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The Royal Sea Aquarium Resort

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

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.

We were on an island hopping trip, stopping in Curacao for 3 nights on our way to Bonaire. We rented a car for our short visit to Curacao in order to explore the island on our own. The RSA resort was an excellent choice for our stay; we thoroughly enjoyed the facility, the pool, and the ocean views from our balcony. The complimentary passes to the aquarium museum beside the resort were a nice touch. Snorkeling is possible in the water channel at the hotel's beach. It's not the ocean or the reef, but fine for something to do. We enjoyed going downtown and doing our own self-guided walking tour, as well as driving the island from end-to-end with the rental vehicle. Important tip if you rent a vehicle: If you don't have a GPS, you will need one - seriously. Many of the streets don't have road signage, and for the ones that do - you likely won't see them. I am not kidding. We downloaded a free app called maps.me which works on your cell phone and turns it into a GPS (put your cell into airplane mode to avoid roaming charges). This app uses GPS technology, not cell phone usage. to turn your phone into a hand held GPS. I recommend downloading the area maps using WiFi before you leave, so that your cell is ready to go. And it's free, which I was skeptical about at first - but this became our lifesaver (and avoided a number of marital 'discussions' between us as spouses as to which way to drive!). It's not as sophisticated as a dedicated GPS but it does the trick. Learned this from a TripAdvisor review in the past, validating how important TripAdvisor is when planning your next vacation! Would we stay at this location again if we returned to Curacao - for sure!

This resort is relatively small, quiet and family oriented as resorts go. We had a wonderful Christmas vacation stay here. The staff, grounds and amenities were exactly what we were looking for. Free access to the Sea Aquarium was fun and the free shuttle service to the grocery store and to town was wonderful! Dining at Limoncello's was always good. We loved being able to walk to other restaurants and shopping. The office staff were always very helpful. My only criticism would be breakfast by the pool. My food was good, but service was slow and inattentive. Overall, we had a great stay here and would recommend it to all of our family and friends.

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 😙

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 Curacao Dolphin Academy. 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 Mambo Beach and Sahara Casino.


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

Junior Suite, 2 Double Beds, Kitchenette

Full 2 | Sleeps 2

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 515 reviews