The SpaceDestination Treasure By The Sea Bonaire
Floating in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Venezuela and Columbia, the “ABC Islands” formed the group of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao with the island of Bonaire being the most remote in the region. Having a consistent tropical year round climate, Bonaire being quiet and tranquil is the ideal vacation spot where ever you are coming from. Here, in the Netherlands Antilles, Dutch territory, the people speak “Papiamento” a lilting mixture of Spanish and Portuguese with expressive Dutch, African and English elements. Its culture, natural landscape and limestone formations give it a distinctive air. Just 24 miles long and 3-8 miles wide, it is one of the quietest islands. Noted for the winds which sweep across the island, life is lived on the beach and outdoors under the trees gazing as the crystal clear blue ocean shimmers.
The allure and variety of Bonaire inspire the most pleasant form of wonderlust. A dreamy traveler could escape from their hectic life. Here the freedom loving wanderer can find peace, seek adventure, and renew love. Or simply enjoy the beauties of nature and the fresh air, undisturbed. The island offers something for the young and young at heart.
The owners were living in the US but fell in love with the unpretentious simplicity and the hallucinogenic color of the island while on holiday. With skill and sensitivity to the indigenous architecture and careful restoration, in 2013 they started renovating their charming Bonairean house and named it Treasure By The Sea. They decided to maintain the traditional character of the local architectural and are still in the process of being thoughtfully preserved. They repaired the roof, updated the electricity (110 volts) and plumbing and refurbished the rooms. Bonaire being known as a Diver’s Paradise, a dunk tank and 5 dive lockers were constructed for the ease of rinsing and storing gear. The garden is becoming luxuriant with new plantings of raspas, heliconias, cannas, hibiscus, oleander, elephant ears and palm trees. Bananas, pineapple, parsley, mint and basil grow on the property. Precious water is collected and recycled in the gardens. Butterflies, bees, hummingbirds hover and swarm over the fragrant flowers while the bananaquits, parrots, and parakeets are frequent visitors. Indoors, the welcome is warm, and everything pays homage to the sea. The owners kept the colors calm and collected. Textiles and furnishings were collected from the United States, however, the owners custom crafted many beautiful pieces using African tropical hardwood making the bed and armoires, the front gate and dive locker doors. Just off the coral coast, in the main city of Kralendijk, the happy couple created a place of delight and luxury and opened their doors to guests and friends. This is the ideal getaway for singles, couples or travel companions who prefer private and personal accommodations that reflects the Caribbean style over hotels and resorts.
The house was built to withstand summer heat and sun by allowing the trade winds flow and keep you comfortable. Vaulted ceilings and tiled floors throughout help keep it cool, airy and bright. Rather than air condition in the living room, it has sliding glass doors, gauze draperies and palm blades ceiling fans that freshen the air. In the bedrooms, the crisp coolness of the Ralph Lauren Reef Blue ceilings and white walls exuberate perfect harmony to inspire relaxation. The gel mattress cools you down and the bed linens invite you in. Local artist watercolor paintings express the love and appreciation of the sea. The bedrooms are equipped with air conditioning if you feel the trade winds aren’t cool enough during the summer nights, however, most people feel that having the natural island breeze gently caressing the skin is more pleasant. A superbly equipped kitchen with all clad cookware allows you to prepare delicious meals and enjoy dining in or al fresco. The patio offers places of shade and respite from the summers glare and provide a vantage point for viewing the sunlight flickering across the sea and the view of Klein. Let the purr of the nearby waves soothe your ears as you relax with a good book on the shaded cabanas and lounge chairs. Watching the seascape lets the imagination soon float away with the time. Days are spent outdoors - sun worshipping, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, kite surfing, hiking, bicycling, boating, sailing, kayaking, horseback riding, shopping and dining - all takes place beyond the residence. Off the road places that serve cold drinks and local food are very popular. Coral reefs are choreographed by psychedelic angelfish, turtles, barracudas, snappers, tarpon, eels, lobsters, crabs and octopus. Lucky spectators see rays, dolphins and whales. Most of the land and sea have been turned into a fiercely guarded nature preserve, and the turtles and flamingos live undisturbed. Throughout the year, visitors bicycle along the roads in nature with the iguanas, donkeys and goats.
The beauties and idiosyncrasies of this island invite longer stays of this glorious simple life. Understandably, friends who fly in never wish to leave as they are just having the time of their lives as you should too!
Treasure By The Sea welcomes you to this island paradise. Guest AccessPrivate or street side parking allows safe and easy access to load your groceries and dive equipment in & out of your vehicle. Privacy walls and cacti fence enclose the property. Internet connection and cable tv are included. Washing machine and a cloths line allows you to pack less. Interaction with GuestsSu & Chris are happy to assist you in any way - just ask! The NeighborhoodTreasure By The Sea is in the town of Kralendijk in an area called Playa Pabou. You can walk on the promenade to the center of town to all the shops on Kaya Grandi. Far enough from the hustle of town, but close enough to go enjoy it. Authentic Bonairian style home that is surrounded by historical homes and is 1 house away from the ocean. When you arrive, you will fall in love just as we did! Getting AroundGoing diving? We have a 2013 Nissan Navara 4 door pickup with power windows, power locks, manual, with tank rack in back which is available for our guests to rent. Want to have fun? We have 2 new 150cc 2 person Scooters available for only for our guests to rent. Like to ride bikes? Our guests have free use of ThreeSixZero Beach Cruisers to get around town with.
Other Things to NoteCollected in cash upon arrival:
1. Bonaire Tourist Tax of $6.50 per person per night over the age (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) minimum includes midweek, weekly & end of stay cleaning