Romance in Curacao: special moments for couples
Whether you are there for a honeymoon, a special occasion, or just for a reason to get away from the monotony of daily life, Curacao's charm and elegance is the ideal destination for loved-up couples. Defying all standard ideas of what you would expect from the Caribbean, holidays in Curacao will surprise and entice, and you and your partner are sure to have a getaway that neither of you will forget in a hurry. Here are some of the ways you can enjoy a more intimate side to Curacao.
Naturally, you wouldn't go to the Caribbean and not relax on its white sandy shores. Imagine this: you are topping up your tan as your dig your feet into warm crisp-white sands, as glittering azure waters lap up, and the swaying palm tree above offers refreshing shade. Sounds perfect, right? Well the great thing about Curacao is that it also boasts a wealth of isolated beaches, especially in the north and west. Playa PortoMari, for example, offers shallow waters for diving, while even on the weekends, you will feel like you have the whole place to yourself.
For an even more secretive experience, head to one of the secluded coves with your partner, where you can both become avid explorers and share magical moments with one another. You may even want to go on a snorkelling or scuba trip, where you can enjoy caves, shipwrecks and untouched reefs underwater, all while holding your partner's hand.
This may not be the most romantic place on the island, but not only is it one of the biggest attractions, but it actually has a love-laid story. Standing as the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, this place of worship still serves all of the descendants of Jewish families who escaped persecution in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The floor is actually made of white sand, highlighting the Jewish ethos that like millions of grains of sands, couples are encouraged to procreate. Well, if you say so…
As the sun sets, the best place to head to with your loved one is the Punda waterfront. While during the day the area may be filled with tourists seeking some of Willemstad's most historic and well-known buildings, at night, the area transforms into a tranquil and serene picturescape. Whether you choose to eat at the iconic Iguana Cafe, have a romantic candlelit dinner, or merely stop off for cocktails at one of the many bars that reside here, you can do all this with some of the best views of the city on offer.
A dinner you'll never forget
There are some great places to have an extravagant and romantic dinner out. While Fort Nassau was once built to protect Willemstad, it is now home to a lovely restaurant that boasts probably the best panoramic view available on Curacao. Highlights on the menu include the succulent steaks, the shrimp scampi, and of course the blue curacao cocktails.
And if you are feeling even more plush, why not go to Bistro Le Clochard, allegedly the most expensive restaurant in Curacao. With its stunning sunset vantage spot and its Swiss-French fusion menu, you can't really go wrong here, even if it burns a server hole in your pocket. Finish off with drinks at the UNESCO-protected Rif Fort Courtyard and what you have is a night out that is sure to set the hearts aflame of even the most cynical. Next stop? That indulgent and luxury hotel of course…
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Renaissance Curacao Resort and Casino is offering a brand new "Taste of Curacao" package to entice new travellers to the Caribbean island and enjoy its cultural offerings. The package includes daily breakfast and a three-hour guided painting workshop by local artist Nena Sanchez. The hotel will also be running a special competition on social media sites to win the package.
Harbour Village Beach Club is inviting loved-up couples to escape to Bonaire and enjoy scuba diving adventures and low rates. The hotel is located within a beautiful four-acre private peninsular and has an onsite First Class 5 Star PADI Instructor Development Centre with diving certification and courses.
The Caribbean has always been a hotspot for tropical holidays and romantic escapes and while many of the region's islands are less accepting of same-sex couples due to religious or cultural reasons, the small island of Curacao welcomes LGBT travellers and has the highest membership rate of businesses in the IGLTA (International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association.