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Linda Lou Huiskes

Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, German, Dutch

Oceanfront, Private Pool, Stunning Views - Villa Seashell

37 Reviews
People8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday villa in Caribbean - Villa Seashell

4 bedrooms, 4 full ensuite bathrooms, sleeps up to 8

VILLA SEASHELL ~ Our oceanfront home is located in the gated resort of Coral Estate (24/7 security) on the west side of Curacao. It is the perfect place to stay with family and friends and enjoy the blue Caribbean sea, the warm sunny days and the starry nights.

The closest beach, with crystal-clear, warm, calm blue water, is only 200 yards from your doorstep (2 minutes drive or very short walk). It is perfect for diving, snorkelling, swimming, lounging, and tanning.

Here you also find the fine dine and lounge restaurant Karakter and a friendly dive school that besides offering PADI courses, also arranges boat tours and kayak rental.

THE EXTERIOR ~ the true key to our property is its West-facing position, and the absolutely amazing and huge back porch, and charming lower viewing thatched-roof cabana. It offers 8+ lounge seating, shade, a continuous sea breeze, the relaxing sound of waves, and a wide view of the ocean. There is always something to see: small fishermen boats, large cruise ships, pelicans, turtles, and because of the crystal clear water lots of tropical fish.

From the yard, you can walk to the deck above the Caribbean Sea. Here you can catch your own fish and enjoy the sunset.

The pool with a tiled sundeck and lounge chairs is an additional factor to enjoy...perfect for a dip when heading to the beach or out for a snorkel doesn't match your energy level.

THE INTERIOR ~Villa Seashell has an open floor plan with a living room, dining room, and a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen. Windows and shutters surround the villa and give panoramic views of the sea.

Since this used to be our primary home, our villa is not the typical vacation rental; it is filled with high-quality furniture, luxurious amenities, and architectural details.

Villa Seashell comprises 4 bedrooms all with en-suite full bathrooms. The two bedrooms on the first floor have two single beds, and the two bedrooms on the second floor both have a king size bed and entrance to a private terrace overlooking the Caribbean Sea. All bedrooms have air-conditioning and screens.

Give yourself the vacation you truly deserve by booking this amazing villa today!

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Linda Lou Huiskes (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, German, Dutch

About Linda Lou Huiskes

Hi, my name is Linda Lou Huiskes, I am the owner of Villa Seashell in Curacao.

Nothing is more rewarding than hosting families for their vacation of a lifetime. It is fantastic to see how our guests feel quickly at home and appreciate the attention we put into everything here. We are very often graced with fun and dynamic guests that make hosting Villa Seashell a great new experience each day.

Our family of four lives in Aruba. Your contact, Linda Lou, works as an artisan making beautiful jewelry and wall decorations from the treasures of the ocean. As the name implies, a lot of Linda Lou’s art can be found back at Villa Seashell.

We enjoy renting vacation homes ourselves. Our favorite destinations are the United States, Italy, and France. We’re avid snorkelers and mountain bikers.

Linda Lou Huiskes purchased this villa in 2008

Why Linda Lou Huiskes chose Caribbean

Our family has always loved the tropics. We would travel the Caribbean to escape the cold Dutch winters. We felt in love Curacao; it has the best of both worlds, Caribbean with a Dutch flavor. The beautiful, warm, friendly people enticed us to make this place our home. We found this unique oceanfront villa with its breathtaking panoramic views five years ago and completely rebuilt it.

Besides going to one of the beautiful beaches, we like to venture out into the countryside and explore the rolling hills topped by plantation houses built more than three centuries ago, or visit the north coast, with its raw beauty.

On the northern side of the island, the rough sea has been smashing against the rocky coastline for centuries and has carved caves and little inlets into the rock. It is great to walk over the massive volcanic rocks and observe the wildlife, listen to the wind, and climb down into the caves to observe the waves crashing against its walls.

We also like to visit Willemstad, which is only a 20-minute drive. It has attractive stores, exquisite restaurants and rich architecture that tells a tale of its history.

Hato International Airport connects the island with the rest of the world, with direct daily flights to Europe, the United States and South America.

What makes this villa unique

Our villa is not the typical vacation rental. It used to be our primary home, filled with high-quality furniture, luxurious amenities and architectural details.

The location of the villa is very unique; anyone going there just falls in love with it. The views of the ocean are breathtaking at all times of the year. Star-filled nights or a full moon shining across the ocean and lighting the pool for a night swim make this place a unique vacation spot.

The place we like best at Villa Seashell is the very large gazebo at the border of the ocean, with its 10-person lounge set, hammocks and dining table; and the wooden deck above the ocean where you can catch your own fish and enjoy the sunset.

Reviews

4.9
based on 37 holidaymaker reviews

Oceanfront, Private Pool, Stunning Views - Villa Seashell
average rating of 4.9459457 based on 37 reviews
5

What a beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

This is a terrific house for a large group. Everything was just as the pictures showed. We had 7 in our group and everyone was comfortable. The kitchen was well equipped and the outside dining area was delightful. We used the chef recommended by the owner, Evelein Sipkes, and had a wonderful meal. Coral Estates has a good beach and dive shop and Karakter (the restaurant) is fantastic for lunch or dinner. Check in was a breeze and the house was clean and ready to go.

We snorkeled at a different beach every day. I would recommend trying to arrive by 10:30 as it did get busy as the day progressed. Some of our favorites were Playa Lagun, Klein Knip and Porto Marie. Porto Marie charges an entry fee but the beach is clean, there is a good bar and restaurant and the snorkeling off to the left was really good with warm shallow water. Three members of our group are cerified divers. They had several good dives and rented their equipment from the dive shop on Coral Estates.

I would recommend this house to my friends and relatives. Next time I will be sure to not come back to the USA via Miami! Customs was a zoo and it took almost 90 minutes to clear customs. The employees were surprisingly rude and the whole thing was very disorganized. Curacao customs were fine and friendly.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
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5

Piece of paradise - the reviews don't lie!!

  • 5 of 5

From the very start, Linda Lou was an excellent communicator - prompt replies to any questions we had and very welcoming. Would recommend D&D car rental for sure - pick up and drop off and easy process away from airport line ups! The pictures don't lie, they actually don't do it justice...you have to be there! Morning coffees on deck, glass of red wine at night in the cabana, watching ships cruise by in the warm breeze, swimming in the pool night and day, meandering down to Karakter to snorkel or have a drink by the sea all adds up to an unbelievable week of sheer paradise. Would return in a heartbeat!! A couple of things to bring that we didn't - water shoes and binoculars! Villa is fully stocked - it has eveything. Would highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
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5

Wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in Curacao. If you want a home with a beautiful location, this is the place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
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5

Great place

  • 5 of 5

This is our 2nd stay at Sea Shell Villa. We love the view of the Ocean and especially watching the sunset each day. The house is absolutely beautiful and the pictures accurately show it off. It is so quiet and peaceful. We wish we could take this place with us everywhere we travel. I would definitely recommend this property to my friends and family. Linda Lou is a pleasure to work with, she is helpful in all aspects of the vacation. The property is well maintained and clean. If you are thinking of staying here, I would book now!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
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5

Absolutely everything it promised to be and more!

  • 5 of 5

We have so many great things to say about our stay at Villa SeaShell and working with the property manager Petra and the property owner Linda Lou. They both went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed and were always promptly responsive to any requests.

Linda Lou even had Petra go out an buy a baby bath prior to our arrival! great customer service.

The property was clean and well cared for. Our 2 year old LOVED getting to swim many times throughout the day. We feel the home worked very well for our family scuba vacation. If we return to Curacao for another dive trip, we will very likely plan our vacation dates around when the property is available. the location had dishwasher tablets, however I would remind you to bring a few 13 gallon trash bags while you are there.

the little annoying bugs you may experience on the back porch patio in the morning are really just that. annoying, but they don't bite, and it is just for a couple hours in the morning, and by the 2nd or 3rd day, you're pretty used to them. We had our 2 year old and our 5 month old baby out on the patio, and they didn't really seem bothered by the bugs either. My guess is, you will experience this anywhere on the island, so don't let that deter you from staying here. This place is amazing! had all the space we needed and more!

we spent most of our family time at the large table on the back patio. great views, comfortable temperature wise. wonderful.

There was no extra AC charge. everybody was comfortable without using AC in their rooms. We only used AC in one room downstairs where the baby and 2 year old took naps during the day. our usage did not exceed any limits, but would happily paid if it would have.

Secure location, often early mornings. I would be out walking with the baby watching the sun rise.

Great central location on the island and ease to the local dive shop just down the road (less than one mile away.)

The dive shop (Divers Replublic) had only bought that dive shop and had been operating it for a few months, so they even went out of their way to accommodate our group. They didn't have nitrox tanks in the volume we wanted, as we were 6 divers and doing the 10 tank (plus some more) packages during the trip. By about the 2nd day, they went and purchased new tanks for their shop, so they could serve us. Our group used 70 tanks during the stay there.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
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Wonderful vacation home; Gorgeous Views

  • 5 of 5

We loved Villa Seashell and Curacao. The house is beautiful and large (four bedrooms/five bathrooms.) It couldn't be better situated. It sits on a high cliff overlooking the churning surf of the sea. The kitchen has all the implements you need to cook in-home meals. The outside dining area has a table large enough to seat at least ten, possibly more and overlooks the sea. The extra bonus of a huge cabana next to the cliff's edge is a breathtaking place to cocktails and breakfast/lunch. The pool was well kept (very clean). And, there is plenty of snorkeling gear and flotation devices to take to nearby beaches. The carport is spacious for room for several cars, easily. Another bonus, there is a small fishing pier which juts out over the cliff. One of our traveling companions spent many hours fishing from this pier and caught enough for dinner several times over.

The house is about 25-30 minutes from Willemstad, a must-see for any visitor. The town's architecture, which is classic Dutch, boasts many restaurants, bars and stores. It's very lively AND affordable.

The house is also is about five minutes or less to the closest beach (Daaibooibay), which is an easy walk. And, within 25 minutes there are a dozen or more other breathtaking beaches. We went to a different one each day. Some charge a small fee (to enter or use the beach chairs), but all well worth the price. Most have places where you can buy drinks and food, too. Our favorites closest to the house were: Playa Portomari, Cas Abao, and Playa Kalki -- all provide some interesting snorkeling spots that are close to shore.

Petra, your on-site manager, is most gracious and took our calls immediately when we couldn't find out how to turn on the outside lights. The owner (Linda Huiskes) is very gracious and informative. Her 40+ page booklet on how to best use the house and things to do on Curacao is outstanding and sooooo useful.

Don't miss Shete Boca -- a national park that boast amazing views of the turbulent north shore, complete with blow-holes, natural bridges, water tableaus and caves.

If you gamble Holiday Beach Resort in Otrobunda (about 25 minutes away) has the best odds, if not the most glamorous.. We don't gamble much, but all of us walked away ahead of the game. It also is among the largest casinos in Curacao, 300+ slot machines. The Renaissance Casino in Willemsted is beautiful, but the slots pay-off rarely.

Curacao has become our favorite of the Caribbean Islands.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
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Location

Historic Area of Willemstad
Gouverneur de Rouville
Queen Emma Bridge
Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue
Renaissance Mall & Rif Fort
Restaurant Fishalicious
Karakter
Sol Food
Christoffel National Park
Shete Boka National Park
trio penotti
Daaibooi Beach Bar
Playa Porto Marie
Cas Abao Beach
Playa Santa Cruz
Playa Lagun
Playa Jeremi
Grote Knip
De Buurvrouw Eetcafe
Landhuis Daniel Country Inn and Restaurant
Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Hato airport
Nearest Barpub
0.12 Miles
Karakter lounge bar & restaurant
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Blue Bay Golf
Nearest Restaurant
0.12 Miles
Karakter lounge bar & restaurant
Nearest Beach
0.12 Miles
Coral Estate beach
Car: recommended

We differentiate ourselves from other vacation rentals in the area by providing our guests with excellent information on restaurants, things to do, hiking & biking trails, water sports and other activities. Should you have any upfront questions on this, just let us know.

Anyone that inquires receives a 65 pages CURACAO VACATION GUIDE, with information on:

- Restaurants

- Beaches

- Curacao's underwater world

- Activities

- Attractions

- Guided tours

- Willemstad

- Sightseeing

- Museums

- Shopping

- Nightlife & Entertainment

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Curacao, Caribbean

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Holiday Season
17 Dec 2016 - 1 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,887
for 7 nights
From
£412
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
£1,569
for 5 nights
From
£314
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £377
Tax Rate 7.0%

Included: use of beach & bath towels and bed linen, end cleaning.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in the Caribbean in the World

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4850 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • resort ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Guest half bathroom
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , Beautiful bedroom in a tower with a very high ceiling
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Beautiful bedroom in a tower with a very high ceiling.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Bedroom on the first floor.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Bedroom at the first floor.
  • Four air-conditioned bedrooms, two king size beds, and four single beds that can be pushed together. Closets in each bedroom provide plentiful storage for clothes and suitcases. All four bedrooms have their own private bathroom, which include sink, mirror, linen closets, wall-hung toilet, and oversized shower.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • museums
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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