour was and we told her that we just went to the bar in the restaurant (which everyone wants to walk through the dining area to get their drinks in their bathing suits don’t you know) to get the drinks. The beach area is pretty small but okay. The snorkeling isn’t so bad right off of there. The pools need some maintenance and the first three days that we were there, the pools weren’t cleaned at all. I mean, they were FULL of leaves and whatever else and there aren’t tons of trees around so I guess it just wasn't being done. I would say this resort caters mostly to those with little children or the older crowd. The resort is small and much quieter than the resorts across the way, so it might be good if that’s what you’re looking for in terms of peace and quiet. I really wanted to like this place. I liked that it was small and that it had some privacy. I liked the area for snorkeling. But unfortunately I was too put off by a few things related to my stay. Honestly, these are not things I should have to tell someone about---yes, if something doesn't work, I would---but these are things that housekeeping and maintenance must see on a daily basis that they choose to ignore. I would not return if I ever revisit Curacao.

we stayed in an apartment with impeccable sea view. the breakfast is served near the pool and you feel the sea breeze. We get tickets to go to the oceanarium. I thought it was small, but well worth the visit. The animals seem well looked after. It has a very quiet private beach and is close to restaurant and bars.

The Sea Aquarium is a great place for a quiet getaway. Only 32 unit, very laid back. Right on the Caribbean look out towards Venezuela. For there older folks nice place to sit and relax. For the millennials the are numerous clubs within walking distance. The island is perfect for drive and the is a dive shop right next door. The Sea Aquarium is also next door with many activities for the entire family. The resort is full service with a restaurant, breakfast by the pool and even a laundry. This is a great place to stay and recharge your battery.

We there as a week and stay at the resort. The room was clean and we did not have any maintenance issues during our stay. There was some wear in the room from use but overall it was in good shape. Resort grounds were clean and did not have a lot of clutter. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. Room overlooked the Aquarium and the shows were good (after a few times seeing them knew the whole routine.) But it is a place that I would visit again.

I went there with my family. First of all we were a little bit anxious about the price rate .cause we heard from a lot of people around us .is way to expensive. So one day we decided to go anyway cause you know when will you have this change again.but you know ..we are so glad we went .because it was not so expensive at all what they told us.the kids enjoyed there self .my daughter had the change to feed the sharks 😮.overall our vacation in curaçao is a vacation that we always will remember. Thank u curaçao 😙

I went with my family on a week long trip to the Royal Sea Aquarium and Resort. The staff is very friendly but we were unhappy with the maintenance there. Some other guests were upset too. Upon checking Into the room there was a pretty noticeable stain on the sheets and pillows that looked like blood. At first I thought maybe it was from one of our bags so I tried to get it out and it wouldn't even come out! My family mentioned they saw it there when we first walked in. I called the desk and asked both beds to have all the sheets changed and new. At first glance, the switched sheets appeared fine so we slept comfortably that night. The next day I lifted the sheet as I was waking up to notice the comforter was FILTHY. I'm not sure if they flipped it upside down or just brought another dirty one but there was a huge mysterious green stain that looked like food or vomit. I was so sick that I slept in it we demanded a brand new comforter immediately. Someone came and opened a comforter out of plastic but that set the tone for the week. Although, the people were friendly I also felt that it lacked some diversity (LGBT couples) it definitely was an older, retirement crowd. The Italian restaurant downstairs, Limoncello, is really terrible. The only good item on the menu is the gnocchi. I had to send back the risotto because it was inedible, the chef had the nerve to ask me what was wrong with it. The panna cotta dessert had too much gelatin in it, I was spitting out hard, rubbery clumps. The pizza also tasted like cardboard and was thrown together hastily. We were told the limoncello cheesecake had alcohol on it in the lemon sauce and it was just plain cheesecake, I didn't order any because I'm allergic to alcohol but I could have!!! The wait staff also doesn't know what they're doing besides one nice man. You have to ask to be served and for silverware to eat. You even have to ask for menus. The Lions Dive Resort across the little bridge along the boardwalk has much better food choices and a more lively crowd including Hemingway's --- best fish sandwich I've ever had, Nemo's, Piazza (a much better Italian restaurant) and chill. What sucked the most about the resort is the beach is very small, it's basically a lagoon and it's COVERED IN ROCKS. If you swim across to the other side there are less rocks. If you're looking for a smooth sandy bottom, this is not the place for you. I was disappointed. ALSO, there is no shuttle to and from the airport which Lions Dive Resort includes in their online booking. You have to pay a taxi driver. The taxi driver broke my luggage upon arrival and almost forced us into a tour. Will be staying at a different resort next time I'm in Curacao.

This is a very well maintained, secure tropical oasis. Next to the Aquarium which is a nice venue. They serve breakfast by the pool's over looking the ocean so tranquil. Mombo beach across from this little island. There really is to much to put into this review, just do it.

Myself and a friend just stayed at this resort and it was absolutely wonderful! The first desk is helpful with anything you may need and you staying on a resort that's also an aquarium so you get to see many things. Luckily we got the dolphin room and were able to wake up every morning and see a free show with them. It is also in a great location for younger crowds since it is just a walk away from Mambo Beach and the Wet and Wild beach party. The only thing that was a little annoying is the extra $200 fee they give you once you check in that is non-refundable. Also our room did not have an iron, but other than those minor things I would definitely recommend a stay here.

Ok resort for price. Good things: Pool Near Eric's Adventures Near Shopping Aquarium on Site Ocean Side Bad: Did not care for the tile flooring in room You need to go to front desk to get a towel Limited room cleaning

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 5-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% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 510 reviews