“Ingrid and Marcel were there to meet my plane and take me to the studio apartment (In fact they went to the airport twice since the schedule changed!) and also took me back to the airport. Very attentive -- easy to reach, checked how I was doing and gave me info when I needed it. Hamlet Oasis is a small and secure resort right on the ocean. There are some regular return vacationers who are friendly and meet for drinks and snacks at sunset by the ocean. It is a 50 foot walk to the beach and access point for snorkeling and diving right in the resort. There is a Dive Shop there for all your snorkeling and diving needs including excursions if you need rentals/help. They even stored my towel and sunglasses when I went snorkeling. Nice studio - patio to sit on, the unit has two beds, fully equipped kitchen (bar fridge and 2 gas burners), tea kettle, coffee machine, TV, overhead fan and air conditioning. There is also an outdoor shower to rinse off your diving or snorkeling gear. Everything you need. After the day's excursion come back and enjoy the pool. The pool area is larger than it looks in the photos. I recommend a car rental as it is a 25 minute walk into town and it's too hot to walk. However if you don't -- there is a good grocery store (Zuong Kong) and ATM across the road - prices were only 15% more than at home on some items. With a car then you have access to a warehouse store, discount grocery store and a full service grocery store in town. Nice restaurants close by Captain Don's plus 2 breakfast/lunch places near the roundabout (about a 5 min walk) which serve great coffee and food. You can also tour the island and see Gotomeer Lake (flamingo sanctuary), Rincon (with it's own distillery and free samples) and the south end of the island with the salt flats. So many dive and snorkeling spots around the island if you have a car. If you like a beach with shade follow the main road south and near the airport is Windsock Beach. Great access point to get in and snorkel there too. However I pretty much went snorkeling every day from the beach at Hamlet Oasis. So many excursion options on Bonaire. I went on a kayaking/snorkeling tour in the Mango Mangrove protected area -- Highly recommended. I also went on the Windward Snorkeling excursion -- Ulf the owner picked me up at the resort and took me back. Highly recommend snorkeling from an boat since you drift with the current and can be out deeper. We saw 4 turtles that day and our guide was very informative on the marine life around Bonaire. So you can have a great time staying on the resort -- enjoying snorkeling, diving and/or the pool or tour the island with it's attractions and many excursion opportunities -- all from the comfort of your studio in Hamlet Oasis. I'll definitely be coming back to Bonaire. Thanks Ingrid and Marcel !”
Ingrid's reviewsAs a host (3)
“This is Maria and my first trip to Bonaire and we had the most relaxing, peaceful vacation. Marcel and Ingrid have a perfect private hideaway in a well appointed guest house with your own private balcony. We were treated like royalty from the moment we stepped off the plane and were greeted by Toon and escorted to the home. We had a blast tooling around in the jeep, exploring the island. Snorkeling is REQUIRED - the best I have seen. If you dive, even better! The home is surrounded by beautiful native birds, parrots, loros and made for great photos. We saw lots of lizards, wild donkeys and goats. You will miss the wonderful breeze that comes into the house all day when you return home :). I recommend going out to Lak Bay and watching the windsurfers while eating a hot dog with lots of sauerkraut. We had a wonderful dinner at It's Raining Fishes. The ambiance at the Typsy Seagul was beautiful. We did most of our snorkeling on the West side, just minutes from the house which made it really convenient. If you have a chance to meet Marcel and Ingrid you are in for a treat! A perfect, private vacation! We would do it again for sure. Andrea & Maria Atlanta, GA”
“My husband and I stayed in this cute studio during summer 2008. The location is perfect, just steps from the Caribbean...dive shop located next door. Quiet, secure area with the main road into town located just outside the gate. We've remained in contact with the owners and hope to make another swap in the future.”
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