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Hi there!! My name is Summer, @flylikesummer, and I am a flight attendant for Delta Air Lines.
I have been flying for 4 years and regularly spend my days off traveling around the world. I particularly love exotic locations with warm weather and scenic beaches.
I became addicted to traveling after summers abroad, though, and decided to apply for a job as a flight attendant. I accepted the job offer and have been to 30 countries and on countless flights since!
As a junior flight attendant, I know how daunting and expensive traveling can be. I love helping others plan trips and find affordable options!
You can book the same deal at airline and travel industry rates I did from the link at the bottom of this blog or by clicking here.
My boyfriend and I vacationed in beautiful and breezy Curaçao in June 2019 for 3 nights at the Acoya Hotel, Suites & Villas Resort near the capital Willemstad.
We chose to stay at the Acoya Hotel, Suites & Villas Resort because of its all inclusive package, convenience to town, and unbelievable pricing.
We flew Delta Air Lines from Atlanta to Aruba and connected on to Curaçao with Air Aruba. It was $200 round trip and a 20 minute flight. American Airlines also operates direct flights from Miami. After landing and clearing customs, we grabbed our rental car and hit the road.
The best way to see Curaçao is by car because the beaches are spread apart.
It was quick and easy securing the car and only cost $150 for 3 days. Taxis are easily accessible on the island, however they can be expensive.
Driving to the resort only takes 20 minutes, and it is tucked away outside of town, only 5 minutes from the most famous beach in Curacao. We were greeted with a long driveway and security guard monitoring the entrance. Although Curaçao is a safe island, I definitely felt more at ease knowing the resort was guarded.
As we drove in, we noticed the beautiful white buildings and villas with red Mediteranian tiled roofs.
We parked near the lobby and had no issues parking or checking in. The staff was friendly and helped us find our way to our room. We were thrilled with the free wifi and onsite laundry facility. If needed, Acoya offers a kids club and babysitting for approximately $10 per hour. We opted for the all-inclusive package, which includes meals and drinks. Before we enjoyed the perks of the resort, we hurried to our room to stow our luggage and relax.
Acoya is a village of luxury in the heart of Curacao.
Booking with STV you also get with minimum 3 night stays up to $1000 in Free Resort Coupons that you can enjoy combined with our new All-inclusive program. Acoya Curacao guests can use these resort credits for room upgrades and items not normally included in the all inclusive programme such as spa and beauty salon treatments, golf outings, romantic dinners, upgraded wine list, car hire and more. Click here to read more!
Right outside the lobby sits an expansive pool deck with three different pools and a jacuzzi. Relax in the sun or in the shade with a cabana, and fresh towels are available upon request. Poolside service is available, and the bar is steps away.
The pools ares a perfect escape for a lazy day in the sun or refreshing after a day of excursions.
The Zenoya Spa adds to the feeling of tranquility and should not be overlooked during your stay! There are 4 indoor treatment suites, 1 couple’s suite, locker rooms, a relaxation lounge, hair and nail salon, and a sauna.
Acoya emphasizes on age-old therapies updated with modern knowledge to provide the best service possible. A robe and sandals are also provided to give the utmost comfort. Besides the spa, there is also a fitness room open 24 hours a day and a yoga room open for group and private sessions.
Curacao is an island meant for exploring, and the Acoya Curaçao Resort concierge makes it extremely easy to book excursions.
Available activities include scuba diving, an offroad jeep safari, snorkeling, sunset sailing, and big game fishing!
Besides the tours, there are also shuttles available to the famous Mambo beach, downtown, and to the supermarket.
The shuttle runs at 9:00 am and 2:00 pm for the beach, and taxis are easy to take to and from the hotel. The shuttle also stops downtown and goes to the supermarket at 9:30 am.
Thanks to Staff Travel Voyage, we were upgraded to a pool view apartment equipped with a fully furnished kitchen and living room.
We also had a balcony and loved sitting outside to enjoy drinks and listen to live music at night.
The bedroom and bathroom was very spacious and clean. Unlike other Caribbean destinations, make sure to bring a converter and adaptor for your electronics!
Besides the one bedroom apartment, there are also deluxe rooms, two bedroom apartments, and one bedroom villas with a private pool!
Acoya is know for its exquisite comfort, bringing together the natural elements of Zen, together with a modern touch of luxury.
No matter the group size, there are nice accommodations within budget.
Our all inclusive package included:
Access to a buffet restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with themed nights, 2 Specialty restaurants open for dinner, Snack bar and coffee shop, Cocktails, wine, and unlimited national drinks such as soft drinks, water, and beer!
Breakfast is served daily next to the pool. It is a breakfast buffet with all types of options- cereal, pancakes, eggs, and bacon. We definitely did not leave hungry! The waiters greet the table immediately, offering fresh juice and coffee.
Lunch is served at The Kitchen restaurant and includes fresh steak and seafood. Snacks are also available from the pool bar and serve snacks like hamburgers and fries.
The restaurants rotate openings at night, so you can try several different meals. La Lagoon Trattoria serves Italian dishes, Lake Side Grill serves flavorful Caribbean dishes, and The Kitchen is buffet style. On Wednesdays and Saturdays all restaurants are closed, but there is barbecue served poolside.
There is a poolside bar open from 10 AM to 10 PM, and another bar, the Players Sports Bar, is open from 6 PM to 1 AM. Instead of going out at night, we relaxed by the pool and enjoyed our complimentary drinks.
On our first full day in Curaçao, my boyfriend and I lounged by the Acoya pool and then took the shuttle to the island’s most popular and internationally-recognized Mambo BLVD and Madero Ocean Club!
Ranked as one of the best getaway beaches in the Caribbean, Madero Ocean Club is exactly what you picture when you think about a beach getaway!
When you stay at Acoya, you will receive free daily access to the beach and boulevard.
The Beach Bed is even reserved ahead of time, so you can arrive and relax. This was very lucky, as the beach was filled with tourists. Several shops and restaurants were within walking distance, and a dj was set up playing house music. After a full day in the sun, we found a relaxing beach bar and watched the sunset. We took a taxi back to our resort, and it cost $15 one way.
Instead of booking a tour on our last day, we decided to drive our rental car around the island. Mambo Beach was crowded and lively, so we wanted to find more remote beaches.
Our first stop was to Kokomo Beach. It was beautiful but unfortunately just finishing construction, so we decided to take a picture on a beautiful overwater swing and drive on. We drove north towards Westpunt and stopped at Cas About. It was even more beautiful and picturesque, so we decided to lay out and swim for a few hours. The white sand and turquoise water of this beach is really something special!
Unfortunately we were short on time, but other beautiful beaches we wanted to check out were Porto Marie, Jan Thiel, Playa Grandi, and Playa Lagoon. At Playa Grandi and Playa Lagoon, it is free to swim around and easy to spot sea turtles!
After a full day at the beach, we hurried back to the resort to get ready for sunset and dinner in town. The main town of Willemstad is a UNESCO World Heritage site and not to be missed! It is made up of four districts- Punda, Pietermaai, Otrobanda, and Scharloo. We watched the sunset on the Queen Emma Bridge, a floating bridge, and walked around Punda.
There are over 40 beaches on Curaçao, and many have white sand and turquoise waters.
The Acoya Resort provided a relaxing oasis during our short but busy 3 days in Curaçao. It is family friendly and accommodates groups of any size. I loved the location and size of our apartment and balcony.
The staff was friendly and attended to all of our needs. The price was incredible for the value, and we loved saving money with the all inclusive package.
The location was very convenient, within minutes of all of the amazing beaches, dining, nightlife, and activities the area has to offer
My only regret was not spending more time at this resort and island.
I cannot wait to come back to Curaçao to plan more beach hopping and activities, while relaxing at Acoya.
Thanks Curaçao, hope to see you again soon!
Airline and Travel Industry Staff Globally