Thriving naturally as the “B” of the ABC islands, with select direct flights and just two stoplights on island, Bonaire remains refreshingly less developed than its neighbors, Aruba and Curacao. Located on the island’s four-acre, private peninsula within an exclusive beachfront enclave — 86 miles east of Aruba (50 miles north of Venezuela and 30 miles east of Curacao), outside the hurricane zone — lies the Caribbean’s “best kept secret” and Bonaire’s only five star resort, Harbour Village Beach Club, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
Guests’ relish on the peninsula’s only private beach among swaying dvi-dvi trees lining the water’s edge. Awe-inspiring adventure from sand or sea wades in the “Caribbean’s Greatest Reefs,” protected by the Bonaire National Marine Park. Seafarers’ snorkel from shore or plunge into the pristine waters with Harbour Village’s on-site Five Star dive center, Great Adventures Bonaire. Guests explore the watery graves of shipwrecks, such as “Our Confidence” and “Something Special,” teeming with unspoiled neighborhoods of vibrant, soft and stony coral, anemones, sea sponges, parrotfish, angelfish, seahorses and more.
Rich at all depths, Harbour Village accommodates for guests to catch flight on the steady trade winds that wash over the island creating ideal conditions for world-class windsurfing and kite boarding. Amid the beauty of its semi-desert landscape, the island is home to a novel assortment of wildlife. Wayfarers can embark on concierge-arranged eco-tours to sight Iguanas incautiously toasting themselves atop desert rock formations at Washington Slagbaai, Bonaire’s land-based natural park. Above, vast pink views of pink flamingo flock across bone-white salt flats to one of the few remaining nesting grounds in the world. Wanderers can drift through the local butterfly garden’s kaleidoscope flurries along lush tropical landscapes or befriend native donkey at the sanctuary under towering cacti that brim one of Bonaire’s many topside adventures in this diverse destination.
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Sync and swim from sand or sea with scuba and certified boat-dive excursions, or stay and sway to sounds of crashing waves and bubbling Épernay Champagne filled glasses in a beachfront hammock. A torch lit dinner courtesy of La Balandra Beach Bar & Restaurant on the pampering powder-white sands of a private beach invites guests to get carried away to the charming Caribbean style villas amid lush tropical gardens. Senses are rekindled with aromatherapy massages from The Spa at Harbour Village Beach Club and unlimited access to fitness, kayak and paddleboard amenities while finding sanction in the sun.
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