Archive for February, 2012

Conch Restoration Project Bonaire

February 18, 2012

New Villa in Bonaire

February 17, 2012

New Villa in Bonaire

Villa Vista Mare is a luxury Mediterranean style ocean-front villa located in the upscale Sabadeco neighborhood on the island of Bonaire. From the moment you enter you get the sense of privacy and tranquility you deserve.
Villa Vista Mare is situated in a picturesque and mature tropical garden frequently visited by parrots and parakeets. The large main home (5,500 sq ft) and separate beach house (1,000 sq ft) provide you with everything you need for an incredibly relaxing vacation.
The main house has four bedrooms with private bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, an exquisite custom bar with wine cooler, ice maker and refrigerator, a large owner’s suite with sitting area, office, gym and huge walk-in closet, and an enormous covered porch for the ultimate in outdoor living.
The main house has a large apartment, with a separate entrance located on the upper level. The apartment includes a full kitchen, living room, bedroom (sleeps 2), bathroom and private roof terrace with views of the garden and the sea.
When you take a short stroll through the tropical garden you arrive at the beach house which features a beautiful infinity edge and built-in bar stools, large exposed areas for sunning, and extensive covered sitting areas when you want some shade. The beach house has everything you need for relaxing by the ocean, and features a built in gas BBQ, stocked kitchen cabinets, sink, stainless steel refrigerator, a large bathroom and outdoor shower. Upstairs is a large covered seating area that is perfect for viewing the coast and watching the sunset.
Walk down a few steps and access the secluded beach along Bonaire Marine Park sites of Andrea I and II. It’s your choice, enjoy lazy afternoons at the pool watching for flamingos, dolphins and pelicans, or visit the incredibly vibrant underwater world.
* The villa is located about 4 miles from the main town, Kralendijk.
* 6 miles from the Airport.
* Close to popular dive shops, groceries and restaurants

* 4 bedrooms (all air conditioned with private bathrooms, 3 queen beds, 2 twin beds)
* Fully furnished and equipped.
* Tropical garden, beautiful ocean views and direct private beach access
* iPod speaker docks in each bedroom, living room, beach house
* Flat screen HD televisions with DVD players in each bedroom, living room, porch
* Hundreds of DVDs available for your use
* Library with a wide range of books for your use
* NON smoking and no pets: smoking permitted at beach house
Complementary services:
* Free airport pick-up
* Groceries on your day of arrival
* Utilities: electricity, gas, water, included
* Mid-week cleaning
* Wireless Internet
* Telephone (local calls)
* Access to private tennis courts
High season: December 15th to April 14th
1-2 persons US$ 4,300.- 3-4 persons US$ 4,450.- 5-6 persons US$ 4,600.- 7-8 persons US$ 5,200.- (including the apartment) (excluding service charge of 15% and tourist tax of USD 6.50 per person per night)

Low season: April 15th to December 14th
1-2 persons US$ 4,000.- 3-4 persons US$ 4,150.- 5-6 persons US$ 4,300.- 7-8 persons US$ 4,900.- (including the apartment) (Excluding service charge of 15% and tourist tax of USD 6.50 per person per night)
Service Fee (includes airport greeting, food to start with, cleaning): 15%
Damage Deposit: 25%
Tax: $6.50 per person per night (unless under 13 years of age)

Fresh Fish on Bonaire

February 16, 2012

When my guests are planning their trip one of the top requests for information is where to buy local fish to prepare in their villa or condo. There is nothing like fresh Caribbean fish.  Most menus on island feature Wahoo and Dradu. Dradu if I am not mistaken is Mahi Mahi. I prefer it to Wahoo which can be firmer in texture.


Some of my favorite places to buy fish are as follows:

Doei Diaz
J.A Abraham Boulevard
next to Richard’s Restaurant

Doei is the Dad to windsurf guru Elvis Martinus. Head over around 3 PM and ask for fresh fish. It’s usually sold in bags with steaks vs filets. The building is pink.

Luis Wijman (also known as Junie)
Kaya Gutu, Antriol

Turn left on the paved road, Kaya Karpitan, just south of Progresso Supermarket in Antriol. Turn right on the second road on your right, Kaya Purunchi. Then take the second left, Kaya Gutu, it’s the second house on the left hand side of the road.

Nilo and Luvia Josephia
Kaminda Lac (the winding road to Sorobon)

The second to last house on the right on the road to Lac Bay/Sorobon. If you come to the ballfield you went too far so go back. The house is brown and there is a sign “aki ta bende piska”. The blackboard and open gate indicate when they have fish.

Fish Marinade Recipe

fresh lime juice

fresh thyme

Garlic minced


Bon appetiteFresh Fish For Lunch

Restaurant of the Month – Bistro De Paris

February 7, 2012

Patrice Rannou has been serving fine French cuisine for 7 years now. Some of my special clients and friends were treated to a multi course private tasting menu. Enjoy some photos courtesy of Timmmy Bonaire, my guest photographer. Patrice is a true gentlemen providing one of Bonaire’s finest dining experiences. My clients love Bistro de Paris. Of course I am a fan mostly for his desserts. The tarte tartin is ambrosial.

Bistro de Paris is moving soon so watch for news and updates. For updates call 011 599 717 7070 or let the your Concierge at Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations book your dining experience.


Photo of the Day- Villa Ganshi

February 2, 2012

Villa Ganshi

Imagine your own oceanfront oasis complete with hammock, tropical gardens, lovely furnishings and complete amenities for an island escape. Villa Ganshi is my newest property and she shines. The gentle trade winds blow through the open air residence. The owners had comfort in mind when they designed and decorated this escape. Enjoy diving or snorkeling in your front yard. Walk to my favorite French restaurant, Bistro de Paris or if you prefer, Argentinian steak at Patagonia. Town is a 15 minute walk along the seaside promenade.

To book Villa Ganshi email the Bonaire expert, today