Caribbean is Believing
Luxury Living in Curaçao
Endless summers enshroud the ambiance with a warm embrace. Landscapes tickled by lazy palm fronds whisking in trade wind breezes can lull even the most worn-down vacationer into bliss. Azure skies kiss emerald waters set at bathtub temperatures. Plates filled with all the colors of the rainbow grown on land and in the sea. Cups brimming with sweet nectars iced down to balance out the sun’s constant stoking of the mercury. None of this should be considered to be unreasonable, as all that and more will be found immediately upon arriving in Curaçao. The question then becomes: what more refined experiences does this remarkable island have to offer?
For the visitor only coming for a short while, the usual diversions prove to be plenty. White sand beaches with their armies of lounge chairs. Snorkeling and scuba adventures lying in the midst. Hiking excursions through lush retreats. But for those making Curaçao their home, a further investigation of local amenities is necessary. After all, you’re living in paradise, now, right? Rounding out the day-to-day existence with a bit of luxuriating can level up a lifestyle from incredibly pleasant to ineffably sublime. There are many perks to be found in this part of the Dutch Caribbean that one can incorporate into daily living. Here are a few to keep an eye out for.
To Every King a Castle
Luxury begins in the home when it comes to elite lifestyles in Curaçao. Oceanfront villas are the choice properties here, with stunning views of the ocean along with the salty spray to cool down those long sunny days. Plenty of setups will include infinity pools to complement the lures of the sea. Mooring can be set up for huge sloops ensuring your next sailing voyage is just a short walk from your patio door. Compounds here offer seclusion and lots of space, creating a sort of “island within an island” feel. But if one feels the need to take it to the next level, private islands are also up for grabs, allowing the discerning homeowner to build their own little kingdom. Construction styles range from modern to traditional Caribbean.
Yacht You Can
No matter where you live in Curaçao, you’re never very far from the ocean. And for those who have the means, investing in a healthy watercraft is almost imperative. Yachts aren’t just a way of life in the Leeward Antilles. Yes, there is a commitment to seafaring in style, chasing sunsets and anchoring at uninhabited coves. But there’s also a whole culture of island hopping that can mix business with pleasure. Beside the fellow “ABC” Islands of Aruba and Bonaire are the rest of the Antilles chain, with Hispaniola, Jamaica and the mainland of both South and Central America among reachable ports. Fortunately, there are plenty of marinas on the island to accommodate captains and their ships with every amenity one would expect in such a setting. Often paired with private beaches, expect marinas to offer generous floating slips and 24/7 security and care.
Hole in One
If one spends enough time on Curaçao, the search for the best leisure the island has to offer isn’t a very long one, especially if you’re looking to hit the links. There are two 18-hole golf courses here and they are both championship grade. Imagine seaside greens blending in with tropical vegetation. Pros are on hand to help you improve your game. Top chef dining, spas, pools — membership will have its privileges! Beyond enjoying the game, golf clubs here are a constant immersion in living the good life.
There’s really only one aviation hub on the island of Curaçao and that’s Halo International Airport. This is the place where everything from a Cessna to jumbo airliners takes off and lands to all corners of the globe. For those who look to jet in a more private setting, it’s good to know that the CUR (Halo’s IATA tag) caters to all manner of charter aircraft. Jet charters are available year-round to customize travel routes and take you and your fellow travelers from point A to point B in style. Short jaunts anywhere in the Caribbean can mean you’ll make breakfast in San Juan with plenty of time to enjoy the nightlife in Miami. Business travelers with connections throughout the region can make the work week far more efficient than commercial passengers. There’s no sacrificing elegant mobility in Curaçao.