14 Top-Rated Resorts on Bonaire
A tropical paradise and a slew of friendly and comfortable resorts await visitors to Bonaire, an island oasis set in the Dutch area of the Caribbean Sea. A haven for divers and snorkelers, this small isle is a natural beauty flanked by a protected coral reef positioned right offshore. Kayaking, biking, and hiking are other activities popular with travelers who crave adventure with their holiday.
When it comes time to relax, visitors have a bevy of enjoyable resort options, most of which boast a beachfront locale and on-site dive center. With no five-star properties on the island, the best resorts on Bonaire are lovely four- and three-star retreats.
Not a fan of diving? No worries, these resorts offer plenty of other activities, including spa treatments, snorkeling adventures, freshwater pools, and bicycle rentals.
Whether you're traveling with a family or hoping to enjoy a romantic vacation à deux, you'll find the perfect accommodation on our list of the best resorts on Bonaire.
1. The Bellafonte Luxury Oceanfront Hotel
Accommodation: The Bellafonte Luxury Oceanfront Hotel
Six types of apartments are available at the Bellafonte Luxury Oceanfront Hotel, ranging from studios to luxe penthouses fit for royalty (these include a private wraparound balcony).
A fully equipped kitchen (or kitchenette) makes it easy to stay in for a meal, which you can enjoy on an oceanfront balcony, while the plush king beds offer plenty of space to stretch out. The décor is sleek and modern with plenty of light, and each room is spacious and airy.
A small plunge pool provides a decadent way to enjoy the ocean view, although it's tiny enough that you won't be able to swim laps or practice a swan dive. There are dive facilities on-site, as well as bicycle rental and car hire facilities.
While there's no restaurant on the property, the resort is located just five minutes from Kralendijk, where you'll find eclectic shops and eateries. Or, you can make meals in your unit.
Address: E. E. G. Bouldevard 10, Kralendijk
2. Harbour Village Beach Club
Accommodation: Harbour Village Beach Club
An award-winning boutique hotel, the Harbour Village Beach Club boasts luxurious amenities that make it one of the best resorts on Bonaire. A long stretch of soft, white, sandy beach welcome guests to relax in privacy while flanked by tall, waving palms.
If you've brought a yacht along, you can dock it at the yacht marina or wander around this luxe spot to see how the other half live. This expansive resort also offers a dive shop and water sports center, the tempting La Balandra Bar & Restaurant, and a relaxing spa.
In terms of accommodations, the options are seemingly endless. The private villas will enhance any stay, bringing the comforts of home and a very spacious experience to your island vacation. The guest rooms and suites are elegantly decorated and offer wonderful ocean, marina, or garden views.
We highly recommend booking a premier beachfront suite if the idea of opening French doors onto a private patio complete with hammock and the lull of ocean waves appeals to your vacation ideals.
Included in your stay are round-trip transfers to the airport, use of water sports equipment like kayaks and SUPs, beach chairs, hammocks, access to a fitness center, and two pools.
Address: Kaya Gobernador North Debrot Number 71, Kralendijk
3. Windhoek Resort Bonaire
Accommodation: Windhoek Resort Bonaire
Barefoot luxury awaits visitors to the boutique Windhoek Resort Bonaire. An intimate accommodation, this lovely resort is centered around the palapa, a tiki-roofed, Balinese-style meeting spot that fronts the inviting pool.
From vibrant-colored hammocks fringed with tassels to comfortable sun loungers to wooden walkways to swaying palms, relaxation is at the core of this resort. Twelve villas surround the pool, set within the resort's calming tropical gardens. They have patios and kitchenettes, and there's a communal grill to make meal prep even easier.
The four-bedroom, Piet Boon Villas - Villa Flamingo and Villa Kas Iguana - are located slightly farther away, but still within walking distance from the resort. Created by the famed Dutch designer they are named after, these luxe units are perfect for those traveling with friends or families, and they boast private pools.
Another plus, the resort is conveniently located mere minutes from the airport, coral reefs, salt mines, and beaches.
Address: Kaya Pas di Frances Number 14, Kralendijk
4. Delfin's Beach Resort Bonaire
Accommodation: Delfin's Beach Resort Bonaire
The grounds of Delfin's Beach Resort Bonaire are spectacular. In addition to an idyllic private beach stretching into the sparkling ocean, guests can ogle the lush gardens and lounge by the extensive pool, the largest in Bonaire.
Given the busy coral reef that lies just offshore, most guests spend the majority of their time face down in the water. Tip: Bring water shoes, as the beach is peppered with coral, making it a bit painful on the feet, and bring a sun shirt, so you don't get a snorkeler's burn.
The 116 apartments and 13 villas come with high-end amenities and ample space for guests to stretch out. Built and decorated in European style, the beds consist of two twins pushed together. The 84 luxury apartments are modern and feature well-stocked kitchens, large terraces, and a breathtaking view of the Caribbean Sea.
The Brass Boer restaurant offers upscale meals as impressive as the waterfront views and an on-site, five-star dive center proffers lessons and rentals that allow visitors to explore the marine life up close.
Address: Punt Vierkant 44, Kralendijk
5. Van der Valk Plaza Beach & Dive Resort
Accommodation: Van der Valk Plaza Beach & Dive Resort Bonaire
Once you catch sight of the Van der Valk Plaza Beach & Dive Resort's gorgeous swimming pool, you'll never want to leave. In addition to its crystalline turquoise water and stunning ocean views, this Magna pool is flanked by luxury loungers and tall, waving palm trees.
The all-inclusive package includes flights, accommodations, and your meals (including beverages and snacks). The Tipsy Seagull serves up tasty fare in a gorgeous beachfront setting. Scubar offers free lunchboxes, perfect for enjoying after a daily SCUBA dive or snorkel. Also included are non-motorized water sports.
Choose from 126 suites, which are located either beside the sea or the marina laguna. They are spacious, air-conditioned, and clean, with comfy balconies to enjoy as the sun goes down. Rent a bike on-site, dig your toes in the sand on the private beach, or hop in the water for an underwater adventure with the local marine life. You'll never be bored.
Address: 80 Julio A. Abraham Boulevard, Kralendijk
6. Bamboo Bonaire Boutique Resort
Accommodation: Bamboo Bonaire Boutique Resort
Bamboo Bonaire Boutique Resort is a perfect place for a romantic getaway. An intimate resort, this pretty retreat is one of the best resorts for couples. Only guests over the age of 12 are welcome to stay, which means you won't have to fight for a sun lounger by the pool or be awakened early by the squeals of children running through the tropical gardens.
The rooms here are housed in private cottages that feature natural Indonesian design, air-conditioning, full kitchens, and a private porch. Relax on the hammock, enjoy an outdoor shower, or take a nap on the king-sized bed.
Those who enjoy things on a more luxurious scale can opt for the next level of stay, in a Superior Cottage, which boasts a private plunge pool or Jacuzzi and an outdoor bathroom.
CHEFS is the on-site restaurant. It offers breakfast and dinner and is so popular that visitors are advised to book their dinner reservations two to three months in advance. If you'd rather enjoy a meal elsewhere one night, feel free to use one of the on-site grills, or better yet, head out to a neighborhood restaurant.
Other facilities include the Bamboo Day Spa, yoga classes, and a saltwater lounge pool with a Jacuzzi.
Address: Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 86, Kralendijk, Bonaire
7. Boutique Hotel Sonrisa
Accommodation: Boutique Hotel Sonrisa
There's no mistaking you're in the Caribbean while staying at the Boutique Hotel Sonrisa. Tropical gardens are scattered throughout the property, a sparkling swimming pool awaits those looking to cool off, and colorful accents liven up the common areas and private rooms.
Speaking of rooms, there are only 10 suites offered at this small retreat, which makes this a perfect resort for adults looking to relax. All accommodations are spacious, especially the two apartments, which come with a fully equipped kitchen, one bedroom with either two or three beds, a private terrace on the first floor, and a pool-view balcony on the second floor.
Breakfast is offered daily, but dinner is only served at Restaurant Sonrisa on Friday and Saturday nights, so reservations are required in advance.
Address: Kaya Finlandia 1-3, Kralendijk, Bonaire
8. SENSES Boutique Hotel & Apartments
Accommodation: SENSES Boutique Hotel & Apartments
A stay at the SENSES Boutique Hotel & Apartments is a treat for all your senses. At this luxurious resort, guests are treated to the best of everything. State-of-the-art décor, super-soft eco-cotton bed linens, romantic gardens, deep soaking tubs, the salty scent of the ocean, high-end bath products, and the soothing sound of wind rushing through palm leaves make it hard to feel stressed.
The swimming pool at this resort is lined with cabanas, which are free for use. So, too, is the use of snorkel gear, unlimited water taxis to the beach, and airport transfers.
While there's no restaurant on the property, the resort has partnered with local eatery, B for Bagels. Guests can order a tasty breakfast to be delivered the next day, or they can walk five minutes to enjoy the food on-site.
The hotel suites are luxurious and comfortable, but it's the apartments that will have you struggling to leave your room. They feature giant glass doors and floor-to-ceiling windows to enhance the view, one or two bedrooms, and a fully equipped kitchen, as well as a terrace or balcony.
Address: Kaya Craane 24, Kralendijk, Bonaire
9. Ocean Breeze Boutique Hotel & Marina
Accommodation: Ocean Breeze Boutique Hotel & Marina
If the bright turquoise exterior of the Ocean Breeze Boutique Hotel & Marina isn't enough to lift your mood, the pretty surroundings will certainly help. The resort is set on a lagoon, with a marina at its doorstep. Lush tropical gardens surround the other edges of the property, ensuring guests are blanketed in natural beauty.
Each of the 58 rooms and suites boast luxurious furnishings, air-conditioning, a plush bed, and a private balcony. If you're hoping for a king-sized bed, upgrade to a junior suite. They also come with a small seating area and outdoor furniture. Rooms face either the airport and gardens or lagoon, so be sure to request your preference upon booking.
Set facing the resort's pool and the lagoon, the Dock restaurant offers food with a view. Fresh, local fare is served with a smile from 7am to 10pm.
Address: Kaya International 90, Kralendijk, Bonaire
10. GOOOD Resort
Accommodation: GOOOD Resort
The GOOOD Resort is good enough that they had to add an extra "o" (sorry, we had to). Friendly staff make it their goal to ensure you have a rejuvenating vacay filled with relaxation and enough activities that you won't feel bored. Take a dip in the pool, lounge in the hot tub, or take a nap on a hammock.
Each of the five standard, and one deluxe, rooms is clean and bright, with colorful touches to remind you that you're on Caribbean time now. Situated on top of a lush hill, the views are outstanding (don't miss the sunset), and the environment is so serene, your worries will immediately melt away. Its location, a short drive from downtown, means you won't have to fight crowds or noise at any point.
Breakfast is at times included (at other times, it's available for a reasonable fee). This is a true highlight for guests. You can choose pretty much anything, from eggs made fresh to order to waffles and fruit. A shared kitchen is accessible for those who'd like to prepare their own meals, as is the fridge and freezer. Or, head into a restaurant in town and enjoy some local specialties.
While this resort isn't located on the water, there are equipment lockers and a space to clean and dry your diving equipment on-site. Plus, it's only a short, five-minute drive to the sea.
Address: Kaya Turkesa 3, Kralendijk
11. Sorobon Beach Resort
Accommodation: Sorobon Beach Resort
The staff at Sorobon Beach Resort want their guests to be as healthy and happy as possible. With a goal of enhancing wellness, the resort features massage and beauty treatments, an outdoor "all-natural" gym (the equipment is made from natural wood), and morning and evening yoga classes on a dedicated beach yoga deck.
If you're looking for high-end luxury, you may want to stay elsewhere, as this is a more basic retreat focusing more on the beauty of its natural surroundings instead of plush furnishings and amenities. Those who prefer their vacations to be more natural, laid-back, and tranquil, however, will love this pretty spot.
Choose from one of 15 quaint beach chalets nestled directly on the beach, surrounded by lush gardens and swaying palm trees. Most offer ocean views, and all come with large terraces and kitchenettes. To further the resort's wellness goal, there are no televisions in the units, which forces guests to truly relax and appreciate the incredible natural surroundings. This is an ideal resort for couples looking for romance.
A beach bar serves up healthy food for lunch, while nightly meals are provided at Bistro Sorobon in a serene, tropical garden setting.
Windsurfing is the sport of choice here, and with water that hits at roughly chest height, this is a perfect spot to master this fun water activity. The resort is set on the calm (and warm) Sorobon Lagoon, an offshoot of Lac Bay.
Address: Sorobon 10, Kralendijk
12. Buddy Dive Resort
Accommodation: Buddy Dive Resort
You don't have to be a SCUBA aficionado to fall in love with the Buddy Dive Resort, but you may become one by the time you leave. A natural wonderland where stress takes a well-needed hike, this oasis is the perfect place to unwind and become more in tune with nature.
Luxuriate in the gentle ocean breeze while you lie prone on a beach lounger, paddle your way across the crystal-clear pool, or build a sandcastle on the beach. There are plenty of ways to stay relaxed and entertained at this lovely resort, the most popular of which is practiced while snorkeling or diving around the nearby coral reefs.
Blennies restaurant serves lunch and dinner in a prominent beachfront locale offering views as spectacular as the tasty dishes. The unique Ingridïents restaurant is open Friday through Monday, serving top-notch Mediterranean cuisine featuring fresh, local ingredients.
Rooms range from studios to one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, all of which include a fully equipped kitchen and balcony or patio. Two pools make it easy to cool off, while the well visited dive shop offers equipment rentals, boat trips, and lessons. The night dive is hard to beat.
Address: Kaya Gob. North Debrot 85, Kralendijk
13. Captain Don's Habitat
Accommodation: Captain Don's Habitat
Named after its founder, an underwater adventurist named Don Stewart, Captain Don's Habitat is a sustainable resort featuring elements designed to reduce the area's carbon footprint and protect the surrounding environment. Solar water heaters and a top-of-the-line wastewater treatment system are a few of the eco-friendly devices used to keep the resort running safely and cleanly. Also, the grounds are covered in lush landscaping designed to prevent harmful runoff into the sea.
The on-site eatery features delectable fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you were hoping to enjoy a meal in your large ocean-view room, two-bedroom cottage, or three-bedroom garden villa, no worries. You can whip something up in your own kitchenette.
During the day, guests gravitate towards the water in hopes of experiencing the area's best asset: its captivating marine life. A PADI Resort and SDI 5-star Professional Development Center sit on the grounds, awaiting visitors to join one of three one-tank boat trips a day. They offer 20 specialty courses available to guests and equipment rentals.
Not a fan of diving? No worries, you can spend your days snorkeling the offshore reef, enjoying rejuvenating treatments at the resort's Graceful Touch Spa, or relaxing by the freshwater pool.
Address: 103 Kaya Gobernador North Debrot, Kralendijk
14. Divi Flamingo Beach Resort
Accommodation: Divi Flamingo Beach Resort
It's impossible to forget you're in the Caribbean while staying at Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Vibrantly colored accent walls brighten the guest rooms, which provide not only stunning ocean or pool views, but private patios, air-conditioning, and comfy beds.
Two freshwater pools are a hit with those who prefer to cool off in a non-salty environment, while The Touch spa is a full-service spa and beauty salon offering a bevy of ways to relax (we're talking facials, sauna treatments, and massages).
The all-inclusive package is a great deal, which includes activities, food and beverages, and snorkeling adventures. Meals can be enjoyed at the Pureocean Restaurant (breakfast buffet), Pureocean Beachside Bar (lunch and dinner), and Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar (lunch and dinner). Each offers sparkling views of the Caribbean Sea.
Divi Dive Bonaire is a world-class diving facility on the property. Guests can join daily boat trips to exciting dive sites, as well as training sessions and certifications. Or jump off the pier for a snorkel or dive closer to shore.
Address: J. A. Abraham Boulevard, 40, Kralendijk