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I am looking for some help with a decision I am trying to make about booking the Breezes Curacao resort. I would be travelling with my husband and 2 children 10 and 7.

Has anyone been lately that could shed light on a couple of concerns. It seems there have been some negative comments with respect to the pool (cleanliness) and the rooms.

Just as a sidenote, we have been to Jolly beach in Antigua and La Cabana in Aruba. Both times we had read negative reviews of the rooms. While I had to agree they were not luxury, we thought they suited the purpose and enjoyed what the Islands had to offer. However, we have never heard of dirty pools at a resort and this concerns us. I would be interested to hear from any recent travellers to see if they have cleaned them up any.

Thanks in advance!
Nason

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    We did not stay at Breezes played tennis on their 1 court and eat at Blues their evening dining room. The place gave the appearance of being a little tacky as we saw it. We are not into all-inclusive fans (Grand Lido, it is not even close) so I cannot comment on activities or rooms. Blues served pretty ggod food.During our stays we are at Royal Resorts' Sea Aquarium Resort, about 1/3 of a mile away. It is a timeshare but offers rooms and suites at very reasonable rates. Because it is small (~30 rooms/suites) it is hard to get into but in a suite that sleeps 4 you also have a full kichen and 2 rooms, one with a king bed and the other with 2 Murphy Beds. It is spotless and in our 3 visits over 2 years we found the staff to be accommodating. We even said we might be interested in a timeshare but only wanted paper not a pitch and they complied. No pressure at all but a little better treatment. It has a lovely pool, nice but small beach the the dining area is only o'k for breakfast but not other meals. So, we went to the market, in our rental car, and bought breakfast and some lunch foods. it saved probably $250 in our last 8 day stay just for my wife and I.
    The snorkeling in Curacao is excellent but it is on the WEST END where there are 6-7 bays with lovely little beaches and excellent snorkeling along the boulders that form the bays. Unfortunately, the area is a 45-50 minute drive from our small resort or Breezes but we did it several times in each of our 3 stays on the island. At beach #1 Santa Cruz there is a fellow who calls himself Captain Good Life. He will take you out in a 28ft. power boat to 3 different spots and leave you there and comes back almost to the minute you request. We found 30-35 minutes at each spot about right. You need to bring your own snorkel gear and inflatable life vest though he has some but we are more comfortable with our own. He charges $10-$14/person for 2-21/2 hours and prepares a very good complete lunch with a beer or soda for $15/person. It is rustic but a lot of fun. The Sea Aquarium Resort may be a little quiet for your childre but they do attract families. Also, see under Curacao restaurants (search) some restaurants we have eaten at several times. Hope some of this helps.

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    Thanks StanKase,

    Just a question, is Blues a new restaurant at Breezes or does it replace one of a different name (Jimmys). I don't think I've heard it before.

    What specifically did you find tacky about it. Did you see the pool area at all to observe it's condition.

    The main reason we are looking at this one in particular is that we can get it in the budget we would like to spend. Alternatively we can go to the Mayan to a 5 star Riu for the same price but I prefer the idea of Curacao.

    Thanks again for the post.

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    nason; unless I am confused Blues is atBreezes. My wife is away so I annot ckeck. On our last trip in Feb. it just looked run-down. In the open air dining room for breakfast/lunch dishes were stacked up 10-12 high. Maybe grubby is a better term than tacky but both fit, really. i must admit I did not look at the pool. The Sea Acquarium Resort is probably $300/day for a suite in season (that's for 4), plus food but you can cover almost all breakfasts and some lunches for the suite has a full kitchen (my wife nor I cook much at home so on vacation it is to boil water,use the toaster and microwave, NOT the oven that is each suite) plus T.V.'s in each room. By the way, I have no financial interest in the place, we just like it. We will go back again in Dec.'07.
    I must admit eating out can be expensive. a good local place Avalon will probably be $100-120 for 4 with tip. Some of the good but not fancy places like La Peragola (near the arches) will be about $125-$135. If you go to LaRousse (Swiss/French) you will have a very good meal but the tab will be $150-$160 for 4 considering the age of your children. A real trat is Astrolab Observatory which will run $200 for your family.
    If you consider Sea Acqurium Resort ask "on request" for a suite on the 2nd or 3rd floor facing the ocean if you can get in at all.There is a KFC McD and a Pizza Hut for lunch right near Sea and Breezes for the kids if they must.I JUST REMEMBERED...Blues it at Avila Resort 2 miles from Breezes.

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