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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn Launches New Website

Carib Inn has long been one of Bonaire’s most popular small, full-service resorts, offering differing lodging options, boat and shore diving, and PADI instruction.  The inn has just recently launched a new web site, which can be viewed at www.caribinn.com.

Although all the same great information is available, such as Bruce’s Page, Last Minute Openings, and of course, Friends Over The Years, the new website offers a fully responsive layout, which means that it can be fully viewed on any and all devices--phones, tablets, laptops, or desktops.  The site will re-size itself to whatever device the user views it upon, offering clear, easy-to-read text and images.

The Last Minute Openings page provides the chance for those making their Bonaire vacation plans on short notice to take advantage of lower rates, due to cancellations or other seasonal openings.  And of course, there’s information on accommodations, diving, instruction, and the retail store.

A new area to the website is the Latest News section, which provides glimpses into the every-day happenings at the Carib Inn.  Now, fans of the inn can follow the latest news on either Facebook, or the inn’s own web site.  Take a few moments and check out Carib Inn’s new website(Source:  Carib Inn)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 14, 2015 at 12:37pm AST
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sand Dollar Guests Now Enjoy Improved Wi-Fi During Their Stays

Earlier this month, Sand Dollar completed the installation of individual modem connections for free high speed internet in all of their rental apartments. They have offered free Wi-Fi originating from their centrally located Wi-Fi system for several years now, however the signal strength was not reliable in all of the buildings. 

“The configuration of the property across a vast stretch of waterfront made it difficult to provide an equally strong signal in all of our units,” said Debby Rauwers, General Manager on Sand Dollar Condominiums. “It became clear that having individual modems in the units was the best way to insure that all of our guests had Wi-Fi service they could rely on. With this latest improvement, Sand Dollar becomes the first Bonaire vacation property to have invested in separate modems for each unit.”

Sand Dollar offers some of the most spacious and comfortable ocean view studio, one, two and three bedroom condominiums on island.  Their Ride to the Reef package provides guests everything they need to enjoy the best of Bonaire’s scuba diving. From May 2 - December 18, 2015, seven night packages with Dive Friends Bonaire begin as low as $637.00 per diver based for four people sharing a two bedroom/two bathroom condominium. Packages include 6 days of unlimited tanks for shore diving, free Nitrox upgrades, truck rental and tourism tax.  Dive Friends on-property facility includes a drive-up tank station with private gear storage lockers and a second tank station on the seaside for diving Bari Reef directly from shore. Tanks and lockers are available 24/7. Sand Dollar’s amenities make it an especially popular destination for couples, families, and groups seeking value and relaxation.

For more information, visit their web site at www.sanddollarbonaire.com(Source:  Sand Dollar Resort Condominiums)

Posted by Susan Davis on March 17, 2015 at 2:45pm AST
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn Announces New Lodging Option with Four-Bedroom House

Bruce Bowker’s popular Carib Inn has a large and loyal following, with many of its guests returning year after year with their growing circle of family and friends.  The inn has just announced the opening of their latest option for lodging--a four-bedroom house located right across from the dive shop.


This new option is already available for guests and features four bedrooms, a fully equipped large kitchen, perfect for cooking in for a large group of family or friends.  All bedrooms have air-conditioning and the house sports two bathrooms with hot water.  It was customized with divers and snorkelers in mind, as there is an outside shower and dive locker available.


The house is directly across from Carib Inn, so it’s certainly convenient for those diving with Bruce. And, the rates are very attractive, and offer small groups economical accommodations, close to the sea and the dive boats.  For up to four persons, the house costs only $179.00 per night, and for five persons:  $189.00 per night; six persons:  $199.00 per night; seven persons:  $209.00 per night; and for eight persons, $219.00 per night.

For additional information, visit the Carib Inn web site by clicking here.  To check availability for the house or any other of the Carib Inn lodging options, email them at info@caribinn.com(Source:  Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 17, 2015 at 4:12pm AST
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sonrisa Boutique Hotel Offers Low Season Explore Bonaire, Windsurf, Yoga, and Dive Specials

Those who make their Bonaire plans far in advance can reap the benefits now, because Sonrisa Boutique Hotel is offering low season packages for windsurfing, yoga, or diving for the months of May, September, October, and November, 2015.  Or choose their Explore Bonaire package, including a free vehicle or scooter rental.

When booking one of the property’s suites for a minimum of seven nights during the months of May, September, October, or November, 2015, visitors are eligible for the Explore Bonaire package with their choice of a car or scooter rental free for five days, including third-party insurance for their stay.  Additionally, discount vouchers are available which provide up to a 15% discount on:

-- Windsurf equipment rental at Bonaire Windsurf Place
-- Dining at Sebastian’s Restaurant
-- Selected items and services at our partner dive shops.

Do note that this special is only available when booking directly with Sonrisa Boutique Hotel.  Explore Bonaire packages start at $125.00 per night, including daily breakfast, but excluding a 12% facility charge or USD $5.45 government room tax.  The rental agreement for car or scooter includes third-party insurance, but the renter may purchase additional insurance coverage if desired.  Other restrictions may apply.

The property has just announced other special packages for these same months, including vacations for windsurfing, windsurfing and yoga, or diving.  For more information, visit their web site by clicking here(Source:  Sonrisa Boutique Hotel)

Posted by Susan Davis on January 27, 2015 at 3:41pm AST
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Sun Rentals Bonaire Announces Two New Vacation Properties

Sun Rentals has just announced the addition of two new properties which are now available to book for vacation rentals.  Additionally, their Bonaire Oceanfront Apartments has recently been awarded Gold status by Travelife.

Villa Isla Bella is located in Sabadeco, and features three levels and it has 5 bedrooms (fully air-conditioned), 6 bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen.  It also offers private ocean access, a great infinity swimming pool, separate jacuzzi, sundeck and a beach house, which contains a bar, a BBQ kitchen, bathroom and a changing room.  For more information, click here.

And for those coming to kiteboard, their second new property, Lighthouse Beach Resort 31, offers the perfect location just minutes from Atlantis (Kite Beach).  This townhome has two bedrooms, both equipped with air-conditioning and offers a pool-size view, perfect for families.  For more information, click here.

And great news to share, Sun Rental’s flagship property, Bonaire Oceanfront Apartments, has just been awarded Gold status by Travelife, an international certification association that helps hotels and accommodations to offer the finest product possible For more information about any of Sun Rental’s vacation rental properties, visit their web site by clicking here.  The web site is available in English, Dutch, Spanish, German, and Portuguese.  (Source:  Sun Rentals Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on July 21, 2014 at 1:22pm AST
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Coral Garden Villas Opens for Vacation Rentals

Recently, Coral Garden Villas has announced that their property has been totally renovated and they are now accepting reservations for vacation rentals.  The property includes several villas located in Playa Pariba in Kralendijk.

Coral Garden Villas were previously only available for long-term rentals, but now visitors to the island can enjoy the great location and upgraded amenities as well.

The villas include a spacious front porch, full air-conditioning and ceiling fans in all rooms, free WiFi and cable TV, hot water, a security system and room safe, a personal sound system in the living room and bedrooms, and night-time security. 

The apartments sports a 42” LCD HD television, a fully stocked kitchen with stove, microwave, toaster, coffeemaker, cookware, tableware, and cutlery, oven, and refrigerator.

Each villas has two bedrooms plus a convertible sofa, so each villa can accommodate up to six persons, although reservations for one or two couples can be made as well.  The master bedroom comes with a queen memory foam/pillowtop mattress, and the second bedroom comes with a king bed, which can be split into two individual beds if needed.

The villas are located only a three-minute walk to supermarkets, a five-minute walk to the shore, casino, and restaurants, and a 15-minute walk into the town center.  It’s a short commute upon arrival, with only a five-minute drive from the airport to the villas’ location.  For additional information, visit their web site by clicking here(Source:  Coral Garden Villas)

Posted by Susan Davis on July 17, 2014 at 2:42pm AST
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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Julita Karkowska Receives Coco Palm Loyal Guest Award

Coco Palm Garden recently bestowed their Coco Palm Loyal Guest Award upon Julita Karkowska, from Poland, on the occasion of her tenth visit to Coco Palm Garden. 

After visiting Bonaire for many years, Julita first stayed at Coco Palm Garden in 2004. She’s a passionate diver, and through the years, Julita has introduced many of her friends to the easy diving on Bonaire. On her last trip (January, 2014), she had some bad luck and got a cold and could hardly speak. She didn’t manage to log a single dive this visit, but Julita has already started to plan her next visit in 2015 at Coco Palm Garden.  Thanks for always choosing Bonaire, Julita!  (Source:  Coco Palm Garden)

Posted by Susan Davis on January 30, 2014 at 11:16am AST
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Sunday, November 03, 2013

Den Laman Condominiums Contract New Management Team for the Bonaire Oceanfront Resort

The Den Laman Condominiums Homeowners Association recently announced it has awarded the hotel management contract to Debby Rauwers and Marco Vermeulen. 

Debby Rauwers grew up on Bonaire, where in 1980 her family built and operated Buddy Dive Resort. Debby was intricately involved in the operation of the resort prior to leaving for her studies at the Higher Hotel Management School in Maastricht, Netherlands. Upon completion of her studies, she returned to Bonaire and Buddy Dive, where she worked “on the floor” before working her way up to General Manager and eventually director of Buddy Dive Resort. During her tenure, Debby was responsible for introducing Buddy Dive, known only to European divers, to the U.S. market.  Within a three year period the resort achieved a 70% US-market demographic, and reached its peak occupancy before being sold to in 2002. After the sale, Debby became an independent entrepreneur and founded Management Connexions, a full service corporate meeting and event management company in the Netherlands. During that period, she also conducted sales activities for Harbour Village Beach Resort Bonaire.

Marco Vermeulen has had broad experience in the travel industry. After graduating from the MTRO school for tourism and leisure in the Netherlands, he became the co-owner of a travel service company specializing in international luxury travel.  After selling the company, Marco worked in the staffing industry where he set up a number of offices as director, both in the Netherlands and Poland. IN 2005, Marco returned to the travel industry as the owner of a Travel and Incentive Bureau for companies before joining Debby in 2008 as the co-manager of Management Connexions.

Debby and Marco have also jointly owned and operated La Pura Vista, a small, elegant boutique hotel on Bonaire.

“We conducted an extensive search before selecting Debby and Marco as our new management team” said Peter Gutman, President of the Den Laman Homeowners Association. “The guests who come to stay at our Bonaire ocean front complex are looking for the special attention you can only get with a small property, and we knew, based on their collective experience, that Debby and Marco were the team who could offer that, and take Den Laman to an even higher level of customer satisfaction. Den Laman has historically achieved a high level of customer satisfaction with its guests.”

“We plan to look for even more ways to enhance their stay, so that each and every guest will have the best vacation experience possible,” said Marco Vermeulen. 

Den Laman features a total of 15 fully air-conditioned units including Studios, Ocean View and Ocean Front One and Two Bedroom apartments, and one truly unique Seaside Deluxe Two Bedroom unit.  All have private balconies, high-end kitchens, dining area, living areas with LCD-TV with surround sound system, DVD player and free Wi-Fi. Den Laman’s Drive & Dive Bonaire Packages include everything guests need to enjoy the best of Bonaire by including condo, air-conditioned pickup truck, options for shore or boat diving and free Nitrox upgrades. Whether guests prefer diving or snorkeling, or simply relaxing and visiting with family and friends, Den Laman is the ideal dive resort and vacation property for those who value their creature comforts as much as they appreciate instant access to adventure and exploration.

For additional information, call toll free (North America):  1-800-382-1094, or in Florida: 1-954-453-5050, visit their web site at www.denlaman.com, or email by clicking here(Source:  Den Laman Condominiums)


Posted by Susan Davis on November 03, 2013 at 11:20am AST
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Central Hotel Bonaire Offers September Savings

During the month of September, the Central Hotel Bonaire, located in downtown Kralendijk, is offering a special, available for arrivals Monday through Friday, in combination with Appetite Restaurant.

Those who book now and who are eligible for the special will receive a three-course surprise menu at Appetite Restaurant, including a prosecco aperitif and coffee or tea after dinner.  Cost for two persons for one night’s stay, breakfast, coffee, tea, water and juice in the room, and the dinner at Appetite is only $185.00.

Central Hotel Bonaire has a new Facebook page available by clicking here.  The 100th “Like” will win a free night for two at the hotel!  (Source:  Central Hotel Bonaire)


Posted by Susan Davis on August 27, 2013 at 1:50pm AST
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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Coco Palm Garden Joins September Savings Sellabration

Coco Palm Garden and Casa Oleander offer self-catering options in the quiet neighborhood of Belnem, steps away from great diving and snorkeling and just minutes away by car to windsurfing at Lac Bay or kiteboarding at Atlantis.  This quaint resort is also offering a September savings package.

Coco Palm Garden is offering a special rate of only $532.00 for seven-night stays.  This rate is based on double occupancy, includes air-conditioning, an upgrade to an apartment, taxes and surcharges. Meals are not included.

The property is conveniently located just minutes from the airport, and offers budget accommodations surrounded by tropical gardens.  All rooms have their own private porch and garden space with hammock and lounge chair, and offer peace, quiet, and tranquility for those who wish a smaller resort experience. 

For more information, call +599-717-2108, email info@cocopalmgarden.com, or visit www.cocopalmgarden.com(Source:  Coco Palm Garden and Casa Oleander)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 04, 2013 at 3:16pm AST
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