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Since first stepping foot on the island of Bonaire in 2011, husband and wife team Philip and Mariëlle Diphoorn from the Netherlands dreamt of moving to the small Caribbean island and opening a bed and breakfast.
Wanting to create a destination for people to share the incredibly relaxing and no-hassle atmosphere which they experienced on their multiple visits, it wasn’t until September 2018 that they were able to make the move. Having found a perfect location which would, in September the following year, become the adult only bed and breakfast Kas ChuChubi.
Named after the ChuChubi, the Papiamentu name of the tropical mockingbird that inhabits the island and welcomes visitors with its melodic call, the bed and breakfast has several self-contained rooms.
The three luxuriously comfortable rooms offer an ideal base for a short island trip or a longer stay on Bonaire. All rooms have their own atmosphere, colour and the decor is different in every room. Although no room is exactly the same, the centrepiece is always a good bed with wonderful bedding that is selected with the greatest care.
All rooms are on the ground floor with easy access, have ensuite bathrooms with showers and toilets, luxurious king sized beds, ceiling fans, air conditioning, a Nespresso coffee machine, tea facilities and fridge. Rates start from $ 79,00 per night (with a minimum stay of 2 nights).
This comfortable studio of 35 m2 is located on the ground floor and has a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom with shower and toilet, a large luxury king-size box-spring bed, air-conditioning and a ceiling fan. At the front of the studio is a picnic table, perfect for guests to relax and take the time to watch the exotic birds of the area, read a book, drink a glass of wine and chill like a local. The location is perfect for chilling.
$99.00 per night (with a minimum stay of 3 nights)
Inspired by their experiences travelling through Scotland, and the famous hospitality found there, customer service is very important to the couple and breakfast at Kas ChuChubi is made and served by Philip and Mariëlle themselves. This gives them the opportunity to interact with their guests, finding out about their holidays and providing information and suggestions on the must-see places and the hidden secrets of Bonaire.
For those guests preferring to mix leisure with adventure, the island will not disappoint. Thanks to its geology, Bonaire has several cave systems of varying depth and diversity. There are guided tours available to help visitors get the full experience of these natural wonders, and these vary in difficulty from walking tours to those requiring you to hold your breath and swim through underground tunnels!
All-year water activities include surfing (board, wind and kite), snorkelling and diving, all of which can be accompanied with lessons from qualified professionals. The warm waters of the Caribbean have bundled up great communities of fish amongst the shallows and the corals making a visit to these safe havens an absolute must. Both avid scuba divers Philip and Mariëlle have explored much of the region and are a vital source of useful information.
Thanks to a large part of Bonaire being a protected natural reserve, the island is still one of the most beautiful places in the world to dive. Divers and snorkelers must purchase a ‘nature tag” which can be found at any dive shop on the island and permits them to enjoy the 100 different diving locations to explore corals, fish communities and turtles.
It would be a shame not to enjoy the various culinary treats on the island, which include everything from fine dining restaurants to food truck feasts with both local and foreign cuisine. And of course, don’t forget to try the “Cadushy of Bonaire”, a cactus liqueur made locally on the island.
Definitely make sure to speak with Philip or Mariëlle when choosing restaurants or locations as their love of the island and caring attention to detail has left no inch of its treasures and delights across adventures and cuisine unexplored!
CONTACT: Philip and Mariëlle Diphoorn, Bonaire, Kaya Finlandia 8B
TELEPHONE: +599 7015623