We love our life on board Sava, but a 46 foot sailboat is not the most comfortable home. So for my birthday we checked in to a night of luxury! After a year of only sleeping on board, we spent a night off the boat in a boutique hotel in Bonaire. It was even better than we hoped it would be.
Bamboo Bali Bonaire
Brian’s birthday dinner at Chef’s Bonaire turned into a present for both of us when the owner gifted us a free night at the attached hotel. Bamboo Bali is one of the top rated places to stay on the island, for regular people, not just to grubby cruisers like us.
The resort is located north of Kralendijk, within walking distance of several restaurants, beach clubs, and a supermarket. Our accommodation had a front patio, bedroom, bathroom and kitchens and private outside spaces with seating and an outdoor shower.
All guests at Bamboo Bali have access to a pool, hot tub, free wifi, and a gas grill with outdoor dining. In our one night stay, we used all of these amenities! We don’t get a night off the boat often, so we took advantage. It was wonderful.
What we miss living on board
While we don’t plan to move ashore anytime soon, we do miss certain conveniences living on Sava. We have gotten used to living without these luxuries, and mostly enjoy living on board.
But still, we miss air conditioning, especially in the heat of Bonaire summer, when it’s 30C with little wind. The air conditioning at Bamboo Bali made for a great night’s sleep. We even slept under the covers!
Sava’s watermaker works, so we shower everyday, but we still conserve. On our night off the boat, we had our choice of indoor and outdoor showers, both with amazing water pressure and a rain shower head. It felt decadent to leave the water running for a shower that lasted more than 5 minutes and I loved every minute of it!
Free wifi was a nice perk, as sometimes our phone plan doesn’t keep up with the demands of multiple devices. We didn’t spend a lot of time on electronics, aside from taking photos of our gorgeous surroundings.
Keeping busy on a night off the boat
Once we got to the hotel, we didn’t want to leave. We can go out to dinner anytime, so we decided to stay and bask in our surroundings. After a dip in the pool, we made a quick trip to the local supermarket to provision, and used the kitchen and outdoor grill to make a delicious dinner. Our cottage was bigger and much more comfortable than our boat, so why leave?
if we stayed longer…
For those of you interested in this resort, this is not a paid endorsement. I just really liked our one night stay! If we had stayed longer, we could have done even more. Since we are in Bonaire, the hotel keeps filled dive tanks and a gear room with space to wash and store it outside of the living spaces. It’s a good idea which may be common at resorts in Bonaire, but wouldn’t know since I am always on the boat. They also arrange other activities for guests but we had one night and can do those anytime. We have already been in Bonaire for two months and it may be many more.
final thoughts on sleeping off the boat
If not for COVID, we probably would have spent a night off the boat sooner. In fact, we discussed booking a night in one of Antigua’s lovely resorts but missed our chance before everything closed. This was worth the wait and made both our birthdays special.
We don’t leave the boat for long because of Domino. One day is fine, but any longer and she’d need company. We left her enough food and water, and she was fine, if a little extra cuddly when we returned. Our first night sleeping back on the boat was hot, but I don’t think one night of air conditioning ruined us.
What could you live without and what would be impossible for you to give up? Could you live on a boat without Air conditioning for a year? Let me know in the comments.