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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Harbour Village Beach Club on the island of Bonaire offers ultimate luxury and adventure for all ages

Dive Into the Perfect Caribbean Escape

One of the world’s premier dive and beach resorts, Harbour Village Beach Club on the island of Bonaire offers ultimate luxury and adventure for all ages.

 

Bonaire, Dutch Antilles – What do you think of when you imagine the perfect Caribbean vacation? A romantic oasis with luxurious oceanfront accommodations nestled on a secluded, silky white sand beach perfect for sunset gazing and candlelit dinners? A diver’s paradise, surrounded by calm, crystal-clear waters teeming with vibrant sea life and pristine reefs waiting to be explored? Or a family-friendly tropical outpost brimming with extraordinary recreational activities to delight kids and adults alike?
Harbour Village Beach Club, located in the Dutch Antilles within an exclusive beachfront enclave on a four-acre, private peninsula on the island of Bonaire, is all this and more. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Harbour Village offers ultimate luxury in an idyllic setting as well as a wide range of activities that include the best diving in the Caribbean.
Romance: With its powder-soft beach, swaying palm trees and sumptuous, scenic accommodations, Harbour Village Beach Club is a couples’ paradise. Enjoy an intimate torch-lit dinner right on the beach, a relaxing aromatherapy couples' massage or a playful game of tennis at the resort’s lighted courts. Indulge in creative culinary delights at the resort’s acclaimed La Balandra Restaurant and Bar, its dining deck located on a jetty extending out to sea. Discover each other as you explore the island’s natural wonders, such as Bonaire’s famed solar salt beds and one of the world’s largest pink flamingo nesting grounds, or catch a glimpse of the island’s rare Bonairean Lora Parrot. After a fun-filled day, cozy up on a double hammock while sipping complimentary champagne on the beach. Watch the sun set over the watery horizon and wake in the morning to the gentle lapping of the ocean waves and birds chirping on your private terrace.
Family Fun: Harbour Village may be the perfect setting for couples to reconnect, but it’s also an ideal place to strengthen family bonds and create lifelong memories. The resort’s Kids Great Adventures program, for example, offers one-of-a-kind, supervised experiences that include geocache treasure hunting, photography adventures and beach scavenges for sea glass and driftwood that are used to create keepsake art projects. Other adventures include visits to the cultural park, Mangazina de Rei, and a tropical butterfly farm. Harbour Village also offers numerous watersports and diving programs designed for its younger guests.
Diving: Bonaire has been designated as having the most pristine coral reef environment and most species of fish in the Caribbean by the NOAA and is consistently named Best Overall Dive Destination by Scuba Diving Magazine's Reader's Choice Awards. Due to Bonaire's leeward location outside of the hurricane belt, and its consistently pleasant climate, crystal-clear visibility prevails at any depth. Harbour Village Beach Club features a first class PADI 5 Star Resort Dive Center, Great Adventures Bonaire, within the resort and dive sites just off its shore. The nearest one, just 50 yards out from the beach, is the shipwreck of the 60-foot "Our Confidence,” a great spot for beginners that can even be seen by snorkelers from the surface. Another popular dive site, "Something Special,” is a short swim from shore. The resort also offers unique fluorescence night diving, utilizing UV light to see the astounding array of fluorescent colors emitted by underwater animals and corals. Bonaire diving packages are available for both non-certified and certified divers and include a seven-night stay in our luxurious rooms or suites, a full American breakfast, airport transfers and unlimited use of the fitness center, tennis courts, and kayaks.
Harbour Village Beach Club also offers a unique children's program that lets younger guests experience Bonaire’s undersea wonderland. It includes many exciting activities such as SASY or Supplied Air Snorkeling for Youth (ages 5+), Bubble Maker (ages 8+), and the dive instruction and certification program (ages 10+).
“Guests tell us they are amazed by the variety of sea life around the island, which is protected as the Bonaire National Marine Park, and just off our beach,” said Muriel Spychala, Manager at Great Adventures Bonaire. “Some describe it as being like swimming in an aquarium with so many different fish and other creatures,” she said. “Kids especially like telling us about the curious angel fish, parrot fish, flounder, manta rays, cow fish, and eels that they saw on their dive.”
For more information on Bonaire and Harbour Village Beach Club, visit the luxury hotel's website at http://www.harbourvillage.com/ or call 1-800-424-0004 for inquiries on the resort's luxury diving packages.
About Bonaire: Located eighty-six miles east of Aruba, the island of Bonaire offers year round sunshine, low annual rainfall, and has been designated as having the most pristine coral reef environment and most species of fish in the Caribbean by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. The Reef Environmental Education Foundation lists eight out of almost 90 of Bonaire's dive sites in their top 10 in terms of species richness in the Caribbean -- abundant underwater life includes more than 300 species of tropical fish and over 120 different types of coral. The island is able to maintain this environment and receive awards for Bonaire diving year after year because its surrounding waters have been protected as the Bonaire National Marine Park for over 30 years.