Avila Hotel offers the best of both worlds in Curaçao’s historical capital city. It’s located right on the beach along Curaçao’s southern coast, with spectacular views of the azure Caribbean Sea and two private coves for sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling. But just minutes away by foot or car is the excitement of downtown Willemstad, and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The 18th-century Dutch colonial mansion that’s evolved into an über-chic hotel boasts a unique history that covers more than 200 years and at times has served as the residence of British and Dutch Governors, a boy’s boarding school, a private hospital, and a home for the sisters of Simon Bolivar during their years of exile from the Venezuelan independence war against Spain.

It was first opened as a hotel in 1949 by Dr. Gungu Maal who instilled the qualities of  personal attention, order and respectability that carry on to the friendly, intimate and understated hospitality still found today. Since 1977 the hotel has been owned and operated by the Møller family, and is the oldest hotel in continuous operation in Curaçao.

The Avila Hotel has a wonderful way of blending both a timeless island ambience with a thoroughly modern and hip vibe. Over the past 15+ years, the complex has been thoroughly renovated and extended into a well-appointed modern hotel with an excellent international acclaim, and is a favorite retreat for celebrities and jet-setters (it’s a favorite of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands).

Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, two private beaches, and tennis court. The Avila Wellness Club is equipped with the latest in TechnoGym equipment, a Kinesis® Wall, steam room and sauna and the Santai Spa offers a comprehensive list of massage therapies and body and beauty treatments, including outdoor sea-side massages.

There’s also and exquisite selection of dining venues, including the world famous Blues restaurant and lounge–THE jazz spot in Curaçao, where the hottest local and international jazz artists come to perform.

The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle to downtown Willemstad to explore its many museums, shops and restaurants. The Blue Bay Golf Club and the Seaquarium are about a 10 minute drive from the hotel.