Catering In at Villa Lunt Bonaire

Catering In at Villa Lunt Bonaire

When we visit Bonaire, we always plan to spend a relaxing day enjoying the villa, playing games under the palapa and relaxing in the pool. This visit, we decided adding a catered meal to that day would be perfect.  We have found 2 perfect opportunities for delicious in home catering/cooking.

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Option 1 – For large groups, keep reading, for smaller groups, go right to option 2.

The Kite City Food truck at Te’Amo beach – a fan favorite of the Lunt family – can cater a meal or 2 or 3 at Villa Lunt.

They do “CookinGroove” caterings on location after “Kite City Hours”
We can forward you their basic price list. Paella has been highly requested and is fun for a bigger group.   They can do anything from 3 to 6 courses, recommending 4 as balanced.
CookinGroove loves to work with seafood as much as possible, especially tuna, wahoo, barracuda, mahimahi, & snapper. For meat, they do oven roasts  and/or live grill.
CookinGrooves makes custom menus depending on locally available options.

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Option 2 – Be right at home with food prepared by Lily.  Lily is a familiar face to all of our guests, as she welcomes you to Bonaire, and will assist you with any question or concern while on Bonaire.

We chose to have Lily prepare & serve a meal for us at the villa. She has many options to choose from – local menus to paella, skewers and BBQ. Her desserts are out of this world delicious. For our meal, we chose bruschetta,  skewered chicken, ribs and rice with beans.

Lily’s number is the cell phone we loan you while on Bonaire.  If you are interested in this service, give Lily a call.

Next time, we are going to try the Paella!

 

 

Grocery Shopping On Bonaire

Grocery Shopping On Bonaire

Grocery shopping on Bonaire has truly evolved since we’ve been visiting this lovely island.  Many of the stores offer a large variety of items with familiar brands. A part of the Dutch Caribbean, and welcoming a large international tourist community, many of the food brands/labels will be recognizable in Dutch, English and Spanish. Recognizing all grocery items must be shipped to Bonaire, we find the prices to be relatively reasonable.

Below are listed some of supermarkets we visit and what we like about them ….

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Van den Tweel Supermarket:

We find the Van Den Tweels to be large and clean, offering the most variety. Located on Kaya Industria, just on the circle, the Van Den Tweels is one of the newer markets on Bonaire.  The wagons need a quarter to unlock, and to avoid paying for bags, bring your own grocery bags.

Van Den Tweels has a great deli department and lots of fresh produce. They offer alcohol and baked goods, and you will find many household needs here as well. Their refrigerated and frozen sections are well stocked, too. On a personal note, my kids LOVE their frozen pizzas.

ADDRESS: 39 Kaya Industria

PRO: largest selection on the island; CON: more expensive; HOURS: 8am to 8pm 7 days a week.

 

Bondigrio:

We recently discovered the Bondigrio (Bonaire Discount Grocery) and instantly became a fan. This cooperative opened with the mission to force competition and prices down for grocery items on Bonaire. They have succeeded, and they offer the lowest prices on the island.  We will go to the Bondigrio several times when we go to Bonaire. If we don’t find what we are looking for, Van den Tweel is up the road, so we can finish our shopping there.

The Bondigrio has a nice produce section, and offers a decent selection of basic supermarket needs.  They do not accept credit cards, nor do they offer bags, so come prepared.

ADDRESS: 29 Kaya Industria

PRO: lowest prices; CON: no credit cards; HOURS: 8am to 8pm Monday to Saturday

 

Zung Khong Supermarket:

Need something fast and close by? Zung Khong is the place for you. Located on Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot  just past Captain Don’s, it will be on your left as you head to Villa Lunt. Offering a small produce section, frozen section, alcohol and very basic grocery and household items, it is the place to go when you run out of something you need, or to stock up on last minute meal items. We have found the turnover of items on their shelves may be lacking. Check dates.

ADDRESS: 29 Kaya Industria

PRO: nearby; CON: high prices; HOURS: 8am to 8pm 7 days a week

 

Warehouse Bonaire:

The Warehouse Bonaire is on the same road as Van den Tweel & Bondigrio, and is actually owned by the Van den Tweel. The Warehouse, in my opinion, offers the next largest selection, with a lower price point – you should have no problem finding all your basic items. The store is older, and the shopping experience is not as lovely.  Since our preference is the Bondigrio & Van den Tweel, we tend not to make it to the Warehouse often. That said, my kids love the frozen pizza here as well.

ADDRESS: 24 Kaya Industria

PRO: less expensive; CON: less selection; HOURS: 8am to 8pm Monday to Saturday

There are many other shops located throughout Bonaire, but we have found just hitting these 4 does the trick for us.

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And if your looking for wine, allow us to recommend ….

Antillean Wine Company

Located on Kaya Industria, with limited opening hours, this is one of my favorite places to get wine. Excellent prices very nice selection.

HOURS: 9am to 1pm Monday to Saturday

ADDRESS: 23 Kaya Industria

 

After A Long Trip, A Special Welcome

Villa Lunt Bonaire Welcome

When I plan my family’s vacation time, I always get a thrill thinking about all the wonderful places we will go and the amazing things we will see. I spend hours coming up with the perfect itinerary, and the perfect tours, and making sure all the travel details are perfectly coordinated.

Let’s face it, vacation time is precious, it allows us the opportunity to relax, chillout, explore or just be. It gives us the chance to reconnect as a family and enjoy each other.

I try to anticipate every detail – I’m a planner – and I want to make sure I plan just the right amount of everything – tours, activities, chilling out, eating in, eating out. My husband, Steve, is not a planner, he has the “laid back take it as it comes” gene; the ying to my yang. So, if a curve-ball gets the best of my plan, and there are always a curve-balls, he is the one to take the controls and save the day.

Today, Lily,  our on-site property manager, sent us this beautiful picture of the most recent guest welcome at Villa Lunt. It occured to me, for all the planning I do for my family’s vacations, I never consider the arrival welcome. Unfortunately, I tend to arrive tired, hungry and grumpy; and it’s always Steve to the rescue finding the closest cafe to fuel up.

We’ve been hosting guests at Villa Lunt for over 8 years.  And being the planner I am, I will work with you on any detail you would like prior to your arrival. Suggestions for things to do, places to go, restaurants to check out, best supermarkets – you name it – we will try to find it.

Planning YOUR arrival at the villa is always one of my top priorities. Are you celebrating something? Is it a family gathering? A group of friends? Do you want to get to the villa and chill, or drop your bags and go?  Your arrival is important to us because it is the start of what should be a perfect vacation. Our goal is to make your arrival the perfect beginning to a perfect vacation.

Now, if I can only remember this when I plan my next family vacation – one less curveball for Steve.

Enjoy.

 

Villa Lunt on Bonaire Specials

The fabulous pool and gazebo of Villa Lunt

Tired of the cold weather? Dreaming of sunshine & cool breezes? Villa Lunt in Bonaire is offering specials to our returning guests for “last minute” vacations during following dates :

  • June 15th to June 22nd
  • August 17th through October 5th

Additional carriers have added flights to Bonaire during this time. Let us know if you would like assistance finding a flight!

Bonaire is outside the Hurricane Belt, and September is a wonderful time to visit!!!  The island is quiet and the weather is beautiful.

Our special rate for these dates is  $1325 per week which includes exclusive access to the property & tourist tax for 2 guests in one bedroom. Added bedroom and tourist tax will apply for additional guests.

Remember, always book direct …

http://www.villalunt.com/calendar-rates/

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Thanksgiving on Bonaire

Thanksgiving on Bonaire

Escape the cold, wind, snow and rain this Thanksgiving. Bonaire, located in southern Caribbean, and a municipality of the Netherlands, celebrates many of the American holidays. Thanksgiving is no exception! Many of the restaurants will host a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Our favorite place to celebrate Thanksgiving on Bonaire is at Rum Runners Restaurant, overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Offering a delicious buffet dinner, with many traditional Thanksgiving dishes, and authentic Caribbean style drinks, Rum Runners is sure to be a holiday crowd pleaser. Their servers are wonderful, and cater to the American guests.

This year, on Thanksgiving, Rum Runners will have 2 seatings. The first seating is at 5:30 and the second at 8:00. Call Rum Runners for reservations for their fabulous Thanksgiving meal.

Dive Friends Bonaire

Dive Friends partner Villa Lunt

Bonaire is well known as a diver’s paradise. When you arrive on Bonaire, you may question which dive vendor you should work with. We recommend Dive Friends Bonaire, with  7 full-service locations, assistance is always nearby & tank exchange is a breeze. They are a PADI 5- Star IDC Dive center, and cater to divers of every skill level and all ages.

All Dive Friends facilities are fully equipped with rental gear, should you require any. They offer the Bonaire Marine Park orientation during normal business hours. And, they offer Villa Lunt guests a 10% discount. When you reserve your vacation at Villa Lunt, we will contact Dive Friends Bonaire on our behalf, with your permission. After the initial contact, they will create a voucher for your group, and assist you with any reservations you would like to make.

What we admire most about Dive Friends is their commitment to the health of the reefs and sea life on Bonaire. Dive Friends plans quarterly cleanup dives – these well advertised, well attended events are coordinated for the purpose of keeping Bonaire blue and beautiful. Below is a video from their April 2018 clean up dive. If you are interested in participating in one of their cleanup dive, please let us know.

 

Snorkeling Bonaire

Snorkeling on Bonaire

Our family LOVES snorkeling Bonaire. And, it couldn’t be easier. Bonaire is well known for her easy access for shore diving for SCUBA divers, and with that comes awesome fishing finding for snorkelers. The sea is calm and the water is clear.

Some of our favorite sites are located very close to Villa Lunt.

  • 1000 Steps which isn’t really 1000 steps, but the stone stair case will bring you down to a fabulous snorkel option
  • Oil Slick, where you can combine some fun cliff jumping with snorkeling.
  • Andrea I & Andrea II are a healthy walking distance from Villa Lunt, but located within the Sabadeco neighborhoods. We enjoy snorkeling at these sites, then jumping off the Sabadeco pier.

We also enjoy bringing our snorkel gear to many of the beaches on Bonaire.

  • Spice Beach has a great pier which you can easily access the water while geared up. The pier also attracts lots of fish. As you swim around the pier, you can head toward Coco Beach
  • Te’Amo Beach has a beautiful Coral with lots of sea life to be seen. We enjoy spending time snorkeling here while enjoying the Kite City Food truck for a nice lunch. Don’t forget the beach chairs in the garage!
  • Jibe City is fun to snorkel around. The water is very shallow. We find much less sea life in this area, but it’s fun day all around, and only more enhanced with snorkels and a fin.

 

Almost any shore dive site will wow you as a snorkeler. No matter where you go in the water, you are sure to find beautiful fish all around. If you are feeling a little adventurist, grab a dive map, and head out to any shore access site, snorkel up, and have fun.

Dive Friends Bonaire Octopus Dive Video

octopus dive video

Amazing octopus dive video, courtesy of the Dive Friends Bonaire Facebook Page

“The Octopus has an amazing body design. They are able to defend themselves in a variety of ways. The most common is flight since they can use jet propulsion to quickly move through the water. Their flexible body has no bones so they can escape into small cracks, rocks, crevices, and even into bottles and cans that have found their way into the bottom of the water. Check out the encounter with the Damsel fish! “

I find their videos fascinating, they keep me dreaming of coming back to Bonaire and staying in Villa Lunt of course.

 

The Octopus has an amazing body design. They are able to defend themselves in a variety of ways. The most common is flight since they can use jet propulsion to quickly move through the water. Their flexible body has no bones so they can escape into small cracks, rocks, crevices, and even into bottles and cans that have found their way into the bottom of the water. Check out the encounter with the Damsel fish! #Octopus #Cephlapods #fishbehaviour #fishid #octopuses #bonaire #bonairediving #divebonaire #scuba #scubadive #observation #divefriendsbonaire #letsgodiving

Posted by Dive Friends Bonaire on Saturday, March 31, 2018

 

Manta Ray Video On Bonaire

Manta Ray Video On Bonaire

Reposting this exciting video from Dive Friends Bonaire of a manta ray spotted, originally posted on their Facebook page.  Dive Friends Bonaire is the dive vendor we refer our guests to. With many locations throughout Bonaire, you can easily exchange tanks on your shore diving days.

On March 16, DFB Instructor Caitlin was out taking photos of an Open Water Course in front of our Yellow Submarine location when in came the manta ray! Dive Friends would say she is a little excited at the sighting and for capturing this moment on video.(she apologizes for the screaming, but wouldn’t you be too?) Note: the first seen mooring block is that of DFB’s very own boat the Pelican! 

Manta Ray in front of Dive Friends Bonaire Yellow Submarine

Today DFB Instructor @Caitlin Hale was out taking photos of Daniel Shu Scheulen's Open Water Course in front of our Yellow Submarine location and in came the manta ray for a return visit! We'd say she is a little excited at the sighting and for capturing this moment on video.(she apologizes for the screaming, but wouldn't you be too?) Note: the first seen mooring block is that of DFB's very own boat the Pelican! #divefriendsbonaire #mantaray #manta #rays #DFBYellowSubmarine #Bonairediving #divebonaire #underwatervideo #itsbetterunderwater #diversparadise #STINAPA #marinepark #saverays #underwater #DFB #happybubbles #scubadive '#scubadiving '#caribbean #abcislands #diveeveryday #letsgodiving

Posted by Dive Friends Bonaire on Friday, March 16, 2018

Pasa Bon Pizza

Pasa Bon Pizza

If you are craving pizza while on Bonaire, Pasa Bon Pizza & Bar is the place to go. Eat in or take away, Bonaire’s best American-style pizza is a nice option for an evening you are looking for something low key, or perfect for an after night-dive dinner . Their sauces are home made, and they serve pasta, salad and desert as well.

Pasa Bon Pizza is on the road from downtown Kralendijk to our villa.

The wait can be long at times, but Pasa Bon will allow you to call ahead and pre-order your dine-in, or take-out, meal.