Buddy Dive & Blennies

My kids love to spend the day at Buddy Dive, and we join them for dinner at Blennies.  Buddy Dive is a fantastic resort, and super welcoming to non-resort guests visiting their facilities.  Our kids tend to visit early and make a day out of enjoying their pool, water access and beach beds. Set high up from the water, their sun beds are on soft sand beach just in front of the pool.  The pool has is very refreshing, with a swim up bar. As most of you know, we are not divers, but love snorkeling. Buddy Dive has a great dock, and the kids (& me, too!) will enter the lovely Caribbean sea and swim around enjoying all the amazing sea life. 

We always have at least one meal while using their facilities, sometimes two. Blennies is on site,

very low key and super convenient.  The food is good, but the sunset is what really makes this bar type restaurant spectacular.  I was pleasantly surprised with the service this year – they really stepped it up. We came back a second evening to meet a friend for drinks at the bar, and were entertained by a local musician.

Enjoy !

 

Capriccio – Delicious, Great Views, Romantic

Taking six 17 year old young ladies to Bonaire can have its perks, they suggested we take a romantic evening to ourselves, Capriccio was a logical choice for us.  Serving delicious Italian food, Capriccio is located in downtown Kralendijk, with great service and an amazing view.

We didn’t have a reservation (strongly suggest you make them!), but lucked out as they had an indoor table available. The indoor seating has a nice perk of air conditioning. We asked to be considered for outdoor if space became available, and they were happy to accommodate us when a table opened.  We enjoyed a cocktail inside followed by apps, dinner & wine outside – it was quite perfect.

I wish I took a picture of the menu. Unfortunately, I cannot find it on their website, but below are some pictures of our dinner choices. They taste as good as they look.

   

 

Personally, I find their salt and pepper shakers adorable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAXI !!!

Taxi, Taxi … ever wonder how to hire car service on Bonaire? Taxis seem to be located at the airport, but when you are out and about, they are no where to be found.  Bonaire does not utilize Uber or Lyft services, either.

We have been visiting Bonaire for over 10 years, and never hired a taxi service. This last trip, our 17 year old daughter and several of her friends wanted to go out, and we wanted to stay in and enjoy a nice, fresh mojito.

What is the solution???

TAXI DRIVER #34, Hilario Bernabela to the rescue !!!!

bonaire Taxi Driver

 

A wonderful taxi driver on Bonaire named Hilario (nickname Layo). We hired him to arrive at our villa at 8:00 PM to pickup the young ladies, and asked that he bring them back at 11:00 PM. Layo provided an on time, reliable, safe mode of transportation for our young ladies.

Young ladies – Happy  : Parents – Happy

Highly recommend !!!

 

 

Rum Runners Bonaire

Always our choice for our first night’s dinner when visiting Bonaire, Rum Runners Bonaire did not disappoint.  Food is always fresh & delicious and the variety is great.

I ordered the “Main Bowl”. It was delicious and super fresh, as always. The variety of their menu is awesome. The kids all had pizza, with enough leftover for lunch the next day.

 Steve and I each enjoyed a Cucumber Mojito – definitely refreshing, and the perfect way to end a long day. 

Rum Runners had some great renovations since our list visit. The restaurant is looking more modern and welcoming, the pizza kitchen has some nice signage and the bar is super cool. 

 

The Ocean Oasis – A Magnificent Way to Spend the Day

The Ocean Oasis – A Magnificent Way to Spend the Day

A new beach resort opened on Bonaire, and it is fabulous! The Ocean Oasis in Bonaire is a great way to spend the day.  The Ocean Oasis has beach beds & chairs, great food and magnificent drinks.

When we visited in August, we rented a cabana – for the girls – and Steve and I stayed up in the chair section. The chairs are free to use and very comfortable.  The beach bed rentals are a bit pricey – $20 a pop at the time, but they come with towels, water, and snack. The cabana rental also comes with these amenities. For our family, the cabana rental was a more affordable option for the 4 girls to share. Depending on your preference and how you want to spend your vacation dollars, you have several of choices to lounge your day away.

 

We arrived early in the afternoon and enjoyed a delicious meal and great drinks. The service was truly fantastic, and the food superb.  Take a peak at their menu for some ideas. I had the Wahoo Risotto which was delicious, and Steve opted for the equally yummy Butter Paneer.

There are several relatively easy water entrances to enjoy swimming or snorkeling. We highly recommend water shoes, as you will be walking over the rocky shoreline.

The Lunt Family gives the Ocean Oasis a thumbs up all around. We do consider this to be a money well spent splurge day. We hope you feel them same!

Enjoy.

 

 

 

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.

Bonaire Has The Best Has Some of The Best Food In The Caribbean

Te Amo Beach Bonaire

We’ve posted on here about all the restaurants we love in Bonaire. From beach side food trucks to casual dining to cafes and high end restaurants, Bonaire has some of the best food in the Caribbean.

We enjoyed finding this article about Bonaire’s amazing cuisine.

We are big fans of the beach side food trucks and have blogged about them before.  Seeing this great picture on the cover of the article really kept us wanting for more of Bonaire cuisine.  Each of the restaurants they mention, we enjoyed  ourselves, and highly recommend. If you read through our restaurant blog, you will likely find more information on most of the. There are a few we still want to write about – so keep any eye out!

 

 

Sebastian’s Sunday Night Menu

sebastians restaurant

We have always been a fan of Sebastian’s Restaurant on Bonaire. The food is amazing, the views are unbelievable, the atmosphere is relaxing, the staff is awesome, and have we mentioned the views?

The pier table, pictured above,  is available first come first serve, with no extra charge. If you are fortunate enough to reserve this table, it will be an evening to remember.

Sebastian’s recently introduced a Sunday Night Italian menu. Delicious and reasonable – at the time of writing this post traditional Italian appetizers and home-made pizza’s and pasta’s were only $16 – Sebastian’s is a wonderful option for a relaxing, laid back Sunday night meal with family and friends.

The restaurant opens at 5:30 PM & reservations are always highly recommended. The kitchen closes at 9:00 PM on Sundays.

Take-away pizza is also available; simply phone in your order to +599 717-1697.

Pizza’s may be ordered “half-half” as well.

 

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.