Why go all inclusive in Curacao?
The Caribbean's jewel in the crown Curacao is known for being a luxurious holiday destination and, as a result, the best way to truly experience it is to go all inclusive. There are numerous excellent hotels here that will cater for your every need and mean that you have a completely stress-free break.
Of course, the main advantages of booking an all inclusive deal are that you can budget effectively before your holiday, and that you won't have to worry about spending a penny once you arrive - unless you want to, that is.
If you're planning to stay on one of Curacao's more remote spots where there are generally fewer amenities, all inclusive is definitely the way to go, as it means you'll never have to worry about finding a restaurant for dinner.
One of the biggest bonuses of going all inclusive is that you know exactly what's included in the price of your break before you jet off. In terms of your hotel, this will usually include access to all the facilities, such as swimming pools, tennis courts and fitness centres, as well as allowing you to dine in any of the restaurants and order a drink at any of the bars.
Many of the top resorts in Curacao also have their own spa onsite, which is ideal if you want to be truly pampered during your holiday. It is worth checking what your all inclusive deal covers, though, because in many cases spa treatments will come at an additional cost.
However, it may be that you can use facilities like the jacuzzi, steam room and sauna as part of your all inclusive booking, so you can still make the most of the relaxing atmosphere in this bit of your hotel complex.
Water sports centres are also found at many of Curacao's best hotels, but again, you may have to pay extra for certain activities. Check with your tour operator when you're booking to find out what is and is not included when it comes to activities.
While it may be tempting to stay at your hotel for the duration of your break, it would be a shame not to explore some of the incredible sights Curacao is home to.
Combining UNESCO World Heritage sites with dazzling white-sand coastlines, Curacao sure packs a serious punch when it comes to filling up your itinerary. Why not head to Christoffel National Park, where you will be able to experience a variety of treasures, including staggering limestone cliffs, caves featuring ancient drawings, deer, orchids, iguanas and cacti? Or explore Shete Boka National Park, which boasts secluded beaches, treasure-filled coves, sea-turtle sanctuaries and a huge blowhole?
History buffs should consider the Kura Hulanda Museum, situated in 19th-century slave quarters; a haunting and moving journey into the brutal history of slavery in the region. Meanwhile, the Curacao Maritime Museum in Willemstad looks back at the island's history and the Dutch West India Company's role in the area's commercial boom in the 20th century.
And if all of that sounds a bit too hectic for you, relax on one of the island's 38 stunning beaches, nab a bargain at the floating market, or just lay by your all-inclusive hotel pool. It's what holidays are all about at the end of the day!
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