Unveiling a luxe lodge

Special to The Globe & Mail Travel Section: October 25, 2007

Maverick Billionaire unveils a luxe lodge on Curaçao

Curaçao – Mention Curaçao and the sapphire blue liqueur might come to mind. But this hurricane-free southern Caribbean isle just off the coast of Venezuela is making big waves with the recent opening of one of the newest eco lodges to hit this part of the ABC islands.

Photo courtesy: Lodge Kura Hulanda
and Beach Club

Nestled on Curaçao’s remote west side amid prickly cacti, deadly Manzanilla trees and skittish geckos, The Lodge Kura Hulanda and Beach Club is the island’s first luxury eco-lodge. It is the latest creation from maverick billionaire Jacob Gelt Dekker, who, only a few years ago erected a boutique hotel from the derelict brothel houses that once plagued the country’s capital of Willemstad. Like his successful earlier entrée into the luxury hotel scene, Dekker’s newest lodge is now the talk of the isle.

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