Business View Caribbean | March 2021

54 BUSINESS VIEW CARIBBEAN MARCH 2021 RESORT S ome stories are well worth sharing, and this is definitely one. With its white sandy beach, turquoise waters and lavish suites and villas, Curaçao’s Baoase Luxury Resort was originally built as a personal oasis by owner Ad van der Valk and his partner Bibi. “When he came to Curaçao, he fell in love with the beauty of the island and its people,” says Ad’s son and Baoase General Manager, Thijs van der Valk. “He bought a little place on the waterside and created his dream villa, now know as Baoase’s Master Villa. Shortly after, he started building five extra villas on the property surrounding a large tropical infinity pool – one for each of his children. He continued creating a truly magical family retreat with a private beach and a beautiful private lagoon. Whenever he sat on the crane, the development of the property steadily grew into something much more. And then there was a point, and I can still remember that moment, we were all lying in the swimming pool and he was sitting on the crane placing rocks into the sea and he said, ‘Ok, it became too big, it might get me back to work’, and in that moment, he decided to continue developing the AT A GLANCE BAOASE LUXURY RESORT WHAT: A luxury beach resort featuring 23 accommodations for guests of all ages WHERE: Willemstad, Curaçao WEBSITE: A legacy of love