The Strand Sun Ray

  based on 14 reviews
Keyfacts
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  •   3
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  • SQM 130
  •  wifi
  •  A/C
  •  Pool
  •  Parking
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Description

The Strand Sun Ray is a 3 bedroom luxurious condominium on the third floor. From the balcony you have a breathtaking view of the crystal clear lagoon with sandy beach and the Caribbean Sea. The private sandy beach features nice palm trees, palapas (umbrellas) and lounge chairs to enjoy the best beach day ever. The lagoon is excellent for swimming and snorkeling. There is also a large swimming pool. The Strand Sun Ray is situated in a secured resort which features a private parking space per condominium.

LOCATION AND SURROUNDINGS

The Strand Sun Ray is located only a few blocks away from the historic town center and harbor of Willemstad. In the direct surroundings you find different international and local restaurants and cocktail bars. The recently renovated "Pietermaai Small" area with its small streets and colorful houses is the ultimate Curacao experience. Lots to explore also in the many museums and at the oldest synagogue of the Western Hemisphere Mikve-Israel Emanuel.

FEATURES

The Strand Sun Ray features 3 bedrooms. The master bedroom has a king size bed, walk-in closet and spacious bathroom with shower, double sink and toilet. The second bedroom has 2 twin beds. There is an en-suite bathroom with shower, sink and toilet. The third bedroom is small and features bunk beds. There is an en-suite bathroom with shower, sink and toilet. In the hallway is a guest toilet. The kitchen is modern and fully equipped with high end finishes. There is a seating area inside and outside on the balcony.

AMENITIES

The condominium is equipped with high speed wireless internet, flat screen with cable TV in both living area and master bedroom. The kitchen has all appliances needed for a home cooked meal such as refrigerator with ice cubes and water, oven, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, etc. The bedrooms and living area are both air conditioned. There is a washer and dryer available.


Rooms

3 Bathroom, 3 Bedroom, 1 Kitchen, 1 Living room, 4 Toilet, Bunkbed


Amenities
  • Sleeping
    1 Baby crib, Bed linen, 1 King bed, 2 Single bed
  • Cooking
    Child's high chair, Coffee machine, Cooking utensils, Dish washer, Kitchen stove, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Spices, Toaster
  • Heating/Cooling
    Air conditioning
  • Outside
    Private Balcony
  • Entertainment
    Wireless Broadband Internet, TV (Cable)
  • Sanitary
    Hair dryer, Essentials, Shower, Towel-set, Washbasin
  • Laundry
    Clothes dryer, Bathroom & Laundry, Iron & Board, Washing machine
  • Miscellaneous
    Doorman, Safe, Vacuum cleaner
Facilities
  • Parking
    Parking Included
  • Spa & Gym
    Unheated Outdoor swimming pool (Shared)
  • Outside
    Deck chairs, Shared Garden, Gated-Community
Policies
Children welcome, Pets not allowed, Smoking not allowed,Credit cards accepted, Accessible 24/7, Elevator in building, Housekeeper Included, Laundry service Included
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4.8
based on 14 reviews
Jessica (USA)
Fantastic!

Fantastic space and beautiful beach. This place is in a great area with many great bars and restaurants.

Not specified  |  stayed in 10/2018

Felipe (Colombia)
Excelente apartamento.

Excelente apartamento.

Not specified  |  stayed in 10/2018

Thomas (USA)
Exceptional Property on a Diverse Island

The Strand is located next to two other condo/resorts and within walking distance to town. We did have a hiccup upon arrival. We were given the wrong phone number hence showed up at the condo without a way to get in or someone to contact. After about 1.5 hours and contacting VRBO, our escort arrived and everything turned out fine. The condo is spacious and updated with a great balcony. The pool and beach areas are very nice but were getting quite windy when we were there in April/May. A wedding took place at the venue beside us which was fun to watch but went well into the night (2am) with fireworks at 11:30 pm. We went to the bar at the Avila, one condo down and there are a few cute restaurants within a 5 mnute walk. Last note, you will be hearing roosters and dogs barking in the distance every day.

Mature couple  |  stayed in 4/2018

Amber (USA)
Comfortable condo with a beautiful view

The property was great. Comfortable beds, necessities provided, etc. the beach was nice and our 2 and 5 year olds loved going on crab hunts and looking in all the snail shells, etc. I even saw 2 small eels in the shallow rocks. We were often the only ones on the beach, so we didn’t have to worry about them wandering off. The location is good, not too far from town or the Aquarium in the opposite direction. We were warned not to walk after dark by many people (even to walk two buildings down for dinner), so we did rent a car, which I understand is pretty much a necessity when on the island. The town is nearby, and on the day before we left, we found Mambo Beach, which is less than a 5 minute drive. Great beach with lots of restaurants and shops. Wish we’d found that earlier. We are pretty social people, and like to make conversation with others. We found some of the people of Curacao very friendly and welcoming, but probably about 70% were not, or took some real effort to get them to loosen up. We went to Bonaire after our week here, and were pleasantly surprised with the opposite. There was a lot of poverty on the island, which may explain some of the demeanor. We had a fantastic time diving with Goby Divers, who were absolutely wonderful. The island food, left a lot to be desired for the 3 adults in our party. The best food we had was at a Mexican restaurant at Mambo beach. I did like the property, especially since we could choose to hang out on the private beach, or take a short ride to Mambo beach if we were looking for something more active. Go to one of the larger grocery stores that you can walk around instead of the small ones behind bars where you just tell the attendant what you want and they get it for you. The selection at the larger store is pretty good, but don’t expect all the comforts of home. If there is something you specifically want, pack it before you come. They did have produce, milk, bread, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, diapers, alcohol, etc. much like a grocery store in the US, but maybe a third of the size with less selection, and most of the meat looked weird to me. Definitely enough to get you through the week though. Pack lots of sunscreen, as it is expensive on the island. Thank you to our host at the condo, Goby Divers, and the Dolphin Experience was awesome at the aquarium.

Family with young children  |  stayed in 2/2018

David (Canada)
Wonderful stay!

The condo was very clean and well maintained. The private beach and lagoon was great, never had to worry about getting a chair, no vendors or anyone bothering you. The manager is very responsive and promptly answered any question or request. We rented a car and used it a lot. There are restaurants, grocery store etc fairly close but just a little too far away to walk and we were cautioned about walking home at night. We never felt unsafe but heeded the advice anyway. We would definitely go back to The Strand if we're in Curaçao again. Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Families with Teenagers.

Not specified  |  stayed in 12/2016

H. (USA)
two weeks

The unit we stayed at is on the 3rd floor, so there is a great view from the balcony. The Strand is a very good location, within walking distance to Punda. A car is necessary to explore the island.Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Girls Getaway, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers.

Not specified  |  stayed in 2/2016

Ilya (USA)
Nice clean and modern place

Apartment is on the second floor and has a really great ocean view, nice balcony over a beautiful lagoon, that you can snorkel in. Inside the apartment is spacious, modern and very clean. It is equipped with top notch all new Bosch appliances. The beds are very comfortable. The place by itself is worth five stars, if not for a few issues below. Our biggest complaint is WiFi quality. It's so unreliable so it was probably down 25-30% of the time. It does not have a dedicated WiFi router in the apartment, but instead you have to rely on the common signal in the pool area. This signal only reaches the living room, master bedroom and the balcony, but the worst part that even there it hangs completely several times a day and stays like this sometimes for hours. This is 21st century and internet is as important as electricity today, so we think it is a very big deal when internet is so unreliable. The other smaller complaints are the lack of many essentials like bottle opener (had to ask the neighbors), dish washing liquid, detergent, paper towels or such non-perishable items like salt. We had to go to the supermarket and buy absolutely everything in rather large packs and leave most of it behind as we could not use it all in one week. Nevertheless we had a great time and enjoyed the place. We also took advantage of another resort next door (AVILA) that we were allowed to visit and eat in their restaurant, have cocktails on the beach and swim in their lagoons. Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers.

Not specified  |  stayed in 2/2016

Anonymous (USA)
Modern and relaxing

We arrived in Curaçao on Saturday, Jan 30, 2016 at noon. We were instructed to call a contact at The Strand upon our arrival. This was a bit complicated as none of us have International calling packages on our phones nor did we have a taxi driver or anyone to borrow a phone from. We would have preferred an email contact. Once we worked thru that small problem we were met at our condo by a weekend manager and shown the ins and outs of our place. Fabulous location, walkable to most things, great swimmable lagoon, decent pool. Master bedroom was wonderful and had a walk- in closet! Only complaint was the bars for the upper level hangers were extremely high and unreachable, thus useless for us. Nice bathroom but again, the mirrors were too high to see into. This was remedied by the full length mirror in our closet. The second bedroom was decent and also had an attached bathroom, third bedroom was more like a barracks with a bathroom that forced you to sit on the toilet to wash your hands. We didn't use it at all- oh so tiny! Kitchen was great and well- stocked with dishes, pans, and silverware. Loved the deck over-looking the water, spent a lot of time out there with our tea watching the coming and going of the ships. We would stay here again, worked out well for 3 friends.Recommended for: Sightseeing, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway.

Not specified  |  stayed in 1/2016

Christy (USA)
Beautiful Condo!

We rented 7/04/15 - 7/11/15 and had four adults in our group. The condo deserves 5 stars. It was bright, well laid out, in excellent condition and well equipped. The pool & lagoon are beautiful. The condo balcony was our favorite spot! Jo with Curacao Island Rentals she was extremely responsive and fabulous to deal with. They provided a local phone for our stay, which we didn't use much but it was certainly nice to have. Most correspondence was done by email and the Wifi made that easy. Some reviewers mentioned not having some essentials. We would have appreciated dishwasher soap, a mop (when you turn the A/C off during the day the floors instantly become wet), paper towels and extra batteries for the safe (used key). One kitchen towel for the entire week was interesting. However, all things that we made due with/without. Our original intent was not to rent a car since our research revealed that we could walk to most everything. Willemstad & the grocery store are all in walking distance. We walked 2 blocks to dinner on Tuesday night. To our surprise we were escorted home by a security guard that told us that it wasn't safe to walk after dark since tourists are often robbed by locals that he referred to as 'bandits'. We asked another person about the area and they confirmed that it was not safe to walk after dark, which is 7 pm in Curacao! We regrouped the next day & rented a car, since staying at the condo every evening for the duration of the trip would have put a damper on our vacation. The parking lot at the Strand is gated with security guards on duty in the evening to early AM. The island is diverse & colorful; one day we ended up driving through an abandon resort on the West end and the next we were having lunch at a luxury resort. The harbor was a great stop for coffee & breakfast. We snorkeled with Pelican Express, which was a great time. Mambo beach was a great destination for the day & also had a delicious dinner there on our last night. There is much to see on the island! The amounts of trash scattered on the island and in close proximity to the condo was excessive. There are abandon properties close to the Strand that are littered with beer bottles, appliances and more. The city has posted information in Willemstad that they are working on cleaning up the area but based on what we saw, it will take some time. It was an adventure & a great way to celebrate our 50th birthdays!Recommended for: Sightseeing, Adventure Seekers.

Group  |  stayed in 7/2015

College friends (USA)
Girls Getaway

Very clean, well stocked kitchen, contemporary appliances. Had an issue with a water leak in second bathroom, but maintenance responded quickly, even though they were not able to fix the problem before we left. Walked to small grocery and to two nice restaurants where we were escorted after dark by security guards. However, we did not feel threatened. Also ate next door at Avila hotel, and went to Jazz night at their bar. The pool area and beach front was clean and accessible. There was assigned parking for our rental car in gated lot. Bridget (manager) programmed a local phone for us which we used to make reservations. She also arranged our taxi to and from the airport. Also car rental was available at the Avila hotel making pickup and return very easy. Every one was friendly and helpful. Great girls getaway and would definitely return.Recommended for: People with Disabilities, Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Girls Getaway, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers.

Not specified  |  stayed in 6/2015

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