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Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort [In-depth Review]

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If your first question when I tell you I just visited Curaçao is, “Where’s that?” you’re not alone.

This Caribbean island may not be as well known as some other popular vacation spots but it shouldn’t be counted out. Located in the southern Caribbean between Aruba and Bonaire, it makes up the last third of the “ABC Islands.” Known for its beautiful beaches, colorful buildings, and great scuba diving, Curaçao is a hidden gem among Caribbean islands.

During my 4-night trip, I stayed at the Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort, a 336-room property on the island’s southwestern shore. This resort re-opened in 2019 after a $40 million renovation that modernized the property.

In this Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort review, I’ll give you a look at this resort’s amenities, location, dining, and accommodations so that you can decide if it’s right for your next vacation.

Let’s get to it!

Location

Curaçao is a Dutch Caribbean island located between Aruba and Bonaire, about 40 miles north of the Venezuelan coast. Often overlooked when it comes to vacation destinations, this island is known for beautiful beaches, excellent scuba diving, colorful buildings, and its namesake orange-flavored liquor.

Curacao location
Curaçao is located in the southern Caribbean about 40 miles from Venezuela.

Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort is located on the southwestern coast of the island, about 15 minutes from Curaçao International Airport (CUR). It’s located next to 2 other resorts — Dreams Curaçao Resort Spa and Casino and Zoëtry Curaçao Resort and Spa (both all-inclusive Hyatt properties).

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort
Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort

The resort is convenient to the town center so you can explore when you need a break from the beach. A quick 5 to 10 minute cab ride that costs $20 will get you to Willemstad near the famous Queen Emma Bridge. Be sure to walk around to see the colorful buildings and vibrant murals that embellish the local shops.

Mural in Willemstad Curacao
You’ll find vivid murals throughout Willemstad.

Booking

This trip was a sales incentive trip that my husband earned at work, so I didn’t actually book this hotel myself. His company rented out the whole resort and paid for everything (not a bad way to travel, if you ask me).

I looked up the prices for this resort and discovered that rooms range from about $250 to $350 per night (before taxes and fees), and there’s a 15% service charge added to the cost of each room. The room we had, a partial ocean view king bedroom, would have cost ~$372 per night, including taxes and fees.

Points cost of Curacao Marriott Beach Resort
The cost during the time I traveled was only 35,000 Marriott points per night. Image Credit: Marriott

If you’d prefer to pay with Marriott Bonvoy points, rooms start at 33,000 points per night, although the cost for the time I traveled was 35,000 points per night (still a great deal). At that price, I would have gotten 1.06 cents per point in value, which is great considering we value Marriott points at 0.7 cents each.

This resort definitely felt like it should cost more than 35,000 points, so I would consider this an excellent use of a 35K or 40K Marriott free night certificate, especially if you’re looking for a laid-back Caribbean vacation.

Another great reason to use points at this resort is that while Marriott Bonvoy charges resort fees on award bookings, this location’s fee is a 15% service charge, which means it shouldn’t apply to award bookings (since 15% of $0 is $0).

Hot Tip: You can book the Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort starting at 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night. If you need more Marriott points for your redemption, you can transfer them from Chase or American Express or open a new Marriott Bonvoy credit card.

Elite Benefits and Check-in

We arrived at the hotel and entered the open-air lobby and lounge area. We checked in quickly but had to wait about 1 hour until our room was ready. Since we were traveling as part of a group, there were no elite benefits.

We decided to grab some lunch at the lobby restaurant, Zala Gastro Lounge, which overlooks the main pool, while we waited for our room.

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort open air lobby
The open-air lobby was warm and inviting, with plenty of comfortable seating, a bar and restaurant, and views of the pool and ocean.

Amenities

Beach

Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort is located right on the beach. The white sand took on a slightly pink tint in a certain light to be reminiscent of the pink sand beaches I’ve seen in Bonaire and Bermuda.

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort beach
It was a picture-perfect day on the island of Curaçao.

The beaches at the resort don’t stretch out for miles like you may see on other islands. Rather, there were multiple smaller half-moon-shaped sections. While much of the sand was soft, there were some rocky patches, so I’d recommend bringing water shoes if you have them.

Beach at Curacao Marriott Beach Resort
There were multiple sections of beach right in front of the resort.

Pools

There are 2 pools at Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort — the Harmony Pool and the adults-only Serenity Pool. The main Harmony Pool is the bigger of the 2 and is located at the center of the resort next to the beach bar and restaurant. Both pools are open 24 hours a day.

Main pool at Curacao Marriott Beach Resort
The main pool at the resort was centrally located and right next to the beach.

It’s a large pool with lots of nooks and crannies and plenty of shady areas.

Harmony pool at Curacao Marriott Beach Resort
The Harmony Pool was the resort’s largest pool.

Next to the Harmony Pool was a stand where you could get fresh beach towels, water, and sunscreen.

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort pool amenities
There was always cold water and sunscreen available at the towel stand.

The Serenity Pool was for adults only and was the quieter of the 2 pools. I prefer chilled-out pools instead of party pools, so this is where I stayed.

Serenity lap pool at Curacao Marriott Beach Resort
The Serenity Pool had diving platforms and swimming lanes so you could get some exercise.

It had a nice infinity edge that overlooked the beach.

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort pool and beach
The adults-only Serenity pool had an infinity edge overlooking the beach.

One of my favorite things about this pool was the cabanas that were available all around it. They were perfect when you were looking for a little extra shade.

Serenity Pool cabana at Curacao Marriott Beach Resort
I enjoyed spending the afternoons relaxing in a cabana by the Serenity Pool.

There was a bar and restaurant located next to the larger Harmony Pool and there was a small bar at the Serenity Pool where you could order food and drinks.

Bottom Line: Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort has 2 pools. The centrally located main pool is next to the beach bar and restaurant and is open to everyone. The smaller pool is for adults only. Both are located steps from the beach.

Fitness Center

The resort’s fitness center, open 24 hours a day, is located just off of the main pool area was very bright and spacious, with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlooked the gardens and patio.

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort gym
The resort’s fitness center was large, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the gardens and a ping-pong table.

There was a selection of cardio equipment, as well as free weights, a weight machine, exercise balls, and yoga mats. There were clean towels available as well.

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort gym close up
There were lots of different types of equipment available in the resort’s gym.

Kids’ Club

The resort has a kids’ club, but since I was on an adults-only trip it was closed during my stay. According to the resort’s website, the Green Turtle Kids Club offers different activities including video games, crafts, toys, and games for young travelers.

Green Turtle Kids Club at Curacao Marriott Beach Resort
Green Turtle Kids Club. Image Credit: Marriott

Gift Shop

Right off of the lobby, there was a gift shop selling snacks, drinks, vacation essentials, and souvenirs.

Gift shop at Curacao Marriott Beach Resort
The resort’s gift shop sold a wide variety of gifts and essentials.

Outdoor Games

The resort had a couple of games available hidden away among the gardens. There was a ping-pong table located next to the fitness center.

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort ping pong table
I’m terrible at ping-pong, but it was fun playing regardless.

Nestled in the gardens on the way to the massage cabanas was a giant chess set.

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort outdoor chess
There was a giant outdoor chess set nestled in the resort’s gardens.

Massage Cabanas

Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort doesn’t have a spa but they do have massage cabanas located in the quiet garden area overlooking the ocean. It was a wonderful spot to get a massage with the sounds of the ocean waves in the background.

In the Curacao Marriott Beach Resorts gardens
I was feeling very zenned out after my massage by the ocean.

Scuba Diving

If you’re a scuba diver like me, you’ll love the convenience of having a dive shop on the resort property.

Goby Divers at Curacao Marriott Beach Resort
Goby Divers is located on the beach at the resort.

Goby Divers offers shore diving, boat diving, and dive courses from the dive shop and dock located on the beach just steps from Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort. My husband and I did 4 boat dives on 2 separate mornings during our trip.

Scuba diving at Curacao Marriott Beach Resort
The dive shop and dock are located on the beach right next to the resort.

The warm, clear water and abundance of reef life make Curaçao a great diving spot. One of the highlights of these dives was seeing an octopus during the day. Our dive guide, Dr. D, made the rare sighting possible.

Octopus sighting during Curacao dive
Yes, that’s an octopus eye looking back at you!

Accommodations

We had a 1 King Bed, Partial Ocean View guest room on the fourth floor of the hotel, which was the top floor. The room itself was bright and modern with plenty of space to move around.

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort partial ocean view
Our room was large and modern.

While most of the room was decorated in blonde wood tones and neutral colors, the blue and white wall and orange accents gave a tropical vibe to the space.

The king-sized bed was flanked by built-in nightstands. Each had a lamp with a separate reading light. There was also a plug with a separate USB port. You’ll need an adapter to use the plugs.

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort guest room side table
The built-in nightstands also had a lamp, separate reading light, and outlets.

Opposite the bed was a large television and a desk and chair. Additional storage was located under the TV.

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort guest room desk and tv
There was a TV, a small desk, and extra storage opposite the bed.

There was a bar area that housed snacks and a Nespresso coffee machine.

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort guest room espresso machine
Our room had a Nespresso coffee machine.

Hidden away in drawers were a minifridge drawer and a safe.

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort guest room safe
Underneath the coffee and snack area were 2 drawers, 1 with a safe and 1 with a refrigerator drawer.

There was also a separate luggage storage area that was super handy to keep empty suitcases out of the way.

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort luggage storage in guest room
There was plenty of space to store empty luggage.

We had a balcony with 2 chairs and a small table.

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort balcony
Our balcony had 2 chairs and a small table.

Our balcony overlooked the quiet area gardens with a partial view of the ocean. I really liked this location since it was a bit quieter than the rooms that overlooked the pools.

View from balcony at Curacao Marriott Beach Resort
We had a nice view of the gardens and the ocean from the balcony.

Bathroom

I loved the bathroom at Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort. It wasn’t overly fancy but it was spacious and super functional. It was separated from the room by a giant sliding door.

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort guestroom door and bathroom
The bathroom had a large sliding door.

The closet was open and integrated into the bathroom. I’ve never seen a setup like this but I absolutely loved it. I generally have an aversion to hotel room closets (don’t ask me why) so I loved that this was open. Plus there was lots of drawer space and shelves for more storage.

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort bathroom and closet
I loved the open-concept closet that was integrated into the bathroom.

The single sink had plenty of counter space along with some extra storage and an adjustable magnifying mirror.

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort guest bathroom sink
There was plenty of counter space by the sink.

The mini-sized bath products from The Spa Collection weren’t remarkable, but they did have a nice lemongrass scent.

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort bath products
The bath products had a nice lemongrass scent.

I’m very particular about hotel showers and this one passed my test with flying colors. In addition to being spacious, the adjustable shower head had great water pressure and the blue tile accents were stunning.

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort guestroom shower
I loved this shower!

The toilet was located in a little alcove next to the shower, but unfortunately, it didn’t have a separate door.

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort guest room toilet
The toilet was set back in a little alcove but it didn’t have a door.

Bottom Line: There are 336 guest rooms and suites at the Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort. Every room has a balcony and most have at least a partial ocean view.

Food and Beverage

There are 3 main restaurants at Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort as well as a grab-and-go coffee shop.

Zala Gastro Lounge

Zala Gastro Lounge is an open-air bar and restaurant located in the resort’s lobby area that serves Asian-fusion cuisine and small plates. We really enjoyed eating lunch here on the days we weren’t at the pool or beach.

Zala Gastro Lounge
Zala Gastro Lounge is an open-air bar and restaurant located next to the hotel’s lobby.

The food was great, but the service was hit-or-miss. On our first night at the resort, we ate dinner here with 3 other couples. It took 50 minutes to get water. Then we had to go up to the bar to get any water refills. There were lots of people working that night, but none of them seemed to claim responsibility for our table. The staff definitely embraced “Caribbean time.”

Izakaya Sushi Grill is listed on the hotel’s website as a separate restaurant, but it’s actually part of Zala Gastro Lounge.

Izakaya Sushi Grill at Curacao Marriott Beach Resort
Izakaya Sushi Grill is actually part of Zala Gastro Lounge.

Zala Gastro Lounge is open Monday to Thursday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.

ÇSpice

ÇSpice is a restaurant located close to the main pool that serves steaks, pasta, and pizza. There is both indoor and outdoor seating available. The service was much better here than at Zala Gastro Lounge but the food wasn’t amazing.

C Spice Restaurant at Curacao Marriott Beach Resort
ÇSpice Restaurant had both indoor and outdoor seating.

ÇSpice is open Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, it’s open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Salty Iguana Ocean Grill

The Salty Iguana Ocean Grill is the resort’s beach bar, located right next to the main pool and the beach. Here you could order snacks, salads, sandwiches, and pizza, as well as tropical drinks and beer. It’s open every day from 11 a.m to 7 p.m.

I enjoyed having lunch delivered from Salty Iguana to my cabana at the Serenity Pool. My chicken quesadilla was the perfect laying-by-the-pool lunch.

Lunch by the pool at Curacao Marriott Beach Resort
This chicken quesadilla didn’t disappoint.

Papiamentu Market Place

Papiamentu Market Place, named after the island’s native language, is a great spot to grab a coffee, pastry, or sandwich when you’re short on time. It’s open every day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Papiamentu Market Place
Papiamentu Market Place was great for grab-and-go snacks and beverages.

There was also an assortment of beverages, including bottled water, sodas, juices, wines, and beer, available for purchase.

Papiamentu Market Place beverages
There was wine and beer available in addition to water, juice, and soda.

Service

With the exception of the dinner service at Zala Gastro Lounge, the service I experienced at Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort was pretty good. The staff was all very friendly, especially the ladies who worked in the Papiamentu Market. They were always bright and cheery when I ordered my daily almond milk latte.

There was daily housekeeping (which is a welcome perk these days) so we always had a clean room and fresh towels.

Final Thoughts

Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort is a lovely property located on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao. The warm, clear waters and relaxing pools make this a great spot for a Caribbean getaway. Even better, this resort can be booked for as few as 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night, making it a great spot to redeem your points or free night certificates.

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is the Curaçao Marriott from the airport?

Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort is about 9 kilometers, or a 15 to 20 minute drive, from Curaçao International Airport.

Does Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort have an airport shuttle?

No, Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort doesn’t have an airport shuttle but the hotel can arrange for car service or a taxi.

How many rooms does the Curaçao Marriott have?

There are 336 rooms and suites at Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort.

How does Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort compare to Renaissance Wind Creek Curaçao Resort?

Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort and Renaissance Wind Creek Curaçao Resort are both Marriott properties on the island of Curaçao. One of the most noticeable differences between the 2 hotels is the location. Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort is located on a quiet beach about 10 minutes from town while Renaissance Wind Creek Curaçao Resort is located directly in the town center. While every room at Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort has a balcony, some rooms at Renaissance Wind Creek Curaçao Resort don’t even have a window! The price in Marriott Bonvoy points for both hotels starts at ~35,000 per night.

Is Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort all-inclusive?

No, Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort isn’t an all-inclusive resort, although there are room rates that include breakfast.

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About Katie Seemann

Katie has been in the points and miles game since 2015 and started her own blog in 2016. She’s been freelance writing since then and her work has been featured in publications like Travel + Leisure, Forbes Advisor, and Fortune Recommends.

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