Travel Impressions

2015 TI Caribbean

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CURAÇAO A blend of colonial Dutch architecture and West Indian whimsy, a stay at the "C" of the ABC Islands is as colorful as the signature facades of the capital city, Willemstad. Here, art comes to life in contemporary galleries and on the table, with international dining influenced from every corner of the earth in this warm, welcoming polyglot destination. Above all, Curaçao is a feast for the eyes. Floating markets with crafts and tropical produce; the colorfully lit Queen Emma Bridge; artifacts and oddities in the Museum Kura Hulanda, which contains the largest African collection in the Caribbean; seafarers' relics at the Maritime Museum—these attractions are surpassed in visual pleasure only by the island's more than 35 gorgeous beaches and unbelievable diving. The Mushroom Forest and steep Curaçao Wall are musts, and the anemones and scorpionfish of Klein Curaçao are spectacular. Open-water dolphin and sea lion dives are also options, in case the Sea Aquarium wasn't up-close enough. With surroundings like these, it's no surprise that island energy is equally vibrant. Carnival makes winter worth celebrating, and the North Sea Jazz Festival draws talent from around the world. Nightly, the Salinja district dances until dawn, where locals and visitors mingle, joined together in the joy of simply being in Curaçao. CURACAO Caribbean Sea Bullen Bay Curaçao International Airport Willemstad Curaçao Under w at e r Pa r k 0 5 miles 0 5 km Curaçao 39 2 7 12 9 3 8 1 6 5 11 4 SANTA BARBARA BEACH & GOLF RESORT O O O O H Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort captures natural Caribbean charm and delivers it with an international elegance and sophistication. Just 35 miles from Aruba and served by a modern international airport, enjoy superior amenities like the Pete Dye-designed golf course; a luxurious spa; resort pools with Caribbean views; an alluring white-sand beach with a swimming lagoon; and sophisticated dining. AAA four Diamond. 2 4 ADULTS ONLY FLORIS SUITE HOTEL O O O O Floris suite hotel is a tranquil deluxe all-suite boutique hotel and beach club designed for adults, situated in a private tropical oasis. the hotel is located at Piscadera Bay just outside of downtown Willemstad. Floris Suite has the option of two private beaches and hosts one of the top restaurants, Sjalotte, on the island. CURAÇAO MARRIOTT BEACH RESORT & EMERALD CASINO O O O O H The Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino captures old Amsterdam charm with sun-drenched warmth. This Caribbean beach resort offers stunning views and lush tropical gardens; endless white- sand beaches; a pool; world class dining options such as Portofino, which specializes in international cuisine; and a kosher kitchen. Gaming enthusiasts may wish to visit the hotel's Emerald Casino. 1 ALL-INCLUSIVE AVAILABLE AVILA HOTEL O O O O The Avila Hotel is a historic luxury beachfront resort offering timeless elegance and a bygone age united with all the comforts of today. Combined with the sun, sea, beaches and optimal downtown location makes the Avila Hotel one of the most popular luxury hotels in Curacao. Whether for pleasure, business, a honeymoon or wedding, we want you to experience the Avila Hotel as your second home. 3 10

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