The rest of the property is just as unconventional, decorated with splashes of loud primary colors—shocking at first, but once clients have explored the streets of Willemstad, with their brightly painted buildings in shades of turquoise, yellow and coral, the design scheme seems oddly at peace with the local ambiance. The Caribbean theme continues at Nautilus, the resort’s main restaurant serving international fare sprinkled with island delicacies. Upstairs, the Express-o Coffee Shop is a nod to Willemstad’s chic side, as well as a recognition of business travelers who pass through the resort. The Starbucks-esque space serves up coffee and light snacks, and happens to connect to a business lounge. And for a selection of after dinner drinks mixed with the island’s favorite libation—blue (or orange or white) curaçao—stop by Blue Bar.
The resort is also home to the full-service Aqua Spa with eight treatment rooms, including suites for couples, and a sun deck. Its fitness center is stocked with strength training and cardio equipment for fitting in workouts between sightseeing and relaxing at the beach club. The rooms themselves are of standard size, with amenities like mini-fridges, high-speed Internet access and flat-screen TVs. Clients can upgrade to one of the resort’s 14 suites, including two 1-bedroom Majestic Suites that sit on the corners of the building with balconies that look out to the sea, the Queen Juliana Bridge and the Willemstad harbor. Verschoor says it’s all designed to appeal to “the typical Renaissance guest—we call them young at heart. They look for a tropical destination, but they want to do more than just lay on the beach. They like to be able to walk around the property, go into the downtown area and explore.” The surroundings of the resort lend themselves particularly well to active couples, particularly shoppers; though not much in the local area will appeal to young children, families traveling with teens also have plenty to explore.
If a client stayed at and enjoyed the Renaissance Aruba, adds Verschoor, they’ll likely have just as great a time in at the Curaçao property.
Despite a client’s penchant for exploring, Verschoor says, the Renaissance isn’t currently offering packages that include activities because, “people right now are looking at the best deal with the best rates. People shop by rates these days and it’s been like that for a year already.” So instead, the resort is offering rates up to 50 percent off through April 8; starting April 9 and running through Dec. 22, rates will be discounted as much as 30 percent. Rates start at $339 per room per night before the discounts.