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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We rented Golf Carts from Bonaire Cruisers and took the Southern Route to explore Bonaire. We came upon the highly rated Sorobon Beachfront Resort and Restaurant. We decided to stop and explore, enjoying a delicious lunch and spectacular views of the ocean from our table in the beachfront restaurant.

The service was perfect. The cocktails and local beers were wonderful. The best part was the Burger. Oh my goodness, a perfect Medium Rare Hamburger, on a fresh baked super delicious bun with lovely fresh vegetables. I devoured it We also had the Beef Carpaccio sandwich wrap and it was amazing.

The resort is charming and very well maintained with obvious love and care. The cottages are each very unique and it's no wonder they are sold out each season. With service, style, kindness and quality like this, why would we go anywhere else?

We would truly enjoy coming back to stay for a vacation and next time we are in Bonaire on a cruise ship for the day, we will definitely stop here again on our golf carts!

Room Tip: Cottages are directly on the ocean. Some are set back but all have gorgeous views.
  • Stayed: November 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank FoodiePSL
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Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

Staff is extremely nice and helpful in arranging trips, transport etc. The dinner in the restaurant is great, fresh products, dishes look marvelous on your plate, various choices, good wines, excellent service. They make every plate a food experience, really nice. To make a detour for.
House is adequately stocked, good facilities, spacious. A little sparce but functional. Good airco in the bedroom, fans in living room. Good lights. Some European sockets so no special plug needed. And the beach and the sea is great.

Stayed: October 2018
Thank 461mariellek
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Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

Sorobon Beach Resort is an idillic hippie chic hotel on Sorobon beach in Lac Bay. While the main attraction is the windsurfing action, it is also a great place for families with children if you are careful with a few things that I will mention later.

First the improvements: the restaurant which used to be an open terrace is now a closed fully air conditioned space. This is a very good thing since mosquitoes can be a pest around here. Additionally, they have added some theme nights, like Wok Saturdays, that add variety to the menu. The food has also improved though they do have a tendency to overcook fish. And breakfast is not the paltry affair it used to be but a nice buffet with some local choices and a chef to get you fresh eggs or pancakes. Service too is now much more professional with the addition of the likes of Enrique taking good care of you.

Additionally the new furniture at the restaurant and the rooms is nice, making all the premises more comfortable and stylish. The rooms now can also have 24h air conditioning as opposed to the previous night only policy.

There’s a brand new windsurfing center in the premises, sponsored by sport legends Bjorn Dunkerbeck and Philippe Bru, offering great equipment for rental from Goya Windsurfing and lessons for all levels, from beginners to advanced performers. Sorobon Beach Resort sits right next to two windsurfing centers, Jibe City and Bonaire Windsurf Place which have been operating for some thirty years or so. But I guess they felt the need to have their own. The Dunkerbeck center is more expensive and less flexible than their older established competitors in their rental options but their equipment is top notch. You’ll be happy renting at the other places too but Sorobon has closed the very convenient door that communicated it with the other two places. To go there you have to get in the water and walk around the fence.

The yoga and stretching classes are also quite nice. They’ve brought the sort of outdoor gym closer to the beach. Since the wind is onshore, that helps with ventilation and lessens the mosquito issue.

Now here’s room for improvement:

It kind of defeats the purpose of the enclosed restaurant to keep mosquitoes out if you insist on leaving the door open to the outside buffet bar. People can hold their plate in one hand and open and close the door with the other. Or install some sliding doors. You could also install two or three of those lamps that attract and kill bugs. Guests for now will have to use plenty of mosquito repellent. Mind you the problem is not so bad if it doesn’t rain, but this is the tropics. It rains.

The rooms have a little terrace in front with tiles that are extremely slippery when wet. And you are on a beach coming in and out of the water. When are they not wet? They should change them. I’ve seen many people slip and get hurt.

The beach has also received new hammocks and lounge chairs that make it more welcoming. That’s good. But what they need to do a better job of is keeping the kelp and sharp stones and shells out of the area. They do the central part of the beach but not the edges and you know that kids will roam. Many people end up with cuts on their feet because of these stones.

You still don’t get the room serviced on Sundays so make sure you keep some dry towels for your shower.

And hopefully you are strong to carry your luggage to your room upon cEck in and check out. There's only one trolley and it is in constant use by the cleaning service or the gardener. Even if your luggage has wheels, thy don't work so well on sand.

You will still enjoy it though and it looks like management is striving to get better. Have fun.

Stayed: August 2018, travelled with family
4  Thank franciscoreyalegria
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Reviewed 12 August 2018

This is literally off the beaten track. Ideal for windsurfing, Visited close friend staying here with his family. Had a very pleasant lunch. Great place to view Flamingos flying by. Also wonderful for stargazing. Plenty of people watching to be done. There is yoga and a full service restaurant as well as a souvenir shop.

Room Tip: all at ground level
  • Stayed: August 2018, travelled with friends
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Thank louisd789
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Reviewed 2 July 2018

We had never been to Bonaire until this May. I'm a windsurfer and wanted a windsurfing getaway. This place was the perfect place for it too! I was hoping it would be a win-win for my wife and myself but it wasn't. First of all this location has the best windsurfing that I have ever experienced. Better in my opinion than Aruba and the Outerbanks. The water is crystal clear and waist deep just about in the entire bay. The winds are nearly constant and the equipment available is amazing. Food is available right on the beach and the people are very friendly. The resort on the other hand is a little on the 'rustic' side. Very bare bones and functional but still not a luxury vacation spot. It's clean but a bit out dated and in need for renovation and some landscaping. There is no pool on the property and no real beach for non windsurfers to swim. There happens to be a lot of sea grass in the area and where there is sea grass, swimming and walking is forbidden. It's not too far a drive from downtown and there lots of places down there to eat/drink. If we were to return to Bonaire (which we will in time) we won't return to Sorobon to stay. We'll book a more non windsurfing person place that has a pool and a beach that you can swim in without worring about disturbing the seagrass. I'll leave the wife there and slip away for a few hours to do some incredible windsurfing though.

Stayed: May 2018
4  Thank U2922CHtomt
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