As I’m sure you already know, the team here at VIVA GLAM Magazine is always on the lookout for epic beach getaways. That’s why we were thrilled when we discovered Bonaire Beach Villas on, you guessed it, the Island of Bonaire earlier this year. Bonaire is a small island (with a total square mileage of 111 sq mi) and is considered one of the Caribbean “ABCs”. (The Islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao, which are all extremely close to one another, make up the ABCs). Bonaire sits just 50 miles off the coast of Venezuela.
When we first arrived on the island, what immediately stood out to us about Bonaire was the large population of young Dutch people that inhabit the island. Naturally, this makes sense as Bonaire is a special municipality of the Netherlands. While the national language of the island is Dutch, the residents also speak Papiamento, a simple Spanish creole language mixed with several other languages. Papiamento was created so the people of the island (all having differing countries of origin) could understand one another despite where they were from. So, if you speak Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, English, French, or even Afrikaans, you will understand some of the words found in this language. That, in itself, was truly interesting to learn about.
Bonaire Beach Villas
Now, what brought us to the warm, gorgeous island of Bonaire? We were drawn to this island by the stunning Bonaire Beach Villas, three luxury villas that overlook the bright blue Caribbean Sea.
Bonaire Beach Villas consists of 3 properties, all chic, modern, and equipped with high-end, luxury furniture and finishes. Each villa has its own private spa, infinity pool, and beach complete with lounge chairs spread out in the sand. Each room has its own air conditioning unit, and there are units throughout the common living spaces, as well. So, despite the warm summer weather, you will always be comfortable in the perfect temperature. Each villa also has a coffee machine and a fully furnished kitchen, making cooking a breeze. There’s plenty of room for parking, and Villas 2 and 3 each have a steam shower! You can even order a masseuse and private chef upon request. I don’t know how much more I can stress just how lux and gorgeous these properties are.
During our stay on Bonaire, the VIVA GLAM team stayed at Beach Villa 3, and we were immediately blown away by the property. You can’t help but notice how modern and chic it looks. Upon walking up the stairs and through the front doors, our breath was taken away by the spacious interior. There’s a designated office in the open-spaced loft, a long, beautifully carved wooden table that could easily seat a full party of 16, an impressively expensive looking kitchen, and a view like no other looking outside at the sparkly, crystal blue waters that will leave you in awe. Honestly, I never got used to that view at the property.
Beach Villa 3 has seven rooms, making its starting price of $1,430 per night incredibly affordable if you’d like to rent it out with friends. Katarina and myself picked the two beautiful rooms upstairs, both of which had breath-taking views of the sea from furnished balconies. And my bedroom, I am happy to announce, had a very large steam shower in it. Needless to say, I was in the steam shower nightly. There’s nothing like ending the day meditating in the hot steam, after all.
Other bedrooms had their own large bathtubs, one peaking into the depths of the infinity pool, and one even had a clear, tube-shaped shower in the middle of the bedroom, which was quite a conversation starter.
If I had to pick a property to truly relax and decompress in, there is no better place to choose.
If Beach Villa 3 is too large for you, Beach Villa 1 holds up to 8 guests and starts at just $570 per night. Beach Villa 2 holds up to 12 guests and starts at $1, 215 per night.
Now, visiting Bonaire solely for the opportunity to decompress and relax is, in itself, a great reason to visit the island. However, what if you’d like to do more in Bonaire? What’s there to do while staying on the island?
What to Do on Bonaire
While Bonaire really is one of the best places we’ve visited to just lay back by the beach and soak in the sun, if you’re looking for more to do, you’re in luck. Bonaire is the perfect island for scuba diving, kite surfing, and wind surfing. In fact, you’ll find that all three of these activities are very popular on this little island.
If water sports aren’t exactly your thing, we have a few other suggestions for you, as well.
The Ocean Oasis Beach Club is a spectacular spot to eat a nice meal, sit out by the water, and enjoy a few drinks. Ocean Oasis is an open, tropical building with a main covered dining area for meals. There are also tables scattered out across the sand leading up to the water along with beautiful hanging lights, tiki torches, and all the tropical ambiance you could ask for.
They have different food menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and they also offer delicious alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage choices, as well. While some of the island hasn’t quite fully adapted to veganism, there were vegan options at the Ocean Oasis, making it a great choice for our team. (And the Dutch supermarket on the island had an incredible array of vegan options, by the way!)
If you’re down for a day about town, there’s fun to be had by the waterfront of Kralendijk, the capital of Bonaire. The buildings are bright and colorful, there’s delicious food scattered about, and if you’re into more luxury shopping, they have beautiful lux shops on top of the more touristy ones.
Lastly, if you’re the type that really enjoys setting sail, a “Supper at Sea” cruise aboard the Melisa may be the perfect evening event for you. This 4-hour adventure has guests sitting on nice, cushioned seats along the boat, served an array of delicious drinks, and enjoying a 6-course meal while sailing through the sunset and into the early evening. What I loved most about our time on the Melisa was how smooth the sailing was. It sails around the calmer points of the island, so you don’t experience too much rocking. As someone who regularly gets seasick, I can say that I was completely fine while on this boat, which is quite an accomplishment for me. There’s nothing like spending an evening with the sea water gently brushing your face while you socialize with friends. They even worked hard to accommodate a vegan-dining experience just for us. So, we cannot recommend the “Supper at Sea” onboard the Melisa enough.
All in all, there’s so much fun to be had in Bonaire. Whether you are looking to just simply relax at a gorgeous villa or partake in water sports, Bonaire is the perfect island for you. We will most definitely be going back, soon, and we hope that you will, too. When you do, be sure to select the perfect home base for your adventure! And we cannot recommend Bonaire Beach Villas enough!