Hyatt Curacao

Old Jun 16th, 2010, 06:06 AM
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Hyatt Curacao

Planning a stay at Hyatt Curaco in July. It is pretty far east on a secluded part of the island. Does anyone know of any restaurants close by ... either 10-15 min. walk or a short cab ride. Trying to find other restaurants in addition to the ones on property. Thanks in advance.
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Old Jun 16th, 2010, 12:32 PM
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On our last visit in 2007 there was no Hyatt. There was a Marriott and Hilton in the mid-island area.If it has been open 1 year it has had it;s shake-down and should be nice. We stay at a smaller place on the EAST END. There is a Swiss0french restaurant not far from the Aquarium called LaRusse (spelling slighly off). It is very intimate and the chef/owner is part of the ambience. The food is very good but the price tag in 2007 for a 3 course dinner and several glasses of wine was $130 but worth it. I would say it is almost as good as the Observatory where I paid about $150 with a bottle of wine and 3 courses for 2 people.
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Old Jun 16th, 2010, 01:36 PM
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The Hyatt has only been open a few months so be prepared for some growing pains. That being said, initial reviews seem to be positive. I believe it is not that far from downtown Willemstad where the majority of restaurants are located. Some years ago, we were disappointed in Bistro le Clochard (great view of the picturesque waterfront though) and the Wine Cellar but agree with Stan about Astrolab Observatory, best meal we had. We really liked the outdoor garden patio. Also enjoyed Jaipur which is also in the Kura Hulanda complex.
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Old Jun 18th, 2010, 04:47 AM
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I second Jaipur if you like Indian food though I do not like it my wife said it was one of the better Indian dinnes she has had, The Avalon if you eat early (get's a bar scene after 9) is a little more moderately priced and we enjoyed the food.The Chinese restaurant right i that area is awful. The portofino in the Marriott was not very good nor was Ft. Nassau. The 2 Italian restaurants under the Arches were very good but that was 3 years ago.
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Old Jun 22nd, 2010, 07:17 AM
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Thank you all for your responses. We have found a few restaurants not too far which we plan to try and got good reviews. I also plan to eat on site as well. I realize the Hyatt is distant and I know there will be growing pains, as there is in any new resort. Part of its appeal for me is its location, and therefore, quietness. I have been to other resorts when newly opened and expect some minor issues. The reviews for the most part have been very good and Hyatt is usually a nice property. FYI, just discovered that the manager in Curacao is from the Hyatt Grand Cayman and we have met him briefly a few times in the past while staying there. He is a quite good at running a resort. Thanks again.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2010, 03:31 AM
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Our experierence as a generalization is that hotel food can be trumped by local restaurants at equal or less expense. But without a car taxi's on Curacao are fairly expensive.That said, you will miss out on the diversity of many fine and diverse ethnic cooking by eating at the hotel. But you cannot beat it for convenience. The one hotel chain which in almost every case to the above has been the Four Seasons.
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Old Jun 24th, 2010, 05:11 AM
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Thank you for your input. I do agree about eating at the hotels which is why I am not a fan of all inclusive. I do like to try different places and eat off property. We may very well rent a car for a day or two once we settle in and get a feel for the area. Taking a taxi is expensive but we are not opposed to it when we pick a place that is remote. I am glad to hear though that the property is beautiful. Another part of the appeal for me.
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Old Jun 28th, 2010, 08:20 AM
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Does anyone know if the Hyatt offers shuttle service to Willemstad? I have heard from other reviews that some hotels that are further away offer such a service. I have emailed the hotel but thought I might check here as well. Thanks.
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We are looking at going to Curacao for a week in early December and staying at the new Hyatt. Has anyone been there lately? Is it worth getting the meal plan or is a la carte better. Also is it easy enough to rent a car at the resort for a day or two of touring? Thanks.
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Old Oct 17th, 2010, 05:47 AM
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I would never recommend a meal plan in Curacao -- too many good restaurants from which to choose! I recommend getting a car for the entire week because as I understand it, the Hyatt is some distance from town and one taxi fare back and forth to a restaurant would probably cover the cost of the car for day. We found the driving there to be easy -- good roads, decent signs, driving on the right as in the U.S. Just don't accidentally fill the tank with diesel -- the gas names are different there and this almost happened to my husband! Also, there are lots of nice beaches to visit and the snorkeling is good. So, unless you don't plan to leave the resort much, a car for the week is definitely worth it.
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Old Oct 17th, 2010, 08:31 AM
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Yes, allisonjames is right about everything. The Hyatt is quite remotely located, and there are not much restaurants near the Hyatt. Even though the Hyatt´s Shore and Medi restaurants are awesome. So renting a car I think is a must.

Curacao is an awesome island, enjoy it!
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Old Oct 22nd, 2010, 06:31 PM
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Stayed at the Hyatt for a week in September, and loved it--the property is really beautiful, service is wonderful and everything brand spanking new and sparkling (though the layout of the rooms is a little weird). It is indeed fairly remote from Willemstad, and renting a car is a good idea to get around. This was our third trip to Curacao, and I agree with allisonjames that it has never occurred to us to get a meal plan there--lots of really great restaurants and you don't want to limit yourself, which is added incentive to get a car (cabs to Willemstad will be $$$$). Shor and Medi are good, but that was where we did encounter some of the Hyatt's growing pains--service was a little patchy as was the quality of the food, but as far as on-site restaurants go, not too bad. Swim was good for lunch--reasonably priced and very friendly staff. Have a great trip!
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