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10 Top-Rated Resorts on Bonaire

Written by Shandley McMurray
Jun 27, 2021

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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.

Note: Some businesses may be temporarily closed due to recent global health and safety issues.

1. Harbour Village Beach Club

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Photo Source: 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

Accommodation: Harbour Village Beach Club

2. The Bellafonte Luxury Oceanfront Hotel

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Photo Source: 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

Accommodation: The Bellafonte Luxury Oceanfront Hotel

3. Windhoek Resort Bonaire

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Photo Source: 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

Accommodation: Windhoek Resort Bonaire

4. Plaza Beach & Dive Resort

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Photo Source: Plaza Beach & Dive Resort

Once you catch sight of the 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

Accommodation: Plaza Beach & Dive Resort Bonaire

5. Delfin’s Beach Resort Bonaire

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Photo Source: 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.

Special packages like the Discover Dive and Surf and Stay package make a visit more affordable for those hoping to make the most of the extra amenities.

Address: Punt Vierkant 44, Kralendijk

Accommodation: Delfin’s Beach Resort Bonaire

6. GOOOD Resort

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Photo Source: 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

Accommodation: GOOOD Resort

7. Divi Flamingo Beach Resort

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Photo Source: 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

Accommodation: Divi Flamingo Beach Resort

8. Sorobon Beach Resort

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Photo Source: 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.

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

Accommodation: Sorobon Beach Resort

9. Buddy Dive Resort

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Photo Source: 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 Ingridiënts 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

Accommodation: Buddy Dive Resort

10. Captain Don’s Habitat

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Photo Source: 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

Accommodation: Captain Don’s Habitat

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