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An “Infinity Beach” Two Stories ABOVE the Ocean?!

Wait... this beach is actually two stories above the ocean?!

Wait… this beach is actually two stories above the ocean?!

“To get to the beach, you’ll have to take the elevator,” Curaçao travel expert, Eugene, chuckled as he pulled his van up to my Willemstad hotel.

A perplexed furrow in my brow, I gazed out at the ocean, just beyond the road, and then up at the Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino.

“That’s not possible,” I replied. “How the heck can there be a beach up THERE if the ocean is down HERE?”

The entrance to the Renaissance Curacao hotel.

The jolly entrance to the hotel… two stories BELOW the beach.

Eugene grinned cryptically. “Get in the elevator and see for yourself,” said he.

Ever the obedient tourist, I waved to my friend and trotted through the rainbow-splotched hotel lobby, directly into the upward chute.

As the elevator sped upwards, I pondered the second-story beach riddle. Was this mythical raised beach a slide from the second floor down to the sea? A tunnel? A sinkhole? A hologram? It didn’t make sense.

Curacao is an island in the Caribbean that is perfect for vacation travel. Where to stay in Willemstad? Check out this hotel resort with an infinity pool beach!

The Renaissance Curacao’s colorful lobby.

The silver doors slid open with a smug, “You’ll see,” and I strode down the hall.

“The beach is this way,” cooed signs on the walls. I followed their instructions, and exited the hotel back into the Caribbean sun, but this time, two stories up… and suddenly on a beach!

Sure enough, it looked just like, well… a beach. But there was something odd: Halfway to the horizon, there was a line where the azure water turned sapphire. This called for an investigation.

Walking out of the second floor onto the infinity beach.

Walking out of the second floor onto the infinity beach.

As I write, I am currently seeking another synonym for the fact that I began walking down the silvery wood boardwalk separating the two parts of the water. “Walking” is such a mundane word for the vacation elation I felt.

Let’s say I was “gliding”, shall we? I glid. It was all very graceful.

The boardwalk between the two sides of the pool.

The boardwalk between the two sides of the pool.

Despite the grace of my stride, I remained perplexed. To my left, the Caribbean blue water stretched along the sandy beach. There was not a strand of seaweed in sight, however. Not a single sea urchin to poke a toe.

Why, this beach was so perfect, it looked almost like a… swimming pool. Just look at it glisten here:

Curacao is an island in the Caribbean that is perfect for vacation travel. Where to stay in Willemstad? Check out this hotel resort with an infinity pool beach!

Think it’s a beach? It’s actually a pool!

As I looked to the section of the beach to my right, however, it all clicked into place. Where the light blue met the dark blue, a swimming man was dangling his arms.

“This whole beach is actually a giant infinity pool!” I gasped. The two-story-up platform was meticulously sculpted to hold all that water and powdery sand, transported up here for full beach effect. What a feat of engineering!

Like the curved arm of an embrace.

See where the infinity pool meets the ocean?

I raced to the back of the infinity beach and looked down to see if there was a way to get another view of the structure.

The bright colors of the walls greeted me as if to proclaim, “Isn’t our pool awesome?

“It sure is,” I told those walls telepathically as I bounded down the steps and out of the hotel.

Looking off the back side of the infinity beach, down at the hotel.

Looking off the back side of the infinity beach, down at the hotel.

From the public park down the street from the Renaissance Curaçao, I ogled the back-side of the ingenious pool. Check it out in the photo below so you get how it’s structured: The ledge in the middle, next to the palm tree, is the edge of the “infinity beach” that the man was leaning off of.

See how far below the actual ocean is? Since the hotel is on a hill, it may even be higher up than two stories!

Looking up at the infinity pool from the ocean level, you can see it sits on a hill.

Looking up at the infinity pool from the ocean level, you can see it sits on a hill.

From this vantage point, I could understand why the infinity beach was so important. Though Curaçao has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the particular swath of ocean that the hotel sits next to is craggy and rough.

No amount of landscaping the actual beach would make it work for a resort. It’s a rather inspiring life lesson: If the beach you’re dealt is too rough, build your own beach, two stories up!

Not one to pass up an immersive experience, I popped by my balcony-beautiful hotel room to change into my bathing suit and try the infinity beach out for myself. Delicious!

My delightful hotel room.

My happy and inviting hotel room.

On a practical note, I would highly recommend the Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino to Curaçao travelers for its beauty, ideal location right in the center of a great part of Willemstad, friendliness, and surprising affordability.

Intrigued? Here are easy direct links for more information and booking options for the hotel that support this site at no extra cost to you: TripAdvisor, and Hotels.com.

So what do you think? Have you traveled to the ABC Islands? Ever seen an infinity beach before? Are you tempted to try it? Do share!

Curacao is an island in the Caribbean that is perfect for vacation travel. Where to stay in Willemstad? Check out this hotel resort with an infinity pool beach!

Feel the ocean breeze on your face…

I was a guest of the Curaçao Tourist Board, but all opinions and plentiful synonyms for “walked” are my own. 

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Franco

Monday 22nd of January 2018

Hello, Lillie... those beaches and hotel look wonderful.

Did you go to the other beaches in the island? How far are they from the Renaissance?

Regards, Franco

Lillie

Monday 22nd of January 2018

Hi Franco! I toured about NINE other beaches, and it took just half a day to drive around the whole island, stopping along the way. My favorites were Playa Jeremi (pictured here -- https://www.aroundtheworldl.com/2017/10/14/dushi-curacao/ -- just 47 minutes from the hotel by car), and Kenepa Grandi (pictured here -- https://www.aroundtheworldl.com/2017/08/10/curacao-travel/ -- 50 minutes from the hotel by car). Kenepa Grandi is much bigger and is absolutely gorgeous, but Playa Jeremi was hidden, quiet, and lovely. Have a great time!

Nayeem

Monday 25th of December 2017

Wow!! Curacao’s lobby is looking like an art & infinity pools are unique creation,,,I would love to check this place after my Thailand trip....

Lillie

Tuesday 26th of December 2017

Yes!

Katja

Wednesday 13th of December 2017

Talk about clever design! I love that they have created this pool / beach / infinity magic! I know very little about Curacao but would be tempted to visit to enjoy this pool alone!

Francesca

Monday 11th of December 2017

Curacao has been on my travel wishlist for years! I'm not sure exactly why... perhaps it's the colors of the island as well as the architecture? But now I have a solid reason: to see this infinity beach for myself. What a fantastic idea and, as you said, an impressive feat of engineering!

Jody R

Sunday 10th of December 2017

I've always wanted to go to Curacao. Those colours just pop! It looks like a lively place to go with your family. I'll keep the Renaissance in mind.

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